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ITEMS FOR LADIES, '— If the Parisienne is dainty when the short dark days of winter are with us, how much more so is she when the buruing rays of Phoebus call for light apparel, for muslins and chiffons, delicate flowers and laees, everything, indeed, that is cool and fresh. Some of the lawn gowns are (Ieli,ious-itf) other adjective can be applied to theru—they have a cachet of simplicity that is perfectly charming and eminently French. Sometimes they are trimmed with Valenciennes lace—which falls in frothy billows on corsage, epualette, and sleeve. Nearly all the costumes have the little bolero jacket, which is quite short, stopping well above the waist; under the bolero the high corselet is almost inevitable, and is generally in folded black satin beneath the bolero a blouse of mousseline de soie, or lace, is worn, finishing with dainty rutfles at the neck. One lovely costume in Louis XVI. taffetas is of a soft sea-green. The corsage has a plastron of the taffetas incrusted with ex- quisite lace passing from back to front, and at the waist a high corselet of black satin. Still more beautiful is a robe of lavender gauze over white satin; the eoisage is cut with a yoke of white satin, veiled with guipure; round the yoke is a niching of gauze, on the shoulders panels of guipure, and a belt of metal studdied with large .1 turquoises encircles the waist. The fall of sleeves is a fait accompli usually the sleeve is very close-lit ting to above the elbow, and the puff is high. The skirt, almost plain, is satin antique in a lovely mother-of-pearl tone, the sleeves and short fronts being the same; the inside portion is pale green crepe de chine exquisitely embroidered in dull gold and sil- ver, the back similarly ornamented shows through an opening in the satin, across which is a lattice-like arrangement of renaissance braid, a mixture of dull gold and silver, threads this appears on the skirt, shoulders, and sleeves across pleatings of green crepe. A fold of black satin encircles the waist, and the parasol is green with masses of black chif- fon. The artistic Lamballe hat in coarse green straw is trimmed with bunches of pink an J yellow roses, a twist of multi-coloured tulle and very full black aigrette. The lovely little cape depicted was quite enchanting; it was in primrose taffetas silk; from the ruche round the neck gathered on piping the silk was lightly puffed down to the frills, these being very full and piped. A flat windmill bow in black velvet was arranged back and front, whilst all the frills were bound with narrow black velvet. Pretty Princess Maud is taking the greatest interest in her trousseau, and is, I hear, making some of it herself, although, as a rnle, she is no fond of any sort of needlework, but rather prefers out-of-door life and sports. I had the privilege of seeing a very elaborate piece of work which is to be presented to her by a small school where she is a great favourite. The tiny workers are even giv- ing up their free hours out of school. I hear, in order to have it finished in time. I suppose, after the wedding, we shall have innumerable things called after the Royal bride. Already I have seen two chic little toques and capes named The Princess Maud." One of these toques was one mass of smilax flowers and foliage, founded on a wire frame. A cluster of the flowers rested on the hair behind, and some upstanding ones formed an osprey at the side, which nodded gracefully at every move- ment of the wearer. The other was of soft white ostrich tips, which formed a feathery mass over the top of the head, finishing cff in front with two larger tips falling away from the centre, which was occupied by a white and black osprey and a tiny tuft of white paradise plumes. The capes were somewhat curious, two of them being made in tussure silk and one in white and black lace over a foundation of chequered black and white silk. The last one was formed of tiny gathered rows of alternate black and white chiffon, caught together at inter- vals and forming M's with jewelled black and white sequin trimming. The neck ruche was made of small black and white ostrich tips, made to stand up, with the tops of the tips turning towards the front and finished off with a large black satin ribbon bow. Inverness cape sleeves fell over the arms, made to correspond with the other part of the cape, and an edging of black and white tips went round the bottcm. One of the capes in tus- sure silk, was a simple circular shape coming to the waist, with a full ruche of the same silk round the threat and bottom, and lined with pale pink chine silk. The other one was rather more elaborate, and had a yoke of black satin, covered with grass lawn embroidery, dotted with black sequins; full ruche of black satin ribbon round the neck with grass lawn lappets edged with lace. One of the newest things in Paris is to have a fancy-dress pocket attached to the waist by a strong ornamental belt. These pockets are made in all shades and colours to match or correspond with the dress and very pretty the effect is when seen at a short disiance from the wearer. They are principally used to carry miniature fans, scent bottles, card cases, &c., and are fastened to the belt with a tiny gold chain, sometimes set with precious stones. The latest suggestion for bicy- clists is to wear sandals. I have no doubt, when looked at from a healthy and reasonable point of view, they would answer admirably well. The muscles of the foot and ankle would have perfect freedom of movement, and the feet would be decidedly cooler. In spite of these advantages, however, I fancy it will be a very long time before we see lady bicyclists in the park wearing sandals. A dress made of the finest and silkiest black silk muslin has the bodice most tastefully arranged with the belt and inner waistcoat embroidered with turquoises, and lightened with touches of old Valenciennes lace. A smart gown is of grey crepe de chine, with trimmings of white tulle, and: deep cream-coloured embroidered cambric handkerchiefs, trimmed with real lace. A fold of pale pink mixes with the folds of grey crepe de chine round the waist and ends in a bow under the full front. Another is of red and cream fancy canvas, with in- sertions of coarse cream lace, and the bodice finished with accordeon mousseline de sole and cream lace, with full folds of black and white striped silk at the neck and waist. Grass lawn has been made up by the acre, some of it embroidered in open work, and other gowns striped with satin in pink and green lines and made heavy and inartistic by sequin irrelevancies. The new linen lace appears on many of the Ascot gowns. A foulard with an ivory white ground and a design of tall mauve lilies inter- twined and forming floral stripes, has a shallow, wavy yoke of the linen lined with heliotrope and a shaped corslet belt of the same. But the rage is still tor grass lawn, and it is at its best with a fichu to match edged with narrow lace. A bodice in grass lawn is trimmed with three rows of blue ribbon covered with deep coffee-coloured lace, and surrounding the waist in slightly undulating lines. The sleeves, transparent and made of closely gathered green lawn, have this lace-covered ribbon winding round them from shoulder to waist, and are finished with a faill of the coffee-tinted lace. A deep collar of the lawn is cut up in deep points with insertions of lace between each, lined with blue. A frill of the lace borders the whole collar, and a little lace rises above the band of lace and blue ribbon into which the dainty collar is set. One of the prettiest trimmings for grass lawn and many other materials is the old-world one revived )f late, consisting of rows of narrow black velvet sewn on the frills. Tucks are again in fashion, but will probably appear more prominently in autumn, jeing rather heavy for the present weather.