Too Many Celebrity Lines? And That Pesky Ralph Lauren Lawsuit

Hello-Hello and greetings from the corner condo here at Princess InterGalactic HQ!

We begin today with a question for our treasured readers: does a celebrity’s association with a brand impact your buying decisions for that brand?

We ask because of the high volume of recent news regarding ‘stars’ doing clothing, accessory, and jewelry lines. Such involvement varies wildly, from work on design and creation of a line to merely licensing the use of one’s name and likeness.  One of this week’s examples involve Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s jewelry line for Asprey.

Dave Hogan/Getty Images via WWD

Officially debuting this week, the line is called ‘The Protector’. Below, two pieces from the collection.

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All pieces in the group showcase a snake motif. Including the sterling baby spoon.

Courtesy photo via WWD

The collection’s arrival comes in tandem with the company’s continued efforts at refining its product line, image and financial performance.  While this particular line is most assuredly not our style, we have long admired the Asprey tradition and commitment to quality.

Courtesy photo via WWD

One can’t quibble with how money made through sales of the line will be used, all proceeds are going to the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict; Ms. Jolie co-founded the organization.

Also, word today that Alicia Keys is also diving into the jewelry business, with ‘The Barber’s Daughters’ collection launching Monday.

Courtesy photo via WWD

The designer is seen above with Gisèle Theriault, who cofounded the new line with the talented singer. Below, a piece from the collection.

Courtesy photo via WWD

We don’t generally purchase brands because of a celebrity’s association with a product. In reality we think many preps are disinclined to purchase something if they believe a publicity-seeking star is associated with it, it’s just not done.  (And if ever we should be in the hunt for new jewelry pieces, we are more inclined to visit a smaller, independent artist, like Miss Wendy.)

There’s no reason why we elected to delve into this topic, multiple mentions of all these new lines must have triggered the Crankenstein lurking inside. Hhhmmm.

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Moving on, a recent story on the Cityfile site updates the continued Polo Ralph Lauren / US Polo Association spat.

“Since the mid-1980s, Ralph Lauren has been doing his damndest to prevent the U.S. Polo Association from marketing products bearing a horse-and-rider logo. It’s a case that has taken the two sides to court on numerous occasions over the past 25 years, with Lauren suffering a stinging defeat in 2005…”

Photoillustration Courtesy Cityfile

The story explains the latest todo:

“It seem the U.S. Polo Association has decided to branch out into fragrances—and plans to stamp its polo logo on the bottles, naturally—a move that Lauren isn’t all that jazzed about, not surprisingly.”

Below left, the USPA’s logo, and on the right, the Polo Ralph Lauren logo.

As always, we post, you ponder. Indeed.

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We have an update to yesterday’s post regarding the scantily-clad Leighton Meester.  Here is what the young actress/singer changed into for her performance:

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It seems Ms. Meester also added some hair to her look.

There you have it.

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In our ongoing Sales & Savings category, Lands’ End offers the following:

And Tory Burch is also deep discounts right now:

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It would be inappropriate to let the day pass without mentioning a SOTT (Sign Of The Times), the end of an era really: JC Penney has printed their last ‘Big Book’ catalog.

Courtesy JC Penney

We close with one of the cutest accessories we have seen in a long time, the Bow Hair Pin from Kate Spade.

Courtesy Kate Spade

There is also a Bow Ring.

Courtesy Kate Spade

Ms. Spade also offers a solution to the ‘where’s the mistletoe?” dilemma (you know, that dilemma) with this item:

Courtesy Kate Spade

These three items are some of the cutest holiday goodies we have seen yet.

With that, it is g’bye until next time!

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16 Comments

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16 responses to “Too Many Celebrity Lines? And That Pesky Ralph Lauren Lawsuit

  1. Ohhhhh Princess……… I *need* that bow-ring. NEED! I’ve sent to DH in hopes that he agrees and it makes its way into my stocking.

  2. mona

    I don’t purchase brands because of a celebrity’s association with a product. Just sayin’…

  3. The bow accessories are TDF!!!

    As for RL – I dont know how he has gotten away with that for so long! That would be like the Miami Dolphins not letting anyone else put a dolphin on anything as a logo!

  4. Some beautiful pieces of Kate Spade jewelry is just what I need this rainy afternoon. Thank you for cheering me up! xoxox

  5. I’m sorry to see the Penny’s catalog go. At least they lasted longer than the Montgomery Ward Catalog.

    wondering if I put two bow pins in my hair and bow rings on my fingers, I can tell hubby I’m his present ;D

  6. LPC

    Saved by Kate Spade. Phew.

  7. Torch Lake Prep

    Hate the snake jewelry, but perhaps it so appropriate for the designing couple. Love Kate’s bows…may have to head to the KS store tomorrow, thanks for the tip!

  8. As usual I love your posts!! xoxo

  9. I’m OK with Brangelina’s new line for Asprey because it fits with their overall African thing, but other than them, enough already with the celebrity accessories, clothes, perfume and everything else.

  10. The whole “bow line” from Kate Spade is on my wish list! I’m SWOONING! But then I feel instantly ill again when I see Ms. Meester looking like a crazy person…poor Blair!

  11. oh my!!!! that bow pin (and the ring) are just to die for!! I want, I want, I want…. I *really* want. Nonna and I always used those pre-made bows when I was little…and of course, they came in a big sack of all different sizes and colors. Everyone used them…back when everyone wrapped presents, long before gifts bags and velvet ribbon. Such fond memories.

    You know, celeb lines of anything make me run far, far away. I think the Paris Hilton perfume smells like Aqua Net hairspray. BUT I absolutely adore all things Wendy and I think she is a bona fide celeb so I guess not all celeb designers make me run… 🙂

  12. mary anne

    Yes! I am totally affected by a celebrity design! I run immediately the other way.

  13. The jewelry is really gorgeous. I would love to have that bracelet. Of course it would look so much better on my arm rather than that twiggy, emaciated arm of Angelina! What on earth has happened to her?

    The same to LM? Are you kidding? Have we gone back to the punk rock look?

    Leave it to the classiness of dear ol Kate! Love her!

    Such craziness…I tell you!

  14. I am not a fan of snakes and I also don’t like the BIG Polo emblem. I am a big fan of you and all your preppy family. Hope you and all at the Preppy palace have a pink and green weekend. Lily sends kisses. I send hugs.xoxo

  15. Thanks for the support!

    I’m starting to think I should go into acting and singing, seeing as the actors and singers think it’s a good idea to get into my business. It works both ways, right?

  16. I adore that bow hair clip! So cute!

    As for that outfit… not a fan.

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