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LADIES' COLUMN. THE FASHIONS. The fashion of wearing a cordon of flowers com- menced last winter, and now the ambition appears to be to hava natural ones for the purpose but, un- fortunately, at a ball these fade quickly. Roses are the favourite flowers for these cordons, and they are made up with three colours—red, pink, and tea roses. The newest garlands for evening wear are composed of sweet peas and hortensias, of violets, crocuses, and forget-me-nots, with either gold or silver intermixed. The small Infanta wreath is charming. It consists of pomegranate flowers, with velvet leaves veined with gold. Also the Druidees wreath, made of oak leaves of every shade of gold, from the darkest to the lightest, which is almost silvery, the acorns being dead gold. The Muse garland is likewise pretty. It is composed of olive leaves of dark green velvet veined with cold, the small olives being gold. The Victim wreath is in white, blue, and pink narcissus, a trail of the same flowers mixing with the curls at the back of the head. The Psyche wreath is red camellias and gold leaves. The PourtalAs pouf is made with black feathers powdered with gold, aDd marigolds with diamond centres. The luminous sprays of silver thistles and golden chestnuts and the new golden butterflies are also much worn, mounted with feathers that are dipped in either gold or silver. Dancing shoes are made this season with very short fronts, and the toes are almost pointed; there is a small Charles IX. strap across the instep, and this strap is fastened with a miniature buckle. The shoes should be the ..me colour as the dress, and sometimes they are embroidered with same flowers as the rest of the toilette. With a pale blue dress trimmed with field flowers, the shoes would be blue faille worked with flowers. White satin boots are again worn at balls they are embroidered with white jet, but are by no means becoming to the foot. Black satin boots, for evening wear, are fastened down the centre with straps, and between the straps there is a white blonde ruche. For ceremonious calls velvet boots are worn. The rugs for covering the knees when driving have become most luxurious this winter. The latest novelty in rugs for a Victoria is not fur at all, but feathers, as it is made entirely of ostrich feathers, stripped from their quills, and in their natural grey and creamy white shades. Light-coloured rugs are most used inside carriages, while darker ones are selected for the driver, though there is nothing handsomer for a lady's carriage than the coloured beaver that so closely resembles sealskin. Among the fashionable light rugs are natural beaver, the long fleece of white fox, the red fox, and the wolverine; the last are specially popular this season. Cheaper rugs are made of the skins of the wild cat and shaded llama. Feather bands are in great demand for dress trim- mings. There are bands of flat feathers, such as peacocks' and lopbephore, in shaded green and blue, for trimming black India cashmeres, and mixed with these are a few split-or décMrlø-feathers that are very effective. Cream-coloured, almond, and grey mantles for dressy occasions are trimmed with fawn- coloured feathers, and small muffs to wear with them are made of the same material, with a broad feather band in the middle instead of a narrow band at each end some muffs are entirely of feathers, and are stuffed with eider dewn. Round hats and evening bonnets are made entirely of feathers; for the latter white marabout is most used.—The Queen.



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