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OF jFOR SPRING jj : FASHION jj AND EASTER:: U** ym.I. :;._____ !: yQ]^ 80.—NO. 129._ WILMINGTON, N. C., FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 1947 ’ ESTABLISHED 1867 All that is glamorous, all that is gala in ihe new cloihes, composes a poetic line for the American figure. Rising elegance and descending hems make any fashions which have gone before uninteresting, uninspired; and by the same token make a new wardrobe imperative! MORE PRINT DRESSES BRIGHT SCARLET in a miniscule hat with a thick, rolled brim and gay gardenia trim, secured high in front with a red grosgrain bow. Designed by Colby, for fresh 'pring faces and hair-do's. L JiHEER WOOL, so simple, so impressive! Flaring skirt, flattering hood and fly front bodice with deep armholes. From Larry Aid rich. kt'CKY LITTLE WOMAN! If you’re 5’4” or shorter, this Original Bobby Burns’ half llZed suit offers perfect proportions. Pal e in color, long and lean of line, meticulously bailed. Lovely! Pure Silk, Emphasis On Back This Spring Bv ELIZABETH OTTS Staff Writer This year pure silk is back in the Easter picture with print dresses and dressmaker suits playing an important part in the spring parade. In Wilmington, a number of the fashion-wise young ladies have chosen such models for April 6, and hope that the Sun day will dawn clear and warm. But the Easter suit is never to be outdone in its popularity although the season comes later this year. “Back interest,” as the keynote to dress smartness, is illustrated in the powder blue crepe which has been chosen by Miss Lucy Sheffield. 207 N. 16th street. The dress has three ruffles down the back of the skirt. Miss Sheffield’s Easter bonnet will be a pink flower hat and she will carry pink gloves. Ever popular black patent will be used in her sandals and bag. The new suits also place emphasis on back interest with the belted, flared, pleated and Hackman backs used repeatedly. Suits shown in Wilmington stores also illustrate other points of 1947 styles—the cut-away front, long jackets, double-breasted models. Collars are back one fashion clerk said. Push up sleeves are used on some of the new designs. The most popular materials are wool crepes, gabardines and twills, ac cording to the manager of the dress depart ment in one local company. The 1947 styles for both suits and dresses are incorporated in the Easter outfit of Mrs. Gene Fonvielle, 320 N. 19th street. Her blue pure silk print dress with matching waistline jacket is made from material her husband sent from Germany. The back in terest is emphasized by a flare in the back of the skirt and a bustle on the jacket. A boat neckline and cap sleeves characterize the dress, while the coat has a Peter Pap collar with covered buttons and long sleeves. Mrs. Fonvielle will choose a golden straw hat to match the print of the blue skirt. She emphasized that the dress was made with that new long skirt. Brown bag an<j sling pumps will complete her ensemble. The sling pumps chosen by Mrs. Fon vielle were reported to be a popular selection by a Wilmington shoe department manager, who also predicted the use of open toes en tirely. Emphasizing that he believed black patent sandals to be fashion-first, he said HANDSOME! Sleeve and skirt draping r.c : ia r C ..10 dress styled by Martini \.ith sap pie jersey of Du Pont “Cordura” Rayon yarn. CLEVER CONTRAST by Izod of London! Combining a Sussex stripe jacket with collarless, shirt-sleeved, flap pocket features and a slim, monotone akirt. i that brown and white spectators would still be musts. According to a clerk in a local dress shop, the most popular suit colors are greys, aqua, navy, brown and brown tones. Stripes, tweeds and checks are shown in many styles. Grey with navy accessories is the choice of Mrs. Charles W. Campbell, 31114 Market street, for her Easter ensemble. Cap sleeves are most popular for the spring suit blouse with round necklines sought first. The plain jewel neckline blouses are being dressed up with fine laces and embroidery. One Wilmington dress shop is featuring a line of blouses with hand-painted and cut work monograms. Softness is the keynote to blouse smartness. Looking backwards is also smart in hats, although most of the current crop of bon nets continue to emphasize the charm of a pretty face by posing well back from the hairline, new designs stress the importance of an equally alluring back view. Even the forward-perched hats have back interest. Femininity in hats is all important, a millinery saleswoman pointed out and said that flowers would be popular. Taffeta rib bons'adorn many of the straws on display in hat shops and show windows. A black straw off-the-face hat with corn flowers on top chosen by Mrs. Thomas H. Wright, Jr., of Country Club Pines, empha sizes the trend for large brims. Mrs. Wright will wear a short sleeved dressmaker suit of black, white and navy checked silk. A pep lum in back is the keynote of the style. Black lizard shoes and bag will complete her costume. Peplums this year have lost the fullness and are used extensively on the silks. Al though pastels are popular with blacks and navys retaining their place of prominence, this year’s Easter choice is for the beautiful prints which are back after the war. Miss Mary Ann Cheatham, 26 Mimosa Place, will select a silk print. In addition to the longer look, some dresses are also introducing the uneven hem lines. Fashion for spring, 1947, indicates a great change over the past few changes because with restrictions lifted, designers have had a free rein with an abundance of beautiful fabrics. OFF-SHOULDER dancing dress in black-appliqued sheer by Nan ty Frocks, to scent with “Bright Stars’’, the Hartnell perfume for spring evenings. UNUSUAL black and white print in rayon crepe which drapes readily into the skirt’s soft folds, and which has passed cleaning and service tests. Dress by Mar tini. JACKETED PRINT, for ali spring, all summer. By Milton Saunders, of fine spun rayon, with large tab pockets. Can add blouse or gilet. ORCHIDS TO the lady who dresses up a well-tailored Spring coat to party-going gaiety with hand-twisted buttons: They’re | B.G.E. Originales.