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    Two contrasting London fashion houses showed off their winter creations yesterday (Wednesday). Both Christian Dior?

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    Two contrasting London fashion houses showed off their winter creations yesterday (Wednesday). Both Christian Dior and Hartnell showed a predilection for tartans this season, but the man who really went overboard for Highland fashions was designer John Langberg at Dior. His collection included Bonnie Prince Charlie capes, wrap-over plaid skirts, all topped off with large feather-trimmed Tam o'Shanter - style hats.

    Hartnell, the Royal Couturier, despite a penchant for wool dresses in tartan or tweed, remains faithful to the elegant designs associated with his collections. Skirts and coats have narrow-fitting bodies and gently flared skirts.

    SYNOPSIS: The Scottish influence, with Highland capes, plaid skirts and Tam o'Shanter hats, was much in evidence when Dior's London designer, John Langberg, showed off his winter collection on wednesday, Appropriately, the entire collection will be taken to Scotland early in October, where it will be displayed for Princess Margaret at a charity show.

    The Highland influence also extended to Dior's evening wear, with a galaxy of long plaid chiffons, some kilted, and invariably jacketed or caped in black velvet.

    Royal couturier Hartnell preferred a more traditional approach. This ball gown, in yellow and blue Chinese silk, is embroidered with aquamarine and topaz. The designer says this creation was inspired by President Nixon's forthcoming visit to the Chinese people.

    There was nothing outlandish in this collection. His outdoor clothes were practical and well-cut. Matching hats went with most outfits, like this one in dyed red beaver. Boots are considered an important accessory.

    Like many other designers, Hartnell has chosen to display rather more of the leg. Colours are seasonal, mostly brown and red.

    A heavy taffeta evening dress in peacock blue is one of the prettiest in the show It had a rustling skirt with a loop bustle.

    The butterly neck-choker and tight velvet bodice mark this creation as a sign of the Victorian revival.

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