Wandering through the stores I am always finding many cool things to hanker after but then this week there was indescribable joy. I arrived at Scanlan and Theodore. I screamed with delight (as my Amex screamed in pain) It’s all divine. Oh joy of joys. It really makes the job of shopping so worthwhile. The only place to shop this week. ( oh apart from Cosmo shoes which made me hyperventilate.)
Portmans: Best pieces are the black strapless cotton 50’s dress with a wide belt $99; a cute black patent ballet flats with cream trim $39; the black A line paneled high waisted skirt $89 (the fabric is average but what do you want for $89?); the grey and black print 50’s skirt with its own tie belt $69. Check out the navy or stone cotton twill blazer $89; the cute Balenciaga style chiffon zig zag stripe blouse $69; the stone crop trench is here for $119 and don’t forget the fabulous cheap but chic wide YSL style patent belts $29.
Kookai: there is a huge sale here with more than 50% off. I see some cool gold bags, navy and lots of great tops and simple dresses.
Witchery: Lots new in. Checkout the good fashion items the cream lace short sleeve T $79; also in black ; the black and white print blouse $129; the shoe string empire sundress in white is good if you are off to St Tropez $189 and the black and white print 50’s dress with a belt in cotton $159. There is a groovy black satin sleeveless Victoriana high collar blouse with a gathered hem $99 and a satin silk cami $69. There are some fab wooden tan wood wedge heels $129 and a Prada style distressed leather bag $189 in brown. Buy the grey marle cotton singlet dress or it a nightie? Cute $49. There are the silver pointy sling backs $149 and very cool gold plaited roman sandals with an ankle strap $99.
Enzo Angiolini: on sale so check out the fab oversized drawstring choc 2 handle bags now about $139 ( were $359) and the simple choc black peep toe heels $99.
Cue: Rush in here for some absolutely fabulous belts ( probably sold out!, they have executed a sensational Fendi copy in patent cream $169 plus a divine cream and black thin patent belt $69 and a fab silver sparkle belt for about $89. Cool. Best pieces here are light grey 50;s style dress with a high waist and a wide belt $269; the purple cotton corset top a la Marni with a wrap and toe belt $139; the very long grey marle T shirt with rolled up cap sleeves $39; and the simple cap sleeve dress with a wide belt $249. Plus check out the simple long sleeve T with bell sleeves – how chic!- $69. The puff sleeve jacket is very chic and a great fir a la Balenciaga so it flares out and realy gives a waist definition ( remember that part of your body?) $259. The fabric is quite good too. The dark grey marle knit s/s T is chic $59.
Scanlan and Theodore: Oh you are a thing of beauty! Where to start to describe all? Everything, and I mean everything, here is absolutely gorgeous. You want it all. Start with little navy V neck dress with a blet and bow $300; the snappy white with navy stripe cap puff sleeve T with a V neck $220; the cool cream wide empire frill dress $350 and the gorgeous cotton knit poets blouse with red chiffon tie $300. Buy the divine black jacket with a black patent belt $650; the satin tie shoulder dress $450 with an egg shape skirt ; the gorgeous red chiffon baby doll dress with cap sleeve and a belt $600 and the navy silk tunic dress with its own wide overstated belt $650. Then drool over the beautiful 40’s style jacket $680; the heavy knit black pencil skirt very Alaia with a big waist band $320 and the cute black and navy stripe fishermans top $160. Then try to squeeze onto the credit card and buy the beautiful black gathered neckline empire sleeveless dress with a black patent belt, in an amazing fabric $620; the white tank with bow appliqués on the front ( sounds too cute but it’s not) and the little red cap sleeve knit $120. There is an amazing gold mini bubble skirt dress $500; a divine beige belted V neck card $300 and black ruffle cardigan jacket $350. You must have the black patent flower brooch , very Chanel $120 and the navy cape $500. I could go o n and on or perhaps I should move in….
Jigsaw: are still on sale: best pieces are a grey flecked coat $249; (Grey is huge for next winter so that’s a great buy. Also check out the Parkas which are also going to be a big fashion story next winter (Prada showed them so that’s enough evidence) Buy one here on sale and belt it in a la Prada for $169. Also checkout the slim paneled grey pencil cotton twill skirt $69; a double cuff white shirt $95 and check out the suiting. Go for the dark grey suits here on sale for about $199. I see a denim peacoat not on sale $$239; cute light blue rib knit $139; a fab stone trench coat $329 and a long scoop neck dress in fine knit wool $99.
Country Road: Best pieces are new Prada style distressed leather 2 handle bags in red or tan $299; (the red is always right in Country Road); the light blue satin contrast dress with a big oyster bow and trim $299; a gold shimmer empire top in bleached sand $129 with a ruffle edge. There is a fab floppy black hat which we all need and want for summer $79.Buy the wide neck stipe T $59; the V neck crop cream card $129 and the fab black V-neck cardigan with a navy trim and a belt $139. The wool melton peacoat is here again for $349. Buy the slouch mens style pants in grey $199; the satin trim tank in navy $89 and the 50’s style sundress in black $159.
Mimco: love the fabulous small structured clutch bags in black or red patent or even dark denim about $100; the snake skin thin belt $99; the choc brown over sized bag with resin chain details about $300 and the Lucite red or black cuffs $69. Also check out the big oversized everyday bag in navy with a white trim $269 and the double handle big barrel bags in a light tan or black $369. Plus all the jewellery is fantastic here.
Max and Co: has the new season spring pieces arrived but it’s a bit too boho here. Dommage. Best pieces are the denim crop shorts with a navy ribbon belt $195 and the same in a full wide pleat skirt $370. There is a short 3/4 stone trench $695; simple black suede blazer $895 also in tan, and a cotton twill sand car/ peacoat with tan leather trim $580.
Midas: Check out the simple roman flat sandals $158; the copy of the Chanel flat bootie sandals with a T bar $158 and the pointy toe black patent platforms $168. Love the ballet flats here.
Cosmo shoes: Wow this is shoe heaven. It seems every divine shoe known to mankind has made its way here. There are just too many to describe but I do adore the Alaia collection; Buy the black patent cork platform sandals, also in red $1050; the Alaia silver and black wedge sandals $1250; the Alaia flat black suede roman sandals $1200 and the Alaia denim wedges also in Scanlan $1200. Then there is the amazing choc brown suede cork wedges $1550; the denim chambray wedge peep tote heels $1200 and the beige cork wedges $1050. The Alaia peep toe black fabric with chunky heels $1200 are gorgeous. Then buy the Balenciaga shoes. Oh go on. They are just fabulous. Check out the flat silver and black futuristic sandals seen in all the magazines $1450 the must big red leather chunky heel sandals gorgeous with a tie front $1050 and the red linen heels with a sling back $1050 and the taupe suede platforms $1450. There are very chic orange or green suede peep toe ankle straps $1050. Buy the YSL round toe black suede sling back with a stone toe $1150. There are thousands of shoes here. Dolce Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Barbara Bui. On sale there racks as usual of al sorts of amazing shoes from Jimmy Choo to Sergio Rossi to YSL from about $300.
Belinda Double Bay: The news here is that Belinda is opening a stand alone Marni store in Double Bay and of course the sensational Corner Shop has opened in The Strand Arcade. There are more pieces arrived here from Marni: Check out the Marni cotton beige dress with a drawstring grey fabric belt $645; the cute white sleeveless sundress with wide straps and paneled in cotton $1067; the white sleeveless V neck wrap and tie top $845; and the divine dingle dangle tortoiseshell, leather and resin necklace $795. Also the white patent disc necklaces are fantastic for $545. There are gorgeous bags and tops and belts all scattered with the cut out leather or plastic discs. Not as much Miu Miu as last time surprise surprise ! Check out the fab white cotton dress with a wrap and tie waist $995; the white narrow cotton pants $430 and the gorgeous white and graphic print car coat (the trench/coat for summer is big news) $1840. Buy the cream, chiffon, crepe de chine top with black straps and a frill $690 and the black skinny cotton twill pants $540. There is a poplin black and white print empire dress with cap sleeves $1400 and a black sleeveless washed muslin cotton top with a frill $630. Check out a divine cream crepe de chine cami with frills and black straps $420. Check out the red poplin African tie dye print 50’s skirt is cool $970 and the oversized man style blue cotton shirt, very cool for $395. Then buy the Calypso collection with a lot of brightly coloured wrinkle crinkle cotton dresses and the cute lurex cardigans in great colours are around $250.
Belinda shoe salon: Please remember many shoes and bags would have since left the building. There are some new shoes in from Proenza Schouler ust arrived: divine nude suede and brown heels about $800 and some fab simple tan leather crossover heels about $700.Don’t be shocked but they do not have a plaform. Also here are some fab Miu Miu tan leather mules with a wooden sole $395; gorgeous Chloe chunky wooden sole heels with punched leather and an ankle strap $1095 and the Marni disc encrusted platform heels in choc brown $845. Buy the cute Marni black sandals with a check stone trim $995; the Marni tan shoulder bag with the disc enamel trim $1600; the black patent flats and the too too divine Chloe pointy toe satin slippers with a jewel encrusted toe $995. Love the red Chloe chunky heels with an ankle strap $795; the gorgeous Chloe choc peep toe satin heels with a ribbon detail $795 ; the Barbara Bui choc peep toe heels $895 and the Chloe black chunky heel sandals $795. You want the fabulous Miu Miu peep toe patent heels $485 and the sparkle crossover heels in silver and black $545. And all the bags. Mais oui!