Friday Fun, Sales & Savings of a Prepalicious Sort, That Wacky Hat is Everywhere

Hello-Hello, welcome to a Friday.  It has been an insane week, it seems like forever ago that we were gathered in front of our varying viewing platforms to watch the royal wedding.

A little Friday Fun is in order, and we start with a look at a delightful experiment, the first Lilly Pulitzer “lifestyle store” that opened in Raleigh this week.

Via Palm Avenue

Palm Avenue is the first Lilly store combining apparel and accessories with the new Home Furnishings & Accessories collection, the shop moved into a new location to accommodate everything.

Palm Avenue

We have some lovely photos inside the new store from our flickr friend castaff.

Via castaff

It’s fun to see how well the furniture and accessories are integrated into the store.

Via castaff

Palm Avenue also has photos, they are viewable on the store’s Facebook page.

Via Palm Avenue

The store’s official grand opening gala is this Thursday, the 12th.


Next, a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the Prep World pop-up shop. We mentioned that the London store was opening today and promised pictures.  Below, Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick at the opening.

Via Grazia UK

There were a number of celebrities at the event, including someone we really hadn’t associated with a preppish style, Ronnie Wood.

Via Grazia UK

From the Grazia story:

“For Tommy Hilfiger himself, attaining Pure Prepdom is a little more complex: “You need colour, you need madras, and you’ve gotta have seersuckers. You need to be holidaying in The Hamptons or Nantucket, and you should be wearing anything red, white and blue to look nautical. And even if you don’t know how to sail, you should pretend.”

Also on hand, model David Gandy.

Via Grazia UK


We are way behind the times with our next topic, hopefully not everyone has already seen the story. We are speaking about Ralph Lauren’s “L’art de l’Automobile” exhibit in Paris that opened last week.

Jacques Brinon/AP

The designer is widely considered to have one of the finest collections of vintage sports and racing cars in the world, many of the automobiles are on view in the exhibit. The exhibition is at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs museum, the Lauren family looked elegant for the opening night gala, below (from L to R) Andrew Lauren, the designer and Ricky Lauren, David Lauren.

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Some notable names were on hand for the party, including India Hicks (L) and Melanie Thierry (R).

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One of our favorite French retailers, Colette, has a collection of polos in honor of the exhibition.  The Discovery Channel will be airing a documentary about the exhibit in several European countries over the summer, there is also a commemorative book.

If interested in learning more about the exhibit or the collection, click here to visit Mr. Lauren’s official site for the show.


We have a few quick Sales & Savings opportunities to share, the first actually pertains to establishments owned by the gentleman seen above; the Polo Ralph Lauren “Private Sale” (cough-cough) runs through Monday, with an additional 15% off already reduced merchandise.  Use promo code MAY0511 to receive the savings.

Via Ralph Lauren

Over at Brooks Brothers the Friends and Family event is underway, offering 25% off all purchases.

Via Brooks Brothers

The 25% is good at both regular and outlet stores.  Use promo code 06FRIEND at checkout.


We leave you with a few news photos you may have missed in the frenzy of the week, all on the same topic. Now, some of us were somewhat dismayed at the Philip Treacy fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice to the wedding last week.

Getty Images via The Mirror

Little did we know how popular the hat was going to be.

Via Delsrayser Tumblr

Via The Telegraph

Via The Telegraph

Until next time, may everyone enjoy some refreshing and restorative spring air this weekend.


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11 responses to “Friday Fun, Sales & Savings of a Prepalicious Sort, That Wacky Hat is Everywhere

  1. Preppy 101

    Wow! I did miss the hats on the men in the “Situation Room”. 🙂 Love this post as always Miss Princess! You’re the best and I hope you and your family have a wonderful, refreshing, sun-filled weekend! XOXO

  2. I love the looks of Palm Avenue..a story right up my avenue… pun intended. Looks enticing! That Lauren clan always looks so put together and chic…gotta hand it to them, just got to go attend a preview at Safavieh for the new Ralph Lauren rugs OMG….they are sooo beautiful…I saw way too many that I fell in love with, that man truly has the Midas touch! And that hat…OMG I am always at a loss of words when I see it…..boy she really has launched a trend I see…lol! Hilarious….have a wonderful weekend and a happy and hopefully relaxing Mothers day!!

  3. I just clicked through the pictures on Palm Avenue’s FB page…whoa. You should have warned me!!! Drooling and near hyperventilation ensued!!

    Happy weekend, sweet friend!

  4. wendy B

    LOVE the pictures of the fasinator! Really, what was she thinking????

  5. Love Ron Wood in a nice preppy mint sweater … preppy is so bad boy!!

  6. Love every bit of Prep news in your post! Always do! But I have to admit, I was not ready for the humor with the infamous hat! OMG…….too hilarious! Thank you for the fun!!!!

  7. OH my goodness, is that pink damask wallpaper in the background? I love hats, but unless I’m out with “ladies who lunch” I don’t have a place to wear them, but more often than not I’ve been lunching where keds are acceptable attire.

  8. As I have mentioned here before, I am just so impressed with the new Lilly line of furniture – what a fun fresh yet classic take on traditional. The store looks lovely. I have been reading about the auto show which of course looks fabulous. And I’m afraid Beatrice and Eugenie are total redos in my book !!

  9. Those fascinator photos are hilarious!! Lynn

  10. Those fascinator photos are hilarious!! Lynn

  11. I’m getting excited about these Lilly home lines. Pretty HQ is largely too modern for it, but I’m sneaking a set of Lilly navy & white linens in to Nantucket up our guest room anyways.

    And how does the RL family manage to look so magnificently, well, Ralph Lauren-y?

    Last but not least, those Fascinators of Doom photos are TDF. I want to frame the one in the War Room.

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