Monday, 22 August 2016

Whatever Happened to Steven Topper & Topper Shoes?

    

               Whatever Happened to Steven Topper & Topper Shoes? 

If you were to browse through the men's fashion section of every other issue of Rave magazine from the mid 1960s onwards, I guarantee you would soon notice that the names Steven Topper & Topper Shoes usually follow one after the other on a fairly regular basis. Much favoured by stylish young men about town, Topper Shoes were without a doubt one of the most happening footwear brands of the era. The clientele list included the British pop hierarchy such as The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces and The Who as well as visiting international acts like Bob Dylan and Johnny Halliday...and yet, they seem to have 'almost' vanished from history, there is barely a trace of their legacy to be found online apart from the occasional Carnaby Street reference and a couple of interesting threads posted on 1960s/1970s style forums. Although in fairness, they have been name checked in several books and slightly elaborated upon in others through the personal stories of former customers, but there is no definitive account of the brand's heritage or any archival examples available all in one place that I am currently aware of. 

Topper shoes were already well established by the early 1960s, with three branches in London, one located at 68 Queensway in W2. and the others at 34 Coventry Street and 57 Shaftesbury Avenue in W1.  But they really came into their own when the young Steven Topper, the owner's son, took the reins and headed for Carnaby Street. I don't have an exact date but he was definitely trading there by 1965, however, the earliest reference that i've come across in print from my personal magazine collection dates back to the 'London Swings' issue of Rave magazine from April 1966. Topper Shoes located at 45 Carnaby St is included in the poptastic illustrated Raver's Map of London along with a brief description of the shop on the next page.

By the following year they were featured in the Gear Guide a 'Hip-pocket guide to Britain's Swinging Fashion Scene' and while still brief, it gives a more detailed account of how things were progressing.  There were now two Topper Shoe shops on Carnaby Street, they were still at No.45 but also had a branch at No.9. The first one catered for men only, it was open Monday-Saturday 9.00 am-6.o0 pm with late night shopping until 7.00 pm on Thursday and Friday and the range cost between three pounds to ten Guineas.  The other shop at No.9 had 'a beautifully cool interior in weird purply shades', it kept the same opening hours as the previous one but catered for Girls and Men..I've never seen any examples of their Girls shoes but apparently they had a wide and original range which cost from three pounds - five pounds-fifteen for shoes and from ninety-nine-and-elevenpence to seven pounds-nineteen and six for boots! All of the collections (which perfectly complimented the latest clothing for sale on the street) were designed by Steven Topper himself and manufactured to a high standard in France and Italy.

According to Tom Salter's book about Carnaby Street there were a total of five Topper shoe shops in 1970,  i'm assuming at this point that he is referring to the original three that I have mentioned plus the last two..but then again, maybe not, perhaps some of the originals had closed and there were more branches in Carnaby Street or at new locations? It also says that the owner was a chap called 'Monty Stewart' so, was Topper merely a business name rather than the actual family surname? While researching material for this post I came across a photograph of a branch at 146 Markham Street in SW3 (undated) and also a piece of film footage which features a Topper Shoe shop located on the King's Road circa 1977 but unfortunately the trail runs cold after that..Which leads me back to my original question...Whatever happened to Steven Topper and Topper Shoes?



The Fortunes, suited and booted, outside Toppers at 57 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W.1., 1964. Photograph © Jeremy Fletcher .
          


                                          Early 1960s Topper Shoes business card.


                                          
The Raver's Map of London, an illustrated guide to the most happening Boutiques, Discotheques and Restaurants in the Capital as featured in Rave magazine's 72 page London Swings issue of April 1966...and Topper Shoes make the list!  The description of the shop on the following page says that it sells reasonably priced mod designed shoes, and that they always have the latest! Designed by Steve Topper, at prices ranging from £2 10s to £7.

                                                                     
                                                                               
A close-up of the Raver's map, Topper Shoes is located at number 45 Carnaby Street. As shown on the map it is between John Stephen's Tre Camp (No.46) and Ravel (No.44). but in reality it was actually located next to Inderwicks the Tobacconist & Pipe Specialist on the left and Ravel on the right. (April 1966).



A rare photograph of the Topper Shoe shop facade at 45 Carnaby Street, you can just about see Ravel but next door on the left is clearly Inderwicks the tobacconist shop, which intriguingly also seems to be located at number 45 Carnaby St! (perhaps it was an a&b situation?) Photograph © mario de biasi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images. (1966)



Inderwicks the Pipe & Tobacco Specialist 45 Carnaby St  illustrated by Malcolm English for Tom Salter's Carnaby Street book in 1970. The company was founded in 1797 by John Inderwick, the original shop located on Wardour Street was one of the earliest tobacconists in London. They may have seemed out of place in the midst of the Carnaby St pop explosion but stayed put nevertheless, resisting several tempting offers on their lease. The pop revolution actually enhanced their business rather threaten it, as the many curious Carnaby St shoppers spilled off the pavement and ventured in to buy their specialist tobacco blends, cigarettes and the long clay Churchwardens, Corncobs and Meerschaum pipes which they had been selling for 170 years. Above Inderwicks was the very first Aristos Boutique, it comprised of two rooms on the first floor, a small shop area in the front and a workroom in the back in which Constantinou Aristos ran up garments for girls. The son of a master tailor, he had graduated from the London College of Fashion in 1965 and with the profits from the fledgling boutique he soon opened up his second shop named Blooshp at 45 Newburgh Street, W1. When he was eventually joined in the business by his younger brother Achillea, the two went on to expand the company, renaming it Ariella in 1971.



Bob Dylan photographed by Barry Feinstein trying on shoes in Topper's (1966), He was at the end of a world tour at this point in time, playing The Royal Albert Hall twice while in London on May 26th & May 27th, so this was more than likely taken sometime on or around those dates. There seems to be a wall of fame in the background, perhaps made up of other well known celebrity customers, included are 'The Who' on Bob's immediate left, unmistakable in their pop art regalia.



High sand suede boots with leather linings to keep water out. Also in black leather and olive suede. From Steve Topper, Carnaby Street, London, W.1. Price £7 19s. 6d. (November 1966).



Brian Jones with his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg. December 3rd 1966. Brian is wearing a pair of two tone basket weave laced-up shoes by Topper.



The side and back view detail of Brian's two tone basket weave lace-ups by Topper, December 3rd 1966. 



All of the shoes featured here are by Topper.  Left: Shirt, £5 19s. 6d. Cape and topcoat for spying! Coat, £9 19s. 6d, cape £2. 19s. 6d. Trousers, £3 19s. 6d. All from Take Six, Wardour Street, W.1. Shoes, 69s, 11., from Topper.  Middle: Prime ministerial shirt in purple satin with super puffed sleeves, £2 15s. Black trench coat, £17 17s. 6d. Wool hessian trousers in charcoal, £4 9s. All from Adam W.1, Kingly Street, London, W.1. Shoes, 99s.11d., from Topper. Right: Aristocratic double-breasted suit from John Stephen, price 18 gns, 16s. 6d. Pink seersucker shirt from Paul's boutique, 79s. 11d. Macao canvas and leather shoes, 85s., from Topper. (February 1967).



Ian McLagan of The Small Faces photographed at home for an article in Rave, he's wearing the same style of basket weave laced-up shoe from Topper of Carnaby Street that Brian Jones has on in the previous photos above. (April 1967).




Harris Tweed suit with waisted jacket and turn-ups. It costs 16gns. at Take Six Boutique, Wardour Street, London, W.1.  Also from Take Six is the fabulous skinny sweater in bright green. It's got a purple band on the roll neck collar, and costs 40s. 6d. Completing the outfit are casual shoes from Steve Topper, Carnaby Street, London W.1. They're in red-brown and black leather. Price £5 9s. 6d. (February 1968).


In spite of this issue's slew of teenage worries, there's still just enough space left to promote the new summer range from Topper Shoes, these are from the branch located at No.9, Carnaby Street. Left to Right: Slip-on in hessian, Natural or Ice Blue, 59s. 11d., Cord boots in Camel or Brown, 59s. 11d., Lace-up in Navy or Natural, 49s. 11d., Canvas slip-on in White or Brown, 49s. 11d. All shoes are lightweight and ideal for the beach. (August 1968).




Signage over one the Topper  Shoe shops on Carnaby Street.





       

Topper Shoes, 45 Carnaby St (just seen on left next to Ravel) still going strong eight years later in October 1973. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).



               Topper Shoes 146 Markham Street, Chelsea SW3. Photograph courtesy of Sixties City.

         


The facade of another Topper shoe shop, which was included in a short news report for Thames Television in 1977 about the 'health concerns' associated with the fashion fad for wearing platform shoes! I'm not sure of the exact address of this branch but it's located somewhere on the King's Road, the number of the shop could quite possibly be 59b, which is just seen above the head of the interviewer for at couple of seconds at one point. I can't quite make out the name over the door behind the Topper van opposite but next to it is a branch of Irvine Sellars' Mates boutique. Several interviews take place throughout the footage, there is one in particular filmed right outside Topper's with a young chap who seems to be fairly knowledgeable about the customer base, I can't help wondering if this is the manager of the shop or perhaps the elusive Steven Topper himself? I've also included a link to some footage of outtakes from the same film at the end of the post which provides excellent examples of popular street footwear and fashion of the time, lots of platform shoes, boots and wedged heels worn with flares, maxis and minis, although there is some discrepancy regarding the date via Pathé who have credited it as 1970 this time round rather than 1977.




                  Topper Shoes SW3, 1977. (No. 59b just seen above on the door in the background).





                                                   Could this be the elusive Steven Topper?




And finally, an example of a pair of Lace Up, Leather Ox Blood, Bubble Toe, Crepe Wedges with matching suede side panel - which were available from Topper's in Carnaby Street circa 1972/73, they also came in black with a grey suede side panel. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who is still in possession of a pair of these or knows the whereabouts of some and also any other information relating to  Steven Topper & Topper Shoes.


                                                                  IMAGE CREDITS
All images credited in descending order: The Fortunes 1964. Photograph © Jeremy Fletcher courtesy of Carnaby Street The Musical, Topper Shoes business card courtesy of Mod to the Suedehead thread on StyleForum, Raver's Map of London & close-up scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine April 1966, Topper Shoes facade 45 Carnaby Street © mario de biasi/Mondadori 1966, Inderwicks the Pipe & Tobacco Specialist illustrated by Malcolm English scanned by Sweet Jane from Carnaby Street by Tom Salter 1970, Bob Dylan © Barry Feinstein 1966, Just Dennis/Topper Shoes scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine November 1966, Brian Jones & Anita Pallenberg December 3rd 1966 Photo courtesy of Bentley Archive/Popperfoto/ and J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images, Just Dennis/Topper Shoes scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine February 1967, Ian McLagan scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine April 1967, Johnny Rave scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine February 1968 & August 1968, Topper  Shoe signage screenshot from The History of Carnaby Street archive footage, Topper Shoes, 45 Carnaby St 1973 courtesy of Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images, Topper Shoes 146 Markham Street courtesy of Sixties City, Topper Shoes King's Road screenshots courtesy of Thames Television via British Pathé. Ox Blood Crepe Wedges courtesy of the Mod to Suedehead thread on Styleforum.

                                                 LINKS & FURTHER READING
Watch 'Eat The Document' a documentary film of Bob Dylan's 1966 tour of the United Kingdom directed by D.A. Pennebaker here, View the aforementioned outtakes from the Thames Television 'Platform Shoes' news report here, A review of Sympathy for the Devil - The birth of the Rolling Stones and the death of Brian Jones here, You'll find an example of an Inderwicks Shell Bulldog Pipe here. Participate in the Mod to Suedehead thread on Styleforum here, Visit the Sixties City website here, A pair of Topper shoes featured in 'The French Cut' over on the Film Noir Buff website here, Discover more about the early years of Ariella here, Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads here, and finally The Buzzcocks wanna know Whatever Happened to? (well, quite a lot of stuff actually!) here .

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Rags for Riders 1971




Left to Right: American baseball t-shirt, various colourways, from Kleptomania £3.25. American denim jeans, tight n' flared £5.00, from Kleptomania. Yellow and purple woolen two-piece £8.40 from Che Guevara. Detective Luff an Oz Obscenity Trial t-shirt, teamed up with Stirling Cooper canvas trousers, £5.75 from Che Guevara.



                                                             Rags for Riders
Until recently in motorcycling lore, there were only two respectable modes of dress, neither of which had particularly favourable social connotations: The rocker uniform of blue jeans and leather jackets and the ankle length storm coat and baggy rubber oversuits of an earlier generation. Now, as the popularity of biking spreads across a wider social spectrum, such sartorial rigidity is being ignored as more and more riders (and their chicks) opt for jazzier threads that gladden the eye whilst still maintaing reasonable standards of practicality. The firm most responsible for this revolution in motorcycle garb are TT Leathers, who do a healthy mail order business out of Montalbo Road, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, (they'll happily send you a catalogue). Most of their wide range of designs - some styled on American lines - available in a variety of eleven colours and the suppleness of the leather and the quality of craftsmanship belie their extremely reasonable price. TT also sell through dealers.

TT Leathers recently introduced an oiled cotton trials suit - the Ruffryder - available in red, blue, green and black. Lighter and more flatteringly cut than competitive garments, the Ruffryder adds a welcome dash of colour to the trials scene and a seventy mile motorway dash in driving rain, (August is the monsoon season in England), proved to Bike's editor that they're also damned waterproof! Other firms such as D.Lewis and Rivetts are also waking up to the appeal of flashy riding gear and are including coloured leathers in their ranges. So as it looks as though coloured clobber is here to stay, we've dug out some of the snappier but nevertheless practical outfits from around town and juxtaposed them with examples of the more inspired traditional biking gear.









Left to Right: Green 'Ruffryder' trials suit (jacket £9.95, trousers £6.75). in several colours from TT Leathers. Ex-Firemans' boots, (excellent for trials and scrambles) £2.95 from Lawrence Corner. Soft leather scrambles glovers with protective rubber strips over fingers and knuckles, £2.50 from D. Lewis, 'Wrangler' denim jacket from The Westerner together with wide flare denim jeans from The Emperor of Wyoming. £5.00. 'Honeybunch Kaminsky (jailbait of the month)' an Oz Obscenity Trial t-shirt. £1.50. BSA Victor 250cc trail bike, £309.00 (supplied by Sid Morams of Slough).


Left to Right: 'Bronx' black leather jacket with tons of zips and buckles, £15.75 from D. Lewis (in men's and women's sizes). Heavy pile cotton baseball jacket with quilted lining in several colours, from Paradise Garage. Both ladies are wearing Stirling Cooper canvas trousers from Che Guevara.



Left to Right; Blue denim jacket with brown leather shoulder patches from The Westerner. Yellow jersey jacket, very waisted with wide lapels, £9.95, with matching canvas trousers £5.75, both from Che Guevara. Zipped blue leather racing gloves with chamois leather patches on back to wipe goggles, also in other colours, £3.00 from D.Lewis. Protect 4 helmets in various candy colours, ACU approved for competition use, £5.50 from Stadium.



Outside, Left to Right: Black Stirling Cooper canvas suit with zipper jacket, £19.50 (available in other colours) from Che Guevara. Genuine American overalls in blue denim from Paradise Garage. 








Left to Right: American baseball t-shirt, various colourways, from Kleptomania £3.25. American denim jeans, tight n' flared £5.00, from Kleptomania. Yellow and purple woolen two-piece £8.40 from Che Guevara. Detective Luff an Oz Obscenity Trial t-shirt, teamed up with Stirling Cooper canvas trousers, £5.75 from Che Guevara.



Yellow 'Mach ll' jacket with quilted leather padding on elbows and shoulders, also in others colours, £21.00 from TT Leathers, American denim jeans from Kleptomania, £5.00. Everoak 'Clubmaster MK. ll' low-crown helmet, ACU approved and in various colours, £6.10. Plain black racing gloves, £2.40 from D. Lewis. 750 cc Norton Commando with customised half-fairing, gas tank, racing-style seat rear-set foot-rests and exhaust system supplied by Gus Kuhn (Motors) Ltd.




Left to Right; Secondhand American denim overalls from Paradise Garage. Embroidered cotton shirt (like the country n' western dudes wear), various colours and patterns, from £6.00 at the Emperor of Wyoming. Genuine cowboy boots with hand-stitched patterns down front, various colours, from £13.00 at The Westerner ■ Oz t-shirt, £1.50, Denim flare jeans. £5.00, at Kleptomania. Hessian and leather 'U.S. Mail' shoulder bag from the Westerner, Belts from a selection at Emperor of Wyoming ■ Secondhand American striped boiler suit, with large Esso fabric badge, from a selection at Paradise Garage. Cowboy boots with hand stitching and applique, from The Westerner. (Similar boots are also available at the Emperor of Wyoming from £12.00).





                                                         IMAGE CREDIT & LINKS
All images scanned for the Sweet Jane blog from Bike Issue No. 2 Autumn 1971 with thanks to Brad Jones, Editor Mark Williams, Photographer & models uncredited, but the guy on the chopper is Mickey Solomon and Mark Williams is on the BSA Victor 250cc trail bike.  View one of my previous posts about Biker Fashion here, You'll find examples of other gear from Kleptomania herehere, Discover more about the late great Billy Murphy ''Founder of The Emperor of Wyoming, a Chelsea emporium which sparked a vogue for vintage Americana'' here and also here, the shop was named The Emperor of Wyoming after the opening track on Neil Young’s 1968 debut solo LP, my personal favourite from it here, View rare photographs of Paradise Garage 430 King's Road as it looked in 1971 via Paul Gorman here & it's 70s Workwear Revolution here plus the story behind the shop created by Trevor Myles over on The Wonder Workshop website here, The ‘Schoolkids’ Oz, Mucky Books, and the Downfall of the ‘Dirty Squad’' here, 'I was an Oz Schoolkid'' a personal account about the creation of the infamous Oz issue No.28, by Charles Shaar Murray here, And finally,view documentary footage about the Oz Obscenity Trial Part one  & two.



Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Good Strong Coffee 1968



A kaleidoscopic 1968 cinema short produced by the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn advocating the use of coffee as a stimulant! The film features some fantastic Swinging London locations, psychedelic visuals and 'beautiful people' wearing beautiful clothing (I'm pretty sure I spy an Ossie Clark outfit...or two). Intriguingly, it doesn't seem to promote any specific brand in particular but it is quite possibly the best advert for the stuff that i've seen in a while...not that I needed too much persuading in the first place! Watch Good Strong Coffee (1968) in its entirety on the BFI's excellent Other Grooves collection here.





































































                                                
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All screen shots by Sweet Jane from Good Strong Coffee (1968) by Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn courtesy of the BFI's Other Grooves,models/actors uncredited. Visit the BBDO advertising agency's website here, Check out the BFI's Other Grooves entire Collection here. View some images from I'll Never forget What's isname (1967) starring Oliver Reed as a disillusioned London advertising executive who revolts against his career and escapes into Swinging London on one of my previous posts here, A Brief History of Psychedelic Light Shows on the excellent Liquid Light Lab blog curated by Steve Pavlovsky here. You'll find some Ossie Clark designs here & also hereWe need to talk about caffeine, great coffee scenes in movies here and finally Watch Coffee and Cigarettes (2004) by Jim Jarmusch here

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Swop Shop 1970


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                                    FASHION IS FOR HIM AND HER

I think a lot of us can identify with this one, most couples have probably borrowed an item or two from each others wardrobe at some point in a relationship or failing that, will have at least shopped for ourselves in the clothing departments of the opposite sex on occasion..either way, I love these illustrations from The Boyfriend book (1970). But what really interests me about them is the illustrator's name! It's signed as Brocklehurst, the signature runs vertically up along the girl's right trouser leg, it's pretty small print, so i've enlarged it in the third scan for your perusal...because the only artist that I am familiar with who worked under that name is Jo Brocklehurst - most widely acclaimed as chronicler of subcultures and nightclub life in the 1970s & 1980s. Anyone who is aware of her output from that period will know that the work is completely different to what you see here, it's much rawer and in a similar vein to that of Egon Schiele. I can actually remember the first time that ever I saw it, I was still in school at that stage, but from one singular image I knew instantly that whoever this person was they definitely had their finger on the pulse of life outside the mainstream and immediately wrote the name on the inside of my art folder for future reference (I still have it btw, see final photograph). If you google search Jo Brocklehurst online, the only images which regularly show up are the drawings from the punk & club scene crowd of the 1980s even though she had a long career ever since graduating from art college as a teenager,  first working as a commercial artist before moving into fashion illustration & then lecturing later in life, while continuing to work on personal projects throughout. According to her close friend and muse Isabelle Bricknall, she had in fact documented the emerging bohemian/counter culture scene in London as far back as the 1960s and had been drawing people in clubs since the 1950s before then, i've never actually seen examples of any of it, these illustrations from 1970 are the earliest representation of her 'other' work that I am personally aware of to date. Apparently, she was in the process of curating a museum of her own work at her home in Westbere Road towards the end of her life, but since her death in 2006 the ownership of much of it has been the subject of an ongoing legal dispute and the rest are scattered amongst friends. As a prolific artist who worked constantly over a 50 year period, documenting subculture from within the epicentre of each scene as it was actually happening from decade to decade, I think this unknown work sounds like it has the makings of a really interesting retrospective on many levels, now more so than ever before, much has changed over the past ten years as we increasingly move further & further away from the uniqueness of these eras in all respects with each passing day via the impact of the internet & globalisation. While researching material for this post, the same information turned  up time and time again, she was a very private individual judging by any of the accounts given, most were obituaries written shortly after her death with the exception of an in depth article by Tom Jenkins for Vice UK last year (see links), however, I decided to have one last look for current news articles and i'm pleased to say that i've found one, there is a forthcoming exhibition at The Gallery Liverpool featuring the work of Jo Brocklehurst and photographer Sheila Rock later this year, it's called Typical Girls and runs from the 19th of August - 4th September 2016.








She will borrow...his knee-length socks, his watch, his black trousers, his tie (worn squaw-like round her head), his troubadour shirt, and in mad moments, will dab his aftershave behind her ears. 



                                                                  The artist's signature (1970).



Jo Brocklehurst's signature on the front of a poster advertising an exhibition of her London Drawings in 1984. Almost identical to the example from 14 years earlier. I can also see some traces of similarity in the execution of the features between this girl and the chap below.
               



He will borrow...her hairdryer, her rollers, her belt with enormous buckle, her waistcoat, her boots, and no one will recognize it as being hers!




                                 Jo Brocklehurst in Rome, 1966. Photo courtesy of Fershid Bharucha.




My old school art folder with insert of Jo's name in bottom right corner, written on the inside on the day that I first discovered her (as mentioned earlier), the folder itself is in pretty shabby condition these days, it's falling apart, a lot of Bowie still on there though, along with David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Steve Strange, Edwyn Collins & Eddie Cochran among others.





                                               
               
                                      
                                                IMAGE CREDITS & LINKS
Images scanned for the Sweet Jane blog from the Boyfriend book 1970 with thanks to Brad Jones, all illustrations by Jo Brocklehurst. Art Folder photo by Sweet Jane. Remembering Jo Brocklehurst, the Artist Who Documented London's 1980s Anarcho-Punk Squatters here, Discover more about the artist Egon Schiele here, Read an excerpt from Sex and Unisex: Fashion Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution by Jo B. Paoletti on Pop Matters here & visit the author's blog here, The New York Dolls rocking some outfits from Biba in 1973 here, The white dress Mick Jagger wore for the 1969 Rolling Stones' Hyde Park concert epitomised the swinging Sixties, says Mick Brown hereYou'll find fashion & anti-fashion, street style and much more on the excellent Ted Polhemus in the 21st Century website here, and Shapers of the 80s - British youth culture at its finest here, His and Hers - the 2010 exhibition exploring the relationship between gender and fashion over the past 250 years is still available to view on the FIT archive here. and finally, Where Were You? Dublin Youth Culture & Street Style 1950-2000 by Garry O'Neill here & here.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

What's phisticated then? 1967
























What's phisticated then? It's good manners in a vodka. Smirnoff is the cleanest, discreetest, the strong silent vodka. Leaves you clear-headed. Take the general's advice and order it. Not ''vodka'' Len, ''Smirnoff''.

                                                      IMAGE CREDIT
Image scanned by Sweet Jane from The Daily Telegraph Magazine December 8th 1967. View some of my previous vintage Smirnoff advert posts here and also here. You'll find The Booze Book illustrated by John Astrop & Eric Hill 1967 here, The trend for wearing military jackets via I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet here & also here. It's also included in the excellent Gear Guide 1967 here. Your Boutique Needs You! inside London's Portobello Road "Lord Kitchener's Valet" here. And finally, colour film footage of the craze & shop here  plus an interview with Robert Orbach and one of the most famous exponents of the look here.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Pennywise 1972


    Pennywise: The fashion boutiques where you get the best - for less!








































                                                           


                                                IMAGE CREDIT & LINKS.
All images scanned by Sweet Jane from LOVING Magazine 5th February 1972 & 12th February 1972 with thanks to Kirstin Sibley, Original Fashion feature by Penny Saunders, Photography by Barry Giles. Models uncredited but the girl in the first feature reminds me of a very young Lorraine Chase. View some more of my previous 1970s fashion posts here and also here. You'll find The 1970s [Episode One: Get it On 1970-1972] a BBC documentary here. And finally, She's so 1970s ..She's a Modern Girl here.