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LADIES (COLUMN. THE FASHIONS As usual at this time of the year, says Le Follet, there are no radical changes t.J chronicle, and but slight modifications of the coupes, facjons, and garni- tures of the preceding months. Tbe "Princesse" dress is still the style adopted by the leading eoutu- rieres, many of "them displaying great taste and ability in so trimming it as almost to disguise its real shape; but, in spite of these arrangements, this fashion will ere long be superseded by some novelty or renovation. There are two or three modes of whose success in the ensuing season we can speak with perfect certainty. They are corsages, with long tight-fitting basques, either straight, round, or of unequal length; round-waisted bodies, with waistbands all round; corsages a basques at the back, with waistbands from the sides only; eilets, plastrones, tabliers, and scarp draperies, tuniques esharpes combisationsof different materials, colours, or shades; a great quantity of ribbons, dis- posed in flots principally and a greater display of iace than we have bad for many seasons. The latter garniture will be much employed in plisses and gathered frills, the former especially. For this pur- pose, the qualify of the lace being so little discernible, an imitation answers every purpose but, if the lace be so arranged as to display the pattern, and, above all, the quality, it must either be real or the oest imitation procurable. Satin, on its reappearance, made such rapid strides to fashionable favour, that there is hardly a dress of a class in which so rich a material is possible that is not in some way combined with it. It ie much more effective than faille in any combination with velvet plush, velours broch6, or lampas. For evening dress it is unsur- passable, the grace of its folds and brilliant reflets adapting it beyond all materials for the display of lace, jewels, and flowers. Plush is much used as trimmings, not only forming component portions of toilettes—as we described last month—but in bands, on the edges of tunics and jackets. Indian cash- mere is very much employed for day toilettes. Satin makes a very effective trimming for it, but the richest and most elegant dresses of the kind are em- broidered on the material itself As the season ad- vances, many of the lighter makes of vigogne and cachemire will be used in conjunction with silk for costumes, made as polonaises over silk skirts, or with tunics and long basqued tight-fitting corsages. Some of these made of cachemire will be embroidered in chenille—a mixture of silk and wool, tar less expensive than that composed entirely of silk; the colours are generally en camaieu-tbat is, shades of the same colour. Plush bodices look very well with either silk or satin skirts. Black satin dresses embroidered with many-coloured jet beads are most fashionably worn the usual way is to sow the beads on a foundation of strong black net, the trim- ming being thus rendered of service for another dress. Black silks, as usual in the intermediate season, are in great demand. We have seen some very effectively trimmed with a mixture of colour one to which our attention was drawn had a long waistcoat of silk in alternate flne plaits of pale blue and moss green; a wide plisse of blue, lined with green, down each side of the train, which was slightly raised en pouff, with flots of the two shades. The tablier breadth was draped on the right side, showing a portion of skirt, covered with alternate pliseAs of the two colours. Flots of ribbons on the cuffs, and on one shoulder. Black trimmed with colours is also most fashionably worn, and for spring and summer toilettes, dresses of black silk covered or profusely trimmed with black grenadine, and sprinkled with jet, moonlight, mor- dor6e, or rainbow beads, will be most elegantly worn, enlivened when necessary by the graceful addition of a few flots and bows of coloured ribbon, either plain or a deux faces. No trimming can, however, be more effective than plaitings of lace headed by an embroidered band studded with beads or a frayed ruche. The great demand for materials of more than one colour has caused the introduction of shot silks; they are at present chiefly used for trimmings, and are charmingly effective in frayed ruches or coulisses. As the season advances they will form a larger portion of the dress, and most pro- bably be worn combined with plain silk, of one of the shades. There are many elegant varieties of mantelets and" Dolmans" suitable for ladies whose age or figure would render a tight-fitting paletot un- suitable. Some of them are a mass of braiding or embvoidery a full plaiting of black lace at the edge is an elegant and expensive-looking addition. Both these and the close-fitting jackets are often accom- panied by bows and flots of ribbon. The dominant colour of the season-that is to say, the one to replace, the hues called crême" and toousse," and all the shades derived from them — will be the colour gomme."


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