The Velvet Touch

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Velvet jacket and matching skirt by Christopher McDonnell. Hat by Laura Ashley. Wallpaper by Laura Ashley.

Velvets have gone into print this winter. Dashing suits and jackets come in all the mutations of the earth, sea and sky and are designed to be worn before rather than after dark. They look a million dollars and sometimes don’t even cost that much.

Photographed by Terence Donovan.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, November 1974.

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Jacket and cream shirt embroidered with corn ears and matching skirt, all by Bill Gibb. Navy leather boots from Russell & Bromley.

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Rayon velvet jacket in Persian print and black rayon velvet skirt, both by Biba. Rust crepe de chine shirt by Otto. Sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith. Beret by Marida. Wallpaper from Laura Ashley.

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Velvet jacket and matching skirt by Jaeger. Scarf by Rodier. Hat by Marida. Sunglasses by Oliver Goldmith. Boots by Charles Jourdan. Wallpaper by Biba.

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Velvet jacket in splodgy print with matching skirt and Viyella blouse, all by Janice Wainwright.

 

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Sonia Rykiel

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LEFT. Dark green hip-length cardigan with triangular poncho back; £52. Matching hat; about £10 to order. Pale green calf length jersey skirt, pleated back and front ; £45. All from Browns, 27 South Molton St, W1. Green bakelite and gilt bangle ; £3.50, Butler & Wilson, Antiquarius, 135 Kings Rd, SW3. Jade and gold rings ; from £15, The Purple Shop, 15 Flood St, SW3. Square clutch bag ; £39, Charles Jourdan, 47 Brompton Rd, SW3. /// MIDDLE. Pale green mohair cardigan with low, round neck, cream rib waist and dark green pockets; £40 Pale green jumper, with dark green neck and cream waist ; £26. Cream wool jersey mid-calf length skirt with an inverted pleat in the front slit to mid-thigh ; £42. Beige plaited leather belt trimmed with dark green and buckled to one side ; to order. All from Browns. Bakelite beads; £10-50. Art Deco brooch ; £17. Both from Butler &Wilson. Ivory bangle, £8, ring, £10, from Emeline, 45 Beauchamp Place, SW3. Jade bangle, £25, Jones, 52 Beauchamp Place, SW3. /// RIGHT. Long pale green mohair cardigan with padded shoulders and pockets lined with dark green and cream stripes ; £47. Cream and dark green striped jumper with light green trim ; £30. Cream skirt with pleats front and back; f45. All from Browns. Bakelite, glass and mother of pearl beads; £8.75, Butler & Wilson. Jade rings; from £3. Ivory rings; from £5. Bangles ; from £15. All from Emeline.

Spring greens by Sonia Rykiel. Jade greens and creams. Wool on wool, texture on texture. Bobbly mohair and smooth jersey to keep you warm on chilly days. Longer, looser skirts and interesting open cardigans with scooped necks.

Photographed by Steve Hiett.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, February 1974.


Enigma Variations

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Dove grey crepe edge to edge jacket. Dove grey crepe mid-calf skirt. Pink silk shirt with finely pleated collar. All by Zandra Rhodes.

Zandra Rhodes has come up with a brand new collection for her brand new shop at 14a Grafton Street, W1. Using crepe and pure silk, in muted colours – grey, black and bois de rose, and always with her characteristic love of detail, she has produced immensely wearable clothes to see you through the day, and into the evening.

Photographed by Packy Cannon.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers & Queen, July 1975.

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Bois de rose pleated v-neck top and narrow silk cord tie-belt. Bois de rose wide crepe trousers with one lily type pocket in pleated crepe. Both from Zandra Rhodes. Peach leather sandals by Charles Jourdan.

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Cream silk shirt with finely pleated collar. Bois de rose crepe mid-calf skirt with pockets in panels of finely pleated crepe. Both from Zandra Rhodes Sling back wedge sandals by Charles Jourdan.

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Black finely pleated crepe v-neck top with cap sleeves and silk cord tie belt. Black crepe ankle-length skirt. Both from Zandra Rhodes. Shoes by Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.

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Floor length black crepe dress with buttoned cuffs. From Zandra Rhodes. Shoes by Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.


Bill Gibb, illustrated

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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.

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Linda Vane Percy in Zandra Rhodes

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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.


The thin end of the wedge

the-thin-end-of-the-wedge-steve-hiett-harpers-and-queen-january-1975Brilliant 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.


Pretty Basics

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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.