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Sunday, July 25, 2010

After Dark November 1972 (Part 3)

This is the final post for the After Dark November 1972 issue. This is going to feature the fashions that were featured in the issue. Some of the photos will be from their winter fashion layout, while others will be from ads or features. Now, remember, in After Dark sometimes the fashions aren't what they're wearing, but could be what not they're wearing.

It has been said that the really fashion conscious people in the world know how to accessorize. What better way to accessorize than with the After Dark "Carry-All". Since this issue was out before Christmas, they wanted to make sure that you ordered one for you or that special someone in your life. In fact, if you ordered right away, they'd even send a gift card from you with it. I wish I could find one of these on eBay. They had the Tote, the Case, or the Duffle available with or without the logo (why would you want it without?) and it was available in Natural, Brown, or Navy Blue. Each was $16.00. Only After Dark would advertise their "Carry-All" bags with a girl fully clothed and the two guys au naturel.

One of After Dark magazine's other features is "Editor Out-Takes". When they have photos that don't really fit any feature they are showing, they collect them in a feature of their own. This month's issue had Zizi Jeanmaire who I posted in Part 1 of this issue. Giuseppe Conte-Nosiglia was another person featured. He was an actor/model from Peru who went by the name Pepe. Here he is in short-shorts, wedgies and knee-high socks.

And here he is without them.

You wouldn't see fashion designer Keith Hodges show his collection on the New York catwalks. He designed clothes for Barbie and Ken. Sandra Bocas, the model blocking our view was with the Ellen Harth, Inc. model agency.

Do you live in London? Did you live there in 1972? If you did, you might have bought your meat from this man. Colin Clarke took this photo of a London butcher. If I was a vegetarian, I might have still went and bought a side of beef from this side of beef.

With this issue coming out in the winter, the fashion layout that month featured sweaters and wool knits. The photos taken by Colin Clarke feature some reallly great looking models, unfortunately, this is one of those times when the models aren't named. The warm look of 100% Shetland shped wool with stud closings and covertible collars by Sabre of England.

Two sweater basics with stripes on rib pattern in wool, also from Sabre of England.

A gray flannel overcoat with flapped patch pockets by Van Gils.

I love the neckline on this next sweater which is also 100% Shetland. It doesn't hurt that this model can wear horizontal stripes and still look slim and trim.

Finally, N.J. Menko's 100% wool knit shirt suit would keep you warm, but I think you have to zip it up.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this ad for Smitty's Fashions looks like a Frederick's of Hollywood ad that I used to see in all the magazines.

The After Dark shopping guide had a couple of interesting things they recommend. The first is a "Bobby" coat of the London police constable. Supposedly, it was authentic in every detail, right down to the plicshed metal buttons and the silver-finish police district numbers on the shoulders. To top it all off, you got a police whistle attached to the lapel by a short chain that could be tucked into a special inside pocket. I would totally wear that this winter if I could get me one.

Was anyone else fascinated by the cigarette holder that Gloria Swanson used in Sunset Blvd.? The ultimate stocking stuffers for that Christmas were the 14K gold Sunset Blvd. cigarette holder and the "Amy-Popper" pendant.

Louis Miele's Travel Lines feature took you to the Caribbean. Club Calet in San Juan, Puerto Rico was owned and managed by Terry Halloran and Steve Decker.

Or travel to St. Thomas and you could have been served by beachboy Denis O'Connor at the Lime Tree Beach Hotel.

In many issues, there were two-page ads for a store that has the curious name of "My Mother Lives in Cincinnati". It was a fashion and gift catalog store located in South Laguna, California. Loving the fashions of that time period, like I do, I had to share some of the clothes. First is the sensuous slip-on widepants.

Muslin widepants.

A muslin cavalier shirt with slip-on flares.

A lounging Hapi coat.

Chic Dashiki for him or her.

A muslin halter for her and muslin hooded shirt for him with multicolor print cotton flares for both.


Saddle brown suede western jacket.

And last, but definitely not least, because I would buy these now...a suede leather safari jacket with patch flares in the same suede in contrasting browns.

That's it, now go look at your wardrobe. Do you have any of these? If so, I'm green with envy.


  1. You just don't see men wearing short-shorts with wedgies and knee-high socks anymore.

  2. I would happily live inside this issue.



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