Once upon a time,
way back in the '60s, most swimwear was designed to mold a girl into an ideal,
if not very comfortable, all-American image. Sleek and pretty on the outside,
many swimsuits were full of bindings, inner construction and deceivers inside.
But no more. With the start of the '70s, gone are complicated straps, molds and
darts—and designers have rallied to a youthful demand for reality: What this
country needs is something that is easy, free and natural.
And how they have
rallied. Swim styles start the new decade with a look and spirit keyed to the
athletic and young. Tank tops (remember tank tops?) are unabashedly borrowed
from the boys' basketball court—but in the new application there is
unmistakably a girl inside. The happy bonus of the new style is that it can be
matched or unmatched for endless variety, such as the combination worn by
Cheryl Tiegs on the page opposite, who chose a top from Betsey Johnson and
bikini pants from Kahala. And other active fashions reflect the needs of a
nation with more time to play. Top designers have reached into the worlds of
sport, coming up with jackets that look great wet or dry, pants that fit like
Levi's, lightweight leathers that crinkle perfectly and new fabrics that
of the bare look of a year or so ago? Look again. Swimsuits are more covered up
than they have been in many seasons, yet they introduce a new era of styling
semantics: girls can be as feminine, perhaps more feminine, than ever before.
Starting with the cover of this issue—showing Cheryl in an Oscar de La Renta
long-sleeved nylon tank suit—the look passes the test of an active Hawaiian
vacation and proves that girls still resemble girls, but this year they can
swim and play with ease and certainly have more fun.
HOW TO GET
With eight major
airlines bidding for your business, getting to Hawaii presents no problems.
Round-trip fares range from $123.90 out of Los Angeles to $428.81 from New
York, and United Air Lines recently inaugurated a daily nonstop from New
York—although it is a tedious 11-hour flight. United and the others also offer
a package that includes island-hopping for $5 a trip with Hawaiian or Aloha
Airways. To beat the Honolulu crush, you may fly directly to Hilo on the island
of Hawaii. From Hilo it is a pleasant drive around the island to Kona, or you
may fly to Kailua-Kona via Aloha or Hawaiian Airways. There are a number of
options for travelers but the most entertaining one is the tiny Royal Hawaiian
Air Service, which flies directly to the Kona Village airstrip or Hana- Maui
airstrip, near the ranch. The chief pilot, Darwin Hammersley, spins delightful
stories about Hawaiian history and points out spots of interest along the way.
At Kona Village, rates range from $55 to $75 a day, double occupancy—including
all meals. Boats, sailboats and snorkeling equipment are all free at the
village, and deep sea fishing charters to the Kona coast are available for $125
a day through skipper Jim Robinson. Hunting tours to Hualalai Mountain and
other spots can be arranged through Hawaii Trails at the village; $15 for the
license, $125 a day for the trip, success practically guaranteed. At Hana
Ranch, rates range from $65 a day to $85 a day, double occupancy, American
plan—with the barefoot golf course free and horseback riding to the Waioka
Pools available at a slight extra cost.
...WHAT TO TAKE
For the 1970
Hawaiian (or any) vacation look: the suit on the cover is by Oscar de La Renta
for Fantasy Swimwear, made of nylon Helanca and costs $36 at Bonwit Teller, New
York, and Hutzler's, Baltimore. On page 35 Cheryl wears a cotton jersey tank
top by Betsey Johnson; $15 at Betsey, Bunky and Nini, New York. Her
Hawaiian-printed bikini pants are by Kahala. The set, bikini pants and matching
top, is $19 at B. Altman, New York, and Carol and Mary, Honolulu. On the
following page catamaran sailor Hobie Alter wears trunks made of tear-proof
nylon by Laguna; $8 at J.L. Hudson, Detroit. Cheryl's black wet-look nylon cir�
jacket has a diagonal zippered closing. It is by Oscar de La Renta for Fantasy
and is $32 at B. Altman. The Hobie Cat 14 costs $1,195 at Coast Catamaran,
Miami and San Juan Capistrano, Calif. On the same page diver Ann Peterson wears
a red pann� velvet tank suit by Vicki Cooper for Ulla; $32 at Bloomingdale's,
New York. Opposite: horsewomen Kathy Loghry and Ann wear cotton jersey muscle
shirts and matching pants by Betsey Johnson. The shirts are $20 and pants $24
at Betsey, Bunky and Nini. On the next page Paula Warner wears a spare-ribbed
cotton knit tank top and stretch terry bikini pants by Erika Elias for Hang
Ten. The shirt is $6, pants $13 at Lord & Taylor, New York. On the facing
page Kay Hughes wears a V-neck, black-bordered tank suit made of stretch nylon.
It comes with a jacket and is by Bill Blass; $75 at Lord & Taylor and
Shillito's, Cincinnati. On the following page Paula is wearing a
water-repellent capeskin parka and black short-shorts, by Bonnie Cashin for
Philip Sills. They are $140 at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York. On the same page
hunting guide Eugene Ramos wears a windbreaker which rolls into a belt.
Designed by Mighty-Mac, it is $30 at Abercrombie & Fitch, New York. Facing:
Ann Peterson's heather and white tank suit is 75% Arnel and 25% nylon, designed
by Bill Blass; $35 at Bonwit Teller and Shillito's. On the page at left Ann's
striped two-piece knitted suit features a bra top cut like a boy's shirt in
back. It is made of Acrilan by Marsha Fox for Alvin Duskin and costs $42 at
Lord & Taylor. Her paipo, or mini-surfboard, is by Rick Newcombe; $59 at
Con Surfboards, Santa Monica, Calif.