It’s Pendleton, but is it Preppy? Also, the Latest Gossip Girl Item

Hello-Hello, and happy Monday/Tuesday!

We hope everyone is still savoring just a smidgen of Christmas and/or Hanukkah afterglow. Here at the Prepatorium we are grateful for time spent with family and friends, reminded again why we left the insanity of television for our own little corner of the world.

We begin with a look at the upcoming collection Pendleton has done with Opening Ceremony.

Courtesy Photo via High Snobiety

Perhaps not the style one automatically envisions when thinking Pendleton. Mention this brand and we generally have images of something like this:

Pendleton

Or perhaps something like the item on the left, one of the company’s classic woolen blankets inspired by the Zapotec Indians.  On the right, Opening Ceremony reinterprets and updates the look.

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Pendleton’s plaids are also legendary. (We should have used these in last week’s post on preppy plaids.)

This heritage can be seen throughout the Opening Ceremony group.

More pieces in this classic pattern….

Plaid is equally evident in the men’s designs for the collection.

The collaborative line is slated to be in stores for spring/summer 2010.

Despite being far too old and decrepit (heh-heh-heh) to wear these styles, we do like this group, and can envision many of our younger friends sporting these pieces.

Courtesy Photo

Some items from the winter collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Pendleton are still available online; better yet, many have had markdowns taken from their original prices.

Speaking of Pendleton (you had to know this was coming), we glanced at a few items whilst pondering their site.  (Honestly, it has become an occupational hazard, there’s really nothing to be done for it save computer abstinence.) We learned a lot. Like the fact they have done a line with Jill Rappaport, and it includes items for the four-legged family members.

But then, we didn’t know who Ms. Rappaport was and had to look that up; we are woefully unhip. Tragically uninformed.  Below, an item we look at every time we are on the site.  Every. single. time.

Pendleton

The Hand-crocheted Lamb Hat has the Cute-o-meter peaking in the red zone, it is simply adorable.

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We have news of another collaboration: contemporary designer Jodi Arnold is doing a collection for The Limited.  Below, two pieces from Ms. Arnold’s own line.

Jodi Arnold

Here are two styles from the upcoming Limited line, the photos by John Aquino accompany this story in WWD.

Style List has also posted about the upcoming collection.

Courtesy Photos via Style List

Dubbed “Craft,” the collection launches at The Limited in Mid-March.

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And because too much is never enough, we have yet another installment on that incredible cultural phenomenon known as the Snuggie; behold the Nike version of this item.

Trendhunter

Called the Nike 6.0 Snuggie, here is a better look at the logo, downright discreet as these things go. There may be a reason for such understatement.

Trendhunter

We could not locate the orange marvel on the Nike 6.0 site, nor could we find one of these to purchase anywhere, raising the question: is it a counterfeit, yet another photoshopped creation? We do not know, but would certainly welcome input or guidance from someone in the know.  After all, we pride ourselves on keeping pace with all things Snuggie. (IOHO this is not an authorized product, but a creation of the internet and active minds.)

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And because we are nothing if not practical (despite occasional forays into the land of that which is anything but!), a note about fiscally-friendly opportunities at one of our favorites, Garnet Hill.  Like the company’s Cashmere Cardigans, now offered at $74.99; they were originally $188.

Garnet Hill

The quality of GH cashmere is outstanding; trust TP on this one.  We also liked the Dot Baby Coat (rivaling the Lamb Hat shown above for cute overload), and the Baby Gripper Slippers (originally $24, now $14).

Also fun, the Multi-stripe Tights for Girls, and the Pattern Tights, both available in sizes 12 months to 14.

Back to Mom, the Cashmere Split-Neck Sweater has potential, especially now that it is $49. The Acorn Slippers look super-snuggly they are now $49, the orginal price was $88.

The bargains abound, and everything seemed to be available in a broad range of sizes as well. Happy hunting. 🙂

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Because we don’t want to let the week pass without yet one more moronic morsel of inanity a little Gossip Girl update, we bring you news of this:

Courtesy Photo via MTV

Yes, it is a Gossip Girl comic book, done in the manga style so popular today.  MTV has an exclusive preview of the comic books.

Gossip Girl/Alloy Entertainment/Hachette Book Gr

From what we can glean these will run a bit more than the Archie and Veronica comics we read growing up; it looks like the price is going to be $8.99.  They also look a little racy, but that is probably more a reflection of our conservative outlook (TP’s motto? ‘Prudish and Proud” hee-hee!) than contemporary standards.

Called “Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only,” the comics will be based on the same series of books as the television series. But according to this MTV story, the comics will also provide:

“an original re-imagination of the girls’ senior year focusing on the lives of Blair and Vanessa.”

And on that comforting note, we say g’bye until next time! May everyone enjoy a little bit of holiday sunshine, be it in the skies overhead or in one’s heart.

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12 responses to “It’s Pendleton, but is it Preppy? Also, the Latest Gossip Girl Item

  1. LPC

    The cultural conflation of Gossip Girl and anime is delightful. As is the newly fashionable Pendleton. You can imagine, I love the evolution of themes and patterns. Otherwise why bother?

  2. whoa on the GG cartoon. a bit to out there for moi! and what is going on at Pendleton?!

    xoox

    kHm

  3. Have a wonderful New Year’s!

  4. I really do need to get on with watching Gossip Girl – I think I have season 1 kicking about here – one of these years I will sit down and watch the whole thing!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  5. I love Pendleton. I’m a little too old for the Opening Ceremony. I hope they keep the old stuff.

  6. That little lamb hat is too adorable! Too bad I don’t know anyone that age who could use one! My friends need to start having babies. 🙂

  7. Living out west in Colo, I have always enjoyed Pendleton. The little lamb is classic. It’s nice to see that they are branching out.

  8. Will have to pass on that Gossip Girl comic books to my daughters. Pendleton, that company takes me back. Interesting new concept for them!

  9. That is good to know about Garnet Hill. I’ve been disappointed in my recent J Crew cashmere, so perhaps it’s time to investigate a new source.

    And that little lamb’s hat is a must purchase. Cuteness factor off the charts indeed.

  10. Jen

    The lamb hat is so cute I could see buying one for myself. Given the fact that my head is the size of a grape I could probably fit into it.
    Hope you have a wonderful evening and looking forward to blogging alongside of you in the new year.

  11. I am a HUGE Pendleton fan, in fact I have a blanket/pillow post waiting in the wings…

  12. No, pendelton is NOT going to be an older preppy staple with those clothes. I am definitely not enjoying any of those looks (though I do understand their need to update the line).

    Hope you had a wonderful NYE. Can’t wait to spend more time reading in 2010!!

    PS- I’m adoring the LP/Le Sportsac combos. I wish one of them were a frickin diaper bag so that I could justify it!!!!!!!!!!!

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