Monday, September 12, 2011

Chanel 2.55 for tots (fake)

Uber cute!

After a bit of an absence, I am happy to be back & there is no happier topic to start with than....Chanel.....

I normally loathe fakes in clothing & accessories and I am expert enough to pick them up at, oh, about a thousand paces.

But this is different.


The fake is a replica of the uber classic Chanel 2.55 bag, but its for tots.

PS: 2.55 stands for the release date, February 1955.

PPS: Here is the grown up version in the Westfield Sydney CBD pop up store window in July 2011. This bag is re created every season in size, shape, leathers, handles etc. Its a life long classic.

Back to the bags for tots....

I found these bags at a kids store in Westfield North Rocks.
They were so cute I had to post about them.

They were $15 each
The day prior they also had a hot pink.

Then I got to thinking about other colours -

black for the classic tot
navy for the chic (French) tot
camel for the Euro chic tot
pale pink for the girlie tot
red for the glamorous tot
white for the nautical tot

Lets not get started on prints, tweeds, sequins etc!

I didnt know what Chanel was til I was about 16 - I remember a girlfriend who worked with me at Grace Bros (the old Myer store) raving about camelias and quilted bags & Claudia Schiffer. So I went & looked up "the look" so I could understand her excitement. I got it.

And so these cute bags are a great way to start a little one on the path of Chanel-dom.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Elegant or Weird? You be the judge.

Elegant or weird? You be the judge.
Madonna v Halle Berry

You may have seen these photos of Madonna this week at the Venice Film Festival.
The event was the premiere of WE, which also was her directoral debut. The movie was about Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII.

Her frock was a custom Vionnet dress in pale blue with red beaded butterflies. Her look was generally applauded buy the fashion commentators (the film makers panned her movie).

They (the fashion people, not the movie people!) said that the dress showed off her toned arms - IMO the extra fabric at the sleeves just looked like bad dressmaking.

Then there are the heart shape.....eyeroll.......they are Miu Miu & frankly it looks like she borrowed them from her daughter's Lourdes' dress up wardrobe. Are they suitable for an event like the Venice Film Festival? even if you are Madonna!!!!!

Plus I wish she had done her roots too! Hairdresser please!!!!!

Now lets look at the back......

They (darned fashion people) also said the extra fabric cut on the bias at the back showed off the curve of her lower spine (ie: bum).

However (enlarge the photo) when I look at the way its gathered at the back, it looks to be like there's a few safety pins holding it together!

Also look at the way the underside of the fabric shows up with the shadows of the butterflies (attached on the good side)....I shake my head. Yucky, yucky, yucky.....

Maybe I am getting old, but this look just did absolutely nothing for me. Overall yucky, yucky, yucky too!

In contrast, the only previous "similar" red carpet dress which came to mind for me is a Valentino couture frock worn by Halle Berry many, many, many years ago.


A column, with red rosettes concentrated at the waist. Similar but beautifully styled and fitted. Say no more.

I realise they are different, but frankly give me elegant glamour over weird stuff any day!!!!!

Books - Michelle Obama, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor

I found these three books on sale today & I pounced. Michelle Obama, Audrey Hepburn & Elizabeth Taylor. Three very different styles. Which one represents you?

Fabulous book on how Michelle Obama mixes high & low to create her own unique look which projects confidence and highlights her best features.

Includes details of her life and her earlier more conservative lawyer style.
Most of all, the book emphasizes that whist her style is integral to who she is, she doesnt let it take over & run her agenda.

A discussion on the cardigan whose status Michelle has single handedly raised to classic power item status.

A chapter on her love of bold florals - Warning - dont try this is you are petite!

This caught my eye - lovely classic look.

What do you think of this?
The event: 20 Summit, Pittsburgh 2009 with Carla Bruni, ex super model & now wife of the French President.
Which dress do you prefer for that event?


Whilst I am not a huge fan Elizabeth Taylor, contrary to her taste in husbands, her style is quite distinct and definite. I love that trait of certainty in a person.

I also liked that this book has some amazing photos of early Liz which show a very different style to her later years.

oohhh, look at this one......I adore polka dots! & it has a collar at the back....

Chic, chic, chic

Never seen a poncho look i liked - but this one is amazing!

I grew up in the these shots call out to me......

Love everything about this Ocsar dress

Another early shot in her pink dressing room

Another early promo, so young....& here style evolved quite dramatically during her career from cute/pretty/feminine to sexy/dramatic.


This book is made up entirely of photos of global magazine covers of Audrey Hepburn.

I love seeing the lesser known photos. But its also a treat to see the common photos being presented & styled differently depending on which country they are from. The country of origin is identified for each cover photos.

Interestingly, this book confirms that her style stayed true throughout her life.

Breakfast anyone? at Tiffanys of course.....

Lovely modelling shots!

Navy & white - totally classic (I adore nautical looks)

Au revoir! Until next time.....