After dark... Big-time all the way!

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Beading pyrotechnics! Halston's extravagant spills of gold and silver on midnight black silk chiffon in a sheer, kimono-sleeved jacket, over a bare halter top and slim pants sashed in black satin... the jewels of his fall collections!

For the past few months I have been editing and finishing my book on Thea Porter (more on this and my exhibition in my next post) and have not been able to go out to events as much as I would like. Therefore I have been fantasizing about my ideal night out outfits and make-up, and I keep coming back to this editorial from a 1980 Harper's Bazaar—even making one of the images the background on my computer for maximum viewing pleasure... Full of sparkling glam gowns and incredibly chic pants ensembles, these images are pretty much my dream wardrobe (add in the dashing men in tuxes and they document my dream life).

This falls' most exciting ways to catch the spotlight turn on a sleek, body-close line, and fabrics that play off sheerness with mega-watt dazzle. Maria Hansen, Pilar Crespi & unknown models photographed by Jacques Malignon for Harper's Bazaar, September 1980.

(L) Soft, glimmering, ultra-feminine, Stephen Burrows' dress of coral/gold-striped silk mousseline, with a single ruffle edging the sleeves and neck...  the skirt: petal-hemmed for the longest possible look at beautiful legs! (R) The slimmest sheath—covered-up, body-conscious, and in a glorious color! The kind of sophisticated revealing Saint Laurent does best—bias-cut, purple silk mousseline with an asymmetrical neckline and long, narrowing sleeves... a stunner!


(L) The look of separates—quilted, pleated, touched with lace! Krizia's coppery-gold evening suit—the chevron-quilted, cord-edged jacket, over a bronze V-neck sweater inset with gold lace, and pleated, mid-calf zoave pants... up-to-the-minute! (R) Gold-plus-red... fool-proof glamour! The way Geoffrey Beene does it: feather-light silk in a long, full-sleeved robe and matching pants... most seductive worn this way, with a touch of bareness!


(L) In a tunic over pants—a seductive play of sheerness and shimmer. From Lanvin, the delight of coupe de velours—sheer, black silk chiffon scattered with hundreds of iridescent pink velvet "petals"... the kind of easy shaping and luxurious fabric you want for the big nights ahead! (R) The ease of pajama, the sizzle of beading. Adele Simpson's understated "harlequin" of violet/teal/green—a stock-tied silk blouse and narrowing trousers, to top with her matching beaded cardigan... covered-up, comfortable—and glamorous!

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