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Targét’s Next Collection, Bubba is Pretty in Pink…and Green

Hello-Hello and welcome to a new week, we are forced to be brief once again, we are a bit swamped with business.

We begin with an early look at the upcoming collection for Le Boutique Targét, the first from its new “Shops at Target” program, showcasing design partnerships with small boutiques. The initial collection, The Webster at Target, is done in tandem with luxury boutique The Webster Miami.

The Webster Miami at Target

The line launches May 6, photos of the collection were released last week. Pieces showcase iconic Webster themes, including the boutique’s banana leaf print wallpaper, as well as motifs reflecting Miami’s art deco architecture. You’ll also note there’s very much a resort, beachside feel to the styles.

Courtesy Photos via MamasARollingStone

Below left to right we see the Colorblock Cardigan ($32.99), Tank in Palm Print ($19.99) and Jacquard Skirt in Coral ($29.99), the Sleeveless Shift Dress in Two-Way Deco Print ($39.99) and Short-Sleeved Drawstring Dress in Melon ($36.99).

Target Courtesy Photos

Good news for those who struggle to find appealing styles in either petites or plus sizes, both will be available online for this collection.  Another appealing possibility from our friends at The Fashion Spot:

Since this collaboration is with a company that is likely to have more of a niche following than say, Missoni, you probably won’t have to fight with eBay vultures to get your hands on it.

Below we show some of the accessories, starting with bracelets in ‘Two-Way Deco Print’ and ‘Green Plaid,’ both $16.99.

Target Courtesy Photo

Other jewelry includes the Sand Dollar Chandelier Earrings in Gold and Silver ($14.99 each) and Coral Strand Necklace with Sand Dollars ($34.99).

Target Courtesy Photos

Two totes, the ‘Wall Paper Floral Print’ will retail at $29.99 and ‘Straw Tote in Palm Print’ will be $39.99.

Courtesy Photo via Target

Scarves in coordinating prints will be offered at $19.99.

Target Courtesy Photo

Shoes will include these styles, the Cap-Toe Wedges in Melon/Gold ($29.99), Flats in Palm Print, $24.99 Tie Wedges in Palm Print, $29.99

Target Courtesy Photo

Striped straw hats in navy and coral are going to be $19.99.

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Response to the upcoming collaboration is positive, USA Today said the collection hits an “Ultra Chic Bullseye,” while Esquire‘s story is titled “Target Will Soon Be Selling Clothes You’ll Want”:

And, while the company has dabbled in offering a few of these items for men over the years, they’ve never quite hit the bullseye when it comes to making clothes guys would actually want to purchase.

Target Courtesy Photos via Esquire

These men’s looks feature a short-sleeved Polo ($19.99) and Swim Trunks ($29.99) on the left, on the right we see a Navy/White Striped shirt ($29.99), Shorts in Palm Print ($29.99), Chevron Woven Belt in Green ($19.99) and the Straw Fedora ( $19.99).

Target Courtesy Photos

This looks like it has lots of potential, as is so frequently the case with these collaborative efforts, a key component will be quality.
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Following yesterday’s excitement in Augusta, we have two golf notes to share.

Via LPGA Style Watch

The first involves LPGA golfer Morgan Pressel and Lilly Pulitzer, the pro has signed a deal with the preppy print company, she’ll be wearing their duds on and off the course. (With thanks to the always stylish Bruce, golf guru and style aficionado for the tip on this arrangement.)

Via LPGA Style Watch

Our other golf tidbit is also today’s Pretty in Pink. (You can imagine where this is going.)

Via Bubba Watson Facebook page

On his way to a green jacket at the Masters, Bubba Watson could be seen with his pink Ping Driver.

Hunter Martin/Augusta National

You have to love a guy who uses pink clubs, especially when it is part of a fund-raising effort.

Via Dave Shedloski Twitter Feed

Mr. Watson hopes to raise $1,000,000 for various charities this season, Ping has already donated $10,000 to the cause.

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Collaborations, We Have Collaborations (DVF/Gap Kids, Mad Men/Estee Lauder)

Hello-Hello, happy new week!

Today we share a look at two of the more notable collaborations now on sale or about to launch, starting with the Diane von Furstenberg for Gap Kids collection.

Gap.com

There was quite a bash at GapKids and babyGap in Los Angeles celebrating the line’s upcoming debut.

Donato Sardella for Women's Wear Daily

The new line covers newborns to 14-year-olds.

Gap Courtesy Photos via Pinterest

The babyGap styles have the Cute-o-Meter peaking in the red zone.

Gap Courtesy Photos via Pinterest

In a WWD story the designer reveals why she has shied away from children’s collections:

“I used to say no to doing kids collections because I wanted the little girls to grow up, but this is so fun and happy and I like the optimism of it,” said the designer, who greeted several tots and their celebrity parents at the invite-only event.

Below we see Ms. von Furstenberg with her granddaughter Talitha and friends, on the right she is is with Molly Sims.

Donato Sardella for Women's Wear Daily

At the Los Angeles launch party there was even a petting zoo for the kids with bunnies and puppies.

Donato Sardella for Women's Wear Daily

As one would expect from this designer, the designs are bright and vibrant, one recurring pattern showcases hearts intermingled with the designer’s initials.

Courtesy Photos via The Telegraph

Other signature themes are also evident in the new line, splashy prints and vivid colors.

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Prices run $20 to $120; there is even an update to the Ms. von Furstenberg’s most noted silhouette, more in this news release:

“The legendary DVF wrap is re-invented with a child-like higher waist detail, in structured cotton or as a jersey romper shape for babies and toddlers”

Courtesy Photos via Tom & Lorenzo

We like the way Tom and Lorenzo described their reaction:

When we first heard about this, we pshawed the whole thing, joking that she’d wind up making wrap dresses for toddlers. Well, shut our mouths; wrap dresses for toddlers are ADORABLE.

There is a serious cute factor even this grizzled old crone finds hard to resist.

DVF for Gap Courtesy Photos

Just how darling did Tom & Lorenzo think the collection is?

We think children should be kept in boxes and only let out to serve their adult masters drinks, but even we squealed a little at some of these pieces. We’re kinda sad now that all our nieces are tweens and teens. We would have had a blast buying up this stuff for various birthdays, back when they didn’t ask for gift cards and money.

So darn cute we’ll even overlook our usual line in the sand thought on little girls and “heels”.

Courtesy Photos via Tom & Lorenzo

The good news is that a second wave of designs will launch in time for the holidays. Hopefully this will provide Gap with a much-needed boost.

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On to our next collaborative tidbit, the Mad Men and Estee Lauder partnership.

Estee Lauder

The two entities have teamed up on a lipstick and creme rouge.

EsteeLauder.com

Promoted with the “Shake. Stir. Seduce.” line, the campaign showcases a blond beauty reminiscent of Betty Draper. Lipstick is $25 and the rouge is $40, both are available now. (It seems so long since I have seen the word ‘rouge,’ it was a bit of a surprise.)

With those two items we say ‘bye until next time, yours truly has to run the beasts to the house of pain vet for a little scheduled maintenance.

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Preppy: The Next Big Thing For Spring. (Cough-Cough.)

Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday. (I don’t know about you, but we’re ready for a touch of weekend here in the Corner Condo at Princess InterPlanetary HQ.)

If it’s almost spring, then it follows that retailers are breaking out the preppy style references in their advertising and marketing campaigns, we thought it would be fun to share a few of them with you. The first comes via Nordstorm, with thanks to our friend Cindy for alerting us to the communiqué, showcasing “Prep Cool“.

Nordstrom

“Prep Club Accessories, Swimwear & Resortwear” showcases a variety of merchandise one might expect to see, from Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and Milly….

Nordstrom

To Dooney & Bourke, Kate Spade,and Longchamp.

Nordstrom

There were a few brands included in the “Prep Club” group (for some reason the promotional groupings were referred to as both Prep Cool and Prep Club, we’ve nary a clue why) I don’t always/usually associate with a prep aesthetic: from left to right, McQ Alexander McQueen, Cara Accessories and AK Anne Klein.

Nordstrom

We move on to a Macy’s campaign, “Preppy Handbook” (ahem), with “The Four Fundamentals You Need Now”.

Today’s prep-wear is feminine, expertly tailored and effortlessly chic (think: 1960s socialites vacationing in Palm Beach). And, it’s the next big thing for Spring. Want to incorporate this work to play look into your wardrobe? We’ll show you four essentials you need to look pretty in prep – and exactly how to wear them.

Macy's

Among those four fundamentals, “Kaleidoscope Florals and Bold Stripes” shown below, there are some darling shirts.

Macy's

Macy’s reports that another essential is “Femme Madras,” one is admonished to “Rework this classic preppy plaid with a shrunken schoolboy blazer or tailored shorts.”

Another “Preppy Academy Must Have” is the colored trench.

Macy's

There’s one more “Fundmental,” we’ll let you discover it in your own time, click here to see the rest of the Macy’s post.

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One item not mentioned in either of the marketing campaigns that we do consider a basic: seersucker.

American Digs

While that might look like something perfect for this weekend, it’s not, at least not for you. It’s for these fine friends.

American Digs

These are the work of American Digs, proudly Made in the USA, and $34.

When Tilly heard I was putting them in as today’s Friday Fun she reminded me of something that is a bit of a sore point, we promised her a replacement for this.

Silly Tilly

Her Yale sweatshirt has seen better days. (Heh, heh, heh.) Somehow I’m not seeing the seersucker on her, are you? Sadly, the words “seersucker” and “Tilly” in the same sentence bring visions of material stretched tautly, beyond its original design, buttons straining and popping off randomly, and sounds of seams ripping as fabric shreds.

With that we say goodbye until next time, may your weekend be warm and wonderful!

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Preppy Style Cheat Sheet & “That Absurd War on the Color Pink”

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Wednesday. We are brief today, business is usurping oodles of time, so we share only a few items.

Our first topic is a quick look at another preppy style guide, “Preppy Style Cheat Sheet,” is found in a recent post on the Washingtonian website.

When it comes to fashion, Washington has a serious case of split personality disorder. From the flannel-wearing hipsters in Columbia Heights to the slick suits on K Street, each neighborhood has its own look. And where would we be if we didn’t mention the pastel-wearing prepsters of Georgetown? With this style, there’s a fine line between fabulous and costumey—and no one walks it as impeccably as law students/platonic lifemates Lauren Wynns and Van Bloys, the duo behind the fashion and lifestyle blog Necessary & Proper.

Below, Mr. Bloys and Ms. Wynns as seen in the story.

PHOTO: Katie Warren via The Washingtonian

Writer Sarah Zlotnick features input from the duo on a variety of topics, including their vision of the Top 5 Wardrobe Essentials.

For women: colored pants (denim or tailored silk), trench coat, a silk blouse (bonus points for one with an unusual neckline or pattern), an equestrian-inspired blazer, and a colorful shift dress.

For men: A navy blazer, Cordovan lace-ups, gray flannel trousers, an oxford shirt, and a cashmere V-neck sweater.

PHOTO: Katie Warren via The Washingtonian

The story also asked about “skills every prepster should master”:

Social grace. Write thank-you notes, buy hostess gifts, be cordial to everyone, and stay classy in the presence of those who are not. Bad manners and cattiness are so unbecoming.

Tying a bow tie. It’s like riding a bicycle. You’d never imagine how many men came into Ralph Lauren [Van used to work at the Georgetown store] on the night of a big event in a tux with an untied bow tie and asked a salesperson to tie it for them.

We couldn’t agree more on the need for proper social skills, and can also verify The Consort concurs on the merits of tying one’s own tie.

There is also a list of brands of up and coming brands, it is nice to see our friends Kiel & Sarah from KJP at the top of the list.

  • Kiel James Patrick—whimsical, handmade accessories out of Rhode Island.
  • Sasha Lickle Designs—Floridian-style jewelry inspired by sea life and the beach.
  • Pierrepont Hicks—An American brand with beautiful ties and bow ties.
  • Smathers & Branson—A Bethesda-based needlepoint belt company. You can even get a “life belt” custom made to match your personal interests.
  • Hugh and Crye—This Georgetown-based shirtmaker has slim cuts and great patterns. And we love our native DC designers!

Click here to see the story in its entirety.

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Our second item involves a story from Scientific American, a publication not frequently referenced here at The Prepatorium (there’s a shock). Yet today we speak about a story posted on the magazine’s blog,  Stop This Absurd War on the Color Pink.  A great photo is near the top of the piece, prominently captioned “This Dog Does Not Exist”.

Scientific American: "This Dog Does Not Exist"

The story begins this way:

Last week Robert Krulwich, a co-host of the wonderful program Radiolab, Pluto’d pink. In a blog post he noted that pink doesn’t occupy a slot in the familiar colors of the rainbow—there’s no P in Roy G. Biv. From this, he concludes that pink does not really exist:

“That’s why pink is an invention. It’s not a name we give to something out there. Pink isn’t out there.”

Now, at the risk of sounding like an airhead, I confess much of the story was over my head.

Pink is real—or it is not—but it is just as real or not-real as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

On a more fundamental level, however, Krulwich is right. Pink is not out there, because no color is really “out there.”

Tilly doesn’t think it is ‘out there,’ Tilly finds it very real.

This Dog Is Really, Really Not Real

She may not be real, but still qualifies as our Pretty in Pink for the day.

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