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Sophisticated skirts, high waist lead trends for evening dresses

New designs emphasize the bust line, and may feature drapes or slits on the skirt.


  • Empire-cut evening dresses dominate: This design, which emphasizes the bust line and gives an illusion of length, is prominent in the latest releases. The waist may be underscored further with a decorative band, rhinestones or beadwork.
  • Skirt style: Many recent models feature a draped construction. High slits on the side are popular as well. These configurations are prevalent in formalwear made of flowing fabrics.
  • Solid colors prevail: Only a number of gowns from China have allover motifs. Black, ivory, dove gray and creme brulee are the favored shades among neutrals. Products also come in bright yellow, fuchsia, deep jade or purple.
  • Stable prices, flat sales: Suppliers intend to keep quotes at current levels. Some may cut down rates by 5 percent at most to stimulate demand, which remains sluggish at present. Companies expect overseas business to stay the same as the year before. Most of the shipments in the months ahead will be going to the US and Europe.
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All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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