Remember these lovelies? Now you may purchase some versions to add to your walk-in wardrobe.
Of course we are talking about the official Polo Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Collection, and it would seem there are two primary vendors, the designer’s own selected stores or website, and the venerable AELTC’s Centre Court shop at Wimbledon or their official online shopping page.
And the collection is, as one would expect, very Polo-ish, and that is simply superb. We are very fond of many of the looks, particularly the Wimbledon Ball Girl Scooter (skirt) seen lower right.
Not to mention what we would consider, at least from all appearances, the major snuggle factor of the Wimbledon Fleece Track Jacket and matching pants in navy.
Of course there is a new Wimbledon polo shirt, in both white and navy cotton mesh, this one complete with the “Big Pony” logo and the Official Wimbledon patch or badge or seal….we’re not quite sure what to call this… but we do know it is located on the sleeve.
One word of warning on the polo: in the pictures it almost appears to have a very wide banded bottom, as opposed to the standard bottom on polo shirts, so you may want to double-check this, lest you be disappointed. Mr. Lauren and the good folks at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club have not forgotten the men in our lives, and TP won’t either. To whit, the Wimbledon Cricket Cap in Newport Navy, also available in Women’s, and the Men’s Wimbledon Twill Short.
Back to the issue of why we mention two different primary vendors: because the Wimbledon site has a few things the Polo RL site does not. There is a snazzy tee shirt, a polo shirt with a chest stripe, a crested version of the polo shirt, a khaki version of the cap, and perhaps a few more items we missed.
Now if you are looking for one of those marvelous blazers worn by the ballboys and girls, you are out of luck. But you knew this, right?
If you didn’t know this and need to drown your sorrows in a caloric indulgence of catastrophic proportion that is somehow tennis related, we can help. Truly. (And you thought I made this stuff up.) The Princess suggests you have Cook purchase an extra pint or two of the “Official Limited Edition Haagen Dazs Raspberries & Meringue Ice Cream” (honestly), and when everyone is g-o-n-e for the night, indulge. And really, why bother with a bowl? It delays the delivery of the diabetic coma inducing material to the mouth and it is simply another dish ultimately requiring more energy in the dishwasher that ought not be wasted, don’t you think?
Should you still be feeling out of sorts and needing a bit more of an in-touch and in-person experience, we suggest you get yourself over to Saks (on 5th, in the city) this Saturday for their Breakfast At Wimbledon event. They will be more than happy to serve you champagne and strawberries while you browse their Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Collections and they are even having a drawing for tickets to the US Open. So there.
Also now available: the oh-so-eagerly-anticipated J. Crew Globe-Trotter Centenary Luggage Collection. (Or has this been available for much longer and yours truly is simply now aware of the fact?) Many may recognize the Globe-Trotter brand, especially if you’ve had traveling parents, grandparents, etc., spent much time in the UK (where the fab brand is made) or been a Conran’s shopper. Below we show the J. Crew complete set in its exclusive color combination, which we are reminded is a limited edition, along with the J. Crew 13″ vanity. Just beneath that is the Conran version of same.
And as we seem to be doing all things British this evening, let us close with something most uniquely British, Ascot. If you are attending this week and still uncertain on precisely what is and what is not acceptable, perhaps it’s best to spend a few minutes here brushing up on appropriate attire and accessories. Didn’t get the memo with your invitation? Try this page for a little guidance. (Are you sure you supposed to be there? Who did your hat?)