Bloch Ballet Store:
This is a great store to head to when you are looking for great basics basics: You’ll find fab, classic black leggings $24.95 and cute ballet flats in black or very groovy bronze (and other great colours) $69.95. Also find great little basic tops and cute little tutus of course.
Surf Dive and Ski:
Zoom in here for cute little ‘Jelly’ plastic flat T bar sandals $25. Cheap but chic! Wear with jeans, wear with a pretty dress, wear when you hit the beach and walk all over the reef in Port Douglas. Your feet won’t hurt and neither will your sense of chic. No thongs thank you. You’ll look chic and actually get your feet wet. (but not the hair so relax)
As always, you can find some fabulous accessories at great prices: You must have the chunky wooden bangles from $15. You need these piled up your arm to add texture and interest. You want these bangles to tie in all your black, caramel and brown. You should wear these bangles to resuscitate all those, sad, old daggy outfits that you have lurking in your wardrobe. Also buy the red trim aviator sunglasses $24. They will instantly update everything. Repeat everything. You cannot look daggy in these sunglasses. I promise. Toss them on and suddenly people will turn and comment. Plus add the white and Perspex bangles $19 and voila! cool tan wide sunglasses $29.95
This is a great store for great basic jeans: it’s called Just Jeans after all. I like the plain dark denim skinny or straight leg jeans $79 If you have long, sexy, tanned and toned legs you will slip on the black, very short, cuffed, cotton shorts $39 and be happy to strut out the door. Even in flats. If you have short, fat, white, hairy legs then you may be happy but perhaps you just won’t strut. Bless
Shoes galore at great prices. How thoughtful. Buy the very Helmut Lang/ Balenciaga/ very cool silver metallic, high top, sling backs with a sensational clear Perspex wedge $149. I love these shoes. They have a peep toe as well. Then buy the blue metallic Patent sandal with a fabulous light coloured wooden chunky heel and a platform that is suspiciously Lanvin $169. Love the silver metallic small messenger bag that you can sling across your body for a sporty look $69. Love the silver and gold patch work ballet flats with an elastic side, shop forever in these and you won’t feel a thing: ( just your credit card will hurt) $139. Please buy the big oversized Chanel-esque bag (pictured). It’s so big you could hide George Clooney in and no one would ever know. $129. And it will razz up everything. It’s such a statement bag no one will even notice what you are wearing. Even if it is last season ( god forbid!) Before you leave the store invest in the pretty pink blush patent pumps with the all important wooden chunky heel and with a peep toe $129. Remember you don’t have to match your shoes and bags. Wear these shoes with anything: jeans, a dress, chinos or classic black pants. They lengthen the leg. Nuf said.
There are so many great buys in here this week. My favorite is the black cotton-satine dress with wide bra safe straps and a looser shape. The great news is that it’s actually comes to just above the knee. I am so sad I cannot wear the short, short dresses that I see everywhere (see comment above re:white, short, fat legs) unless I wear opaques or leggings. So buy this dress. It’s almost a tulips shape skirt so skims the lumps and croissants you had for lunch and sits so chicly $159. Also buy the summer essential white rib tank with cute little clasp detail on the straps. $39. A rib in a tank will do wonders; it will skim the lumps and not cling to the awful bad bits you keep trying to ignore. Love the green and black almost snake print silk smock dress because it comes with its own little belt. Which means you can loosen and tighten depending on what you had for lunch now reduced to $99. it’s a shorter length so you need leggings. Also check out the nylon messenger style bags and all sorts of great dresses.
Best buys seen in Myer include: a fabulous red, brown and creams graphic print smock dress with drawstring waist from T.L.Wood $425; a cute ‘Basque’ white patent long tote with outside pockets and silver hardware $139; the cutest Indigo white cotton broderie anglaise lace smock Tee $139. Basically it just has tiny holes all over it so you need a La Senza body suit ($49.95) under it. Or if you are Britney you can show your everything. I see that the cheap but chic label Diana Ferrari has done a patent story and the exact same clutch that Nine West is selling. Please explain. But then, why explain anything when it’s just $89. Also I spy a fab silver sequin shift dress from Cooper Street: it’s in the shape of a t-shirt with cute short sleeves and seriously short. $129.
Best buys here this week: The belts! The Belts! You want the black patent wide belt; you want the slim silver shiny belt with clasps $100 and the fabulous wide silver wide belt $109. Buy the chic de la chic cream zip trapeze trench $235. it has short sleeves, an exposed zip and a wide trapeze shape. It’s the jacket I showed in the Whatswhat TV commercial over the blue glitter Tee. Also buy up all the dresses here: love the heavy cotton white dresses. There is a simple shift shape or one with a belt ; all are just so chic and so easy to wear; it’s the perfect little summer dress $149. Also here are great black patent bags and clutches as well as simple knits.
This week you MUST visit Arida and their sister store ATTIC. They have a sale on all Spring Summer collections. Hello! Get in there quick de la quick . There is 40% off women’s wear, 40% off shoes and 50% off menswear. Labels include: Nina Ricci, Givenchy, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Marc by Marc Jacobs, See by Chloe, Missoni Sport, Y3 and so many more. Warning: Many pieces have already left the building. Executive fashion Editor Kirsten drooled and swooned over so many pieces the ambulance wasn’t sure what to resuscitate first: her or her credit card. The best pieces in Arida, Potts Point were: The Chloe $1,595 now $957 black puff dress with a crepe overlay. The Marais collared jacket gorgeous covered buttons and a gathered 3/4 sleeve was $1,795 now $1,077. Buy the Marais the jacket in off white linen was $2,135 now $1,281 and pants to match on sale for $507 –buy them now for summer. A great buy-it-now –wear-next-winter piece is the beige leather jacket - was $2,995 now $1,795. Buy the See by Chloe cute summer singlet dress with a self-sewn cotton hem. Wooden beads adorn the pockets and neckline, it’s a steal at $355 (from $595). There are amazing clothes to choose from: the Stella McCartney gold lurex shirt with pocket front, tabbed shoulders and collar reduced to $777. Or the Stella Mac divine navy blue bomber jacket now reduced to $777; it’s gathered at the waist with peasant puff armholes. Sorry to the peasants. Bless. Also in the Stella range are gold wooden shoes with a peep toe canvas front and tie at the ankle $900 now $540! It’s HOT! Go Stella! Moving on,…. The Soirre De Lunne ballet slippers are $395 in black white or green with a bow front. And you cannot beat the black, white, marle grey or baby blue Adam and Eve basic shirts from $75. Simple yet stylish. Yes please !
Balenciaga Show spring summer 08:
Style.com reports: PARIS October 2, 2007 I’m exploring new territory, within the references of the house," said Nicolas Ghesquière before the show. "I’ve done prints before, but I never went to the flowers." So this was Balenciaga in full bloom: a splashy riot of hyper-gorgeous hydrangeas, pansies, peonies, daffodils, and anemones—some of them Cristobal’s own—but compressed into another of Ghesquière’s short-sharp revolutionary essays in couture technique.The shapes, with their standout shoulder lines, hand-span waists, and belled (almost panniered) hip volume, marched in on vertiginous knee-high woven-leather gladiator boots. "Instead of a put-together thing like last season, I wanted total looks—ensembles, as we say in French," Ghesquière explained, "with graphic volumes like car bodywork. Sports cars!" Each look came with its undulating folds sutured together with curvilinear top-stitching, the sculptural surfaces backed with sports-derived foam, and the hems sliced short by a high-tech ultrasound machine. There were dresses and matching "ensembles" articulated as jackets over mini-pelmets, over tiny shorts.But would this be wearable? What a silly question. If Ghesquière’s extreme embroidered "robot" leggings can sell out for squillions of dollars apiece, and last season’s jodhpurs, blazers, scarves, and ikat prints can fuel a global industry of knockoffs, what has he left to prove? By the time you read this, the flower-printing mills of the world will have been activated overnight. Even when Ghesquière turns to intensely rich, rarified "explorations" of detail—check the cloisonné bejeweled heels of those boots—there is something so relevant in the execution that it is capable of turning on the fashion fanatics to whom price is no object, while also sending the mass market into overdrive. In that way, Nicolas Ghesquière is one of the very few who can have his cake, sell it, and sit back and watch the rest of the market scramble for the crumbs.”