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(JPBOM OUB OWN CORRESPONDENT.; For spring wear, green has muoh to oommend It, from the palest spring green to the deepest myrtle. The tints of plants, grasses, and ferns are now beautifully imitated. The grey greens of some. leaves are really lovely shades, and In the soft silks, rich velvets and plushes, fine glossy oloaks, veilings, gaoz ;a, and tulles have a oharming appearance. Nearly all tbe gowns now made for day wear are modifications of the Dlreotolre style, and those for evening of the Empire period. So muoh is this the oaae, that writing on fashion becomes absolutely monotonous. These, however, are the ruling modes, and are likely to continue so for some months, at all events, as the fashion has taken. And yet Diieotolrea are not becoming to every one; only, Indeed, to those who have really^ good figures ; the lines, especially of the'newest models, are very severe, the coats sitting m more closely to the figure, and being a great deal more cut away at the sides, tbe baoks being devoid of gathers, hanging straight, and the skirts with even leaa fullness than they had. Necklets of fur* are among the latest novelties, and the addition of a table dollar to a toilette of telle or silk, la a decided Innovation on all rule and precedent. It is not without its charm however, the dark rloh fur.setting off the throat to perfection. A very deolded change has been wrought In the sleeves, whioh are generally conspicuous by tbelr abaenoe. Tbe bouiHOnnS sleeve, so fashionable a short time slnee, Is reserved for the half-high or high transparent bodtoes of demltoilette, and ball dresses ara made simply with shoulderstraps more or less deoorated. When this Is the case the arm-hole muat not be out out so muoh as usual, and one or two little darts aie required to enolese tbe armjaeourely. Straps may be worn either on or off the shoulder or fitting exactly over the curve. This Is a matter In wbioh personal taste miy be freely exercised, and the style adopted should be the one that ii moat beooming With straps worn off the shonlders, ribbons or pieces of tulle passing under the arms are tied or otherwise attached upon the shoulder. This Is a very pretty finish to alow bodice and.haa the merit of being quite new. Admixtures of blaok and color are.. In mnoh favor, and ribbons are lavished on most gossamer dresses; now In tbe form of full bands traversing the bodloe and aklrt, and finished off In a loop and single end ; now strewn broadcast, In butterfly bows or rosettes made up of very narrow satin ribbon. Plain tulle skirts mdst not be hemmed, nor are they allowed to bang In the straight folds tbat ara preferred for thicker and rioher materials; but the flutes ara drawn together here and there with knots of ribbon, or one skirt Is lifted slightly over the other, the wbo^e m unstudied fashion. Flowers are not muoh used as ornaments for skirts, save In thlok garlands round the hem, and feather trimming It; preferred In the case of biooaded gowns . with trains. Paris, February 16, 1889.

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LATEST PARISIAN FASHIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 4 April 1889

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LATEST PARISIAN FASHIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 4 April 1889