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First Figure: Evening Toilet.—; Dress composed of a first skirt of white satin; second skirt, a long train made of green satin ; "short sleeves. A chemisette of tulle illusion. Mighon coiffure, accompanied by velvet .foliage, with amber fruit and long tresses, intertwined with foliage hanging down on the shoulders.
Second Figure: Visiting Toilet. — Half short. This dress consists of a first skirt made of violet cashmere; second skirt, of black pou de soie. Body round at the waist.,. Double sleeves, the second pair hanging considerably below the elbow. If desired the violet cashmere may be replaced by satin of the same tint. Empire bonnet of black velvet, ornamented with roses inside and out.
There seems to be no medium in the eccentricities of fashion, and the last caprice in evening dress affects a first skirt that almost traces the figure: this is made of white satin. The second skirt is likewise of , satin, almost flat. .The first skirt is ornamented at the base with three rows of cherry-coloured ribbon velvet; the second is cut into deep scallops and edged with the same. In the hair groups of cherry-coloured velvet.
A second ball-dress of blue velvet is also without plaits at the waist, and is accompanied by a square-cut corselet, with silver gimp trimmings. Long loose sleeves. Hair to be dressed in the Empire style.
A third model is composed of a jonquil satin dress with a long train, and a trimming in the apron form in front, formed. of puffings separated by satin rolls; with this dress gold chains should be worn in the hair.
A fourth model consists of a light-blue silk dress, covered with a tulle skirt, puffed from top to bottom with blue satin rolls, forming an
unbroken trellis pattern between the puffs, from the beginning of the corset to the base of the skirt. The proper coiffure with this dress sprays of myosotis. ,•'' •■'■
Feather trimmings are much in vogue, and are worn on dresses, paletots, and.inside and outside of bonnets; indeed, we have seen a
I Paris shape covered with afanchon of the downy
i marabout, which appeared all that ladies comprehend in the expression "A love of a bonnet.''
! Fringes, too,- of all sorts are greatly worn—of jet, amber, emerald, white and gold beads, and
'glands; pearls also and crystal are greatly used in this way.
Flowers chosen at will, and disposed in a
! multitude of agrafes, are worn on ball-dresses, and in coiffures.
The newest silk robes are of full shad;,-; many of them are embroidered en tablier, in
! black silk. The newest poplins are brocaded with tiny bouquets of very bright flowers. Satins are, and will be, very much worn: they arc of exquisite texture and of rich shades. When short dresses are adopted—and as yet they are by no means prevalent — the plan is to wear very
j small round hoops; the petticoat, which has very little fulness, is made just to clear the ground. The dress, of the same material, is
1 made a quarter of a yard shorter, the edge being cut out in scallops, points, or turrets.
Though fancy under-skirts are greatly worn. plain scarlet promises to be the favourite, especially through the skating season. Jannings,of Oxford Street, has produced a novelty, consisting of a bordering of patent leather cut as described above, and bordered with buttons and braid. As this border is washable without removal from the skirt, the latter has great advantage over other forms of jupons.
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