Target: Yes, there are more printed skirt here; check out the white ones with black beading too $44, the simple drawstring sand linen pants $24; the black drawstring lazy black pants $29. Check out the swimwear. I rather like the black or brown swimsuits with ring details, either with a boy leg or a string bikini $29 each for top or bottom. There are also a few graphic print styles as well. Oh and don’t forget the chic but cheap race wear hats here: outrageous prices and they are chic for about $25! There are also some good cotton canvas croissant shape slouch bags in choc brown with white stitching $19, and also lots of great slouch metallic silver or bronze bags for about $19. They look cheap and they are but they are groovy (for the young). And go here for thongs in great colours: white, blue, black silver oh and um, yes pink $6.99.Kookai: have chic, caramel suede slouch bags with silver studs, $189, checkout the brown and blue soft chiffon cami $79; a pretty chiffon burgundy wrap print top $109 and some cute cuffed black shorts $89.There are some cool , very Balenciaga style military ‘Napoleon’ jackets with big brass buttons doubled up the front $189 with epaulettes; a cute green satin blouse with ribbon belt $119 and a chic, graphic print burgundy/ orange/ cream jersey wrap top $119. I see watermelon here. David Jones: Check out a cute label called Putsch http://www.putschuk.com/ and their white candy stripe cotton halter dresses $129 and tops $89. Armani Jeans: Check out the outrageous silver crop denim jacket $510; the red linen fitted shirt $299 and cool white jeans $289 and please buy the exceptional and very simple red T shirts $149 ( don’t go for the watermelon) and check out the cherry red jersey top with slits shoulders $129. There is a cute little simple shift dress $289 too. Check out the label Mint here in D’J’s too, there are some sweet dresses and skirts. Witchery: Love the boob tubes; so handy to wear under jackets for that square neckline look $39; the chic little brown strapless jersey dress $99 with a belt; the very hippy boho chic wrap white top $59; then there is the Chloe Paddington bag in great colours if you must buy the fake go for the choc brown $199. The silver lurex tanks are ideal for razzing up any black $59 and please buy the handy espadrilles. There is a lot of watermelon but you can ignore that and go for the choc brown and the grey maille tanks with a jewel trim (if you are last person in the world to own one) $69 also in white. Also check out the very handy grey cotton track pants. Best buy is the black chiffon blouse with short sleeves, very handy and so important for next winter $99.Table eight: If you missed out last year on a beaded print caftan then bless you; head here for a chic green print caftan here $129.Sportscraft: the chic, light blue trench coat from last season is on sale now $200. Just Jeans: have a great selection of the baggy racer back T shirt in lots of colours $24, a white cotton blazer $89 and cow boy hats for the beach if you must. Mollini: love their chic little toe thongs in silver or black, they have an ankle strap so they are very Jackie O in Capri. $89. Also check out their wedges $168. Cue: Love the very Prada sheer chiffon panelled dress with a high neck;( it has a petticoat) also in light blue $249; the fab Miu Miu graphic print skirt is still here in browns and mustard $179; the divine navy/ black and red stripe cotton top with a cute ribbon waistband $129 and the simple cream sheer chiffon blouse ( with under cami) $169. A lot to choose from here so check out the very Prada polo knit tops in great 50’s flat colours like green and mustard $99. Good for layering.Check out the site http://www.cue.cc/cue.htmlMNG: They have a few of their next winter pieces here: check out the Khaki military jackets $250; the Gucci style black blouse with big puffed sleeves $79; the cute gold lurex crop (just under the boobs!) poloneck sweater $49 and the chic dark grey satin ribbon trim tank $59. Also check out the very Marni black and white print dress $199.
Saba: Have a cute little soft cream/watermelon print blouse with tiny flowers $245; a Missoni style print knit top $245 and a snazzy silver grey goddess style dress $395. There is a chic gold linen metallic bolero jacket $395; cute pinstripe cotton short, shorts with cuffs $195 and a sexy mama cream halter jersey cream dress $295. Buy the shorts shorts in beige cotton $145 if you are Kate Moss. There is also a chic 40’s style print chiffon dress $495 with cap sleeves. Also check out the brown suiting here for the office there are good jackets at $495 and pants. Jigsaw; check out the dark denim trousers $149; the light denim, simple A Line skirt $155 and the handy pencil skirt $169.Bettina Liano: Love the short, shorts If only I could wear them: $229, the groovy waistcoats $265, the cute denim jackets/peacoat with brass buttons $395; the lemon knit top with a lurex and gold stripe and batwing sleeves, a bit out there, very early 80’s $259 and the cool bolero top $220.There is a cool double breasted cotton camel jacket $269; and don’t forget to check out the orange/brown Missoni stripe story. New in is a brown/red/white batik print story; go for the shorts (to knee) $179 and the cute mini skirts $220. How gorgeous is the white dress with the metallic linen empire bodice? $250. Very. Karen Millen; Has a very Dolce Gabbana black and red rose print bustier $270;a nice wrap dress in black with a silver buckle belt $430; a sexy black pencil skirt $230 plus a very nice red cotton trench $525.Sass and Bide: Check out the very sixties skirt with a Jackson Pollock kind of splattered print $650 in red and cream; the cool jeans and the funky crop denim bolero jackets.Check out the Tommy Hilfiger watches in David Jones: I prefer the men’s ones, some are very Hermes inspired and rather chic for the price; $270. Calvin Klein jeans: Best pieces are the knit black rib tank $99 and the short sleeve stone shirtwaister dress $129. Zimmerman: Love their black or grey stripe fitted blazer, great cut $538, there is a slinky drape blue top $239; white shorts $179 and a gorgeous slinky goddess dress with a plunging neckline $330. Also available as a top. There is a great black strapless silk dress with a full skirt $339. Talk about handy thrown with a textured plaited belt. Buy the blazer in fine black and white stripe $500; it’s a great cut. Country Road: Check out the green or blue sexy chiffon goddess cami tops $159; the brown ruched cami with raw exposed seams $149; and a pleated chiffon, brown, pleated, full skirt with a chic wide satin trimmed hem $189. There is the sexy green goddess dress $290 and I like the gold linen metallic blazer with a raw edge . Queenspark: They have a version of the Paddington bag and also I think a Fendi bag on choc brown .go in and have a look. Wayne Cooper: has a fab black pencil skirt with. buttons up the front and cool 70’s patch pockets; a must buy for any wardrobe. Around $200.
There’s not a lot to report on in this week so instead let’s get the inside scoop from WWD on what designers are showing for summer 06 at New York Fashion week: The key words? Romantic optimism and pragmatic chic. Marc Jacobs: Genuinely provocative fashion. Jacobs said he’s sick of the beachification of city style, that real fashion demands “a little more work.” Which made for an entertaining way to push fall’s major points — pretty sobriety and volume — more into the mainstream. Throughout, he stripped away girliness wherever possible (”I wanted to avoid frills, bows and disgustingly sweet things — the things I used to love”). Thus, fall’s tulle dirndls stiffened into A-line skirts over knife-pleated petticoats, huge smocks deflated into tentish coats and lace-veiled cardigans defrocked into cashmere sweatshirts. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Layering, of course, is a signature of this secondary line, and for spring, Jacobs topped unitards with everything from a parachute jacket to a floral-print silk dress. There were also arm-warmers, leggings, and stirrup pants, which, sadly, still aren’t ripe for a comeback. He used soft, cozy materials like French terry, cotton sateen, voile, and summer twill, in a palette of mostly pastels with shots of black and navy, and precious few on his signature zany prints. Proenza Schouler So much for minimalism. Not that they have ever endorsed austerity, but after this duo’s Arts and Crafts-inflected spring collection, the much buzzed-about trend may be dead in the water. Working in a shadowy palette of black, gray, silver, and white, the designers established a restricted silhouette: Michael Kors: The designer’s big mission was to tone down the flash without becoming a bore. To that end, he mixed austere tailoring with softer pieces, working in black, white and sober neutrals but touched with just the right amount of sparkle. The whole thing was a feast of pragmatic chic.Narciso Rodriguez: Many of Rodriguez’s clothes just looked too familiar. Given fashion’s new austerity — and the void left by Jil Sander and Helmut Lang — this could be a golden moment for Rodriguez. But first he needs to mine a little deeper for new ways to express his so-chic aesthetic. DKNY: “You know when you just want to feng shui and clean house?” asked Karan, Finally swinging away from embellishment to the nth degree, there was nary a jewel or bead to be seen. Still, as she was quick to point out, Karan hasn’t scrubbed away the sensuality or detail, though the latter was restricted to flat pleats on chiffon dresses and belts tied into bows that were more stark than sweet. Luella Bartley has been a member of the country-club set for years now, but she’s the sort of cardholder who’s always on the verge of getting kicked out for breaking the dress code. From start to finish, the clothes were dolled up with cheeky sky-high spectator pumps, men’s-style golf shoes and great big-buckled leather bags.