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Early Look at the Milly – Banana Republic Collection & Why Lands’ End Is Spelled That Way

Hello-Hello, we hope you are enjoying a lovely spring day, we are careening wildly toward an extended weekend here at the Prepatorium.

Many of the styles created for the Milly collaboration with Banana Republic are now making it to the interwebs.

Milly New York Facebook Page

Milly New York Facebook Page

The collection includes both womenswear and men’s styles, we originally wrote about it back in January.

Courtesy Images

Courtesy Images

It officially launches online and in stores next Thursday, the 30th.

Banana Republic

Banana Republic

However, Banana Republic is offering a ‘preview’ on Tuesday (the 28th) at four stores in major markets. On Thursday BR/Gap/Old Navy cardmembers will receive 25% off the Milly pieces, as well as 35% off regular priced merchandise, when shopping online or at select stores holding “Milly Mixers,” you can see the list of stores here.

There are also several pieces available for purchase now at fashion site Refinery 29. Below, two of the styles for sale at the site: the Medallion Print Top is $89.50 and the Neon Shorts are $49.50.  The top is 100% polyester (hmmm….) and the shorts are cotton with a touch of spandex for stretch.

Refinery 29

Refinery 29

Another item now available via Refinery 29, the Long Pleated Dress, it is $165. We show a model in the dress (l) as well as on Maria Menounos.

Courtesy Photo/Milly NY Facebook Page/Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo/Milly NY Facebook Page/Courtesy Photo

This item is fully lined, it is also 100% polyester. When a garment is constructed of a knit jersey, as this piece looks to be, I don’t see the manmade fiber as necessarily being an issue. The challenge is when a woven like the Medallion Top shown above is all poly, sometimes it doesn’t breath as well as a natural fiber.

The final item available early via Refinery 29 is the Bib Necklace.

Courtesy Image via Refinery 29

Courtesy Image via Refinery 29

This definitely goes in the “statement necklace” category, it seems reasonably priced at $69.50.

Next, a basic from the collection, the Pullover Crew Neck Sweater.

Courtesy Images

Courtesy Images

More shrewd marketing can be seen in the next graphic, Olivia Palermo is shown wearing the navy/white Elephant Print shorts ($55), the sketch and model are also in the Medallion Shirt shown above in another colorway.

Milly NY Facebook Page/Courtesy Image/Courtesy Image

Milly NY Facebook Page/Courtesy Image/Courtesy Image

Three more ensembles.

Banana Republic Milly Collection

Banana Republic Milly Collection

And a few more style, the Fit & Flare dress on the left will be $150, the Beaded Necklace Top in the center is expected to be $45 and the Medallion Print Dress on the far right is $120.

Courtesy Images

Courtesy Images

Our final three looks from the upcoming collection. The White Sateen Blazer could have potential, and at $158 it might be a steal. In the center, the Chili Red Banana Leaf print dress, I believe it will run $150. The pool green Eden Roc dress on the far right is attractive, although the print might not be as flattering as one would hope on sizes much north of a 6 or 8.  That navy/white Elephant Print Tote is darling, although one of the pricier pieces in the collection at $130.

Courtesy Images

Courtesy Images

And because we care about your MOTH (Man Of The House), we share three different looks from the menswear part of the line.

Courtesy Images

Courtesy Images

Pricing is similar, with the Short Sleeved Shirt on the right $64.50 and the shorts $49.50. The shrunken cardigan in the center is expected to sell at $89.50 (ahem), the shorts for $64.50, the Grey Moccasins are going to be $98. On the far right, the Grey Heather Polo will cost $49.50, the Pool Green Shorts $59.50.

As is so frequently the case with the designer collaborations, quality will be key. My gut instinct is that the sell through rate on this will be very high.  As for BR’s next design partnership, it will be with Issa London, once a favorite label for the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton.

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Today’s other tidbit answers a question I have long pondered: why is the Lands’  of Lands’ End spelled that way? I finally learned the answer from a story in today’s Women’s Wear Daily:

They originally wanted to call the company “Land’s End,” but a due to a typographical error, the first catalogue was printed “Lands’ End.” Rather than incur the expense of reprinting, they left it that way, and Lands’ End stuck.

Another mystery solved.

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The Vitals Preppy Guidebook & Another Preptastic Collaboration

Hello-Hello, welcome to a Wednesday here at The Prepatorium. One that started out with some unexpected excitement (more on that momentarily).

We are brief today, with only two tidbits to share.  The first involves something that somehow escaped me, a book called “The Vitals Preppy Guidebook“.

The Vitals Preppy Guidebook via Alex Grant

The Vitals Preppy Guidebook via Alex Grant

Once again we turn to our pal Skip over at the Alexander Grant blog, for more info:

Five years before Lisa Birnbach decided to update The Official Preppy Handbook with True Prep, Rosecrans Baldwin and co. of the now elusive Vitals magazine penned an updated version that still holds true today.

Skip shares scans in his post about the Guidebook.

The Preppy Guidebook via Alexander Grant

The Preppy Guidebook via Alex Grant

Vitals had a short tenure on the magazine rack, which was too bad, I remember reading several issues, it was a solid product. The Vitals Preppy Guidebook was published eight years ago, in the spring of 2005. No one will be surprised at the number of heritage brands shown in the Guidebook that remain with us yet today, like Nantucket Reds, Brooks Brothers, Barbour and others.

The Vitals Preppy Guidebook via Alex Grant

The Vitals Preppy Guidebook via Alex Grant

There were sections on “Where to be seen,” “Where to spend money” and other tongue-in-cheek topics.

"The Vitals Preppy Guidebook" via Alex Grant

“The Vitals Preppy Guidebook” via Alex Grant

Decor images included the Preppy’s Study.

"The Vitals Preppy Guidebook" via Alex Grant

“The Vitals Preppy Guidebook” via Alex Grant

From the description of one’s study, “It’s his solace and his right. It is, if given the option, where he’d be buried. In J. Press plaid.”

"The Vitals Preppy Guidebook" via Alex Grant

Photograph by Matthew Hranek – “The Vitals Preppy Guidebook” via Alex Grant

Does anyone remember this one…..? It looks like such a fun read.

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We also have another collaboration news to share, this time with a decidedly preppish slant.  Stationers Dempsey and Carroll and J. McLaughlin have partnered on a collection of correspondence cards.

Dempsey & Carroll

Dempsey & Carroll

As many readers already know, Dempsey & Carroll’s cards are simply wonderful. They’re all-cotton heavy stock with hand-bordered edges, accompanied with exquisite lined envelopes. There are three J. McLaughlin designs available: from left to right, the Marrakesh, the Olana (yes, after the Frederic Edwin Church home) and Moroccan Paisley.

Dempsey & Carroll

Dempsey & Carroll

The Correspondence Cards are $55 for a set of 10 cards and matching envelopes. There are also coordinating Gift Tags.

Dempsey & Carroll

Dempsey & Carroll

The tags are $7 each, $35 for a set of 5. The paper goods are available online at both Dempsey & Carroll and J. McLaughlin, as well as select J. Mac stores.

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Back to that early a.m. excitement, it involved this.

TPP InnterGalactic HQ

TPP InterGalactic HQ

Someone who shall rename nameless (although you could always touch base with The Consort) wanted to “sanitize” a dishcloth. How else would one do that other than popping it in the microwave for a full 2 minutes??? Did I mention it was basically dry when it went in the microwave?

Actually, there were lots of popping embers going, and no damage to anything other the dishcloth, so we’re in a major attitude of gratitude.

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Tiffany and Brooks Brothers and Prada Have What in Common?

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Thursday here at the Prepatorium. In an effort to move beyond the day’s headlines, we move back to our previously scheduled post.

We have a look at some of the products tied to the soon-to-be-released Great Gatsby film from Baz Luhrmann. The marketing machine is really kicking in, and we’re not necessarily talking about the movie’s May 1st première.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby/Warner Brothers

No one will be surprised to learn a sizable amount of buzz surrounds the costumes, those have been overseen by Costume Designer Catharine Martin.  Gatsby-related magazine covers have been visible for months, now the big fashion splashes are getting underway. Below, Vogue Australia’s May cover with Karlie Kloss.

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Vogue Australia

From the magazine’s website:

We are so excited about Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby that we dedicated our whole issue to it.

There are reports the dress worn by Ms. Kloss in the photo above is one of those designed by Miuccia Prada for the film.

The Great Gatsby Official Website

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby Website

Above we see it on actress Carey Mulligan, she stars in the iconic role of Daisy. The dress is from Prada’s spring/summer 2010 collection, it looks like Ms. Kloss is wearing it with the front/back reversed.

More about the costumes from News.com Australia:

Australian director Baz Luhrmann called in a favour from a 16-year-old friendship when he tapped Miuccia Prada, of the famous fashion house, to collaborate with himself and his designer wife Catherine Martin for the costumes in the sumptuous production.

In an exclusive interview in Vogue Australia’s May issue out tomorrow, Prada discusses the results, including an incredible dress designed for Carey Mulligan – playing Daisy Buchanan – which is covered in crystal chandelier drops.

Two of the Prada costume sketches via Fashion Foie Gras.

Via Fashion Foie Gras

Via Fashion Foie Gras

More from Fashion Foie Gras:

Just in case you are wondering, the collaboration between Miuccia Prada and Baz Luhrmann is not completely out of left field. The two have had a long friendship and actually collaborated recently for the Miuccia Prada / Elsa Schiaparelli exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, the original link to film goes back much further. Sixteen years ago, Miuccia Prada actually worked with Baz Luhrmann to create Leonardo Di Caprio’s suit for his 1996 remake of Romeo+Juliet.

Two more Prada sketches.

Via Fashion Foie Gras

Via Fashion Foie Gras

Another big cover tied to the movie’s release, US Vogue. Its May issue showcases Carey Mulligan on the cover.

Vogue

Vogue

Retailer Brooks Brothers just launched its Gatsby Collection.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

The retailer made more than 500 ensembles for the movie, 1700 pieces altogether when including neckwear and shoes.  The tie with Brooks Brothers makes sense, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a regular customer. This WWD story has insight, quoting Catherine Martin:

“Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in Fitzgerald’s writings as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.

“It was this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic,” she said.”

Brooks talks about the collection:

The collaborative effort, unprecedented among past Brooks Brothers partnerships in its depth and scale, consists of formalwear and daywear, including tuxedos, tailored suits, suiting separates (sport coats, waist coats, and trousers), shirts, ties, shoes, and accessories.

The Brooks website offers background on its collection, including a peek at several archival images. Below we see several straw boaters.

Brooks Borthers

Brooks Brothers

The updated version.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Below, the Tipped Blazer ($798) and a closeup of the special label going in Gatsby merchandise. Among other things, I imagine this will boost the collectible value of the pieces. (Translation: look for them on eBay, no?)

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Several more styles.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

A final look from Brooks Brothers.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

While the collection is clearly not intended for Brooks’ traditional customers (like yours truly and the Consort) it is creating substantial buzz on retail and menswear blogs. It will do well.

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Another storied brand with pieces used in the film, Tiffany.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

Above we see The Savoy Headpiece, crafted of diamonds and freshwater cultured pearls set in platinum.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

It can be yours for $200,000.

Yesterday Tiffany unveiled its Gatsby themed windows.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

Last night there was a soirée at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store celebrating the collection.

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

This Women’s Wear Daily story has more:

“… (Martin) was drawn to the jeweler because F. Scott Fitzgerald himself was a Tiffany & Co. customer and Louis Comfort Tiffany, the brand’s first design director, ran with the Long Island social circles portrayed in the story.

From the Tiffany Ziegfield Collection, we show the Daisy Pendant in sterling silver with black onyx and freshwater pearls ($400) and on the right, the Pearl Tassel Necklace with sterling silver ($1200).

Tiffany Gatsby Jeweler #1

Tiffany & Company

Also from the collection, we show the Pearl Ring ($475) and Cuff Links ($375), both done in sterling silver.

Tiffany & Company

Tiffany & Company

Both the Tiffany and Brooks Brothers collections are available for purchasing in stores and online now.

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The Great Gatsby opens nationwide in the USA on May 10, it also headlines Cannes May 15.

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Here is the latest trailer.

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Until next time, may the news be brighter wherever you may be.

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Neiman Marcus Says Goodbye to eBay, Targét + Lauren Bush Lauren = Collaboration

Hello and happy start of a new week.  Is anyone else dragging just a teeny bit?

Via CopyPress

Via CopyPress

On to our news of the day, remember the big announcement that many luxury brands were opening stores on eBay? We wrote about it back in September of 2011, the “eBay Fashion Outlet Mall” had many popular companies signed up to participate, the following is from that 2011 post:

Brands taking part in the new mall that may be of interest to our crowd include Brooks Brothers, Hanes, Elaine Turner, Hanky Panky, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Hickey Freeman.  eBay claims almost 200 other brands however (more on that number later), most of them ‘household names,’ from off-price department stores like Neiman Marcus Last Call to run of the mill retailers like Elie Tahari, Bruno Magli, Fossil and Hush Puppies.

A story last week from Reuters got me thinking about the undertaking, it’s titled “Last Call for Neiman Marcus’s eBay Store“:

Luxury department store operator Neiman Marcus is shutting its eBay Inc store, a setback for the e-commerce company, which has been trying to lure large retailers to its online marketplace.

Neiman launched a store on eBay.com in 2011 for its Last Call outlet brand. It was one of a slew of large retailers that eBay has attracted to its online marketplace in recent years, an important part of the e-commerce company’s effort to compete more with Amazon.com Inc.

The story notes Neiman’s will be selling deeply discounted merchandise on its own Last Call site. The retailer has upgraded the Last Call website substantially, so it makes sense to sell via their own means. eBay gets a cut every time Neiman’s sells merchandise via eBay’s site, why keep putting money in eBay’s pocket?

As it turns out, many of the upscale brands initially associated with the ‘Outlet Mall’ no longer seem to be participating. For example, this is what one saw when visiting the Brooks Brothers’ eBay store back in 2011.

Preppy Princess Blog 9.20.11

Preppy Princess Blog 9.20.11

A quick check for the Brooks Brothers store turns up nothing, they no longer seem to be part of the eBay Designer Outlets. Nor could I find Lacoste, Elaine Turner or several other “luxury” names. However, Bobby Jones and Calvin Klein are still present, as are Bruno Magli and Tahari. My guess is that there will be fewer and fewer brands remaining as part of the eBay endeavor, it just doesn’t make sense to pay eBay when you can dispose of the goods yourself via your own means without handing over part of the profits to a third party.

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Our other item of note, Target has announced its next partnership will be with Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED project. More from USA Today:

With FEED, Target is going the more minimalist, feel-good route with a collection launching June 30 that includes tote bags, kitchenware and blankets. Proceeds will benefit Feeding America, a non-profit with more than 200 food banks across the country.

Two of the items in the collection.

Via People StyleWatch

Via People StyleWatch

There will be 50 pieces in the line, including iPhone cases, bags, more jewelry and kitchenware. The collection launches June 30.  Here’s a bit more on the collapsible bicycle shown above from that StyleWatch story:

And the bike is a personal favorite of hers: “I ride my bike to work and around my West Village neighborhood, [so] I love [it],” she says. “Plus, it’s foldable and easy to store if you don’t have a lot of space in your apartment.”

I like this one, it is good to see Target offering a collection specifically tied to a charitable initiative.

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Also today, a quick glance at the big winners of this year’s Cruft’s International dog show. Cruft’s is a little different from our annual Westminster show, among other things, they include additional competitions, like “Flyball.”.

Cruft's Flickr Feed

onEdition Photos via Cruft’s Flickr Feed

Two breeds we’re partial to, Scotties & Schnauzers.

Cruft's Facebook

Cruft’s Facebook

As always there were other events, many not involving the show ring. Below we see a Yeomanry Infantry group donating a big check to Hounds for Heroes, the organization provides dogs for disabled British military forces.

Cruft's Facebook

Cruft’s Facebook

Below we see the big winner, a Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit) named Jilly, with handler Gavin Robertson.

Cruft’s Facebook

“Big winner” is an accurate appelation, more than 27,000 dogs were involved in this year’s show.

It must be the season for dog shows, we actually went to one ourselves a few weeks back.

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That is a giant schnauzer, like our boy Phred, the pooch we had before Silly Tilly. It wouldn’t be out of the question to see another schnoozer at The Prepatorium.

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Kate Spade & Keds, More Milly & Sperry, Hello Kitty!

Hello-Hello, and happy Thursday.

Today we are looking at shoes, springtime fare of the collaborative sort. The first partnership effort is one we love, Keds and Kate Spade have created a small line of sneakers.

Keds

Keds

There are four styles in the collection, the Pointer runs $85 (eep!) and the Champion is $75, these are not available until March.

Keds Kate Spade

Keds Kate Spade

There are other cute Keds this spring, especially for those seeking something a little different. Below we see the Champion Paisley and Champion Sunset.

Keds Champion

Keds Champion

Also new (from top to bottom) for spring: the Capri, the Champion Jute Stripe and then the Double Dutch on the bottom.

Keds

Keds

There are loads of other options, all of them look fun.

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This is the second year Milly and Sperry have collaborated on a collection.

Milly for Sperry

Milly for Sperry

There are 17 styles in total.

Milly for Sperry Top-sider

Milly for Sperry Top-sider

These all appear to be available online now.

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One quick note, Ralph Lauren’s Rugby brand is now gone.

Twitter

Twitter

The company announced late last year the line was being shuttered, everything was closed on Tuesday.

Rugby.com

Rugby.com

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Finally today, it is also time to say goodbye to this.

Hasbro

Hasbro

And hello to this.

Hasbro

Hasbro

Those are Monopoly game tokens. The Iron is going away, to be replaced with the Cat.  Hasbro asked fans to vote on Facebook, deciding which token would be “retired”.

Monopoly Facebook Page

Monopoly Facebook Page

And which would be added, voters chose the cat from the options shown below. Yours truly was fond of the robot, while The Consort favored the guitar.

Monopoly Facebook Page

Monopoly Facebook Page

Reaction online was fast.

kitty-litter

Mashable

And also funny.

Mashable

Mashable

We’ll see you next time, and hope Nemo’s bark is much worse than his bit!

Via the Post

Via the Post

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Friday Fun: Preppy Modern Office, Prabal Gurung for Target & Miss Wu

Hello-hello, welcome to a Friday at the Prepatorium, where after a week of this….

Preppy Princess InterGalactic HQ

Preppy Princess InterGalactic HQ

We’re more than ready for something vibrant and cheery like this:

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Anything sunny and bright is making us smile today. That brings us to our first topic, a lovely post from the good folks at Kravet about a ‘preppy modern office‘. Here is more from inspired.talk, Kravet’s blog.

As temperatures continue their slow descent to zero in the Northeast, it seemed fitting to cast our eyes west to the fresh, fun office of Bravado Design in San Diego, California where they are certainly not bundled up in their warmest layers. The office, inspired by its owner’s lifelong love for Lilly Pulitzer, feels like a warm dose of sunshine. No matter which version of winter you’re currently experiencing, we feel certain this inspiring office will appeal to you. Enjoy!

Another angle.

Via inspired.talk

Via inspired.talk

Details about the process:

The previous space was modern, “more serious,” as Soldau put it. The redesign included white furniture, adding paint to dark stained walls, and freshening up the plain doors with accent paint and molding detail. With bright, citrusy fabrics from Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa, the vibe is energetic and youthful.

Via inspired.talk

Reading about the office first thing this morning definitely brightened my day.

Via inspired.talk

Via inspired.talk

You can read the entire Kravet post here, and/or learn more about Bravado Design here.

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Also on our hit parade today, a very quick peek at the upcoming Target collaboration with designer Prabal Gurung.

Courtesy Photos

Courtesy Photos

A closer look at one of the dresses, this is one of the print ads you’ll see if you haven’t already.

Target Courtesy Photos

Target Courtesy Photos

Pricing looks reasonable, although once again I wonder about a $199 price point at Targét. Here is some background on the collection as shared in Target’s news release.

Prabal Gurung for Target was inspired by a tender love story, offering women’s apparel and accessories suitable for all occasions from the initial crush to the first kiss, to everlasting love.Ranging in price from $19.99 to $199.99 for apparel and $12.99 to $39.99 for accessories and shoes,

Target Courtesy Photo

Target Courtesy Photo

Below we show a minaudiere in the ‘Nolita’ print, it will be $34.99.

Target Courtesy Photo

Target Courtesy Photo

The collection launches February 10 online and in-store. If you would like to look at the entire 80-piece line, Elle has the lookbook.

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Our final tidbit isn’t really “news,” it’s about products that have been available for several weeks. We’re talking about the ‘Miss Wu’ collection for Nordstrom by Jason Wu.  Below, the ‘Belted Crepe de Chine Shirtdress,’ it is $375.

Nordstrom Courtesy Photo

Nordstrom Courtesy Photo

If looking to expand my wardrobe this line holds far more possibilities than the Gurung collection, a function of the distinctly different style aesthetics of Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu. Of course, the Miss Wu prices are significantly higher.

Miss Wu for Nordstrom

Miss Wu for Nordstrom

Above we show a silk Geometric Print Chiffon Blouse ($265), the Modern Weave Crop Jacket ($495) atop the matching Shift Dress ($425), and the Bow Back Cotton Topper coat ($595).

That’s all for today, may the sun shine on your weekend!

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Banana Republic + Milly Collaboration, Lady Mary’s Wedding Dress, And Slippers in Public

Hello-Hello, happy new week. We have a variety of little bits and bytes to share today, hopefully you will find some of them appealing.

Our first item involves two brands we like, Milly and Banana RepublicWomen’s Wear Daily reports the two have paired up for a collaborative collection due out this May.

Courtesy Image via WWD.com

Courtesy Image via WWD.com

The pairing makes a lot of sense. Milly’s Michelle Smith designs pieces with clean lines that are retain a pretty, feminine feel. It is the first time Ms. Smith has designed menswear, BR’s Simon Kneen offers his perspective:

“I don’t think Michelle thought her style could be translated into men’s wear. I was excited by the challenge and she was open to the idea. We’re turning the Milly brand into something interesting for our guys.” Kneen said he hopes Smith will launch men’s wear in her own business.

The collection will include jewelry and accessories, prices for the entire line will run from $24.50 to $175. I loved much of what Trina Turk created last year for her collaboration with Banana Republic, and can’t wait to see this line.  BTW, there are some fabulous bargains being offered at Milly right now, if anyone is still looking to supplement the walk-in, it is worth a little look-see.

One other note about Banana Republic’s collaborative efforts, its third Mad Men collection debuts March 1.

Courtesy Image via WWD.com

Courtesy Image via WWD.com

This collection is based more on Megan, Don’s wife.

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Next, a story about what we hope isn’t really a “mini-trend,” the wearing of fuzzy slippers on public, as noted in this NY Times story:

Saggers, slip dresses, lingerie worn as outerwear, pajamas on the street, bed head, Crocs and the dreaded Adidas shower shoes are all examples of the ways a once sharp division between how we dress at home and present ourselves on the street has blurred, probably forever. The days of a hat and gloves for town are gone with the dodo.

This is certainly suited for either (or both) our You Can’t Make This Stuff Up and It’s Just Not Done. (It makes me want to start a Just Say No category as well.)

Photo Montage via the New York Times

Photo Montage via the New York Times

 Back to the piece by Guy Trebay.

So it should not be surprising that a mini-trend previously confined to students at private girls’ schools, the tendency to wear fuzzy bedroom slippers out on the street, has suddenly and unexpectedly crossed over to the adult population.

Perhaps we need to bring back Albert Einstein.

Via Imgur

Via Imgur

At least he had the good manners to confine his use to his home and porch. (To the best of my knowledge, limited though it may be.)

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Our final item of note looks at last night’s Downton Abbey première.  One of the series’ main characters was married, I am curious how everyone liked Lady Mary’s wedding gown…?

Masterpiece Theatre

ITV/Masterpiece Theatre

As described by Real Style Network:

Lady Mary wears an ivory column dress with a satin sash below the waist and sheer long sleeves, which was at the height of fashion for the time. She tops off her look with a long white veil and a headpiece made to look like a crown of gold leaves and dainty flowers.

ITV/Masterpiece

ITV/Masterpiece

It seemed very much in keeping with the era and with the character’s personal style as seen on the show.

That’s it for today, until next time may the sun shine on your days and the stars on your nights!

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