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.
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
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…
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.