One Hundred Years of The Liberty Look

1970s, art nouveau, Bevis Hillier, cosmopolitan, Illustrations, Inspirational Images, liberty, liberty's, Sumiko

(Illustrating an article on Liberty and their centenary by Bevis Hillier)

Illustration by Sumiko.

Scanned from Cosmopolitan, June 1975.

Jaded, worldly and deliciously wicked…

1970s, Chloe, David Wolfe, fortnum and mason, Illustrations, Vintage Adverts, Vogue
…Chloe’s diamante-streaked black chiffon. Sizes 8-14, £176. Fortnum and Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1.

(a.k.a My new tagline…)

Illustrated by David Wolfe.

Scanned from Vogue, November 1971.

Meet the Keynote Kit Kids

19 magazine, 1970s, Illustrations, Keynote, psychedelia, Vintage Adverts

Very sadly the illustrator is uncredited, but incredible.

Scanned from 19 Magazine, October 1970.

Ski on a New Clash Course of Colour

1960s, Barney Wan, fortnum and mason, Harrods, Illustrations, Jaeger, Lillywhites, Lyle and Scott, oliver goldsmith, Simone Mirman, Simpson of Piccadilly, V de V, Vogue
Instant orange action, near right. Supple stretch nylon ski suit with small jacket, stiff stitched collar and cuffs, silver zippy slanted pockets, flat metal buckle on the belt. By Hauser Sport, 51 gns, at Simpson. White framed face fitting goggles, by Oliver Goldsmith, 6 gns, from Fortnum & Mason. Red fox fur mittens, 41 gns, at Lillywhites. Wasp yellow battle jacket, far right, with waspish black stripes and black poppers, stinging silver zips. By V de V, about 25 gns. Lean stretchy black pants, by Daks, £12 10s. Both at Simpson. Black leather mittens, £3 10s, from a selection at Harrods.

Looks like a brilliant band of dragonflies speeding down the mountain. Looks where the ac-tion is. And how. With shapes very shapely, military and zippy. Fabrics super stretchy, quilted and warm.

In honour of the late, great Barney Wan, art editor and illustrator at Vogue in the Sixties and Seventies who sadly died last week, here is a superb editorial on ski fashions illustrated by the man himself. There is something so ahead of its time about the combination of these illustrations and the layout.

Illustrations by Barney Wan.

Scanned from Vogue, November 1967.

Gadflying green streak of quilted nylon, left. Zipped all in one stretch boiler suit with white stripes circling waist and arm. By V de V, 29 gns, at Harrods. Honey fox hood, 13i gns (in several colours), at Lillywhites. Stunning stretch catsuit of orange Helanca, centre. Racy zip, little military epaulets and buckled belt; 21 gns. Matching trapper’s hat lined in fox; 14 gns. Both at Fortnum & Mason. Sun striped cashmere sweater, by Lyle & Scott, 8 gns, at Harrods. Long fast flickering stretch of quilted nylon, right. Vibrant coloured jacket, matching trousers (not shown). Bognor of Germany, about 41 gns, at Harrods. Space flying helmet with built-in Perspex shield, at Simone Mirman.
Fitted flame of quilted stretch nylon, left, orange and yellow print jacket; 18 gns. Bright yellow bell bottom trousers with buckled band; 13 gns. Both from Jaeger, Regent St. Goggles by Oliver Goldsmith, 6 gns, Fortnum & Mason. Boots, 14 gns, in a range from £10 to £25, at Pindisports.
Nifty new looks on a background of snowbound nostalgia. Quick quilted stretch jacket, left, orange, aubergine, mauve and green. With hood to match, £20 10s. Aubergine trousers, from £5 19s. 6d. Skin-tight prototype super stretch suit, near right, racily made for the men in the British Olympic team. By Harris Meyer, to order. All at Pindisports. Mauve mini suit, centre right, snow shadow shade. Seamed battle jacket with plenty of poppers, mini skirt un-zipped to more than mini culottes. In Helanca and worsted, 22 gns. Sugar pink ribbed sweater and tights, 15 gns, to order. Pink fox hood, 13; gns. All at Lillywhites. Snow bound charcoal flannel suit, far right, Tyrolean type. Flared jacket, pretty I plain knickerbockers, and cap. White rib stockings and sweater too. By Scan Style, 40 gns, Simpson.
Brisk berry red quilted jerkin and knickerbockers, top right. Quilting in cunning chevron shape and jerkin with a speedy shiny zip up the front. By Scan Style, 13 gns, at Simpson. Jazzy canary yellow culotte dress, top left. Pretty neat in nylon with a huge fox hood and big zip. By White Stag, 171 gns, at Harrods. Skinny black balaclava and tights. 7 gns, 16s. 11d, at Harrods. Bright sun yellow nylon anorak, above right, in sleek shirt shape. 151 gns. Matching Lycra and worsted ski trousers. 181 gns. And a snow powder blue sweater with sections in cable stitch. 111 gns. All three by Ernst Engel at Lillywhites.
Streamlined stretchy black nylon anorak, top right. And a pretty nifty pair of black and white plaid knickerbockers, with little gilt buckles gripping the knee cuffs. 16 gns, 14 gns, at Gordon Lowes, Sloane St. Clean limbed crisp flannel knickerbocker suit, above left. Sharply squared charcoal jerkin with broad white flannel border, white flannel cuffs. And trim white knickerbockers fast-ened with fetching gilt hinges at the knee. By Scan Style, 30 gns, at Simpson.

The Frizz Dilemma

19 magazine, 1970s, caroline smith, Illustrations
“She tried to change her life – not to care so much when she was loved just for her amazing hair”

Illustration by Caroline Smith for a short story by Sarah Hill.

Scanned from 19 Magazine, October 1971.

Bootleggers

1970s, Antiquarius, bally, Barnaby's Pavilion, boots, chelsea cobbler, Dolcis, Frye, Honey Magazine, Illustrations, Mick Brownfield, Reflection & Light, Russell & Bromley, Sacha
LEFT TO RIGHT : Tan studded leather cowboy boots £12 99, from selected branches of Dolcis. Chisel-toed leather cowboy boots, imported by Frye £28, from Barnaby’s Pavilion, 18 Kensington Church Street, W8 (mail order 30p); branches of Bally. Fringed leather ankle boots with thick crêpe sole £16.99, from main branches of Russell & Bromley. Blonde soft leather lace-up knee-high boots with stacked soles and heels £30, for stockists write to Frye Boots, 21 St James’ Road, Surbiton, Surrey. Blue suede ankle boots with yellow trim. Reflection & Light £18, from Antiquarius. 135 King’s Road, SW3. Dark brown stitched leather knee-high cowboy boots £24.50, from Barnaby’s Pavilion. 18 Kensington Church Street, W8 (mail order 30p). Leather ankle boots £24.99, from all branches of Sacha. Leather jodhpur boots. Chelsea Cobbler £24 99, from Chelsea Cobbler. 33 Sackville Street, W1 Draycott Avenue, SW3; Top Shop. Peter Robinson, Oxford Circus, W1 ; Way In, Hans Crescent, SW3.

Illustration by Mick Brownfield.

Scanned from Honey, November 1974.

Chez Myrys

1970s, Illustrations, Mademoiselle Age Tendre, platforms, shoes, Vintage Adverts
Chez Myrys la mode arrive plus vite. Chez Myrys la mode arrive moins cher.

I have a sudden urge to wear green tights and yellow platforms. Incroyable!

Illustrated by Maupeou-Merre.

Scanned from Mlle Age Tendre, June 1972.

Bumper Beauty Tips

1970s, Illustrations, malcolm bird, petticoat magazine

If you haven’t already, do click the Malcolm Bird tag at the top of this post to see exactly why I love his work so much!

Illustrations by Malcolm Bird.

Scanned from Petticoat Magazine, 17th August 1974.

Some fantasies you may enjoy

1970s, cosmopolitan, Illustrations, mild sauce

Illustrator isn’t credited in the magazine but the signature appears to be ‘Ketta’.

Scanned from Cosmopolitan, October 1973.

Back to the Drawing Board

1970s, Antonio, Bellini, bill gibb, countdown, Frances Vaughan, Illustrations, Kaffe Fassett, Lady Fingers, Vogue
Man’s smoke-grey kimono knitted in oriental patterns, rivers and islands fading up sleeves and hem, black to charcoal, ginger to peach. Stripe sash. 30 gns. Child’s plum red tunic in diamond design, purple and pale blue all over, violet and khaki, rose pink and blue on the edge. 5 gns. Woman’s long black kimono with a sky of blue and ginger stars, giant satellites of black, dark brown, plum red and violet circling. Black and grey stripe sash. 30 gns. All by Kaffe Fassett at Beatrice Bellini, 11 West Halkin St.

Fashion constantly starts afresh and now it has travelled far back into the imagination, retuned to the basics of craft and design. Grass roots is the mood for this summer and the look is handwoven, hand painted, handknitted, handstitched. Here is how appliqué was recreated and a shepherd’s smock came in from the fields. How lace came to be painted with butterflies and sewn onto tartan, how knitting grew into something remarkably new.

Illustrations by Antonio

Scanned from Vogue, July 1970.

Peach and green tartan tweed. all set about and frilled with cotton lace tie dyed in the same summer pastels. A long and willowy suit with a long and willowy knife-pleated skirt. By Bill Gibb at Baccarat.
Long peach and golden tie dyed smock of lace, one beautiful big butterfly handpainted on the yoke. And a dress of natural linen billowing yard upon yard. threads drawn out by hand, panels of lace sewn in. All by Bill Gibb at Baccarat. Cotton lace tied and dyed by Valerie Irving. Apron and cap crocheted in string by Kaffe Fassett.
Natural linen shepherd’s smock and trousers. No boyangs but all traditional stuff with thick embroidery, smocking stitch, lazy daisies and paisleys almost everywhere. By Lady Fingers, 50 gns, to order, Countdown
Long grassy gingham dress and a long white cotton apron, pretty as a picture, sewn with birds and hedgerows, greens, pinks, deep dark blues. About 12 gns, 7 gns, to order, Frances Vaughan, 3 Munroe Terrace, S.W.10.