Witchery: A lot of classic navy pieces here if that’s’ what you need. Buy the black empire cotton jersey black dress $99; the black puffa jacket if you are off to New York and a blizzard, a great buy at $149; the cool paisley navy chiffon Victoriana shirt $119 and the choc brown bag a la Prada mentioned last week. Check out the chic grey V-neck sweaters with a jewelled trim a la Prada $119 and the round toe ballet flats in black $129. There are cool black round toe boots $229 and chic little black cord velvet city shorts $129.
MNG: New in this week is: Black ruffle lace sleeveless top $179; the cute little bags in pleather with hardware $79; chic, white, cotton, wide, slouch pant $119 and the nice black fitted blazer is chic $229. There is a cheap but chic beige stone nylon trench (shortish) with epaulettes $129 and the cute cotton cord black, crop, military jacket (collarless) with a belt $119. There are cute white racer back tanks with 3 buttons $19; and buy the fab white/cream princess coat with black buttons $329; the cute empire dresses and the tweed cuffed shorts shorts.
Just Jeans: check out the cute military jackets in cotton drill $89; the stripe tops $39; the cute grey and black wide stripe, wrap, cotton jersey dress $89.
Cue: Oh so lanvin/Miu Miu here and it looks good; it may look conservative but it’s the way you put it together in unexpected ways a la Miu Miu that makes it all work and look modern. Check out the ¾ sleeve rib knit in purple $85; the burgundy cotton jersey baggy, empire top $55; the black chiffon tie back dress in chiffon $225 and the black pencil skirt is great with a back pleat ( no slits) and it’s over the knee $99; There is a teal tank $69; and an empire shift dress in a subtle pinstripe $179
Nine West: check out the gold or red/purple strappy patent wedges $159; and the gold or black patent T bar flat sandals with an ankle strap $149.
Esprit: check out the cute black halter empire top $79; the chic little black trench $149; the white cotton cute little DB peacoat with a belt $149; the white cotton pique empire cami, so handy under black $69 and the velvet straight leg black pants $119.
Portmans: There is a cool grey jersey wrap dress with a collar and with a black ribbon belt $99; a grey knit V neck button front top $39; and the cute black velvet knicker bockers ( what else to call them ) are cool with silver buttons detail on the hem $79. The jewellery here is good cheap but chic. The black jet is the go, and of course don’t forget the sunglasses.
Mollini: check out the round toe cuffed boots, a great buy at $268; the very groovy purple suede ankle boots with a drape side ( for the very young and skinny) $198; the moc croc, wedge, peep toe heels $128 and the best cheap but chic evening heels are the black satin, raw edged peep toes heels with a little diamante strip $128. Buy the outrageous red, grey or dark navy sequin square toe ballets flat $148.
French Connection: There is a classic navy and cream knit V neck sweater $79; a white Victoriana pintuck tie front blouse $79; a cute blue multi print chiffon blouse $99 and a stone cotton, short, crop trench, almost a wrap jacket ( no buttons) with a belt $159.
Wittner shoes: There are some cool boots here: check out the wedge cuffed boots with square ish toe $299; the round toe, cuffed, brown platform boots $399; the flat, round toe, choc brown suede $189 with a cuff ; and the round toe black pumps with a cone heel a la Prada $129.
Supre: Bless them, they are so cheap. Buy a black cotton cropped with puff sleeve blazer for you for $45; also in stone. There are skinny black cotton jeans $60 and cute little grey silver metallic bucket bag with silver ring detail is $30. Why not?
Oxford: go here for work wear suiting: there is a chic little black pinstripe flippy skirt $139; will look great with boots and a peacoat.
Sportsgirl: it’s all happening here. Checkout all the handy scoop neck baggy cap sleeve T’ s in a cool purple, black or light grey, they are a must buy $29; the V neck long sleeve tiny bling trim top in grey marle $99; the cute blouse in a 70’s print in purple green muted colours $79; the skinny leg black pants $79; and the dark denim skinny jeans $89. There are some fab big sunglasses in a sqaure shape $34; way cool. Also sunglasses in a funky red or white. For the young. Buy the cool little dark grey pleather utility bag with white stitching and pockets and extendable strap $49; the dark brown low platform boots $199 and the cute stud wedges $99 with ankle strap in black. The jewellery here is great and so is the black grey and navy stripe T- shirt $29.
Midas: check out the chocolate, round toe, heel boots $468; the tan mini platform heels with crossover straps $249; the choc brown velvet peep toe bow front heels, the only shoe to buy $198. Also in black or green velvet. Also love the Chloe esque round toe flats in beige or black with square brass buckle $228. There are faux croc round toe heels $248; Lanvin style wooden stacked platform heels with round toe $268, and the fab wedge black boots are a must buy $428.
Country Road: new in is a cream pinstripe grey linen blazer $299; very good classic stone narrow pants $169; a white, lace trim cami with black halter straps $149; the white pintuck cuffed shirt is chic $89; and the cute little stone silk cami in beige teal hibiscus print is handy $129. Buy the grey duffle coat for those weekends away $349 and simple V neck knits in every colour $119.
Bettina Liano: has some chic little new winter pieces in store: check out the gorgeous black ruffle edge sleeveless organza blouse $320; the fab lace edge cap sleeve top (spot petticoat top) $325;the stretchy skinny leg jeans $190; but the dark denim are the best $220 with white stitching. And for the funky out there buy the so –very- 80’s denim, ruffle edge, Victoriana shirt $270 (coming back to haunt me but it’s cool ;sad but true). There is a dress version too; there are some cool pleat front city shorts in black. $279. NB: pleat front trousers are on the way back : get used to it .
Morrissey: Check out the autumn rust print chiffon dress $329; and the purple chiffon blouse s/s tie front $169.
David Jones: Check out the choc brown suede wedge boots with wrap and toe ankle strap $1300 (what designer? ); and the Robert Robert boots with the brass buckle $329.
A/X Armani Exchange: Looking good: For the funky groovex out there buy the light bronze metallic jacket with a zip front $529; the oyster satin flared skirt $159; the navy and tweed baggy slouch pant $199 and the cute rib shrug black cable $169. Also check out the zip front silky knit Alaia style top in black $199 and the cute black satin cami with tiny jewelled shoestring straps $109
Longchamps: check out the new bags, they are rather gorgeous but they are getting up there in prices and now compare to serious designer labels.There is a fab big black buckle bag with white stitching $1500 and divine choc brown soft bags with a flap and buckle in all sorts of shapes $1100.
Prada; http://prada.com/ heaven is here; Some of the spring summer 06 collection has arrived: The luggage collection seen in all the magazines with the coat of arms across linen fabric with chic leather trim. All rather divine. Buy the vintage style trunk and the suitcase but there is a huge selection. Choose the black and tan trimmed bags or the cream neutral with tan leather in all sorts of great shapes. The tall doctors bag is rather divine $2000 and so are the very square structured bags. There is also a huge selection of black nylon bags in every shape and size(for the Japanese tourists?). In the accessories check out the divine gold eyelet belts in choc brown $430; the cute black leather ipod case $350 or mobile phone case; the fabulous wallets in lots of great colours gelato colours and divine sunglasses $350. In the shoes buy the black ankle strap, wedge peep toe heels; the brown T bar flat sandals $650 with white stitching ; also in a heeled version. There are gorgeous black patent, mini heel sandals with black patent daisy front $600 and patent ankle strap heels with studs details $600. In the clothes buy the pretty, soft cream linen, simple almost shapeless shift dress with black straps as seen in all the mags $2780; the cute silk silver grey shift dress with a touch of navy scribble print $3040; the robot T shirt $570; the white eyelet lace placket shirt $2180 and the fabulous dark navy chiffon dress cut off the shoulder with black ribbon belt $$. Buy the Prada Sport cream sundress, 50’s style with shoestring straps $760; the scoop neck tank $$480; the cotton stone or black pleat skirt $630 and the pencil cotton drill cargo skirt $630. Buy the fab fitted, black zip thro, knit sweater $680 and the jeans. Now read the reviews from WWD of the next winter 06 shown this week in Milan ” The reign of the lady is officially over. Whatever doubts that may have lingered on that point were squelched definitively by Miuccia Prada, whose fall collection was as spectacularly beautiful as it was bold. Prada put forth an audacious vision of fall’s wrapped-up, toughed-up aesthetic. Hers is overtly chic, a fascinating, almost impossibly deft fusion of refined and raw elements in which each held equal sway. She showed against Rem Koolhaus projections of jungle scenes fading in and out of various cityscapes in what seemed almost too-obvious juxtaposition: fashion for an urban jungle. The clothes, sensual in their sobriety, were rooted in Japanese, sports and medieval warrior references with no color and almost no embellishment — save for patches of rugged, uncut fur that delivered the primal punch. Almost everything was black or dark gray, with an insert or two of dark brown at the end. The looks emerged as clean, strong, uncluttered layers finished with spectacular outerwear, often a luxed-up parka or stadium coat that typically sported fur somewhere — on hoods, patch pockets, sleeves, or a skunk-like panel in back. Everything was sturdy — coats, knits, shoes, bags, even the lingerie, heavily constructed black bras worn over thick gray sweaters.”