When the U.S. Navy
decided to redesign some of its uniforms for next year, it was just as well
that nobody conferred with Rudi Gernreich, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass.
Gernreich's sculptured trompe l'oeil tank suit and jump suit (cover and right)
would never do quite the same thing for a chief bosun's mate that they do for
Sheila Roscoe. And a bikini, even with gold braid, loses something in
battleship gray. But what the designers have done for girls who live on the
water and by the water—not to mention those who live in Oklahoma City—makes a
close look at the following pages well worth a call to general quarters. The
new nautical look includes everything from sweaters decorated with signal flags
to foul-weather gear with a difference. Modern technology has provided fabrics
that shed water or are quick-drying, and such innovators as Gernreich have come
up with some futuristic clothes to match the spirit of the 55-foot Baglietto on
which Sheila is pictured, a sleek craft capable of 25 knots—the Baglietto, that
At Marina del Rey,
Cheryl Tiegs (above) stars in a tank suit that she wears with bell-bottoms from
de la Renta's "Something" sportswear collection; aboard "Gem,"
Charles Hathaway's Columbia 50, Samantha Jones will stay fair in Mighty-Mac's
Open and closed
cases: Sheila (above) attracts the sun wearing de la Renta's gold-braid-trimmed
bikini, and Annette Molen basks on the deck in a Gernreich tank suit. Maggie
Smith (right) sails and suns on a Soling in a halter-tied swimsuit from Gottex
corduroy, Maggie teams a belted blazer and jeans with crew-neck sweater and
shirt—all from Bill Blass for Blass-port. Pixie Peterson (below) crews a Hobie
16 with Sandy Banks, wearing a swimsuit and extra matching shorts from
Sheila buttons up
snugly in a double-breasted striped pea jacket from Blassport while Maggie
(below), in shorts, work shirt and bush jacket from Levi's for Gals, trims her
jeans with rhinestone pins. For sailing, she shapes up in a bikini with a
matching shirt by Catalina.
Dress whites are
always in order for sundown parties aboard ship, and Cheryl is looking
shipshape in a trim white and navy sharkskin middy dress from the Something!
sportswear collection by Oscar de la Renta.
As for Where It's
l'oeil swimsuit on the cover, designed for Harmon Knitwear, $60 at Apropos,
Orange, Calif.; Nan Duskin, Philadelphia (all Gernreich for Harmon outfits in
stores after March 30). Inside: black and white matte jersey jump suit,
Gernreich for Harmon, $95 at the Gazebo, L.A.; Ron Markin, Las Vegas. Navy de
la Renta tank suit and matching bell-bottoms (not shown), $34 and $62, Marie
Leavell, Dallas. Mighty-Mac polyurethane-coat-ed nylon foul-weather gear: parka
$45, sou'wester $6, bib pants $25, all at Abraham & Straus, N.Y.; Carroll
& Company, Beverly Hills. Following pages: Maroon de la Renta bikini $20,
all Bonwit Teller stores. Gernreich for Harmon tank suit $40, Lord &
Taylor, N.Y. Orange Gottex of Israel bikini $20, Bloomingdale's, N.Y. Blassport
corduroy blazer $106, striped shirt $34, cord jeans $30, white sweater $32, all
at Bloomingdale's, N.Y.; Joseph Magnin, San Francisco; Marshall Field, Chicago.
Navy tank suit and shorts from Jrs by Catalina $21, Abraham & Straus, N.Y.
Opposite: Blassport striped denim pea jacket $80, Bloomingdale's, N.Y.; Amelia
Gray, Beverly Hills; Marshall Field, Chicago. Levi's for Gals chambray work
shirt $7, bush jacket $24, shorts $6, The May Company, L.A. Rhinestone pins by
Willie Woo, $3, to $9, at Bigi, Bergdorf Goodman, N.Y. Jrs by Catalina nylon
jersey bikini $17, shirt $14, Gimbels, N.Y. De la Renta sharkskin middy dress
(above) $92, all Saks Fifth Avenue stores.