Oscar ice queens & vampy glams

Today’s Oscar red carpet is a style swarm of icy, frothy concoctions and sexy, vampy hues. Read on for fashionfoodfatale’s verdict.

Elizabeth Banks in Versace

FFF verdict: Elizabeth has hit gold with this pretty lavender hue, corseted bodice and cascade of ruffles.  Best of all, it goes beyond pretty territory. There is something quite fierce about this frock and we like it.

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa

FFF verdict: Disappointing! Sandra has been on a fashion winning streak at late but has come last in this red carpet race. It’s a little too Dynasty for us and not in a good way. Bland, blah and badly fitting (what is she hiding under that too-long hemline?). We do love the red lippie though. Thank the Beauty God for small mercies.

Anna Kendrick in Elie Saab

FFF verdict: Utterly gorgeous although some major jewellery is in need here. Perhaps some fabulous gold shoulder dusters. Her shoes have us salivating. 

Amanda Seigfried in Armani Prive

FFF verdict: There is not doubt this dress is beautiful, but not so on the pale and petite Amanda? She looks anemic. Where is the jewellery? Plus her hair is far too severe. A greasy comb-over does not a Red Carpet Queen make. 

Carey Mulligan in Prada

FFF verdict: Our first glimpse of black tonight. She looks lovely but is just not hitting the mark. Not quite whimicial enough for Carey although we do love the tiny charms adorning her bodice including teeny tiny little knives and forks (very fashionfoodfatale). 

Tina Fey in Michael Kors

FFF verdict: Whilst her hair might be channeling Sarah Palin, Tina is “rock”ing this leopard print, one shoulder Kors to perfection. Love the minimal accessorising too. 

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Oscar Food: Hungry like the Wolf

In Hollywood terms, he’s almost as famous as the little gold man. Legendary chef Wolfgang Puck will once again weave his culinary magic over the annual post Oscar’s bash — the Governors Ball. So if you were joining the A-listers for the evening, what would you be eating?

Mini Kobe Burgers with Aged Cheddar and Remoulade; Wasabi Pea Crusted Crab Cake with Mango and Thai Basil; House Smoked Salmon, Potato Galette, Creme Fraiche and Baby Greens with Butler-passed Warm Brioche; Chicken Pot Pie with Yukon Gold Potatoes, Baby Heirloom Vegetables and Homemade Pastry Crust; and “L’Etoile de Oscar”—Baked Alaska with Espresso Glace, Guittard L’Etoile du Nord Chocolate Sorbet and Toasted Meringue.

A few other fun facts: the Governors Ball will host 1500 guests, attended to by 900 wait and 250 culinary staff. There will 1200 Bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne, an 18 Piece all female orchestra and for the first time, Academy Award winners will be able to have their Oscar statuettes personalised with engraved nameplates at the Ball.

However — if you miss out on an actual award, fear not. You get to take home the traditional chocolate Oscar covered in 24 carat gold!

How do we get a ticket?!


Fashion for the fearless

Fall/Winter 2010 fashion is not for the faint-hearted. In one corner we have the Tribal Princess (top: Ann Demulmeester and Lanvin) and in the other, Mad Max-esque Warrior Women (bottom: Rick Owens and A.F. Vandevorst). Fur, skins, plumage, leather and layered necklets clash with strongly exaggerated silhouettes, haphazardly swathed suede and  hard core hardware all in a fierce colour palette of black, red, grey and metallic. Whilst shoes are as important as ever, it would appear that fearless fashion pieces are on a par with the fiercest of heels. Most of all, a steely attitude and confidant stance are non-negotiable and a warrior woman’s most important accessories for the new season.   

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Quick Bites: Grace Jones, Carine Roitfeld & Tom Ford

  • Grace Jones (who is 62. YES 62!) has performed at Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb bash in Paris.
  • Another front row banning! Balenciaga has severed ties with French Vogue, with Carine Roitfeld and her editors not attending the fall 2010 show in Paris. thecut
  • Tom Ford women’s wear collection is moving closer to reality. According to markets sources in Europe, Ford has quietly begun recruiting designers, including accessories specialists, for the forthcoming launch. Meanwhile, Ford will dress hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin for the 82nd Oscar’s ceremony. WWD

FFF's Oscar Noms

Come Sunday night, we will finally see what this year’s Oscar red carpet chooses to throw at us. Impatient as we are, we have come up with what we would like to see Meryl, Sandra and Maggie et al wear when they visit the little Gold man. 

Drew Barrymore: Drew has been a little grey of late. Whilst we have loved her “Grey Gardens” moment consisting of lots of vintage-inspired constructed gowns in nude, nude and nude, we think it’s time to shake things up a little. And what better way than with a dose of lilac ruffled Halston. Sprinkle liberally with diamonds and she’s a winner.

Carey Mulligan: We are feeling pink for Carey and when Audrey Tatou stole our first choice of hot pink Lanvin for the Baftas, we chose Chanel for Ms Mulligan. Long, luxe, pink and sparkling, it’s like pink Persian Fairy Floss. Red carpet delicious.

Helen Mirren: Head-to-toe, heavily embellished Lanvin for Ms Mirren. We would die to see this. It’s uber-sophisticated and fit for a Silver Screen Queen. We love.  

Kate Hudson: If Kate pulls out white again we may well blanc out. We are stealing nude from Drew and slipping it on Kate. Her “Nine” body will more than do this Donna Karan justice. 

Maggie Gyllenhaal: Maggie does off-beat seamlessly plus we are loving orange right now. This is a BIG Bottega Veneta gown to pull off, but if anyone will, it’s Maggie.

Marion Coutidard: We tried her in every other designer, but she is a Dior girl thorugh and through. She is made for this gown; sexy but sweet. Just like Marion. 

Meryl Streep: Meryl looks best in dark, midnight hues. A touch of navy and a little bit of structure is just what she needs. How fabulous would she look in this Givenchy pant suit?  It is Streep-to-a-T.

Penelope Cruz: Red, it must be RED for our fiery little Spaniard. Penelope has had a red on red carpet mishap before (she virtually vanished and was but a floating head), but we are confident this Dior concoction will stand out. Love her and love this dress. 

Sandra Bullock: Sandra has been all about purple of late which is why we are throwing her in navy. The perfect update, this Armani Prive dress is sleek, minimal and modern and sure to show off her lithe, athletic shape to Oscar perfection. 

Love or not? Let us know and don’t forget to check in with us Monday morning for our FFF Oscar debrief. May the best (and most red carpet-worthy) win!  Happy Oscars people!

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Paris Fashion Week: Balenciaga

The A/W 2010 collections have kicked off in the City of Lights.  Two of our faves, Balenciaga and Balmain treaded the boards overnight and whilst Balmain remains the same (albeit less MASH and more glam rock) Balenciaga has served up something completely special. It’s Pop Art meets A Space Odyssey and we suspect Andy Warhol would completely dig it. It’s futuristic with a 70’s vibe.  Waisted streamlined silhouettes with padding in select areas to give it the edge we always suspected noughties fashion might look like. Best of all though is the colour palette: pale blue, cherry red, mustard yellow, sky blue and caramel in varying size Pop Art-esque stripes, spots and newspaper print. Reminiscent of Courrèges’ collections of the late 60’s (a designer well ahead of his time), this is a refreshing and exciting twist for the house of Balenciaga.
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Quick Bites: Anna impersonators, Merci + Liberty, Carla Bruni & YSL 


  • As if Alex Katz’ portrait of Anna Wintour (sans sunglasses) wasn’t
    irksome enough, this week we had to contend with possibly the worst imperonating effort ever. Protesters at Milan Fashion Week donned Doris Day wigs and sunglasses that frankly AW wouldn’t be seen dead in. Will the real Anna please stand up! Both pics via
  • FFF’s fave Parisian concept store and London’s Liberty department store is set to launch its home and clothing collection this week featuring Liberty’s iconic floral prints. The collection will be available at Merci and Liberty for 3 weeks only.
  • Carla Burni has welcomed the Russian President at a State dinner in an extremely form fitting Roland Mouret dress. What makes it all the more remarkable is that she doesn’t appear to be wearing any support beneath. Tres admirable! But what was she thinking when she slipped on those shoes?! Quel horreur! Check it out and do you agree?
  • A major YSL exhibition is to open in Paris’ Le Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts from March 11 -August 29 2010. It will feature 250 garments as well as a selection of objects, drawings, photographs and films covering his 40 years of design. For details log onto

Quick Bites: The invention of cooking & McDonald's Macarons?

  • Did the discovery of cooking make us human? According to a new theory, if we hadn’t ‘invented’ and learned how to cook, we would still look like Chimpanzees and would spend most of our day chewing as the average person would need to consume approximately five kilos of raw food to get their required calorie intake to survive. That equates to a lot of chewing … around 6 hours worth. Meat, and the ability to cook food, are the changes man made to separate us from the animals. So to speak. Read more about this fascinating theory on BBC News.
  • It seems the beloved French Macaron might be in trouble! McDonalds (along with other chains) have started serving McVersions of this national treasure, and the French are not happy! They don’t like ‘homogenised’ versions of their culinary icons, and that doesn’t just go for cheese. So is the fragile little Macaron destined to become the next cupcake? Read the scandalous report on the Wall Street Journal!

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We heart YSL Sping 2010

We are hopelessly in love with the new YSL spring 2010 ad campaign.

Created by Stefano Pilati and starring Natalia Vodianova, it is quintessential YSL; simply stylish, sublimely styled and utterly modern.

We want it all. See more at


The perfect dancing partner

We are not immune to a splash of flash, which is why this Studio 54-esque lame blazer by Richard Nicoll is right up our New York alley. 

The perfect day-to-night piece, we need this swinging and dancing in our wardrobes pronto!

See you on the dance floor!

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Quick Bites: Naomi gets nasty & Vogue Italia

  • Having had two (yes two!) jumpy moments with fashion’s most tempestuous supermodel (see right in Paris in 2009), FFF is closely (and nervously!) following Naomi Campbell’s latest temper tantrum, this time apparently directed at her poor limo driver in NY. Read the full post at
  • We love Vogue Italia’s feature on 70’s model Pat Cleveland. Grab an espresso, sit back and enjoy at Favoloso!



Power it up

From left: Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Brian Atwood 6 inch heels

As products of the 80’s we are just a little more than excited at the prospect of filling our wardrobes with full-on Wall Street inspired wear next season. 

Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci did it best at Milan Fashion Week. Think big shoulders, double breasted jackets and pant suits worn with heels so high they would rival the Rockefeller. Oh and we can’t wait for the next Wall Street installment either. Mmm we say Gekko is good. Go Gordon!

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Quick Bites: Decadestwo pop-up sale & Daphne Guinness

  • Daphne Guinness will exhibit part of her wardrobe as part of an exhibition on her unique style at the Fashion Institute of Technology in September 2011. Including creations by
    Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Dolce & Gabbana and Azzedine Alaïa,it will run through January 2012. Read on at 
  • Come March 18, a New York pop-up shop of Decadestwo, the LA designer resale mecca, will appear above the KiKi de Montparnasse boutique in SoHo carrying a selection of designer clothing from the Nineties to now with up to 80 percent off labels like Balenciaga, Chloé, Marc Jacobs, Prada and Chanel, with pieces pulled from the closets of fashionistas like Julianne Moore and Rachel Zoe. But it gets better. On March 21, the pop-up shop will host a one-day only shoe sale with Louboutins and Manolos priced at $150 or less! Yes! Read and swoon on at

Moroccan quick fix

I had a friend drop over Sunday afternoon, who then stayed on for dinner at my behest. But what to cook? A quick scan of the fridge revealed some organic chicken thighs, olives, fresh herbs and some dates. A riffle through my spice collection, and we had the makings of a more-ish Moroccan feast, without too much fuss.

The evening would have been picture perfect if I could have slipped into one of Megan Park’s kaftanesque creations… maybe next time.

Quick Fix Moroccan Chicken
Place approx 8 trimmed and halved chicken thighs in a mixing bowl with the following –
3 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
A knuckle ginger, grated
1 1/2 tsp each ground cumin, paprika, turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 cinnamon sticks
1 lemon, halved and finely sliced
Sea salt & pepper

Mix the chicken with the above and coat well, then leave to marinate for at least 20mins. Meanwhile, finely chop 2 onions (red or white) and sauté in a little olive oil in a fry-pan until pale gold, and add a cup of hot water to the pan. Then transfer to and scatter over the bottom of an oven proof baking dish.

Quickly sauté the chicken pieces in the fry-pan until sealed, and just starting to turn gold. Transfer the chicken pieces and any juices or marinade to the baking dish, and place on top of the onions. Cover and bake in a 200C oven for approx 30mins. Scatter some halved and pitted olives and dates over the top and continue to cook for another 10-15mins or until chicken is tender and cooked.

Serve with couscous strewn with toasted almond flakes, chopped mint, parsley and coriander, and some extra lemon.


Quick Bites: SJP in VB, Kate Moss & Marni w/Current/Elliott

  • Sarah Jessica Parker has worn a coral coloured crepe concotion by Victoria Bechham to the White House today reports the Huffington Post. Too posh!
  • Kate Moss has signed to star in a new ballet, Baryshnimoss opposite world famous dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. Read the full report at Strange but true…
  • We can’t wait for the Marni and Current/Elliott co-branded line of denim to be launched later this year. Read on the WSJ Blogs.



Nails Noni-style @ Alexander Wang

We were nibbling our nails with excitement to see one of our fave FFF contributors painting up a storm at NY Fashion Week. Fabulous Noni Creme of butterLondon slicked the delicious Yummy Mummy hue of beige-nude on model fingertips at Alexander Wang’s A/W 2010 collection in NY last week.

W Magazine has named Creme’s combo of polish and butter London’s unique Matt Finish treatment the beauty obsession of the week. We couldn’t agree more. Beige is back!


Geek chic

How fabulous was it to see Prada’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection live streamed on friday! And what a collection.  60’s inspired complete with cat eye specs, pointy kitten heels and pea coats, it screamed “Sexy Librarian”.  

This is old-school Prada; classic, unique and completely wearable. We love. 

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Vitello Tonnato = deliziosa!

It was sweltering here today, so we packed up a picnic, picked up my children Miss B and Batman and headed straight to Cottesloe Beach. Both were devastated fish ‘n’ chips weren’t on the menu, but once they dug into my all-time FAVOURITE summer dish of Vitello Tonnato they were converted!

A cold dish combining paper thin tender veal with a creamy tuna sauce and capers, it makes the perfect picnic fodder. My mother G and (aunt) MiaZia have been making this particular dish for years. Give it a whirl and make extra tuna sauce for bread dunking.

As the Italians say “Deliziosa”.

Try this version by on Jamie Oliver’s blog, or a tried and true version from the Grand Dame of British cooking, Delia. Enjoy!


Brown bag it

FFF favourites The Jewels of New York have spun their considerable culinary magic on an old school favourite — the Brown Bag Lunch.

Beautifully packaged, the Brown Bag includes sublime sandwiches like the Miss Piggy (spicy pulled pork, pickled fennel and cilantro served on a brioche bun), Triton (tuna, white bean spread, pickled onions and frisee on ciabatta) and Southern Belle (fried chicken slaw and maple syrup served on waffle). The menu also features soup of the day and seasonal green salad, and all Brown Bags come with Zapp’s potato chips and a homemade cookie.

Attention class! When lunch is this smart it gets an A+.

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Quick Bites: Gaga, Armani and McQueen 

  • Following their Grammy Award red carpet collaboration, Giorigo Armani has confirmed today that Giorgio Armani he has created costumes for Lady Gaga to wear on her Monster tour. We can’t wait! Read the full report.
  • Meantime a Giorigo Armani retrospecitve is due to open in at his Fifth Avenue flagship store in NYC from March 5-21. It will include pieces worn by Penelope Cruz, Anne Hathaway and of course La Gaga. Read full more here.
  • Alexander McQueen’s funeral took place in London today.  A public memorial will be held later in the year. Read at