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LADIES' COLUMN. "r THE FASHIONS There is quite a revolution in hairdressing, writes Eliane de Marsy in the Queen, but the change is too sudden and general, and the style now adopted is by no means generally becoming. The hair parted down the centre, arranged in two bandeaux somewhat for- ward on the forehead, with a simple chignon at the back, is no doubt exceedingly distingue if—but so much lies in that small word—the head is young and the features regular. Without these essentials, the style is out of place. The headdress it la Grecque is now much affected-light fluffy bandeaux on the forehead, and small curls at the top of the head, and three bandalettes of either gold, silver, or ribbon, as the case may be, round it. The Mercedes headdress is also a pretty novelty there is a fringe over the fore- head, and the hair at the temples is waved and combed upwards; several combs of light tortoiseshell, studded with balls, are then fastened into the hair. Large tortoiseshell balls are very favourite hair ornaments; likewise natural butterflies, humming birds, and small gold and silver birds. Similar birds are found on the new spring bonnets—in fact, metal is in high favour, for there are silver wings, and silver oats, and silver thistles, besides a host of gold ornaments. Bonnets are made of horsehair and gold braid, likewise of gold nets, and there are silver bonnets—these are all of the b6b6 form, which has been worn for some time. For morning costumes, when spring really makes its I appearance, light linen costume, somewhat thick in quality, and either cream or greenish grey in colour, will be worn, and trimmed with frills, embroidered in red, blue, and black. The bodices are made with' 'I yokes, an embroidered scarf crosses the skirt, and a small embroidered fichu the shoulders. Many of the new combinations of colours are seen on the Madras ginghams, which have a white ground, with coloured bars and stripes. One favourite pattern is pale blue >nd olive green; another is scarlet, with bege colour; a third, bottle green and white. The trimmings are Bussia laces, which are lighter than Smyrna laces, and in colours to match the dress. Crepe batiste, a thin linen cambric, crinkled like crepe, is another novelty for summer dresses. The new 1 parasols have round, and not canopy tops, as last year; they measure 18in. down the no, and the sticks are long and slender. Black and bege are the colours, and the material is the twilled silk called Lovantint-, which is lined either with a contrast, a darker shade, or with white. The edge of the lining is pinked, while ihe outside is scolloped, securely bound, and be- tween the indentation is a loop and end of narrow rib- bon hanging lite fritge; others are trimmed with whalebone fringe. Lacquered and plain ebony sticks are admired, and many black, red, and yellowish bamboo sti ks are impor.ed from Japan. Sylvia's Journal says the latest nov< lty in shoes in the t ashionable world is the Pompeian, the object of which is simply to rdd to the height. It consists of an ordinary shoe, to which is added a deep cork sole, measuring an inch, which is the same thitkneBs every- where, thus increasing the stature in the same way as did the singular SllOfS worn by the actors of ancient Italy. Although made of the very lightest material, they are not light, and were first adopted by a very petite Parisian belle, whose very long skirts bid her artifice to increase her apparent height, j Some other ladies have taken up the odd caprice of binding the shoe upon the foot like a sandal. But though fully answering its purpose, the Pompeian shoe can never be pretty, and will never be popular for that good reason. The World of Fashion tells us that the Robe Princesse without upper-skirt or tunique, is still fashionable; as a rule, however, we may say that this elegant and graceful, though somewhat severe style, is better suited to the rich, warm, soft-textured materials that are used for winter wear. It is probable that woollen materials, trimmed with silk or embroidery, will again be very fashionable.