- “I remember this one moment on the runway where Linda and Christy sort of made out for a second, I didn’t plan that. They kissed each other in this kind of lesbian way, and this was pre-lesbian.” Oh, how times have changed. Isaac Mizrahi on his 1995 cult fashion doco ‘Unzipped‘.
- “If you knew how many important artists have asked me to do a collaboration with bags! But I want fashion for fashion and art for art.” - Miuccia Prada
- “I am very egotistic - it is my life and my ideas and I do it because my life is in my brain.” Miuccia Prada.
- “We believe in vanity. I dress this way all the time because it inspires my life. I dress this way because my whole life is art and my whole life is performance.” Lady GaGa think she is Prada (but oops, no taste and no brain).
- “He was a freak. He looked like a character from Shrek. He was a black to white minstrel. He was living performance art.” Rupert Everett on Michael jackson
- “You don’t need money to live the way that I live. You just need a good idea and creativity.” Lady GaGa… We are still waiting for good ideas.
- “Michelle, she looks fabulous, but… I’m a little frumpy. ” Obama needs to collaborate on a bag with Prada.
- “It’s a reality show, but I don’t know if anyone’s going to believe my reality.” Amy Sacco (Night life Diva from Bungalow 8 about her new show).
- “Oh piss off. You’ve called us scrags, b–es, knocked-up. We are not here to talk about him (Balthazar). But, yes, I know him and everything’s good, thank you. What a scoop! Congratulations! You’re really, really clever!” Sienna Miller being interviewed on radio, listen to it here.
- “I get this all the time: ‘Has anyone ever told you that you look just like - now I don’t mean to be insulting - but just a much younger and prettier, a lot skinnier version of Kelly Osbourne?’” Kelly Osbourne. Living performance art.
What: The new Jamie Magazine.
Why: Because it’s a fabulous mix of travel and food. Because the layout and design is so chic. Because the paper is lovely. Because the recipes are great. Because you can’t read fashion magazines all the time. Because it’s a cheap but chic hit and wonderful escapism. Because we love food. Because when you are a fashionista you can’t eat but you love reading about eating. There are no calories in that.
Where: Subscribe — 6 issues for the price of 5 for $49.75 or from Borders for $9.95, airfrieght $16.95.
- You are desperate for the new fabulous sharp shoulders at Balmain.
- You need Armour for the credit crunch.
- You want more room on the bus.
- You want your waist to be smaller but you can’t stop drinking.
- You want to look powerful but you spent the gym money on wine.
- You are a recessionista and you want an instant wardrobe updater.
You need to race like a crazy Prada bag lady into Spotlight for fabulous black velcro sharp shoulder pads. Oh, no don’t you groan and say what?!! Are velcro shoulder pads really back? The answer is Yes, Yes, Yes. Where have been? (Obviously not reading The FiFi Report.) Please keep away from the white round shoulder Armani style shoulder pads. Wrong. This time shoulder pads should be sharp and have an edge. Like your shoes.
$6.49 Velcro Shoulder Pads from Spotlight.
Then I changed the light and cleaned the mirror. Then I cleaned my glasses. Oh, my god who was that person staring back at me? No-one I had seen for a long time. Which is why I was whipped into a frenzy to take some beauty action. I started using the fabulous Thalgo Melt-in Brightening Cream and it’s amazing. It is rich and gorgeous and really does seem to melt into my skin. They say it “Nourishes and perfects the luminosity of the skin by regulating melanogenesis and boosting production of collagen III.” I say I didn’t even know I had Collagen III. They say it “generally lightens the skin and/or pigmentation marks or prevents their appearance”. I say I think it’s working on my freckles. I wonder if it will melt cellulite.
$111 Thalgo Melt-in Brightening Cream from selected spas & salons nationwide. For Thalgo stockists call (02) 9477 6900.
- Love this shoot in French Vogue.
- Christian Lacroix might be saved! Bernard Krief Consulting, a French management-consulting firm said it will make an offer Reports New York Magazine.
- Last night Aussie sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann hosted their resort presentation on the roof of the Empire Hotel in New York. Good on you girls! Reports Fashionista.
- Anna Wintour plans to attend a splashy opening of The September Issue hosted by R.J. Cutler followed by a private party sometime in August. Reports Fashion Week Daily.
- Prada has opened a new temporary women’s store in Paris that is only open for 5 months. Check it out here.
- Budding supermodel Sigrid Agren took a few minutes out of her fitting for the Chanel show to ask the world’s most famous designer a few questions about life and work. Read it here in Interview magazine.
- Then read about New York girl about town Tallulah Harlech (daughter of Lady Amanda, Muse at Chanel) and then check out the fabulous interview with Christy Turlington.
- “Calling all fans of The Selby: Todd Selby has enlisted Jonathan Zawada, the Australian artist, art director, from cult fashion rag Petit Mal to create this signed and numbered limited-edition poster.” Love it.
- Heading to Paris? Style.com “recently hit the rues and boulevards in search of items with price tags under €100 - in some cases way under - and can proudly offer the following suggestions.” Fantastic!
- We love Diane Von Furstenburg… Tightening Belts? She’s the Expert. According to The New York Times.
- Dree Hemingway is dripping with diamonds and not much else in the latest Vogue Russia (NSFW!)
- US Harper’s Bazaar shot Susan Boyle for its September issue. Boyle won’t appear on the cover. Wonder why? …Reports New York Magazine.
- Prada’s brainchild takes a new twirl… says The New York Times.
- Daria is on the cover of French Vogue and Vogue Italia has black barbies!
- Sofia Coppola will set her next film at the iconic Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning will star in the Focus Features dramedy “Somewhere“, which Coppola penned. Reports Variety.
It’s the new Autumn Winter Look Book from Prada.
Divine. Kooky. Creative. Fabulous.
(Check it out under “Collections”.)
- ‘How many Kermit the Frogs had to die to make the jacket Lady GaGa wore on German TV? A lot.’ Vanity Fair. Check out the video here.
- ‘Maybe the kid is Michael Jackson’s son… Could Michael Jackson have had a 25-year-old Norwegian lovechild? The Mirror believes so.’ Vanity Fair.
- Kathy Griffin: I was an extra on Michael Jackson Pepsi Commercial “He was literally spinning and then there was a smoke and a bunch of people kind of jumped on him,” (was that before or after the funeral?) Us Magazine
- Victoria Beckham goes behind the camera as she takes charge during fashion shoot. Mail Online
- Katie Holmes was actually seen displaying human emotions. The Superficial
- Jessica Simpson’s family wishes she was more like Ashlee. “How big of a train wreck is Jessica Simpson? Her parents think she should aspire to marry Pete Wentz and have a child named Bronx Mowgli? ” The Superficial
- Emma Thompson’s family prove celebrity adoptions CAN be inspirational (but not if you’re as selfish as Madonna). Says Mail Online
- Cameron Diaz is at the centre of a fascinating A-list love triangle — with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jude Law. The Sun
- Ryan O’Neal recalls Farrah Fawcett’s final hours: “She just looked at us with a slight smile,” he says, “then all the machines flat lined.” …Yes, he actually said that. Us Magazine
- Carla Bruni played her first public gig since becoming First Lady. Hello Magazine
- Georgia May Jagger, the youngest daughter of Mick and Jerry made her model debut as the face of Hudson Jeans: is a gap in front tooth is sexy? WWD
- Amy Winehouse may launch a fragrance as part of her image makeover, because who wouldn’t want to smell like hair spray, ciggies, and Camden Lock? Grazia UK via New York Magazine
Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen (now called Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously)… by Julie Powell
I have already included this book in The FiFi Report but now the film version of the book is about to be released, with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, it’s time to read it again…
“Powell became an Internet celebrity with her 2004 blog chronicling her yearlong odyssey of cooking every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. (From Amazon.)
A frustrated secretary in New York City, Powell embarked on ‘the Julie/Julia project’ to find a sense of direction, and both the cooking and the writing quickly became all-consuming. Some passages in the book are taken verbatim from the blog, but Powell expands on her experience : her doting husband, wacky friends, evil co-workers. Powell never met Julia Child (who died last year), but the venerable chef’s spirit is present throughout, and Powell imaginatively reconstructs episodes from Child’s life in the 1940s. Both home cooks and devotees of Bridget Jones-style dishing will be caught up in Powell’s funny, sharp-tongued but generous writing.”
US$7.99 Amazon. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 28, 2005)
The Christmas List: The Sartorialist… by Scott Schuman
“More people notice me in The Sartorialist column than in any other publication or website. Obviously the place to be seen!” -Mario Testino
“During all the fashion weeks I am approached by many photographers, Scott is the only one who can ask me to cross the street for better light and I do it! I love his portraits.” -Carine Roitfeld, editor of French Vogue.
“Everybody loves being photographed by Scott Schuman. If he spots you in the crowd, whether in New York or Paris or Milan, it’s a kind of validation. And everybody likes to see who he has photographed for The Sartorialist, because it’s proof of his critical eye.” -Cathy Horyn, The New York Times.
‘The book is a beautiful anthology of Scott’s favourite shots from around the world. They include photographs of well-known fashion figures as well as those shots of the anonymous passerby whose imagination and taste delight the viewer.’ Yes please ! Fabulous.
You will find classic versions of the trends coming through for summer… and lots of fab pyjamas. My picks are:
- The drawstring dark blue denim shirt dress $99. It’s very beachy with buttons down the front and rolled up sleeves and pockets at the front. It has a drawstring low on the waist and I think it’s quite short. Not sure if I like this with leggings. Think that’s a little daggy and we can’t have you looking like that.
- Everyone needs a boyfriend jacket this season. Check out the one here in a light grey cotton with must have stripe lining when you turn up the cuffs. (THE only way to wear it.) Love a boyfriend jacket with narrow jeans or over a dress. Because it’s a square shape you don’t have to wear voluminous bottoms. Or you will look fat. Oh god. Sorry to swear at you but who wants to look bigger than they are? $119. You can add more shoulder pads if you want to.
- Check out the tie dye blue Tee, it’s a very casual look but be careful of all this BOHO. It’s NO NO when you look at next winter, which is tailored sharp and lady like. You don’t want to spend much on this Haute Hippy look. Add this to dark jeans. No beads please unless you live in a commune and smoke hooch. Peace man about $59.
- Much more this season is the sophisticated sequin tank in a blush soft pink, $149. It is pretty and chic and you can tone this down by wearing this with grey marle. I like a sequin tank with trousers because it adds that casual edge. With a skirt it can get a bit dressy. Throw back with chinos or jeans and heels and you have the look. Also check out the grey tank with clear sequins on it $69.
- Buy the faded grey and white stripe T-shirt dress on sale $59. It’s short but good for the beach holiday you are having in St Tropez.
- If you are not a designer jean snob then check out the faded baggy boyfriend jeans her, they look good! $89.
- You want the silver (is that a scoop neck?) tank in silvery sheen, $39. This is a good alternative to sequins to toss back with jeans and to add a bit of texture and shine to all your daggy clothes.
- I see a pretty black sheer blouse with puff shoulders and short sleeves: it has pleats at the bodice and is chic. This is a great piece to wear to the office and then out with jeans or your peg leg pants. Will look good under a blazer. This is a great trans-seasonal piece you can wear now and into summer, $79.
- Wonder why the drop crutch harem pants are on sale here at Sussan? How could that be? Now $49.
This store has some great fashion pieces. In winter there were some fabulous coats that looked very Max Mara for a ¼ of the price. Go past the racks of the over the top stuff. And it is stuff. My picks are:
- The cool black leather jackets with quilting at the shoulder and down the side: it has silver zips and a puff shoulder and a round neckline. What a great price. There is a cream version but you don’t want that. Oh no you don’t. $229. Do I have to tell you how to wear a leather jacket? See the photos from Jak and Jil of the Traina sister in Paris for the Couture below to get an idea.
- There is also another black bomber leather jacket without the quilting and simple understated silver zips, $229.
- You want the silver sequin or white tank tops in a rib cotton with a smattering of sequins so not too glitzy, $39. Warning! Warning! Sequin tops will be everywhere this summer. Of course I told you to buy a sequin top (in The FiFi Report months and months ago) and so you are already rocking the look. There are chic grey marle ones here at Forever New for $69.
- For a cute everyday dress you want the cotton jersey sleeveless dress in a grey and black. I like it. It has a grey simple tank top and then the skirt part of the dress is a black cotton jersey with a turned up bubble hem. It has a black elastic bit around the waist. Take it out of the store and it will look much more expensive. Add monster killer heels and you have the look for $89. Wear right now with a blazer with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows and with black opaques.
- Love the black glomesh slouch bag: it’s almost sausage shape but rather fab for evenings. What more do you want for $59? You can just say it’s vintage or Jimmy Choo.
- Checkout the cute black denim jacket: it’s seriously short cropped with black buttons, $69. It has a round collar and covered button and you need to wear it with high waist skirts and pants. It will be fabulous over a print dress too.
- If you are after a maxi dress then buy the long paisley print dress with an ombre that fades from purple to watermelon, $199. The Maxi dress is hot again for summer but always wear with flats. Tip: be careful with the BOHO look it’s very hard to carry off. You can look like a messy train wreck. Yes You. The only people who did it well were Kate Moss and Sienna Miller. But oh they don’t even wear it anymore. Nuf said.
- Are we sick of harem pants yet? Can someone tell me: I see them in every shop but who is wearing them except moi? (and I wear the peg leg version not the nappy drop crutch version).
- This is the way to sequins it day ( and leather jackets)
There are always great weekend basics here and simple Tees… My favourite pieces are:
- The chic cotton single breasted black blazer. A must buy in anyone’s wardrobe this summer and you can put the shoulder pads in yourself. That will take it to new heights of fashion fabulousness, $139. It has a couple of front pockets and black buttons.
- Love the faded blue denim blazer. This is a great piece for work (if you can do a more casual look). You can wear it with a chic dress and black opaques or toss it back with a leather skirt. Perfect in summer with short shorts. And fabulous long legs but I don’t know where you can buy those, $139.
- You want the EDC black leather with a detachable hoodie. Love it. It has a few front pockets and a front zip. Did you know you can wear this with a pencil skirt? And toss it over a dress. You can rock your harem pants with this jacket too, $499. But you knew that.
- Feeling cold? You need the fabulous EDC puffa jackets here in an amazing silver grey. Love it, $189.
- Buy the black/blue check peacoat with a belt in wool. There is always a need for another peacoat. This is just what you need for weekends where you can toss on a jacket with jeans and look understated chic. Now on sale $189.
- The cute multi print smock top in cotton with a swirl pattern on a white background. It has a round neck and ¾ sleeves: it’s a handy piece to add a little colour and movement to jeans, $89.
- Check out the white jeans with a classic leg and not obvious stitching, $89. White jeans are great if you have toddlers who are playing with puppies in the mud.
CK Calvin Klein
It’s all fabulous and you can’t miss this sale with up to 60% off. The quality is divine and the prices are amazing. It’s a must GO! Best buys are:
- The chic grey or black slightly shimmer racer back tanks now $48. They have a lovely cotton trim around the edge of the sleeves and an elastic strap across the back. Wear right now in the chill under your blazer and then in summer with a pencil skirt or chinos. Love it.
- You want the beautiful cross over simple black jersey drape dresses now $200. There are a few dresses here all fabulous quality and in architectural shapes. There is always something happening even though the cut is very simple and strong. This look is soooo much chicer than that messy BoHo look. Buy one of the many black or pale blue dresses about $100.
- Also check out very architectural grey jersey dress with kimono sleeves about $139.
- There are also hot pink dresses for $200! Yes you can wear pink if it’s Calvin Klein.
- Love, love, love the men’s zip up wool hoodie with a satin trim and a high collar now $156. Gorgeous quality. I tried it on and the small will fit a girl. Wear this with peg leg pants or with a pencil skirt. Sporty luxe is still a strong trend for summer (look at Chanel).
- Adore the simple cap sleeve cotton satine tops now about $100. The cap sleeves comes out over the shoulder giving the impression of a shoulder pad. Oh it does fabulous things to your muffin arms and seems to make your arms look slimmer. Yes, please.
- Invest in one of the divine men’s T-shirts now $24. So chic with a double colour and beautiful fabric.
- Adore the grey long sleeve batwing loose tops with a drape front now $64. Wow what a price. The fabric is beautiful and you will wear this all through summer.
- Buy the chic grey knit tea cosy poncho: it has a very subtle almost invisible glitter through the knit, $215. That will keep you warm.
- Adore the grey or black wool melton twill round neck cocoon jacket now about $300. It has covered buttons and a round neckline and is quite the most fabulously chic winter coat.
- There are harem pants now about $100 and then drool over the bags, shoes and scarves and belts and…
I see a lot of new bags and jewellery instore. Best buys would be the:
- The chic shoe boots in black or grey suede with a swirl patchwork and a peep toe and a little zip detail. They are called ‘Glow in the Dark Bootie’, $349.
- Love the silver glomesh bag for evening in gunmetal with an asymmetrical flap detail, $299. Perfect for evenings.
- My favourite bag is a very Pierre Hardy style bag: it’s structured in black leather and black patent trim. It’s called the ‘UNE Pocket Day Bag’. It has double shoulder straps and has slide tab closure on front pocket, $499. Elegant.
- You need a shoulder bag this season: The ‘Jefferson Hip Bag’ in buffalo leather has a vintage look. It has an adjustable strap across body in different dark blues, $379.
- Need a bag that is seriously functional for traveling? You need the ‘Luxe Lock’ Tote. It is in black nylon with a two handles and a big silver clasp and adjustable long strap. This is tres practical and sometimes we need that (and who wants the Birkin to get trashed?), $249.
- In the jewellery check out the ‘Betty Noir Ring’ with black Jet Swarovski crystal and hematite Swarovski crystal set in an antique silver plated pewter: it’s big and bold and chic, $149.
- Everyone should have a cuff for summer and I love the silver cuffs that are very, very wide called the ‘Nomad Cuff’ for $199.
- You want a few of the ‘Mod Tough Love’ bracelets with ivory leather threaded through silver plated brass chain. Very Chanel inspired, $99 and the chunky silver chain bracelets to stack up your arm so people can always hear you coming for $89.
I love this store: it’s chic, it’s so French and the quality is fabulous. Everyone needs a Longchamps tote for traveling and a messenger bag to toss over your shoulder: it’s the only thing to be seen in at the airport, non? Best picks are:
- In the new collection the black faux stamped snakeskin large tote with two handles and a flap over pocket with orange lining, $1900. You can always find everything in the depths of the bag when the lining is red or orange. So thoughtful.
- Please buy the patent leather chic de la chic clutch bags in red, taupe, blue and black. They have a flap over and an outside zip, and the Longchamps logo that is very subtle on the front. Very similar to what Marc Jacobs and Jimmy Choo have done on their bags, $600. The same clutch in a black leather with gold zips is about $800. Gorgeous.
- Love the black, grey and white nylon animal print messenger bag with a black woven strap. Now that’s an animal print that is chic and not at all tacky. Throw that over everything to add a little irreverence, $495. You also want the black and white nylon animal print zip front larger bag about $675.
- Adore the big black bag two handle tote with lots of gold zips, pockets and a top zip in gold hardware, $1900.
- I love the bag in the window which is in a caramel leather: it’s a very tall standup tote with two handles, almost in a shape like a doctor’s bag. It has chic stitching. About $1900.
- Also there is the black chic tote with cream leather front about $1100 and no obvious hardware or stitching and very understated.
- You want the black or dark grey patent belt with a simple silver buckle: gorgeous about $495 and of course the wallets, the diaries, the makeup bags and the messenger bags… Need I go on?
I have not been back to The Mothership for months. How can this be? It’s important to come here to pay respect and pray at the Alter of the high priestess Miuccia. The winter collection arrived instore last week and what can I say? It’s all you ever wanted. I die, I die.
Tip: when you go out shopping please save Prada to the end of the day, everything fades in comparison (everything apart from Chanel).
And yes, most of the collection is black (with a dash of red and orange). You will drool over:
- The most amazing black leather jacket, it’s a blazer shape with perfect sharp shoulders and gunmetal zips. Quite the most divine thing I have seen in months, $4000.
- You will adore and cry over the perfect black cotton twill, sharp shoulder blazer, $2000. This is delicious.
- Drool over the rack of black dresses: Love the simple shift dress with the perfect high round neckline (What? No scoop?) and fitted to the waist. It will last you forever, $1800.
- The black princess coat is quite divine with a fitted waist and covered buttons and amazing pleating in wool melton, $3300.
- Sob over (but find a tissue you don’t want to dribble) the black peacoat that has blazer style lapels, then zooms in and hugs the waist and then flares out into a cocoon shape with black jewel buttons, $2800.
- Drool over the black silk trench coat: when you have an addiction you should have the best there is… about $2000.
- The black fur long sleeveless vest is faaaabulous and it has its own leather belt. I waaaant it so bad. Sorry PETA. $3400.
- In the shoes and accessories you want the perfect black leather ankle boots with a mini platform with elastic side and lots of patchwork and stitching if you get what I mean. All black of course. You want to kiss them they are so gorgeous, $990.
- The brown suede long flat boots are quite divine: You could take them home and stroke them for hours on end. Oh and wear them too. They have a little fold over top. Over the knee boots are THE accessory for next winter. About $1500.
- Buy the black sling back heels with a peep toe and a thin heel but the front is covered in a tough gladiator style. Adore. Adore, I die, I die, I die and go bananas Rachel Zoe style, $860.
- In the bags there are all the latest styles: ruched, faded leather crinkled, the slouch, the tan with gold hardware. Then you want the divine…
It is so divine in here and of course you will love everything. Karl is a genius. Coco would be amazed her jackets still look so right in 2009. The incredible Paris Moscow and the sport collection are both instore. You will drool like a fool over:
- The beautiful red/orange tweed classic Chanel jacket with a black trim around the collar and cuffs and down the front… it has two pockets at the front and a hidden zip. I think it’s hidden because I can’t see it …for you $9100.
- Love the black ¾ trench coat that is zip up and belted, $4000.
- Adore the big black patent open two handle tote, $5000. It’s all you need.
- You want to cry over the black sporty zip up bomber jacket with a sort of cut out double C’s in the fabric. Divine, $2900.
- In the accessories you want the gorgeous open top tote black patent bag with chain handles, $3600.
- You will die to have black platform heels: they are a classic round toe pump with a patent toe but they have a single row of a pearl trim around the heels, $1700.
- Love the classic ballet flats, $840 and the navy silk peep toe heels with a little camellia detail on the square heel, $1000.
- You will be crying over the long silver pearl necklace with a little Russian Doll hanging at the end, $2000. So cute.
- Love the amazingly chic green and black stone brooch: Gorgeous, $2140. Also buy the red stone brooch about $800.
- I would die to have the red mink fur collar $2000 and all the rings…
I love haloumi and this is a great little dish to whip up if you don’t feel like a big dinner. I made this recipe up myself but then found (more or less) the same recipe online at Cuisine. You can cook the tomatoes in winter or serve it cold as a salad in summer.
You need for 4 fashionista, 10 models or 35 Vicky Beckhams
2 x 250g pieces of haloumi cheese
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves
3 or 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
½ cup basil leaves
Pinch of dried chilli
Salt and pepper
3 tabs extra virgin olive oil
1 tabs red wine vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon
- Ask the maid to fix the fire.
- Climb out of your Nicholas Kirkwood heels.
- Put on Prada ugg boots.
- Pour a wine or two.
- Chop up the chic red tomatoes in the size of a Jimmy Choo buckle.
- Put on the new Chanel sunglasses to chop up the onion.
- Wipe away tears. Don’t think of anything bad like African orphans or you will cry more.
- Chop up the garlic and tear the basil.
- Slice the haloumi into simple slices as thin as Vicky B.
- Mix up the onion, basil, tomatoes, chilli and garlic and toss in a fry pan and cook in olive oil for a couple of minutes.
- Toss down another wine.
- Heat up another non stick fry pan and when it’s hot toss in the haloumi.
- You don’t need to flour it or even add oil: just throw it in and it will melt and cook.
- It’s ready when you have turned them and cooked both sides and they are a gorgeous Hermes tan colour.
- You can squeeze over some lemon juice.
- Toss the haloumi on a chic white plate and drizzle over the basil tomato mix with a few glugs of oil just in case there isn’t enough moisteriser.