Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Diplomat - Travel-Fashion- Society Review, March 1957

Oh, my! We get to visit the upper crust. Starting with Miss Isabel Flood, San Francisco socialite, surveys the landscape at America's Switzerland- Sun Valley, Idaho. But for today lets's look at the Fashion Report By Vyvyan Donner.

An interesting silhouette with beautiful balance is created by Irene, in this full, blouse-sleeved top, combined with a slender stem -of -a-skirt. The deep V back is a dramatic break in the wide area of the top, and the butterflies and roses are printed on silk crepe. Gunther Jaeckel.

Born for the dance. A white frost silk marquisette dress with a great sweep of sash in floral-printed taffeta. By Irene. Gunther Jaeckel.

A warp-printed flowered silk taffeta cocktail-to-dinner dress designed by Fira Benenson. The print, the delicately-draped bodice and crushed sleeves ire reminiscent of XVIII Century portrait dresses. The skirt is drawn taut in front, has an airy, poufed panel in back. Jewelry by Marvella. Gloves by Iris. Lord & Taylor, about $295.00.

The wide, standaway, turned-down collar on this lustrous Russian broadtail jacket makes a handsome setting for the white mink ascot. Bracelet-length sleeves with cuffs; pocket flaps. By Fredrica. Available at: L. S. Ayres, Indianapolis; Lucy Baltzell, Hartford, Conn.; J. L. Hudson, Detroit; Rich's, Atlanta; I. Magnin, San Francisco; Swanson's Kansas City; Madeleine et Cie, St. Louis; Miss Jackson Shop, Tulsa.

Chinchilla in its silver tones, or in its silver tones, makes beautiful harmony with 1957's two top spring colors, light grey and beige. This chiffon-weight fur has the soft fullness needed to complement the sheaths and straight-lined evening gowns. Jacket by Ritter Brothers. The silk chiffon gown is magnificent draped to mould the bosom and midriff, falling from there to the floor in classic folds. A dream of a dress by Jane Derby. Jewelery by Fashion Craft. The Chinchilla, of course, is Empress.

Emba cerulean mink is particularly lovely with this spring's lilac tones and pearl grays. The horizontal placing of the skins on the sleeves and body of this jacket give it a softly-wrapped look of gentle protection. By Maxmilian.

Indispensible for traveling, a coat that withstands wrinkles and rain. It is designed by Peter Conte for Milner Rainwear in Swedish cotton tweed. A wide box pleat in back seems to form a flying panel. Hanging straight in repose, it takes on a graceful swing in motion.

From George Carinel's spring collection, designed by Louis Claveric. A willowy, slender wrap coat in honey beige imported French Alencon lace. Re-embroidery emphasizes the luxurious, carved, textured look in the lovely fern and flower pattern. The long, narrow silhouette is obtained by a slightly indented waistline, placed high, and inverted pleats set on either side in the back. Tiny, tailored bows top the pleats. Turban by Lilly Dache. About $425.00.

Full-length woolknit sweater coat designed by Goldworm, with a drawstring hood that flattens ot-it into a sailor collar. A ronv of nine disc buttons maintain the coveredup look. This coat will take an enormous amount of wear without showing a crease. No matter how you treat it or toss it about in packing or traveling, it never loses its shape.

Straight front and back, this handsome topcoat of British wool slants gently out toward hemline at the sides. lt has a deep, wide collar with tab button closing which stands out from neck just enough to give a glimpse of pearls. Hat by Mr. John. Coat by Glenhunt. $125. Available at: Bergdorf Goodman, New York City; Lewis Thos. Saltz, Washington, D. C.; Dorothy Bullitt, Philadelphia; C. Crawford Hollidge, Boston; Halle Bros., Cleveland; Saks, St. Louis; H. Liebes, San Francisco.

Urban sophistication in this navy, basket weave wool, fitted topcoat. This wonderfully striking silhouette is achieved by the cape back, and the fullness of many folds in the back of the "skirt." Designed by Sophie, with Stephen Erklin for the spring collection of ready-to-wear Sophie originals. Exclusively Saks Fifth Avenue.

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