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Cotton hats from Moss Bros. Red and white striped halter top and matching knee-length jersey skirt by Bus Stop. Necklace and bangles by Adrien Mann. Red halter neck and red and white striped knee length skirt by Bus Stop.

 

 

If you're like us, you've always rather liked those little money boxes that look like telephones. So you can guess the pleasure we felt on arriving in Tokyo to find that they were everywhere - but this time for real and giant-sized. We spent hours using them, because they are outside every shop and restaurant. They are on wheels and the shop owners take them in at night and wheel them out in the morning. We thought they'd show off our red and white striped clothes better than anything else and you get the double perk of seeing some close-up shots of the smashing little shops dotted around Tokyo.

It's refreshing to see that this Tokyo-based shoot actually uses Japanese models: the late, great Sayoko Yamaguchi and the always-fabulous Marie Helvin. The little twist is that the clothes are some of the most adorable Thirties and Forties-influenced knitted separates from London, resisting the urge for clunky cultural referencing. There are pieces by Bus Stop, the Kensington boutique started by Lee Bender in the late Sixties, and Tuttabankem. The latter was the label set up by friends Katharine Hamnett and Ann Buck in the early Seventies. Both would go on to greater things separately, Hamnett with her slogan t-shirts and Ann Buck with her superb suede-trimmed jersey dresses, but their work in this period is strikingly sophisticated in cut and fabric.

There is a strong note of maverick genius in any photoshoot by Harri Peccinotti, which is why he is one the most influential photographers of his generation. It may not seem particularly radical to a modern eye, but the quirky use of street scenes and the relaxed, natural feel of the models themselves is distinctively Peccinotti.

 

Photographed by Harri Peccinotti. 19 Magazine, March 1974.

 

White silk beret with matching scarf from Diane Logan. Blue and white striped slik jersey t-shirt and matching long skirt by Gulero. Bangles by Adrien Mann.

 

 

White pancake hat from Diane Logan. Red and white striped silk sweater by Miff Limited Editions. White garberdine skirt by Tuttabankem. Red scarf from Joseph. Bangles by Adrien Mann.

 

 

White cotton sunhats from Moss Bros. Red and white striped jersey t-shirt and matching gull length skirt from Bus Stop. Scarves from Herbert Johnson. Bangles by Adrien Mann. Low v-necked t-shirt from Bus Stop. White pleated silk skirt by Tuttabankem.

 

 

White t-shirt by Daniel Hechter. Red and white cotton skirt by Gulero. Red and blue scarf from Herbert Johnson. Bangles by Adrien Mann.

 

 

White felt hat from Diane Logan. Cream t-shirt by Stirling Cooper. Red and white striped jersey jacket with padded shoulders from Bus Stop. Cream gaberdine skirt by Tuttabankem.

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