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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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7 Man's shirt-jacket is hand-tailored of Spanish su�de, has side vents, zipper pockets, horn buttons ($75). Lightweight felt field hat is the Christy ($14.50: both at Abercrombie & Fitch).

8 Authentic African safari kit is made in Nairobi of cotton twill. Jacket has belt, bellows pockets ($28.50), pants have adjustable waist straps ($17: both Saks Fifth Avenue). Paul Brine wears it at a Long Island field trial.

Around the pits

Sports cars and the fans who drive them or watch them have the raciest look in the field. This fall's pace-setters, shown here at Thompson Raceway, are sweaters in bold color combinations and patterns: su�ded leathers, the rougher-looking the better, turtle necks, ascots, flame-proof coveralls and, for the pit woman, a water-and-weather-repellent shirt dress. As a final touch, snug-fitting new windproof helmets make even the spectators look like hot drivers.

1 Blond shearling coat ($145, Samuel Robert: Neiman-Marcus; Saks Fifth Avenue) is Didi Ladd's topper for sweater and pants. Short-cuffed gloves are wool knit (Hansen).

2 Corduroy coat, the Goal Coat, has plaid blanket lining, knitted button-up muffler collar ($40, Zero King: John David; Woolf Bros.).

3 Hooded jacket of golden wool coating ($30, Pembroke Squires for Cabana: Field-Schlick; Lord & Taylor) is worn by Bonnie Dalzell.

4 Poplin coat in 37-inch length has Orion-pile lining, is water-repellent ($30, Buck Skein Brand: Abraham & Straus; Broadstreet's).

5 Quilted jacket, Baked Alaska, is lightweight nylon with wool-knit collar, cuffs ($29.50, McCregor-Douiger: R. H. Macy; Mattson's).

6 A rain dress of water-repellent blend of Da-cron-and-cotton, brass-buttoned ($23, Ricci for Haymaker: Bloomingdale's; Joseph Magnin) is worn by Didi with a striped helmet.

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