Women's First Class Fashions For Days at Sea (1922)
By ETHEL FLEMING
(Above) A LUXURIOUS FUR WRAP
The broadsleeved, silken-gleaming wrap of broadtail, with its high sable collar, shows the wide mandarin sleeve and straight back, so much favored this season. Russek.
For the days when the winds race along the water and sky and sea make a lovely symphony of grays and stern blues, the designers have planned wraps that have not only charm, but a cozy and delicious amount of warmth and protection. So that one may feel as comfortable as Baby Bunting in his rabbit-skin, and yet look as delightful as if it were summer, when crisp organdies and frilly furbelows make nearly every woman as good to look at as a magazine-cover maiden !
Furs, most naturally, play the important role in the late autumn wardrobe. And this year furs have taken a turn for the more diverse, so that if milady is petite she need not swathe herself in a wrap that makes her look like some overdraped and stuffy Buddha. There is the youthful and becoming jacquette, and one may choose a garment of this alluring type for evening. utility or sports wear.
For evening wear Russian ermine, white caracul, chinchilla and black Persian broadtail are the luxurious furs from which one may choose. Black fox or sable upon the collar and sleeve bandings make a striking contrast. As to style, straightline silhouettes or slightly flaring curves are most frequently encountered, though the lapped front, with a metal clasp, is another pretty and popular mode.
The linings show extraordinary gaiety and brilliance—crepes, broches, silver pipings and tinsel trimmings make them quite as pretty as an evening wrap should be—which is saying a great deal ! There are other modes, too—long, slightly draped coats, and wraps with a cape effect.
(Right) A FURRED WRAP OF TARQUINA
Irene Castle, with her usual verve, wears this kit-fox-colored wrap, with its collar and cuffs of kit fox. Tarquina is a velvet-textured fabric, much worn. Franklin-Simon.
One, illustrated, from Russek's, shows the unusually wide Mandarin sleeves, and the upstanding sable collar, which, in contrast to the silken-gleaming broadtail, makes the coat a thing of such joyful luxury.
Ermine capes, in platinum and beige, drape naturally about the wearer, and a r e extremely long, suiting the statuesque type of woman most admirably.
For street and utility wear, caracul, especially i n brown tones, nutria, beaver, mole and red fox are first in favor. Straight silhouettes are preferred, and the mousquetaire cuff, very flared, bell sleeves, and k i m ono sleeves are in evidence.
Wraps, other than fur wraps, in many varied styles, make the outerwear this season extremely interesting. Materials include plain and novelty velvets and velveteens.
Many varieties of wood and silk-napped materials a r e used to fashion the medium and dark -tone d straightline coats which, with rich fur collars, are seen so much for travel wear.
One such wrap, of very dark brown duvetyne, and a stand-up collar of soft beaver, was seen recently on the incoming Aquitania.
Another, illustrated, and worn by Miss Irene Castle, is made of tarquina, a velvet-textured fabric in the new kit fox color, and luxuriously collared and cuffed in kit fox.
Other cloth wraps show the godet insert, straight fronts and bloused backs, draped fronts with straight backs, and low-belted blouses and coats, with a tendency every now and then to that ever-becoming and favored style, the cape back. In fabric furs, matelasse materials, broadcloths and basket weaves, many of these wraps are as charming as any wrap of fur can be.
As to frocks, they vary as the variable mind of woman. The evening gowns are, of course, the loveliest. The beautiful ballrooms and the occasional formal dinners on hoard make the evening gown a lovely necessity, and abroad the opera season is just about commencing, and the theatres and fashionable restaurants in London and Paris are thronged even now.
The spangled robe or tunic, in all its glittering, scintillating beauty, iridescent or in one bright color or, still better, all black, with shoulder straps of gleaming brilliants, is the favored mode. Gauf re and processed velvets are also in demand and novelty duvetynes in the softest and most glorious of shades are employed with infinite grace and verve.
Egyptian designs are good, especially in the beaded all-over effects. Draped modes in plain and broche velvets, metallic splendors, ombre chiffon gowns and circular lines with pointed sides displaying a high color facing, are among the chief things of interest to milady in quest of an evening gown that shall be "different."
The colors most in favor are, of course, black and brown, from the faintest cream to the mellowest, deepest golden brown, many variations of blue, with canna reds, paprika, yellow white purple orchid and mahogany. Cloqy and matelasse, as well as velvets and taffetas, and gaufre satin fashion most of the finer gowns.
Sorce: The Cunarder, Special Mediterranean Cruise Number, Volume 3, Number 5, November 1922, Page 27+.