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MINIE, THE MISER'S DAUGHTER.

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LADIES' COLUMN THE FASHIONS. Spring dresses are commencing to occupy Our atten- tion (says the Paris correspondent of the Queen), although for the present (which is a demi stttson) black faille dresses are more popular than any others. The newest black' silk costumes are -much trimmed with narrow black lace plaitings, and are made with double or triple tunics draped on the cross. The coat bodice is smartened with a coloured waist- coat, for which a new style of brocade is in favour. The ground of this brocade is faille, and the brocade consists of stripes as well as small motifs, as stars, &c.; and these always contrast with the stripes—such as cerise with green stripes, or yellow with blue stripes. But the plaitings of black lace will be quite a feature in spring toilettes. The black Sicilienne mantelets and visites are trimmed with them, so are the black Indian cashmere mantle pelisses. Their principal rival will be the new chenille fringes, which are not twisted, the strands falling straight, and looking very brilliant and as fluffy as though they were long fronds of split feathers; and hence the name of this novelty-frange de chenille plume. For costumes for day wear Indian cashmere will be the most popular (as it has been for the past year), and several new and bold ideas will be attempted in the early spring aresses. I have seen a grenat cashmere dress made with three tunics on one side, each bordered with gold embroidery; and a prune cashmere, orna- mented with three rows of embroidered forget-me note and moss. Some skirts will be made with three deep flounces, kilted in front, and reaching abeve the knee; the straight train, looped up à la Merveilleuse through a satin strap; sometimes the plaitings are orna- mented with a satin cross-band. To show how popu- lar Indian cashmere is, no less than six costumes of it were ordered for the Royal Spanish bride. One was Indian blue (a pale tint), intended for a theatre dress; the second was willow green, the third bronze green, the fourth indigo blue, the fifth mauve and trimmed with magnificent lace—this made an exquisite robe de chambre; the sixth was the ne/v style, opal in colour and shot as it were with colours and all manner of changeable shades. The new paletots of light cloth are made without a seam down the centre of the back; as it is discovered that, however becoming many long seams may be in backs of thick materials, thin fabrics look best with few seams. Jackets will be close-fitting and shapely, outlining the figure, and will be shorter than those now worn. The jauntiest of the spring wraps will be the coats that fasten over the cheet with a single button, and show a waistcoat below. They are some- what masculine in shape, material, and style. The mania for beads and bead trimmings is likely to continue; the clair de lune and jet beads for spring, but for summer old gold amber and rainbow beads will be largely used on bonnets, dresses, and mantles. Beaded plastrons, large collars, waistcoats, panels, cuffs, and pockets are now being manufactured in 'i great variety of form and colour. Large plaques for buttons are made entirely of beads, and the new pessementeries hate diamond-shaped beaded orna- ments. Sleeves will continue to be made in the coat shape; bat when warm weather comes they will be probably Jho-ter, reaching midway between elbow and wrist. Bodices WIll be trimmed with either fringe or galon, bo simulate fs yoke. Cambria dresses will be made with basques and waistbands, and have deep, square ] collars, shaped like a yoke, and edged with eitber white embroidery or Bussian lace. The Carrick col- 1 Lars will be worn on both blouse polonaises and sorine pferietots.. 8 1 1

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