Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The Limpid Line

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Edging into fashion: the 'H' line. Waists are dropping to hip level, hems to mid-calf. Willowy, limpid, tube-like, this is a natural move away from the stiffer fashions. Pablo & Delia, the two talented designers who are responsible for the new look, work independently producing small collections which are totally different from current fashions but which will have a strong influence on next season's clothes. Before the look becomes commonplace, buy the original, or anything droopy from the very designers at present on the same wavelength. Or you can improvise with 'antique' clothes - for this new look, like so many, has more than a touch of the retrospective about it, though Pablo & Delia say that it is not based strongly on one period.

Cotton cardigan at Carolyn Brunn; chiffon print 'antique' sleeveless dress and chiffon scarf from a selection at Essences; tights by Boots 17; leather shoes from a selection at Yves Saint Laurent; bangles at Emeline; pearls at The Neal Street Shop.

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Embossed flowered satin and crepe dress with elasticated waist, pockets, boat-shaped neck line and puffed sleeves by Pablo & Delia; tights by Mary Quant; leather sandals at Charles Jourdan; pearl rope at The Neal Street Shop; chiffon scarf from a selection at Essences; cochet cloche by Brosseau for Rykiel at Browns; plume at Paul Craig.

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Macrame silky knit sweater, printed chiffon short-sleeved frock and scarf, all 'antiques' from selections at Essences; straw brim by Brosseau for Rykiel at Browns; jade and Chines jade bangles at Emeline and The Neal Street Shop.

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Satin spotted crepe dress and hat by Pablo & Delia; tights by Mary Quant; leather shoes at Deliss; chiffon scarf at Essences; bangles at Emeline.

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Chiffon tiered overblouse and skirt with handmade flowers by Pablo & Delia; leather sandals at Charles Jourdan; chiffon scarf at Essences.

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Georgette kimono blouse by Alice Pollack and crepe skirt at Quorum; Mary Quant tights; crochet cloche by Brosseau for Rykiel at Browns; leather shoes from a selection at Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche; rose by The Novelty Import Co.

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Italian rayon knot kimono cardigan by Zandra Rhodes; acetate silky knit cap-sleeved narrow-belted dress by Ian Batten for Stirling Cooper; perspex bangles at Emeline.

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Two-piece in embossed crepe satinette, with long-line puff-sleeved tie-belted top and skirt by Pablo & Delia; tights by Boots 17; patent leather ankle-strap spotted high-heeled shoes at Shoosissima; papier-mache and lacquered bangles at Emeline.

Editorial by Caroline Baker, photographed by Terence Donovan, for Nova, June 1973.


3 comments:

Miss Peelpants said...

Incredible. I really need some Pablo and Delia in my life but I think it's like the vintage equivalent of a unicorn...

Lise.silva said...

Amazing as always, thank you for sharing this. I just can't get over the color scheme and that muted depth to the shadows.

circulate said...

Such a beautiful kimono cardigan, in one of the last photos.

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