Fashion of the Pines
Fashion has always been a part of Pines history. Noted designers like Halston, Angelo Donghia, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis and more have either visited or made a home here. The beach is the inspiration for much creativity. The 60’s brought a new culture not only to the world, but the Pines as well. Beginning as a predominantly straight community more and more gay men from the world of art, design, and fashion were finding their way to this haven for creativity. Beginning with Showgirl Peggy Fears and continuing with model John Whyte their was an influx of many from the arts. It was inevitable that it would find it’s way into community events beginning with the Fashion show.
1965. From the Sandpiper to the Yacht Club and back the community Fashion show would travel until it found it’s home at the Botel pool.
1965. Singer/actress Liza Minnelli and Peter Allen at the Fashion Show where she purchased a silver mini dress and danced at the Yacht Club.
Well known Designers as well as many of the local retail stores in the Pines were involved in the shows.
Large Liquor companies also joined in to make their mark in the community.
1966 Liquor store owner Richard Hyman
It was a Mod, Mod world, and the Pines was going along for the ride.
The Fashion show was becoming a yearly community event, and in the press.
1966.Local residents and store owners like Cappy Hanlan from Hanlans, and Bob Bent from the Three B’s participated in the shows.
With it’s clientele and proximity to NYC the Pines was beginning to be the place where trends would begin. The swinging 60’s had arrived in the Pines at
The Royal Box” on Driftwood Walk..
The word was out, and it was all about Fashion in the Pines!
As the years progressed the fashion show like the Pines community itself they got more sophisticated with more prominent designers of the time contributing their goods.