THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Parisienne Designers Show
Season's New Styles, Colors
By The Associated Press
Paris dressmakers finally pre- them what they want." Everybody,
sented pictures of their new styles from Dior to Cardin, Balmain and
to the public today with a hopeful, Heim, fell in line.
"here it is, and how do you like it?" No Originality
By it they mean the natural line For their pains, they may be
that you read about nearly a criticized for lack of originality.
month ago. But they are reported to have had
seldom has Paris made such-a a successful season with the buy-
concerted attempt to please the ers.
public with a flattering, wearable Hemlines, you will see, are just
silhouette. The designers must comfortably below the knee--the
have said to themselves, "let's give couple of inches that insure knee-
cap coverage even when you sit
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in for last ,season's knee-high
hems, this probably means that
your skirts are just right as they
Sare,without letting down or tar-
Neckline decolletage is generous
enough, but it's wide-open rather
than low-down. This is what
fashion calls the boat neckline,
and to keep the nautical note there
are sailor-type hats.
A trade mark of the 1959 spring
styles is the wide bertha collar, in
variations from a flat encircling
band allt the way to a deep flounce.
The waist-in-its-place is the
biggest news of the season, with
a few designers keeping just a
hint of the lifted empire waistline
of last year.
There are so many colors in the
Paris collections that it's hard to
pick the favorites. But greens sur-
prised everybody by their unusual
popularity and beige is probably
the basic winner.
Prints are not prevailing, as they
are for spring and summer wear.
They run to scribbly abstracts,
small checks, blurry flowers and
Natural Lines Keynoted in Outfits
"The biggest news is that there
is no news," the buyer of a local
store said of Spring's coming
fashions for women.
Simplicity, femininity, and na-
tural lines: these are the watch-
words. For this year's styles fea-
ture, above all, a return to the
normal silhouette. As the pendu-
lum swings back from the "twen-
ties look," the empire, trapeze and
chemise innovations of '58, re-
"The woman," added the fash-
ion consultant, "still dresses for
the man, and there isn't a man
alive who liked the sack!"
Shirtdress Still Seen
Once again, the shirtdress will
be seen everywhere-on campus,
in Europe and at parties. It's more
versatile than ever; its variations,
are endless. Seen about town in
partyish blends, rich oriental
prints, and lace-trimmed pastels,
as well as the more common solids
and foulards, the shirtdress is
here to stay.
This year's particular contribu-
tions are contrasting belts and
collar-lining or occasional brass
Simplicity and grace mark the
return of the soft, natural line
and the full skirt. Because the
basic line of this year's dress is
so simple, color and fabric are
played up for individuality and in-
Schiaparelli pink, apricot and
striking blue-green combinations
are the colors: they mark the
trend away from primary colors,
creating a new effect. Local shops
are showing unusual and subtle
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IN YOUR EASTER BONNET -- Campus coeds will be wearing
popular checked suits and natural line dresses for Spring. Buttons'
and a big red rose add color* and spark to any outfit.
In fashion's crystal ball, bathing
suits for the 1959 warm weather
season appear clear in form and
Whether they are intended for
honest - to - goodness use in the
balmy deep. or just for a thorough
baking session on the golden sands.
they definitely admit that the
female has a shape.
The newest suits. whicih ac-
knowledge the smooth contours of
their wearers, even contribute ma-
terially, though covertly, to round-
ing out the line,
Bikinis in Evidence
Two-piece creations are with us
again, even more in evidence this
year. From the narrow, revealing
bikini to the Hawaiian-style wrap-
around, the tummy-earing fashion
will be in evidence on every beach.
For the daring miss who likes
an unusual, cross-section of color,
a siamese silk plaid creation is a
ticket for a gay summer holiday.
A bright combination of magen-
ta, orange, turquoise, blue and
green, the costume features a
strapless bandeau, brief trunks
covered with a little swing of skirt
that wraps on or off. A.matching
beach coat completes the effect
and will provide shade for shoul-
ders unused to the glaring sun.
More traditional-minded beach-
goers will prefer a more' conven-
tionally-styled suit in bright blue
lines threaded with lilac swirl
about the figure. The fine maillot
design dipping to the waist in
back, is knitted of orlon and lastex.
Since the bathing suit of 1959
is based on the premise of more
awareness of the figure, the sheath
silhouette comes into its own for
form blended with subtlety.
White always does wonders for
the figure, and a white faille
sheath suit is no exception. Made
of an elasticized acetate and cot-
ton mixture, the fabric is striped
with a golden thread. The curved
bodice is outlined by straps that
plunge waist-low in back.
Femininity is the keyword of a
black knitted cotton creati'on with
white swiss dots. The figure' is
rounded in a maillot with a
gathered yoke and crisscrossing
White elasticized acetate and
cotton is given dash by a contrast-
ing brilliant blue clinging to the
narrow halter line. Worn with a
cap of blue and white striped rub-
ber, the outfit should provide ex-
citement on any beach.
A third dimension is given to
the traditional suit by white blos-
soms that go the rounds on a
knitted black maillot suit in elas-
ticized orlon with black shoestring
More Feminine Trend Seen
In Spring Blou
Take a look; it's a blouse year.
Most of the new suits make a
.point of them .. . especially the
straight-cut cardigan j a c k e t s
which can take blouse collars or
not just as one chooses.
No more will spring see a woman
trying to look like a man. No more
this spring will the well dressed
coed wear Ivy League shirts and
button down collars.
Instead the trend has turned to
frilly, feminine, lacey blouses. As
usual the basic color is a pure
white which may be trimmed with
eyelet or lace. The trimmings may,
be all white but bright colors
which match a skirt or slacks, are
As one fashion expert said,
"Baby doll sleeves are out, Italian
rolled sleeves are in." These hiero-
glyphics can be easily deciphered
for those uneducated in fashion
lingo. Baby doll sleeves are short,
ending above the elbow, and snap-
ping together with a button. The
sleeve itself is puffy. /
Italian sleeves may be worn two
ways. They may be left long, end-
ing below the elbow or may be
rolled up as high as the indi-
vidual taste dictates. Girls find
that they can wear sweaters over
these blouses whereas the arm
looks distorted under the baby doll
This year colors are bright and
clashing. Big splashy prints in reds
and oranges, or purples, blues and
greens are predominant. These
print blouses are made of peau de
soi, silkfor dacron and sport either
a Peter Pan or large round collar.
The prints sport anything from
the usual flowers to tea pots scat-
tered around the blouse. Figures
of animals and people -are also
In getting away from the tai-
lored look, manufacturers have re-
duced the number of stripes and
have cut out checks altogether.
Perhaps one of the newest ma-
terials is something known as
'bleeding madras' which was for-
merly seen only in men's bathing
suits. As the term indicates, the
colors run together when wet or
'bleed' into one another.
After many washings the con-
trasting colors are so blended
that one can hardly tell they were
separate to begin with.
For those women who have
light colored skirts with matching
cashmeres and feel they must dis-
card them come, spring, Dalton
has made blouses in the shades
of their famous sweaters in cot-
ton ,dacron and silk. According to
our fashion expert, these blouses
are catching on well for the girl
can now wear a matching blouse
and skirt. If she owns a cardigan,
phe can turn it into a stunning
three piece outfit.
The best harmony for a cardi-
gan suit is a new blouse. Over-
blouses are still looked upon with
favor, as a solution to the tailored-
but-pretty blouse problem.
combinations in both dresses and
Fabrics, too, have changed radi-
cally. Interest lies in the weave,
for fabrics are no longer flat sur-
faced. Arne, a great ° boon to the
practical-minded traveler, has a
feeling of heavy silk, but is com-
pletely washable. It's now seen in
permanently pleated skirts.
Fascinating blends and drip-dry
cottons are everywhere, and this
year, almost any fabric can be
faked by the "wash and wear"
synthetics. The big news, however,
is that these fabrics no longer
look only practical, but have de-
veloped textures and distinction
in their own right.
Burlap and hopsacking appear
in vivid prints and solids, particu-
larly for skirts, and summer fash-
ion has adopted the permanently
pleated skirt. It's made in linen-
like synthetics, heavy cotton and
"Ask for my co-ordinate;" and
"Dyed to match" are as prevalent
as the price tag in dress shops. Ev-
erything co-ordinates this spring;
each blouse comes with a match-
ing skirt; costume dresses have
two or three pieces. Jacket dresses
are especially popular.
Here, the blouson is more up to
date than the familiar two-piece
sack. If a girl must hide her waist,
she'll do it most smartly in a very
modified blouson or slight em-
pire. But, again, the emphasis is
on the natural look, away from
awkward or unusual lines.
Suits are short-jacketed, with
pleated skirts and natural should-
ers in blends and lightweight
wools. The truly avant-garde of
the fashion world will sport, come
Easter, a black-and-white checked
suit, still short-skirted.
As usual, her shoes will be point-
ed, although heels have grown
taller this year, keeping pace with
the trend away from the flapper
look. She'll wear natural stockings,,
and will put the black ones away
for spring's costume parties.
Sportswear-wise, the classic tra-
ditions of madras, chino, foulard
and oxford still reign. Madras, in
fact, is now available in everything
from dresses to watchbands, ex-
tending its command of the shirts
and shorts world.
Here too, the trend is toward
simplicity. The theme is natural-
ness; its variants are color, fab-
ric and accessories. Custom has
dictated a repeat of last year's
tradition, freshened by the new
Walking shorts, if possible, are
better than ever, their names-.
bermuda, jamaica, nassau-being
determined by the length of the
wearer's legs, rather than a dif-
ference in cut. Here, big colors
are olive and flax.
Co-ordinates invade even this
realm. Mix-and-match separates
can increase the flexibility, if not
the quantity, of wardrobes, mak-
ing their purchase highly practi-
cal. One local store is featuring
flax linen pleated skirt, with a
matching loose jacket, plus a
print blouse and solid flax ber-
mudas. These pieces, properly
mixed, could create a variety of
costumes, and become the bulk of
a wardrobe for a week-end jaunt.
A very attractive feature-mod-
erate price range-accompanies
Spring's fashions. Beautifully
styled and well-cut clothes can be
had in any price range.
Tra ionl ailored Suits
Appear in Varied Colors
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Closely following the first springV
robin is the appearance of the tra-
ditional Easter suit.
Nothing leads the march into
spring fashions more than a well-
tailored suit emphasizing the latest
feminine lines in the newest bright
hues of the season.
Colors of the newest spring suits
are not so much news in them-
selves, but in their combinations-
lilac teamed with fuchsia, yellow-
green against deeper greens,
apricot paired with red-orange,
turquoise with chartreuse. When
intense colors are paired, both look
'Textured spring fabrics are also
in the suit scene. Splashy prints
are combined with unusual colors:
and the traditional touch of checks
is still in evidence.
Styles this season seem to define
the natural waist, while empha-
sizing a higher waist. This new
line is cleverly effected by a high
belt on the waist-length suit jacket
and the appealingly feminine
touch of a short jacket topping the
WE HAVE EVERY WEIGHT,
COLOR, AND COMPOSITION
softly gathered, skirt with the
An unexpected fabric in an un-
expected color combines for an un-
usual effect in a two piece jute
burlap suit. Featuring a short
jacket with a full, shaped skirt,
the creation is offered in hot pink,
turquoise, yellow, 'orange or rasp-
A completely reversible jacket
gives a double-note of fashion to
a suit with a patriotic look. Navy
striped with red matching the skirt
is on one side, while the solid red
reverse side matches its accom-
To defeat the cool breezes of an
early holiday season, the coat-
length suit jacket fills, the bill.
Coupled with a reversible skirt,
the outfit is a complete spring
wardrobe in itself.
A trim, grey mohair-looped wor-
sted suit uses the borrowed sailor's
deeply veed collar to advantage
as the crowning glory to its short,
loosely fitted jacket that merely
hints at a waistline.
The fringed scarf also adds a
dash to the traditional wool tweed
outfit. Swung high around the
shoulder, the scarf admirably re-
places the more common, but by
no means extinct, suit collar.
For the. purely feminine, yet
utterly practical suit, a drawstring
jacket closes softly over a skirt
topped. by an elasticized waistline.
Neither strictly straight or bell-
shaped, the skirt is gathered
slightly around the waist, rounded
over the hipline and finishes with
a slim hemline.
The season's checked suit is one
of the soundest foundations upon
which to build a versatile spring
wardrobe. To bridge the seasons,
a beige and white cardigan suit of
Rodier wool with a cool white
crepe blouse is the perfect har-
binger of warm weather.
10 Nickels Arcade
the Chesterfield coat.
the classic favorite
that's welcomed again
"lMy wheel dissipated during that last ex-
tended spell of inclement weather. This has
made me virtually immobile, and I have
not made it to Campus for two weeks."
as sure as spring
itself. 100% wool
in grey and beige
Why not talk to Fred. He is understanding
and might be able to alleviate your prob-
lem by replacing your wheel with one of
infinite more style and class."
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