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(Fkom oub own Oobrebpondbnt.) The encentrioity of fashion is perhaps most freely exhibited m the plain silk or caehmere evening gowns. They have undraped skirts, cut so as to leave tbe feet uncovered, full bodices, and extremely voluminous sleeves. Tho fulness of the bodice is not continued above the corset line, where the gathered portion is sewn (so as to cave a tiny beading above) upon a sort of yoke piece, which may be high or low, or something between the two, that is to say, with a thoulder seam ; about three inches long and cut m a ourve back and front. The length of the sleeve is not neoeseariiy proportioned to the height of the bodice. Around tbe waist is bound a wide folded scarf or sash. It is considered newer and more befitting the style of gown to have thts same scarf or sash without ends. When of ribbon it may be bound twice round the waist, sometimes Btarting from the side seams under the arms, sometimes finish ng off m a point on the boaom. Two shados of tho same color are often made up into this form of gown, the difference iv the depth of hue being trifling As for tbe combination, it is managed m this wise ; — The skirt, full portion of the bodice, und sleeves are of darker shade, aad the yoke, scarf, and ruohing (should there be one; of the lighter. Both silk and fiae woollen are treated ln this way, but now und again silk gowns have very full tulle sleeves to match, unlined, and therefore to an extent transparent, standing out around the upper arm m a puffing of gossamer that m certain positions has almost the appearance of wingß. There is almost a craze for green m the world of fashion tbat seldom lasts as a ruling color beyond the summer, but this season has r< muiued faithful to it throughout. Tailors and dressmakers have made more gowns of green than of any two other colors put together. At evening parties every third dress almost has green introduced m some way, if it be not wholly composed of it In the paler tones if makes an exquisite contrast with good redß and rose pinks. Nature is imitated m such gowns, and we see ona that reo.lla a lilac tree, another that suggests laburnum, a third that looks like a gigantio moss rcse, and a fourth that resembles a lily. In one dress the whole of the front is Wistaria color, with garnitures of tbe blossoms _*bo -tone drana ia. green vol vet, m precisely the tint of the foliage appertaining to the flower. _._ie .hoes are made m the two ooiors, for it is now considered uaorthodox to wear shoes that do not match either the gown, its tr earnings or both. Evening wrap* are multifarious m kind, The generality of those worn by youog people are tho c with tho sling sleeves that keip the arms so comfortably warm. OJd^r women wear long fur-lined mantles. Paris, December 31.

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LATEST PARISIAN FASHIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2064, 15 February 1889

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LATEST PARISIAN FASHIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2064, 15 February 1889