I see some new summer pieces arrived in store: But I see scary lilac. Not a good look. Keep away from Lilac, watermelon and yellow. Never wear those colours. So cheap and so tacky. So instead check out the black, round neck dress with a pleat front and simple cap sleeves, $159 and then head to the T shirt section: It’s great and there are a lot of cute slogan T shirts. Go for the one with a black and white face (Clara Bow), $49 and the white T shirt with shoes all over it in black flocked velvet, $49. Also check out the gorgeous print dress a la Chloe with tortoiseshell and beads along the neckline, it’s a smock shift dress in white linen with huge graphic brown print flowers across it, $199. Love it and so Chloe - this is a must buy! The smock dress is the dress you will see everywhere for summer: Look for a round neck, a looser almost straight shape and make sure it is just above the knee. Most will have a puff sleeve a la Burberry or short sleeves. Now check out the cute print jersey smock dress with huge splotches of khaki gold and brown across it, $119 and the snazzy cotton khaki smock dress with wide straps and a bubble skirt, $199. Very on trend. Wear it, love it, thrash it then say goodbye. The sheer chiffon black blouse with a silver bead neck tie is chic, $149 as is the most simple oversized black satin Tee, $99. I see an anorak in nylon with a drawstring hem and long line to cover your bottom. Cute… Remember wear a Parka with leggings and heels a la Prada. If you don’t do leggings just make sure you wear a narrow something under it – a pencil skirt or skinny trousers or you will look like Ten Ton Tessy. And she is really fat. And we can’t have that. I see faded skinny grey jeans here. I know Kate Moss wears them but I find them cheap. And we don’t want that either. I spy a sale here too with quite a few great buys including a fake fur chubby and a few puffa jackets; both big trends for next winter too so get into it now…from about $149…
A few new shoes here to try… Check out the fab cream or black cloth canvas multi strap heels with a huge wooden platform, very Helmut Lang. They are cut very high up nearly to the ankle, $158. There are black satin ballet flats with black jewels toe a la Miu Miu, $128 also in a heel version. Remember the jewel shoes are not just for wearing for evening they are so right for day with jeans or simple outfits. Just make sure they don’t fight with too many other accessories. No fighting please. Keep it calm and clean. Only one area needs the attention and that should be the shoes. I see the patent Jimmy Choo inspired strappy heels, $158. The groovy blush patent Mary Jane’s with a thin heel and 3 straps across the front are one of the shoes of the season, and a tribute to Lanvin. They are nearly sold out, $139. You want the cute little black satin low heels sling backs with a bow, $128 and the square peep toe, black satin heels with black jet jewels on the toe $158.
Lots of fab new pieces arrived in store although most is very classic and work orientated. For more fashion pieces look at the black sequin leggings. Yes, that’s right, Black sequin leggings. They will make your legs look slim - only for those who think they can. Check out the single-breasted satin princess coat in a gathered trapeze shape with a zip, $235 and the silver linen dress with a zip, frill front and trim in taupe cotton along the hem. Very Marni inspired, $279. Also there is a very Chloe inspired dark silver, shimmery silk tank with a frilled round neck and slash pockets, $199. Love the black belted sheath dress with cap sleeves and I am sure it will fit like a glove. Perfect for going from work to evening. Same with the black sheath dress wit its own black patent belt, $149. I see very hot pink and bright cobalt blue chiffon dresses for the young and groovy, $249. And the dark denim baby doll dress is fab with a black grosgrain trim and a simple smock shape, $209.
Love the new silver bags: the small messenger bag about $69 (it’s the size of a manbag!) and the big 2 handle totes with lots of outside zip. It looks very much inspired by a Chloe Betty Bag, about $100 - a great buy. In the shoes I see silver high top converse style sneakers and groovy peep toe black shoes with a wedge in shiny gold, $159.
Very red, white and blue here…Best buys are the navy cotton military style peacoat in a crinkle cotton with epaulettes, $129; and the cute navy sweater dress is very handy with a stripe canvas belt, press stud front and short sleeves, $89. Check out the fab ribbed black silver lurex tank. A subtle lurex it’s a great buy to razz up all those black pencil skirts and black pants, wear it alone as a tank in hot weather or wear now layered over a white shirt or a Tee, $69. Also check out the simple black cotton classic flat front skirts with their own little stripe navy and black stripe belts, $89. There are chic, white with navy stripe cardigans that look very Petit bateau, with a matching skinny scarf. Maybe ditch the scarf but it’s a cute top, $89.
The Rayban Wayfarers were the Item du jour way back months ago in The FiFi Report. Now I see not only the black sunglasses in store but a cool khaki green, a snazzy white and a groovy orange from about $149.The only sunglasses to wear this season.
I see lots of red, black and white. How fresh and clean. The best buy this week is the adorable black little shift dress with a fabulous black stone-encrusted neckline, it has the must have 3⁄4 puff sleeve (it’s the sleeve of the season) about $200. It also comes in a white silk with a white stone-encrusted neckline - gorgeous. Also buy the cute, croped black couture 50’s style jacket with big black buttons and a round peter pan collar. Sporty luxe is chic, check out the short little red croped anorak with drawstring neck. Think of this as your new cover-up for summer and ditch a cardigan (So BoHo No No). The 3⁄4 long line cotton parka with a drawstring hem in black, $179 is cool and so is the white summer dress with a drawstring hem and elastic waist dress. It has a ruching along the front and snazzy zip detail, $179 - very summery and great to wear if you are heading to St Tropez. Also check out silver lurex round neck cardigan, $99 and the fab short cuffed shorts in grey, $99. Must wear with heels. The smock Trapeze dress from last season is back in black with a ruffle front and buttons a la Chloe, $249. In accessories please buy the red slouch bag that is very Marni, the fabulous red patent flats, the white patent flat peep toe sandals (as reported last week) and the must have patent belts in red or white. Oh and of course the item du jour for summer - silver flats. I see a rack of pieces still on sale for about 50% off including cute sweaters and stripe tops from about $29.
New season is beginning to appear and it’s once again a tribute to Marni. Chic! Smock top galore! Check out the smock dress in a burgundy silk taffeta-ish fabric with the all important sleeve detail and high heck, $289. And the most simple and understated white long sleeve silky Tee, $119. It’s a bit loose so is great for covering those donuts you scoffed for lunch. The cobalt blue chiffon wide neck tops is very Marni-ish, with a flattened knot at the front, $139 and buy the long white smock top in heavy cotton with 3⁄4 sleeves and a V-neck, delicious in it’s simplicity, $139. The fab cropped navy cotton zip top is a great buy: very sporty luxe. It’s has a white trimmed brass zip down the front and is collarless, $155. Chic! The grey cotton wide square Tee with a double layer of cap sleeves will sit very flatteringly on your shoulders, I just know it, $99. Buy the high neck sheer chiffon blouse to wear now and into summer. Fab! Wear with jeans and heels, or with grey pants and cream belt for work and sexy mama with shorts and heels for evening. What more do you want for $119?
Max and Co:
New season arrivals in here are looking lovely. Buy the tan leather ruffle front zip jacket, $895 and the classic but oh- so-chic navy and grey marle stripe long sleeve T $110. Great price for great quality here. Check out the lovely rib knit, shoestring tank in navy with a belt, $240 and the black leather bomber jacket with a rib trim, $995. Remember the bomber jacket is a big trend worn over pretty summer dresses. The beautiful grey marle fine knit Tee with gathered sleeve detail is a great buy, $120. Still need a trench? I hope not because I have been telling you for years to buy one. If you are one of the last FiFi Readers to wander the city tragically without a trench you can buy one here. It’s a simple single-breasted coat but a little short, $595. The khaki nylon zip sporty Luxe parka is fabulous; it’s almost a blouson jacket with patch pockets, $360. In accessories you want the silver metallic rouched belt a la Miu Miu, $195. There is a cute Superga (for Max and Co) sneakers in silver about $200 and fab dark denim jeans. You will love the black sling back platform peep toe heels with white stitching, $340 - the shoe of the season.
Paul and Joe:
New Store Alert! A new Paul and Joe store has now opened in WBJ (near Evelyn Miles) and it looks great. The buying is much better than the Paul and Joe in David Jones where perhaps they are trying to make it younger and funkier. I see a lot of very desirable pieces here. Check out the gorgeous white drape tank top with a silver bead trim and a sexy low back, $595; and the dark denim black jeans look great with a straight le, $475. Buy the beautiful white cotton smock top, $550 with a deep V neckline - always so flattering; and the grey marle T shirt dress, $340 with patch pockets. Love the fine knit sweater dress in a black sheer knit - very oversized, slouchy and loose with a V neck, $695; and the perfect 3⁄4 crop skinny black pants, $595. Check out the white mini dresses if you are getting married. There is a divine black cotton single-breasted trench - love it, please buy, $695. Also check out the Kaftan tops in black or cream silk with a gorgeous self-embroidered butterfly print front - divine, $625. The taupe patent shoulder bag with a knot on the front is groovy and looks very Marni, $720 and the black patent seriously platform heels are only for those who can walk in them, $990. Love the outrageous black or white patent ever so sixties over the knee flat boots, $1600.
David Jones On Seven:
Lanvin: it’s al divine here; Buy everything. Start with the divine single-breasted peacoat in stone, $2099; then buy the choc brown, knit dress with amazing stone jewel encrusted along the front, $4299. Invest in the fab zip pocket knit tank, $2499. The satin black top with an almost Kimono front is fabulous; sure we will see lots of copies of this everywhere, $2700. Love the trench in a beautiful slinky fine oyster silk, divine. I am sure I saw the same one in Country Road last season, $5499. Check out the grey round neck knit with cuffs encrusted in big jewels, how chic - for you $2399; and the must have grey round neck T with the jewel encrusted trim along neckline, $2400. You want the drape front silk top, $2200 and the amazing black or grey dresses with a jewel encrusted belt and trim, $3700. I think a few of these pieces are still from last season. Who cares!
Belinda William St:
Lots of heavenly new shoes and bags are now here. Buy the fabulous Miu Miu diamante T bar heels, $840 - also in a flat sandal version with a white trim, $620 and the divine Miu Miu gold T bar flats with a tiny kitten heel, $595. You want the Miu Miu white patent rouched bag about $1800 and the Miu Miu purple satin clutch, $800. Buy the Chloe white patent round toe pumps with a seriously chunky heel and a funky brass buckle, $795 and the Marc By Marc Jacobs cream patent pumps with black piping and a round toe with a cone heel, $645. Love the Marc By Marc Jacobs fab over top lime green, patent pumps, $495. Wear with all black and just make the shoes standout. Love the Miu Miu black patent peep toe with a thin gold spiky heel, $560; and the Chloe T bar black patent T bar with a chunky heel T bar, $895. The Marni shoes are fab: Buy the seriously chunky wooden platform mules in burgundy or black patent mules, $895. I see the famous Repetto ballet flats have arrived in store too (the only ballet flats to wear). There are a few new pieces of the Miu Miu summer collection, such as gorgeous white tops about $690. Buy the Miu Miu rouched black leather belt about $400 and more Chloe chunky heels and Sigerson Morrison flats…
Robbie Ingham: I see a lot of new season’s Chloe has arrived…
Belinda MLC: I see Donna Karen has arrived for the first time here…