Black lycra catsuit by Katharine Hamnett. Gauntlets by Norma Kamali. Lion from Harrods. Cat brooches at Merola. Belt by Vanessa Schon.
If you don’t get the reference there, why not? Yasmin le Bon looking nothing short of incredible in this divinely feline shoot, styled by Caroline Baker.
Photographed by Tony McGee.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from The Face, November 1986.
Turtle neck and leggings by Ninivah Khomo. Leather bootees by Johnny Moke. Belts by Vanessa Schon. Gauntlets by Cornelia James.
Leopard print angora turtle neck by Ninivah Khomo. Toreador leggings from Whistles. Gauntlets by Norma Kamali. Suede thigh high boots from Johnny Moke. Brooches by Pink Soda.
Jersey body and toreador high waist pants by Azzedine Alaia. Belts worn as necklace and bracelets by Vanessa Schon. One jewelled glove by Martin Kidman. One leopard print glove by Pink Soda. Monkee boots at Office.
Fun fur purple sheepskin jacket and hat, with motif sweater and black jersey flares all by Helen Storey of Amalgamated Talent available from Academy, 188a Kings Road, London. Belt from Prism at Hyper Hyper.
Photographed by Charlie Kemp. Styling by Caroline Baker. Model Sasha.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from The Face, November 1985
Spotty bikini by Plaimar at Simpsons
Nothing new has happened to swimwear for many summers. Colours and fabrics mark the fashion changes. The shapes stay the same. For a swimsuit is a swimsuit is a swimsuit- be it a one piece, a two piece, a half piece. And the shops are full of them. Lovely little things in super prints and colours. And that`s where the problems begin. They are little, very little indeed. Bikinis especially have got skimpier with every passing permissive year. A year ago a generously endowed size 12 could fit quite neatly into a size 12 swimsuit; today she has to squeeze herself into it and hope that all will stay put when in use. That is to say, if she can get into it at all. And to find a larger size is nigh impossible. The shops have either sold out already or else the buyer never stocked them, since, alas, the majority of today’s fashion- conscious ladies slim themselves down to the smaller sizes. Then there are the others- ‘them’, the unspeakable, unwearable, unsightly “them`, made by the British swimwear manufacturers especially for the fuller figure. And just one look at them is enough to put the fattiest, with good taste, off swimming and beaches for ever. The shapes are okay, for a swimsuit is a swimsuit is a swimsuit, but why couldn”t the manufacturers leave the voluptuous out of the swirls and violets and stretch-nylon crunchy fabrics? Why can`t they just make large swimsuits in plain and simple colours, stripes, dots and nice flower patterns? Meanwhile, until they all realise that the fuller figures sometimes have very good fashionable taste, all that`s left- apart from eating less — is to search among the rails of tiny inviting little bikinis and swimsuits in the hope of finding one that will do up.
Some things never change. I feel like we’re still having the same conversations about clothes now, and wistfully remembering a non-existent time when everyone was catered for and everything was of the highest quality. Still, of the highest quality are these extraordinary illustrations which, frankly, deserve to be framed and hung on a gallery wall…
By Caroline Baker. Drawings by Celestino Valenti.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Nova, July 1972
Blue and white striped swimsuit by Guitare
Multi coloured striped bikini by Jer-Sea
Liberty print dress by Jeff Banks. Hat throughout by Edward Mann. Petticoat throughout by Laura Ashley
Styled by Caroline Baker. Photographed by Harri Peccinotti.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Nova, May 1975
Smock dress and matching pyjama trousers by Serena Shaffer at Electric Fittings.
Dress by Christian Aujord.
Top and circle skirt by Janice Wainwright with print by Bernard Neville for Cantoni.
All shoes by Yves Saint Laurent
Skyscraper heels announce a new, more refined shape for shoes in 1974. All the leading shoe designers endorse this feeling, though the heel heights vary. Yves Saint Laurent, that king of trendsetters, picks these – the highest. Thick platforms, the only real fashion story of the 70s so far, are out.
By Caroline Baker. Photographed by Harri Peccinotti.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Nova, January 1974.
Pyjama suit by Sujon.
Photographed in Brazil with Yardley, whose Yardley McLaren team took part in the 2nd Grand Prix, 1973
Photographed by Harry Peccinotti. Styled by Caroline Baker.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Nova, May 1973
Drawstring neck top (part of a flared Pajama suit) by Ossie Clark for Radley. Compact mirror from Biba.
Crêpe de chine printed coat and plain crêpe bags from Electric Fittings. Rib sun top by John Craig. Pique sun hat by Edward Mann. Espadrilles at Ronald Keith.
Dressing gown from Austin Reed. Silk blouse and baggy pants by Katharine Hamnett for Tuttabankem. Cobweb shoes at Chelsea Cobbler.
Crêpe de chine pyjama suit by Susie Craker. Panama at Paul Craig.
Sun top sweater by Virginia. Cotton baggy pants by Universal Witness. Hat by Herbert Johnson. Shoes by Yves Saint Laurent.
Crêpe and satin jacket top by Marie France for Quorum. Flared crêpe trousers by Alice Pollock for Quorum.
Dress by Jean Muir
Impossibly beautiful editorial, even if it is touching on the rather unpleasant subject of narcissism. There are a few images from this which have been reproduced many times, but these others less so – so I thought I would give them a well-deserved airing here.
Photographed by Jeanloup Sieff. Styled by Caroline Baker. Make-up and nails by Biba.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Nova, March 1972
Sun top (matching trousers not shown) and headress by Gina Fratini
Blouse by Annacat. Shoes by Chelsea Cobbler.
Tunic and knee-length skirt by Zandra Rhodes
Tunic and shorts by Gina Fratini
Chiffon dress with matching short bloomer-knickers by Jean Muir
Black and brown sweater by Crochetta, wool knit beret at Beatrice Bellini Handknits, metal brooch at Anschel, bangles at Butler & Wilson.
I definitely want a brooch that says ‘BROOCH’.
Photographed by Harri Peccinotti. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Nova, October 1972
Sweater and matching trousers by Virginia, stripey tights at Biba, bracelets from Butler & Wilson.
Top and wrap skirt at Swanky Modes. Sandals from City Lights Studio.
Ah…the Great British Summer. Still, I wouldn’t mind the rain if I had a Swanky Modes transparent raincoat in my armoury. I would probably opt for wearing clothes underneath though. (I know, I’m such a spoilsport!)
Scanned from Nova, August 1973. Photographs by Helmut Newton.
Top and airmen’s trousers by Swanky Modes. Sandals at City Lights Studio.
Trenchcoat with petal-leaf collar at Swanky Modes. Sandals at City Lights Studio.
A-line raincoat with ‘debris’ seal in pockets by Swanky Modes. Sandals at City Lights Studio.