Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 6, 1972 · Page 18
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 18

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 6, 1972
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1»A--Aug. 6, 1972 Sunday Guette-Mait ·· Ch«i Iwten, wvtt V!r»inl»-- At Ascot they race horses. It's tennis, of course, at Wimbledon. And the scene at Henley is boats. The Prince Consort, Queen Victoria's husband, had this thing about them you see. To miss any or all of these fashionable events is to have your friends think you're dead. Or out of town, which is worse, as Oscar Wilde once observed. Always properly fashionable, AP Special Corresponde?it Hugh Mulligan was early. By Hugh \. Mulligan LONDON - (AP) - Summer, which always has trouble reaching the British Isles, is when a young fop's fancy anything but lightly turns to Ascot", Wimbledon and Henley. Collectively, these three London suburbs measure out "the season,'' a isocial rather than solstitial' approach to time and events. To miss any or all of these fashionable sporting events, is to have your friends think you are dead. Or out of town, which is worse, as Oscar Wilde once observed. Ascot, more properly Royal Ascot, is horse racing done "up as period costume drama in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, with, this season, the Shah of Iran as an added starter. 3inco the crown owns the pasture where the ponies play, mornings are given over to royal drag races among the house guests at Windsor Castle. This year Prince Charles, finishing a poor fourth behind his sister Princess Anne in the privste palace stakes, swept the headline play by riening in a run-away oatburner trying to make off with his date, the lovely Lady Louise Astor. If TV had caught the bit, the Prince of Wales might be doing a split week at the Calgary stampede instead of a summer of shore duty with the Royal Navy. WIMBLEDON" is tennis, ritually performed in a grassy playpen called the All England Tennis and Croquet Club, which most people don't even realize until they notice that the shadiest tables at the outdoor pubs are mostly taken up by old codgers in eye shades and croquet mallets. Supposedly Wimbledon offers the world's best tennis, except that this year in a complicated contretemps, Lamar Hunt, the Texas oil millionaire, corralled under contract some of the world's best players, including Australian John Newcombe, last Season to Be Seen in England ' SPORTING ATTIRE Clothes Count year's men's champion. The tl tie was taken by American Stan Smith. Undaunted, the Royal custodians of the net this year put the emphasis on women at Wimbledon, and not only because of the debut here of 17-year-old Chris Evert, the phenomenally cool American with the true baseline eye and the false eyelashes. Perhaps confusing women's lob with women's lib, the phrasemakers of Fleet Street this season touted the female players as enticing sex symbols rather than mere sweaty competitors. Not since Gussie Moran displayed a fringe of lace beneath her tutu on the center court a few years back has there been such a surge of animalism among the aesthetes of the game. THE SUN, one of the gamier tabloids, commissioned painter Paul Trevillion to come up with an artist's rendering of how Evorme Goolagong, last year's Wimbledon queen, might look playing in the nude. "Goolagong in the altogether" was the Sun's headline over a three-column spread showing the Australian star rampant in sneakers with a cocked backhand modestly concealing the quintessential Gool'agong. The Express, not to be left out of the lockerroom, launched a several-part profile of tempestuous British star Virginia Wade, "dominating, independent, sensual," as the caption under a glamor photo phrased it. Meanwhile, back on the fashion pages, tennis dress designer Teddy Tinling who first introduced Miss Mpran to fringe benefits, was telling an interviewer his chief skill entailed "stretching seductive panties and sexy little skirts over backside muscles as big as melons." HENLEY, to round out the trilogy, is an intercollegiate boat race, or series of same down on the chilly Thames. It's always been called the Roya Regatta because the Prince Consort, Queen Victoria's hus band, had this thing about boats. Despite the bleacher sections standing like little league stadiums along the river bank, no one gets to see much of the scullers sculling by in quest of a silver goblet, because everyone is too busy trying to be seen in his Sunday best downing a goblet of Pimm's Cup at one of the ROYAL THREESOME RACES TO ASCOT Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth, Shah of Iran fashionable inns along thft coum. At Henley, it's not necessary to see the Harvard crew go grunting by, grim as galley slaves. The important thing is to be seen not seeing them. ALL THREE, forsooth, Henley, Wimbledon and Ascot, are basically high 'fashion, romps more famous for their flossy pomp than their sporting circumstances. , Ascot is Edwardian nostalgia, where debs in hats like pizza pans spouting window boxes dine al fresco on the hoods of Rolls Royces in the Royal car partk on gull eggs and quail stuffed with fote gras. It's the only place, outside a road company of "My Fair Lady," where for the price of a rented morning suit and topper, a chap can lean over the paddock and be mistaken for a toff-at-large from the royal enclosure, or, al worst, an American tourist adrift from his coach tour. Wimbledon is strawberries and cream, washed down with 'champagne, on the tea lawn behind the ivy-mantled center ·court. It's where the really chick Chelsea birds try to dress as much as possible like tennis queens, and the really fashionable tennis queens try to arrive at the court looking as much as possible like really chic Chelsea girls. This season the look at Henley, for those who don't go near the water, was faintly nautical, right down to the cork platform heels, which look like they could sprout oar locks. And the coldest summer since Her Majesty's scribes began keeping records, hasn't chilled enthusiasm for 'CUDDLY, BOUNCY, PLAYFUL OBJECTS er Description of Evonne Goolagong ing domestic champagne.from a paper cup, while Polish and Russian scullers churned up the royal waters. the barebacked, no-bra halter dress down on the royal levee. ' / » * « THE .SEASON, so far, was marred only by murmurhigs of discontent from the dedicated athletes at Wimbeldon, because the Lawn Tennis Assn., which stages the frolic, dispensed with the Rolls Royces traditionally dispatched to collect the competitors at their hotels. Instead, for economy reasons, the association accepted a car manufacturer's offer of new model cars, decidedly in the middle price range, drive by pretty upper class girls. 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When you receive your statement, you have u n t i l the payment date to pay the total amount, w i t h o u t finance charge, or if you prefer, for a moderate charge you can make convenient monthly payments. If you don't already have a Rank- Amcricard, apply for one soon. You'll find that BankAmcricard is a simple, sensible way to get your family back to school. ^Jjhe Charleston National Bank The big bank that cares about litte thinas v~y . CHARGE IT! Shop Pemwys Capitol at Washington, Monday and Friday 9:30 'tit 9. Other weekdays 9:30 'til 5. A

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