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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE September Cuts accent physique, leisure suit introduced Men's fall clothing aimed at young with relaxed style By MARGARET NESS NEW YORK (CP) The Men's Fashion Association of America says there will be a relaxed freedom in fall cloth- ing for the male. But while it will be more comfort- able, the styling will remain classic. "These are the kind of fash- ions that give a man enough space to live his life says Chip Tolbert, the association's fashion director. "They are for that increas- ingly prevalent breed of man who takes his fashion se- riously, knows what he wants and enjoys wearing it." This relaxed look has taken the place of the "return to elegance" promised a season or so ago but which never came off. says John Weitz, designing a collection for Palm Springs, "clothes grew calmer, more businesslike, more tasteful and more use- ful." Lapels wide This has brought into fash- ion the leisure pleas- ant way to look on the week- end but not intended for busi- ness. However, all jackets have taken on this more re- laxed feeling although the real suit jacket does remain shaped, with choices of either soft or tailored shoulders. Lapels are wide with a bal- ance achieved by generous flaps on straight or angled hacking pockets. There's an intersst in the European-type jacket with high armholes and close-to-the-body fit. "It's aimed at fashion- minded young men and for- ward-fashion mature men who are fortunate enough to have young Chip says. However, casual suits and jackets are more likely to be tailored with a British ac- cent. Donegal tweeds are univer- sal favorites for fall in every topcoats and jackets. Plain donegals are a good foil for patterned shirts and ties. One item shown was a brown donegal tweed with leather trim and worn with a peach shirt and a black print tie. There are also such colorful donegal tweeds as a green- rust-and-red plaid. In keeping with his relaxed fall look, country tweeds can be dressed up for the city with a shirt and tie for leisure time with a s weather. Stripes are making a come- back for fall, usually black with white or grey stripes or brown with camel. One hand- some costume consisted of a black-and-grey diagonal weave Chesterfield topcoat over a pin-striped wool flan- nel suit. Another combination was a brown chalk-stripe wool flannel suit with a grey-and- beige double-breasted vest and trench coat that matched the vest. Incidentally, flannel is popular, both wool and wor- sted. And they aren't just in the traditional grey. Shown in flannel suits were a tan dia- gonal weave and a bottle green with tattersal vest. Vests are real fashion news for fall. Many match the suit. Others are contrasting. Some vests are reversible. There are even sweather vests with fabric suits. Vests are digni- fied additions to town suits and lend a casual smartness to leisure jacket-and-slacks out- fits. This leisure or casual field includes the popular Western look, the safari, the waist- length blouson and the jog- ging suit such as a green- white-and-navy knit in a com- bination of dacron-orlon-acr- ylic-and Lycra Spandex. Also seen at the press showing was a yellow tennis shirt jacket in nylon-and Lycra Spandex that reverses to terrycloth. Camel tops Top fall color for suits and topcoats is camel. This is closely followed by green. Says the Men's Fashion As- sociation: "Colors for tailored clothing and sportswear are straight from the fall outdoor tones such as russet browns, brick, deep forest and bottle greens, camel shades and a lot of multicolor heather mixtures. These are often accented with winter-bright colors as yellow, burgundy, orange, strong greens and the like." Is there a distinctive Cana- dian look as opposed to an American' No, says the Men's Clothing Manufacturers' Association of Ontario. "American and Canadian men are, generally speaking, on the same fashion level. The association also says that the Canadian total look is noted for being a bit ahead of the United States markets. Sears Here come the Aristocrat of Leathers the Cabrettas soft, supple leathers that soften and deepen with age And just look at the whopping saving you make, loo' Canadian hand- crafted by one of our best makers Warm body liner of Orion" acrylic pile zips out for warm weather wear Full attached rayon lining below, is Perma-freshed with SAN1-GARD Only 3 of our fashion-new group are shown here Length is abt 32 Leather wipes clean with damp cloth Browns blues, grey red bur- gundy, green, and WacK in the group Sizes 8 to 18 Styles 222 284 and 209 iilus Ca-i T VI Soft, genuine Cabretta leather pant coats. Hand crafted for today's life styles, with Orion acrylic pile zip-out liners. At Sears, 3 days only Reg. this is Sears best value -ry it D''Cr Simpsons-Sears Ltd. now' your All Purpose Account. you get the finest guarantee ction or money refunded. Store Hoi Open Daily a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 Knits for fall Rust colored ombre acrylic knit, right, for day wear; caviar black gown shot with silver, left. Fashionable knits wardrobe classics By MARGARET NESS NEW YORK (CP) Knits have become a way of life and are wardrobe classics. They are no longer fashion news but they are important for fall. Sweaters especially are found in most collections from Carlye's "slick little shape-up as in a brown otter knit pantsuit with beige satin blouse, to the heavy wool sweater with silver Lurex banding worn with a long pleated evening skirt, by Gino Paoli. Eleanor Lambert in her preview remarks to the fash- ion press at the American De- signers Showings noted the two extremes for fall sweat- clingy thin sweat- ers to wear under jackets and the bulky cardigans. Anne Klein even used a cli- ngy sweater under a zip-front petit-point overdress. The bulky cardigan can be a sweater or a knit fabric and can be worn as a daytime or evening jacket. Teal Traina revealed this versatility with a great wrap sweater in a flame-stitch pattern to be worn with a matching skirl and blouse for daytime or over a long evening skirt and knit tank-top over a satin blouse. Kimberly. one of the oldest (started 19481 and best-known knit houses, has this to say about fall knits: "There are several fitst-of- a-kind knits, notably the plush knitted fleece blend. It's a handsome new idea for out- erwear w-Jh a thick snug look but with no excess bulk. Sweater-inspired knits are big. Most fail collections in- cluded a goodly number of knit suits and coats. Adele Simpson added a silver fox collar to a flicker grey ribknit sweater coal Fur trim is pop- ular on cvcrylhing Knit shawl collars add a distinctive look to fabric coats and suits For evening, metallic knits provided added glamor as Pal crashed garnel long and slinky knit dress. Knits came into fashion about Ifl years ago Actually, of course, sweaters go a long way bark and in the 1920s, with the first appearance of above-the-knee skirts, Ihe sweater dress concept made ifs debut. It was a logical step to add a few more inches to a sweater and call it a dress. But knits didn't really catch on as a fashionable item until the early 1960s when Italy be- gan exporting flat-finish wool knit suits, dresses, and coats. But only the wealthy could af- ford them. Then new yarns came on the market so that knits could be ounces lighter and nonbulky. In 1961 double knits were introduced. They were a boon to the knit houses. Double knits did much to eliminate sag and bag. At first only wool was used. Then came syn- thetics and cotton and washabiiity. By 1965 Kimberly was saying: "A dog may be man's best friend but the knit costume has to be the best fashion friend any woman has ever By finding new fibres and blends (pure linen, dacron- and-linen. thinned by adventures in shaping knits which have made the knit tube a relic of the dark ages, and by creating new textures (lacy, confetti nubs, popcorn and blistered brocade Kimberly felt they had made "a knit dress a thing of fashion as well as con- venience." In fact, knits had arrived. They could have the look of fabric and could be cut and tailored like fabric. Then in 1967 came another major breakthrough. This was bonding. As one designer said: "Until this season knits often owed more of their shape to their wearers than to their designers." Textile designers produced bonding, the fusing of a lining fabric (usually acetate or nylon) to the back of a fabric or a knit. !t gave knils complete shapeability. So that today knits have achieved haute couture status. Incidentally, a number of designers have rediscovered rnacrarne for trimming. Macramr is the interlocking or knotting of yarns. It's one of Jhe oldest arts and dates back to 13lh-cCTlury Arabia. Many of Uie favorite macr- ame patterns were later de- veloped by saiiors who started knitting at sea. CERTIFICATE NEEDED OTTAWA planning to import plant; should make inquiries first, says the Consumers' Association of Canada. Most plants require a certificate stating they are free from dis- ease and pests ;