OUR LADY'S LETTER.
London, August 2. OOROEODS COWNS AT GLORIOUS fiOODWOOD
Goodwood, which has just given the coup de grace to the memorable season of 1889, brought out a finer display of pretty frocks and beautiful women than has been seen at any of the fashionable meetings this year. Prom our feminine point of view the last function of the season was as " glorious" as of yore, but Tom and all the men declared the racing was but poor. It is nonsense to suppose, however, that the majority of people who go care whether two horses only start for the " Cup," as was the case this year, or twenty, as the clerk of the course told me mournfully was the sort of field they used to get together for the once famous race. For the life of me I could not sympathise much. The dresses were as good, if not better, than usual, and there were just as many people present. Many of the smartest frocks worn we had seen at the reception at Marlborough House on Saturday after the wedding. One of these took my fancy greatly. The style was a modification of the empire, the material white Ottoman silk and pale green silk muslin. The skirt was the great point, however, being edged all round with a thick silk i ruche of mingled white and green. The bodice had crossing folds of the muslin and a sash of the moire" ribbon in the same shade of green. The hat was composed of green sweetbriar, and the sunshade trimmed with similar foliage. Sleeveless overbodices have been revived, and several were visible on the l»wn and in the paddock. One of the most striking examples of this style was a lovely toilette of the palest shade of silver-grey, the sleeveless bodice being a couple of shades deeper. It fitted closely at the back, but was so arranged that the fronts •losed over with a touch, or could easily be thrown back, leaving visible the lovely silver and steel embroidery which covered the whole front p» rt of the dress. There were several dresses of white and yellow silks cunningly blended, and it was noticeable that Russian leather shoes were almost exclusively worn by those who adopted this style. One very effective gown was worn by a pretty woman who was busy with a betting book all afternoon. She seemed to be winning extensively, and kept a circle of male admirers running continually backward and forward from Tattersall's Ring. Her gown was exactly the color of a cornfield, with a pattern of the darkest brown. The bonnet was of field poppies, a few of the same flowers being worn on the left shoulder. The way in which the rich brown —just the oolor of over-ripe corn—modified the brightness of the yellow, and the somewhat crude vermilion of the poppies was very artistic, and the effect was heightened by bunches of ribbon-of the brown shade being plaoed hither and thither in apparent but well thought out confusion. A handsome *• brunette " wore an uncommon gown of garnet-colored cloth, with a deep embroidered trimming in gold. The design was heraldic, exceedingly bold and handsome. Several coats of white cloth were worn with white or pale colored dresses ; they were mostly lined with either shot silks of the paler shades or bright rose and cherry, which latter colors, however, rather killed the dresses and complexions of those who wore them. A fery smart coat was of minionette cloth, braided with white and gold on white cloth, the dead green Bhowing cnnningly through where the white had been cut away. Another and simpler was of biscuit color, turned back on either side from the shoulder to the waist, and there fastened with a sweet little clasp of enamel. The vest and high collar were in scarlet hunting cloth, braided in black in a design formed of interlacing squares. Many grey dresses were worn, some good and others terrible. The beet dressed woman present wore one of the very pale tint, made so popular by the Princess of Wales. It was one of the simplest dresses I have seen this season. The material was surah, and the most remarkable thing about it was the marvellous way it fitted the wearer, an aristocratic and slightly boredlooking woman. The total absence of fullness in the skirt excited remark, and the only folds in the bodice were those which crossedonceoveranddisappeared under the folds of a voluminous white silk sash. Above where the fronts crossed each other on the chest was a frill of white cre*pe de chine. The hat, sunshade, and gloves worn with this delightfully cool costume were, of oonrse, en suite. But to describe all the frocks I took notes of would, I see, take far too much space, and an intimation has been given that the " dress copy " is to be kept short, so I must give it up in despair. The country and seaside costumes will this year be extremely simple. Striped woollen materials mounted in pleats for the skirt, so that the stripes run horizontally, are worn with blouse bodioeß, varied sometimes by a white plastron aud very full sleeves.
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OUR LADY'S LETTER., Evening Star, Issue 8018, 21 September 1889, Supplement