- “I’m vibrating”…Oprah
- “I’ve never used a Porta-Potty before!”…Oprah (when she was mobbed by the media when she left an Election party to use the bathroom).
- “I am Black, well dressed and I have large ears…maybe I can finally get a cab in NYC!”…Chuck Nice, comedian.
- “Now we can finally throw the bums out and move in a different direction. President Obama can do that.” …Spike Lee.
- “it will be the first time that there will be a basketball court in the White House. We’ll finally have hoops in the White House.”…Sinbad, comedian.
- “I felt like my vote was the vote that put him into office.”…Puff Diddy. What an ego
- “I am excited, and I’m going to take a picture of it.”…singer Brandy.
- “I’m so f–ing happy right now”…Madonna.
- “Yes we can!”…Lindsay Lohan.
- “Yes we did!!”…Samantha Ronson.
- “Hi Mom, Obama won!”…Kanye West (his mom passed away about a year ago).
- “I congratulate President-elect Obama on his historic victory, and now it’s time to begin unifying the country so we can take on the extraordinary challenges that this generation faces.”…George Clooney. (The next President.)
The good news is that denim is back. The good news is that it’s a fast track to style. The good news is that it’s so very cheap but chic. Start thinking about denim in a different way. It’s not about jeans any more. It’s about a jacket, a trench, a dress, or shorts. It’s about denim being dressed up and sophisticated. You want denim that is dark or simply one shade of pale. You want denim that is tailored, and denim that is well cut. If you do want jeans then you want high waisted with a flare. And you want to wear them with a tailored jacket or a fitted top. Think of the dark denim jeans almost as a black pant. The good news is that you can buy a cheap but chic, versatile denim dress. Then marinate it all with a mix of Chanel pearls, a Lanvin jacket and a cup of Marc Jacobs. And big black Gladiator sandals.
Where: Head to Portmans for a fabulous sleeveless denim shirt dress with a flared skirt $89, to Country Road for the best high-waist black denim jeans $99, and to Cotton On for cute shorts and shirts for about $39. Try Witchery for a cute denim pencil skirt, $99, and a fabulous denim blazer now on sale for a ridiculous price. Head to Ojay for a chic dark denim straight skirt that goes in at the knee so it has a flattering cut. $89. Try Jag for the best dark denim, classic cut, higher waist jeans that look fabulous on any size or shape for about $89. Scientific tests have proven it. Then head to Bettina Liano and invest in her chic reusable denim shopping bag. The bag comes in two sizes and two washes (vintage and indigo) for $99 and $69. A percentage will be donated to Mission Australia.
What: Barack Obama.
Why: Because he has hope for change.
Because he is hugely intelligent.
Because he is not a cross-eyed, gun toting Texan who looks like a Koala.
Because his wife is his best accessory.
Because she knows the difference between Narciso and Thakoon.
Because anyone who is black and named Barack Hussein Obama and has the audacity to be elected as President deserves to be.
Because black is back.
The problem with fake tan is that when it wears off you can play join-the-dots on your legs. Which your boyfriend will enjoy but your boss won’t appreciate. Which is why I love the ModelCo double-sided exfoliating body wipes. They say “The granulated side works to exfoliate the skin removing impurities and flaky dryness, while the smooth side is then used to buff skin to perfection.”. I say how clever. I used it on my face and legs and it works a treat getting rid of dry skin and prepping for the next spray tan. They say it is “infused with the refreshing scent of pink grapefruit that will leave your skin feeling clean, polished and revitalized”. I say it smells lovely and fresh and my skin feels clean. If only it worked on dissolving cellulite.
$26 ModelCo Exfoliate Body Wipes.
* FiFi has the joy and pain of personally road testing every single beauty product in The FiFi Report. It’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it.
- Watch December UK Vogue’s cover come to life with this exclusive behind-the-scenes teaser from photographer Nick Knight and Kate Moss…www.vogue.co.uk. See more at Nick Knight’s website, showstudio.com.
- Kate Winslet is on the cover of Vanity Fair…www.vanityfair.com.
- Angelina Jolie is on the cover of BritishHarpersBazaar.
- Check out Estée Lauder’s new Pleasure fragrance ad with Gwyneth Paltrow lounging around in a grassy field with a guitar…www.etonline.com.
- Alexander McQueen will design a diffusion line for USA Target based on his McQ line….yes please.
- Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter ego Bruno is at it again. Dressed in a blonde wig, the flamboyant fashionista conspicuously joined an anti-gay marriage rally in LA.
- The Resort campaigns are out. The supermodels have been replaced with newer girls. But it’s not all newbies who are getting the attention. Carmen Kass posed for Michael Kors, Karen Elson did a languidly beautiful shot for Donna Karan, and Catherine McNeil (see below) is Louis Vuitton’s new girl…Reports New York magazine. See all the new ads here.
- Men’s Vogue is being scaled back from ten issues to two issues a year.
- Happy 59th Birthday Anna Wintour! Check out the shots of Anna over the years at www.fashionolologie.com
- Love this fascinating interview by Lynn Hirshberg with Stefano Pilati, the creative director of YSL…www.nytimes.com. Scroll down to watch the fabulous video. www.nytimes.com.
- Marco Zanini has been named designer for the newly resurrected house of Rochas. His first collection will show next March in Paris for the Fall 2009 season. Zanini put in nine years at Versace before he was tapped to rejuvinate Halston in July 2007. Reports Fashionologie.
- Listen to Bill Cunningham chat about fashion in Paris again this week … Love it! www.nytimes.com.
- We Love model Coco Rocha (and that cute Canadian accent). Check out her trip to Gaultier in Paris..video.style.com.
- Cindy Crawford looks fabulous in French Vogue. She is 42 and fabulous.
- The November issue of L’Uomo Vogue will be dedicated to Africa. Half of all the advertising revenue will be donated to Africa-related charities. The idea for the Africa issue was sparked by conversations the editor Franca Sozzani had with the actor Forest Whitaker and the French author Bernard-Henri Lévy, who served as a guest editor. Read a fascinating article in the Washington Post by Robin Givhan about race and diversity in fashion www.washingtonpost.com
- Check out sexy Helena Christensen in the (Not Safe for work!) video for Lingerie designer Agent Provacateur. (It’s sexy and loud and full of pirates)… www.agentprovocateur.com.
- Jennifer Aniston wants to have twins with John Mayer.
- Kate Winslet is furious at suggestions her body has been airbrushed for the Vanity Fair cover. It was her face as well.
- Gisele Bundchen is happy that she was [airbrushed] when she posed for American Photo magazine 30th Anniversary issue.
- Gwyneth does not need airbrushing in this dress. Just undies.
- Two radio DJs from Quebec, who are famous for pulling prank calls, somehow managed to get a hold of Sarah Palin and convince her she was talking to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Listen to it here. TOO funny!
- Ashley Olsen is dating actor Justin Bartha but he won’t marry her.
- Prince William and Kate are announcing a wedding at Christmas.
- Has Sienna has dumped Balthazar? His wife did.
- Celeb hairstylist Ken Paves says he is healing up days after a photographer struck him in the face with a camera (Read: he had another facelift).
- Jessica Simpson says Nick wasn’t “the Right One”. So that explains the divorce…..
- Paris Hilton is tired of being used for money and sex.
- Madonna and Alex Rodriguez sneaked off to Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld’s 12-acre, waterfront Hamptons mansion last week. So sneaky we know about it.
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance …by Barack Obama
This is a beautifully written book. What a guy. ‘In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.’ A must read!
$8 www.amazon.com Publisher: Three Rivers Press (August 2004)
The Christmas List:
New London Style ……by Chloe Grimshaw, Ingrid Rasmussen
‘New London Style takes a fresh look into the private dwellings of the most exciting young creative talents in the city, from the music, fashion, design and art worlds. The 28 houses in the book are loosely arranged by location, in the grooviest, on-the-edge neighbourhoods from Whitechapel to Notting Hill, Camberwell to Clerkenwell, and reflect the cosmopolitan melting pot that influences the citys design trends. Whether in a mews house, derelict pub, or even a church, this new wave of lively Londoners are injecting funkiness and bright ideas into a range of highly individualistic and inspirational interiors. ‘Cool
$23 www.amazon.com Publisher:Thames & Hundson Ltd (September 29, 2008)
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Summer Fashion Spectacular!
Want to know what to buy right now? Invest in these fabulous key pieces now and they will take you through to this summer and into next winter…
What: The Narrow Shift-Dress.
Why: Because it’s the season of The Dress. Because stark, austere minimalism is back. Because it’s all about narrow tailoring and a fierce cut. Because it’s time to say au revoir, goodbye and that’ll be all thanks to big, fat, loose Empire dresses that make you look like J.LO (6 months ago). It’s time to think long and lean. It’s time to stop eating. Sorry. Because with all the emphasis on statement accessories you need a blank canvas. Because it makes getting dressed a no-brainer. Which gives you more time to think about shoes.
Which: You want a narrow sheath or shift-dress. A clean-cut narrow shape that hugs you in the right places. A dress in a plain bright colour like red, blue or orange. Or in simple muted colours like grey and taupe. It could be in block colours or with wide stripes. It’s probably NOT in a print or a floral. It should be sleeveless or with cap sleeves. It could be in a heavier fabric to give it structure and so it holds its stiff shape. It should be unadorned, confident and bold in its simplicity.
Wear: With serious over the top statement necklaces a la Burberry, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton. Wear with bold tough cuffs and stacks of bangles. Wear with a wide patent belt with double buckles to cinch in your waist. If you go for a vivid shade clash your accessories. Wear with your favourite statement surrealist heels. Layer over a simple white tee or throw under a trench. Wear it simple and minimalist.
Where: Country Road, Witchery, Veronika Maine, Morrissey, Paul and Joe, Calvin Klein, Roland Mouret, Balenciaga.
What: The Blouse.
Why: Because a blouse is part of the Gothic trend. Because trousers are back and we need a soft pretty top to work with them. Because a blouse is elegant, versatile and ageless. Because some people have muffin arms and they like to hide them. Because we love anything that can go from day to evening, summer to winter without blinking.
Which: Look for a blouse that is sheer, with a high collar and big poet’s sleeves. Look for a blouse in black or white or in a pretty paisley print. If you must do colour then go for a blouse in vibrant red, orange or navy. Purple is another strong trend. You might even go for a lace blouse. You want a blouse to update your favourite skinny black pants.
Wear: With black leather trousers a la Givenchy. Wear with dark skinny black pants or loose baggy pants a la YSL. Wear with dark denim jeans or with a flirty skirt. Wear with few accessories. You don’t need a necklace but you may need a cuff.
Where: MNG, Cue, Scanlan and Theodore, Wayne Cooper, Hugo Boss, Givenchy.
What: The Tailored Blazer.
Why: Because sharp tailoring is the new silhouette. Because the 80’s are back. Because we are in love with shoulder pads. Because a fiercely shaped jacket with a strong shoulder and a nipped in waist gives you curves (and makes your waist look smaller). Because after years of pretty dresses there is a return of the man-style dressing. Because we are recessionistas and we need pieces that will work from season to season. With everything.
Which: You want a jacket with shoulder pads or an exaggerated shoulder. It could just have short sleeves or cap sleeves. You want a single-breasted jacket that sits a little short. You want an investment piece to wear again and again so go for a colour that will be versatile. It could be in black or navy or in a chic taupe. You want it in a trans-seasonal fabric with as little detail as possible.
Wear: This is a wardrobe staple that you can’t live without. Watch it work with skinny jeans, with short shorts, or with your favourite Harem pants. Wear it over a floral dress, a simple tank and slouchy pants. Wear with sequin trousers. Wear with something feminine like a flirty skirt or a mini dress.
Where: Sussan, Witchery, Max and Co, Balmain.
What: The Flirty Skirt.
Why: Because the lady-like trend is still lurking. Because a pretty, flirty skirt can break up a serious look. Because a full skirt balances out big, chunky, serious platform heels. Because a flirty skirt can handle a print and a bold floral. Because it’s nice to have a skirt that swings as you walk. Swirl and twirl. Then smile.
Which: It’s about a skirt that is full and a little 50’s. That cinches in at the waist and flares out. It could be ballerina style or a skater skirt. A tulip shape is still important. If you want colour then don’t buy it in a skirt. Unless you are filthy rich and you can wear a different colour every day. If you want mileage out of your wardrobe then keep the bottom half of your body in dark colours. In black go for a skirt with texture, pleating or even a petticoat. Indulge in bold bright colours on the top.
Wear: With a top that will balance out the volume. If you have a full skirt you need a neat jacket or cling-fitting tank. Wear a sleeveless jacket belted in over a full skirt. Wear a full skirt with a leather bomber jacket or something tough. You want to give it an edge and stop the look from getting too girly. Wear with a long line rib knit cardigan and a big wide belt. Wear with huge shoes. Wear with black hosiery or fake tan.
Where: Target, Portmans, Sportsgirl, Witchery, Cue, Scanlan Theodore, Balenciaga.
What: The Geometric Print Top.
Why: Because with all the black around for next winter we need to inject a little colour and fun into our lives. Because bold prints and geometric patterns are a huge trend for next summer 09. Because a print top is much easier to wear than a print skirt. Because we love Marni. Because a quirky print will add personality when you don’t have one. Bless.
Which: Think bright, bold and a little retro. Think ‘will this go with what I have in my wardrobe?’ Think who cares? Mix it up. Clash the colours. Go for a swirl, a check or a stripe. Go for arty or painterly prints. Or try kooky dots. Anything that tickles your fancy and your wallet.
Wear: Throw a bright geometric top with all your basic plain wardrobe staples. Wear with your black flirty skirt, your skinny black pants, a pencil skirt, with dark denim jeans, or with your stone Balenciaga Jodhpurs. If you are feeling confident then clash the prints. Think Dries Van Noten and toss on a print top with a floral skirt. Layer a geometric top under your blazer. Remember cheap colours and cheap fabric = cheap. So if you are on a budget go for subtle, chic colour. Cheap Red can be chic. Cheap Hot Pink is not. This is a rule.
Where: Sportsgirl, Country Road, MNG, Ojay, Veronika Maine, Marni, Dries Van Noten.
What: The Dramatic Black Sculptured/Pleated/Architectural Dress.
Why: Because black is back. Because it’s all about The Dress. Because if a dress is black and simple it needs to have interesting deta! ils. When black dominates you want to play with texture. Because the Little Black Dress never goes out of fashion. Because this is a trend that takes it’s inspiration from the Japanese designers of the 90’s. Because Gothic, Medieval and Victoriana are all key words of the fashion season.
Which: You want a black dress that is simple in cut but made in an amazing fabric like lace. You want a black dress that has a geometric cut. You want a dress with interesting pleats, with big balloon sleeves or with a dramatic sculptured collar. You want a black dress that is knee length, that is in chiffon, in satin, or bold lace a la Prada. You want quirky twists like kooky bows and weird cutouts. It may have ruffles. This dress may even be one shoulder.
Wear: With your favourite stomp-a-licious platforms. A strong dress needs strong shoes to balance out the look. Keep accessories sharp and modern. You want slick silver cuffs, a bold bag, and big rings. But keep it simple. It’s about the dress so don’t over-accessorise.
Where: Target, Country Road, Witchery, Scanlan Theodore, Willow, CK Calvin Klein, Max and Co, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Prada, YSL.
Which: You want serious, over-the-top shoes and bags. When the clothing budget is sad you have to have fun with accessories, and keep the clothes simple. And as you get, ahem, older, it’s best to experiment with crazy shoes and bags then kooky clothes. And remember: there are no fat days when it’s shoes you are talking about.
The shoe: This season there are very high heels or flats. Nothing in between. Invest in some serious black patent wedges or lace up gladiators. Buy a pair of flat brown and/or black gladiators. Maybe some jewelled T-bar flats and simple ballet flats. Add colour to your wardrobe with some bright red shoes. And think of brown wedges as a neutral. You will be surprised how versatile they will be. See Louis Vuitton.
The Bag: You can keep your over-sized handbag (which could house an Olsen twin). If you want to buy a new bag the hot bag of the moment is the shoulder bag. Buy one with a chain strap a la Chanel. Or a shoulder bag with a long strap to wear hanging nonchalantly on your shoulder or across the body. You want a bag in a bright colour, in patent, with silver or gold hardware. If you are on a budget then black or brown are the best investments and of course will work with everything. Go for quality not quantity.
Jewellery: You want a big oversized bejewelled statement necklace. You want serious heavy metal cuffs. You want stacks of bangles and all sorts of cute quirky leather straps curled around your wrist. You want big bold rings. But remember FiFi rule #1: Don’t wear it all at once. Stack up the bangles and keep the neckline clean. Throw on a fabulous necklace and ditch the earrings. By the way…big earrings are making a comeback, but we’ll save that for the Christmas Dressing Spectacular. See Lanvin.
Caramelised Black Pepper Chicken….adulterated from my good friend Gwyneth (from her site Goop).
You need for 4 hungry happy democrats, or 25 models:
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup fish sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons finely grated garlic
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
1 or 2 fresh chilli
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 spring onions
4 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped coriander leaves
- Count up calories you have consumed today.
- Decide you may have a glass of wine.
- Slip into new kaftan and thongs.
- Chop up chilli and garlic as small as the fan club of George W Bush.
- Chop up the ginger into pretty little thin sticks. Think Ashley Olsen.
- Chop up the spring onion into chic little pieces.
- Chop up the chicken breasts into chunky bite size bits the size of a Dior ring.
- Find a small bowl and throw in the sugar, fish sauce, vinegar, water, garlic, ginger, pepper and chilli. Give it a mix.
- This is a good time to put on the rice. Put it on as in cook it not wear it.
- Heat up the oil and cook the spring onions until gorgeous and soft and a little bit brown. Think Hermes brown.
- Now toss in the the chicken and stir-fry for about a minute or so.
- Throw in the marinade mixture and give it all a stir.
- Let it simmer over high heat until the chicken is totally cooked through. Might be about 5 minutes.
- OH go on …have another glass of wine.
- Throw in the divine green coriander leaves to accessorise.
- Now serve the chicken lying nonchalantly over the rice.