Hot Shop

November 13, 2002

Going to London anytime soon? If so – not only are you lucky, but you?d also want to check out Aussie girl,Alison Hempel?s fab boutique Coco Ribbon. Hempel has set up this Coco Ribbon with British pal, Sophie Threapleton and it seems that the Australian designer is making waves. We want to be there right now! The boutique is the ultimate in exclusivity. Coco Ribbon has new labels from South Africa and Australia. They harbour lingerie and swimwear by Zimmerman and Starlet. They?ve got Terry Biviano heels, frocks from Leona Edmiston and jeans and cords by Envie. Dinosaur Designs? resin crockery is there too. Apparently the most popular export is Cadbury Cherry Ripe. The girls offer this Australian delicacy to customers and what?s more?they?re free.Coco Ribbon – 21, Kensington Park Rd, London, W11 2EU.

Multi-tasking product

Most women are looking to carry less in their handbags. The product that can really provide the space we all crave is Bobbi Brown?s Extra Smoothing Balm, ($100). On spec, it sounds like what it says it is – a balm. But still waters run deep. Try manicure

cream, glow stick (for a radiating complexion) and frizzy hair tamer. The balm does all of this and more? so we say create some space and pop one in your handbag.Special Tip

The palest of pink is making a surprise return in the world of lip style. Lips, this season are soft and pink with a high, new millennium shine. For perfect colour, try it first by putting on a layer of L?Oreal?s Shine Delice Sheer Shimmering Lipcolour in Pink Lemonade, ($17.50). After you?ve done that, dab over L?Oreal?s new Glass Shine High Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Shimmer, ($18.50) The way to make it work is to mess it up a little and not make it look so innocent by adding dark, sultry eyes – a la Twiggy-yet 2003 style.

Embroidery is the way of the future

And you heard it here. Not just embroidery,

Embroided face up singlet – Jeans West

embossing and beading too. We?re talking that free-spirited look made famous by our talented foremothers who actually did all the work by hand. We know it?s back, so either get the needle pack out and start sewing or failing that keep you eyes pealed for any special hand crafter pieces. We found the perfect sandal to wear with bohemian and embroidered pieces.

Elle Effe?s Indian style thongs-embroidery for the feet. Wedges, ($59.95) and flats, ($49.95)Check out Jeans West for their hip free-spirited range this season.

It?s a cargo world

We don?t know when it?s going to stop?probably never. The cargo just won?t go away. There are so many ways to do the look and it keeps evolving. Kylie is definitely responsible for the phenomenon. (How great does she look in yellow stilettos and cargos in the flim clip for Love At First Sight?) If you?re wondering where to get the latest in cargos and the pair that we think get it right, go for Bettina Liano, (around $220) She?s done a pair that tie up at the bottom. Always, always wear them with high heels. It?s a dressed down item that needs to be dressed up.

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