Everyone keep calm! The bling backlash has started ! Prada showed a nearly totally black collection in Milan “ To go back to something structured, strong, and womanly, to strip back on stupid frills, print, and decoration”. But,” she added, “even though we are talking about minimalism again, it cannot be sad and depressing.” Prada sad or depressing? Never! check it out at http://www.style.com/fashionshows/collections/F2005RTW/review/PRADA
Sportscraft: have done some good shopper bags in choc brown suede with white leather trim but why write ‘sportscraft’ on it? $189
Witchery: don’t forget they have cool cotton shrunken jackets $129 and some great chinos. Target:In homewares: they have all those leather boxes in with white stitching in red and choc brown, for about $100. FCUK; Don’t forget they have the cool DVF style wrap print dress $158. Mimco: still have lots of fabulous brooches and some fab red beads and lots of great bangles. And I do love the extra big slouch nylon bag $120.
Kookai: have too much pink, and pastel but there is a cool ruffle chiffon top $149, and a cool cream cotton blazer $199 and also the jewels here are cheap but chic, check out the wide diamante cuff. Dangerfield: are having a huge sale of their cheapo bags, worth a rummage. MNG: Check out the stone shrunken blazer $189, the leather caramel jacket $289, and the nice stone belted peacock/trench $159 and the Missoni copy reds and orange kimino top $88. Nine West: Have some chic velvet open toe heels $159 with big jewel front in lots of colours and very YSL ‘lips’ ankle strap heels in moc croc in burgundy and green $129. Cue: Have a cool brown velvet shrunken jacket $279, and a black brocade skirt with a flip hem $129, a green cotton peacoat $289 and the grey rib tops are handy $89.Esprit: have a cool cream chunky knot zip cardigan $89, a belted trench $129 and black jersey flippy skirt $89, plus checkout the suede Tods loafers in great colours $99. David Jones; Are selling Trelise Cooper sequin slouch bags for $199 seen in Supre for about $30 oops!
Wayne Cooper: has done a fab velvet blazer $395 and pants $220
David Jones: Have some cool /tote/shopper bags by Pedder in leather $325 in light blue, orange and green. Big and handy. Furla has done a red moc croc handbag, very structured $760 and I like the tan slouch one with a black metal buckle $670. Armani Exchange: have some cool V neck ribbed/paneled knits (flattering) $169, some black high waisted narrow pants (oh dear, with braces) $199, a white cord jacket $133, but there is too much hot pink and black ,very ‘like a virgin” Madonna (read: scary and so 2 seasons ago).There are some nice white singlets with silver beading $129 and a really cool stone peacoat with a belt $200 ish, and a black wrap chiffon shirt $159. Check out the fab distressed leather messenger style bags in red or choc $189 and the black V neck shirt with short crochet sleeves $199 and the dull flat red leather blazer cool for $800,and the black and white tweed mini for you with the good legs $149.Myer: have a fab Karen Walker trench $999, and a cool Camilla and marc stone velvet blazer $540, a chic Mad Cortes black wrap cardigan with a ribbon belt $488, and some more Agnes B. Also don’t forget the new season’s Cacherel and DKNY in here and the See By Chloe. And I love the Wayne Cooper leopard print trench coat $598. Country Road: have great side pocket chinos, very Helmut Lang $149 and fab brown pleated print skirt $159, plus check out the rib choc knits cardigans $149 and the black classic pants in a slight pinstripe $229. Max & CoHave lots of new things on and it looks great, you want the black tweed skirt coat $595 , the red and black tweed skirt $270, the black flippy paneled jersey skirt, very handy $240 and the red classic sweater $215. Check out the black pinstripe side pocket pants $$, a camel cashmere coat $950, very tailored, and the canvas belted trench $545, and the V neck Knit in orange and red $215, Plus find a fab black 50’s skirt pleated with a stone belt $290. Karen Millen: She is huge in Engand but it doesn’t seem to work here, maybe a bit too Versace? And with all the BohoChic and the lady like looks around it doesn’t work. The best pieces are in black: a jacket $535 and the paneled Polo neck knits with a horsebit silver detail $315. David Jones: Have some juicy couture orange velvet track pants and zip tops if you must. And an Armani Jeans fab tweed zip jacket with a hideous pink detachable fur collar $850. ( thank god) And check out the trench coat by Endless Spirit for $150 ish and Table Eight have done a good cheap fake fur shrug with velvet collar $159.
Evelyn Miles:Love the Sergio Rossi bags in green $1200, and choc suede, plus the round heel tan boots $1000 and the amazing Rossi blue and green suede boots with a swirl patchwork $$$ Escada Sport: have a clever leather croissant shape bag in great colours ( red, orange,mint, choc,blue) with a detachable strap so the different colour straps are interchangeable $1200. Also there are some tweed jackets in browns $1120, and cashmere knit mint sweaters $560, and a black canvas bag with white stitching $595. Christensen Copenhagen : Are on sale and you want the Fillipa K knits now half price $148,very classic.Ralph Lauren: I like the Khaki rib knits with a buttons along the shoulder $199, and the navy and white stripe T with a cute red lining and trim $129 (by Ralph Lauren Golf).Weekend MaxMara has some lovely classic things; The lime rib sweater $380, the black velvet jacket $710 and the black cord skirt , the green puffa jacket for those weekends away $490, the rust T shirt knit with a pink trim $470 and the ruffle grey knit top $470.You want the grey tweed shrunken jacket $650, the grey arglyle knit sweater $295, the divine cashmere grey ( or red) peacoat $1140, and the short belted cream trench $1175.
Prada: Heaven in here: lots of new seasons spring summer. You’ll find the much photographed peacock skirt, the divine stripe knits $850, the tweed black and cream skirt $1990, and the burgundy chunky knit polo top with a red collar $890. Buy the green pleat skirt $1330, the stone pleat skirt $990 and the tweed crochet navy dress $$$. In accessories you want the patent red and orange sandals $770, the classic square toe suede and patent two tone sling backs in lots of colours $700 and the ‘seahorse’ T bar sandals $500. The ‘flower’ bags are all here in canvas with amazing crafty seascape patchwork embroidery $1200, and I love the tote shoppers with different colour leather trim $1150. And then there are the gorgeous leather bags with huge eyelets that everyone has copied $1800. Also the stripe crochet shawl is here for $510. In Prada Sport the T-shirts are very good $240 and so are the black crop cargoes $540. Why go anywhere else? Check out all the seahorse, fisherman leather brooches $250 and there are a lot more jeweled brooches if you missed out first time around $290.
Belinda: the Stella McCartney has arrived, will report next week