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Ai tie season advance, acoocdlonple>ted skirts gain m favor It's, after '11, tho prettiest style of uodraped eklrt yet attempted, and has a partlculaily teeth, summer-like appaaraoop, perhaps owing to she i-kanaas-to a hilf-forled fan. Mi-ohine flafced, and pressed under the i'fluonoe of eteam, the pUals aie woadorfaily tenacious, hat b >raa materials take tbe folds baiter thiu others.

Saoosna is qaes'lo lablo both m the oase cf su^ah and ciahmora. The b»3t silk raafer'ala for the purpose are foalard, naraene^, and tain taffetui ; monsseline-de-Ulne i» ihi woolleo par excellence. In ba v .?ate and z pbyi cloth he fotda tve leu Hkaly to maintain th°!r position: B'aok hoe rf the Ohantdly k(nd ia tha only one th*t pleata easily, and keeps Iti folds for »ny length of time, and It It labor lnft to ttf to plaat net nude of ootton or thread.

Most scoordion-pl^ated iklrta ate gathered oJoeflr, 'wo or three laohei deep at the top Thlg rsgihtei tha amount "f fullness exto^v, and helps to koep tha flute* In form. If :he bodloa basb&rbaei the gathers Are ainoeitled, aud m the (Mis nf a jvskrt open la front the chemisette, ia oftiti oa L lone; and timed dp uodefnoith, bo as to f*U m a boullionni below th* belt. Whfln a Spenodf, Figirovert, o.r bodies cut off at tha was, Is ohosen, • p! -cm of the material ia folded eoirfftahion round the figare, fmd a loosa breadth falls behind si as t > oover tha back of the pleated nkirfe* Tbe Utter addition is mad 9 with aW sorts of bodioes, and ta not to be desp'aod even from an eoonom'oal point of view, as tbe aojordion p'oa^ed skirt is, like tbe boau's <j ether gar a; en's, not designed with a view to the sitting down posture.

Striped materials, such at peklns. are kUt*d, the pleats being deeper and lying fl«t, not edge forwards an m the preceding. White slik striped with blaok satin is In spieiil requett for kilted pettlcoati to be worn under blaok laoe skirts and blaok laoe peltares. Toeae long flawing blaok mantles are among the prettiest out-of-door garments of the season* Parisians wear them as the compliment of simply made gowns of batiste or zaphyr, Green muslin of the rd'e'da shad* is a novelty and an extremely woloome one, making a pleasant change from the Inevitable blues, pinks, and mauveg. of ordinary life,

T'he favorite hesd dress of tbe moment, is the flow j r-l»den obapeao. Many of th« bonnets are merely superposed coronets of bleaioms, divided by a wlap of crape, tulle or twist of ribbon velvet, the ends of whloh do duty for strings ; while the wide brimmed flit hats are, as I just mentioned, absolutely laden with blossoms^ Laburnum and aoola have been m vogue for the last few weeks, but, as usual, toe taste foi certain flowers ohaogea with the seasonc, and Juce blossoms take precedence of those of May, to aiuleao, h ineyiuokle, and coses are to the fore. Boses of every color are mixed together. Fruits, also, are among fashionable milllnory decorations, cherries and oarranti, hanging m moat natural fashion on brown twlgr, and made rather smaller than their natural e'a?.

P»rasola appear now with floral decorations, and some have kn)b-topj>ed itiok* with bunches of blgtroons dangling about the handle — s fancy to bo preferred to th«t for fantastic Inseots and small reptile* (reproduced In spotted velvet and divera> colored garzja and metallic wire), which were to be seen dbport rg themselves on ladles sunshades.

Paris, July 31st, 1888.

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LATEST PARISIAN FASHIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2232, 21 September 1889

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LATEST PARISIAN FASHIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2232, 21 September 1889

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