Bill Gibb takes lots of exquisite fabrics – silks from China, English embroidered nets, exclusive Liberty prints – and turns them into glamorous, witty clothes. For day, his new look recalls the Fifties. It’s a subtle, feminine nostalgia – not the garish decade revived by the Kings Road – and one to be worn with style.
Illustrated by Richard Ely.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, February 1974.
Harpers and Queen not at all snobbish in their dismissal of wild Kings Road boutique Rock’n’Roll revivers there. Still, pretty Bill Gibb clothes stunningly illustrated means I’ll forgive them just this once.
Linda Vane Percy in her London mews house. On the table, Lalique glasses and two-handled bowl holding the bottle.
Wearing Zandra designs, eating off Zandra designs… That’s how to do it!
Photographed by John Vaughan.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, November 1974.
Brilliant red patent leather sandal with suede straps thonged in patent. By Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.
Photographed by Steve Hiett.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, January 1975.
Ladylike white silk shirtdress by Salvador. Coffee coloured goatskin bag from Harrods. Pure silk lace jersey scarfed turban by Frederick Fox. White sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith. Ivory heart and ivory and gold cross on chains by Ken Lane.
Photographed by Clive Arrowsmith.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, February 1975.
Cream silk chiffon dress with long floating collar by Sheridan Barnett for Quorum.
Photographed by Duffy.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, September 1975.
Swooning sailors never knew that seaweed and shark’s oil were responsible for their tempresses’ looks.
A stunning photo, an incidental to illustrate a beauty article, which pre-dates the legendary Roxy Music cover for ‘Siren’ with Jerry Hall.
Photographed by Jim Lee.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, June 1974.
Photographed by Guy Bourdin.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, March 1976
James Drew, at 3 Burlington Arcade, W1, was first established in 1838 so has quite a few years experience to draw on. Recently they have re-vamped their collection and now sell lots of incredibly luscious shirts by Turnbull & Asser of Jermyn St. They make them up in simple crepe silk, add fantastic embroideries. Pictured: velvet cape with multi-coloured fringing, embroidered with gold butterflies, £90; matching turban, £17.50; black crepe silk shirt with feather emblem embroidered in purple, shocking pink, fuchsia and magenta, £57.75; all from James Drew.
Photographed by David Anderson.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from the ‘Shopping Bazaar’ pages of Harpers and Queen, April 1971.
Alice Pollock, enfant terrible of the Sixties, opens Circus, 304A Fulham Road, SW10. The shop is a glorious Gitanes blue painted with sad/happy clowns by Sally Miles (she will work to commission). Behind the laughing faces Alice create her new collection, on sale this summer in stores and boutiques.
I was always curious about what Alice Pollock got up to in her post-Quorum days. Now I know a little more, although of course this is the only reference to Circus I’ve ever seen.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, January 1977.
Mongolian lamb coat designed by Moya Bowler for Antartex. Angora and lambswool sweater with figure knitted into the front and wide cream wool jersey trousers both by Sonia Rykiel. Wooden painted belt by Bugs Young.
Photographed by Rod Delroy.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, December 1971.