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The Start of Something Pretty

Posted by Laura
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p.m. dresses: the pleasure principle
The whole idea of how pretty, how unobvious "glamour" can be: Mary McFadden's pink charmeuse slip of a dress—bare, small, leggy, gently pleated.

 

 

Taking as it's starting point two different poles of fashion (evening dresses and swimwear) and then putting a more unusual spin on both (short evening dresses and mix/match swimwear), this Vogue editorial from 1987 is pretty much the hot girl wardrobe of the late 1980s. Shot on the leggiest brunettes of the era (Cindy, Famke and Yasmin) it is a paean to gorgeous babes, fast cars and turquoise pools (if you know the photographer Wayne Maser's work you will know that these are the elements where he truly excels). And as for the clothes? Minis by Mary McFadden and Galanos are colourful, and seductive in their brevity. Cindy dancing in Galanos beaded chiffon dress is the ultimate in sprightly exuberance—while he is often known for designing more mature fashions, the two designs featured here still vibrate with a youthful vitality that would work well at the MTV Awards today. Most of the swimwear is a mix of different bikinis, tops mixed with other bottoms or replaced by DIY bandeaus constructed from scarves and Hermès napkins (something I may need to try this summer). Shown on the best bodies in the business, these photos are enough to make me yearn for the all-out-glamour of the 1980s.

 

Yasmin LeBon, Famke Janssen and Cindy Crawford photographed by Wayne Maser for Vogue, June 1987. 

 

 

swimsuits: mix well, add water!
Swimsuits are catching up, catching on to systems dressing, mix and match pieces, the pleasures of not being tied to a single look. Right, the difference of a long-sleeved, hand-painted cotton jersey top with Giorgio di Sant'Angelo's Antron/Lycra "tanga." Top by La Coppia.

Wrap it, tie it, knot it. Whatever's at hand—and pretty—can be a terrific swimsuit top. Left, a pair of bandannas, a bit of white terry make a bandeau for little black-and-white Antron/Lycra shorts. Shorts and matching tube by Giorgio di Sant'Angelo. Bandannas, various stores.

 

 

 

p.m. dresses: the pleasure principle
Size isn't everything! For impact and stop-traffic performance: Galanos' bare little point d'esprit "pouf-dress"—all sparkle, legs, and sheer allure.

 

 

 

p.m. dress: the pleasure principle
The color, the sparkle, the pretty looks keep coming. Galanos' flowery chiffon dress—bare, beaded, with a short, kicky skirt—the prettiest dress to dance in.

swimsuits: mix well, add water!
Glitter under the sun, and the unexpected charm of small trunks shaped as simply as a boy's... in a sequinned tartan. More sequins, more delight in a flowered, snap-font bustier. Both in nylon/spandex by Gottex.

 

 

 

swimsuits: mix well, add water!
Prints—floral, animal, ethnic, or primitive—always striking. Top, Giorgio di Sant'Angelo's cotton tie-front midriff top over an Antron/Lycra tube and hot-pink, aqua-banded Antron/Lycra shorts.

In another appealing print, bottom, also by Giorgio, a tiny, tied-on-the-sides Antron/Lycra bikini.

 

 

 

swimsuits: mix well, add water!
More "ad lib" swimsuit tops... Right, an animal-print crinkled cotton camisole that started life  as a scarf, and a striped Lycra thong. Scarf, A.T.G. for All That Glitters. Thong by Gottex.

A real twist, left: Two Hermès napkins in a charming cheetah print worn as a small bandeau with a shirred string bikini. Napkins, Hermès. Antron/Lycra bikini, matching bandeau by Expozay.

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