With the aid of a ballet dancer and delicately hand-coloured pictures, we stepped into the magical world of Russian ballet. recapturing the ethereal beauty and charm of ballet at its greatest … a world so unreal and yet so pleasing to recreate for a special occasion.
Beautiful and gay knits are 19’s answer for post-summer blues; dazzling bright and eye-catching in an array of primary colours. The styles are the simplest possible—tiny tops with cross-over fronts and, for those who prefer the classic, pullovers in cleverly co-ordinated stripes. This style of knitwear is best worn with toning jersey skirts, preferably in a midi length, and trousers. To complete the kaleidoscope look, add brightly coloured shoes, stockings, a scarf or a choker.
A new model — and her way of wearing knickerbockers : Frances Stuart, above, is a cousin of Sally Chrichton-Stuart, wife of the Aga Khan, though it is a bit mean to say so as she would rather her name were not connected with her family: she wants to make her own way as a model. She is 17, and although she has only been at it for 6 months has already been chosen as a model for Mary Quant’s latest collection — a perceptive choice if she looked as good as a Ginger Grouper as she does here in her currently favourite outfit: panne velvet skinny puff-sleeved jacket, low-necked to show off her choker, and knickerbockers teamed with shoes laced up above the ankle — a decorative alternative with chopped-off trousers to the ubiquitous boot. Red and mustard suede choker, centred with a bead, and the red and blue butterfly choker on her arm, are by Pablo and Delia. Suit, Diego, 12gns at Topaz, W1; Latters, Glasgow. Red shoes, £3 15s from Anello & Davide; Berkshire’s yellow tights. Hair Aaron at Sissors.
Lovely things in leather: Pablo and Delia, originally painters from Buenos Aires, only came to London from New York 6 months ago, but in that short space of time have made their name as the creators of fabulous scenic belts, chokers, wrist-bands, bags, and other leather accessories including berets — see the beautifully stitched and painted beret shown below, again worn, with another of their leather chokers, by Frances Stuart. Their leather works of art are at Browns, Thea Porter (for whom they make special items), Feathers, and The Shop in Sloane Street. In the future they are hoping to branch out and make other things, including dresses, staying on in London rather than returning to New York because they like it better: ‘it’s more human-sized’.
(Taken from Harpers Bazaar’s regular ‘Shopping Bazaar’ feature.)
Winceyette steps gently from bedtime to daytime with a magic story to tell about dungarees and smocks, dresses and skirts. The prints are childlike, the colours soft and while they conjure up memories of long-ago nurseries they will make you everything that is adult and feminine.
Photographs taken at Pollock’s Toy Museum, Scala St., W1
Another supreme example of amazingly styled and photographed late Seventies knitting patterns, further to my earlierPatricia Roberts appreciation post. I also immediately recognised those iconic Terry de Havilland zip-edged satin boots, which I’ve previously had in black and electric blue, seen photographed in pink and am now desperate to find the ice blue version!
Jackets are the brightest you’ve ever seen, with enormous checks and swirling swingy backs. They go with vivid sweaters and the widest possible Oxford bags, worn shorter than usual to reveal gleaming white lace-ups and tappy 46 two-tone shoes. What a way to get yourself noticed!
Second model from the left in the top image looks to be Ika Hindley.
Every girl, if only once in her life, gets the opportunity to eat out at one of London’s smart restaurants. so when the time comes you may as well make the most of it. The main thing is not to feel intimidated by your surroundings. but to be very cool and nonchalant. as if you do it all the time. (No slumping down in your seat or staring around the room with your mouth open.) If you just don’t understand the menu. ask your escort or the waiter. don’t just point to something and hope for the best. Make sure your hair is clean and shiny. and please don’t have it set and lacquered (very uncool). Wear some-thing soft and romantic in crêpe or voile, that moves well when you walk. or a halter-neck dress with a low back to make the most of the remains of your summer tan. Make sure your dress length isn’t mini (it might be the only one in the room. and then they’ll all know you’re from out of town). Don’t spoil the effect of your midi with the wrong accessories—wear a pair of new Granny shoes with the higher heel and bar strap for added authentic ‘Forties’ glamour.
Ignoring the title (which I have, as always, left for posterity) this editorial is pretty damn perfect. On the cusp of what we more clearly think of as ‘Seventies’, just before platforms and the extremes of Glam, but turning its back very determinedly on the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and looking further back with nostalgic eyes. It’s also a delicious, possibly unique, snapshot of the most fashionable restaurants in London at the time.
This is definitely the Season of the Midi, which involves a whole new set of fashion rules. Midis look best without an inch of leg showing, which means either long tight-fitting boots to take over where the midi finishes, or coloured tights matching clumpy-heeled shoes. So keep gulping; daily doses will keep you in the pink, fashion wise.
Aside from all the dreamy autumnal clothes and the fact that the blonde model is Charlotte Martin, it’s so lovely to see Terry de Havilland’s early and legendary three-tier wedges. As so often with Terry’s shoes, they are erroneously credited to the stockists (here ‘Jolly Boy’), but it’s still lovely to see them.
One of the finest editorials of all time, from the dream team of Caroline Baker and Harri Peccinotti at Nova. You can’t help thinking about the clear influence of the Impressionists, such as Renoir, on the aesthetic, but also about how this shoot must itself have been influencing other people for years afterwards. For example, Picnic at Hanging Rock was released a mere three years later and the petticoats, parasols and lace-up boots can’t help but remind you of that.
As a side note, but a pretty impressive one at that, the ‘nursery print’ Miss Mouse dress featured here has also just gone into my Etsy shop. So you can pretend it’s 1972 and you’re ‘shopping the look’.