Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Maxi Cover-Up (1969)



Last summer's revolution in skirt lengths―so mini they stopped just short of perdition―has provoked a counterrevolution. Here it is in full dress, threatening to blanket the U.S. under the maxicoat. The farsighted father of the maxi was the noted pacesetter Buster Keaton, who five years ago wrapped himself in a wretched ankle-warmer to make a movie about a man hiding from the world. No one had expected girls to go to that length of repression. Yet, here is the street-sweeping hemline, replacing the graceful swing of the mini with a strangled gait, a garment that goes up stairs with the greatest reluctance and sets bystanders guffawing when it tries to get on or off a bus. Happily, there are still ways to subvert it...

All images & original text scanned by Sweet Jane from LIFE, November 7, 1969. Photographs by Arthur Schatz & Steve Shapiro.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Color For The Space Age | Life (1966)

The smash of red! The bazaaz of blue! Begin your decorating with the oomphy space age look of Frigidaire Fashion Colors. Your kitchen the "livingest" room in the house-should be the liveliest! Make it look the part with the most dashing refrigerators and ranges you ever saw! Bold, beautiful colors to blend, match, contrast with walls, curtains, cabinets. Imagine Matador Red or Biscayne blue against bone white or lavender! Tahitian Green with sunny yellow. Autumn Haze with dark wood cabinets. What these buoyant colors can do for your kitchen, for your spirits is just short of unbelievable! 


Image scanned by Sweet Jane from LIFE Magazine 17th June 1966.