Marisa Berenson wears Sant’Angelo
$40 and you have this brilliant emerald-green evening chemise that swings along the body from the scooped-out halter you tie around your neck. Plus a striped sash you can wrap around your waist and a matching scarf to wear like a shawl. A dress that works many different evenings—just about any season of the year. By Giorgio di Sant’Angelo for Raymodes. Elsa Peretti of Tiffany jewels. Doro scarf.
Featuring one of the dreamiest beauties ever, Marisa Berenson, this 1975 Harper’s Bazaar story was included in their “Moneysaving Issue” and highlights affordable ensembles by major designers. Cheap, cheerful and easy-to-wear, the clothes included are—unlike so many designer diffusion pieces—a perfect distillation of each designer’s vision. The key markers of every designer are visible, from Sant’Angelo’s masterful colour sense to Burrows’ lettuce-leaf hems and de la Renta’s feminine prettiness.
Now that we await to see who will take over as head designer at Oscar de la Renta, I can’t help wishing that whoever is chosen will delve deeper into the archives than Peter Copping—the artistry and feminine grace that drew so many women, of so many different ages and such a wide range of price points, to Oscar’s designs is sorely missing from the fashion world now.
Marisa Berenson, Pilar Crespi, Pixie Loomis and Elizabeth Ashley photographed by Barry McKinley for Harper’s Bazaar, February 1975.
To start off our Moneysaving Issue, Bazaar asked seven top American designers to choose the best of the lowest-priced looks from their latest collections—the clothes that can give every woman great fashion for little money and really work in her wardrobe… And if you thought that you could never afford designer clothes, just look at these prices!
Marisa Berenson wears Sant’Angelo
$25 an unbeatable price for this super day and casual evening look by Sant’Angelo, a designer known for his great use of color. It’s dazzling midnight-blue, trimmed with turquoise, for a midriff-wrapped dress softly gathered under the bosom… very very sexy. It’s easy to wear, easy on the budget—and it washes like a deep blue dream. By Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo for Raymodes. Elsa Peretti of Tiffany jewels. Glentex scarf. Hanes pantyhose.
Marisa Berenson wears Halston
$180 and you’ve got one of Halston’s superbly cut suits with a rounded lily collar, a zip up the front, a softly gathered skirt. It comes in bright yellow water-repellant cotton to look great rain or shine—so you can wear it every day of your life… and you’ll want to, it’s that good-looking. By Halston-Three. Jewels by Elsa Peretti of Tiffany. Doro scarf. Mickey Lyons umbrella. The bracelets Marisa is wearing here are her own.
$160 and one of this year’s newest dresses is yours. Halston’s red-and-white striped cotton two-piece dress with his new wrapped waist that gives a more definite silhouette to the loose-and-easy look, and a just-below-the-knee length of skirt. If you’ve always wanted to own a Halston, this may be the one for you—a dress to wear now and right through summer, at a reasonable price. Jewels by Elsa Peretti of Tiffany.
Pilar Echavarria wears Stephen Burrows
$72 for one of Stephen Burrows’ fabulous two-piece dresses in knit cotton terry cloth. An ankle-lengh skirt with an elasticated waist, and a sleeveless, shirt-collared, flyaway top—both in bright yellow with red stitching around his lettuce-leaf hems. You can wear it all day on the beach or around the pool, for casual evenings at home wherever you are, as Mrs. Gabriel Echavarria, the former Pilar Crespi, does here. By Stephen Burrows for Stevies. Ruth O. Frank at Saks Fifth Avenue jewelry. Echo scarves.
$120 and you’ve got a terrific look for evenings at home any time of the year. Bright oranges-on-white jersey pajamas with Stephen Burrows’ famous loose and easy cut with lettuce-leaf hems. The tunic skims down below your hip on one side, to your knee on the other—and when you want to, you can wear it by itself as nifty little dress. By Stephen Burrows for Stevies. Ruth O. Frank at Saks Fifth Avenue jewelry. Echo scarves.
Pilar Echavarria wears Bill Blass
$90 for Bill Blass’ wonderful wrap coat in pale natural beige poplin that you can put together with his different tops and skirts in the same pale color for a complete wardrobe of great day looks—and everything’s in water-repellent poplin to make things even easier. Left: A loose-fitting midriff top, $28, worn with a wrap dirndl skirt, $46. Left inset: A classic shirt, $34, with a slimmer wrap skirt with buttons up the side, $38, and a matching scarf for the rain, $6. All by Blassport. Necklace, belt, scarf, bag: Hermes.
Pilar Echavarria wears Mollie Parnis
$250 buys you a beautiful evening dress that looks as if it could cost a lot more money than it does. A long skirt and overblouse in warm-toned coral matte jersey, with insets and edgings of lingerie lace, and a matching lace-edged shawl. One of the prettiest looks in Mollie Parnis’ Boutique collection, designed by Morty Sussman—a dress you’ll want to wear for evenings and evenings to come. Ruth O. Frank at Saks Fifth Avenue jewelry.
Pixie Loomis wears Geoffrey Beene
$46 for a romantic poet’s shirt in pale denim blue; $64—for the long wrap dirndl in deeper blue. Which adds up to one of Geoffrey Beene’s newest evening looks, put together with his impeccable eye for detail.
$118 and you have a caftan like you’ve never owned before. Long and flowing, with beautiful butterfly sleeves—nothing too big about it. In brown-circles-on-pale-beige printed cotton. On both pages: Ann Peerce for La Crasia earrings. Ellen Sun, Donna Nineberg for D.N., Alexis Kirk necklaces. Design Jewels ring. Donna Nineberg for D.N. bracelets. Herbert Levine shoes.
Elizabeth Ashley wears Oscar de la Renta
$145 for a two-piece dress in creamy rayon challis sprigged with bright pansies and green leaves. And for $25, you have a lilac tank top to wear with it. It’s one of the prettiest new looks from Oscar de la Renta—you can wear it for evening, as you see it here, or for day just by changing your accessories. The shirt jacket, of course, could be worn with other things; the easy skirt would look wonderful with a beautiful blouse. Two-piece dress with a wide green belt, and tank top in poly blend, by Oscar de la Renta, Ltd. Doro neck scarf. California Things small scarf. Michael Moraux for Dubaux crystal chains. Josef Pricci beads. Donald Stannard bracelet.