Category Archives: Sign of the Times

Two New Prep-Influenced Lines, Pink & Green Gifts

Hello-Hello, welcome to a new week, and yet another of our annoying this-will-have-to-do-for-two-days posts, with apologies.  (Yes, the mayhem has commenced, heaven help us all.)

We have looks at two soon-to-debut lines.

Via Jak and Jil

These styles are from the upcoming Thom Browne women’s collection.

Via Jak and Jil

(This may surprise readers, but we don’t recall ever seeing sequined madras before.)

Many of the styles echo pieces in Mr. Browne’s men’s line for spring.

Replication in theme and fabric can be seen throughout the collections.

Via Jak and Jil

The Brooks Brothers Black Fleece designer has previously done small collections for women, but this is Mr. Browne’s first step into a mass produced line.  Pearls and grosgrain are used generously.

Via Jak and Jil

We are guessing that taken alone, several of the pieces are stunning in person; the detailing on Mr. Browne’s designs is always exquisite.

While TP is *nowhere* near stylish enough to sport pieces this cutting-edge, it will be interesting to see the line in its entirety.  (Umm, TP and cutting edge in the same sentence? Hee-hee-hee.) As far as the collection falling into a ‘preppy’ category..? Non, non, non. Grosgrain ribbon accents and piped lapels do not make it thus.

The new line launches in the spring; the Jak and Jil blog has more photos, just click here to be transported there.


Next, a new line from designer Tommy Hilfiger.

The new line is simply called “Tommy,” these styles are from the spring 2011 debut collection.

Women’s Wear Daily has more:

“Comprised of preppy-with-a-twist women’s and men’s wear, the youthful lineup included casual separates.”

“The styles, which Hilfiger describes as playful, are priced from $29 for a knit top to $119 for a short trenchcoat, while handbags and footwear begin at $49 and $59, respectively.”

Many pieces show a classic influence, but the more closely fitting and shrunken silhouettes belie a prep heritage.

On another note, the company is making a return to television advertising, beginning this evening, something that can only be deemed a positive SOTT (Sign of the Times).

Courtesy Image via WWD

The spots will feature the fictional Hilfigers, wackiness personified.


It has been a few weeks since we shared any Gossip Girl fashion news. The LA Times has an interesting story about fashion on the show.

From the article:

“Leighton Meester and Blake Lively, the actresses who portray Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen, respectively, have been fêted and flung under the wing of Vogue’s Anna Wintour faster than either of them could utter an “OMG.”

The piece is accompanied by a slide show with images showing some of this year’s fabulous styles.

This brings us to a “Help Me Understand” moment:

Giovanni Rufino/The CW

Does the little ferret-faced Ed Westwick character (Chuck Bass) frequently receive pedicures on the show? Really?


We wanted to share a smattering of pink and green gift ideas, starting with an item from Lands’ End that works for just about anyone, the Antistatic Fleece Throw.

If seeking something for the ladies on your list, Lands’ End offers its Half-zip Pullover comes in a variety of pink and kinda-sorta-green shades.

If shopping Lands’ End, a quick Sales & Savings note: their 30% off everything promotion ends tonight (Monday, 11/15/10) at midnight.

Lands' End

(Use promo code LESHARE and PIN 7785 to receive the discounts.)

We have a few more quick  ideas, the first is the Grosgrain Ribbon ornament, $2.79 online at Sears.  On the right, the Pink Flamingo Double-Walled Tumbler, at Le Boutique Targét.

The set of Tinsel Alpine Trees is also from Targét; they run $79.99 and also come in the bright lime color shown on the right, as seen in the chartreuse Pre-lit Fantasy Tree.

Le Boutique also has energy efficient LED lights in our favorite color (well, close enough); put those on the Lime Cashmere Tree, and you would have quite the look. Quite. The. Look.

But the favorite item seen online in today’s colossal waste of time research comes from LL Bean, and shows nary a hint of pink or lime green.

LL Bean

The Deluxe Edition Scrabble Game looks like loads of fun, we wouldn’t turn Santa away if he appeared with this in hand.


We leave you with a word about two delightful bloggers, we are flattered both are offering giveaways showcasing Princess products.  Amid Privilege is celebrating her newly overhauled (and ever-so-chic) blog design, and the inimitable Nautical by Nature is commemorating her three year Blogiversary. Do pop in and say hello to both charming ladies if so inclined, we are grateful they to call them friends; they represent our favorite result of having an online presence: friendship. 

With that, g’bye until Wednesday!


  • Giovanni Giannoni/WWD:
  • Thomas Ianaconne/WWD


Filed under Gossip Girl, Help Me Understand, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Sales & Savings, Sign of the Times

Mixed Signals on Designer Logos & Those Snooki Slippers

Hello-Hello, welcome to a fab Wednesday here at the Prepatorium.

Today we take a look at children’s’ fashions, with an emphasis on the logofication issue. A number of publications have suggested These Challenging Times are fostering less conspicuous consumption, including smaller, fewer, and more discreet use of logos, particularly for luxury labels.  This first picture may help explain why we’re confused.   Above we share an image from Burberry’s online store in the Girls’ apparel category, but similar use of the company’s signature check motif is abundant throughout the site.  These items do not seem to fit in the smaller and discreet categories.

The retailer still offers plenty of adult merchandise with its name and/or logo loud and proud, below we show the Wool Crewneck Sweater for women, and on the right, a Men’s Lightweight Hoody.

Bloomberg recently did a story about luxury labels turning their attention to other revenue streams, including children’s wear; the story is titled Burberry $750 Kids’ Trench Coats Turn Playgrounds to Runways.

“Celebrity culture and status-seeking are driving the growth, according to Fflur Roberts, Euromonitor’s luxury-goods research manager.

Suri Cruise, the 4-year-old daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, has been photographed wearing a Burberry fur- trimmed parka and beige velveteen coat lined with the brand’s signature plaid.”

To be fair, the iconic motif is seen very little on higher end Burberry London pieces, it is almost invisible in the Prorsum line. It is featured primarily on the lower end fashions and accessories targeted at the aspirational shopper.

The continued logo placement is not limited to Burberry.  Your little ones’ feet seem to be a popular spot for advertising, below left, the D&G Infant Sneakers, the Gucci Baby Sneakers are on the right.

We all know how yours truly feels about the logo on the left, adorning a pair of Children’s Sneakers, not to mention the all-over play it receives on the Baby Bal-Harbor Slip Ons.

More from the Bloomberg story:

“…. dressing their kids in designer gear is a guilt-free way for fashion-focused parents to indulge their own penchant for following trends, Roberts said. “It makes them feel good,” she said.

“Parents increasingly see their children as a reflection of themselves so they want to make sure they look good and are in the latest things,” said Sarah Peters, senior retail analyst at Verdict Research, a part of the Datamonitor Group.”

Calvin Klein ensures everyone will know where Little Bitsy’s togs came from.

We previously mentioned that Fendi is launching a children’s line in the spring, on the left we see children in the upcoming collection; we are hopeful pieces won’t be like these Baby Zucca Booties.

The Times ran a story on Monday about the lucrative returns in fashion for little ones, Designer Labels Go Pint Size.

“Gucci, Fendi and Stella McCartney are among the latest designers to add luxury children’s collections to their company’s stable, a small step for high-end fashion but among the first signs of growth since the recession.”

A few items from the soon-to-launch collection from Ms. McCartney.

The Stella McCartney pieces do not disappoint, they are cute as can be, eminently wearable, and sans logos.  Amen.  When it comes to the children’s line, buzz on Planet Fashion is all about the Gucci Kids advertising:  the word is that the campaign features Jennifer Lopez and her 2-year-old twins.  From the Women’s Wear Daily story, “Gucci Gucci Goo“:

“The images feature a sun-kissed Lopez and her two-year-old twins decked out in Gucci clothes and accessories, including sunglasses, romping on the beach.”

Apparently the ads were almost never shot, according to this story:

“Jennifer Lopez’s cute new advertisement for fashion house Gucci with her twin babies almost never happened – because her husband Marc Anthony refused to turn the spotlight on their children.

The singer/actress reveals she struggled to persuade Anthony to agree to let their kids Max and Emme join their superstar mum and model in the photo spread, admitting he only relented because it was all for children’s charity UNICEF.”

Via MumbaFashion

We haven’t seen enough of the new Gucci collection to know if children are at risk of Logophobia or not, but be assured we will not drop our guard, vigilance is our watchword. (Heh,heh,heh.)


There is good news and bad news about two of our AntiPrep Wall of Shame member. First, the good: JWOWW’s clothing line is apparently not going to be created; Jezebel has more:

“Sad news for those who were eagerly awaiting our Boob Slings in the mail: JWOWW’s clothing line will not go into production, due to a trademark dispute.”

But now the bad: Snooki-branded products are now hitting the marketplace.

Jason Merritt/Getty Images & Happy Feet

The folks at Happy Feet say the first 10,000 slippers ordered should be delivered in time for the holidaze. Can a Snooki Snuggie be far behind? (Surely we aren’t the first people to consider this possibility…?)

On that tragic image we say adieu until next time!


Filed under Help Me Understand, Logos, preppy, Sign of the Times, The AntiPrep

A Monday Melange (with Preppy Overtones)

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Monday, we are ever-so-happy to be back home at the Prepatorium.

We begin with a note of gratitude, directed to all who helped keep The Consort out of trouble occupied while we were away. Honestly, the timing of events while out-of-town was reminiscent of our years in news, when employees would brace for spot news anytime we left town. It seemed that way for our latest escape, no sooner did we hop on a plane than we heard about a Lilly Pulitzer furniture collection launching, as well as Lilly’s home being for sale. (Many thanks to those kind enough to send along the URLs for the Lilly Pulitzer house listing the Consort wrote about here.) We hope to scare up a little more information on what will be a major furniture line later this week.

Back to standard fare, it is Fashion Week again, this time in Paris, considered by some to be the only place to show.  (Ahem.) A few personalities of note, the Nuclear Wintour Anna Wintour is seen attending the Chloé show, and on the right we have Liv Tyler and Justin Timberlake at Givenchy.

We will have more styles as the shows continue, particularly Dior and Chanel.  Below, several classic, androgynous pieces from Dušan Paunovic, a line we were not familiar with until this week.

Franck Mura/WWD

Also seen in Paris, these styles from Viktor and Rolf peaking the Outrageous-o-Meter in the red zone.

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

Of course, each and every Fashion Week always brings its own brand of tragedy, to whit, more entrants in the When Pink Goes Bad sweepstakes.

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

These are all styles from Pierre Cardin, but there were many other candidates.


There were a few lines line showing in Milan last week that we weren’t able to get to; Moschino‘s Spring 2011 Collection definitely had touches of nautical and preppy amid the red/white/blue palette.

Grosgrain ribbon was used to embellish shoes and repp tie silks were used on belts.

Below, bangles and other accessories backstage at Moschino.

Isabella De Maddalena/WWD


Another Milan show we haven’t yet covered, DSquared2.

Twin brothers (and business partners) Dean & Dan Caten offered styles with a preppish slant.

More photos from WWD’s Davide Maestri.

To say we covet the gray flannel suit would be an understatement.

From Women’s Wear Daily’s review:

“The tailoring was terrific, as usual, here done in more leisurely cuts. It all had a stylish prepster vibe, which, by night, turned heavy on the men’s wear references, seen in le smokings and silk dresses with dickey inserts.”

We adore the modified dinner jacket shown above left; here is more exquisite formalwear.

Knowing that at Milan Fashion Week simply everyone wears black, let’s play a round of “Spot the Prep” in this picture from the DSquared2 show.

Name That Prep

Yeppers, it is the one and only Kiel James Patrick on the scene; hoping for some outstanding styles at the Milan shows, we dispatched our team of crack CPFCs (Certified Princess Fashion Correspondents) to Milan. Kiel was joined by the immensely talented and lovely Sarah Vickers, also clad in bright and vivid colors, no monochromatic black for this preppy pair.

Almost Exclusive to The Princess

Here Kiel is seen getting the scoop from one of the models.

On Assignment!

Kiel even took a video at the show, click here to see that slice of fashion bliss.  (We have it on good authority that a certain young designer’s merchandise was the talk of the town in Milan, our hats are off to Kiel and Sarah, the product line is looking terrific.)


We have an interesting SOTT (Sign of the Times) today: because Louis Vuitton is concerned about running out of merchandise, the company’s stores in Paris are closing an hour earlier.

Louis Vuitton

From the Financial Times:

“Along with Vuitton’s other standalone Paris stores, the shop is trying to sell fewer products and preserve stock for Christmas.”



And under our Sales & Savings heading, news that Neiman’s Last Call merchandise is now available online.

Last Call at Neiman Marcus

We haven’t done more than quickly skip through the online offerings, we hope to have a little more time to graze at the site later.  If you do pop in for a visit, do let us know what you think!

Today we shall leave you with a delightful Pretty in Pink pair from Tory Burch.

Tory Burch

October brings Breast Cancer Awareness month, 15% of proceeds from sales of the limited edition Rain Boots and Umbrella will go to the BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Foundation), up to a total donation of $20,000.

On that note, g’bye until next time!


  • Moschino: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
  • DSquared2: Alberto Pellaschiar/AP
  • DSquared2: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
  • DSquared2: Davide Maestri/WWD
  • Anna Wintour: Benoit Tessier/Reuters
  • Chloe show: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty


Filed under preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, Preppy People, Pretty in Pink, Sign of the Times

Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2010 & Target’s Next Designer

Hello-Hello, we hope you are enjoying a happy, summery day, it is simply glorious here at the Prepatorium.

Today we are all adither, scurrying about with TMTDTLT (too-much-to-do-too-little-time!), so once again, with apologies, we resort to more fluff than stuff.

Let’s start with an upbeat topic, the Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2010 Collection. We always enjoy seeing new styles and designs, and in this case, the addition of an entirely new category for the company.

There are some lovely dresses, the Adalie Wrap Dress on the left looks fun, as does the Sophia Dress with its ruched trim at the hemline and neck.

Two dresses offering classic silhouettes, the Finn shift (L), and the Juliana (R).

The Anamaria Silk Twill Skirt is a little busy for us, certainly darling on the right person.

We’re lukewarm on some pieces; the Brinkley Shirtdress is a good example of this sentiment. The dress is likely a garment better appreciated in person, when paired with the right sweater or jacket it might be perfect office attire.

We do like the Coeli Skirt, available in two corduroy prints.

The Jonah Dress in Don’t be Koi is striking, we always get the biggest kick out of seeing Lilly apparel and accessories patterns reinterpreted for use in goods that we carry here at The Princess, like the Agenda Books in Koi; the pattern can also be seen in the Little Jonah dress.

Also fun for Minnies this fall, the Juniper Jumper with Ruffles (L) and the Little Lilly Shift, we show it in Multi Apple a Day Patch.

There is new fleece for your little one, including the Becca Half-Zip Jacket (actually available now at Splash of Pink), and the Chelsea Fleece Vest, we show it in the delightful Daiquiri Pink.

Fall brings leggings for little girls as well, including the Hotty Pink (L) and About Them Apples in Lifeguard Green.

There are new sweaters for grown-up girls, on the left we show the Alcott Argyle Cardigan, and on the right, the Paley Cardigan Striped version for fall, both available at Splash of Pink, both in that navy and pink palette that we love.

Also new this fall, the much-anticipated Activewear group, the first such pieces from Lilly. Below left we see one of the ensembles, and on the right, the Frances fleece top.

The Lotus Top at Splash of Pink comes in both a solid color and a print version, the latter definitely qualifying as a Pretty in Pink item.

The Orlando Sentinel has more on this group:

“Produced in Nike factories, the collection includes capri and full-length pants, tank tops, fleeces and sweaters made of nylon-Lycra performance interlock fabric and rayon-spandex jersey.”

An additional view.

We like the Frances Fleece Top in the printed version, there is also a full-zipper Fleece Jacket in a slim cut.

We really are hooked on the pink and navy color combination.

It’s also time for the Tess Turtleneck in Navy, or the Irving Fleece Pullover

Clearly lots to love in this fall’s collection, and we’ve only shown a scintilla of all the goodness!


Do you know what we want to wear with that fabulous pink and navy color combo?  This.

Regular readers will recognize the style statement; it is from our friend Kiel James Patrick’s new line of Sailing Belts, just launched on Monday.  We are excited to be hosting a contest giving a lucky winner the belt of their choice from Kiel.

Kiel James Patrick

Do pop over and enter, you could be the proud new owner of one of these little slices of fabulosity. And be sure to look at all of the wonderful Croffix Sailing belts at Kiel’s store.


A few quick Bits and Bytes:

  • The next Target design collaboration involves Justin Timberlake; his William Rast clothing line is partnering with the retailer on a new collection. The collection hits most Target stores and on Dec. 19. Below, two looks from William Rast.

Courtesy William Rast via Thread

  • The line has a rocker/biker edge, and most industry insiders expect to see a good amount of denim in this group.
  • In other collaboration deals, there is word of two new nail polish collections tied to popular televisions shows. Expect a Mad Men collection of polishes, and below, the Gossip Girl Nail Polish line.

  • And with word of one more collaborative undertaking, the Brooks Brothers Levi’s jeans have debuted. These are for men only, three pair are offered online and in-store.


We leave you with two SOTTs (Signs of the Times), the first involving our friends at Brooks Brothers again.

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

The venerable retailer is promoting its presence on Facebook, we have been fans for some time now, thoroughly enjoying the content. (If heading that way, do stop in and say ‘hello’ at the Princess page!)

Our other SOTT concerns the AntiPrep known as Snooki.

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

She, and other cast members from a STCBN (Show That Can’t Be Named) rang the opening bell Tuesday morning. At the Stock Exchange. In New York. The actual, real New York Stock Exchange.

Clearly, the apocalypse is upon us.  The horror.

Heh, heh, heh.


Filed under Collaborations, Gossip Girl, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Pretty in Pink, Sign of the Times, The AntiPrep

Preppish Bits & Bytes and the Ultimate Preppy Sleeping Bag


Frequent readers know we are prone to veering off the straight and narrow at times, detouring from Brooks Brothers Avenue and Talbots Lane to another road altogether, taking a peek at brands with classic pieces but perhaps lacking a prep pedigree.

In our look at not-so-common brands we have two offerings today, beginning with Katherine Hooker.

Courtesy Katherine Hooker

We enjoy the designer’s Ascot Dress.

Courtesy Katherine Hooker

We are also fond of these two looks; the blouse looks simply exquisite.

This designer is primarily available in the UK, although Ms. Hooker has done trunk shows stateside.


Also, the Irish Times offers this look at UK retailer ASOS in “Preppy Meets Tomboy“:

via The Irish Times

From the story:

“This is exactly the kind of preppy attire I would dress myself in, if I weren’t entirely committed to wearing dresses and floral fabrics 24/7…”

The feature showcases several looks in more detail.

Courtesy ASOS via The Irish Times

This retailer already offers online ordering to the USA, but reports are the process will be made even easier in the near future.


We have a number of Bits & Bytes to share:

  • Vampire Weekend, the über-prep band, announced this summer’s tour dates, click here for the schedule.
  • Sad news for our friends in Charleston, Saks is closing its store in that beautiful city. The store will be closed by July 17; the space will be taken by Forever 21. (Ouch.)
  • Those wanting to stay in touch with goings-on related to the upcoming publication of True Prep may want to consider joining the Facebook site for the book.

Random House


Today’s Pretty in Pink…and Green comes to us via the always-on-top-of-things folks at the Pink and Green Scene.


It really is the ultimate sleeping bag for one crazy for pink and green, let alone a great Adventure in Argyle as well! The bag is simply adorable.


Finally today (with apologies to our FB fans), we close with one of the best cross-country tours we’ve seen:

Courtesy LL Bean

That would be the giant-sized official LL Bean boot, heading out of Oklahoma as we type, on its way to Indianapolis.  We are more familiar with the boot in this setting.

Courtesy LL Bean

Pop over and visit the Bean Facebook page to see the whole story about the Boot Road Trip.

Courtesy LL Bean

We just want to know if there are tee-shirts with all of the tour dates listed on the back, like those seen at rock concerts…?

On that note, until next time!


Filed under Argyle, Prepalicious, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Preppy People, Pretty in Pink, Sign of the Times, True Prep & TOPH

Ultimate Fashion Gala, & A Sneak Peek at the Preppy Laptop

Hello-Hello, we hope the sun is shining as brightly in your corner of the globe as it is here!

We begin with an apology to those not fond of fashion-laden posts, we must beg your indulgence one more day, as we have yet to share the images from another big do. The Met Ball was Monday night, arguably the season’s most important event for seeing, and being seen, in serious formalwear. (The official name for the event: the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala.) The evening also officially kicked off the Museum’s special exhibit, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.

For decades the Gala has been overseen by Anna Wintour.

Via The Cut

The Vogue magazine editor was in an ensemble by Chanel Couture; some found it less than attractive, but we actually liked the look, and thought it was flattering on Ms. Wintour.

Two of the evening’s most elegant looks: Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad.

Kristin Somody Whalen/WWD

And Marion Cotillard in glittering Christian Dior.

Kristin Somody Whalen/WWD

They are both wearing what we refer to as “SPFs,” Serious Party Frock.  The editors at Refinery 29 came up with this group of “Best Dressed” ladies at the Gala.

Via Refinery 29

From the left, Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein, Kate Bosworth wears Valentino, Rosie Huntington (apparently a popular model) in Burberry and Emma Watson, also in Burberry.

The event is A List only; below we see Lauren Bush and David Lauren, on the right, Ricky and Ralph Lauren.

In an unusual twist, we thought the younger generation’s styles were superior to those seen on their elders; the blue jeans looked horribly inappropriate.  Below left we show Dylan Lauren, and on the right, Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Dee Ocleppo.

Taylor Swift was in Ralph Lauren Collection, and Tory Burch in Tory Burch.

From the Gossip Girl contingent, Blake Lively wears Marchesa and Jessica Szohr in Versace.

Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley were also on hand.

The Cut had an intriguing tidbit in their post about the G2 stars and the event:

“… all the relationship drama has made the cast of Gossip Girl skittish around reporters, because Penn Badgley, Jessica Szohr, and Blake Lively each didn’t so much as turn their heads as they hustled up the stairs, surrounded by flacks, and went inside.

And how did Ms. Lively look for the after-party? Below left we see the more casual look she sported, and on the right, co-stars Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford at that function.

We were not crazy about Ivanka Trump’s Atelier Versace dress, nor did we think highly of the Chanel look seen on Kristen Stewart.

We also struggled with someone we generally adore seeing in a fab frock, Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks; this blue gown simply didn’t work.

The black and white gown on Malin Akerman was another miss IOHO.

One dress creating quite a stir (and also making it onto almost every ‘worst dressed’ list), Katy Perry’s LED light-up dress.

We absolutely adored WWD’s commentary on the gown:

“It was enough to provoke a seizure (or at least a headache), but Perry behaved as if nothing were out of the ordinary. Guess no one told her there’s a difference between dressing to stop traffic and dressing like a traffic stop.”

Note who leads off Refinery 29’s review of the “The Bad” styles:

Photo Collage via

Also seen with Ms. Perry in the dubious distinction category above, Chloë Sevigny in Proenza Schouler, Tina Fey in a jumpsuit of unknown origin, and another Mad Men fave, January Jones.  Ms. Fey and Ms. Jones surprised, they usually appear far better put together. In a new category we are calling “Worst Gown by Volume,” model Coco Rocha and her Zac Posen.

As the Fug Girls wrote:

“…that reminds me of every Bed In A Bag on sale around the time I was going off to college.”

We don’t consider our reading on any fashion topic complete until we have seen what Cathy Horyn writes, we especially like this comment from her story:

“I thought Lauren Santo Domingo looked terrific in a sparkly, long-sleeved beige dress by Proenza Schouler. It suited her height and coloring and it’s nice to see long sleeves.”

Just in case anyone missed the most important part of the comment:

… it’s nice to see long sleeves.”

Not that we’re obsessed proponents of bringing back sleeves for some styles. Not at all. (Heh-heh-heh.)


We share good news and not-so-good news in today’s SOTT (Signs of the Times):

  • Saks is closing their San Diego Fashion Valley store in July and the NorthPark (Dallas) Armani store is being closed the 16th of this month. (Muffy and Hopsy – oh no!)
  • Saks is expanding their Off Fifth stores, adding outlets in Pittsburgh, Portland, Houston and the Raleigh/Greensboro area
  • On an up note, Nordstrom opened their new store at Fashion Island (Orange County) a few weeks back


And with apologies to our Facebook pals who may have seen this on one of our Fan pages, we close with a stellar Pretty in Pink that also qualifies as an Adventure in Argyle:

HP Courtesy Image

That is the soon-to-be-released Preppy Pink Mini from HP, a thing of beauty.  The Mini 210 is technically a netbook, not a laptop, and while we aren’t crazy about the pink keyboard, we are gaga for the overall design.

HP Courtesy Image

The HP Mini 210 in Preppy Pink (it will also come in “white crystal”) launches June 15 in the USA with a $355 price point.  Click here to register for availability notification from HP.

With that, g’bye until next time!



  • Katy Perry Dress: Steve Eichner/WWD
  • Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters


Filed under Argyle, Gossip Girl, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Pretty in Pink, Sign of the Times

The Mad Men Barbie Collection, “Future Prep”

Hello-Hello, happy rainy day! Yes, we are so gaga over the warmer weather we are happy about the rain, it is so much nicer than the snow!

We start with absolutely delightful news: the folks at Mattel have made our favorite Mad Men characters into Barbie dolls. As the Guardian put it:

“It is a move that would have the male denizens of Sterling Cooper reaching for their whiskey and cigarettes. Don Draper, a symbol of pre-sexual revolution male values from the hit TV show Mad Men, is to be made into a Barbie doll.”

Courtesy Photo via

We think Joan Holloway and Betty Draper look simply smashing, their hair and makeup are captured perfectly, although Joan is nowhere near as curvaceous as on the show.

Unfortunately Don Draper and Roger Sterling aren’t as easy to depict, especially their clothing, an element key to the show’s success and cult following. Their suits just don’t translate well, they are not as well-tailored. Here is a comparison:

But then, these are merely 11-inch dolls, oui?

More on the wardrobe selections from amc’s Mad Men blog:

“Don Draper wears his classic, polished red-lined suit and comes accessorized with a hat, overcoat and brief case; Betty Draper’s classic look is captured with unparalleled detail, from her faux pearl necklace to her pumps; Joan Holloway looks chic in a purple skirt suit and perfectly styled coif with her staple accessory – a pen necklace; and Roger Sterling is looking dapper in his monogrammed shirt.”

Stuart Elliott’s column in today’s Times is excellent, loaded with interesting background on the Mattel deal and addressing almost every question that sprang to mind, including these:

“The dolls come with period accessories like hats, overcoats, pearls and padded undergarments, but no cigarettes, ashtrays, martini glasses or cocktail shakers.”

The dolls launch in July at a retail of $74.95, they will be available at the Barbie Collector site. (We apologize to our Facebook and Twitter friends for repeating this item, as we did Tweet and put the photo up on the Princess FB fan page as soon as we heard about the dolls, we simply couldn’t wait.)

We’re thinking a few bloggy friends may contemplate bringing Don home. So to speak. (You know who you are.)


We have a few quick SOTTs (Signs of the Times) to share:


We are intrigued by a line from across the pond, Polistas.

Courtesy Polistas

Described by Luxist as “… the first true polo lifestyle brand made for polo players by polo players…”, the company is now launching a Polo Dress.

Courtesy Polistas via Luxist

We enjoyed bouncing about the Polistas website.


We close with a few more looks from Paris Fashion Week, beginning with the Balenciaga fall collection, characterized by at least one trade magazine as “future prep”.

We are guessing the crewneck sweaters from designer Nicolas Ghesquiere contributed significantly to this appellation.

While there was some lovely pink and green in the collection we wouldn’t exactly refer to it as preppish. But doesn’t it look pretty, like candy, or Easter eggs?


We close with a bit of retail bliss:

Jason Squires/Getty Images for Sperry

Remember when we chatted about Sperry opening retail stores in select locations?  The Kansas City store celebrated its grand opening on Saturday and the liquid refreshments look dreamy.

Jason Squires/Getty Images for Sperry

The clothes are also easy on the eyes, as is the footwear.


If interested in the company’s 75th Anniversary CVOs seen above right, they are now available online.  We initially stumbled on the party pix while gathering the info for today’s Pretty in Pink, the Seasonal Bahama.

Sperry Top-sider

We shall pray to the retail Pooh-bahs for a Sperry store in our corner of the globe someday.

Until next time dollfaces, grins and giggles!


  • Balenciaga: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD


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