Inspirational Images: Secrets of a 1974 Siren

Swooning sailors never knew that seaweed and shark's oil were responsible for their tempresses' looks.

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.


Inspirational Editorials: We like Paris Fashion when it sizzles

"Paris is different, it is full of people in search of one another," says Louise. "Any girl is sexy when she's in love," says Christiana. Pink tank top and red skirt both by Sonia Rykiel at Browns. Striped sweater by Kenzo at Jap.

“Paris is different, it is full of people in search of one another,” says Louise. “Any girl is sexy when she’s in love,” says Christiana. Pink tank top and red skirt both by Sonia Rykiel at Browns. Striped sweater by Kenzo at Jap.

Those famous twenty-five million Frenchmen can’t be wrong. They fancy French girls a lot (a recent L’Express opinion poll revealed that the average Frenchman makes love to 11.8 women in his life). What is it about French girls that makes them so special? They aren’t so pretty as most English girls, but they try harder. They smell sexier, exude more confience, put themselves together better. Think of Bardot, Anouk Aimee, Catherine Deneuve. For all the GB girls who’d like to look like BB and AA the fashion buyers flock to Paris in search of the real “style francais”: sweaters for a movie star profile, trousers to give the bottom a lift, dresses that pay for their dinner in chic. A French label gives cachet although the price tag is not cheap. But it’s worth every penny — when he’s in the mood for l’amour. Just add Beaujolais and serve. We like Paris fashion when it sizzles … this little lot almost burns the pages and you can buy them all here.

Three Paris types. Two blondes and a tough in black leather. Is France all Gauloises and love in the afternoon? Louise, Roberto and Christiana wear the new clothes and give us their views.

Photographed by Alice Springs.

Fashion by Deirdre McSharry.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Cosmopolitan, February 1973

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“Love is an art in France,” says Christiana. “We live it.” Roberto comments: “French girls look like they are going to be dynamite, but they are not.” Blue pleated dress by Cacharel.

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“French girls rely on their personality not on their beauty,” says Louise. “I don’t dig that coquette bit,” retorts Roberto. Dotted red dress by Christian Aujard.

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“How old am I? I never know. Age is not important here,” says Christiana. Says Roberto: “I’ve had a dozen French girl friends. After the third they were all alike.” Vanilla shirt suit in flannel and green shirt by Cacharel.


Inspirational Illustrations: The Arts and Censorship

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Illustration by Alan Aldridge.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Phantasia: Of Dockland, Rockland and Dodos, 1981


Inspirational Images: Bryan and Lucy Ferry

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Photographed by Richard Young leaving a Mick Jagger party in Chelsea, 1986.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Paparazzo! The Photographs of Richard Young, 1989


Inspirational Illustrations: Just Looking by Nagel

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Serigraph by Patrick Nagel.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Nagel: The Art of Patrick Nagel, 1985


Inspirational Images: Shades and Curls

Robert Harding Successful Colour Photography

Photographed by Robert Harding, c.1970

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Successful Colour Photography, 1981


Inspirational Images: Stars and Stripes

Boy iD May 87 Sandro Hyams

All set to replace the Fiorucci First swimsuit classic is the stars and stripes range from BOY. Perfect for poolside posing (as is anything from BOY these days) these natty one pieces also lend themselves to watery pursuits and are specially made so as not to discolour in chlorine, unlike some designer dip suits. Wear them downt he lido or save them for evening. The lycra tight tops under your strides are just the ticket for stress free strutting ,and boys will no doubt be pleased to see the stars and stripes trunks which, as we all know, are the perfect acessory to wear over the trousers of any pinstripe suit.

Photographed by Sandro Hyams.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from iD magazine, May 1987


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