Fantasy and theatre is the theme – lots of colour and glitter the focal points … Fantasy can run the whole gamut, but we like the feel of a ‘Thirties-type Hollywood pin-up pic, the soulful tragi-comic look of a clown or even a glamorous ‘Twenties flapper girl. Take your pick, and choose your own Christmas decorations.
An idea we captured from the realms of Erte, the artist and designer of the ‘Twenties – true theatrical fantasy, ideal for all your Christmas parties, a look which you can create yourself following our instructions.
Hair and the silver sequined skull cap with front forehead curl, was dressed by John at Leonard. To do this style yourself, use sequin strips (available on a card) and wrap them first round the head in a skull cap shape, making sure they sit flat, close an neatly. Leave a small strand of hair free and set it into a little curl. Then, take single hair strands, as we have done, and intertwine them with a sequin strip, like a plait.
As promised, the follow up to yesterday’s post featuring a stunning image of all the prizes which were available in this competition. A satin Biba lounging outfit, Janet Reger underwear and a dozen bottles of Laurent Perrier champagne is probably still my idea of covetable luxury!
Take some bright reds, greens, yellows, pinks and blues – and blend them with spots and stripes, ribbons and frills. Add bangles, bead ribbons and flowers and finish off with sexy, high heeled shoes. You’ll be the star attraction… We chose some Italian designs from our favourite Italian company, Daily Blue. These are pricey but highly original, so that even if you can’t afford them you can profit from the idea.
Whether it’s dinner for two, or a special night out with a crowd, you want to be sure that you’ve got that certain ‘little number’ to fit the bill. To be sure that you’re not caught on the hop, we’ve picked a selection of really feminine dresses, satin trousers, skirts, tops and even an elegantly tailored, satin suit fit for the Ritz. Happy wining and dining!
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.
Green and white gingham blouse and matching long skirt and pinny, all by Spectrum.
Gingham smock and matching skirt (not shown) by David Silverman. Jeans model’s own.
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.
This picture isn’t a ludicrous flight of fancy. Those nails belong to Bonnie, a girl who really does scrabble about under the bonnet of her car checking oil, batteries and spark plug. She also shoes the odd bit of typing and her fair share of washing up, plug changing and picture hanging.
But maybe we have been a little unfair. Bonnie is not only one of our favourite make-up artists (working for Elizabeth Arden) but she’s a fully trained manicurist too.
Inscrutable means being “wholly mysterious” and after a summer of freckles and jeans maybe the time is ripe for the return of the cool, self-regarding beauty. Julie Ege, Queen of a thousand popping flash bulbs, without whom no première is complete, veils her flashing smile to emerge as the epitome of the new inscrutable woman, in our picture.
Dress by Thea Porter. Necklaces from the Purple Shop. Bracelets and rings from Jones, Beauchamp Place. Fur rug from Harrods. Make up by Pierre LaRoche for Estée Lauder. Hair by Oliver at Leonard.
Photographed by David Anthony.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Cosmopolitan, September 1973.
Apologies for the protracted absence! I am most definitely back, working on new blogs for both here and Shrimpton Couture Curate, and of course I’m still sourcing the best boutique vintage for you over at Vintage-a-Peel! xx
The no-eyebrow look for the Seventies. You can achieve it, as we did here, by the use of a hair removing cream — I advise against plucking or waxing as this can permanently inhibit regrowth. Or, if you don’t want to be so drastic, you can have your brows bleached so that they are almost invisible. For the pale complexion : English Porcelain Re-Nutriv foundation with Sheer Bisque Re-Nutriv face powder; Neutraled Flesh Under Eye Primer stick ; Aurora Pink and Mint Haze Colour Contour for shaping and shading. For the eyes we used Plum Raisin and Candlelight Pink Pressed Eyelid shadows, and Black Burgundy Lash Lengthening Roll-On mascara. The lipstick is Mulberry See-Through. All by Estee Lauder. Hair style : a Marcel wave brought up to date, by Ricci Burns.
My prediction for 1971 is a swing away from the natural look and the form I believe it will take is the disappearance of eyebrows and the return to a pale, pink and white complexion. As with so many new looks in the past few years, this one has been started by models. I saw two of them, browless, this autumn in St Tropez and it gave a new and exciting perspective to the face. Beauty, like fashion, goes in cycles : after a decade of the natural look, we are due for a return to a more stylised face. The last time this occurred was in the Twenties when women achieved a very stylised type of look with pale faces, dark lips, and eyebrows plucked into pin-thin crescents. It reached its peak in the faces of Garbo, Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich. If, this time, it is the no-eyebrow look that catches on, it will not be the first time that brows have been removed in the cause of beauty : fashionable ladies in the 15th century covered their faces with white flour powder and accentuated the egg shape pallor of their complexions by plucking the eyebrows out completely and scraping back their hair under exaggerated head-dresses.
Beauty by Joan Price. Photographed by David Anthony.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, December 1970