As I sit writing this in my bathers and towel I am officially apologising to all who read this in the same attire . And need help on what to get changed into. Sorry, this week’s FiFi Report is all about winter clothes. But may I make it perfectly clear that the heat has not gone to my head. Dear FiFi Report readers you can take many of these pieces, well the shoes, tops and pants , and wear right now into Autumn. Yes, you can. Also can I just say: you may not be able to wear everything toute suite but it’s about using these outfits as inspiration. I am here to give you snazzy FiFi pointers on how to tackle the new season. It’s easy!
Here’s the thing: I’m glued, glued to the next winter’s collections ( 355 pins and counting !) in New York, London and Milan. Oh la la. Paris is next. I mean really. How can you NOT want to shop for winter clothes?. C’est impossibIe! Plus ( and a big PLUS) the overseas sites are full of next winter’s collections on sale. SHUT UP! For god’s sake we can’t miss out. It’s an emergency situation. All those clothes are sitting there begging to be bought at sale prices and no one’s watching. I want it all. Right now.
Natalie Massenet from Net A porter.
Why not start with the most formidible and arguably the chicest woman in fashion. Natalie Massenet. She’s 46 and she looks fabulous. She knows to grab a military peacoat/jacket . The pivotal piece in your winter/ transseasonal wardrobe. Love this one $349 at Country Road. Head to toe brights are totally in, right? So put your hand up who wants to actually wear a blue cobalt trousers suit? Um, You do? Oh, you must be born after 1995. Bless. Natalie sticks to just one bright pop of bold colour. She chooses crop pants. Buy similar $149 from Marcs . But don’t stop there. LOVE those Burberry gold heels. They work in with the gold on the jacket. A black platform stomp-a-licious heel would be way too heavy. Buy here for $1275.00 . Stop your gasping. Calmez-vous. Head to Zomp for chic gold heels here on sale for $95. You need a black fur faux scarf from Mimco $129. All you need to cover any triple chins.
Camile over the Rainbow.
This is Camille .She is half french. You can tell non? She always wears simple pieces. Love the way that she’s grabbed the classics. Classics with a twist. Reworked in a new way. Pleat front black trousers are now in leather. $399 from Witchery. The stripe top is always right especially when it’s on sale at Saba for $36. A winter coat looks new when it’s oversized and straight to the knee. Love the colour blocking. Note: She has not gone off piste with the kooky colours. Red, black and camel. Chic expensive colours that will want to kiss everything else in your wardrobe. This is from Jaegar on sale for £149. Woo Hoo. Lastly can we talk about white heels? Stop screwing up that face. Get used to it. You will learn to love them. I have and I do. See the way the white heels suddenly make this look even cooler?!. All very inspired by Celine. Buy these white heels at Yoox . The exact copy from Celine’s pre fall 11show . Again on sale $155. Guaranteed to inject grooviness into any daggy ol’ wardrobe. FYI: The first collection Phoebe designed for Celine was in June 2009 .That was nearly 4 years ago. You want it all. You see, Fashion doesn’t move fast: just the information about it does. It takes years for fashion to filter down to the street. And, you know, you actually wearing it.
Carine Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia.
The message here? This is how you wear animal print. Here’s a 57 year old grandmother and a 33 year old both looking fabulous. The perfect example of how to rock the look. WITH NOTHING ELSE! Carine looks sensational in this stone double breasted Trench. But look closely and you can see why she ‘aint no daggy granny! White shoes with silver toe look totes chic with black opaques. ( tip: pointy toes are usually to be worn solely with pants). Buy from Wittner. She has added that chic camo scarf but not in a scary colours. Nope. In chic browns. Thank you Alexander MCqueen. Giovanna has thrown on an animal print coat over a classic black poloneck and a plain black skirt. it’s the oversize,loose I-just-threw-it-on shape of the coat that makes it chic. Remember tight and animal = scary. Tone down the animal or it’s tacky with a capital L for Las vegas. eeew. Buy an Animal print trench from Jaegar for £275 or Nordstrom $822. The edge? The wedge trainers. With black opaques. Buy $189 from Wittner. Note she has pulled back her hair to keep the silhouette clean. All the attention is on that coat. BTW: You can buy a Burberry trench here or Trenery trench for $349 or see Gorman’s leopard dress here. FYI. Carine is her boyfiend’s mother. So there.
Holli Rogers Buyng director at Net a porter.
This week we’re talking three different pants. Black leather, bright colour and jeans. All we need are jeans, jeans and more jeans. For any age. Any shape. What’s the key to this look? The way the jeans are not too skinny. Buy from Wrangler for $139. The funky new print sweater. The way she’s tucked that sweater into said jeans. Then added the chic simple belt. I much prefer this Equipment snakeskin print sweater US$298. The Peter Pilotto she’s wearing is potentially so hilariously Coogi it could be scary. The layering of the camo parka over the shoulders is totes cool. Buy one for $149 at SEED.( The fur is detachable.) Oh and the Valentino stud shoes. You’ve sobbed over them since we saw them last year, am I right? . My oh my. The mad mix of the pointy toe, the rebel studs and the flat heel all sum up the ironic philosophy of fashion. See how they snazz up the jeans without getting into an argument with the jacket. Ballet flats with this would look wrong. Sorry. You can buy Valentino flats here at Net a porter for $895. I insist. You deserve them: You’ve paid almost nothing for your wrangler jeans or your Seedheritage parka. That’s the way my crazy brain works. Better administer that medication now.