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    The French fashion houses continue to unveil their 1978/79 winter collections. Still the centre of?

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    SV TILT UP Model wearing calf length black trousers under see-through red over-dress with side splits

    SV & CUs Beige wool coat over black pantaloons with large leather belt

    MV & SV Layered crepe dress in red with red pantaloons

    MV Evening suit an black printed blended into grey (2 shots)

    GV & SV Long sheath-like dress in black jersey wool with large red silk rosette around right shoulder (2 shots)

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    Background: The French fashion houses continue to unveil their 1978/79 winter collections. Still the centre of the fashion world, the bi-annual collections set trends, and proclaim seasonal colours and styles. Pierro Cardin says he has designed his clothes for the women who, though tall and slender, dares to wear short, narrow skirts and wide flowing capes.

    SYNOPSIS: Following the general trend Cardin has gone for flowing and audacious garments in contrast to the more spartan look of recent years. This model wore calf-length black trousers under a see-through over-dress. It reflected Cardin's theme of clown-like clothes for what he described as the 'daring' woman.

    The continuity of this theme showed in the pantaloons which he teamed with dresses and coats. Sleeves were wide and angular, and this wool coat, worn with black pantaloons, was accompanied by a large leather belt. The autumn and winter collections have emphasised pinched-waistlines and largely ignored loose fitting, floppy clothes. The trend has ben towards hemlines at lengths around the middle of the calf -- and plenty of padding.

    Cardin's layered crepe dress, again worn with red pantaloons, demonstrated the designer's idea of creating clothes which a tall, slender women would be daring enough to wear although the skirt was comparatively short, and topped by a wide, exaggerated shoulder line.

    Sophistication blended with comedy in this dark printed-silk evening suit. Blending from black into grey it had a Pierrot clown's collar at the top. Many of the evening dresses at the collections had risque necklines and transparent material, although daytime clothes often were inspired by the Edwardian era.

    But more often than not, the figure was emphasised by close-fitting costumers. Cardin's black jersey wool dress brought out the curves -- another indication of this year's body consciousness. Another favourite idea of the designers has been sheer dark stockings and high heels -- often as high as 10 centimetres. This dross was set off by a large rosette in silk on the shoulder.

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