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An outstanding feature of the 7iew autumn fashions shoion at the Mutual Store yesterday . afternoon was the treatment of the skirts, both of frocks and ensembles.
Skirts were pleated, gored, stitched, or in direct contrast, plainly tailored, with Uillness at the back, In gathered panels, or giving a bustle effect with several large bows.
i One attractive "teddy bear" suit had a green skirt, with soft pleats stitched ifor several irlches, with a blscult-eoloured Juniper and jacket of angora wool, hand embroidered in several colours. Another attractive suit had a "London grey" pleated skirt and a striped jumper top.
A new shade of red-"rebel red"-will prove popular this season for hats and 1 accessories, especially when worn with all
I Some lovely dressing-gowns and hostess coats were shown. One gown was of tea rose velvet, quilted all over, and fitting snugly from the neckline to the hem. A hostess coat was of magnolia satin brocade patterned in gold.
Among the afternoon frocks was an attractive model of China tea. The bodice had a shirred panel, which fell below, the waist to give a soft fullness to the skirt. This was worn with a feather toque in toning shades. A black frock for the matron had a brassiere yoke of lame In rainbow shadings.
A plain black frock was made attrac- tive by tlie addition of a "rebel red" apron at the front, shirred from the waist, and touches of this red on the ¡bodice. Legionnaire blue was another 'of the new shades introduced,
i Sports wear was smart. One box coat of off-white tweed was checked in brown and green. Another coat of fawn fur fabric was unusual.
A section for dinner gowns and cock- tail wear showed frocks of several new fabrics. One dinner gown with a heart shaped neckline and swathed brassiere bodice was of wool jersey In auxiliary red, and had a. high turban to match. Another wool jersey frock was in Angelo
An evening gown of soft Pompadour blue looked youthful. It was made with a rucked bodice and dainty puffed sleeves. Another of white faille was worn with a quilted bolero jacket, and had a deep bank of quilting at the hem.
The popularity of black and white for evenings was demonstrated by a dinner gown with a plain black velvet bodice allied to a sunray pleated chiffon skirt, lund finished at the waist with a gold I belt.