Nicole Richie - just for fun, a few of her favorite things have landed in Australia . . .

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Time for the Shire and Sharks to shine . . . with a chick the helm.

Good on Madeline Tynan, who is determined to become the first woman president of an NRL club.

And of all clubs, the good old Sharks, who behavioural track record is as rosy as Gordon Ramsay’s rants, may just get the tonic it needs.

Determined the win back female fans – aren’t all NRL clubs? – this strong, no-nonsense woman will have a big job in front of her.

With the recent group-sex revelations, allegations of sex toys being handed out at training (some of the vaguer boys may have mistaken them for relay batons) and of course, Tony Zappia’s recent standing down as the Sharks chief executive just a few minor blokey issues she’ll need to address.
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Is it the end of the mega runway fashion show? Has the GFC turned fashion into another GFC _ the Glamor Free Catwalk?

The International Herald Tribune’s highly regarded fashion editor Suzy Menkes (pictured left) had some interesting words of wisdom in the New York Times, June 15.

In a nutshell, Ms Menkes (who I had the pleasure to sit with at a few Milan shows when I was able to weasel my way from row P and whoosh into a surprisingly vacant Row A runway seat) takes her fashion as seriously as a surfer does his/her big break.

Ms Menkes wonders whether ‘this generalized move toward practicality (is) a new attitude in the industry toward serving customers — or a last resort in a tumbling market?

While serious fashion aficionados marvel at models, the new design names, the ‘next hot’ shapes and colors, Ms Menkes wonders whether all this brand building and image making is being challenged with fashion houses concentrating on clothes THAT. WILL SELL.

Take at read of her view below...

Reality Check — or Last Resort? –

Look rich . . without having to hock the home

And now for something completely different (and that’s what I’ve always said this blog will be about) happens to comes from an innovative businesswoman by the name of Vicki Jones. And it’s a pure and simple value-for-money style scenario.

A former and well renowned TV exec, Vicki has added the ever-affordable St Tropez collection of jewels to her style portfolio. And what perfect timing.
Vicki already has the ‘Hotel Luxury Collection’ (‘hotel’ begging and linen you can buy online) and now she’s swept up ‘St Tropez Jewels’, which she says is ‘designer jewellery without the designer price!’.

I had a look at the website and yep, there are seriously fantastic earrings, brooches, rings, bracelets and ‘pearls’ that will make us look like a Rockefeller, even if we are more Rhonda from Rockdale.

Vicki says St Tropez has assembled an exclusive range of beautiful fashion jewellery from leading Australian and International jewellery designers with style and price setting it apart from so many ‘fake’ jools we see around the place.

There’s bridal, red carpet, everyday and exec-style pieces too.

And the best part is they’ll ship it around Australia for a flat rate of $12.00.

Vicki says many of their clients purchase pearl and cubic zirconia pieces as `travelling jewellery’ so that they don’t need to worry about the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars (we wish) if their ‘real’ gems were lost or stolen when they are travelling.

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Zeta-Jones frocks up in Collette Dinnigan

Catherine Zeta Jones joined some of Hollywood’s well-seasoned stars (read: older) to celebrate to honor one of their own brood. Who just happened to be her husband, Michael Doulgas.

The award _ the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Awards _ honored Mr Douglas with various reports telling us that his Welsh-born wife had a number of costume changes.

Including one into Sydney-based designer Collette Dinnigan when she got up on stage to do a number or two.

Nice to Ms Dinnigan’s international following is still a happening thing considering the GFC and an increasing Aussie dollar, making exports a tad more expensive than twelve months ago.

Other celebs in the throng were Kathleen Turner (who co-starred with Douglas twice); Melanie Griffith, Annette Bening, Sharon Stone and Jack Nicholson.