Oliver Gintel's dramatic midi-length cassock cock of Black Diamond Mink, leather-belted with leather frog closing. Right, the Christie Bros. understatement of elegance in Empress Chinchilla.
While not everyone thinks it is a good idea to wear fur, I think we can all agree that if one were to that it is always best to go with vintage. Not only are you not supporting the current fur industry, but the cuts are always better for any lover of fashion history. As someone who can only make it through a cold winter when swaddled in a fur coat, I've been lucky enough to have inherited several from my grandmothers and aunts. This editorial (featuring a very young Moira Swann and Donna Mitchell) showcases the finest furs of 1967, which rather remarkably includes several skins that no one would consider wearing now (even vintage) such as Bengal Tiger, Jaguar and Leopard. It is now illegal to import these skins into the United States but in the late 60s it was still acceptable to wear such exotic creatures.
Status was founded in 1965 by Igor Cassini, the famed gossip columnist (under the pseudonym Cholly Knickerbocker) and brother of fashion designer Oleg Cassini. A rather notorious playboy and social climber, Igor wanted Status to be ''a critical journal of elegance''; the title was changed to Status & Diplomat in 1967, the year it also stopped publication. The issues from the few years it existed as a wonderful surviving document of high society and culture at that time—there are no mentions of the rising youth culture of the 1960s with the articles instead focusing on Rolls Royce's and yachting. An editorial studded with expensive minks is just the perfect accompaniment to this paean to luxury living.
Editorial by Alexis Waldeck for Status & Diplomat, August/September 1967.
Alexandre Furs shapes the super elegant look of natural Russian Crown Sable to design perfection.
Bill Blass for Revillon, left, designs a reefer coat in black Fouke dyed Alaska Seal. Rich little girls prefer the blue-chip quality of Frederica's mini-length Aurora Chinchilla, right.
Christian Dior Furs emphasizes mink in round stripes combining three colors of Emba—Jasmine, Blue Iris, and Breath-of-Spring Cerulean.
Donald Brooks for Coopchick-Forrest, left, designs a double-breasted Black & White coat in Saga's Black Cross Mink, worked vertically, with notch collar and self-tie belt. Inset, Fabiani for Herbert Milton quickens the cocktail beat with this sleeveless side-slit jet-trimmed tunic, with peek-a-boo pants, also jet-jeweled. All in black dyed Broadtail-processed Lamb.
Estevez for Radley Furs shapes a Great Lakes Mink coat, left, worn many ways—belt it at the natural waist for a.m., at Empired waist for luncheon, turnabout for plunged V-back, p.m. Biegeleisen & Schour champions natural Canadian Fisher, classic beauty in contemporary style.
Ben Kahn's gift to moondrifters and stargazers is a long coat of Saga's Norwegian Blue Fox.
Betty Yokova for Neustadter Furs spotlights the majestic Bengal Tiger, applauds its natural beauty with simplicity of design, and strides midi-length into Fall fashion.
Georges Kaplan captures the sleek distinction of Brazilian Jaguar, subdues the silhouette with black leather.
Leo Ritter tames Somali Leopard for the long skirt and tri-cornered scarf, mates them with Russian Broadtail Lamb for quiet evening-at-home elegance.
Reiss & Fabrizio bares the knee for maximum exposure with this slightly fitted mini coat. The window pane plaid effect combines Saga White Mink and Ranch Mink.
Charles Mechel for Fantasia creates a costume for street stalking in black and brown Swakara Karakul Lamb—the safari bush jacket can be worn with pants for wilder paths.