FASHION'S TRIPLE CROWN
This is an article from the June 16, 1958 issue
The sun shone on the Epsom Derby for the first time in 10 years. It shone just as brightly at Belmont, where for the first time in 10 years a run at the Triple Crown was being made (see page 12). No two days this spring gave the fashion-minded sports photographer a better chance to record the freshest new fashions since Dior's New Look 10 years ago. In England, royal approval was given to the trapeze. On Long Island, the best-dressed spectators avoided the sack in favor of the trapeze and trapeze-inspired lines at June's most elegant sporting event.
TRAPEZE, TRIPLE-CROWNED: Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Queen Mother (left to right) wore trapeze coats at Epsom. Queen's was wool, the others silk.
Mrs. Horatio Luro at Belmont wore raspberry confection of a trapeze coat in the season's favorite fabric, mohair, with the season's pet decoration, a bowknot.
Mrs. Winston Guest, always on best-dressed list, is dressed by Mainbocher. Her suit is of navy-and-white silk herringbone tweed, its jacket unfitted in line.
Cary Latimer's black-piped natural linen suit came from Hattie Carnegie, has loose-line jacket with flap pockets at waist, slim skirt. Miss Latimer is Mrs. Luro's daughter.
Mrs. J. F. Byers wore a balloon-bloused silk suit, scatter-printed in navy on white. Her snap-brim straw is a new shape among the favored small hats in the Belmont paddock.
Mrs. William T. Vogt, shown in clubhouse at Belmont, wore gray menswear worsted suit with straight, abbreviated jacket, short sleeves, deep-pleated trapeze skirt.
Mrs. Anthony Del Balso's coat is a softly tailored version of trapeze styling made of beige-and-yellow hound's-tooth check tweed. Her pillbox is beige organdy.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ives were paddock's best-dressed couple, he in a double-breasted suit with straw boater, she in red-and-white jacquard-print silk.
Donna Westphal's beige crepe chemise dress has loose three-quarter-length sleeves, a white squared collar and a bow at the slightly fitted high waistline.
ON THE WAY TO NEWPORT
Watched intently by her designer and sailmakers aboard the motor yacht Chaperone (right, above) the crew of the spanking-new America's Cup yacht Columbia unfolded her big white Dacron sails off New York City last week, barely three days after she was launched before a good chunk of sailing's four hundred, including old Cup Skipper Harold Vanderbilt himself. Columbia's crew last week was in a hurry. Although she was the first new U.S. cup yacht in 21 years (her rivals Weatherly and Easterner would be afloat within the month), the speedy veteran Vim had been under sail for six weeks, and, even worse, the British challenger Sceptre had a 60-day jump in training her crew.
Before Columbia could have a chance to outfight her U.S. rivals and win the right to defend the cup against Sceptre in September off Newport, R.I., Columbia's rigging would have to be tuned precisely as piano strings, her sails checked endlessly for correct cut and, most important of all, her crew melded into a fast-functioning sail-handling machine.
On her maiden sail, while Columbia spun back and forth across Long Island Sound, the observers kept a two-way radio humming with instructions. Columbia's crew responded, hoisting and lowering sail combinations, trimming and slacking the sheets. "Best performance I've seen for a crew out the first day," said one salt among the spectators. "I've seen boats train for months without getting that kind of handling." Columbia had gotten off fast in the long, long grind toward the flawless coordination of men and sail which means win or lose from now through September.
World record outboard speed mark was set last week by flashy, finned hydroplane RX-3 driven by Hugh Entrop (at left in picture below), who slashed across Seattle's Lake Washington at 107.821 mph to bring title to U.S. Record was especially notable since Entrop used stock Mercury 60-hp engine while former record holder Massimo Leto di Priolo of Italy used 162-hp supercharged engine to set mark of 100.3 in 1956. RX-3 was designed by Entrop, Jack Leek and famed hull specialist Ted Jones of Seattle and was first successful outboard to ride with stern completely out of water, supported only by whirling propeller in manner of Jones-designed Gold Cup hull which took world inboard record away from British in 1950.
Squinting out at Columbia as she passes bow of their motor launch, Sailmaker Colin Ratsey, Designer Olin Stephens, Advisor Corny Shields and Sailmaker Ernest Ratsey make mental notes on performance of boat as guide to corrections necessary to increase yacht's speed for coming elimination trials.
Luffing up alongside motor launch, Columbia Skipper Briggs Cunningham brings yacht to standstill after hard afternoon's work and keeps eye on sails as James Haslam takes the throw line while Naval Architect Paul Coble, Engineer Gil Wyland (in cockpit) and Robert Pettway stand by.