Happily Ever After

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White lawn dress printed with butterflies and flowers by Thea Porter. Straw hat by Buckle Under. Red wedge shoes by Kurt Geiger. Belt by Shape.

There’s a good reason why Vanity Fair is possibly my favourite magazine of this period. They were relatively conventional in the 1960s, and would ‘merge’ with Honey magazine around 1972, but in their death knells they were just about the most innovative magazine in the UK. Issues were often themed around ‘issues’, for example this one is entirely themed around break-ups and divorces (including a story on what a divorced man should wear when taking his kid out for the day).

Nor did they shy away from more expensive designer names, such as Thea Porter and Zandra Rhodes here, mixing them happily with the more affordable but still iconic boutique names like Stirling Cooper and Mr Freedom. Adding Foale and Tuffin, Pablo and Delia and Terry de Havilland into the mix for good measure, and all those stunning illustrations by Michael Foreman… this is one of my favourite editorials of all time.

Vanity Fair is also, frankly, a nightmare to scan because it falls apart at the binding with the lightest touch, which is why I don’t scan them as often. So enjoy the heaven of Harri Peccinotti’s work while I gently shuffle all the pages back into the magazine…

Photographed by Harri Peccinotti.

Illustrations by Michael Foreman.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vanity Fair, April 1971.

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Long grey crepe dress patterned with purple, green and red birds by Shape. Pablo and Delia suede thong necklace. Blue suede shoes at Sacha.

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Beige suede skirt with applique shapes and matching shawl by Mary Quant. Necklace from Buckle Under. Beige suede boots by Guy Humphries.

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Blue and white feather printed chiffon dress by Zandra Rhodes.

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Left to right: Chiffon blouse and multi-coloured skirt by Foale and Tuffin. Painted rainbow shoes from Mr Freedom. Painted belt by Shape. // Cream and red jersey catsuit (top only showing) and banded red and cream skirt both from Stirling Cooper. Red shoes by Kurt Geiger. // Cream, yellow and red jersey dress by Stirling Cooper. Pull on hat by Janice Peskett. // Red cotton t-shirt by Erica Budd. Cream dungarees from Stirling Cooper. Red python sandals at Elliotts.

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Above: Mauve satin cotton pinafore dress and blouse by Gladrags. Right: Bottom half of Alistair Cowin calico trousers with green printing. Green and yellow shoes by Terry de Havilland. Far right: Black velvet dungarees with white satin applique heart from Mr Freedom. Chiffon blouse from Foale and Tuffin. Mauve canvas boots at Charles Jourdan.


Cheap and Lovely

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Calico blouse from Bus Stop. Gingham skirt by Angela of London Town. Flower brooch from Gear. Edward Mann hat. Mr Freedom sox.

It’s not only the birds that are going cheap this spring – fashion is too. For so many great new ideas and at such an early stage in the proceedings, they seem to be asking us to pay very little. So we can show you wear-every-day clothes at your price to our heart’s content.

Photographed by Jean Claude Volpeliere. Fashion by Sue Hone.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Petticoat, February 1972.

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Left: Check pleated skirt from Bus Stop. Tee by Harold Ingram. Van der Fransen scarf. Right: Dorothy Perkins check mini skirt and tee-shirt.

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Left: Dorothy Perkins brushed denim jeans and smock. Van der Fransen beads. Ravel suede shoes. Right: Dorothy Perkins cord jeans. Angela at London town floral blouse. Chenille bolero by Erica Budd. Silver watch from Biba. Beret by Edward Mann. Shoes by Sacha.

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Cheesecloth skirt and blouse from Bus Stop. Bermona hat. Ravel shoes.

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Red and navy motor car sweater by Janine at Girl shops. Red smock coat from Bus Stop. Red pants by Angela at London town. Ravel shirt. Edward Mann hat.

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Yellow print dress by Anji. Edward Mann felt hat with cherries.


What a catch!

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Lace-up leather shoes by Sacha

We threw in the line and fished out some of the best and most original shoes that are in the shops this spring. It may not be an ideal catch for a real angler, but then it depends what you’re fishing for, doesn’t it?

Photographed by Duc.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, April 1972.

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Baseball boot by Biba. Red leather with peeptoe by Sacha, Navy and white corresponding lace-up by Russell & Bromley, Vivid China blue peeptoe slingback by Sacha, Red leather peeptoe and green and yellow on front by Sacha, Navy blue peeptoe with ruched panel by Sacha, Red leather embossed with yellow spots by Sacha.


All Tied Up

Jersey midi dress by Crowthers. Paisley pinafore by Angela. Knitted hat by Susan Locke.

Jersey midi dress by Crowthers. Paisley pinafore by Angela. Knitted hat by Susan Locke.

Schoolgirls smocks gently looped, schoolmarm denims firmly tied and gypsy ribbons bowed: the perverse way to keep you ahead – all tied up behind!

Photographed by Roger Charity.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Petticoat Magazine, 3rd April 1971.

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Muslin midi dress with ribbons and velt tied at back by Mog. Adrien Mann raffia and bead choker.

Black crepe skirt and jacket with tie in the back by Bus Stop. Red shoes by Sacha. Van der Fransen rope around head.

Black crepe skirt and jacket with tie in the back by Bus Stop. Red shoes by Sacha. Van der Fransen rope around head.

Grey midi dress by Mary Quant. Peach and orange scarf by Jean Howell.

Grey midi dress by Mary Quant. Peach and orange scarf by Jean Howell.


Inspirational Images: Carnival!

Samba dress by Quorum. Sandals by Sacha.

Samba dress by Quorum. Sandals by Sacha.

Photographed by Sacha.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Cosmopolitan, June 1976


Inspirational Editorials: Weekend Leave

She: Felt hat by Edward Mann. Pink sweater and matching cardigan by Ossie Clark for Radley. Skirt by Danielle Claire. Scarf from Essenses. He: Army sweater from Laurence Corner. Cord jodhpurs from Badges and Equipment.

She: Felt hat by Edward Mann. Pink sweater and matching cardigan by Ossie Clark for Radley. Skirt by Danielle Claire. Scarf from Essenses. He: Army sweater from Laurence Corner. Cord jodhpurs from Badges and Equipment.

Featuring the beautiful Pat Cleveland…

Photographed by Pelito Galvez.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, September 1975

She: Red beret by Kangol. White blouse with red velvet ribbon tie by Sheridan Barnett at Quorum. Grey fleck suit by Strawberry Studio. Snakeskin strappy shoes by Sacha. Scarf from Essenses. He: Army jacket and trousers from Laurence Corner. Boots from Badges and Equipment.

She: Red beret by Kangol. White blouse with red velvet ribbon tie by Sheridan Barnett at Quorum. Grey fleck suit by Strawberry Studio. Snakeskin strappy shoes by Sacha. Scarf from Essenses. He: Army jacket and trousers from Laurence Corner. Boots from Badges and Equipment.

She: Hat, sweater and scarf all by Lionel Fisher. Skirt by Danielle Claire. Shoes by Mary Graeme. He: Cream and black pin stripe shirt by Nostalgia. Jodhpurs and boots from Badges and Equipment.

She: Hat, sweater and scarf all by Lionel Fisher. Skirt by Danielle Claire. Shoes by Mary Graeme. He: Cream and black pin stripe shirt by Nostalgia. Jodhpurs and boots from Badges and Equipment.

She: Black felt hat by Charles Batten. Black skirt and cream coat both by Sheridan Barnett at Quorum. Black suede shoes by Russell and Bromley. Clutch bag from Boots. Black scarfr from BHS. He: Army jacket and trousers from Laurence Corner. Boots and kit bag from Badges and Equipment

She: Black felt hat by Charles Batten. Black skirt and cream coat both by Sheridan Barnett at Quorum. Black suede shoes by Russell and Bromley. Clutch bag from Boots. Black scarf from BHS. He: Army jacket and trousers from Laurence Corner. Boots and kit bag from Badges and Equipment


Inspirational Images: Fancy Footwork

Dazzling sock with toes from Inca, 45 Elizabeth Street, London SW1 for approximately £4 a pair ... The fingerless mitts, also from Inca, cost £1.50

Dazzling sock with toes from Inca, 45 Elizabeth Street, London SW1 for approximately £4 a pair … The fingerless mitts, also from Inca, cost £1.50

The price of boots, like that of most other things today, is disgracefully high: here is another way of keeping your legs and feet warm – with socks.

Modelled by Pat Cleveland. Story by Meriel McCooey. Photographed by Sacha.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from The Sunday Times Magazine, 12th January 1975