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Vanessa Bruno has just opened in William Street, Paddington.
The Ivy Every body should hot-step it to The Ivy on George Street; Hemmes’ new complex consisting of a boutique hotel, bars, a day spa, nine restaurants, a swimming pool with bar, European-style laneways, gardens, cafes, retail outlets, delicatessens, a ballroom and office space. Head the bar to a morning champers (hic!) then check out the Mimco and Seduce. Opening the end of Jan are Sass and Bide, Peter Alexander, Portmans and the Cupcake Gallery and many many more. Chic.
We love Diva. We love a sale. So there is no excuse for being a dag. If you are a dag don’t tell anyone and just keep reading The FiFi Report. Anything that is on sale is under $5. Is that legal? You can’t even buy a gin and tonic for that. Love their large jeweled square rings $9.95; the organic shaped Perspex necklace (very Dinosaur Designs) $16.95 and the matching bangles $8.95. Love the bright square facet ring in pink $9.95. The gorgeous bronze bangle studded large diamantes is now reduced to $5. There is a gold leaf cuff $19.95 and a black/gold circle necklace $24.95. Adore the large black bangle with silver studs $19.95 and very Alaia.
Nine West :
I see many of the shoes we loved this season have all gone on sale. Love it.You can now buy those gorgeous metallic patent blue platform sandals (with the wooden heel) for $109. And FiFi’s favourite Perspex wedge heeled mules in white, silver or black reduced to $99. Can all this cheapness be legal? It’s murder. Check out the Louboutin inspired peep toe platform for $99 (pictured left)! Love the patent black ballet flats $89, buy them now wear all winter. New bags have arrived here too. There’s a gorgeous stone day bag with round see though Perspex handles (available in orange, blue or grey handles) $109. Or try the lime green (not a typo. Green is good) day bag with wood buckles and a grey zip and perspex buttons $99. But wait there’s more! Apart from shoes and bags there are also clothes on sale : you must invest in a parka for next season. A gorgeous black rain jacket with toggles is now $169 and the stone jacket with a large gathered hem is $169. Excellent. And remember it does not have to be raining to wear a trench or a parka.
Rule of shopping #: When in doubt, go directly to accessories. Rule of shopping #2: go straight to the sunglasses and buy the small black/white cats eye sunglasses at $24.99; (1/34 of the price of the original Louis Vuitton). Checkout the fabulous black wooden beads $14.95; large red bangles $14.95 and the cool black gem encrusted necklace $24.95 which will add life to your little black dress. There is a super-cute black patent tote $29.95 and a canvas shoulder bag with black faux-leather tabs (hold your nose; save the animals) $59.95.
Sportsgirl are on-the-money for trends. Check out the black clutch with subtle gold trim $39.99 or the brown ‘kit’ clutch with gold clasps $34.95. Please take note of the clutch. As reported months and months ago in The FiFi Report it is the Item du jour and so very important for next season. We have had the big oversized bag explosion. And it was very messy. Leather and hardware all over the place. Time for the clutch and the shoulder bag. Also check out the Miu Miu style bags with a long strap that sits over the shorts straps in a chocolate brown $29.95. Say goodbye to gelati and say bonjour to the chic tones of grey, navy, red and brown. Bring on the winter. Love the black and white check high waisted skirt with buttoned down front $69 and the brown and white tartan checked bomber $89.95. Hint: don’t wear them together unless you are channelling Willy Wonka. The chambray buttoned down skirt is here to stay $69.95. Wear it back with anglaise singlets with cotton lace back $39.95 available in lilac, salmon, white or black. Throw on a long line knit cardi over the top $79.95 and you will be very on trend. Check out the chambray cullotte $59.95, which cinches in at the waist and the version of AM sunglasses called Felix in black and hot pink $29.95. Retro.
Skip the fashion in here and go directly to the shoes, bags and accessories. It’s what they are doing best.Hint to all new FiFi report readers:please hold nose as you walk in the shoe section; the smell of plastic can be a shock to the system. Let your eyes - not your nose - do the shopping. Love the simple ballet flats available in white, silver or black $29 and the French chic navy and white canvas slides $29.99. J’Adore! Gail Sorrenda was the last ‘Designer for Target’. In her collection look for a fab pair of black slides which crisscross the foot and tie on the ankle $39.99. Also in white. For a cheap but chic of the week check out the rubber (yes I said it) Marc Jacobs look alike peep toe flats $14.95. If you wade through the bag section you will find a white balloon bag $24.99 (just like the Marni). Before proceeding to the check out please buy the wide brimmed hat in chic black $19.
All the summer pieces we know and love are here with 50% off the marked price. How thoughtful. You must buy the ultra chic patent purse in red on sale for a mere $20!!! Smatterings of the autumn collection have arrived and looking quite lovely. For a fabulous and fashionable work top try the chic de la chic charcoal bell sleeve top $109. it’s something I know you will wear to death. There is also a dress version with buttons and pocket front $159. Please buy the quite fabulous Marni-ish Gunmetal and brown strappy wedges $179. Check out the very casual Henley tee with button front and rolled sleeves for $119 and a cobalt blue tiered silk dress with tiered sleeves $199. What’s that look on your face? Please no screwing up the face it’s not good for the wrinkles. Don’t be scared it is definitely not a rendition of the 80’s but tres chic! Ok so you can’t do the dress then buy the more subdued top $139. There is a very Pucci/Marni esque print dress in greys, blues and creams for $199. Go on buy it (it’s half a Prada shoe). Look out for the black wet look zip front jacket $129 which will be in-store next week. Yes please!
The beginnings of the winter collection is arriving instore and it’s looking very navy, cream, grey and black. This makes for easy dressing! There’s a fab belted, double breasted trench coat in a cinnamon with a wide lapel/collar and cute belt detail on the 3/4 sleeve $149. Oh la la we just love the edgy black cotton tuxedo vest with white striped inner lining $79; Wear it with the slouch herringbone shorts in grey (pictured) $89. Wear a striped button down camisole underneath. Buy one in navy and one in the cream stripes and you will be very happy $59.Make a statement with the red frill neck blouse, very Lanvin W07 for $129 and wear back with a must have high waist black skirt $99. Love the gold Marilyn peep toe high heels $169. They aren’t called Marilyn for nothing. There are a pair of gorgeous cream (available in purple or black also) round toe ballet flats with metal studs and gather detail on the toes $129 or try the grey patent ballet flats with a contrast cream strap across the toe $129.
Sass and Bide:
Oxford st has lovely ambiance. Check out the high waisted, faded thigh, 70’s style shorts $220. (Sad fact: The thighs on the jeans are faded but the thighs on my legs are still there). These shorts are cute for the young or those who still think they are. Short shorts are still a hot look for next summer.You will also find a high waisted skirt with braces in the same fabric $220. You can take the braces off if need be. Which is a good thing. You don’t want to look too much like Xtina Aigualerra now that has just had a baby. The ultimate picnic dress is the white button front frill lace cotton dress. It is strappy and feminine $290. Buy the black plain singlet as a wardrobe a staple $120 and the cotton tuxedo blouse with velvet contrast pannels, (pictured) reduced to $173. Invest in the camel coloured lapel trench for winter $850. Feeling fruity? The piece you most want to buy? The black kaftan with white dot’s and red frill trim on the arms and hem $245.
Head to the Bondi Junction store for some fabulous pieces on sale: Love and adore the tan heels covered in big fat jewels by Marc Jacobs now reduced to just $720. Buy 2. Buy the gorgeous sister shoes: the black pointy platform pump covered in divine grey jewels also reduced to $629. That’s the pair not each shoe. Love, love the Jean-Michael Cazabat collection especially the ballet pumps (which are covered in silver disco-ball sparkles are gorgeous) now $418. They are also available in chic loafers $220. New arrivals to drool over are the Rupert Sanderson brown velveteen high-heeled booties with ribbon laces $948 – yes please- and the Rupert black patent shoe boot with a velvet tie $898. Please buy the Pedro Garcia black patent heeled booties $598 and check out the the Car Shoe range of bags (available in the city store). Particularly the canvas and brown leather tabs tote $498. Of course the only shoes to buy this season ( as in winter) is the shoe boot lace up , very 1920’s round toe, lace up heels by Marc Jacobs. Gorgeous with a round stacked heel in satin or dark grey leather about $800.
This gorgeous shop is a favourite. Note to self: bring Sugar daddy/ black Amex/mastercard. Feeling poverty struck after Christmas? Never fear because it’s all on sale now…. You will find some amazing bargains. A Comme-des-garcons fan? You will adore the black crimped strappy dress with an elasticised zigzag waist $545; the signature print red with white polka dot jacket reduced to a mere $199! Whacky and wonderful. You want the Viktor and Rolph black jacket with frill collar and front panels $1,105, buy now wear winter/ Love forever. Ditto the fabulous white shirt with black stars now reduced to $275. Stars are a huge story for next season. I should know. Check out the stunning white sundress by Charles Anastase: it has big black dots all over and thick front straps. Perfect for a summer rendezvous $1480. Please buy the Luella grey waistcoat from last season (who cares!) now reduced to $530. Note to self : Check heart beat if hyperventilating. For the sex-pots out there check out the Vivienne Westwood gorgeous black jacket now reduced to $1,140 (simular to YSL le smoking) and matching pants $799. The suit/ le smoking is HOT for next season. A must buy. Snatch up the Alaia black 80’s patchwork booties $1315 ( and then change your name to Blondie.) Grab the Junya Wantanabe olive puff army jacket $375 (pictured left). You must know that the Puffas jacket is a huge trend for next season and you want one. You do. Before you leave please invest in a Corto Moltedo white shoulder bag (son of Bodega Veneta). It has gold buttons placed delicately on the front and his signature thorny gold straps with a huge star charm. $1,299 and wear it with pride.
The Corner Shop:
Please, Please skip happily over to The Corner Shop in The Strand to view the new shipment of Miu Miu. Remember Miu Miu pieces can be worn and worn again. Miuccia is first with the trends and all others follow. This is a rule in fashion. If calculated on wears per dollars spent you will definitely get your moneys worth. That’s my excuse anyway. Fall in love with the silk black Miu Miu dress with a rounded neck, mini sleeves, a seam that gathers and drops from above the breast. It’s really a work of art $1,875. The dress also comes in hot pink for $1,999. Pink can be scary. Also check out the Miu Miu beige dress with an additional panel at the hem $1,870; gorgeous. Drool over the Miu Miu delicate black lace cami with Italian white lace trim $895 then buy the plain black lace cami for $685 and cover up with a matching black wool cardigan $825. If your credit card explodes then apologise to the shop girls for the mess. Then squeeze the cute Miu Miu patent leather cuffs in coral or pink $195 and matching headbands $160 on another card. Or just sob. Then cheer up by racing over to the fabulous collection of shoes and accessories (where the grey platforms steal the show.) They have the Chloe curved heels and underneath the platform is an actual metal horse shoe! Outrageous. Just buy them. Then pray. $995. There is also Chloe off white wedge heeled booties with a split front $995 (pictured left in black). Everyone needs the Repetto (from Paris) black ballet flats with ties and heel straps from $295; and everyone should have a large vintage collection of imported sunglasses; the vintage Gucci’s are divine at $450 and surely they are collector’s editions. Lovely.