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CURTSEYS. AT THE COURTS. It was noticed at the Courts that not a few ladies who had clung to somewhat ad- vanced Directoire notions had consider- able difficulty in making' their curtseys, the graceful "plongeon" giving place to a sligjht bend of the knee. The King has caused it to be known, however, that he prefers the deeper curtsey, when the lady aplpears to sink almost to the ground, and it therefore seems improbable that the ad- vanced Directoire gown will be in evi- dence at the later Courts or at any of the Royal entertainments. GREY AND WHITE. In Paris a craze, exists at the moment for a combination of grey and white. f3f' far we have left the notion somewhat severely alone, which is an item to de- plore, as few combinations are so entirely successful as this particular one. The white-Paæisiennes see to it carefully- verges on pale grey, and the grey is almost white in certain lights. "POPLIN TAFFETAS." The arrival of "poplin-taffetas" will not cause surprise. The instant, a, demand arises for a particular fabric, manu- facturers begin to turn out all kinds of materials bearing: its name, the majority being totally unlike ib. This, however, is not the case with "poplin taffetas," which iis woven with a very fine and scarcely perceptible rib- in it, so that the fabric, seen from a short, distance, closely resembles a rich bengaline silk. NIGHTCAPS AND PIN-CURLS. The bewitching, frilly nightcap has, for some time past, found a place in the fashionable wardrobe, but it is only quite lately that we have followed the French idea of tacking into the front of these caps, pretty little pin-curls. The notion- not an expensive one—is most, certainly becoming, more especially when hair- wavers are used. The inevitable scent I sachet is tricked into the folds of the crown. WOMEN'S UMBRELLAS. All concerned are crying out that the demand for women's umbrellas is con- siderably less than in days gone by. The cause for this state of affairs is not. far to seek. Women lead a very different life to that which fell to their share, say in early Victorian times. Outdoor sports are the order of the day, and even if a woman does not indulge in sports, she has at least learned to walk. Moreover, women have learned to dress for the part they play, and have rain-proof clothes for rainy days. Consequently there is much less need for the umbrella, which is generally regarded by the athletic as a nuisance and therefore left at home when- ever possible. HOME INDUSTRIES. The Princess of Wales has dispatched yet another large order to Ireland, for linens, a portion of the order being de- stlined for robes for Her Royal Highness, and frocks fo the Princess Mary. The Princess of Wales has always regarded the desirability of patronising home indus- tries as a serious matter, and it seldom Her Royal Highness dons fabrics, or trimmings that, have. not. been manufac- tured or fashioned at home, or in some of our possessions over the seas.