FiFi’s Favourite Finds…..
Dangerfield: Louise Brooks T shirts $49, cats eyes sunglasses $24 and a cute straw trilby $24.
Bardot: Love the very Stella McCartney black leather zip through hoodie $329.
Shoobiz: Buy the Tony Bianco, very Miu Miu esque pleated two handle tote in cement or black with brass buckles $89 and the flat silver T bar (or black patent) sandals $29.
Diva: You want the huge, elaborate (very Givenchy) chandelier earrings in black $16.
Wittner Shoes: So you want shoes that are comfortable but still fashion? You are in luck. Buy the Zoe Wittner black or caramel wedges that sit flat (they are all on one level and you don’t have to walk tippy toes). With a chic white over stitching and cross over straps they are chic de la chic. Comfort city. $149.
Morrissey: Love the simple black V neck dress, sleeveless, waisted $299.
Stella McCartney for Addidas in David Jones: Silver platinum zip front reflective bomber jacket with zip away hood. This is very sporty and fabulous $290.
Country Road: Black pleated chiffon round neck, sleeveless dress with a grosgrain belt. A must buy. Wear over a white Tee with T bar flats, wear with a huge jeweled necklace and heels. Wear for day with your favourite wedges. $249.
Witchery: Buy the black chiffon belted harem pants on sale $69.
This is the place to go for cheap but chic shoes and bags:
• Checkout the very Mulberry inspired white patent 2 handle tote with outside pockets with black patent trim $69. Also with a red trim.
• There are platform T bar wedge platforms in silver and black patent, very Fendi $69.
• Love the white flat gladiators (or in black with brass studs) $49. No, they are not leather. This could be a good thing.
• Buy the flat thong style sandals : sling back with a cross over front with a clear Perspex insert in orange, black, mustard and green $29.
• You want the flat T bar sandals in red patent a la last season Miu Miu. They have a black elastic sling back and a very wide front T bar. So chic. So love the idea of $49.
Head here for this season’s casual staples at great prices.
• Check out the dark denim, short cuffed shorts with front pleating. These are for those who didn’t wear them the first time round. Unless you are Elle McPherson. Wear with heels, a cute Tee and a blazer. $39.
• Love the black cotton, button through shirt dress with epaulettes, and belted with no visible or obvious stitching. Swap the belt for one in brown or red leather. Wear with a flash of black lace peeping out to sex it up. Wear with your YSL short boots. (Or with flat gladiators but you knew that. Didn’t you?) $49.
• Buy the dark denim shirt dress with cute cap sleeves and a fitted shape. There are so many denim shirt dresses around this season but I love this one because it has no obvious stitching (it makes it so much chicer). It maybe a little long in length so shorten it and sex it up too. $59.
• Love the slightly faded dark denim one button blazer. You need one of these especially when it is just $59. Wear over black, over a white tank, with skinny harem pants or high waist YSL 80’s style pants. Throw on over a pretty dress. Don’t forget FiFi’s Fashion rule #1: Toughen it up with gladiator tough heels or you will look too soft. Oh and daggy. FiFi report readers must never look daggy.
• The short grey flannel shorts are now on sale for $24. Wear these now and into next winter with opaque tights and short boots.
Always fabulous here. From accessories to dresses and tops…
• Buy the long Maxi dress in grey and cream check. It has a ruffle hem and wide bra safe straps. This is definitely for wearing on weekends. Or casually around the pool. No heels please. The style could be a little frou frou but worn with flats and no jewels you will be chic. $179.
• Love the green and purple swirl print (on cream) V neck kaftan top $79. Beach wear. • Buy the oversized grey marle Tee with elastic on the hem of the sleeve which adds a little je ne said quoi. Remember if you wear sloppy and over sized on top you must have narrow skirts or pants on the bottom or you will be doing an impersonation of the Michelin Man. He is fat and not very sexy if you didn’t know. This is not such a good thing. $69.
• Love the chic white round Tee with cute muslin puff sleeves. They were here last year and still look so right. A little bit more interesting than a boring white Tee $69.
• The black multi ruffle dress with cap sleeves is fab. Ruffles are a huge trend for the season. This would look great with the Armani Exchange short crop leather jacket. $199.
• Buy the very YSL inspired, high waist, baggy, cuffed cotton pants $139. So eighties, so right on the money. Invest now and wear for seasons. Tuck everything in and don’t wear tunic tops with these pants. You want narrow Tanks and tight little Tees. You want heels. You want a waist and you shall have one.
I see quite a few great classic buys:
• Invest in the Missoni style zig zag print blouse with a pussy bow tie front in subtle reds, orange and taupe. THE blouse is hot. Wear it with jeans and sexy heels. So perfect for this warm transseasonal weather. Wear with short shorts if you can buy a pair of long thin legs. $199.
• Love the linen blue denim pants with a wide leg and side pockets. Wear as you would jeans $199.
• Buy the black cotton paneled shift dress with side pockets and cap sleeves. Almost A Line, it’s a classic to take you through to summer. It has a chic exposed zip down the back a la Lanvin. Now on sale $159.
• I see the ubiquitous shirt dress here in blue linen/denim with short sleeves and belted. Cool $229.
• Buy the black cotton satine one button blazer with a cute puff on the shoulders, love it now on sale $209. Wear over a white tank, with shorts, with jeans, or with a full fifties skirt. You need a blazer. It’s as simple as that.
• You want the black cotton double breasted belted trench with black buttons. The trench addiction is not cured $379.
Always great here for fashion forward pieces that are fabulous prices and good Italian quality.
• Check out the black leather jacket that is very, very short and cropped. It could be a bolero. So cool. It does not have any obvious stitching and has black buttons. Wear with all high waisted skirts and pants. Wear over your punk slogan Tees and of course over the pretty floral dress. $599.
• Love the black silk cami top with a grey and cream V neck trim. The shoulders straps are bra safe and in the cream. This is fabulous to wear right now under a jacket. You will live in this top all summer. You could even have dinner and go to sleep in it. $129.
• You want the black nylon bomber jacket that has a zip and with an elastic belt $239. The zip bomber is everywhere this season. I mentioned last week in Giordano and it’s turning up everywhere. Sporty Luxe lives on. Wear with a pencil skirt and a bright tank. Wear with short shorts. It’s not about the rain. And it’s not about wearing it for exercising.
• How cute is the tunic aqua blue cotton shift dress with rolled up cap sleeves? Very. It has a sublte spot through the fabric and is simple and chic. Also in white. It may be too short for people with muffin knees. $159.
Max and Co:
Love this store…so many great pieces.
• Buy the divine brown purple orange floral dress with sheer chiffon poets sleeves in a print and the dress in a graphic print brown contrast check. Love it $400. Wear with boots under a coat. Wear with flat gladiators, wear with a leather jacket.
• I am addicted and I don’t care: Love the black cotton double breasted belted trench $675. Oh and then buy the stone nylon double breasted trench (with matching stone buttons). The difference? The sleeves have chic, bell shape cuffs. So chic. Wear with everything: Jeans, over a pretty dress, over an LBD, over a sequin top $696.
• For a casual chic you want the grey cotton dress with an inbuilt white tank. It has a pleated front, and a little drawstring toggle waist. Also in black. This is the perfect day dress for summer. $335.
• You want the short crop, black nylon bomber/Blouson jacket with short puff sleeves and a hidden brass zip. $370.
• Adore the yellow/orange paisley grandpa shirt dress. The colours are gorgeous and you could throw it on and walk out the door. With flat sandals and a chic tote. It’s fabulous $315.
• Love the red and white stripe boat neck sailor top $135. We love stripes. We love a sailor top. We love a sailor.
The chic winter collection is instore but check out the rack of summer clothes on sale…
• Love the black fine knit oversized V neck sweater with black jet and white beading scattered around neckline $600. Gorgeous. Wear with leggings, over a pencil skirt or with short shorts.
• Invest in the simple and classic black knit jersey button through top $595.
• We all need and want a white shirt with double cuffs $645.
• Love the black crinkle patent slouch bag about $1000.
• Buy the grey flannel wide leg cuffed pants. Pants are a huge trend for next winter. By now wear forever. $695.
• The khaki cotton shirt dress is now on sale $460. Yes please.
Balenciaga Spring 2009 Show
Style.com reports… ‘Backstage at Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquière talked about his collection, quite simply, as an exploration of "matte and shine, playing with textures to see how they reflect or absorb light. And playing with our house codes." There’s nothing remotely simple, however, about the complex, futuristic synthesis of line, cut, and glinting surfaces that played out on his runway. It involved silvered Lurex streaking over skin to cover legs, feet, and hands; asymmetric combinations of drape and structure; bonded jersey pantsuits with A-line tunic tops; tissue-fine metallic crinkle-pleated jackets; and, somewhere in the middle, pale suede pieces that looked as if they might have been extruded from some high-spec industrial machine. The show built to an amazing finale series of dresses cut in iridescent gold, silver, pewter, green, and pink ribbon. As one of the models stepped onto the runway in a sequined sheath, Ghesquière glanced over and remarked, "She looks like a solar panel, no?" The genius of Balenciaga is Ghesquière’s projection of couture techniques into the world of new technology. A crude stab at describing it might be "sci-fi couture," but the truth is his mind-set renders stock fashion vocabulary redundant. Ghesquière works without references or narrative, pushing experimentation with fabric and cut to the nth degree. Cleverer still is the sense of a grounded core: the recognizable, desirable developments of pants (the evolution of his jodhpurs in mackintosh fabric; the sophisticated motocross shapes), and the precious, shiny, chic bags clutched in every hand’