`We don’t attract interesting enough people in Australia. That’s why I’m going into politics. Prime Minister, why not? Hillary Clinton urged me to go into politics. She said you’re lucky your husband is dead" Dame Edna Everage
`I’m proud of my achievements over all these years. I started as a frumpy housewife. I’ve blossomed, I’ve been a pioneer of the woman’s movement, I taught Germaine Greer everything she knows, except manners.” Dame Edna Everage
"I don’t usually go out, but I’ve met the boy and I like what he’s doing. I need these young people like a vampire needs blood! They’re invigorating!" Manolo Blahnik on Christopher Kane show at London Fashion week . Tasty.
"People are going to go crazy and clap and have a great time when she dies. "House of Wax star Elisha Cuthbert, anticipating viewers’ reaction to the onscreen death of castmate Paris Hilton. Manolo will be happy
"I want to be like Gandhi and Martin Luther King and John Lennon – but I want to stay alive," Madonna that’s where you have got it wrong.
"Of course some people thought ‘Oh, she’s just being controversial, she’s just getting on a cross and trying to piss people off,’ but that wasn’t my intention at all." Madonna about her crucifixion scene on stage. (Why else do you get crucified on stage? Did we see Gandhi and Martin Luther King do that? )
“ IT’S ironic that a five foot four, totally awkward, disproportional woman who has really no fashion sense whatsoever would be invited into (the fashion) world, It’s a total oxymoron " Drew Barrymore is an oxymoron
"If I were a guy I’d ask Cameron to marry me… She has the cutest, tightest butt… and she’s also a world-class belcher." Eva Mendes wants to marry a man who belches…Eva meet Robbie.
"I’ve been singing this song for three years and he still hasn’t called me." Alicia Keys, before singing "How Come U Don’t call Me Anymore" at a Washington concert.
"I really had my moments with the ugly gene." Jessica Alba lies about her awkward adolescence.
"I don’t want a guy to think I’m cheap and just recycling ..’Didn’t you wear that when you got out of the bathtub in Episode 4?’ "Eva Longoria doesn’t keep any of the lingerie she wears on Desperate Housewives. Wearing lingerie twice is cheap. Britney meet Eva
"There is no tongue." Courteney Cox has a warning to those who are set to tune in to her FX show Dirt expecting to see a down-and-dirty scene with Jennifer Aniston.
“I will go to The Bahamas and pick up the child. My wife says, `If you bring a baby home then it’s over.’ If my wife wants to divorce me then it’s up to her." Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband Prince Frederic Von Anhalt on Anna Nicole Smith’s baby daughter Dannielynn
"I don’t think you lack a sense of humor when you don’t laugh at something that’s not funny. "Sean Penn is funny when he doesn’t want to be..
`We don’t attract interesting enough people in Australia. That’s why I’m going into politics. Prime Minister, why not? Hillary Clinton urged me to go into politics. She said you’re lucky your husband is dead" Dame Edna Everage
I am not keen on wearing vintage clothes from op shops. It can be so smelly. And who knows? The person could have died wearing it. Or worse. They could have been a dag. But vintage is very groovy because you can get such an original look (daggy dead person not withstanding). So those of you who love vintage fashion that’s clean will love the opening of a vintage store inside Sportsgirl. They have a clever little spot called Finders Keepers. It’s a collection of vintage accessories from clutch bags to scarves and belts. Then check out the groovy collection of strapless dresses in vintage fabrics called Golden Palomino. Very cool and very individual. It’s something that you will happy to be caught dead wearing.
$89 Vintage Golden Palomino Dress from Sportsgirl.
Who wants to look like the Olsen twins? They seem to have taken the line “you can never be too thin or too rich’ far too seriously. But I see they are finally wearing something groovy. This season’s hot item du jour are Rayban wayfarers. As you know or may even remember they were the only sunglasses to be seen in during the eighties. Think Tom Cruise in Risky Business. Actually maybe not. Now Wayfarers are back. Reworked in a few different styles you can get them at Sunglass Hut or go to E bay for originals vintage styles. They are groovy so please don’t get worried if I have mentioned both the Olsen twins and Tom Cruise wearing them…
About $130 Rayban Wayfarers from Sunglass Hut http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Raybanwayfarers.
London Fashion Week commenced this week” London is back on a fashion high it hasn’t experienced for a decade. A new cohort of a dozen contenders for serious international attention is taking to the runway this week, but as ever in this city, the real story is the exploding subculture that’s fueling all the creativity. The source of the optimistic energy ricocheting between designers’ studios and the clubs can chiefly be tracked down to Boombox, run by Richard Mortimer at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in the East End on Sundays. Here, Central Saint Martins student sybarites, drag queens, and young designers compete in a weekly spectacle of outdress-thy-neighbor, taking shoestring-budget sartorial customization—and incredible feats of makeup—to almost editorial levels of innovation” reports Style.com Everyone was raving about Christopher Kane’ collection “ rich and potent components that went into Christopher Kane’s second collection The level of polish and accomplishment in this collection was precocious; you could put the show on a runway in Paris, and it would still shine. Kane’s the strongest talent to have emerged in London in a decade—and more remarkably, his clothes are selling. Twenty-two dresses flew out of the London store Browns within two days of delivery, confounding the chorus of critics who called his first collection vulgar. Just one year out of Central Saint Martins, this young designer is an extraordinary star on the rise” WWD
Flanked by Cameron Diaz and hip-hop producer Pharrell, former vice president Al Gore announced in Los Angeles an international campaign to promote global warming awareness. Save Our Selves – The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis is focused on Live Earth, a 24-hour concert to take place on seven continents on July 7. More than 100 music acts, including Pharrell, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy and Kelly Clarkson are scheduled to participate. Live Earth concerts will take place in Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; London and cities to be announced in Japan, Brazil and the United States.
In the march issue of US Harpers Bazaar Victoria Beckham styled cover model Katie Holmes, as a guest fashion editor for the issue, and three of fashion journalism’s top critics —International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes, The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan and The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn — contribute articles for the issue.
Bally is writing a new chapter in its 156-year history with the appointment of Brian Atwood as creative director. Ball has also restyled its Milan store, and is launching a book on the brand’s history and a limited edition capsule shoe collection — and it’s hosting a soiree during Milan Fashion Week. WWD
If you are off to Milan for the shows WWD says to check out a cute flower store Gardenoir, Via Guadenzio Ferrari, corner of Via Cicco Simonetta; and a new groovy sushi restaurant Zero, 8 Corso Magenta. Also check out new home goods boutique Le Officine Via Neera. ‘A fusion of shabby chic and Italian whimsy which opened in December by a group of friends who spent vacations together scouring flea markets in France. If you are hungry check out concept store Agricola, a boutique of top Italian foods. Agricola, 3 Via Gian Galeazzo.”
Also in Milan we’ve talked about this groovy hotel abut have we seen the website? http://www.3rooms-10corsocomo.com/default_ok.htm love the click and drag of the brochure chic!
And then go and stay at the Palazzo Viviani Hotel, in Rimini, Italy owned by designer Alberta Ferretti and her brother Massimo. Unlike Versace and others who are keen to extend their brand, the Ferretti siblings were simply passionate locals who grew up near the medieval hilltop village, half an hour’s drive inland from the Adriatic resort of Rimini.http://www.epoquehotels.com/h.php/hotels/boutique-hotel/h/palazzoviviani/l/en/ In Paris Colette celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring. Lacoste is producing limited edition polos and sneakers featuring the shop’s canine pals, Caperino and Peperone, created by Kuntzel+Deygas. WWD
In New York head to Broadway to see Julianne Moore in "The Vertical Hour".
Fashion icon Anna Piaggi helped Yoox revamp its vintage store, which debuted last week with nine midcentury gowns from Milanese dressmaker Tizzoni. Many are embroidered and beaded, such as a blue silk cocktail dress with a tulle underskirt, embellished with pearls, rhinestones, and silver wire, for $2,750. The dresses come from Milan’s Cavalli & Nastri vintage store.
This is a fabulous travel site launched by Karen Walker and her husband.” It’s travel for people like us” On the homepage now is Shalom Harlow’s trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia . "The site is one part postcard, another part scrapbook, with some recommendation lists thrown in," says Walker. cool.
A fabulous fashion buying search engine. WARNING! Warning! Highly dangerous. If you go here you will spend hours shopping online. Its is completely and utterly addictive! They currently have over 30 leading fashion retailers, including major department stores, mall retailers/boutiques, and designer-focused websites like Bluefly and ShopBop. Fantastic
Britney Spears partied so hard over the weekend she threw up in her car.“I’m actually quite sad this morning … I think I’m finally running out of good things to say about Britney Spears. . Britters is still in NYC and she continues to embarrass herself everywhere she goes” says:pinkisthenewblog
Robbie Williams is in rehab because he ‘finds it impossible to get to sleep until 4 or 5am due to insomnia and is on sleeping pills. He is hooked on the powerful anti-depressant Seroxat, which has been linked to suicidal tendencies in teenagers. And daily he gets through an incredible 36 super-strength double espresso coffees, 60 Silk Cut cigarettes and around 20 cans of energy drink Red Bull.” Britney meet Robbie!See scarlet and Justin in his new video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2n1_h3Bvt0.
Cameron Diaz helped her surfer pal Kelly Slater celebrate his 35th birthday.
Sienna Miller was seen kissing Calvin Klein model Jamie Burke .
Lindsay Lohan is moving into Marilyn Monroe’s former home. After racking up an impressive $1 million bill at LA’s Chateau Marmont.
Desperate Housewives star British actor Dougray Scott 41, and ‘Meet Joe Black’ Clare Forlani, 34, will marry later this year.
Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband Prince Frederic Von Anhalt is officially adding his name to the paternity battle over late Anna Nicole Smith’s baby daughter Dannielynn. The European royal came forward with claims he might be the biological father of the five month old last Friday - 24 hours after his one-time mistress died in Florida.
“Entertainment Tonight reportedly paid Howard K. Stern $1 million for an exclusive interview in which he pretends to cry and say he loved Anna Nicole Smith. He got paid $1 million!. Every time he puts his hands to his face it’s because he’s about to break out in laughter. I’m not saying he killed Anna Nicole Smith, but he could be twirling a handlebar mustache and it’d look less suspicious than this” The superficial
Anna Nicole Smith’s bodyguard is now claiming he’s Dannielynn’s real father, and that Anna Nicole suffered from life threatening seizures for which she was on medication.Ralph Fiennes is at the center of an airplane sex scandal after allegedly following a flight attendant into a toilet on a long-haul journey from Australia to India. He "became amorous" with Qantas stewardess Lisa Robertson.
Ralph Fiennes has claimed he is really the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby. (well Anything is possible…)
John Mayer is an intelligent man …How could he date Jessica Simpson?
George Clooney is The man and currently filming Leatherheads, a1920s-era football comedy which he directs and acts It also costars his former flame Renée Zellweger. He is not gay I don’t care what you all say.
George Clooney is not the father of Anna Nicole’s baby.
Beyoncé is on the cover of Sports Illustrated http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/2007_swimsuit/beyonce/Beyonce’s five-year romance with hip-hop mogul Jay Z could be in trouble. Or could not be.
The Lying Tongue (Paperback) by Andrew Wilson (Author)
Any book set in Venice gets my vote..”A standout debut novel, which heralds a major new talent in the psychological thriller genre. After a tutoring job in Venice falls through, aspiring novelist Adam Woods appears to luck into the perfect position there—as personal assistant to the reclusive Gordon Crace, an acclaimed writer whose life is shrouded in mystery and who’s published only one novel.” Sarah Dunant, author of The Birth of Venus writes “A mouldering Venetian palazzo, a decaying old man and an unscrupulous young writer. Corruption, seduction and a notable lack of guilt. A story as rank and rich as the city it is set in.” Perfect !
$16 http://www.amazon.com/ Publisher: Atria (February 20, 2007)
Inez Van Lamsweerde And Vinoodh Matadin: Pretty Much Everything (Hardcover) by Inez Van Lamsweerde (Author), Vinoodh Matadin (Author)
Pretty Much Everything (Vol. I) is the first of two anthologies that will compile Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s collaborative photography of the past 20 years. Each book will eventually contain over 300 examples of the couple’s art, fashion and portraiture, freed from their original contexts in magazine features, ads or exhibitions. Images have been paired based not on chronological order but on the relationships between their subjects: “It is a reflection of how all our photographs have been living together in our heads for the past 20 years.” Cool
$52 http://www.amazon.com Publisher: Edition 7L (January 15, 2007)
The big news from Fashion week in New York is ‘Arrivederci, frivolity, girliness, piles and piles of fluff stuff! Ciao, bella, molto chic! Marc Jacobs showed a collection which was an homage to Nan Kempner ( A perfect tie in with the exhibition of haute couture clothes at the Met). it’s all about classic American Sportswear. The look is moving away from the loose silhouette from last seasons and back to a more structured tailoring. Great news because this is really flattering and chic. Also keep wearing those opaque hosiery.Style.com reports that “ Midway through the London shows, it’s evident that the black-tights obsession that gripped New York designers is working its same dark magic here. Whether clad in thick latex or sheer nylon, models’ legs have been uniformly funereal (as have editors’). " The other big trends? Pencil skirts; zip, jumpsuits, sheer dresses, heavy fringes ( that’s on the head not on the bags), high waists and flowers trims and again lots of long gloves a la last season’s Marni.
Lots of great winter pieces in this week. They have finally said goodbye to the Boho NoNo look and tacky 80’s bad taste/hippy dippy look and getting into some real fashion. Check out the cool pleat front wool gab black straight skirt with patch pockets and cute front button detail and a front pleat: looks expensive; I would wear it; a cute little Lanvin 50’s style Balenciaga trapeze crop jacket with covered buttons and full sleeves $59. This jacket is everywhere. Buy up lots of leggings $19 and some cute crop trenches in a grey cotton wrinkle fabric , with short puff sleeves and epaulettes, also in navy and stone and very similar to the Cue and other ones around last year ; $150 ( The crop trench was The item du jour way back in 06). There are cute little simple round neck grey marle dresses in a wrinkle fabric $129; a short sleeve dress with a wide neck almost box sack shape ( so flattering… Not) and a very nice silver lurex V neck sweater dress $99. Check out the groovy and gorgeous navy knit dress with short puff sleeves, a self belt and a flared skirt $89; also in a grey knit too. Buy the grey V neck rib sweater dress which is short sleeved and a voluminous loose shape. Good if you have great legs $69. Also check out the shoes and the bronze clutch is cute $14. there are cool brown round toe flat boots $175; the brown peep toe Mary Janes with a stacked heel $99 with white stitching and the groovy short booties. Check out the navy suede, very 80’s cone heel boots $170 as well. The round neck sweater dress is cool with a rib knit hem $79.
Lots of silk satin camisoles here in lots of pretty soft colours from cream to soft blue. Some have lace trim and some are simple. A cami is now almost a classic from about $69. Also check out the taffeta nylon grey bell skirt a la Prada $99; the grey knit pencil skirt with a rollover top, only for the skinny not for lumpy bumpy types such as my good self. There are some gorgeous grey marle simple dresses with a scoop neck and rib hem $49; a long extended hoodie that has turned into a dress in grey marle, how cool is that? Love it especially for $49 and also a jersey long sleeve baby doll sweaters with a poloneck in navy and black, $109, very nice! Buy the sweater dresses in grey chunky argyle cable knit $149; the drawstring nylon anoraks without the hood in a textured fabric $249 and the fur trim hood short quilted parkas that were in store last year are here again and still groovy for just $149; they may even keep you warm too. There are groovy dark denim skinny jeans $89; knit sweater dresses with long sleeves in black $79; and a scoop neck , cap sleeve dress with a bubble skirt in a grey marle….love it. You can wear it now while it’s warm but then later over a white T or over a black poloneck in winter. It has a lining under the bell skirt so it hangs well $99. Also a great buy is the black silky nylon short drawstring parka without a hood in a loose shape, way cool with patch pockets $149. In accessories I see awful white shoes and pale short crunchy prate boots. Please No one except Kate Moss can get away with atrocities such as. So just buy the marc Jacobs style black patent flats with the all important toe cleavage instead for $99. Also the bags are pretty good as reported last week.
There are cute little Chloe style buckle front flats by Robert Robert, a nice alternative to loafers $189; and chic round toe elasticized ballets in grey or cream with toggles on the toe $189. I see a lot of pointy toes oohh lala. See last week comments then keep walking. Bless. Also check out the wedding style peep toe heels in satin cream.
There are a few things here worth checking out: I spy an anorak without a hood, belted, 3 quarter length though it looks almost a bit too ‘country’ as opposed to wearing it city side with hosiery and platforms a la Prada $269. Also I see a chic little navy satin square neck dress with shoes string straps, simple pleats and black grosgrain ribbon , cut off the lace trim on the hem to make it modern $279. There is a fab crossover ballet/drape/wrap top, it’s big oversized, in a light wool $129.
New in this week are some cute little dresses: check out the pinafore style fitted waist dresses with puff sleeves $219; and the cool pinafore dress in three colour blocking in brown, grey and camel with a square neck and a band along the hem $229. A sexy black patent tall open top tote is cool $249. Also check out the fab bronze patent lady like hand bag. Snazzy. The knits here are fabulous here; buy up on the simple round long sleeve T ‘s; They are core pieces and very important to keep a clean neckline under the winter jackets and dresses. The gold big gold bag is a bit outrageous. An oe to Jimmy Choo. Buy the Balenciaga style wool gab jacket with a trapeze shape, a square neck and 6 double breasted buttons, a very fashion piece. I t is everywhere this season but a great buy. Why? It’s chic new way to wear a jacket to work that isn’t a boring old blazer $239. There are nice chiffon poets blouses with a slashed neckline $129 in lots of colours and a cute stone single breasted button through princess coat with puff sleeves. $399. Love the brown light weight wool classic trousers, divine fabric $199. They are in a beautiful fabric. The patent wide belt is a great buy.
It’s so very Marni here with a dash of Prada. After drooling in the Marni store in Double Bay and of course praying at the alter of the Prada Store it’s astonishing that it is so similar. But at least they have great taste! Bless. So what to buy? As I often advise it can be trick y to wear because Marni is not really sexy but there are some great pieces. Pick #1 is a shell top in light wool gab with a high pleat neckline and cute cap sleeves, slightly boxy shape and thin pockets, very flattering and perfect for this weather. I love it! Wear it right now and don’t we love that idea? There are some pussy bow cotton blouses that are very fashion but only the young can wear it other wise Miss Potter will be staring back at you in the mirror.$159. Beware of the school girl look. Check out the multi pleat chocolate chiffon skirt to the knee $219 ; the poets shirts with bell sleeves in cream $139; and I love the Khaki taffeta roll up sleeve parka about $250. It has no hood but why? I love a hood and I am not sure why I see the parka everywhere hoodless. This season is all about the hood. It gives it the sporty feel that is important and takes into a more relaxed look. Sporty is the big look next season so invest in a parka now. It might even rain. Also buy the black poloneck stretch knit $99; the belted dress with a small round collar and drawstring hem and sleeves $259 and the wool ¾ sleeve cute trapeze jacket $329. Plus lots more. The kits here are fabulous.
Gary Castles Shoes:
I see alot of very Tods inspired loafers and ballet flats here. In fact I tried the originals on myself in David Jones last year. There are chic, round toe ballet flats with a rubber sole and elasticized sides and a square ish toe; I think they have sold out of the patent black already but the navy or cement white are lovely. Also checkout the ones with a cute little leather bow on the toe, all about $259. There are some sexy peep toe heels with a grosgrain ribbon on the toe and a big chunky heel $299, and some groovy platform ankle strap heels $230 in gold, black and red and also in suede as well. Check out the suede jeweled round toe pumps in $349 in choc brown.
Scanlan & Theodore
The new winter collection is in store: All rather gorgeous. Check out the pea coat in a black cotton almost denim $400; a grey little V neck T $160 also in grey, and a sheer long sleeve T to wear under everything is $180. Great price. Buy the perfect high waisted black pencil skirt with no tacky back splits – divine- $350; the perfect fine knit, navy and black stripe, boat neck , long sleeve T $160, gorgeous and so handy to add contrast under alllast seasons pieces . Check out the beautiful silk drawstring trapeze shape dress with a belt $480; the white high neck chiffon blouse, fabulous $400 and the navy round neck simple T with big puff sleeves about $260. Love the fitted black dress with cutaway shoulders and a drape neckline with its own little black patent belt $600 and the navy cable knitted cape… it’s your very own tea cozy!! Also check out the chiffon T with a drape neckline and short sleeves $280; and the gorgeous navy heavy knit, simple, sleeveless shell dress $400. Buy the suede little jacket with a wide neck line $1500 for a bit of fancy with wide sleeves. Then the must have of the season; the skinny black pants $280.The satin boat neck silk tunic blouse is great with a belt for trans seasonal dressing right now $240, very YSL and will look fabulous with a skinny pencil skirt or pants – another huge trend for next, next winter and when its gets cold under a coat or jacket. The white gold lurex round neck knit T is fab $320 and so is the peacoat in black satin $600.
Always looks great here. Best buys are, of course, the red or black silk trapeze dress $349; the button through black pencil skirt in a jersey about $149; the black trench $399 and the chic poloneck in a jersey with a gathered neckline. Love the skinny dark denim shorts to the knee $129, the crop trapeze trench with epaulettes in a grey or black cotton, so handy it will be great with jeans or a pencil skirt $199. Check out the Chloe style silk blouses with ¾ sleeves and a loose fit, and no collar, so right for now $139. In a few colours. Love the fabulous heavy knit black short jacket. You want the Chloe style bag in grey if you can get your hands on one about $249 and the fab beanies, the divine long gloves ( So Marni) in camel. Long gloves are a must buy with all the short ¾ sleeve shirts and jackets around. Love the grey classic trousers about $139 and the camisole tops with a satin trim about $60. The prices here are fantastic. Also keep a look out for the Juicy Couture esque black velvet zip hoodie tops and track pants and the fab dark denim skinny jeans. Buy the cute T shirt mini dress in grey marle $59; the patent ballet flats, the flat black boots $299 and all the fab chunky wooden necklaces a la Marni.
Head here for a fab animal print cotton trench, very last seasons Prada but it’s a great cut and will freshen all that black in your wardrobe $329. And we did see Anna Wintour sporting the Prada version at the shows in New York so why not? Also buy the other trenches here in stone or black; they have a very slim flattering cut $279. I see lots of Frenchman worker blue; it’s a royal blue that keeps rearing its ugly head. I think it’s the winter version of watermelon which is going to haunt me. So walk past that and go to the red section. A red stripe and grey halter top $99 in a jersey and a few other T shirt tops. Also check red chiffon frill dresses and tops.
Time to return to The Mothership and pay our respects to Muiccia. The new spring summer is arriving in next week but check out the pre collection. You want the simple black or tan structured bags, a little lady like with a subtle Prada embossed stamp and two leather covered handles about $2400; you want the ruched leather open tote bags in black a Prada logo about $3300. There are not a lot of shoes but wait till next week: Best buys are black peep toe patent sling backs with a Hessian wedge heel about $700 and the black patent sling backs with the cute little grosgrain ribbon the toe about $660.Check out the satin rope wedge with a peep toe $700 and the divine gold T bar flat sandals $430. Divine.Also check out the cute little brightly coloured ruched bags in small sizes very likely to appeal to the Japanese tourists. In the clothing buy the beautiful black cotton shirts with petal style cut outs on the sleeves $$; In the Linea Rossa collection (previously Prada Sport) buy the blue short sleeve drape dress in a cotton with elastic neckline and sleeves, so cute about $580; a dark denim shirt waister dress $500 and a white sleeveless cotton pinafore dress with a crossover back $710. Then invest in the cute little stripe top, in navy and cream with a boat neck how chic and it’s just $280- same price as the copy that will turn up- and then buy the blouse with patch pockets and drawstring hem $530. There is a fab zip up navy sweater with poloneck , a classic must buy $730; a little black classic dress with round neck and pleated with a full skirt about $800 and funky camouflage print short anorak. Buy the black nylon short hood parka with a self belt and silver Prada buckle $1300. The trend started here so just buy the real deal and don’t turn back. There is also a longer version of the anorak or parka. In the Prada collection buy the black trench $1500 ; the stone pleated cotton tie dye skirt with black trim and the divine leather beige jacket with $3200 .The taffeta balloon skirts with in orange and light grey are about $900. Love the black A line skirt $770 and the ballet flats in tow tones seen in all the magazines.
The Corner Shop in the Strand Arcade:
On sale here so pop in for a look there are a few weird and wonderful pieces left. Then buy up all the latest Miu Miu: The choc brown huge, almost overnight bag, with tow handles is gorgeous $$; the fine knit sweater with chunky heavy knit sleeves $825; the purple heavy jersey skirt with wide pleats and a chunky gold buckle (very similar to the bags )$759 and the red frill top in a light cotton jersey with black grosgrain straps $560. Buy the beautiful long button through grey round neck cardigan $895; the cute short shorts in a light weight wool and the divine skinny narrow black trousers $650. There is a cute navy dress with a ruffle cuff and a v neck $1400 and a grey brocade skirt with a subtle stamped coats of arms $1300. The Miu Miu brown clog mules with gold studs are only for the more adventurous fashion types but the Biba heels with cutout lace toe are gorgeous $950. Also buy the ballets by Georgina Goodman $375, gorgeous. A few pieces from The Biba collection is here and it’s very funky. Also check out the label Isabel Marant for more Boho pieces (ahem), the label Clu for cute simple pieces and the Abro bags are a great price for a groovy bag around $600.
Bally in Pitt st:
Head here to check out the Bally clothing collection. Even though there are just a few pieces available they are lovely, classic and chic. Buy the snazzy soft softest gold metallic sheen jacket $2900; the cute stripe ( all on the angle) cap sleeve knit polo shirt $250 and the divine black chiffon drape sleeveless dress with a V neckline $650. Also check out the fine knit sweater with a gorgeous chiffon cowl neckline $495 in black or cream and the fab narrow cut black single breasted belted coat $1400. Love the beautiful cutaway, sleeveless, high neck blouse in the softest textured blush chiffon $450 and the groovy very Miu Miu black/grey and white graphic 60’s print straight skirt with an inverted front pleat $695. Cool
Head here for some absolutely divine clothing, shoes and bags with some amazing pieces up to 60% off….dangerous …
Warm Salad of Beetroot, Pear, Fetta and Walnuts
What a delicious idea! What a gorgeous mix of colours! My clever gourmande friends served this recipe on summer holidays and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. All you do is roast it all up with a sprinkling of sugar and watch as the Fetta melts and the walnuts caramelise into a perfect dish. Serve with a BBQ and settle down to a casual lunch sitting under cool trees on a hot summer’s day..
A cup or more of Walnuts
2 tabs of Sugar
½ packet of Fetta
• Preheat the oven to about 180 to 200
• Chop the pears into bite size chunks and throw into baking dish
• Apply rubber gloves; you are about to handle beetroot.
• Chop, wash and/or peel the beetroot
• Toss Beetroot into baking dish
• Check manicure is not damaged, take off gloves
• It’s time for wine, whatever time it is
• Chop the fetta and flake it over the pears and beetroot.
• Sprinkle the brown sugar over all the ingredients
• Toss on a few glugs of olive oil
• Give it a good tossing with your hands to mix the oil and the sugar through it all
• Pour in a little water on the bottom of the baking tray to keep it all moist. Moist is important what ever you do in life.
• Apply the leftover beetroot stain on your fingers to your lips for a quick spruce up
• Bake in the oven until it all seems cooked. How long is that? Perhaps an hour.
• Watch as the walnuts caramelise and the pears seem to melt into the fetta and the beetroot
• Serve warm or even cool as a perfect little accessory to BBQ lamb.
Little Children…directed by Todd Field
Based on: ‘Actor-turned-director Todd Field follows up his Oscar-nominated drama, IN THE BEDROOM, with this ambitious adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s celebrated novel’Genre: “Little Children is a movie that defies easy categorization. It’s not quite a drama, not quite a love story, not quite a black comedy but rather a little of all three rolled together” Daily Mirror [UK]
Who: Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly.
The Plot: 2006 Boston. Bored numb-to-life housewife and mother finds husband wanking with undies on his face over porn sites. Ewww. She heads to Kiddies playground. Meets handsome and very buffed house husband. He is studying for the law exam. Decides to study her instead. Start mad passionate affair. His wife is perfect. She is not. Meanwhile Kooky and creepy pedophile who lives with elderly mother lurks at the local swimming pool. Becomes creepier. Becomes even more creepier. Bad things happen. Love affair continues. Hot steamy sex. Wife becomes suspicious. More creepy things happen. Will love find a way? The end
Acting: “Clearly one of the best of the year with multiple Oscar-caliber performances, especially by the brilliant Kate Winslet.” tonymedley.com. “ As the deranged and tortured Ronald, Jackie Earle Haley is appallingly creepy, meaning he’s perfect. His unstable character lingers in your mind. While you’re watching, he seems to be a dirty bomb of perverse violence” Arizona Daily Star. “The main reason to watch is Winslet, who brings flesh-and-blood dimension to Perrotta’s central character”. Daily News.
Photography: Fabulous and quirky especially the underwater shots at local swimming pool
Design: It’s American suburbia: Kate Winslet’s house is all American over done Chintz. Nothing to drool over.
Wardrobe: Not remarkable. It’s all boring suburban Jeans, tops and dresses.
Salon de Beaute: Kate Winslet is bare faced, fresh and lovely. Jennifer Connelly as the wronged wife has lot of black eyeliner and slick hair and looks gorgeous. Botox: Kate Winslet: No.Jennifer Connelly: Yes. FIFi: Huge dose to get through all the creepy bits
Waterproof Mascara: This is bitingly funny and darkly humourous. Like your mascara. A few applications should do the trick.
Bloodnguts: There is one scene when it is a close your eyes or you will see a lot of blood scenario
Mind drifted to shopping: when the guys play American football. Boring
Smokin’ smooches: Hot! Hot! Hot!
Car chases. Not really
Rename It: Love, Pain and the Whole Damned Thing
Best Review: “Todd Fields’ superb film adaptation of the novel by Tom Perrotta result is challenging, accessible and hard to stop thinking about” .A.O. Scott, New York Times OR “ Impressively directed, sharply written and beautifully shot drama with superb performances from the entire cast.” ViewLondon
Best Worst Review: “ Sexual deviates become heroes. This film is excrement on celluloid” .Outtakes With Fiore
See it or donate to the Prada Bag fund? Intelligent, stylish, with a penetrating and very amusing almost sardonic look at life: it’s Miuccia Prada to a T !