Off-the-peg outfits, designed by Britain's 26 leading manufactures, were modelled November 15, for a dress rehearsal of a show, presented November 16, by the Fashion Group of London, at Celanese House.
SV PAN 'Ascot' by Arthur Banks, embroidered dress and white trench coat.
LV PAN 'Lilac Time' by Susan Small. Lilac pure silk shantung dress and jacket.
SCU 'Lilac Time.'
STV Mr. Heathcote Amery, Chancellor of Exchequer, among spectators.
SV Embroidered satin dress in classic lines by Jean Allen.
LV PAN Beige dress trimmed with mink, by Jean Allen.
SV Lime silk shantung dress and matching jacket by Susan Small.
LV On left, Dorville fishernet sweater in tangerine wool, and green velvet drainpipe slacks. On right, Dorville fishernet sweater with royal blue slacks.
LGV 'Claridges' by Arthur Banks, evening down in black and white faille.
LGV Models on stage in finale.
SV Heathcote Amery and spectators applaud.
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Background: Off-the-peg outfits, designed by Britain's 26 leading manufactures, were modelled November 15, for a dress rehearsal of a show, presented November 16, by the Fashion Group of London, at Celanese House.
The show heralds the second London Fashion Week opening --- and all 300 items will be in the shops soon after Christmas.
1960 spring fashion pictures reveal natural waistlines -- due mainly to protests from women against unwaisted clothes. The real change, however, is in the length of hemlines on jackets and tunic tops. These vary in length but are slightly longer all round than previous styles. Slim tunic suits in the heavier linen-type fabrics, and frocks in pretty summer pastel colours and crease-resistant materials, indicate favourites for next year. Skirt hemlines change little, but do acquire a double hemline based on the long belted tunic.
Arthur Ranks designs "Ascot" - a smart day dress for exclusive occasions, topped by a white trench cot. "Lilac Time" is recalled by Susan Small with a dress in pure silk lilac shantung and matching jacket. Jean Allen designs an embroidered satin dress in classically simple lines - and for evening wear, a pallid beige dress, trimmed with mink. Coolness and elegance is captured in a lime silk dress with matching jacket by Susan Small. Casual wear is provided by Dorville, with fisherknit sweaters in all colours worn with velvet drainpipe slacks. "Claridges" designed by Banks - a short evening gown in black and white faille.
London Fashion Group is concentrating its energies on interesting foreign buyers. Last year total exports shared among the original 17 members, came to GBP2 million. This year, with an increased membership, the Group has almost doubled the number of overseas clients.