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Looking regal.

A regal look is symbolized not only by nobel birth, but also by erect posture, head held high, shoulders back and a glowing smile. It also can be exemplified by the regal way in which you are dressed and accessorized in matching stiletto heels, hat, handbag and tasteful jewelry.

Pearls and feather boas provide drama, glitz and glamour to accessories that give opulent touches to Spring/Summer ensembles. John Galliano for Christian Dior seems to be inspired by African influences with his multistrand necklace and the overall regal look of his ensemble, which includes a large, veiled chapeau.

The color palette emphasizes soft neutrals, pastels, caramels, browns, grays--mostly muted tones--plus floral patterns, especially roses.

With all the fascinating merchandise in the marketplace and the sparkle of accessories providing opulent touches, there's no reason for you not to get all dressed up and feel, as well as look, like a regal fashion plate.


Opposite page: The grand damsel look by John Galliano for Yves Saint Laurent with shawl collar coatdress ensemble with exaggerated straw hat draped with large bow and crushed veiling. Accessorized with multistrand pearl necklace and pearl earrings.

Left: Alexander McQueen for Givenchy designs evening ensemble with scoop neckline decorated with flowers, fitted waistline and full skirt with tiers of satin.

Silk crepe midilength cocktail dress by Emanuel Ungaro with low, round, draped neckline, tied at waist over beaded fringed dickey, and draped, wrapped skirt with leg exposure. Accessorized with strappy sandals.

Left: Strapless chiffon evening ensemble by Yves Saint Laurent with draped front tied with large bow at bust line and the fluidity of open layers of chiffon. Note: Long drop earrings. necklace and bracelets on each arm.

Right: Gold glitter tubing circling neck and coq feather boa decorates T-straps, embroidered cocktail dress, by Valentino.

Above: Floral-print satin one-button jacket with shawl collar, three quarter-length sleeves with flared cuffs, with all edges piped in cord, worn over solid skirt by Emanuel Ungaro. Note: Sculptured, three-strand necklace.

Left: Oscar de la Renta for Pierre Balmain designs sleeveless ball gown with low, round, scooped neckline, crushed, sheer bodice with decorative buttons up front and skirt with 11 graduated pleated ruffles.

Left: Muted grey, strapless silk chiffon evening ensemble by Yves Saint Laurent gathers and drapes across front and ties into large satin bow. Note: Chandelier earrings.

Right: Strapless leather-leaf design bodice and satin shorts with lace overskirt, by Emanuel Ungaro, Note: Face mask and beaded head bands.

Above: One-shoulder, all-over beaded lace bodice with taffeta skirt draped to one side, by Valentino Note: Abstract necklace

Left: Two-piece reversed black and white diagonally striped belted dress and coat ensemble, by Yves Saint Laurent. Accessorized with earrings, cone-shaped hat, gloves and high-heel, ankle-strap shoes.

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Title Annotation:Ebony Fashion Fair; Paris Spring & Summer Couture 1998
Author:Johnson, Eunice W.
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jun 1, 1998
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