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Latest Parisian Fashions.

[from ouk own correspondent.]

Hats are now much varied in shape. Some are short at the back, or pointed in front, or slightly turned uj>. They are made in spotted black net, drawn and trimmed with loops of wide ribbon. A pretty hat is of soft black chip with broad and slightly upturned brim in front and narrow in the back, caught up with Louis XVI lace and "cream mousseline chiffon " held in place by tufts of ostrich tips. This hat is called the Lamballe. Driving hats will be made of straw, lace, or guipure, open like fine passementerie, and in color or black, mixed with gold, jet, or metals ; in fact open or fancy straws will be worn and very few plain ones. Toques are no longer flat around the brim, but made with a twist of some light material such as tulle or crepe. Toques and capotes are very small, flat on top, with a tiny tuft of flowers or feathers in front.

The skirts of dresses will be worn longer than during the winter; nearly all the new creations are made to sweep the ground slightly, and indoor dresses have demi-trains, while the Court train is reserved for occasions of ceremony. With these long skirts, it is necessary to be careful of the under skirts, which are more easy to arrange than formerly when one wore with a train dress a long and much trimmed petticoat of lace and muslin. The train is arranged to support itself ; lined with silk, and the under petticoat may be a short frou-fiou of lace or of silk. This arrangement gives more grace to the lines of the train and greater ease to the wearer, to whom the former manner of adjusting a long dress was a misery of awkwardness when she moved in any but a straight line.

Embroideries and possementeries are very extensively employed in dresses of all kinds, whether in silk or wool, and in order to add elegance bo the straight skirts the material is embroidered 'in flat designs or edged with fringes. Corsages separated from the skirt are." in various forms, often having the appearance of two bodices, one above the other. The upper corsage is embroidered or pleated, according to the fabric, and trimmed with nassementerie cord to carry out the illu-

I sion. | Spanish vests are also imitated in the same manner in lace or chenille passementerie. The latest novelty in embroidery is a foliage of many colors or of varied tones of the same hue. Little bunches of roses or single blossoms are embroidered upon a grey ground, lilac, or rosella, or upon dark colors, and make charming gowns when made with harmonising velvet trimming.

For costumes of the demi&aison new cloaks are being prepared of green and black, which are very handsome. A manteau in black gvosgrain is draped in I front with a fall of pleated black lace, i which is covered with a perfect shower of small green crystals, narrow and long in shape mingled with beads of black jet with small chains of the beads crossing the lace. Below the waist the beads become thicker and finish in a fringe. The sleeves are covered with lace and the two colored beads which end again in a thick fringe. The latest perfume for handkerchiefs, is ] the "IJau Oriza Violet," very fragrant and calling to mind the flower. Fans are j always an interesting feature for a lady's toilette. The lovely and exquisite spring productions are marvels of beauty, S7tU 1890.

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Latest Parisian Fashions., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890

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Latest Parisian Fashions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890

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