Vivienne Westwood is launching a compilation album, Catwalk Breakdown. UK Vogue reports ‘Conceptualised, compiled and art-directed by the designer personally, the album - which is being released by Mercury Records - features 16 of the favourite songs of fashion’s grande dame, which, in typical Westwood style, are anything but predicable; think Last Night Was Made For Love by Billy Fury alongside Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers.”My clothes always tell a story. It may refer to the past, but it’s always projected into this heroic future. And I choose the music accordingly,” says the designer.’ Cool
£19.99 Catwalk Breakdown will be released on September 15
A reminder: It’s father’s Day on Sunday. So get your pretty little head out of fashion and celebrities. Start thinking of the man in your life. Need a little help? Rush into an ABC shop and grab the Spicks and Specks Board Game. Looks like crazy Zany FUN!
Then secretly buy some ear plugs so you can listen to him singing all his favourite old songs. Bless.
$39.95 Spicks and Specks Board Game http://shop.abc.net.au/
I am in love with this foundation. It’s gooey and lush and gives great coverage. When it slides on your face it looks sheer, dewy and natural. How can that be? It seems to stay on for most of the day. It’s a miracle! Even if you get more glass jar than cream it’s worth every cent.
$90.00 Chanel Vitalumiere Creme de Teint Eclat Source de Jeunesse from David Jones and Myer.
Want Christian Louboutin but start coughing hysterically when you see the $800 price tag? Head here for fabulous shoes with the same red sole for a fraction of the price…
A cute interiors and homewares blog with great shot of cool houses. Love it.
Fashion Victims: The Catty Catalogue of Stylish Casualties, From A to Z by Michael Roberts
Pairing hilarious poetry with the stunning collage work for which he is famous, Michael Roberts takes on the fashion world letter by letter—and in the way only a true insider can—in Fashion Victims. This gorgeous, stylish book illustrated and written by the Vanity Fair fashion director, influential stylist, and artist is a witty send-up of the fashion world that will delight style lovers, popular culture aficionados, and art lovers alike with its wit, acute observations, truth, and poignancy. Impeccably designed by Roberts himself, Fashion Victims is a perfect tongue-in-chic gift and a timeless collectible Michael Roberts is the fashion and style director of Vanity Fair. He served as fashion director at The New Yorker from 1997-2006 as well as the fashion editor of The Sunday Times, style director and art director of Tatler, design director of British Vogue, and Paris editor of Vanity Fair.
$14 Publisher: Collins Design (August 26, 2008) http://www.amazon.com
The Christmas List :
Performance by Richard Avedon
‘The preeminent stars and artists of the performing arts from the second half of the 20th century offered their greatest gifts—and, sometimes, their inner lives—to Richard Avedon. More than 200 are portrayed in Performance, many in photographs that have been rarely or never seen before. Of course, the great stars light the way: Hepburn and Chaplin, Monroe and Garland, Brando and Sinatra. The celebrated author and critic John Lahr offers an elegant assessment of Avedon’s achievement. Four supremely talented artists from the performing arts—Mike Nichols, André Gregory, Mitsuko Uchida, and Twyla Tharp—contribute lively and moving memoirs about their collaborations with Avedon.
$47 Publisher: Abrams; 1 edition (October 1, 2008) www.amazon.com
Love the shoes here… you will find all sorts of gladiators heels and flats. Check out:
- Love the brown patent serious, gladiator, strappy buckle heels with a platform…Wear with attitude with everything. $180.
- Buy the orange patent Fendi style sandals with a hole, yes, a hole in the kooky cone heel. Also in blue. These are statement heels. I don’t think you can wear these with black opaques they are just a little too summery. Fake tan to the rescue.
- Love the black lace up heels without a platform. I know. Unusual. No platform. Gorgeous: The laces start at the peep toe and lace up to the ankle so they actually give the illusion of not cutting your legs off. So no cankles for you. I have seen the originals on Carine Roitfeld and she looked fabulous. Givenchy I think or they could have been Zu shoes. You never know. $120. If you want a lower heel then bad luck . There is nothing in between this season. It’s either outrageously high or flat. But I do spy a few heels that seem at a comfort level. With a platform that’s not so high. They have a crossover tan straps and sling back and a wooden stacked heel $150. chic.
MNG: Looking great with so many new pieces in. The good news? They work on the European season so they have next winter in store. We love that. Buy now and wear into summer and next winter.
- The fabulous navy short double breasted peacoat with a black lapel $259. This is fabulous with jeans or for work. Toss over a punk statement Tee and skinny jeans to funk it up.oh and did I mention heels?
- The choc brown shorter trench, belted in a shiny fabric $159. You can always use another trench.
- The choc brown leather bomber jacket with a brass zip and no collar, fabulous $379. The leather bomber is still hot baby and will be climaxing next winter. So you can see it’s worth buying. Tip: wear over a pretty floral dress or soft chiffon. It’s about hard and soft. Pretty and tough.
- The fabulous black leather jacket with a hood: it’s so Stella McCartney 2 seasons ago! Love it. Buy it, wear it and thrash it. $299.
- Buy the fab sequin tanks with a wide stripe of black, grey and silver $69. Sequins are all over the runway for next winter. Dress them down with denim or chinos. Wear them for day over a white Tee.
- Check out the gorgeous black sexy jersey dress with shoe string straps and amazing draping and ruching at the front on the neckline. $149.
Country Road…. Lots of new pieces in this week. Standout buys are:
- The cream sleeveless ruffle silky tank $129. Yes please!
- The black sleeveless shell top with a cream trim on the edge of the sleeves is chic: it has a little ruffle on the waist to hide muffin tops and is in a silky fabric $129. It’s called a ‘colour block shell’ and you can wear this with jeans or your favourite black skirt and skinny black pants. It’s winner.
- Love the stone double breasted trench with stone buttons, epaulettes and belted. It’s a ¾ trench so it covers the butt and hips but it’s not too wintery looking. Perfect to throw over a pretty dress or jeans $299.
- Buy the YSL esque red-almost burgundy-platform strappy heels, $179. They are fabulous. They are so high. They are HOT.
- Love all the tanks and classic Tees in every colours. And all the belts in navy and red. The belts is still de rigeur. So is a diet of lettuce leaves.
- The high waist, wide leg jeans are cool. With a flat front they are flattering and comfortable. $129. Leg lenthening.
- Buy the stone safari jacket, it’s almost a shirt with a belt and lots of patch pockets. It’s short too. $129.
Love the straw trilby with a black trim $129. The hat for summer. But you knew that.
Lots of very Marni and Prada inspired pieces here. Which means they have great taste. Best buys include:
- The floral- almost painterly- print full 50’s skirt is chic $179.
- The black and cream check 50’s sleeveless, scoop neck sun dress. It has a full skirt so it’s a flattering shape. Wear now layered over a knit or under a fur coat $249. Keep it from looking too retro by wearing with tough heels and a contrasting brown leather belt. So Kate Moss. The dresses and skirts seem a little long in length and stop just over the knee. I think that is a tricky length to wear. I think you need to sex them up. We much prefer a longer length than everything being too short. Thank you Veronika. This dress is also in a green.
- Buy the cream/navy print skirt. It’s a print with navy circles all over it. Love navy and black together, so French. $189.
- The navy simple sundress, so simple so chic, it has wide straps and a full skirt. Cinch it in with a fabulous belt. $265. Wear with cat’s eyes sunglasses.
- The grey zip taffeta sleeveless vest is sporty and chic. It has a gathered wide neckline and an exposed brass front zip $89. Sporty Luxe still rocks.
It looks great here (but of course I am drawn to the black.) I see a lot of soft pretty pastel florals but they are for the young and skinny. Florals can be scary that way. Best picks include:
- •The divine black chiffon tunic dress with big full poets sleeves and a simple round neckline. It has a little slip under it so you don’t flash a Britney at anyone. It’s loose, almost caftan shape so it will skim over the fat bits. $450. It’s called a ladder dress because it has a slight cut out ladder pattern through the chiffon.
- •Love the Grey sequin zip evening jacket with a round neckline and an exposed brass front zip $480. This is a great buy. It will razz up everything in your wardrobe. Wear over a white Tee with black pants or jeans. Balenciaga heels too.
- The black quilted bubble skirt is a great buy. Trans seasonal and sexy. Wear it now, wear it in summer, wear in winter. Love it $315.
- •The harlequin print drawstring dress in a riot of red, oranges, blues and pinks…gorgeous. Very summery. Wear to St Tropez next week. $495.
- Love the classic cashmere scoop neck tank in black of course $180.
- Love the very YSL esque high waist 80’s gathered pleat front pants with a narrow tapering leg. You will be so scared of this. Stop hyperventilating.Breathe in and get used to the silhouette. It’s a coming!
Hugo Boss: Love all the new gorgeous pieces here for summer.
Jean Brown Gallery will officially launch it’s much anticipated annual end-of-season Brown Bag Sale.
The sale will officially open to the public at 9:30 am on Friday 5th September and will offer reductions of up to 70% on clothing from the world’s leading labels including Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Sergio Rossi and Bottega Veneta. The Brown Bag Sale will also support the Royal Children’s Hospital foundation. Hop on plane to Brisbane now!
Shop 62, Emporium 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, 4006 p: 1800 253 882 or (07) 3257 2888
Chocolate and Pistachio Biscotti …adulterated from Bills
You need to cook this twice. Once as a whole loaf then slice it up and bake again so you have the biscotti.
You need for 30 Fashion Editors, 20 models or one lovely father on Father’s Day
²/³ cup caster sugar
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
80g pistachios or almonds
a handful of chocolate bits
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Remove your Chloe white cashmere dress.
- Climb out of Balenciaga heels.
- Take two aspros for the toe pain.
- Find a large baking tray and some non-stick baking paper.
- Chop up the almonds.
- Beat the sugar and eggs together for 3 minutes, until it is thick as Jessica Simpson and as pale as Lily Cole.
- Sift in the flour and the naughty cocoa powder and stir with a wooden spoon until almost combined.
- Toss in the pistachios and use your hands if you must to mix it.
- Divide the mixture in half and shape into 2 logs about 15cm long.Think George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
- Place the logs on the prepared tray and flatten slightly to 2cm thick. Think David Beckham.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until firm. Think all 3.
- Remove from the oven and leave until completely cool.
- Heat the oven to 120C.
- Cut the logs into thick slices so they look like…Biscotti!
- Spread out lying flat onto an oven tray and bake for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through the cooking time.
- Let cool.
- Wrap up and give as a present to your Daddy.