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Dress and Fashion in Paris.

Dinner and ball dresses are particularly varied and graceful this season in Paris. The combination of several different styles, esnecially the Empire and Directoi e, with the more modern forms of the princess dress and with the modes of earlier dates, such as Valois and Louis XVI. fashions, to results that show great taste and ingenuity, with just that touch of the unexpected that gives the charm of piquancy to a well-devised costume. . For dinner dresses especially the very richest materials are employed; faille is, of course, indispensable ; bengaline is much used, but satin is only resorted to occasionally ’ for accessories ; veloutine, plain and hroche. velvets, brocades and brocatelles, crepe de Chine, and very delicate gauzes are all fashionable materials for these toilets. Green is still the color most in vogue, and many new shades have been introduced as rivals to the still fashionable Empire green. The tender shade of young shoots is a great favorite for chapeaux and also for evening dresses ; grass green is a more difficult color to wear, bub a few blondes with brilliant complexions rather affect it. Green blends so well with other colors that its prolonged success is easily explained; it harmonises with pink, cream, red, straw color, and even with some shades of grey, and is one of the most effective backgrounds for gold, silver, and colored embroidery. Next in favor to green come shades of red-brown and of the dull brick, terra-cotta, and Egyptian reds, which are worn both in light and in dark shades. Heliotrope is seen here and there, and now and then a dress is made of full royal blue, but n ither color is a really fashionable tint. Married ladies especially patronise the open Princess dress. It is dignified and becoming; it permits the employment of very rich fabrics, and the grace and elegance that are needed to soften the plain outlines of the Princess robe are given by the draped tablier and fichu, that are always made of some soft supple fabric. An excellent model of one of these becoming dresses is in pale green and black pekin, with wide stripes. The open fronts of the bodice and skirt are turned back with pale green silk revera covered with black embroidery, and disclose a draped tablier of pale green crepe de Chine and crossed fichu draperies of the same material; the revere end at the back in a long point, and the train is mounted with gathers outside the corsage. A Mack ribbon sash is fastened on under the Princess fronts and tied carelessly a little on one side, and the elbow sleeves, with vague puffs at the shoulders, are trimmed with embroidery. The gloves are black, and an attempt is being made to return to the general use of black gloves for evening wear. Dresses in pale pink, blue, and other light colors are now occasionally accompanied by black gloves. , , . , Greek coiffures, with three bands oi white crepe meeting in front under white feathers, are adopted with Greek and Empire dresses. —‘ Myra’s Journal,’

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Dress and Fashion in Paris., Evening Star, Issue 8035, 11 October 1889

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Dress and Fashion in Paris. Evening Star, Issue 8035, 11 October 1889