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Jo Ahern Zill
November 19, 1962
Stretch fabric so tight you can lean on it has been the dictum for ski pants ever since downhill racers discovered that you can pare off seconds of time by paring away inches of wind-resisting fabric. This year stretch appears at the top as well—in close-fitting jackets that move with the body. While the quilted parka is still the warmest made, and an essential for frostbite conditions, it has been adopted by the station wagon set and in consequence downgraded by skiers. For active skiers stretch jackets are usually warm enough. What's more, the look—not acquired cheaply—is worth the price, since it comes from the best ski tailors in the world: Bogner of Munich, ski wear division of Christian Dior, Ernst Engel of New York.
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November 19, 1962

The Top Of The Stretch

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Page 55: Hand-knit mohair-and-wool sweater ($55) and pants ($60) by Bonnie Cashin for Philip Sills at Bonwit Teller, New York. Capezio boots ($19) at Bonwit Teller.

Page 56: Vera Maxwell's tweed redingote and jersey dress ($350) at Lord & Taylor, New York. Van S Authentic necklace.

Page 57: Jules Hartenstein mink-paw ski jacket ($495 plus federal tax) at Stix, Baer & Fuller, St. Louis; Jules Hartenstein, New York. Alaska-Arctic wolverine jacket ($400 plus federal tax) and hat ($75 plus federal tax) at Elli of Aspen; Saks Fifth Avenue, New York.

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