In a previous post I featured some stunning evening dresses from a September 1959 issue I have of L’Officiel, the French luxury fashion magazine. This time I’d like to share some photos of chic designer suits featured in the same issue. These are some seriously classy looking outfits. IMO much more attractive than the huge shoulder padded power suits worn in the 80s, especially those excessively bejeweled “Dynasty” abominations. To complete an outfit in 1959, hats, gloves and shoes with a matching purse was still the way to go, and would remain a key look into the mid 1960s.
The suit below was designed by Guy Laroche. The fabric is a faux fur made from “crylor”, an acrylic fiber made in France.
The two piece dress suit was a very popular pulled together look, with matching coat, jacket or sometimes a cape.
This wool flannel ensemble is by Dior.
Lanvin Castillo suit is stunning, but really wish I knew who designed this hat and the one in the image below!
Black wool skirt and fitted jacket with side button closure and ocelot collar.
Plum color wool suit by Pierre Cardin.
Love the way the outfit is showcased against the orange, black and white tile background.
And then there are the cocktail suits.
Nina Ricci matelasse brocade dress ensemble.
Black lace dress ensemble by Jacques Heim.
Amazing silver beaded dress suit with otter lined jacket. By Guy Laroche.
Another from Guy Laroche. Silver and gold brocade 7/8 coat with mink collar and matching skirt.
Now, my question is, if you had to go to a swanky party or even an important business dinner at some five star restaurant, would you wear an outfit like this if you could get your hands on one?