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LADIES' COLUMN. --+-- THE FASHIONS} The question of ball and concert toilettes, says Myrrtt Journal, is that above all others which at pre- sent engrosses the minds of our coutur.erea. With the profusion of all kinds of charming gauze, lace, and flowers, there is an embarras de richeste from which it is difficult to make a choice, and equally diffi- cult for a modiste possessing taste to do otherwise than succeed in making both artistic and elegant costumes. Gold and silver predominate as ornaments for even- ing as well as for out-door toilettes; even feathers of all kinds are gilded or silvered a very questionable taste. The use of beads is equally in vogue, and many gauzes and tulles, as well as blonds and laces, are em- broidered with gold in different designs black laces treated in this manner make the richest and most superb garnitures. A ball dress recently shown to us is ef Ophelie satin (the colour of peach blossom), in fourreau style, covered with bouillonnea of tulle of the same shade, and wreaths of peach blossom on the skirt. This dress is only suitable for a handsome, stylish wearer, as it will necessarily attract attention by its original style. White barege is very much employed for making diaphanous ball dresses, and as it is stronger and less perishable than gauze and tulle it will be chosen in preference to either of these, by those who study economy, it being easily made to serve on several oc casions by a few slight changes in the trimming. Many dresses display harmonious blending of dif- ferent shades of tba same colour, which has an ad- mirable effect when well carried out; thus a toilette composed of several tints of white is really elegant; seven or eight di:lerent gradations of colour are extremely pretty. A dress of white barege is cleverly drapei under a number of long flat bows of narrow white ribbon the front is ornamented with brilliant yet,oft clenilte feather fringe of snowy whiteness, arranged en ichelle. The habit bodice is of white Genoa velvet, displaying rosebuds on a satin ground, and the open square front is draped with white satin; the sleevta and basques have revers of the same fabric. The hair is worn high on the head very few of our 6i6gantes now appear with it dressed low. The nape of the neck is shaded by tiny curls; at the same time it must be remembered that above all things the coiffure should be arranged to suit the face, and it is always easy to avoid singularity, without eonforming either too closely to the fashion, or ad ,pUng a style utterly at variance with the prevailing mode. Large gold pins are worn, placed according to taste, and imitating various objects, as gold balloons, golden chestnuts, golden mulberries, &s. Gold combs are equally in favour, and are worn with outdoor toilettes, being placed so as to be seen under the ch*peau, which they serve in some measure to keep firmly on the head. Lace mantillas are now par excellence the wrap adopted for ball and theatre costume. Few etegantes are without a black mantilla. For the theatre these are frequently arranged so as to form the coiffure, by the aid of a spray of flowers or of diamonds, or pearl jewels or pins. Amber, it is said, will soon become fashionable again its revival dates from the marriage of the Queen of Spain, on which occasion ornaments of amber were displayed on several elegant toilettes One of these was of Havana satin and velvet, wi h amber agrafes in front of the corsage; the skirt trimmed with silk fringe with amber drops.


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