Act Naturally

19 magazine, 1970s, Bata, biba, charlotte martin, David Anthony, david silverman, jenny hare, Madrugada, Spectrum
Act Naturally 1

Yellow cheesecloth blouse and matching shirt by Richard Green.

For those lazy, hazy days of summer, nothing is better to hang out in than loose, casual, breezy blouses and skirts. There are masses around to choose from and it seems that the smock top has really gathered strength this summer. Why not? It’s the best kind of top to feel really relaxed and liberated in. Wear it over old jeans, if you’re really the casual type, or over skirts down to ground level. One of the best and most comfortable buys to go with the look is soft cotton espadrilles, with rope soles, like the ones from Bata.

Photographed by David Anthony. Model: Charlotte Martin.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, July 1972.

Act Naturally 2

Green and white gingham blouse and matching long skirt and pinny, all by Spectrum.

Act Naturally 3

Gingham smock and matching skirt (not shown) by David Silverman. Jeans model’s own.

Act Naturally 4

T-shirt from selection at Biba. Smock top in crepe de chine and matching long skirt both by Madrugada. Red tights by Biba. Yellow espadrilles by Bata.

Act Naturally 5

White smock in fine wool by Jenny Hare.

David Silverman: Revealed at last!

1970s, british boutique movement, david silverman, website listings

Many, many months ago, I had a wonderfully exciting email from a gentleman called John Offenbach.

Under a couple of listings I have found for David Silverman, you say ‘I wish I knew who David Silverman was..’ well, he was my dad, and he died at the age of 44, thirty years ago.

Needless to say, I was gobsmacked. After all this time, and all my grumbling about not knowing anything about him, here it was! With John’s permission, I am able to share a little information about the man whose clothes continue to make many vintage-lovers very, very happy.

His business was in Great Titchfield Street in the Sixties and Seventies which as you know was London’s garment district. He was successful, his first business was called Marlborough Dresses which he sold … and he followed that up with David Silverman Dresses. He was a good friend of Steven Marks and as I understand it, lent Steven some desk space for him to start up Steven Marks Coats before he launched French Connection.

Dad was interested in all things visual. He could paint a likeness, and we would often talk about typography and advertising. He chain-smoked Gauloise cigarettes and liked to wear a cashmere roll neck jumper.

He told me that in younger days he had an underground game of cards which travelled around London and eventually got the attention of the Krays. (I don’t know if this is true) but it had to be wound down as it got out of hand, and he told me he needed a body guard for a while.

I’m not sure it gets much more Sixties than roll neck sweaters, gauloises and The Krays… He sounds like my kind of guy!

John was also kind enough to let me show you a photo of his father, but I would ask that it is not reproduced without permission.

David Silverman.

David Silverman.

To celebrate this victory in the face of anonymity, I have just listed a David Silverman dress over at Vintage-a-Peel:

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…and also enclose photos of some other pieces I’ve had in over the years!

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From the Vintage-a-Peel archive.

Inspirational Editorials: Feeling Fresh

19 magazine, 1970s, anello and davide, Angela at London Town, Bata, david silverman, Franz Gruber, Inspirational Images, Jean Charles Brosseau, Lizzie Carr, platforms, Vintage Editorials
Pink straw hat by Jean Charles Brosseau. Cotton satin jacket with floral design and spotted cotton pants both by Lizzie Carr for Plain Clothes. Shoes from Anello and Davide.

Pink straw hat by Jean Charles Brosseau. Cotton satin jacket with floral design and spotted cotton pants both by Lizzie Carr for Plain Clothes. Shoes from Anello and Davide.

Photographed by Franz Gruber. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, May 1972

Black cotton voile shirt by David Silverman. Black and white cotton culottes by Angela at London Town. Blue leather peep-toe shoes trimmed in white by Bata.

Black cotton voile shirt by David Silverman. Black and white cotton culottes by Angela at London Town. Blue leather peep-toe shoes trimmed in white by Bata.

Pink straw panama hat by Jean Charles Brosseau. Cotton smock and cotton trousers by Lizzie Carr for Plain Clothes. Shoes by Anello and Davide.

Pink straw panama hat by Jean Charles Brosseau. Cotton smock and cotton trousers by Lizzie Carr for Plain Clothes. Shoes by Anello and Davide.

New listings: Ossie Clark – The Real Deal

1970s, bags, Barker, british boutique movement, Chenille, david silverman, frank usher, jean varon, john bates, Jon Adam, kurt geiger, Manfield, ossie clark, Renata, Tadashi

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I only sell the originals, y’know. There are still many more listings to come, so keep your eyes peeled over on the Vintage-a-Peel facebook page.

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Shameless

david silverman, harold ingram, jean varon, john bates, polly peck, radley, wallis, website listings
John Bates for Jean Varon
Yes dear readers, tis that time again. Time for shameless self-promotion (which is basically the point of a blog, right?) and to show you what’s new at Vintage-a-Peel this week. We gots John Bates for Jean Varon (a recorded piece, no less…), Radley, Wallis, Polly Peck, Harold Ingram and David Silverman. Names aside, they’re all beautiful pieces and I want them to go to appreciative new homes (i.e to all of you dear readers). Please do go and check them out at www.vintage-a-peel.co.uk

David Silverman
Wallis
Harold Ingram
Radley of London

Polly Peck by Sybil Zelker

New listings before I go!

biba, david silverman, frederick starke, gunne sax, harold ingram, honor blackman, jean varon, john bates, the avengers, website listings

So, perhaps this is bad timing because I can’t get anything posted out before I leave on my little trip…unless I lugged everything down to Brighton tonight. But I set myself last night as a deadline to get eight new listings up and running over at Vintage-a-Peel, and even if it took til the mornin’, I was going to bloody well manage it. Even in the face of technological adversity! So I leave you with eight beautiful pieces. Apologies that I can’t send them til next week, but remember it’s first come, first served so if you’ve fallen in love, let me know and I can reserve (or you can buy and rest assured you’ll get your package ASAP!).

There’s Biba, John Bates for Jean Varon, Frederick Starke (another designer who ended up dressing an Avenger lady, this time Honor Blackman as Cathy Gale), Harold Ingram, Jessica’s Gunnies (aka Gunne Sax), David Silverman, Ann Green and a beautiful keyhole Donerica cotton maxi. Phewwwwww…..see you all on the other side!







Bootiful

boots, david silverman, Gina Fratini, jean varon, john bates, miss selfridge, polly peck, ravel, seventies fashion, sixties, website listings

Some gorgeous new listings over at Vintage-a-Peel, including two pairs of amazing original late Sixties boots; one white pvc and one dark blue canvas. Both have been prised from my hands by dint of being just a smidge too small for me. Curses!!

There’s also a group of beautiful dresses; Gina Fratini, John Bates for Jean Varon, David Silverman, Polly Peck and original 1970s Miss Selfridge. Yum!!