Kate Spade Sneak Peek & Gossip Guy in a Skirt (Honest.)

Earlier this week we promised to share a couple of the Kate Spade Fall 2009 looks, and then were derelict in our duty! As we mentioned previously, this collection is vital for the designer, as it includes her first foray into the clothing market.  NOTE: All photos by Kyle Ericksen & Women’s Wear Daily.


Many pieces display the classic lines and tailoring associated with Kate Spade designs.


The presentation used both models and mannequins to showcase the fashions.  From what we were able to glean there are hits and misses, as one expects in a first effort.


In keeping with the Spade tradition, there are also outstanding accessories in this fall’s collection.

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

These appear to be pretty much in keeping with previous collections, in lush, rich colors, along with a touch of whimsy.


Clearly many items for serious consideration this fall!


Most fashionistas know today is an enormous date on the fashion calendar.

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

The nation’s first Topshop is now open in Soho.

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

The often over-the-top emporium is an awful lot of fun to browse though, and we cannot wait to pop into this one, hopefully in May.  This story from WWD explains the retailer’s pricing strategy:

“In another break from retail tradition, Topshop will have none of the ubiquitous markdowns seen everywhere in retailing. The company stages only four sales a year and otherwise won’t price promote, though the store will be offering students a 10 percent discount.”

And for the men, there is Topman. The UK version of GQ recommends the nautical styles from Topman:

Courtesy Topman.com

Courtesy Topman.com

The trendy British store carries a very successful line from Kate Moss, who is in town for the opening. Below, Ms. Moss arriving at the store Tuesday.

PHOTO: Splash

PHOTO: Splash

Also taking part in festivities surrounding the store’s grand opening, teen actress Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl notoriety.

PHOTO: Evan Agostini/AP

PHOTO: Evan Agostini/AP

Observant readers may have noted the skirt worn by Ms. Momsen is not being showcased in today’s Pretty in Pink.  It seemed a trifle short for someone of TP’s advanced age and tedious taste.

As we appear to be awash in G2 news (and we’re not talking about London) today, has everyone heard that Chace Crawford is likely to take Zac Effron’s place in the remake of the film Footloose. It seems Mr. Crawford had a particularly solid audition for the role Mr. Effron decided was not right for him.


Tracey Lomrantz at Glamour.com has a fabulous post about men in kilts, including another of the Gossip Guys, Chuck Bass.

PHOTO: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

PHOTO: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Of course we’re talking about Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick.  The occasion was the annual Dressed to Kilt fashion show hosted by with Sir Sean Connery; the event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Scotland.

PHOTO: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

PHOTO: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

We thought you might get a kick out of the Daily Mail comments on a wedding gown adorned with tartan plaid bows that was worn in the fashion show:

“While many of the stars suited their kilts, Miss Scotland Stephanie Willemse, 20, made a fashion faux pas with her catwalk outfit.

Strolling down the aisle in a white dressed covered in tartan bows, the beauty queen looked like a toilet roll cover with her huge skirt.”

AP/The Daily Mail

AP/The Daily Mail

The photo caption referred to it as a “Meringue Moment”.  That sounds a little harsh…no?


A few sales at “preppy retailers,” we wanted to share, including the Polo Ralph Lauren Friends and Family sale.

Offering 30% off, the sale runs through April 14. To receive the discount use promo code RLSP2009 at checkout.  As we have been chatting about both Gossip Girl and Ralph Lauren, this seemed an appropriate item to highlight: the Cotton Cricket Sport Coat.

Another retailer whose classic lines many preps enjoy, Tory Burch, is offering up to 60% off original prices.

Tory Burch


Today we close with an Adventure in Argyle, as worn by First Lady Michelle Obama.



Oops.  Not a look we favor, but then, we are just stuck in our ways and cannot remember any daytime occasion where sequins might be deemed appropriate.

The press has been brutal in their comments on the asymmetrical argyle sweater by Japanese designer Junya Watanabe. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, TP is more than fond of many Watanabe creations, they are just fabulous.  Let’s take a peek at what the Daily Mail has to say:

“… a garish golf-style cardigan… would have looked more at home on the golf course, like the jumper worn by Nick Faldo in 1993…

Even the Huffington Post was negative, as seen in an unusually acerbic Bonnie Fuller column on yesterday’s look for the Buckingham Palace social call as well as the argyle sweater:

“Sadly, the First Lady’s first fashion messup wasn’t a random event. It now appears she’s on a losing streak. New photos of her in an argyle cardigan and hip-extending blue prom skirt on her second day in London indicate we have a nuch bigger problem on our hands.”

Ouch. All of this after two shocking events on Wednesday:

  1. The shocking etiquette breach when Michelle Obama put her arm around the Queen. (One doesn’t touch Her Majesty. Gasp!)
  2. Even more amazing than #1 is the fact the Queen then put her arm around Mrs. Obama! (Double gasp.)

To be honest, the Palace has made it clear no one is disturbed by the ‘breach.’  We’re thinking Europa Fox and/or Queen Bee Swain will be able to shed more light on these developments.

And on that note dolls, we’re off!


Filed under Argyle, Gossip Girl, It's Just Not Done, nautical, Obama Fashion & Politics, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Pretty in Pink

19 responses to “Kate Spade Sneak Peek & Gossip Guy in a Skirt (Honest.)

  1. Oh wow. Thank you for that picture of Ed Westwick in a kilt. I am so excited to finally go to Topshop!

  2. That sweater is awful on Mrs. Obama…as it would be on anyone.

    The Kate Spade collection looks pretty cute!!!

  3. I am in love with the owl purses by Kate Spade…I NEED one. Plus, Mrs. Obama is fabulous and I think she looks great….so THERE evil fashion police ::::snickers::::

  4. Vicki

    I think Mrs. O’s sweater could be a do with a plain black pencil skirt or pants, then buttoned all the way up and worn as a blouse. The plain bottom would draw the eye up to the sweater and not compete with it. She could wear her trademark ballet flats in a black suede or leather with either a skirt or pants. The blue dress is way too poufy under it.

    The more I see her simple black/white dress from last night, the more that grows on me. The skirt is just slightly bubbly – not straight, not a ball skirt shape – and that makes it special.

  5. I LOVE it that she wore that sweater, and i’m def. in her camp, think she can pull it off. And i really respect her not keeping it dull.
    interesting kate spade, must see in person!

  6. ok, first…he is still hot even in a skirt!

    I am a big fan of Mrs. Obama, however I am having vertigo looking at that sweater.

  7. I’m loving that orange Kate Spade bag. 🙂

  8. You make me want to shop all day long! I’m htting up Banana tomorrow. How can I pass up on that big SALE sign in their window, you know?

  9. Well…now that they mention toilet roll cover…I can see where they’re going with that…

  10. So exciting! I need some heart shoes. I have a lovely pair of Via Spigas from a million years ago that have a big ol’ heart on them, but they have had their day in the sun. I really like the navy coat/dress with the red tights. Very 60s & cute. Love it.

  11. Ok, I guess I have no taste. I kind of liked the sweater….minus the sequins and minus the pearls.

  12. Oh, to be in NYC for a day. Would love to investigate TopShop, although my trendy discount heart remains with Zara.

    I adore kilts, and have to say that one is way fetching on Chuck Bass there. I prefer it to his sometimes wonderful, but sometimes too dandy styles on “GG”.

  13. Kate Spade for fall looks enticing! The plaid, sequined sweater…not so much!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Happy April!

  14. TP- merci beaucoup x a zillion for reminding me that you just have to deal with life- very refreshing to hear, cannot thank you enough.

    love the heart peep-toe pumps and whatever was the person thinking about the top that ed w was wearing with his kilt?! gracious!

    did you plant those pink lilies of the valley like you thought about in early march?!

    happy friday


  15. I’m loving those Kate Spade shoes! Miss Sctoland’s dress is bringing me back to that awful wedding gown in the movie Made of Honor.

  16. I also love the Kate Spade shoes – stunning.

    Add me to the list of those not in love with Michelle Obama’s sweater – I don’t like the colour mix, the pattern, or the sequins I’m afraid. She is so ridiculously classy that she can actually almost pull the look off, despite the hideous sweater.

    Topshop – cool stuff!!!

  17. Love the heart shoes!

  18. KK

    OK I don’t love Mrs. O’s sweater but I don’t think the world is coming to an end either. At the moment I am cuddled up in bed next to Sadie and am wearing a shameful getup of pink yoga pants and white sweatshirt. Forgive me?

    Oh and I so agree on Taylor’s skirt. I am so OVER seeing these trashy-mc-hooker super short (like don’t even tilt bc I will see things I shouldn’t) skirts. What happened to the rule of clothing needs to not be shorter than your fingertips? I said that to my college girls last week and they looked at me as if I asked them to step back 50 years!

  19. Awesome post!

    Second picture = terrific outfit!

    I adore the nautical sweaters!

    I rather like the “toilet roll” dress, though the skirt may be a tad large. I like the top though and the bows 🙂

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