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A harvest of fashion from the fields
Fred R. Smith
September 14, 1959
The big fall news is that sportswear takes on a new look from the color and texture of the field. The colors—burnished golds and bronzed greens, russet reds and burnt oranges—come right from the autumnal countryside. The textures—tweeds, coverts, corduroys and whipcords, booting leathers and rusty su�des—derive from the same source. To photograph this preview of the new look of Fall '59, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED made a choice of the best of fall's new sport clothes and took them out to where they will be seen and used. Thus, you see them at dog shows and field trials, race meets, horse shows and sports car races. The clothes shown on these 14 pages (with the exception of a fine collection of field clothes designed specifically for gun and for field-dog events) will be worn everywhere out of doors this fall. Among the many facets of the look shown on these pages are some welcome reappearances. The vest is back, under both suit and sport jacket. Reversible all-purpose coats—whipcord to poplin, tweed to twill—have also reappeared, after too long an absence. The belted polo coat is found in many guises, but none so well suited to elegant fall field events as a vicuna-colored cashmere. The country costume, coat with matching skirt, is a spectacular spectator revival. But there is also a hardy crop of first-time-outers: a man's stone-gray fedora, its brim given an extra English snap; a feminine version in blue velour; Italian-made leather stretch gloves, fitting snugly, yet unbinding, designed for shooting and for driving; belting-leather buckled boots; and the boot look in country shoes.
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September 14, 1959

A Harvest Of Fashion From The Fields

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10 Hand-sewn moccasin has a square toe ($20, E. E. Taylor: J. W. Robinson).

11 Mustard Shetland jacket ($47.50, Linett: Lord & Taylor) complements checked slacks ($22.50, Dunlee: Bullock's, L.A.).

With dog and gun

The hard-wearing fabrics and the functional, clean designs which distinguish the field look are best exemplified by the clothes worn at field-dog and gun events. As shown here, they are at the same time utilitarian and handsome. Jackets have action backs, shell pockets and, in many cases, leather piping. Pants have no cuffs. The fabrics resist briars, wear and tear, and the elements.

1 Shooting jacket ($60) and trousers ($28.50) are of rugged green wool forestry cloth. With the outfit, Mrs. Roger Vasselais wears Russell Bird Shooter boots ($28.50: Abercrombie & Fitch).

2 Whipcord skeet jacket ($75), pants ($27.50) are worn by Jack Griffis; woman's jacket is cotton poplin ($22.50, all Willis & Geiger). Melissa Weston teams it with corduroy pants ($9, White Stag). All at Joseph Home Co.

3 Jacket of corduroy with su�de yoke ($85, David Church: Abercrombie & Fitch) is dog show attire for Paid Brine. Hat is the Piper ($12.50, Thomas Begg).

4 Silk-lined antelope-su�de pants ($90), matching knit-and-suede pullover ($80, both Korrigun-Lesur) are worn by Melissa Weston at Labrador trial. Her bag is of soft cowhide ($23, Calderon). All I. Magnin. Tiffany pin.

5 Hunting jacket of water-repellent iridescent Egyptian cotton gabardine has detachable poaching pocket ($78, Burberry: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.). Duofold brushed-cotton turtle-neck ($3).

6 Ladies' shooting coat is also of iridescent Egyptian cotton; has game and shell pockets, corduroy collar ($40: Saks Fifth Ave.). Stretchable, capeskin shooting gloves ($6.50, American Astral).

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