”I don’t know any woman who wants her hips to look bigger or who wants to look fatter. It will always be about sensuality and beauty” Tom Ford doesn’t know anyone who doesn’t work in fashion.
“ Sure they’re beautiful in photographs. But when you see them in person, they look hungry and miserable, I hate to name names, so I’m not going to, but there’s one in particular I think of often” Kelly Osbourne not mentioning Nicole Ritchie or Lindsay Lohan.
“I’m happy with my life, and I love food. I’m just in training for a movie that I really want to do called Fashionistas” Linsay Lohan listening to Tom.
“I’m working out. I just got a trainer, No, none of that stuff like Pilates/ Just old-school working out” Lindsay Lohan on working her stomach muscles.
“ I don’t like the fame. I like the money.” 27-year-old Jessica Cutler, who shocked Washington by blogging about her sexual exploits under the online moniker “The Washingtonienne.”
“ I’d be in Playboy! I mean, really, everyone has a price and $10 million is mine. So I’ve put it out there. My cleavage you get for free. I mean, it’s not much further,” Teri Hatcher on money and fame and not having big hips
“When it’s cold and it’s 30, 40 degrees and you’re shooting outside in a T-shirt, things arise. So apparently that was a problem. I tried to wear thicker T-shirts and I even took those [heating pads] you use when you ski… and I would stick it in there. So I kind of thought we’d solved the problem and then I just heard from somebody just a few weeks ago in the editing department that apparently they’ve spent like thousands of dollars digitally removing my nipples from the show. Me and Nicolette both have the nipple erasing issue, I think.”Teri Hatcher trying to get into Playboy.
“My mojo’s on It’s like that first glass of wine or when someone gives you a really great Valium.” Geri Halliwell ( isn’t all valium the same?)
“Right now Apple is young and I control what she eats. It’s all very healthy. But she’s her own person and I will respect who she is. If she doesn’t want to be vegetarian or she wants to eat hydrogenated oils and fairy cakes at birthday parties, that’s fine. I’m not going to be a controlling over-protective hippy. We live in the world we do. I don’t want her to be a freak.” Gwyneth on being a freaky controlling over protective mother who calls her child apple and worries she’ll eat hydrogenated oils..oh my god!!!
“If I was serious it wouldn’t be as funny. So I play it up and it’s working. I’ve now got one of the biggest shows on US TV. So obviously I know what I’m doing.” Funny Paris being serious about being funny (no hips and no fairy cakes for you).
”I don’t know any woman who wants her hips to look bigger or who wants to look fatter. It will always be about sensuality and beauty” Tom Ford doesn’t know anyone who doesn’t work in fashion.
The thing about something being cheap is that it’s all about how you look at it. For example $700 is cheap for a Prada bag but $2 for ten minutes of parking in Bondi is outrageous! So this week’s buy is all about perspective (let’s face it when you go shopping you lose all sense of any rational thought.) But don’t get scared; the cheap but chic of the week is under $200 which is nothing for a Missoni scarf. Yes, it’s time to nick into Belinda at MLC to find a most gorgeous selection of striped Missoni scarves from around $149. (that’s half a shoe). After all, we all know the real thing is worth every cent.
$149 Missoni stripe scarves from Belinda MLC.
If you were stranded on a desert island (like Tasmania) what would be the thing you couldn’t live without? (Apart from a black Amex, mobile phone and Jimmy choo bag?) Why Chanel extracils noir mascara of course. This is one thing I need to apply to survive every day. It doesn’t seem to smear or smudge when I’m crying in Prada and it has all sorts of things that work to lengthen and curl like beeswax and vitamin B (who knows why you need vitamins there). Oh, it really gets your lashes looking gorgeous. Which means everyone will look at your eyes (the mirror of the souls) instead your hips (the mirror of your ….mouth).
$48 Chanel Extracils Noir Mascara from David Jones.
At the Cannes Film Festival Christian Dior dispatched text messages to key editors to let them know Tilda Swinton was wearing two of its rings to the premiere of “Broken Flowers.” And at AmfAR’s 12th annual Cinema Against AIDS benefit co-chair French Vogue’s Carine Roitfeld brought out the fashion stars John Galliano, Vanessa Seward and Patrick Demarchelier. Wwd
Belgian movie L’Enfant directed by brothers Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne won the coveted Palme D’Or at Cannes.
Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as journalist Hunter S. Thompson in the sequel to his 1998 hit Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas The follow-up, The Rum Diary, is based on Thompson’s very first novel, which journals his career and personal escapades in 1950s Puerto Rico. Imdb
Gwyneth Paltrow is the new face of Estée Lauder and is to appear in ads for the 10th anniversary of the Pleasures fragrance.
Film producer Ismail Merchant died on Wednesday after a long illness. Merchant worked with director James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala to create gorgeous-looking literary adaptations such as Room With A View and Howard’s End. SMH.
Versace plans to open its second Palazzo Versace Resort, in Dubai, in 2008.The resort, which will cost about $700 million to build, will comprise 215 suites, a spa, restaurants and 204 luxury villas and will be located in the Arabian Bay, on the waterfront site on Dubai Creek, Dubai.. wwd
Tom Ford said he will bring an older, wiser perspective to fashion when he designs apparel for the new Tom Ford brand, which will follow plans for cosmetics, eyewear and home items.
Lagerfeld just renewed his contract, continuing a 40-year collaboration with Fendi.
Can a skirt be installation art? Prada’s traveling exhibition “Waist Down” posits that it can. Subtitled “Miuccia Prada: Art and Creativity,” the exhibition opened in Shanghai on May 17 at the historic Peace Hotel on the city’s famous waterfront Bund. “Waist Down” made its debut in Japan, and after running in Shanghai until Tuesday it will continue on to New York and a yet-to-be determined city in Europe. Prada chose the location because, “Mrs. Prada is fascinated with 1930s Shanghai, and loves the movies from that era,” wwd
Dozens of portraits by Karl Lagerfeld will be in a special Tokyo issue of the next issue of Interview magazine, ” outdoor shoots in Tokyo were timed by the mobs of people around Karl. It would quickly reach a boiling point, ‘ says editor in chief Ingrid Sischy, who spent four days in Tokyo last December with Lagerfeld, photographing scores of up-and-coming musicians, architects, artists and actors. The issue boasts double covers — diamond-toothed fashion star Nigo on one, pop princess Utada on the flip side — plus a special advertising section in the middle showcasing the cutting-edge architecture in flagships of Prada, Dior, Louis Vuitton and others. Sischy also corralled a slate of high-profile contributors including Tom Ford, who does a mini profile of architect Tadao Ando, and Yoko Ono, who interviews Takashi Murakami. ” wwd
Here is a great website which features all the mistakes (you must have missed) in lots of movies. Read (or watch if you are a subscriber) all the boo boos that readers have spied. Apparently 15 mistakes have already been found in Revenge of the Sith. Outrageous. Click on ‘best mistakes’ and you find out that in Gladiator there was a guy in blue jeans wandering through it (so ahead of his time) and in Charlie’s Angels Drew Barrymore calls out ‘lucy’ instead of her character name Alex…
See what al the fuss is about and watch Paris Hilton’s sexy new burger commercial ….( looks like a normal ad on Italian TV) The site crashed and was down for about four hours on the first day, Carl’s Jr’s executive vice president of marketing, Brad Haley says, “It was a mixed blessing. It turned out that Paris was too hot for our servers.” Now that’s marketing for you….
Kate Moss and took Pete Doherty to the South of France this week to combine her work shooting the new Pirelli calendar with a romantic break and when they flew back yesterday they could hardly keep their hands off each other, according to onlookers. “They were really loved up,” said one fellow flyer.
KATE MOSS had £10,000 of property, including a £4,000 music system, a £2,500 jacket, a pair of boots and a purse, stolen from her Land Rover outside her home
Madonna has named her new album Defying Gravity. ( call it botox instead).
Gwyneth Paltrow has landed her ideal movie role: playing herself and will make a cameo appearance in Brittany Murphy’s new movie Love and Other Disasters, which sees Brittany starring as an intern at British Vogue. “Gwyneth is going to be playing herself winning a part in a film,” Original.
Craydon Carter married Anna Scott last weekend. The Vanity Fair editor in chief hired Otis Day and the Knights, the fictional-turned-real R&B band from the movie “Animal House.’ Carter and his guests (who included Martin Scorsese, Sumner Redstone, Anna Wintour and Robert DeNiro) boogied down in a dance floor-equipped barn on the editor’s Connecticut estate.WWD
Jessica Simpson has hit out at false reports that she filed for divorce from Nick Lachey. An E! Online report that leaked onto the internet had sent celebrity watchers worldwide abuzz with talk of the split. But within an hour E! had retracted the erroneous leaked report.Imdb
Katie Holmes is set to steal a Mission: Impossible 3 role from Lindsay Lohan.
Kylie Minogue’s management has rubbished reports she’s agreed to marry Olivier Martinez ( rubbish!).
Naomi Watts has reportedly found love with a mystery film producer and has started dating a film-maker and art collector, known only as Gary.imdb
Naomi Watts has reportedly found love in the arms of fellow actor Liev Schreiber. Liev was spotted with Naomi at a U2 concert in New York along with Nicole Kidman and P Diddy. ( BUSY GIRL!)
David Schwimmer made his London stage debut appearing in the Neil LaBute play Some Girls as a womanizer on the verge of marriage.
Penny Lancaster is pregnant to Rod Stewart.
Angelina Jolie says she did not have sex with Brad “Absolutely not, To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not, could not, look at myself in the morning if I did that,” Jolie also said she has a string of lovers she called “maintenance men” with whom she has “intimate friendships.” Reuters ( rooters?)
Brad Pitt is to work with Los Angeles-based architect Frank Gehry to help design a £250m residential and leisure complex in Hove, East Sussex.
Someone impersonating the Dark Lord of the Sith–i.e., a guy in a Darth Vader helmet–held up a movie theater in Illinois, and made off with a Death Star-sized load of credits. He was not armed–even with a lightsaber.
Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell
Yes, I know it’s not due out till September but it is The FiFi Report’s job to always be first with the inside scoop. So, just so you know Candace Bushnell’s new novel is called ‘Lipstick Jungle’ and is “about three sexy, powerful career women who will do anything to stay at the top of their fields. Victory Ford is the darling of the fashion world. Single, attractive, and iconoclastic, she has worked for years to create her own signature line. Nico O’Neilly is the glamorous, brilliant editor of Bonfire Magazine — the pop-culture bible for fashion, show business, and politics and one of the most powerful women in publishing, But in a mid-life crisis, she suddenly realizes this isn’t enough. Wendy Healy’s chutzpah is at the top of the cut-throat movie industry but she must decide between her career and her marriage. (that old chestnut… Sounds like a lot of silly, trashy, rubbish which is just what we like to read from Candace!)
$24.95US Publisher: Hyperion (September 1, 2005) http://www.amazon.com
The Christmas List
Bordeaux Chateaux: A History of the Grands Crus Classes 1855-2005
by FRANCK FERRAND HUGH JOHNSON(Preface)
Sit down and have a drink reading this gorgeous, new, big, glossy book on the most prestigious chateaux in Bordeaux. “From gleaming black-and-white floor tiles to the graceful shadows cast by stone arches, from luxurious residences to musky wine cellars, these stunning photographs offer a taste of the rich culture behind these grand wines. In collaboration with Bordeaux’s elite Conseil des Grands Crus Classés, this book is published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the prestigious Grands Crus Classés wine classification system, created by Napoleon III for the 1855 Universal Exhibition in Paris.
$90 from Lesley Mackay Book stores or http://www.amazon.com
Publisher: Flammarion (November 27, 2004)
Sales, sales and more sales. But what do you buy to wear through to next summer and then next winter? Look out for blouses, pencil skirts, a baggy pant, a crop pant to the knee, plus heels and anything in grey, choc brown or in patent black.
Dangerfield: check out the cool little Revival red and white stripe tanks with epaulettes on the shoulder, $54 and there are some cheap but chic wool peacoats around $150. Climax: Has some cool suede and cord zip through choc brown Balenciaga style tops $79.MNG: Check out the crop to knee trousers in stone cotton, $59 and yes, there is a matching shrunken jacket $118, the cute basic T shirts in every colour $19 and some good dark denim crop to knee pants $59 plus the shorts shorts $59. Check out the cement cream leather fitted blazer $379, the slouch distressed leather tan bag $149, the cute little shoulder bag in camel $179 with brass hardware, and the suede tan pocket bag $169. There is 40% off a few things too like a slinky orange top now $75 and some fabulous expensive looking suit jackets in grey now $179 plus matching trousers, $99. Just Jeans: take $50 off jackets and $30 off Seven Jeans! Bennetton has now arrived in David Jones: check out the cargo khaki side pocket skirts, $99, the pants $139, the black wool military coat is cool $339 and I like the very groovy wool light blue hoodie top with drawstring waist $139. Veronika Maine: Please buy the classic black shift dress with a gathered neckline now on sale for about $140, plus the grey too and Esprit is having a sale as well . Jag: Have a cool dark denim A-line jean skirt $99 and some chunky cream knits for $49. Cue: best buys are the fine knits: perfect for under sleek jackets and not too heavy (transeasonal darling!) from around $119.And is that a burgundy Chloe bag I spy ? $350. Plus check out the wool melton high collar fitted narrow sleek coats, (a bit Gucci perhaps) with a thin leather ribbon belt $540 and of course I am partial to the printed pretty pink taupe blouse $179.
Orson & Blake: Best pieces here are: the Et Vous flesh caftan $535, the et Vous embroidered Blush tank $510, the big chunky sweater in red inuit pattern $1150. There is a Kate Sylvester tweed short sleeve jacket $659 and the matching trousers $359, Kate Sylvester black and white vertical stripe sweater $305 and Kenzo printed paisley chiffon blouses are fabulous which I reported months ago. Also if it ever gets cold buy the Boss light blue wool melton long peacoat $1300. Also the Sambag moc croc brown oversized handbags are great $250 and the jewellery such as the tortoiseshell cuffs are cool for just $50..The Marco Polo boiled wool peacoat is a serious bargain at $129 in black or navy, and also check out the Marco polo cardigans $90.Then because it pnly gets cold at night buy the faux fur mink hot water bottle covers $55. Tim O’ Connor: Not a lot new except some fab fake python open toe heels, fab for $395 and a very chic little black chiffon dress with a little silver bling detail at the empire line $500. Orson & Blake salon: Not a lot new here either but there is a delivery of new DVF dresses: an African brown and cream cotton print dress $600 and a cute matching top $300, plus you must invest in the Sophia Swire knitwear in delicious colours and you must buy the Lacroix print blouses, gorgeous at $975. The jewellery here is cool with lots of bracelets, plus new homewares: some very cute, ceramic, ‘last emperor’ canisters $29 and huge big matching vases $250 with the Andy Worhol style photo. David Lawrence: best pieces are the black wool melton crop peacoat, very chic $215, the rib knits $119, the rib ponchos and the black frayerd cardigan wool ponchos for $99. Marcs: have some nice oatmeal V neck sweaters $299, ( also in soft pink and blue if you must) and a black zip through knit $180. David Jones: Please check out the 30% off the designer handbags like Coccinelle and also Longchamps and Bally: check out the plain black nylon messenger style bags $600, a small brown nylon tote now $239, the slouch nylon messenger style $239 and tan structured bag ( very Jimmy Choo) now $695 from $995.Max & Co: Have a few new pieces for next season:Check out the green V neck sweater, also in purple $380.
Parlour X: has a good a selection of Australian designers such as Camilla and Marc and Karen Walker as well as imports. There is a label called Antik Batik which is all caftan tops, (yes, still cool for next season). You want the caftan in pinks and reds $265, also in a brown version, a halter aqua and blue top $420, and paisley print in pink/reds with beads caftan top $495 in along version too $820. Plus check out the baby doll style dress $695. In Cacherel: best pieces are the brown suede vest with stitching (very Tryrolian) $1875, the matching skirt and Jacket $1950, the wave stripe sweater and a fab dark navy scalloped edges trench $1250.Plus there are heaps of Cacherel cotton scarves, a great buy from $190 and there is a Vivienne Westwood camel suede jacket $2850.Paul & Joe store: there is still a 75% off sale here with lots of cute basics like T shirts, cargo skirts etc.New shop Alert; Attic in Queen st Woollahara (next to Leslie Mackay), the sister shop to Arida in Potts Point with a lot of the same Marc by Marc Jacobs. You want the Marc red cotton blouse $475, the little black full skirts also in red, the Proenza Scheouler landscape skirt , and the purple chiffon tank $550. There are the divine Fedeli knits, the monted’oro cotton blazer $935 and a fab marc cardigan $535 in silk and green print. Plus all the divine Costes hand lotion and the gorgeous candles. Escada Sport: Have a huge sale with up to 30% off these prices.. Check out the orange V neck sweater $560, a cream short chunky knit sweater $480, a oatmeal fine knit sweater $590 and a cardigan $795. Also there are some cool tanks and a few winter pieces on sale too. Evelyn Miles: have some new YSL heels in brown round toe with brass ring detail on the toe $678, and also check out the amazing YSL boots $1200 with round toe and stud detail on leg. Como: For Melbourne readers Como are having a trunk show in Melbourne at the Como Hotel with the Summer ’06, and a 50% off sale of winter on sat 28th and 29th May. Call 0403 382 210. In the store on Queen St check out the Narciso white, zip, chiffon top $1300, the white V neck tank $1275 and the white shirt $1220. The Costume National is great. There is a trench in camel $1800, a green cardigan $865, and a black jersey halter top $543 plus lots of the fabulous sunglasses. Buy the Pollini white goddess dress $1292 to wear to the ball. Plus in Alessandro Del’aqua buy the blush goddess dress $1300, the white long caftan top $1220, and the black drape top $550. Oh, and his sunglasses are faaaabulous from $429 and exclusive to Como. And the Ghost and Vivienne Westwood is here too.
Beef Burgers (from Jamie Oliver)
If you are having a BBQ or just want to indulge in a burger please don’t go out and buy them, I insist you make your own. It’s too easy. These taste so good you’ll want to open a takeaway shop
Jamie says this makes about 4 burgers, I say this makes about 10!
1 kg of minced beef
2 red onions finely chopped
1-2 handfuls of fresh white bread crumbs
1 tab crushed coriander seeds
1 pinch of cumin seeds crushed or 1 teasp of dried cumin)
1 big fat teasp of Dijon mustard
Lots of salt and pepper.
·You can roast these or BBQ them
·So preheat the oven of you are chucking them in the oven.
·Now crush the cumin and coriander seeds HINT: they are so much better than dried spices and since there is nothing else to do in this recipe I have to find you something to do.
·Slice the onions, destroy a couple of slices of fresh white bread
·Then whiz the onions, the spices, the breadcrumbs, the mustard and the eggs in a whizzer.
·Ok open the wine, pour a drink then
·Throw all those ingredients in a big bowl with the minced beef and give it a good mix
·Add more bread crumbs if it’s a bit soggy
·Then mould them into snazzy burger shapes as big or small as you like.
·Make some aioli, roast some capsicums, find some rocket in the fridge
·Now time to BBQ or roast the burgers.
·Serve with some bread rolls, the rocket, aioli, capsicum and anything else you feel like.
·Watch as the crowd devours the burgers and the idea of making their own dinner
·Watch as the adults drink more wine and then ignore or strangle the children
·Another relaxing night with friends!
The Plot: Black guy meets white guy who meets an Asian women who meets turkish guy who meets white guy who meets the black guy again. Yes, they all collide and crash into each other. What goes round comes round is the moral to the story. Set in contemporary LA over 36 hours, it’s all about the complexities of racial conflict .
Who: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Brendon Fraser, Mat Dillon,Thandie Newton
Acting: All great. Sandra Bullock plays against type and is mean and nasty. Matt Dillon plays himself and so is mean and nasty as usual and Don Cheadle plays a nice guy. as usual.
Interiors: it’s not really about style…( it’s LA)
Arty angles: shot in such a groovy way in the hand held camera style
Designer inspiration: It’s LA so the answer is no. Though Thandie Newton is really stylish and Sandra Bullock wears a white shirt again ( as Miss Not congeniality)
Salon de Beaute: I wore my Chanel black mascara ( does that count?)
Blood’n’ guts: of course, there are LA cops in this movie. Close your eyes, almost scream with terror….it looks real.
Car chases: of course, there are LA cops in this movie
Smooches: yes, but can’t say it’s actually romantic
Smokin’ smooches: No, but there is a fire…does that count?
Botox; Yes, a big dose for all the terrible things that can happen to people .
When Harry met Sally romance Richter scale: I give it a zero
See it or donate to the Prada bag fund? Buy a Prada dingle Dangle robot AND see the movie. A win win!
Rename it: Prang.
Vanity Fair June:
With Angelina Jolie on the cover and a story inside where she says her affair with Brad Pitt is bullshit. ( well the phone sex bit anyway is bullshit). There are cute shots of her with her son Maddox playing around in their suite in the Ritz in Paris. Read Graydon Carter’s editors letter on Iraq war “ it’s fifteen minutes ago, it’s so last year” (according to America) and how Dubya didn’t even mention it in his Inaugural address ( don’t mention the war). Read Dominick Dunne’s column on his trip to London and that everyone in the “upper echelons of London, Paris and New York is talking about the scandalous murder of financier Edouard Stern in Geneva” involving S&M and call girls (“ He came to his end wearing a latex suit”) oh dear. Then read about the late Pope who had a “ mystical belief in the supernatural that bordered on unorthodoxy if not heresy” Mon Dieu! And if that’s not enough, then for some light relief see Tony Curtis nude, holding his puppy dogs in the right place. (he needed 2 dogs…is that a 2 dog night?)
Vogue Entertaining and travel June/July:
Yes, it’s the indulgence issue. See the Mary and Fred looking glamorous at Boomerang, (and find the recipes for the canapés), read about Ruth Reichl and her new book ( see FiFi Report #80), drool over the shots of the top ten Islands Paradises and then the very cool Hotel Faena and Universe that everyone is writing about ( see The FiFi Report from months ago). You want to make the Rhubarb and honey crème mille feuille, the custard with quince jam and pears (from Ladro restaurant in Melbourne) and the Vermouth lemon and fennel risotto…a delicious issue.
Town and Country May:
This is all about “the exotic life” Read about the the cool furniture designers of the world (Marc Newson, Droog Design and Ron Arad amongst them). Be amazed by the huge hilltop retreat in Mustique owned by the Noel family ( for their 5 daughters and kids) and the chic New York apartment of Sherri Donghia. You want to stay at the Marrakech house designed by Jean Louis Raynaud and Kenyon Kramer, and the very elegant restored Ming residence in Beijing ( that’s a first in a home magazine).