The Lady is a Vamp...Again!
When Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were robbing banks, when Fred Astaire was putting on his Top Hat and Flying Down To Rio with Ginger Rogers, when Jean Harlow was vamping Ben Lyon in Hell's Angels, the look was elegant - and elongated. Just as it is now. And the influences are almost the same: Bonnie and Clyde robbing banks (but only on film), and the revival of all those mid-calf movies for television.
ABOVE: Green satin dress with crossed straps on low back, by Bob Schulz; 44 gns at Harvey Nichols 31 shop, Knightsbridge, SW1. Curved green sequin and bead earrings; diamante coloured bangles; matching double-bobble ring; all from a selection at Harrods, Knightbridge, SW1. T-strap sling-back shoes, by Andrea, in striped green and yellow lurex; 10 gns at Footnote, Seymond Street, SW3.
Wrap-over V-necked dress by Jean Muir in beige crepe with raglan sleeves, pleats over bust, and large bow trimmings; £31 15s to order from Harvey Nichols 31 shop, Knightsbridge, SW1. Brown Fitches; at Calman Links, Magaret Street, W1. Fine white glitter stockings by Mary Quant; 7s 11d at Galeries Lafayette, Regent Street, W1. Cobweb paste ear-rings; £12 10s at Ken Lane, Beauchamp Place, SW3. Extra long transparent plastic beads; long black cigarette holder with diamante; adjustable black cigarette-holder with gold rings; all from a selection at Harrods, Knightsbridge, SW1.
LEFT: V-necked maxi-dress by Marrian McDonnell in White crepe with square paste buttons; 10gns at Marrian McDonnell, Sloane Street, SW1. White foxes; at Calman Links, Margaret Street, W1. Silver glitter stockings by Mary Quant; 7s 11d at Galeries Lafayette, Regent Street, W1. High silver-gold platform shoes by Roger Vivier; 22 gns at Rayne, Bond Street, W1. Silver Victorian belt; about £25 at Gemstones, Hatton Garden, EC4. Diamante chain ear-rings with tortoiseshell bobbles; diamante double-bobble ring; both from a selection at Harrods, Knightsbridge, SW1. RIGHT: White crepe culottes by Marrian McDonnell; V-necked cardigan wth square paste buttons; transparent silver halter-neck shirt with thick white trimming around neck and armholes; 21½ gns at Marrian McDonnell; Sloane Street, SW1. Silver glitter stockings by Mary Quant; 7s 11d at D.H. Evans, Oxford Street, W1. High silver-gold platform shoes by Roger Vivier; at Rayne, Bond Street, W1. Cobweb paste ear-rings; £12 10s at Ken Lane, Beauchamp Place, SW3. Man's tall suit and accessories; 4 gns to hire from Moss Bros, Covent Garden, WC2.
LEFT and RIGHT: Beige giselle shirt, by Ossie Clark, with full sleeves and tie front; 11gns; black jersey four-seamed maxi-skirt; 6 gns; both at Quorum, Radnor Walk, SW3. Beige crepe tights by Mary Quant; 18s 11d at Bazaar branches. Black kid shoes; 10½ gns at Charles Jourdan, Bond Street, W1. Long jet beads; long era-rings of sequins and jet; both from a selection at Harrods, Knightsbridge, SW1. HIS: Close-fitting marled green Shetland tweed double-breasted coat from France, with matching cape; 42 gns; matching wide-bottomed trousers 12 gns; yellow silk gauze shirt with long colar and buttoned cuffs; 12 gns; all from Browns, South Molton Street, W1. Wide silk tie in green, yellow and rich brown; 2 gns at Turnbull & Asser, Jermyn Street, SW1. Redish-brown leather shoes with squared-off toes and two buttons on vamp; £12 1s 6d at Russell & Bromley, Bond Street, W1. Silver-topped wide Malacca cane; 6 gns at James Smith, New Oxford Street, W1. Wide-brimmed brown felt hat, 5 gns at Blades.
All images & original text scanned by Sweet Jane from QUEEN magazine, 17th January 1968. Photographs by Patrick Hunt. Men's clothes selected by Erica Crome.