Although separated by some two thousand five hundred miles (4,000 kms), both Paris and Moscow have come up with quite similar fashion lines for the coming autumn and spring.
Although separated by some two thousand five hundred miles (4,000 kms), both Paris and Moscow have come up with quite similar fashion lines for the coming autumn and spring. At their recent shows light colours and free-and-easy lines were in vogue.
SYNOPSIS: Moscow fashion houses had chosen simple lines with just a dash of glamour -- as shown by this elegant two-piece suit with its lines of gold sequins.
These gold chiffon dresses added a little classical glitter, too, with their choice of matching coat or jackets.
For more casual wear, however, there was this intricately-designed day dress, with noticeable hip pockets and zip-up front, which was displayed alongside its counterpart in deep autumn green.
Hats and berets also featured prominently, contrasting strikingly with white coats cut in flowing styles. White was also the colour Moscow designers had chosen for this year's coats to protect the fashion-conscious against the harsh Soviet winter. Again, berets and pill-box caps, complete with other black accessories, added the finishing touches.
In Paris, at the International Ready-To-Wear Exhibition, hats were also in favour -- this time in red. And for more indoor occasions, Parisians will be wearing creations like this panther-like black cocktail dress, complete with underslip.
Slits, too, were popular. This daring red number featured slits at both front and back, ensuring a glimpse of thigh for onlookers at all points of the compass.
In contrast, this flowery summer outfit revealed very little, though the same could not be said for this scanty bikini.
But while buyers agonised over which new fashions to select, there was one dress which they could count on always being in vogue -- this full-length wedding dress. No slits, just traditional simplicity and appeal.