Go Gaucho!

Striped woollen poncho skirt by Beatrice Bellini for WHI. Chamois lace-up blouse by Janet Ibbotson. Lace up suede boots by Anello and Davide. Leather and bead necklace by Feathers.

Not only does leather feel good, it smells delicious, like a trip out West. Suede and chamois are even better than leather because they are so much softer and easier tow ear. They’re not as expensive as they used to be. Cheap they will never be if you want value for your money. Leather, properly looked after, lasts for age; in fact, the more beaten up and old it looks the better. So when it comes to buying remember that and invest in something safe – like the clothes photographed on these pages. Thy are not desperately in fashion but, on the other hand, they are not out and never will be…

Fashion by Caroline Baker. Photographed by Harri Peccinotti.

Scanned from Nova, October 1970.

Midi pigskin wrarpover skirt and long fitted jacket both by Beged’Or. Lace up suede boots from Anello and Davide.
Suede midi waistcoat and pants by Friitala. Brown wool shirt at Feathers. Leather and bead necklace at Feathers. Felt hat by Bermona. Stripey belts at Herbert Johnson.
Leather and rabbit midi waistcoat by Skinflair. Handwoven cotton blouse from Fifth Avenue. Flared blue jeans by Levis.
Suede jeans by Newman at Spotlight. Argentinian wool poncho – similar available at Mexicana and at Inti. Cow print velour hat by Bermona. Patent boots from Sacha.
Chamois fringed midi dress and beaded headband both at Battle Of The Little Big Horn.
Suede lace up dress to order at Pourelle. Poncho by Village Squares. Boots by Anello and Davide.
Fake snake velvet jeans by Newman at Feathers. Silk satin snake shirt to order at Lizzie Carr. Woven sash belts at Herbert Johnson.


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Inspirational Editorials: The Woman Who Stole a Lion

Black lycra catsuit by Katharine Hamnett. Gauntlets by Norma Kamali. Lion from Harrods. Cat brooches at Merola. Belt by Vanessa Schon.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Inspirational Images: Short Stories

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.

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


Inspirational Illustrations: Three For Good Measure

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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

Three for good measure 1

Blue and white striped swimsuit by Guitare

Three for good measure 2

Multi coloured striped bikini by Jer-Sea


Inspirational Editorials: Cotton On

Liberty print dress by Jeff Banks

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.

Smock dress and matching pyjama trousers by Serena Shaffer at Electric Fittings.

Dress by Christian Aujord.

Dress by Christian Aujord.

Top and circle skirt by Janice Wainwright with print by Bernard Neville for Cantoni.

Top and circle skirt by Janice Wainwright with print by Bernard Neville for Cantoni.


Mild Sauce: A Heel of a Height

ysl platforms peccinotti nova january 1974 s

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.


Inspirational Editorials: Perfect Pyjamas by Peccinotti

Pyjama suit by Sujon.

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.

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 crêpe bags from Electric Fittings. Rib sun top by John Craig. Pique sun hat by Edward Mann. Espadrilles at Ronald Keith.

Crêpe de chine printed coat and plain crêpe 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 Katherine Hamnett for Tuttabankem. Cobweb shoes at Chelsea Cobbler.

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.

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.

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.

Crêpe and satin jacket top by Marie France for Quorum. Flared crêpe trousers by Alice Pollock for Quorum.