There are two different camps in the world today taking sides on one of the most important issues concerning our generation. On one side we have those who want to see Paris Hilton jailed (forever). On the other we have those who want to see Paris set free. Now in the great traditions of Amnesty and other civil rights movements we have FREE PARIS and JAIL PARIS T-shirts available to support this important, world defining moment. Rush into Supre and make a statement with your T shirt now!
$15 Jail Paris T-shirt from Supre Stores
The eighties are back. But there is something missing. We have Rayban Aviator sunglasses, short hair, red lipstick, neon colours, leggings and high waist pants. Now I have one word to say to you: Shoulder pads. Please don’t groan. You did that when hipsters came back and look at you now. You won’t take them off. Shoulder pads were lurking in the collections of Balenciaga, Martin Margiela, Christian Dior, Armani and Alexander McQueen. But as fashion journalist Sarah Mower reports in the London Telegraph newspaper “The uprising shoulder, you’ll be relieved to hear, is different from the gargantuan, rounded monstrosities of Eighties tailoring. So far, it’s more of a neat, compact silhouette with vaguely Forties overtones, best worn with a pencil skirt, a high-necked blouse and heels. Among my friends, there are many who - having got into soft dresses and cocoon-y coats recently - have shrieked in horror at this news. I don’t mind, though. To me, the arrival of slick, assertive tailoring is the long-awaited, grown-up antidote to the heinous smocks, tents and mini-dresses of this summer. I can’t wait to get into it, but I do permanently draw the line at those little velcro-in pads we used to stick into everything we wore in the Eighties. Some things really are Never Again.” You heard it here first. You have been warned.
One old movie star looks over to a younger movie star surrounded by paparazzi and says “her body has gone to her head “. I sometimes look at my own head and wish it had body. Or at least style. Now I can get special attention for my hair and glamorous movie star looks from very cool fashion designers. Every day they will be in my bathroom helping my hair become glossy, shimmering and shiny. Could be scary I know. Every day I will be using the new Sunsilk Ready to Wear designer limited edition shampoo by Wayne Cooper, Bettina Liano and Akira. Choose the Akira Shine Angel, the Bettina Liano Shine Addict, or the Wayne Cooper Seductive Shine Shampoo & Conditioner. Your hair will look fabulous. And the attention will go to your head.
$5.99 SunSilk Ready To Wear Limited Edition from major department stores and supermarkets.
The latest news from WWD…
Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill
Anna Wintour, from US Vogue says “Hilarious . . . a literary phenomenon to rival Helen Fielding’s Bridge Jones’s Diary and Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It . . . [Neill] plays with the chaos and comedy of 30-something metropolitan maternity and brings it to an unexpectedly moving conclusion.” Like Bridget Jones before her, Lucy Sweeney is an endearing everywoman prone to disaster. Lucy is a married, stay-at-home mom who gave up an impressive career as a television news producer to care for her three sons in northwest London. Lucy exists in a constant state of chaos (she has lost 11 credit cards in the past year, she has seven credit card debts and a habit of wearing pajamas to drop off her children at school). A flirtation with a Sexy Domesticated Dad threatens to develop into something more…..
$18 http://www.amazon.com/ Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (July 5, 2007)
The Christmas List
Amara de Lempicka: The Artist, The Woman, The Legend by Emmanuel Breon
‘A femme fatale to equal Greta Garbo and Mae West, and a fashion icon in her own lifetime, this exhibition catalog is dedicated to the artist as well as the concept of the modern woman she represented. Born in 1898 in Warsaw, Lempicka fled during the Bolshevik Revolution, arriving in Paris in 1918 where she began painting under André Lhote. Influenced by a trip to Italy, she combined neo-cubism and Renaissance influences, reducing the harmony of her colors to the essential and tightly framing her portraits in order to give the figures energy and stature. In 1933 she married her best client, Baron Raoul Kuffner de Dioszegh, and in 1939 they left for America where Tamara conquered New York and Los Angeles exhibiting in important galleries’.
$26 http://www.amazon.com/ Publisher: Flammarion (March 6, 2007)
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There are quite a few stylish pieces arrived in here this week, it seems there are more fashion pieces than just those endless rows of T shirts. Check out the cute short black belted cotton trench, very nice $199, the satin disc pattern Poiret inspired 20’s dress in navy and silver $199, and the black belted wool melton coat with a big high stand up collar - very chic - for you $349. There are some cute little short fine knit sweater dresses $99 (for those with the legs) and a chic long V neck fine knit cardigan $99. This is not for women with children who have sticky dirty fingers. Buy the light grey wool very Lanvin esque coat with fabulous tulip cuff and hem that is single breasted with covered buttons $269 and the same fabric in a riding coat $269. Check out the chic wool belted coat with a pretty grosgrain ribbon belt $269 and the short sexy empire jersey dress in lots of colours (seen everywhere). Only for those born after 1990. Sorry. But for those who are older why not buy the fabulous long fringed poncho? Perfect for hide all those muffin tops and for those weekends away $99. I see it in black and also a horrid pale pink. You could just see Britney wearing that. On a good day. With undies on. The stone belted standup collar trench is cool $249. Also in other colours. Check out the bags here, very Chloe inspired and great prices.
On sale. Best buys are the light grey zip tops in polypropylene for an outrageous $29. Also in a tank version. (For those who don’t know this is same fabric mountaineers wear. You are climbing Everest anyway when shopping non?). I see so many great wool melton peacoats here for about $89. All In different lengths and from single to double breasted. Right on Target. Also check out the snazzy white blouse with huge bell sleeves now on sale $39 (also in a horrid green), the all black brocade princess coat $69 and the dark denim skinny jeans now $29. There is no excuse for not looking chic whatever budget you are on. The double breasted ¾ length (to mid thigh) nylon trench coats in black or stone are great $69. Don’t forget the shoes, there are black or grey platforms with a stacked wooden platform heels in patent or plain for an outrageous $39. Same price as Italian Vogue. (If you can stand the overwhelming smell of plastic just run in and out quickly - burn calories and get a bargain. What more do you want?)
A few cute pieces here. Buy the chic good quality black wool melton peacoat $199, the cute froufrou grey and black glitter bead bracelets $14.95 each and the fab oversized tortoiseshell sunglasses $24.95. Also check out the very 50’s couture black brocade short crop jacket $149 and the chic V neck rib knit cardigan $59. Love the cute poloneck black fit n flare sweater dress for $59.
Go here for jeans at great prices. Buy the simple skinny dark denim jeans $79, also in all black. Then throw on the groovy grey beret or caps $19.95, and the funky leather bomber jacket in a grey or black $149. Go here for cute cargo pants in khaki $59, and a classic brown suede blazer for just an outrageously cheap $129. True. Also check out cute chunky knit scarves $24 and the groovy grey cotton faux fur trim parka $89. The black wool melton peacoat is chic $129.
So many great pieces here but best buys are the Prada ish navy satin tees $135, and the fabulous dark navy taffeta voluminous navy opera coat $385, it will cover everything as it goes to the knee. Also buy the very Prada ish bronze straight shift dress with a bejeweled neckline $385. For a break from black and grey buy the chic check brown crop jacket $385. Go for the chic grey round neck classic knit - a must by under all those jackets this season $99. Also the drawstring voluminous black tank in a satin is very handy to wear over a knit $109 too then add the sensational YSL inspired wide black patent belts $109.
Check out the black patent peep toe flats a la Miu Miu $89, easy to wear when shopping all day or if you want heels try the Zoe Wittner black simple platforms $149. There are very Balenciaga serious black platform $119.95 or check out the pinky/nude patent heels $99.95. There is a chic soft soft pink satin diamante trimmed jewel silk clutch $99.95. For a more summer look check out the fabulous Lanvin esque wooden platform sandals in tan with a wrap and tie ankle strap $139. I spy Prada esque ruched bags in a chocolate $189 as well as Prada esque black ruched clutch $129. For evenings grab the black patent clutch $69.95.
How clever they are here. They are right onto next season and already copied the MiuMiu bejewelled coat $389.95. Also check out the dress with the silver and black big jewels along the hem $249. There is a groovy little gold zip front knit top $99, silver satin slinky ruched zip parka that sits over the bottom $129, pefect for the city with leggings and heels and so not for wearing camping. Love the dark grey long V neck cardigan a la prada $119, the Versace inspired shift dress with a the graphic print slashed across the front $119 (it’s in all the Versace print ads for Versace with Angela, Carolyn, Kate and Carmen). Buy the short crop tan leather jacket that sits just above the waist with patch pockets $349.
Bless. They are clever here and seem to get straight onto a lot of the trends as soon as they start. It’s just about the bright lighting. Don’t look in the mirror it could make you run with fright from the store. But be brave and check out the ridiculously cheap glitter purse $19, and the fabulous Marni inspired wooden necklaces $19. Buy the seriously silver and black big jeweled cuffs $21. The gold and wooden bracelets are great piled up the arm $14. There are some fabulous silver and black long beads to pile up for evening $19.
A hot shopping destination: I just love the chic very petit Bateau cream with navy stripe zip hoodie $79 and the fabulous short sexy black sequined mini dress $199. Love the grey zip front nylon blouson jacket $89 and the black double breasted short cotton twill 50’s evening ish jacket $149. There is the snazzy black cargo parka with fake fur trim hood $129 and please buy the fabulous stone cotton twill trenchcoat $299 also in black. A must buy.
There are pink and boudoir pieces in here that should actually stay right there in the boudoir… perfect for Paris Hilton. But there are also great pieces here that you could see Gwyneth wearing. She would like the black princess coat with epaulettes, double breasted with a cute back belt $749, the black and white tweed short peacoat $559 and the fabulous black cotton twill with epaulettes $425. I love a cape. They are hot. A newer look than a pea coat they are so very versatile in this mild winter. Easy over a white T or over a sweater, or with jeans or a pencil skirt. Plus you can eat as much as you like and even hide your lunch under there and who would know. Buy the groovy light grey marle jersey pieces like the jersey short empire dress $289. If you are born after 1995 you will adore the romper suits, yes. Read my lips: Romper shorts. So cute in denim, almost like overalls as a skirt $199. Personally I like the denim button through skirt $199 and the zip bomber leather jacket $449. I see a short leather mini dress Oooh lala $350.
Best buys here are the black and white herringbone wool crop jacket (as reported!), it has fabulous very Burberry inspired huge sleeves $249, the black cotton puff skirt with a grosgrain belt $179 and the chic crochet daisy collar $39. Throw on the red and white stripe scarf $39.95, the red gloves $79.95 and then the black velour hoodie $89.95. Please wear the short black nylon black parka with heels. You should know this by now. $199. Love the bags here the choc tall Chloe style brown tote is fab $199. Buy the chic stone chinos $129 and wear them a la Balenciaga with the framed vintage clucth purse in black or stone $69. Buy the black and white check gingham cami and wear over poloneck sweaters $89.
Love love love the black wool cape $398. OK I confess I bought it and I love it. Best buys are the round neck long sleeve fine knit T’s with buttons along the shoulder, very French $129. Layer it under the sexy wool grey bustier $249 that is so very Prada. The black buckle skirt $298 is groovy and the black pencil skirt is sexy $199. Love the gold cami $229 and the green velvet wrap skirt $189. The fabulous fine knit short sleeve poncho top. Is very chic in a dark blue or choc brown $129. Also check out the fabulous blouses with huge full blown sleeves they come in a cotton pinstripe in grey, black or simple grey cotton $229.
The accessories here are rather good: Buy the snazzy black gloves with silver buckle detail $99, the beaded black necklace $89 and the brown slouch bag $399. Also check out the fabulous black dress in a slinky jersey with wide short sleeves, a tie back waist and a serious décolletage $199. There is a chic crinkle khaki double breasted trench $269 and the wool gab cape $299 and the fur trim hood nylon single breasted belted jacket $299. The other cape here is fab in a khaki cotton twill now $99 and also buy the wool melton cape in a caramel $199. The bronze crinkle satin collarless jacket is very 50’s $249. Veronika Maine You must buy one of the Marni inspired wooden necklace $159, and the big voluminous Marini style collarless grey jacket $349. It covers the bottom. How thoughtful. The simple ruched neck L/S tee is the very handy $149 and so is the brown empire cami $219. There is a fab grey wool pinstripe bustier $149, you wear this layered over a sweater or a T a la Prada. The floral navy cotton poets blouse is cute, it even has the drawstring neck so you can pretend you are actually a painter or a painter $129. Invest in a black wide slouchy trousers $189. Check out the cool artist smock in grey cotton with big sleeves and a square neckline and cute front pockets $295.
So many delicious shoes and bags here. Oh I do adore the big quilted black patent bag with brass ring detail as seen in the magazines $1695 and I must have the tan brown wrap and tie buckle sandals with a the new modern platform heels $525. The tan quilted bag one handle bag woith the brass ring and chain detail front is gorgeous $1450 and so is the very Balenciags style open two handle tote $1350. For weekends buy the tall matte black one strap tote $1250. Buy the velvet patent T bar strappy heels $595 and the black and gold heels peeptoe heels $595. You must invest the gold evening bag with a gold clasp and gold chain strap $995. In insist.
There are a few classic pieces here but not a lot of fashion, it’s very conservative and not very inspiring. Best buys are the lace cream prairie camisole tops with short sleeves $599, the long strapless chiffon dress in a caramel paisley print $999, the brown tweed riding coat with embroidery on the cuff $1295 and the green wool short crop peacoat $1200. Also check out the simple white racer back tank now reduced to $99 also in black and the simple puff sleeve shirt $399. The cream rib long sleeve round neck wool T looks awfully chic $199. The cream cashmere sleeveless vest with a little tie neck is quite good $299. Buy the navy long cashmere scarf $499.
It’s the place for beautiful dresses: Check out the divine black satin slinky number with a diamond diamante front brooch $798, the fabulously chic silver grey wool shimmery ( Jil Sander ish) zip bomber jacket $1390 and the black skinny pants $520. You want the flesh pink satin strapless top $520 and the flesh coloured pretty chiffon dress with a diamante clasps on the shoulders and at the front $1290. There are a few pieces on sale such as a gorgeous black satin dress with diamante details now $763. Love the very Burberry inspired black satin short shift dress with short puff sleeves, very nice $669 and a puff sleeve knit dress with chiffon details $690. Buy the va va voom red satin strapless dress with a tie ribbon waist $990 and the cream lace mini dress with a ruffle hem and high neck $1200.
Flourless Walnut Cake…from Stephanie Alexander
This is a divine cake for dessert or afternoon tea. It has no flour and it won’t rise very much so just make sure you use a small but deep cake tin. You will see - as I did - that a big tin will make this cake look very skinny (not like you will be after you eat it.)
You need for 8.
175g whole Walnuts
5 Eggs, separated
5 tabs caster Sugar
1/8 of a preserved lemon. If you don’t have them then zest one lemons and add 2 teasp lemon juice
3 teas rum or gin or whatever booze you have in the fridge
The Italian Directored by Andrei Kravchuk.
Genre: European tearjerker.
Subtitles: it’s in Russian.
Who: Who? Denis Moiseenko, Kolya Spiridonov, Sasha Sirotkin.
The Plot: Russia 2005 (which Looks like Dickensian London). An abandoned 6-year-old boy lives in horrid bleak orphanage. Put up for adoption. Evil mean and wicked owners of orphanage try to sell him off to Italians. He escapes. Off alone in search to find his real mother. Kind people look after him. Mean people chase him. He is cute. The end.
Acting:“The little boy, Kolya Spiridonov, loves the camera, and the camera loves him”. Jam! Movies. “Central to the film’s success is the performance of young Kolya Spiridonov, he’s beautiful, he’s just real. It’s uncanny” David Stratton.
Photography: ‘Cinematographer Aleksandr Burov captures a land of frost-coated fields, cracked plaster walls and weed-choked railways with a photojournalist’s eye for the telling detail’
Design: Poverty struck beggars live a dark, dingy, dirty, grey bleak world.
Wardrobe:Bring back the colours of India in The Namesake!
Salon de Beaute: There is no salon de beauty. They all need crème de la Mer! Erase those fine lines! A facial and a manicure.
Botox: Bring it on! This movie is so depressing you need to drink a Botox on the rocks before (and after).
Waterproof Mascara: Apply the Model Co lash wand to curl the lashes, there is no point in wearing waterproof mascara.
Blood ’n’ Guts: Children being beaten up is never a pretty sight.
Mind drifted to shopping: from beginning to end. Smokin’ smooches: if only.
Car chases: it’s a child chase
Rename It: Oliver Twist
Best Review: "A dark fairy tale from Russia, The Italian pulls you into a richly atmospheric, persuasively inhabited world teeming with foundlings and pathos." New York Times
Best Worst Review:“ We soon grow tired of marveling at Vanya’s preternatural resourcefulness and plead for the thing to end — which it soon does in the sappiest possible way, soft-focus close-up and all.” Film Blather
See it or donate to the Prada Bag fund: Life is too short. Rush over to Prada. Press your nose against the window. And rejoice in the beautiful sight. Remember there is no despair when you buy a Prada bag (except when you get the bill)