RED WHITE and BLUE

MARJORIE HARRIS March 1 1969

RED WHITE and BLUE

MARJORIE HARRIS March 1 1969

RED WHITE and BLUE

REMEMBER 1935? That was the year when starchy white Peter Pan collars were introduced as the accessory with the spring outfit — a little navy dress. The combination of blue and white is still with us but it’s been metamorphosed by Pop and Op Art forms.

Those two genres made red, white and blue not just a flag, but living, vibrant colors once again. Both Op and Pop Art had their wild, kooky influence on fashion design a few years ago. That madness has faded away, and what is left are the flag colors appearing in every designer collection. If the kookiness has gone, so has the stodgy use of primary colors. Most of the other popular colors are dove greys, champagne and ice-cream tones. That’s feminine and fine, but 1968’s blessed introduction of the tunic over pants is even more important for spring than it was last fall. The look tends to fade with pale tones and there’s no more stunning way of getting it across or mixing it up than in good old red, white and blue.

Accessories from Penelope-John, and shoes from T.W. of Toronto.

MARJORIE HARRIS