Talbots New Face, & Is It Joint Custody for a Gossip Guy?

Hello-Hello, welcome to another delightful day at the Prepatorium, where the sun is shining brightly and the grounds are drying out after this weekend’s torrential downpours.

There is so much happening we offer numerous Bits & Bytes we hope you find to be moderately interesting, beginning with news that Talbots has upped the ante when it comes to their marketing plans, hiring 90’s supermodel Linda Evangelista.

Amy Sussman/Getty

Above we show Ms. Evangelista in December of last year. Here’s more from the Page Six story:

“Talbots chief marketing officer Lori Wagner said of Evangelista “She possesses this timeless yet spontaneous glamour that’s irresistible in our minds.”

In a StyleList story Ms. Wagner refers to the model as “perfection,” adding:

“”For our 40-to-45-year-old customer, when you say Linda Evangelista, there’s a reaction.”

Look for promotional and marketing materials featuring Ms. Evangelista sometime in August, as well as in the oversized September issues of fashion magazines.  (With apologies to our Facebook Fans who may have already seen our mention of this.)

In Gossip Girl news, something many readers are likely to have already seen, the Chace Crawford mug shot.

Image Courtesy Plano (TX) Police

Mr. Crawford was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in his hometown of Plano, Texas.  The incident took place in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Rafa Nadal won his fifth French Open yesterday, retaining his “King of Clay” honor.

Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty

Mr. Nadal is seen above being congratulated by ball boys and girls after his big win at Roland Garros.


Last night’s MTV Movie Awards offered many interesting style choices, as always. Perhaps one of the funniest moments involved Tom Cruise performing with Jennifer Lopez.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

That really is Tom Cruise; he was reprising his own Len Grossman character from “Tropic Thunder“.

Matt Sayles/AP

Twilight was a big winner; above we see Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner on stage at the Awards. (Nay-nay, TP was not caught watching MTV, we merely trawled this morning’s newsfeeds seeking tidbits for our cherished readers.)


In other style news, Details magazine offers a look at “Three Quintessentially American Fashion Archetypes“. Can you guess the first style under discussion?

Courtesy Details

Of course, it is ‘prep’.

Another magazine looking at the prep aesthetic, Lucky, in its June issue.

Courtesy Lucky

Happy reading.


One other literary tidbit of note, not at all newsy to many fashion followers, and something heavily covered by most of the prep or trad men’s blogs, but not a topic we have chatted about here at the Princess:

Powerhouse Books via Amazon

Take Ivy” is a cult classic, on a par with The Original Preppy Handbook for many trads.

Courtesy Powerhouse Books

The 1965 book hails from Japan, and is essentially a collection of candid photographs shot on Ivy League campuses.  As described on Amazon’s site:

“Madras plaid, Top-Siders, seersucker shorts, highwater trousers, tweed jackets, Brooks Brothers, J. Press, J. Crew. What comes to mind?”

The news part of our conversation is the upcoming English-language version of the book, due out this fall, a much-lauded event for those fond of classic/traditional styles.  J. Crew fans may be pleased to know there will also be a limited edition version of Take Ivy, slated for sale at the company’s Liquor Store location.  The upcoming release may be pre-ordered from the publisher, Powerhouse Books.

For more on Trad style vs. WASP style (aka ‘preppy’), Esquire’s March issue offered some distinguishing characteristics. Or pop over to Ivy Style for an easier read.

(Images courtesy Esquire.)


We have two more quick Sales & Savings mentions:

J. Crew is promoting an additional 20% off sale merchandise online only; use promo code EXTRA20 to receive the savings. The offer is scheduled to end June 9.

Lord & Taylor’s Friends and Family sale is underway, offering an extra 25% off ‘almost everything,’ with a 10% discount on cosmetics.

Use FRIENDS as the discount code; if shopping person at L&T head over to the site and print out one of those ubiquitous coupons.


We leave you with a question Tilly asked us to pass along. It seems she’s feeling a trifle insecure, for upon hearing us chat about this weeks Monday Tilly Pic, she asked “Does this picture make me look fat?”

Silly Tilly Hard at Work

So we replied, “Well dear, define that. As in, does a beached baby seal look fat?” She wept Tilly tears and we agreed to go with this angle instead.

Tilly's Better Side


(For those not fond of Twitter, the Monday Tilly Pics are merely a little feature where she tries to show her best side every week and we post the image on Twitpic.)


Filed under preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, Sales & Savings, Tilly, True Prep & TOPH

15 responses to “Talbots New Face, & Is It Joint Custody for a Gossip Guy?

  1. Nate oh how I love Nate….pot please that is so not upper east side! Stupid boy! Tily and I are just hoping plump is the new skinny!!

  2. mona

    Oh Tilly, you poor dear, you’re NOT fat…someone just used that dreadful wide angle lens. Pats on the head to you. xoxo

  3. Suburban Princess

    I wonder what this will mean for the look of Talbots!

  4. MCW

    I just went on MTV to see the whole clip of TC and JLO. Freaking fantastic! So funny!

  5. kiki

    Miss Tilly is Gor.Ge.Ous. Fat? No way! Pleasantly plump? Yes! So sad about Mr. Crawford. I bet the book will be thrown at him and celebs like LiLo get off for doing much worse. It’s so not fair. Wonder how this will effect GG? thanks for the JCrew update. I’m heading over there now…not like I need to buy anything, though. My wallet is crying as I type. Take care.

  6. Tilly is just the CUTEST! Kisses to her from Junie! They would be great playmates 🙂

  7. I’m not in that age bracket and they’re definitely getting a reaction out of me. Linda is timeless and the epitome of a supermodel!

  8. Well done! Great post!

  9. LPC

    Tell Tilly she just has to cross her front feet and she’ll be red carpet ready.

  10. Clare

    OMGAH Miss Tilly is adorable she is just the cutest thing EVER!!!

    Oh and I am the only one that is bitter that Twilight was the big winner. I cannot take Kristen Stewart!!


  11. Oh, Tilly, there’s just a lot of you to love!

    Speaking of love, I loooooooove Linda Evangelista. Not enough to shop at Talbots but I’m sure I’ll enjoy ogling the ads.

  12. I’m so with Tilly on getting just the right shot. Y’all should enroll her in some PhotoShop classes 🙂

    Chace does not look happy – hmmm. wonder why? haha

    Such a cute pic of Nadal. Love what he’s wearing. I was so repulsed by that garb that Serena Williams disrespected the game of tennis with in France this year. So glad she didn’t win. Seriously I was. I love the days of tennis when the outfits were traditional.

    Another great post TP! Tell Tilly if I get some good angles at the wedding this weekend, I’ll be posting some pics.

  13. Jen

    Don’t deny it. We all know you watch MTV non-stop. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, well, maybe it is. Thanks for letting us know about that Ivy book. I’m really interested in getting that.
    We have non-stop rain here today. I fear it may be coming your way.

  14. I need my own copy of Take Ivy! I wish my days in the Ivy League were as picture perfect as in the book, but Cornell was cold so we had to dress to live instead of living to dress 😦

    Miss Tilly is quite a phenomenal pooch. Gorgeous!


    Rachel Elizabeth

  15. Tily and I are just hoping plump is the new skinny!!

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