WONDROUS LURE OF DEAUVILLE
NZ Truth , Issue 1249, 7 November 1929, Page 20
WONDROUS LURE OF DEAUVILLE
FasM©ji 9 s - Parade - (From "N.Z. Truth's" Special Paris Representative). THEME, — The season at Deauville has peached high-water level not a room to be had m any of the hotels, palatial . or otherwise; not a table m any of the restaurants; not a chair at the Bar of the Sun. I was nearly going to wrjte not a drop of water m the sea. Biut why mention the sea? It plays a very small part m Deauville,'s activities. The Casino, the; tables, the palace hotels and the paddock of the racecourse are considered to be much more important. '
HERE each day we find sensational clothes. Tne Paris dressmakers have almost entirely' changed the appearance of la mode, and the silhouette admired ion the Flowered Beach has practically nothing m common with last year's. The return to favor of a certain amount of "curves" has, they say, been brought about by the sun-bath vogue. The i "mateh -stick" type of figure may look quite all: right when fully jdressed, but m general decollete, is, well — But; although curves are now admitted and admired, they must be of the very slender variety', with no hint of generosity about them. In a word, fashion expects us to toe something of a cross between a Venus de Milo and a mannequin. Dressed, we are to be slender, and m bathing costume, beautiful curves, smooth backs and shoulders, with not a hollow showing, are decreed. , Bones seem to be. 'the most unpopular things, and "salt cellars" are tabpo. So, my dear, whether we like it or not, the corset is looming" — modified, of course, by modern ideas of comfort and hygiene— but, to my mind, if we are to wear the new fashions' successfully, a corset will be imperative. —For hips are expected to a very slender curved line, and the bust is more often than not- held tightly by the frock. "* Hats at Deauville are frankly large, with charming brims of the finest erin and straw. The crowns, without exception, hug '• the shape of the head; and fit very tightly. The prettiest of parasols are carried. They are often made of gathered mousseline m gay colors, and sometimes ribbon forms the material, pleate 1 and; ruched and interwoven. Scarves float everywhere m the loveliest -shades and wildest designs, while footwear 4s varied and most oi'iginal. Bright colored kid is often seen incrusted 1 with gilt leather. - ' Crepe de 'chine, satin, lame) and multi-colored materials are. used for Madame's shoes. , Bags are favored, made of the same material as tlie frock, are rather large, and carried under the arm. ' A really smart woman requires an enormous wardrobe, for here, each hour
brings forth something new. People seem to dress by the thermometer. A shower of rain changes tne whole aspect •'of the place; whilst an -hour of brightness assumes trppical ways, and "hatches things." In a -word, Deauville is the slave of fashion, and obeys the Sun as ". its king. ; /.' , ".. " v ' .But although the sea plays a minor part, it is "bon ton" to be seen m bathing costume, wooing the correct tint of sunburn -on the beach, or else playing about. in the water. /••'. An. uncharitable mind might suggest ■second childhood to sedate old gentlemen ■splashing about like any threeyear-old m its bath. ■ ■■• • • A bathing beauty trips down to the water's edge with, ; under^her arm, a frightful-looking- : crocodile, a sea-lion with distended nostrils, or a supplenecked swan, all made of rubber. It is considered great fun to bathe with a lot of weird r looking things m the water, . and climbing aboard them and "staying put" is a favorite game. We find the usual sister effect. Two little girls m blue came all the way from Dresden, and showed Deauville , what they would' wear on the Lido beach ; ; long, bell-bottomed trousers of blue satin, with bands and incrustations m all shades of blue, silk jersey V tops and loose Chinese coats. They were ''cute." At night, at the Casino, one sees beautiful clothes. A frock I noticed was of golf and red lame with a short coat, the cuffs of which were bordered with blue fox. The skirt touched the ground at the back:, and the frock was made on slender princess lines. With it was worn a necklace of lapis lazuli, rock crystal and brilliants., A Frenchwoman dressed , m peacock blue wore a necklace of lapis lazuli with a pendant m the shape of a ' turquoise Budda,, set with magnificent emeralds and rose-cut j diamonds. . j Another evening toilette I noticed ■ was of pink moire with a bpdice fitting to ; the r waist, and a very full ' skirt of circular cut at the -back. When the wearer sat down at ' the cocktail bar she spread out her skirt, and looked like an enormous butterfly. . Deauville is , a • precious^ stone with many facets. I'll tell you later of its contrasts. , Tours, MAKIE.