I love a bangle.
I love a lot of bangles piled up the arm (left).
I love a lot of Marni bangles.
I love a lot of “Marni” bangles found partying in Sportsgirl.
I love that they are only $19.95.
I love that.
Who: Outrageous Shoes! Surreal Heels!
What: Shoes have morphed into an art form unto themselves. Look for crazy heels, bright colours, ruffles, platforms, kooky accoutrements. No more boring black pumps. Please give them to your daggy sister in law.
Why: Because with simple, classic tailored clothes you need a little party on your feet. Because everyone needs something kooky down there. (Britney I am talking about your feet.) Because shoes are ageless. Because shoes ignore any sort of binge eating. Because they will always fit even after chocolate cake and cream. Because there is a surreal moment happening in fashion and feet are the safe way to embrace the trend. Because wearing surreal heels can let you express your crazy personality without looking like Cher.
Wear: With everything you own. Pencil skirts, leggings, trousers and shorts. Wear during the day or take them out to dinner so you have something to talk about.
Where: Marc Jacobs ‘misplaced heel’ shoes, Prada leather sandals $1,340, Yves Saint Laurent Hero stiletto sandals or Fendi for suede and plastic Runaway sandals $1,061. Or checkout the crazy Prada ruffled heels in the latest Milan show this week.
A good friend will tell you that you have too many handbags.
A good friend will tell you that you have too many husbands.
A good friend will tell you that your muffin top is now a muffin bottom.
A good friend will tell you that you have too much botox. (You won’t look surprised.)
A good friend will give you the chicest little Chanel makeup mirror to slip into your oversized clutch so she doesn’t have to tell you that you have had parsley in your teeth for the last hour.
$45 Chanel Compact Miroir from Chanel Beaute Westfield Bondi Junction or Myer stores nationally.
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Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty by Melissa Schweiger
‘Fashion and beauty journalist and former Sephora beauty editor Melissa Schweiger personally introduces the people behind some of your favorite brands and fills this gorgeous book with the beauty secrets usually reserved for insiders. Each photo-packed page brims with words of wisdom and expert advice from the creators of and authorities on more than two hundred classic and emerging beauty brands sold at Sephora, including LORAC, Smashbox, Too Faced, Dr. Perricone, Frédéric Fekkai, and many, many more’ Beautiful .
$18 www.amazon.com Publisher: Collins (April 15, 2008)
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Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (Hardcover) Deborah Nadoolman Landis
‘In Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis showcases one hundred years of Hollywood’s most tantalizing costumes and the characters they helped bring to life. Drawing on years of extraordinary research, Landis has uncovered both a treasure trove of sketches and photographs;many of them previously unpublished and a dazzling array of first-person anecdotes that inform and enhance the images. Along the way she also provides and eye-opening, behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of the costume designer’s art, from its emergence as a key element of cinematic collaboration to its limitless future in the era of CGI. Excllent
$47 www.amazon.com Publisher:CollinsDesign (Nov,2007)
Checkout the cornflour blue denim high waisted skirt with buttons down the front $79.95; the high waist shorts with front pockets $69.95 and the wide leg high-waist jeans $89.95. Love them with the cotton tee’s in white, grey, or black $39.95. Also love the caramel coloured kimono style knit top with a waist belt $99 and the Marni inspired bag in blue (or brown) with a perspex button on the front $59.95 You want the tennis inspired shoes in grey, white or black $39.95; and the gorgeous glitter purses for only $9.95. Love them. Wear them as a mini-clutch – cheap but chic. Buy the thick knit tights in classic colours $14.95 and the gorgeous wrist gloves in red, orange, green blue yellow or brown leather $59.95. And wait till it gets cold.
Always great buys here. You want the stretch cotton sleeveless top; a great basic with the twist with elasticised front in white or black $59.95. You must have the dark denim mini skirt with double gold buttons on the front $99.95. Love it worn with a crisp starchy white collared long sleeved blouse $99.95. Love the black singlet style dress in crochet cotton $129.95 and the fifties style black and white print v-neck dress $149.95. The black heavy cotton knit short-sleeved top $99.95 will razz up any pair of jeans this summer. The black barrel bag with brass clips and a shoulder strap $89.95 is perfect. Please note: Shoulder straps on clutch style bags are a must. Invest in the flat black leather clutch with a long silver chain shoulder strap $79.95. Cool. The cream wool/cotton jacket with a hood and gold zips is great for winter $139.95. and so is the black thick rain jacket with huge buttons, pockets and hood (pictured) $179.95. Everyone should have the very Balenciaga navy wide leg sailor pant with buttons $139.95. Jaunty.
So many great pieces here. It’s looking very black and grey. Remember it’s all about adding jolts of colour in accessories or with knits. Best pieces include the brocade bronze and black sleeveless dress $229; the knits about $89 and the tops cut a la Burberry so they are panelled and almost corset style. You want the dresses in black and grey and the short jackets; the chiffon dresses and the trench coats. Go for fabrics in black with texture, shine or embellishment . Love the white shirts and the patent burgundy or grey bags and belts. Buy the short sleeve jackets about $189 and the skinny black trousers and any cute little school boy Balenciaga inspired blazers. Tailoring is a coming back. Check Kate Moss in the latest YSL ads and you will her wearing a seriously tailored jacket with shoulder pads and high waist trousers. And just because she is naked underneath and flashing a lot of skin does not make it sexy.
You walk in here and want to buy. The winter collection has arrived and they are playing the ultra cool album ‘I Created Disco’ by Calvin Harris over the whole shop. You get in the mood. It’s very 80’s but don’t be afraid if you can remember that decade. And don’t be scared if you can’t. The store is a mash of pinks, blacks oranges and greys. Check out the black stretch lace revelation dress; strapless with multiple frills all over $395. It is also available in white. The Prada winter show this week in Milan was all about lace. No ruffles though. The black silk dress with the long sleeves and blouse style top is a great weekend number. It has a sixties feel about it with two pockets at the front $425 (also comes in mushroom brown). Another great piece is the black 3/4 range bomber jacket in a cotton drill $330. Love the superfine cotton jersey t-shirt dress in grey and black $195. Buy the black cotton-mix man-style pant for work and wear it all season $295. You want the dark high-waisted wide-leg jean for every weekend this winter (and next) $220. So happy to see Zimmerman stocks Kenneth Jay Lane particularly the gold and silver bracelets with assorted colours from $45 and chunky rings from $80.
Zimmerman also stock Catherine Michaels jewellery which is a label from Belgium with a huge following in the UK. The wrist bands are about $165 and come in fabulous colours and fabrics with silver beads.
Wayne Cooper has such good taste and is very, how do we say? Inspired by Lanvin this winter. A lot of brights and wide zipper embellishments. Loving the polyester black sleeveless top with a frill neck and frill sleeves $250; the purple maxi dress with a V-neck and a gathered bust $795. Checkout the boiled wool sleeveless dress in black with silver flecks $350. So right for now and wear into the cold weather. The fuchsia puff sleeved dress with a scoop neck and belt is chic and for the brave. $395 (also available in black, purple and deep aqua). You want trench – you do – it’s a FiFi dressing rule so please obey it- buy the beautiful cut silk trench in black $595. The parka is still hot again this season so cast your eyes over the one here in cotton $550.
Bettina has some fabulous trend pieces this season. Starting with the leather. Great leather bikers jacket with silver zippers and belt at the waist $695. There’s an amazing full leather skirt with a triangle front and frills $420. Wear the gorgeous leather singlet with frill shoulder straps and you will find that $390 can actually buy you cool. There’s a fabulous body suit in the choice of black or baby pink with a ruched breast insert (kooky but works) $245. Love the metallic silk dress with a tie frill at the neck and a yolk waist $475. Plus check out the full skirt in the same fabric; gorgeous $225. Adore the Chanel-ish marino wool leather trimmed jacket in black and white check $395.
Love the basics range of cotton jersey dress, singlet and tops starting at $80. Buy the Burberry inspired knit in silver and black with huge square studs on the hem and long arm cuffs $475; and the long sleeved tribal knitted dress in baby pink and sky blue $475 and gorgeous.
And of all the jeans in-store at the moment (there’s more coming in the next few weeks) the denim gym pant $240 is gorgeous, fitted, skinny leg and called gym. because shopping is the best workout you will ever have.
Walk in with your fashion eye and it will zoom immediately to patent cobalt blue leather jacket with studded shoulders $2,979. Very Snazzy and very Agyness. You want navy worn leather jacket with double buttons $1,890 and the delicious grey high-waisted pants in a tight knit silk jacquard with belt $499. Love the white cotton and wool blend funnel neck top with batwings and pockets at the front $1,189. Check out the chic brown large looped knit long sleeved top that has smatterings of gold leafed all over $329. Gold is the new silver. There are few plain cotton staples: jersey cotton scooped neck tops in black, maroon or white. The scoop neck has an interesting silver cotton detail like a zipper effect $159. There are high waisted silk blend black skirts so very perfect for work $399. Love the wool half-cape that just covers the shoulders and back! in silver and black it is ‘boiled’ wool–gorgeous $1,189. Buy the black crepe chiffon full skirt $1,189. Wear it with the most divine black cashmere sleeveless knit top with ostrich feather mock sleeves $1,199. Adorable.
In accessories the big black leather Boss tote is perfect for a ‘everyday’ bag $994; and the black belt to match $329. You are allowed to buy it as long as you promise not to wear them together. Good. Then snatch up black pleated leather medium sized doctors shaped tote too $889. It’s more stealth wealth.
Paul and Joe:
Get ready. Get set. The Paul and Joe new season full collection will arrive in two weeks. Until then they have one full rack only of new season tempters. Paul and Joe is on Parisian time which means their new summer season arrives for our winter. How thoughtful. There is a muslim cotton t-shirt dress with gold striped thread highlights $595; a cute pink smock top with butterfly arms in a silk cotton $525 and a peach and white jersey singlet dress $350. The loosely knit long dress in blue will look great with a (fake) tan $395. The coolest piece is the Bonneri white silk v-front top joined to a black short making it a fabulous jump-suit $695. Outrageous. The jumpsuit is the hot piece right now. Don’t groan if you are a dag. Just ignore it and skip along and invest in the dark denim Radcliffe jeans with a kicked leg $395.
Great buys on sale are the large thick white belt with a gold butterfly $299. And the gorgeous silver large sequin backless top $419.
It’s worth popping in here to check out the Spring Summer 08 collection. The bags are always fabulous and we hear that the new bag designer is previously from Louis Vuitton - buy the gorgeous large tote in gold with a brown knitted handle $995. Gold is the new silver. Feeling like a global nomad? Feel like a bit of hippy luxe? Checkout the peasant dusty pink silk top $600 and then wear with dark denim high waist jeans $535. Check out the canary yellow trench $1,060 and wish it was in black or stone. Hint: Wearing yellow anything will make look you like scrambled eggs. $1,800. Check out the cool safari top with pockets at the front and zippers $1,600. Love the leather jacket with short sleeves in a worn navy blue. $2,315. Wear it over the silk long balloon sleeve top with neck tie $645.
Oh my! There is an amazing (obviously Donatella designed) 3/4 length black patent leather coat with a hood and trimmed with black lapin $4,510. Amazing. Please buy it and wear it in Milan this winter. Checkout the silk blouse with frills running vertical along the front and a frilled cuff on the long sleeve $495. Wear with black wool pants with a very snazzy glo-mesh self belt. Very naughty but nice. Love the wool cream high waist A-line skirt $825 and if you are feeling hip hop and very Celebutante you will want white jersey track pants with panels and gold zips $375. But if you are chic and understated zoom over and snuggle into the grey cashmere double breasted jacket with a funnel neck $1,535 then buy black patent versace suede tote $665. And Smile