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A Preppy Mickey Mouse? Also, An Anti-Prep Lives Up To Wall of Shame Status

Happy Halloween, this is one of those goofy two-day posts, we’re so busy it’s unlikely we’ll be able to pop back in for a visit until Wednesday. We begin today with news of yet another collaboration, this one between two powerhouses, Disney and Tommy Hilfiger.

Women’s Wear Daily had the story today:

The “Meet the Family” capsule collection features a raft of Disney characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto dressed in the Tommy Hilfiger spring children’s collection.

The collection is not going to be sold in the US, it will be available primarily in Europe and South America.  The WWD story quotes Mr. Hilfiger:

“Disney…has a lifestyle and core values that are aligned with our brand,” said Hilfiger. “It was a true honor and joy to be the first designer to give a preppy spin to the looks of our favorite Disney characters.”

The designs do look cute. (How about that hair on the young man in the green tee below right, it’s positively Bieberesque.)


Speaking of collaborative efforts, there are two very large such partnerships about to hit stores. Because of all the pink we couldn’t help but write about Versace for H&M lands in stores in a few weeks, how lovely is this piece?

Versace for H&M

As one would expect with Versace, there is no shortage of bright colors.

Versace for H&M via Racked.com

This collection is not for the faint of heart.

Versace for H&M via Racked.com

(I don’t know about you, but I have a serious crush on that pink shirt.) There are 87 pieces in the group, it launches November 17 at H&M.

Versace for H&M via Racked.com

Click here to see the entire lookbook at Racked.com or here for H&M’s Facebook album. This one strikes me as a line that could go the way of Missoni at Le Boutique Targét, it seems to have very high sellout potential.

The other sizable collaboration we mention is Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku for Target line, we’ll have more on that later this week. In the meantime, a quick update on two other design partnerships the ‘cheap chic’ retailer is doing:

Albertus Swanepoel for Target is now in stores and online, below we show three different hat styles.

Albertus Swanepoel for Target

Also available now in stores and online, the Josie Natori for Target collection.

Josie Natori for Target

Josie Natori for Target is in stores now through Dec. 22, with a second group of merchandise being offered Jan. 1 through February 23.

Josie Natori for Target


A quick note from the good folks at Jack Rogers.

Jack Rogers

The company has debuted its new Highlands Rain Boot, it looks cute as can be, and very practical as well. Fans of the brand may be interested to learn Jacks are on sale through 11am Wednesday at flash sale site Rue La La. Obviously the brand new Highlands is not included (there are no boots), there isn’t an enormous selection, but still worth a peek if you are in the market. (If in need of an ‘invite’ to Rue La La, just click here.)


With apologies to our Facebook friends who may have already seen this, we had to share a comment seen on Twitter multiple times this afternoon:

Kim Kardashian sold the rights to her wedding for $17.9 million. Her marriage lasted 72 days. That comes to a nifty $10,358.80 per hour.

I feel less-than-prep for even writing about the topic, but the woman is one of our original members of the Anti-Prep Wall of Shame. A meritorious member we might add, for she never fails to disappoint.


We leave you with much cheerier sights, more seasonal in nature. First, our friend Leslie (aka Southern Social) is stunning in a Princess manner of speaking, she looked lovely for this weekend’s Halloween parties.

Southern Social

That wasn’t the only Kate Middleton costume seen this year, not by a long shot. Below, Al Roker and Matt Lauer were part of the fun in the Today Show’s royal wedding reenactment.

The Today Show/NBC Universal

It actually was pretty funny, click here to see the whole thing. To look at a plethora of royally-themed costumes, click here to visit our sister site, What Kate Wore.

We love the Tipsy Skipper’s pumpkins.

The Tipsy Skipper

And we love an argyle pumpkin: we haven’t been able to identify those on the left, the group on the right is from Horchow.

This beautiful group is from the folks at Lilly Pulitzer Palm Beach Gardens.

Lilly Pulitzer Palm Beach Gardens

Here are two more beauties, these are by the talented ladies at The Pink Palm in Richmond.

The Pink Palm

This classic duo by Susan Trader is always fun to see.

Susan Trader

With that we say Happy Halloween, may all of your candy be fresh!


Filed under Argyle, Collaborations, Logos, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Preppy People, Pretty in Pink, Royal Wedding, The AntiPrep

About That Smartphone, Two More Target Collaborations

Hello-Hello, we hope everyone enjoyed a delightful weekend.

We begin today with an interesting topic, likely to initiate a bit of discussion: smartphone manners. Seriously. We won’t delve into the last two episodes on the road, driving behind the at-least-15-miles-under-the-speed-limit and veering-from-lane-to-lane drivers who were too busy texting to drive, nay-nay. (Ummm… it seems we just delved into it.)

No, we thought we would approach it in a more civilized fashion, with assistance from David Carr at the Times, his recent story on Digital Détente offers a few suggestions. First on his list of ten tips (and we’ll skip around a bit) is a suggestion that may seem obvious to many of us, or perhaps appallingly restrictive to others:

1. Go ahead, glance at your phone at an incoming text. And please excuse yourself to respond to one that will immediately advance your plot to take over the world. But do not type under my nose. It hurts my feelings.

If we seem a tad harsh, please remember you are chatting (in a virtual manner of speaking) with two individuals who live and die by the internet, and thus our smartphones. We are not insensitive to the need to conduct business on them whilst away from the Prepatorium, not at all. For example, this next point from Mr. Carr’s story makes perfect sense to us, although it may be of consternation for some:

2. Phones should remain put-away during dinner and lunch with friends, but it should also be permissible to ask for and take a mutual “phone break” if the meal goes on for longer than an hour.

It’s possible the bigger issue is what one’s definition of “in public” means.  For example, I can’t think of any private clubs (those requiring membership approval, not the local health club) that allow cell phone use almost anywhere on the premises. It is grounds for suspension at many, as it should be. (I’ll refrain from inserting the ‘rules are rules’ part here.) This next point involves an infraction we *have* committed, although only with permission/insistence of those whose company we are enjoying:

5. Do not think that tweeting about having a drink with me validates my importance. Having a drink with me validates my importance. Memorialize it later or when I am in the restroom.

Here is another good point:

6. Do not link all of your social media together. If I wanted to follow you on Foursquare, I would follow you on Foursquare. Finding out on Twitter that you are the mayor of the Boerum Hill IHOP doesn’t meet any current needs I have.

And one that makes perfect sense:

4. Staring at a smartphone in an elevator seems like a good deal for everyone. I mean, as opposed to what?

For those curious as to precisely what prompted our little tirade chat on the topic, part of it truly was the driving and texting incidents, but also this:

Thank you Hopsy!

We’re guessing that wasn’t part of the Times story because it is such an obvious infraction of basic courtesy it needn’t be noted. The way Mr. Carr closed his article created made us feel *much* better:

I break all of these rules, occasionally or chronically. But as they say in various recovery programs, it’s progress, not perfection.

We’re curious to know your pet peeves and suggestions on the topic…? (Oh, c’mon, don’t be shy!)


Next, word of Target’s next two collaborative efforts, the first with Albertus Swanepoel, a South African milliner who has created some amazing headwear. Below we show a 2009 creation and on the right, a collection he did with Stetson last fall.

According to Women’s Wear Daily there will be ten hats in Mr. Swanepoel’s collection, all priced at $19.99. WWD also broke news of a second partnership for the retailer, jewelery designer Dana Kellin will create a collection of earrings and necklaces, they will be priced from $9.99 to $49.99. Below left we show the designer, on the right, one of her necklaces.


We leave you with a picture of what is sure to be a big hit this September, our Lilly Pulitzer Eco Cups.

Lilly Pulitzer Eco Cups

We verified this morning the cups are dishwasher safe, they will be available in Navy Bloomers, Luscious, Nice to See You and First Call.  The image is from the Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2011 Gift Collection lookbook we have posted on our Facebook wall.  If there are loads of readers who aren’t Facebook members or fans and you would like us to do a post on the fall Lilly line, just let us know, that is easy to accomplish – we don’t want to leave out anyone just because you aren’t on FB. 🙂


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