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FCUK: Best pieces are the Khaki distressed cotton belted ¾ coat $139; the skinny dark jeans $119; the plain V neck purple sweater with belt $119 and as reported last week I love the cream Aran cardigan $179.There is a handy V neck black fitted sweater with a self thin belt $99; a bronze lurex cap sleeve ruched T $59; a green floral cotton Victoriana shirt , cool $79. There are grey cotton crop cargo $89 and slouchy green wool check pants $139 for a bit of a manstyle look.
Cue: new pieces in this week: it’s great here for the working girl and for the Miu Miu Prada retro lady like looks. Go for the knits; a fitted scoop neck purple rib knit sweater $89; or invest in the fab green velvet blazer with tortoiseshell buttons $199. There is a black chiffon baggy loose T shirt, so chic with its own black velvet ribbon hem belt $189. The tulip skirts here are very good. The black flippy skirt with a grosgrain ribbon belt is great $189. Also check out the bags: a cute dark burgundy clutch with a bow leather trim $259 and the black long bag with brass buckles is subtle $269. The wide belts here with a silver buckles are rather perfect. $69
Veronika Maine: Very Marni in here with off beat colours and very 50’s style prints. Go for the fab dresses in grey and black; the best one is the black and grey dress with an eyelet ribbon details on the high empire waist ; the square neck waisted version is cool too. The tulip skirt with a bow on the side in the brown or grey is rather fab too for that classic look. Some come with their own self belt tie. There is a chic classic grey ¾ sleeve short jacket with bow details, very Marni esque $239 and a grey poloneck knit with a ruched front and short sleeves is good for trans seasonal weather.
Target: Don’t forget the choc brown jackets are reduced to $59 to $37; the ¾ black twill military single breasted coats with brass buttons $89 and the same in a peacoat $79. Barganza! A label snob? Just cut it out!! There is a black cotton bubble skirt with a turned up hem for $29. Outrageous.
Portmans: best pieces are the black/navy pinstripe city shorts with self belt $59; the fab oversized sunglasses $29; the cute black and white tweed cap $19 and the fab white Victoriana shirt $119. Love the silk pintuck purple shirt with full sleeves $99; the stripe grey and black T $59 and a simple white cotton pin tuck shirt, a bit crinkle cut $59. And don’t forget the crinkle, black, short sleeve Victoriana shirt $59 and of course the black velvet fitted blazer is a wardrobe staple $129.
Kookai: Check out the 40’s paisley jersey dress with full sleeves in a green or purple colorways $229, a bit Boho but I think it still works for winter. Also check out the simple baggy T’s $39 in stone or black; the navy and white chiffon print Balenciaga inspired top ( think Chinese plate pattern!) in a caftan style $139 and also the V neck floaty dress $219. It will look so good under a navy coat with boots. And there is a plain but handy cotton jersey, scoop neck empire dress $119 in stone and a chic stone velvet collarless fitted very Victorian style jacket $220. Checkout the brown wool prince of wales city shorts $119.
Esprit: The rib sweaters are cool with press studs on the V neck in lots of colours so you can break up the black you will be wearing $79; and check out the simple white long cuff self stripe shirt $89. There are some handy cotton black jeans here with a slight stripe $79; a cute brown faux fur chubby with crop sleeves, a but of fun and cheap but chic at $149. Will I mention the fabulous trench again here for $149? or the handy basic velvet jackets for $149? I repeat.
MNG: Best new pieces are the black and white floral print ruffle front sleeveless blouse $129; the black flounce Spanish ruffle dress with shoes string straps $389; the ivory satin black trim lace cami $199 and a brown tweed, very fitted blazer with black trim a la Chanel $229
Just Jeans: how good are the choc brown suede blazers for $149? Also in a fab soft soft pink. Also check out the cute sunglasses $34; the B & W tweed poor boy caps $16 and the best black velvet peacoat with silver buttons $129. Also buy the black velvet skinny stretch jeans $79; they are a good cut.
Nine west: if you are after strappy, simple, satin, sling back heels then nick in here : they are in bronze or black $139. Also the flat patent sandals are still and still cool; $129.
A/X Armani Exchange: Best pieces here are the fab brown tweed pants, with a bit of a boot cut but they are a great cut; the short tweed pleated skirt in brown is cute and so is the black leather fur trimmed zip front jacket. Also check out the lightly sequined front, fitted black bomber cardigan. There is a very simple, black, knit zip thro sweater it’s very long! Plus the bronze lurex sweater is cool.
Bettina Liano: best pieces are the lace ruffle Victoriana shirts $325; the divine ruffle organza sleeveless blouses in blush, black or white; a must buy $320. The black ruffle front, cotton, sleeveless deep V neck top $295, the cotton satine crop skinny pants are fab in a cream or black . Also check out the lace back crop skinny pants. Perfect.
Country Road: best pieces are the belted military black jacket $399; the fab black trench coat $399; the casual navy and white herringbone cotton pants $159; the simple black empire jersey dress with bell sleeves is very handy, has a flattering cut $99 and will be perfect will long black boots and a floppy 70’s hat ( you get the picture; so Love Story). Love the dark navy fedora $79; the fab stripe scarves and the bags are good too. Plus check out the Lanvin style beads on ribbon and the flat boots. And the silk oyster print cami is perfect under all the black and brown you are wearing for winter and lightens it up $139; The pintuck white cotton shirt is very nice $99. The plain brown almost bronze silk cami is also very handy for $79. There is a very classic black pencil skirt here but it could be longer $169.
David Lawrence: best pieces here are the knits: love the oatmeal or grey simple wide neck sweaters $129, the brown tweed skirt A line $159; the brown pleat skirt (good for work). The dark grey T -shirt with a tiny bit of sparkle trim on the V neck is cute $89.
Max & Co: the coats! the coats! the coats! It’s all about the coats here even if it is too hot to wear them. Go for black and white tweed fitted princess coat $695;a great price for a stunning coat. Wear it over jeans, wear it over a pencil skirt, toss it over a divine floaty chiffon floral dress (a al Burberry Prorsum) with boots. The black rabbit fur scarf is so gorgeous and glamorous, poor little bunnies $210. The brown felt floppy hat is very 70’s and looks cool $120.
Wayne Cooper: love all the black here; the velvet spot chiffon shirt with bell sleeves is a winner and so is the black organza tulip skirt with a black bow on the waist.
Queenspark: they always have very good bags that are, very shall we say? inspired by Chloe, YSL and Prada. The black slouch bag with brass studs and woven detail on the edges is good for $240.
Zimmerman: the winter stock has been late coming in but the best buy has to be the divine light wool black coat ; it’s double breasted with gorgeous tulip sleeves and you could almost wear it as a dress. The slinky sexy jersey dress with a knot back is gorgeous in red or black or purple $374 and the sunglasses in here are really groovy.
Evelyn Miles: check out the new Luella bags here: the red and blue patch work structured bags is chic $1100 and so is the huge black bag , almost a weekender $2180. The Evelyn Miles own brand, moc croc flat pointy boots $858 are divine! Also in brown and with a cuff so lovely and very Jimmy Choo. Check out the black patent flats with a black grosgrain bow, a must buy $398 but they are just about sold out! The Sergio Rossi gold and black suede sandals with a chunky heel and ankle strap are fab $998 and sp are the Miu Miu choc brown sandals with amazing big blue encrusted stones, very Balenciaga $628 ( in a heel version or flat and also in black with brown stones). Buy the Miu Miu brown/bronze studded heels $828; the flat black riding boots $1298 and the Rossi mini platform ankle straps with gros grain bow in black $948. Buy the Rossi suede navy and green platforms ankle strap sandals- could be the Lanvins - that are still here from before Christmas and begging to be bought $728. There are the fab cream suede pearl encrusted Zanotti flats for $898 which I am begging for.
David Jones on Seven: Checkout the fab Calvin Klein wool black 3/4 coat $1799; the Dolce Gabbana brown tweed, fitted, jacket $1499; the Dolce Gabbana leopard, 50’s chiffon dress $5999; the Dolce Gabbana black chiffon, tie front blouse with pearl buttons $899; and the beautiful tan /beige trouser suit $3999. There is alots of divine Chloe here and you must come in to see it even if just to drool: check out the soft pink V neck tops $1799; the amazing white lace dress with black trim, seen in all the advertising or very similar $6899; the beautiful black satin skirt $2469; and the pretty white blouse $1599. Also there are some pieces from last season on sale; white lace shirts are now half price at $1000; a pretty print shirt is now $1500. There is a fab green diamante trim cami $6999; an ivory blouse with tiny black spots now $2099. Also check out the beautiful wool melton peacoat, collarless, with a belt $4499; and a navy wool peacoat $1799 in military style plus grey wool melton slouch pant $949. At Jil Sander check out the brown belted wool Melton coat $4999;the gorgoeus white cuffed shirt $799; the choc brown leather long jacket $4599 and the black collarless coat, a bit Yohji looking $3499 with patch pockets, and a navy wool peacoat for you at $2999.
The Ralph Lauren here is just too boring to report.
Bally: The handbags are a fantastic buy here: fabulous quality and the prices not as outrageous as the other Italian designer labels: love the choc brown suede structured bag with silver hardware $1450; the black very structured handbag with short handles, very lady like with silver hardware and pockets $1450; the superb black woven leather bag with silver hardware and a shorter handle in a more casual shape is divine. The black pointy boots with a kitten heel are just what you want for a more refined and chic look and are sensational with suiting. The black round flats with white stitching are gorgeous and have a silver buckle, just the thing for lifting all that black about $450. For evening buy the brown satin peep toe heels with a bit of bling diamante on the toe about $550. Delcious.