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March 29, 1962 - Image 11

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Merchants See Trend

Italians Reveal New Style, Material for Spring

In Women
This season promises a flare
colors and a variety of styles
campus footwear.
Although styles in knee soc
and nylon stockings will be fail
consistent with those which grac
campus walks earlier this yei
Ann Arbor merchants predi
sweeping changes in flats a:
heels for women.
"The big thing in flats this ye
will be the unlined shoe, as a r
sult of the Italian influence
American manufacturers," o:
salesman prophesied. "The ItE
ians had such a run on this st:
that the Americans had to pick
up to compete."
Still 'In'
Square and pointed-toe flE
will still be "in", boosting seve
new features: cut-out sides, pass
patent leathers, and a multiplici
of colors on one shoe.
Canvas flats will again make
bright color splash this sprir
with gold and nfulti-colored t
favorite shades.
"The plain white tennis shoe
of course, the perennial choice

's Footwear


University co-eds," another sales-
man remarked, "and this year
we're showing it in a new, rope-.
soled addition."
The phenomenally successful
Hush-Puppy casual for men has
come out with a lightweight, com-
pletely washable edition for wo-
men, which, as one salesman
phrased it, "should be particularly
adaptable in Ann Arbor weather."
Heels offer big changes in shoe
fashions this year with round and
open-toed styles making somewhat
of a come-back. The newest toe
style is the crescent toe, a slightly
modified point, which may indi-
cate some relief from the extremist
trend toward sharply pointed toes.
According to, local merchants,
oatmeal, bone, and malt will be
most popular among the new
spring colors in heels and navy
blue will make a strong comeback.
Patent Leather
In the higher heels, the new
pastel patent leathers will take
highest fashion honors. The white
patent and matching bag are es-
pecially "wearable" with summer
daytime attire.
"Probably the most popular heel
for daytime wear will be the 18/8-
inch or mid-heel," one store repre-
sentative foretold, "and, of course,
the stacked heel will still be big
among the student teachers and
others who have to spend a great
deal of time on their feet."
Although clothing stores in this
area are receiving new shipments
of knee socks for into-the-spring
weather, few can offer more than
the standard, and somewhat con-
servative, choice of pastel shades
for spring.
"We try to limit our order to the
standard light . blues, yellows,
whites, and strings (an off-white
shade) because we have .found
that even the college girl likes the
more basic colors," one store rep-
resentative explained.
"Nylon hose will come in the
conventional beiges, with some
gray and black shades very good
for evening wear," she added.

Leopard kin
Gains Favor
Leopard skin is becoming more
popular for American fur coats,
designers report.
New York furriers note that
leopard skins are now popular for
a "sporty" look. The trend seems
to liave gained its impetus from
the fact that Mrs. Jacqueline Ken-
nedy and Farah Diba (the wife
of the Shah of Iran) have re-
cently bought coats of leopard
Designers predict that 1962 will
be a year of leopard coats, for
those who can afford the high
prices of the skins. For those who
can't, leopard will be seen in hats,
bags and shoes.

By The Associated Press
ITALY-Italian fashion houses;
early this year revealed their new
styles of flared skirts, knee length
skirts with natural waistlines and
some raised waists and capes.
The new colors which dominat-
ed the spring and summer fash-
ions were warm and sunny with
a vast range of greens. Many de-
signers used pink, lime, purple,
orange and red mixed with the
New materials used included
denim and terrycloth. Terrycloth
was used for sleeveless, belted
front pullover tunics with loose,
straight backs. Also in this ;so-
called "towel material" were deep-
ly fringed pocahontas beach dress-
es with borders of geometric de-
signs worked in trapunto (quilt-
ing) outlines in contrasting col-
Surprise Reporters
Fashion designers surprised re-
porters with a reprise for platform
sole shoes. Designers showed plat-
forms in flat 'sandals and raised
mule designs without separate
heels. In bright velvet, lizard or
silk, they looked like the last word
for wear with beach and at-home
Silk was used extensively in the
new styles. Designs were kept sim-
ple to show off original prints,
color and decorative motifs.
Shorts were shown with pull-
over sweater that had fronts of
handpainted cotton. Slithery silk-
en sheaths, overblouses and wide
or narrow pants were presented
in complex colored prints.
Blue denim belted slacks with
appliques of white dotted swiss
were also shown. A new "folk art"
approach made news with flower-
printed striped white eyelet and
eyelet and crochet appliques.
New Prints
New prints on the scene were
unusual combiations of colors.
Bumblebee and opium pod motifs
were printed in concentric circles.
An abstract iris print on silg and
chiffon-in combinations such as
blue and yellow, or rink, coral and
turquoise-was one of the most
striking shown.
One designer had a basic tri-
angle with movement and softness
projected to the front. Waistlines
curved gently upward in front, and
bias skirts had front fullness
achieved with pleats or soft shir-
ring. Upcurving soft belts under-
lines this front interest. The belts
were tied in flat ribbon bows
finished with curly loops or wood-
en balls.
Midriff Inserts
Many designs had midriff in-
serts that repeated the upward
curve, sometimes fastened on each
side with a shiny ball button.
Ruffles were also important. A
high front pink mateess dress had
a wide, back dipping turtle neck
collar that broke into a cascade
of ruffles in stand-away jacket
affect in the back.
A black organza combing jacket
was bordered with a wide ruffle.
Around the neckline the ruffle
covered the girl right up to the
Pink Pantaloons
One show closed with a pair of
floor length pantaloons in pink
point d'esprit. A strapless tunic
top was marked with a curved
line and the pantaloons were ruf-
fled and double layered. They
were shown with a long pink tulle
Short suit jackets were shown
that were semi-fitted in front, and


jutted out in the back. Many ofj
these had linked button openings,
and were shown with lingerie
blouses. Suit skirts were lightly
flared and gently shirred, or had1
flat overlapping panels.s
Capes are gaining momentum
in the Italian fashion showings
for this spring and summer.
Cape Shapes
Some capes were barrel-shaped1
and hip length by day, long and
double-barreled by night. Anoth-,
er designer showed capes for eve-;
ning only. The cape shapes were
varied. Some were high boleros
in front, and down to the floor
in the back. Others were hip-
length, circular-cape stoles to
fling around the shoulder. These
were lined in contrast and worn
over softly full, long skirts. Many
chiffons had long cape panels at-
tached at the shoulders.
Double breasted buttonings or
contrast midriff insets gave a
high waisted look to many of the
designs. Crepe was used for late
day and chiffon and point d'es-
prit for later. A pale emerald gown
of point d'esprit was shown which
had a short barrel cape over a
strapless dress with a three-tiered
Unbuttoned waist length boleros
with wide revers, worn with light-
ly flared skirts, dominated the
day-time picture at one show.
There were in crisp light wools,
silks and linens. Many showed
ruffled jabot blouses underneath.
Plastron tops on sleeveless dress-
Little Change
Hits Design
Of Pajamas
One of the few areas of women's
fashion which does not undergo
annual radical changes is that of
The last two winters, however,
have seen a slight change in the
popularization among the "young
at heart" of the "Tommy pajama",
which looks more or less like a ski
suit and was previously seen only
on four-year-olds. Now it appears
frequently on eighteen-year-olds-
and perhaps even forty-year-olds,
although no research in that area
has been made public recently.
The fashion trends in collegiate
sleepwear this spring seem to be
emphasizing the traditional shorty
pajama and of course the season-
less muu-muu.
The muu-muu, for the benefit
of the uninitiated, is perhaps best
described as a very brightly col-
ored choir robe minus the collar.
Muu-muus, the traditional dress
in Hawaii, became popular soon
after the fiftieth state was admit-
ted. On the mainland, however, it
has so far not extended its scope
to the area of public dress.
They are used mainly as robes
or as a substitute for pajamas,
and sometimes as beach robes.
They are also a very convenient
evasion for "cowards" who in a
rash moment may have accepted
an invitation to a fraternity or
quad pajama party.
Although there are those who
find the muu-muu attractive or
cute, its main-advantages are ver-
satility and comfort.

es, halter bodices, and double-
flared skirts with about, three
inches between the two hems also
made frequent appearances. Sev-
eral full-bias skirts had an addi-
tional piece caught up from the
center back to fall cape fashion
from one shoulder.
Shiny Buttons
Also used were lots of shiny col-
ored ball buttons and beads. Hair
bows were also "big." Some were
long, stiff and shiny, worn along
the side of the face, or perched
on top of the head. Others in vel-
vet were small and worn back on
the crown, clasping a cascade of
Chiffons and stiff silks were
tied for first place in the evening
cape fashions. Chiffons also were
used for dresses with three-quar-
ter puffy sleeves, and soft skirts
with wide waist insets. Wide belts
and waist bands were a vital part
of many other late day designs.

Swimming Anyone?

in a delightful
assortment of
gay spring plaids.
..ladies' ca,
1212 5. University - C

Daily-Ed Langs
INVITATION--This model in her attractive bathing suit Is ready
for the summer season acead as bathing suit styles change little.





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