• "I’m being adopted by Brad and Angelina” Blake Lively, when asked, "What’s the gossip, girl?" at her Gossip Girl show’s premiere party
• "They say, ‘Any plans for a fifth?’ And I say, ‘And a sixth, and a seventh, and an eighth, and a ninth” Brad Pitt, on plans to expand his family with Angelina. Lucky Blake.
• "I’m going to bail out OJ and get him to drive Britney Spears to my party tonight to celebrate Trump Soho. They are both such a mess."– Donald Trump ( Angelina and Brad really should just adopt Britney. It would save us all a lot of time.)
• "Right now it’s an it. Which sounds wrong. We call it ‘the baby.’ When we talk to it, it’s a you." – Joel Madden about pregnant Nicole Richie. (Note to Brangelena; Please adopt. NOW)
•"I’m meeting all those ladies before we go shopping. We’ll meet in mypenthouse suite and we’ll have a scent-off." P. Diddy thinks hiscelebrity fragrance (pictured) is better than Sarah Jessica Parker,Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey
•“I want to visit more countries where poverty and children’sissues are a big concern. I know there’s a lot of good I can do just bygetting involved” Paris Hilton wants to show them how to carry the newBalenciaga bag. Or she’ll organise a scent off. Send her off.
• “ Britney was charged with a hit and run violation. It’s her first hit in years” Rove
• "Surgery is a very big deal. Right before I went in, I was like, What if I don’t wake up? Oh, this is scary. Then I thought, I don’t care. If I don’t wake up, it’s worth it.” Heidi Montag on her breast augmentation. (She didn’t wake up.)
• "I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist" Tara Reid (Tara Reid never woke up from her breast surgery either)
• "So, where’s the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?" Christina Aguilera is a rock Scientist.
• "I’m being adopted by Brad and Angelina” Blake Lively, when asked, "What’s the gossip, girl?" at her Gossip Girl show’s premiere party
Here are instructions for the long weekend:
- Lie around on the couch in a bikini.
- Drink Gin and tonic.
- Turn on Music.
- Open up laptop.
- Open up wallet.
- Hit the sales and shop online.
Dangerous? Yes. Naughty? Yes. Fabulous fun? Yes. Some ship directly to Australia. Others you need to call. Or just window shop. It won’t cost a thing.
Fashion designers can only get so creative with clothes. Lengths go up and down, tailoring goes in and out but at the end of the day all we have is two arms and two legs. At the end of the day it’s just all about skirts, dresses, trousers and jackets. There is one more thing and we haven’t seen it for years. The jumpsuit. The jumpsuit is back. Big time. It was seen all over the runways this week at the Milan Spring summer 08 shows. If Prada does a jumpsuit that’s all the news you need to know. Don’t screw up you nose and suddenly think Top Gun. The jumpsuit can be sexy. The jumpsuit can be black. And the jumpsuit can be found short or long. And you can shop for it right now.. Head to Armani Exchange for a blue chambray safari that’s $139, to Bettina Liano for a jumpsuit in parachute silk $389 or Max and Co for a jumpsuit that’ is very safari in stone cotton $295. Or try Witchery (pictured) for short cotton grey jumpsuit $119.95. You can even find one at Carla Zampatti. It’s black with a plunging halter neck. There’s only one problem: You have to be creative. Every time you go to the bathroom.
You want to wear Prada. I know you do. Sometimes getting back to the Mothership to shop during opening hours can be tricky. Sometimes an exploding credit card can be embarrassing. Especially in public. Which is why you must have the Prada Parfum de Sac. It’s a tiny bottle of 10mls perfume with a snap hook that you can clip onto your bag. How chic. How handy. Choose from Intense, Classic and Tendre. They come with three 10mls refills. How thoughtful. Bless Miuccia.
Prada Parfum de Sac $110 from Myer (and selling out).
• Amy Winehouse is wearing shoes. Again. She ditched her trademark ballerina slippers. This is called news.
• Paris Hilton plans visit to Rwanda. We should warn them now… I’d like to apologize in advance …Pinkisthenewblog
• Angelina Jolie attended a conference on global education at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Bill Clinton probably asked Angelina to provide some humanitarian relief –in his pants. Thesuperficial
• Kate Moss is telling pals that she is engaged to new rocker boyfriend Jamie Hince.
• Carrie Bradshaw may have some work lined up at Vogue in the upcoming Sex and the City movie.
• George Clooney and um, er, current-soon-to-be-ex girlfriend Sarah Larson were treated for injuries after the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a car.. Clooney suffered a hairline fracture of a rib and road rash, and Larson, 28, suffered a broken foot. That’s what happens when you date the wrong girl. .Road Rash
• Matthew McConaughey was seen wearing clothes. Again … for the second day in a row. Seriously, WTF is going on here? Says pinkisthenewblog
• J.LO is pregnant but not telling anyone yet.
• boozehound Kiefer Sutherland was arrested for drunk driving
• Lindsay Lohan is still in rehab and still smoking
• Jake Gyllenhaal is still handsome
• Vicky B (Victoria Beckham) arrived in Tokyo and only managed to scare a small number of diminutive Japanese children. She is making all the right moves. First she seeks advice from Katie Holmes on her career. Now she is dressing as a Nazi inspired by Tom Cruise’s new role as a Nazi colonel. reports the Superficial
• Britney Spears continues to lose the plot. This time driving at 10 PMat night with two babies in the back, NO license, NO headlights, and NOcommon sense. No Brain.
The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia
‘A Fashion Director at Elle magazine, Nina GarcÍa knows trends – from the return of oversized sunglasses, to the rise of cropped jackets, to the advent of all things pink – she has seen it all. While some fashion trends are constantly changing, some just stay the same–the little black dress? Timeless. A pair of skinny jeans? Absolutely necessary. Those adorable sling back heels? Essential to any woman’s closet. Balancing the classics with the trends is what style is all about. An exploration of attainable elegance, The Little Black Book of Style provides the essential rules for fashion that every woman should know. From definite fashion faux–pas to pointers on how to create your own sense of style, to uncovering what makes you look and feel good, Nina GarcÍa offers readers the ultimate guide to follow when it comes to dressing their best. Including tips on how and when to wear an outfit, occasion appropriate wear, advice on how to combine colors and textures, and inspiration on how to achieve your own signature look, this hand–book is a must have’.
$16 www.amazon.com Publisher: Collins (September 4, 2007)
The Christmas List
The Way We Live In the City by Stafford Cliff, Gilles De Chabaneix
The Way We Live . . . books present environments and styles of living from around the world, with numerous unpublished examples from interiors in Europe, Asia, and North America. From lavish Manhattan penthouses to sleek West Coast beach houses, every type of residential urban architecture is included with an emphasis on the efficient use of limited space. The book also examines the use of colors, materials and textures such as metallic surfaces, industrial glass, and stone or brick-all of which evoke urban sophistication and cool. The concluding section of the book is a rich sequence of inspirational ideas show the best that life in the city has to offer, from rooftop gardens to life aboard houseboats. This book is sure to be a source of inspiration for home owners as well as interior designers.
$26 www.amazon.com Publisher: Rizzoli (September 4, 2007)
Witchery is very inspired by Chloe/Burberry this season. We love Chloe and Burberry. Check out the very Chloe inspired, white silk top with a cute frill on neck and frill on 3/4 sleeves $149; and the casual smock style top that’s gathered at the waist so it will cinch in those curves you have (from too much camembert) $119.95. You want the chic Chloe style smock trench $189. You know a trench is a must have. It doesn’t need to be raining. It’s just about having a great coat. Also invest in the black, light nylon parka ; just what you need for this in-between weather. In between weather does not mean in between style. God forbid. Wear this with heels. Not for bird watching. Throw it over your LBD. You cannot pass the metallic sports jacket (pictured) $149.95 enough said. Check out the Navy and white stripe, knit, weekend dress $89.95. We love the weekends. It means you can wear the casual green and blue striped dress with boat front and frill trim on the sleeve $79. A great buy is the very Marni inspired top with frill front comes in burnt orange $129. It’s something that will look great for the office. Love! Love! Love! Orange! It looks great with red and pink. Please buy, I insist, the camel leather short jacket with wide arms and a belted front $599. You will love it. It’s hour glass! It’s chic! It will give you a figure! Even if you ate all that toast and lashings of butter. It will take you into winter. Or Paris if you are lucky. Executive FiFi Fashion Editor Kirsten says that if you don’t buy anything at Witchery please buy the leather jacket! If your budget doesn’t stretch that far go for the acorn coloured $299.95 trench with leather trim belt at the waist and belt around the arms. If your legs stretch a long way you will want the gorgeous denim shorts $89 with rolled hem or the chic de la tulip skirt in navy linen with double buttons $89. Tres, Tres French. You know Ines de la Fressange would wear that. If you don’t know who she is you need to keep reading The FiFi Report. There are a lot of shorts here for about $119. Dress them up or dress them down. Most people need heels with shorts. I have been telling you to buy shorts for the last couple of seasons. Hopefully you would have obeyed me and have had years of wear out of them. Buy the denim navy skirt with pockets $59. In accessories buy the white wide hat in black grosgrain ribbon $ 59; the grooves to the max stretch metallic belt $59 and the very Marni-esque belt with a brown leather fastening and gold buttons $49. Snazzy. How cute is the Wilma Flinstone-on-a-string gold silver and black necklace? Very at $59.
It’s very weekend wear here: Buy the white cotton dress with embroidery at the bottom. $129. A bit hippy but that’s ok if no paparazzi are around. You want the grey pants $79.95 with a wide leg. You will live in grey pants till the end of next winter. Check out the patterned Marnie-esque red and brown top $79. Bless Marni; Bless Consuelo;who knew she would be so influential. Prada who? There’s a white cotton $119.95 shift dress that’s absolutely gorgeous. Wear it with a silver heels and flats. Buy the black shift dress. It’s also in blue or a canary yellow. You know what I think of yellow. PASS. It’s a shocker. Looks terrible on everyone except Kate Moss. You are not Kate Moss. Sorry. The sexy denim 3/4 jacket with shirring at the top and short sleeves like a bomber is very 70’s cool $59. Love it. Invest in the flash dance style grey hoodie T-shirt dress $59. Talk about weekends. George Clooney will love to see you in that. Not so good for riding a bike. You want the black grey purple or white cotton singlets which are a great long shape (to cover muffin tops) and perfect colours $19. Yes please. And because they cover the lumps and bumps so well you can wear the very revealing indigo short shorts $79. Not into dresses or shorts then buy the simple, cotton skirt with buttons down the front $79. The chambray shorts with a matching belt are cute, cute price also $79 The leather thongs come in silver, bronxe white or black at $59.and they are a steal. Executive FiFi Fashion editor Kirsten says the white, chic, swing dress with a crochet net over the top is a must have buy $89! It sounds a bit hippy but we promise it is very Chanel.
Best buys her are the accessories. If I go over to the clothes I get scared when I see all that bright pink. Yes, I know, Lanvin did hot pink last season.. There is hot pink on the runways this week at Burberry. That is Lanvin. Portmans is not Lanvin. Bless. Especially not at these prices. So head over to the bangles section and buy up lots of the white, clear perspex or silver bangles from $12. Then buy the cute Wooden bangles for an outrageous $19. Layer them up. It’s about making a statement. One bangle does not make a statement. Just ask Nancy Cunard. One bangle looks sad and alone and needs help. But in the clothes as reported last week you want the very cute little black textured cotton skirt with adorable little pockets at the front a la Chloe. Wear now with a knit, wear in summer with a Tee , wear with heels or cute T bar sandals. For $79 it’s a bargain.
I see a lot of great shoes here: A lot of shoe boots and a lot of platforms. Buy the silver sling backs platforms $128; and the fabulous blush pink patent Mary-Janes $138. They are very Lanvin and have a chic round toe and 3 straps across the top of the foot. You have to have them. Also buy the cream patent very Miu Miu inspired jewelled encrusted patent peep toes $148. The heel is quite wearable so there will not be too much wobbling around on outrageous stilts. The thing about dressing this season is; it’s all about getting life on the foot. Make a statement. The shoes are heavy but the colour should not be. Go for cream or blush pink, silver, or white patent or even red. You will thank me. It will transform your entire wardrobe with one purchase..
There are a lot of great pieces for work wear this week. But best buys are the cute sporty zip jackets. As reported last week my pick is still the cream short sleeve trapeze trench with a zip. It’s long so will cover big fat bottoms. But also look flattering over little skinny ones. So they tell me. It has an inverted pleat at the back and a high sit up short collar. Wear it over everything. Over black, over grey, over orange and red and brown. That’s everything. You are not allowed to wear any other colours. I think it’s also in Khaki which is chic de la chic. $235. I have shown it in the glitter tee television ad on whatswhat.com.au. I actually belted it in with a silver belt and it looked fab. You can do that too if you have waist. And you will if you stop eating. Love the short, grey, cotton zip front jacket . Same feel with an exposed zip about $199 and the divine navy satin straight sleeveless dress with a black sheer insert across the top. It has a dark burgundy strip or band along the hem and it comes with its own little silver belt. I like it with out the belt as it fall straight and chic. This is not an evening dress. Dress it up to dress it down. $279. it’s also a good length not too short. Wear in the day with T-bar flats in silver. Think outside the square and wear different fabrics in the day. Also buy the wide silver belt $109; the snazzy always handy must have black patent belt $119 and the cute bags.
There are some fab sunglasses here: Buy the black with gold ‘Charles’ aviators by the Maestro Tom Ford $465.00; or the groovy Tom Ford black aviators $535. There are also a great selection fab Prada, Miu Miu and over the top Dolce & Gabbana black sunglasses $419. You want the aviators, the Bug eyes a la Nicole Richie are still cool & the Rayban Wayfarers (pictured)item du jour months ago. Please pay attention.
Looks like a serious sale. How nice. Best buys wether they are on sale or not include the seamless tanks. As reported last week these are not to wear on their own. Too scary. Too many lumps. Too many muffin tops. Wear these tanks as a foundation under everything. Its a good way to add a jolt of colour and a narrow silhouette under trapeze jackets. No fatty Arbuckle for FiFi Readers. You want to look stream lined and chic. Please cinch in all smock tops from now on. Unless, of course,you have had a big 3 course dinner and you are in the car on the way home with only George Clooney to look at you . So the instructions are thus:: Buy the cobalt blue seamless tank and wear it with black and cream. $29 Buy the Black silk smock dress with a lace trim across the bodice $249. Wear it with a belt if you can. Other wise big chunly shoes to balnce out the silhouette. Always chunky shoes. Pointy toe stilettos will look like pin pricks and will be overwhelmed by all the fabric in the dress. So what else do ou want? Love the red zip front sporty luxe parka $199. it will look so fresh over white and grey. Buy the zip front bomber jackets in black or cobalt blue with ¾ puff sleeves on sale for $99. Buy the tulip skirts; the pretty cami tops with a square neckline and pintucks at the front. Buy the khaki green cotton cami with bra safe straps and an exposed zip and baltic trim. It is not so smock top-ish and is a flattering cut. You want the excellent white elastic belt $29 and the White patent thongs $69. Check out the new high waist trousers with the flat front and a wider leg; they are fabulous. I know they will be a flattering look. And then there are the silver tote bags and the silver flats….
The great thing about Veronika Maine is that you can always get a classic black Jacket for about $249 and classic black pants $169. I am having a trouser suit moment. They are all over the runway for next winter. I am having of course a Balenciaga blazer moment too, check the Balenciagia out on www.style.com. Tailoring is back which is great because I am nearly all smocked out. Love the fabulous navy cotton tulip Skirt $159. It should sit high on the waist. It will look fabulous with black. Navy and black. How many times do I have to tell you? Good. Keep repeating it and then start wearing it. The tulip skirt is hanging in there till next summer so it’s an investment. Love love love the grey crinkle cotton zig zag print top with wide straps and a drawstring hem. The zig zag is in grey and black so it’s an instant wardrobe updater. It will work with everything you own. $175.00; The print is also in a dress which is harder to wear. Instead buy the divine paisley blues/browns/orange print dress a la Chloe. It has a few scatterings of metal or brass rings dotted along the neckline and it’s in a slight A line shift shape. Fabulous. It’s one of the nicest print dresses I have seen. In fact its the best I have seen in this price range $199 apart from the fabulous one in MNG. It has the same paisley print but on a white back ground with caramel swirls. Also buy the fab Khaki chiffon ruffled blouse in a loose shape with a few brass studs amongst the ruffles $155 it’s another instant wardrobe updater.
Bettina has been inspired from the 80’s since the 80’s. Bless. Executive FiFi Fashion Editor Kirsten reports from the behind the racks: Buy the Short sleeved black wet look jacket $395; wear with the high waist denim shorts also very 80’s.$175. Of course if you wore it the first time around in 1985 I am scared you might this time. Wear a singlet with the snazzy and very sexy black ribbed wet look pants $240 to channel Kate Moss (or even Pete Doherty. Actually No, maybe not Pete.). Best buys are the black top with a ribbed pocket with a ribbed cuff $240. Rush and buy the parachute silk high waisted shorts $175 (pictured) to show off your gorgeous sexy legs. They come in a variety of different lolly colours and will last the whole summer; (the shorts not your legs.) Of course if you don’t have the legs, wipe away the tears, blow your nose and look into having serious suck it all out liposuction or a leg lengthening operation. Love the open zip front metallic dress $189 and it comes with leggings which are on sale from $59 to$29 …bargain! There is also a Chloe inspired Navy dress V front and heavy cotton fabric. Totally chic for you special price of $425. Also you can buy the jacket to match and you look like you just stepped out of Chanel $395 (if you squint your eyes).
The Corner Shop:
Executive FiFi Fashion Editor Kirsten was ordered to The Corner Shop. We nearly lost her. She disappeared. The search party was sent out. She finally surfaced begging for Botox to paralyse her smiles and her credit card. This store is not for the faint hearted. Or for dags. Every piece in here has its own personality.As always the Biba platforms steal the show: In fact you want to steal the shoes not the show. That’s illegal by the way. The platforms in white and black patent with a lace up front (like a sneaker) on their rounded toe are sensational $695. So is the Christian William grey silk batwing top. Divine at $595. There’s a (perfect cut) navy Mui Mui knit tee for $165. Yes please. That’s a steal. If you want the athletic look (too sexy to sweat) buy the Mui Miu black sweat shirt with puff sleeves $165. This is not a typo. The Alice McCall black velvet, low V front dress with keyhole cut out and a back filled with see thru lace is for one sexy mama. $560.Think Dita Von Tesse. The Alice McCall green metallic sleeveless dress gathered at all the right places (bust and hem) $295 Rockstars need only apply and buy. Sorry. For the more demure try the fabulous 3.1 by Phillip Lim silver dress with white collar and a black panel on the bust $690 or his chic silk pocket front tee shirt top cut off at the waist in metallic bronze $465.; Wear with tight singlet and jeans. Buy the 3.1 by Philip Lim tee shirt dress with Louis Vuitton style gold stud detail on the right shoulder. $675. Not Louis Vuitton prices. La Fond is a great label from Japan. Their gorgeous silk made dress are made out of vintage Kimono’s and are available in different cuts and colourways $545. Cheap Monday (pictured) jeans are here from $90 and yes they ARE cheap and ARE a great cut. Finish your shopping with the Miu Miu gold belt with massive diamantes rocks stapled all over it. You will be rock star one day.
Read two very different reviews of the latest Prada collection just shown on the runway in Milan:” What is fashion but a tale of enchantment? It’s about being charmed, taken in, lured by the promise of magical transformation. The old aspirational marketing ploy tied up with a bow. Or in Miuccia Prada’s case, drawn ever so deftly as an exquisite fairyland. The mesmerizing collection Prada showed on Tuesday evening illustrated her brilliance with stunning clarity. It was all there: the social statement, the wonder, the artistry, the mega installation and, oh, yes, the merch, as well as the cleverness to meld those various elements in a manner that disguised the ingenious, wonton commercial-ness of it all. As for the social statement, after the show Prada said she was commenting on the state of the world today, and that the only way to cope is to retreat into one’s own fantasy world. She also mused vaguely about technology, travel and the image of women around the world. Which of course brings us quite naturally to the Rem Koolhaas set, done up with huge murals illustrated to recall Art Nouveau fantasy renderings, at least until the lights went down and the place went techno neon. Then out came a girl in silken pajamas printed with romantic otherworldly creatures. But immediately Prada offered a more grounded reality — a computer-print shirt and pants in blue, green and purple.. Faeries cavorted, flowers bloomed and clouds shaded the gentlest of dresses often cut with eccentric off-kilter keyhole necklines and worn atop sculptural shoes that sprouted tulips and upside-down roses for heels. These alternated with fabulous skinny knits and dresses and separates — including daring pants kept tight through the thigh and flared big-time at the knee — in assorted graphic prints with a quietly subversive attitude. But just the kind of seductive subversion that communicates the most powerful of messages” (Reports WWD).The New York Times reports that “ Miuccia Prada beguiles as she confuses. Backstage Tuesday night, she was coy when a knot of journalists asked if her latest collection was based on Art Nouveau jugs. And there, a few feet away, was the voluptuous model Lara Stone in a sweater and a bell-shaped organdy skirt, kissing a bottle of perfume for the photographers.course the collection followed the curves of the Art Nouveau, the lines tracing around necklines. Of course it was deeply erotic, right to the tulip-shaped heels of the lavender shoes. Ms. Prada didn’t disagree. She just didn’t say. People will interpret this collection as they like, and some will probably declare it not their Prada cup of tea. The colors too drab, the knit jackets and matched tank tops with tube skirts or belled pants too sexually ambiguous. For boyish girls? For lesbians? For nymphs? You just couldn’t say. Ms. Prada is always at her best when the lines are blurred, and we are struck less by her references than by her complex view of women and women’s lives. In a way, this collection is the flesh-and-blood counterpoint to Raf Simons’s show for Jil Sander, which also pushed boundaries, divided opinion and dealt in a cooler, more detached way with our notions about sex and contemporary dressing.”
Broad bean and Pecorino with Tagliatelle (or try it with Chicken or Lamb) ..adulterated from The River Café Cookbook
You need: (for 2 Dags, 4 Fashionista, 10 models)
700g Frozen or fresh Broad Beans
100g pecorino or parmesan
1 bunch fresh basil
3 garlic cloves
freshly ground black pepper
75ml extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
250g dried tagliatelle or lamb or chicken
- Take off Marni shiny plastic T shirt and wooden necklace.
- Put on old favourite T Shirt
- Pour a wine or two
- Climb out of very high Chloe platforms.
- Get frozen broad beans out of freezer. Don’t frown. Frozen beans are snap fresh and fabulous. It’s the same philosophy as Botox.
- Remove the pod from the broad beans. With your fingers. Mind the manicure.
- Divide the beans into 3 batches.
- Now grab the basil and tear the leaves up roughly. They love it rough.
- Grate the pecorino into a bowl
- Now find the Mortar and Pestle and throw in the about a third of the beans with 1 garlic clove, 2 tabs of basil leaves and a little salt.
- Think of ex boyfriends and husbands. You will do an excellent job at pounding it into a course paste.
- Now drizzle in a little olive oil. It needs moisterising. Just like you do.
- Give it a good mix and then pour another wine.
- Throw it (the mix; not the wine) into a bowl to sit for a little Zen time by its lonesome.
- Now go back to the Mortar and pestle and toss in the second third of the beans with another garlic clove, more basil and salt.
- Think ex boyfriend and pound, pound, pound!
- Moisterise with more oil. Think Crème de la Mer.
- Add this add to the first mixture resting in the bowl
- Now repeat the pounding with the rest of the beans, oil and basil.
- Taste and lick fingers: season with pepper and lemon juice.
- Now cook up some chicken lamb or pasta.
- If cooking with pasta keep the pasta quite wet after you’ve drained it
- Then toss in the broad bean sauce and grate over some more Percorino (or parmesan)
- Drizzle with snazzy designer olive oil and accessorise with green Basil leaves.