This season it’s all about hosiery that’s textured, coloured and a little interesting. (see Burberry left). For those who have no cellulite - or or think they have no cellulite- you must have the ‘Agent 99’ black wet-look leggings; $39. Also in silver for those feeling very mod. Or try ‘The Casette Society’ black wet look leggings that are horizontally ribbed all over $79. Snazzy. Love the chic little ‘Agent 99’ black classic rain trench $139. Check out the ‘Don’t ask Amanda’ cropped long sleeved knit in black $79. Please don’t ask her. She gets grumpy. Buy the ‘Alice in the Eve’ black leather biker jacket $249. As you know the biker jacket is hot. Wear it over pretty things so you don’t look like Cher. Wear it with chic grey so you don’t look like a dykie bikie. Love the Lee black long sleeved bat-wing dress $89. Wear it with converse white hi-tops $79 for that cool Erin Wasson model look. For a great casual basic you want the longline hoodie. Buy the Lee dark blue ‘sweater dress’ $109. Then try all the jeans on here til you find one that fits. Then buy 2 pairs.
I’ll let you in on a FiFi inside scoop: It’s tres chic here this winter. Shhh don’t tell anyone. Hint: after purchasing anything from Target pull the label and tell everyone it’s vintage. But don’t sit there twiddling your manicured fingers waiting for the Zac Posen collection (arriving on April 3) head here and start shopping. Start with Burberry inspired black stiff jeans with studs on the pocket $49; the divine silver and grey wool bomber jacket $59 or try the black leather bomber for a cool look $149. You must have the man style pleated wide grey pants $44 and the silver sleeveless metallic top $34. Is it legal for things to be so cheap but chic? Buy the grey fitted trench because it is a great cut and only $69. Then with all the money you have saved head to Cosmopolitan Shoes and buy yourself a the YSL Downtown tote (Left) and you thought it was from Target. Sorry. Check out the ‘Limited Editions’ range: Perfectly made, top-stitched and finished in high-quality fabrics. Love the silk and wool blend knitted shrug top in oatmeal or grey $69. Run over and check out the chic black silk dress with a perfect pin tuck neck $79. Outrageous There are also fabulous grey wool shorts with a drawstring pleated front and top stitched hem $59. Buy your opaque tights here for $6.99 in all the cool colours of this season. Fabulous.
You want a big fat oversized ring this season. An item du jour in The FiFi Report years ago they have now filtered down here to cheap but chic jewellery central. The best picks? Try the gold chunky ring with black diamantes on the side and a big black jewell stone $19.95; the gold chunky ring with many gold diamante specks $24.95 or try ther funky plain silver rock jewell ring $12.95. Check out the Barberella esque cuffs in belted gold or silver $12.95; the faceted stone bangle that clamps around the wrist like severe hardware $14.95 and the black bead and chain knot necklace $16.95. Wear pearls a la Chanel for an outrageous $9.95 for the necklace or buy the pearl ring $9.95. Sorry they are not real. If you want studs then you shall have them. Buy the Large crystal stud earrings for $12. Divine. Don’t forget the Marni inspired necklaces with Perspex bits and pieces for $16.95. ( see our marni inspiration shot below)
We love Kookai. You can’t go past their lovely winter basics and great cheap but chic finds. And if you do go past I insist you turn around and go back. We all need basics. Love the huge range of fine wool knit tops in so many fab colours and styles from turtle necks to V-necks. Great for layering in winter, prices start from $49. Adore the longline cardigan in grey (also available in brown) $129 and the sexy singlet style knit dress in black $109. Check out the wet look ‘art deco’ dress which is in a boxy 20’s shape ( very similar to the Marni dress pictured) $249. You want their funky version of a classic trench; It’s a black trench that does up at the front but drops at the waist with a pleated skirt $269 and very cute. You must buy the black crop leather jacket $349 – functional AND fashion.. it keeps you warm and looking good. Whatever will they think of next? Love the thick wool shrug in grey with a Scottish pin fastening at the front $149 and the gorgeous satin ballet slippers in grey or black with subtle diamantes $139. The platform black matte and patent leather ankle bootie will razz up any look $229. Buy the patent black large clutch with a huge round clasp $129 and the patent flat black leather boot (finishes just under the knee): THE one and only solution to a winter wardrobe pick me up $349.
I spy a new arrival of winter heels. Thank the Lord. Love the black patent and metallic surreal wedge that has a t-bar front and plated platform in black or red $159; the platform pump in creased black leather $159 (or regular black leather $149) and the fabulous ice skating-like lace up booties in vintage caramel or brown leather. So very Marc Jacobs (left) and perfect for the Autumn-Winter $159. Wear with a skating skirt and a cute little fitted jacket. Love the peep toe, black faux snake-skin leather heel which is also available in a glam Bronze $169. You will notice I am wearing these shoes on many occasions. They are very high but I don’t toddle (except when drunk) but run around like a true fashionista. They are so comfortable. ( botox in the foot is a must). Love the satin platforms with a crossover front and closed toe. Very YSL in black or rust satin $169.
It’s all very chambray, blue, black and white here. How fresh. So steer clear of anything too boudoir. It can be scary. I don’t want any FiFi readers scared. Makes the botox work over time. All that frowning. So smile and try the dark denim vest with a biker neck for a bit of vamp $245. It’s all happening in New York high street but this is the first sighting here: Ombre skinny jeans…. From black to white dip $245. If you don’t want jeans go for the navy ombre dipped mini skirt $145 or the long sleeved ombre navy tee $295. Love the cotton bell sleeved wide fitting top with a subtle bow on the front in white or blue chambray $235 and the navy box sleeved tee $125. Chic. Try wearing it under the grey/blue deep V-necked dress with ruching down the side $220. There’s a fab little shift dress in a black and white geometric print $345 or the more classic navy shift dress with white piping $360. If you want something a little left of field and a little kitsch then check out the jersey long sleeved tee with a white beaded bustier print on the front $145.
This is such a fabulous little boutique: Check out the Therese Rawstone collection: Love the slightly transparent black silk print sleeveless dress that is in a boxy shape and drops from the waist $615. (Also in fuchsia with black print).Wear it in winter layered over knits and Tees with black opaques and chunky heels. The Therese Rawstone white cotton top with a large bow on the front is cute $258 and so is the black cotton knit skivvy (also comes in olive) with tabs at the shoulder $231. Adore the gold short patchwork tunic made from a heavy doubled silk $465 and the Fillippa K wet look singlet dress $410 in black or beautiful bottle green (pictured in brown). There are many jumpers and knits here: check out the Gary Birgini black thick pullover $305 ; the Jack & Jac grey cable knit $375 or APC’s fabulous brown textured woollen knit $375. Lover, Ellery, APC (Paris), Heimstone (Paris) and To Sir With Love are all arriving instore in the next few weeks. Delicious.
Scanlan and Theodore:
There is to be no discussion: this is THE Australian designer label. Please pack your lunch and 3 credit cards. Then sell your car, and your mother in law and head straight here. Too many gorgeous clothes to mention. Adore the strappy A-line dress made out of a thick matte metallic wool with an ostrich feather hem. Very Chanel and absolutely divine. Drool over it in black or white $1,200. Buy the caramel or black lapin (rabbit; don’t worry Easter is over) knit stole which is very long and wide (and a great price) $400. The wool short jackets are divine and oh so luxurious with Mink fur collar and cuffs. $1,200. Dribble over the beautiful dress in gold lame with black trim and then buy the Christian Louboutin platforms or shoe booties. For a more relaxed luxe look wear the jersey wool stretch long sleeved dress in grey or black $400 or the beautiful cable knit thick woollen longline jumper $400 (available in lemon yellow or classic cream). The most beautiful piece here? The caramel and red feather stole. You can wear it tossed around the shoulders or around the waist (the brown and red feathers are attached to a black band). $1,200. TIP: In Melbourne check out the sale store in The GPO. So many great pieces, so little time…
Belinda Shoe Salon:
I see a few Repetto ballet flats shoes on sale now half price about $195. Thank you Belinda. Other pieces to buy include the fab Miu Miu white patent tote (in red too), the Marc Jacobs black quilted Stam bag ablout $2500; the big black Miu Miu ruched bag about $2200 with zips on the side and the divine black leather pleated Miu Miu one strap shoulder bag $1800. There are gorgeous Pierre Hardy heels and the Camel Miu Miu lady like bag about $1800. In the shoes you want the Prada black patent ballet flats; the ombre brown patent point heels and the Marni chunky heels. Fabulous.
So many new bags. So many new shoes. In the bags you want the Miu Miu cream quilted oversized bag about $2000; the grey patent lady- like Anya Hindmarsh bags with gold zips about $2000; and the Anya Hindmarsh grey shoulder bag. Love the Miu Miu black leather 2 handle tote that is very similar to the YSL muse bag about $1800 in cream too. Then buy the Miu Mui black patent lady-like 2 handle structured bag with gold hardware. In the shoes you still want the Marc Jacobs lace up shoe boots in grey with round toes and round heels; the Prada black trainers for the weekend and the Robert Clergerie lace up black suede wedge so you can tower over everyone and pat their heads.$898 Buy the Prada black patent round toe flats with a silver disc detail on the toe $648 so you can shop for hours on end without pain ( except to your credit card) and the Miu Miu pumps in a burgundy with a round toe and a chunky heel $598. Love the Miu miu cream flats and the Prada black heels with fairy heel. A little fantasy in the day is all we need.
I love the cashmere knits and throws here from Barbat and Suhr. Divine zip front cardigans in chic grey and oatmeal $345.
I love this store. It’s the new Mothership. For everyone. I have never seen a label copied by so many brands (High st and otherwise)and it’s great to go back to the original source and drool over the quality, workmanship and divine fabrics. Now for the good news: there is a rack of winter pieces that are now 50% off . Please pick yourself up from the floor; You’‘ll get dirt on your Marni jacket. Instead race down to Double Bay and buy the classic black pants now $475; the classic grey pants and the knits. I see tops for about $300 and some gorgeous dresses and more! In the Cruise collection you must have the chicest low-key luxe grey or oatmeal cardigan, v neck and long $1500; and the cotton poplin watermelon backless and sleeveless dress. If you love colour and print but not keen on too many florals you will love the fabulous virtual print dress in a futuristic style stripe. $1500. Buy the divine sleeveless cotton poplin greyblack rose print dress $1900 and multi pleat dress in lot of gorgeous blues $1600. The black opera coat in techno gaberdine with an elastised neckline $1900 is gorgeous and so is the burgundy print cherry red tunic dress $1200. Love the orange wallet , so easy to find in a big black hole of a handbag $375; the green patent bag $1200 and the shoes and, of course, the necklaces (see photo).