Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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The pleasure that comes from seeing the new spring suits in the shops is really only comparable to the pleasure of seeing the first primrose blooming in the wood! There's the same elation about it, the same blessed consciousness of beauty waking up again after a long, dull sleep.

In effect, Newcastle is as good as a whole wood full of primroses this week. Snow is falling as I write this article; but I saw the city primroses as I walked down town with my umbrella wedged against the blizzard and my rubbers ankle-deep in slush, and this shop-window assurance that the spring is really coming was enough to melt away my ( and every other true woman's ( winter doldrums completely.

It is to be a season of subdued colours, though the dressmakers manage somehow to give a vernal freshness to suits even in black and grey. They do it by the cut, and there is an essentially spring-like feeling ( I almost wrote ecstasy! ( about the natty little zouave jacket a Northumberland Street French Salon is giving to otherwise sober little town suits.

They are doing one in a grey marle material with the line of its cut-away front repeated in a curving panel that gives a captivatingly slim effect at the waist, and into this curved panel they set the pockets. Then they do something quite unconventional and give the sleeves turned-back cuffs. It's an extremely sober little suit, and yet ( how did it contrive to make me think of gambolling lambs?

This house is using a new material, "flannel tweed" ( a tweed with a rather different weave which is taking the place of last year's "linen tweed". It appears, like other lightweight tweeds, in a range of greys from thunder to silver, in black of course, and in a delightful lilac mauve which will surely attract a lot of attention.

Pastel shades, indeed, are to be used widely in lightweight woollens and tweeds for cardigan suits. They replace the more vivid colours fashionable last year at this time.

But black and white will be used almost more than anything else. Models from Patou especially show black over and over again, with touches of white ( often ermine. …

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