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For Your Reading Pleasure: Tomboys & Socialites, Targét’s Big Launch

Today we share tidbits about a few books that look intriguing, and then a quick reminder about Targét’s weekend  launch.

We learned about this first volume via last month’s issue of Matchbook Magazine. It is “Tomboy Style” from writer Lizzie Garrett Mettler. The book is actually a natural follow-up to the writer’s well-known blog, TOMBOYStyle.

Rizzoli

From the book’s liner notes:

Tomboys are confident, rebellious, and adventurous. They are bold, brazen, fierce—and sexy. They aren’t known for following rules, they are known for doing—and wearing—whatever they want.

Tomboy captures the tomboy’s style, her je ne sais quoi, her wardrobe, and most importantly, her spirit.

The book offers Seven Archetypes of Tomboy Style, including “The Prep”.  We always enjoy Booth Moore’s pieces in the LA Times, here is a snippet from his story on the book:

…Mettler realized she discovered her own tomboy style while at boarding school, trading clothes with her frilly best friend Kingsley Woolworth, who favored bubble-gum pink bed linens and diamond stud earrings. By borrowing some of Kingsley’s things and mixing them with her old favorites, many of them borrowed from her older brother, Mettler found her own style vocabulary, epitomized by a shirtdress cinched with a men’s ribbon belt.

Below we see a Field Guide to Tomboy Style from the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Times

From the NY TimesT magazine:

Thanks in large part to Alexa Chung, the tomboy look has been enjoying unprecedented appeal of late. But Chung was preceded by a long line of women — notably Katharine Hepburn, Françoise Hardy, Patti Smith, Jane Birkin and Birkin’s two younger daughters, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon — who made stealing from the boys seem like the most stylish thing in the world.

You can also learn more about the book at Lizzie Garrett Mettler’s website.

At the other end of the spectrum, socialite Tinsley Mortimer also has a new book out, a novel titled “Southern Charm.”

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A modern Manhattan fairy tale with the sparkle of a champagne cocktail, Tinsley Mortimer’s debut novel provides a delicious peek into her world of society, fashion, and big-city fame.

Lauren Lipton wrote about Ms. Mortimer’s return to the party circuit in a March NY Times story:

But her quest for fame became grating to some. In 2009, she separated from Mr. Mortimer, which brought only more tabloid notoriety to the old New York family name — this time about his alleged infidelities and his distaste for her lifestyle.

Some readers may recall the reality show Ms. Mortimer starred in, “High Society”.

The CW via the LA Times

That foray into reality TV didn’t sit well with many, more from Lauren Lipton’s story:

Some of her peers said the separation wasn’t Ms. Mortimer’s death knell; it was the show and its supporting cast of odious hangers-on. (The series, which appeared on CW, was not renewed.)

“She was almost like a ‘Real Housewife’ — people didn’t want her at the party,” said a social acquaintance who, for propriety’s sake, asked not to be identified.

Dethroned in 2010 after a series of missteps — including a derided reality show and a separation from her blue-blooded husband — Ms. Mortimer had been lying low, mostly out of the spotlight. But those days are over.

(Forgive us, but is there a better phrase than ‘odious hangers-on,’ especially when talking about reality TV?!)

Below we see Ms. Mortimer at a book signing party in Georgetown earlier this week.

Revamp.com

Hmmmm.

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Also today, a reminder for those interested in Targét’s launch of The Shops at Target this Sunday.

The Shops at Target

The retailer is offering merchandise from several small boutiques, including Boston’s Polka Dog Bakery.

The Polka Dog Bakery at Target

Miami’s The Webster.

The Webster at Target

The Candy Store in San Francisco.

The Candy Store at Target

The Privet House from Connecticut.

The Privet House at Target

And from Aspen, the Cos Bar.

The Cos Bar at Target

This week Target celebrated the upcoming launch, below we see Emma Thompson, Lauren Bush Lauren and Mad Men’s January Jones at the gala. (Ms. Thompson’s cardigan is from the Webster collection, seen in the photo up above.)

Via Styleite

(Our backgrounder on the collections can be found in this post.) Tilly has asked us to look at the pet dishes, she says she would really prefer something a little more stylish at mealtime. The least we can do is go look at the bowls, oui?

The Shops at Target debut in store and online this Sunday.

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We leave you with a Friday Fun item, a look at two pair of shoes in the Keds for Madewell collection.

Keds for Madewell

May the sun be shining on you this weekend, and happy Derby Day!

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Fashion Rules from “True Prep” & J. Crew Taken to Task

Hello-Hello! It is turning out to be a slightly wild Wednesday here at the Prepatorium, so we shall dive right into things.

We begin with a sneak peek at True Prep as the book’s September 7 release date inches closer; today Vanity Fair released an excerpt online. (The story is in the September issue of the magazine.)

“Muffy van Winkle, you’ve napped long enough. It’s been 30 years! It doesn’t seem possible, does it? Despite changes and crises, the maid quitting, running out of vodka, your NetJets account being yanked, and the Internet, it’s still nice to be prep.”

Vanity Fair’s story “The Official Preppy Reboot” also includes an illustration we love from artist Jean-Philippe DelHomme.

Illustration by Jean-Philippe DelHomme

Back to more from Lisa Birnbach with Chip Kidd, from their “Fashion Rules” section:

“We know that many of you understand the principles of preppy style. But just to be sure, let’s review them again.

We wear sportswear. This makes it easier to go from sporting events to social events (not that there is much difference) without changing.

Your underwear must not show. Wear a nude-colored strapless bra. Pull up your pants. Wear a belt. Do something. Use a tie!

We do not display our wit through T-shirt slogans.”

A few of the Rules we find appealing:

Nose rings are never preppy.

Neither (shudder) are belly-button piercings.

Nor are (two shudders) tongue studs.

There are also sections on Frugal Do’s and Frugal Dont’s, Prep Travel Commandments, Prep Careers for the New Millennium and our personal fave, a bit about Logos (insert un-Princess-like shriek here).

But don’t be satisfied with our truncated version of Vanity Fair’s excerpt, pop over and read the story in its entirety, and then stop at the shop to pre-order your copy of True Prep for only $13.95. (For $2 shipping use the code TRUEPREP at checkout.) Facebook fans might also enjoy checking out the True Prep page.

The magazine also has a look at “The New Preppy” style, pairing many of the book’s Fashion Rules with contemporary pictures of celebrities.  Below, Alexa Chung. Ummmm… cut up leather shorts?  To quote several of those commenting on yesterday’s post, we’ll be in the “Just Say No” camp when it comes to that look.

PatrickMcMullan.com via Vanity Fair

J. Crew’s mega-star Jenna Lyons is also seen in the slideshow, here is the magazine’s description:

“J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons is the goddess of reasonably priced prepdom. Worship the salmon-colored cutoffs (they look vintage-y even if they are straight off the rack).”

PatrickMcMullan.com via Vanity Fair

Again, we suggest viewing this piece in its entirety at Vanity Fair.

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In related news, Jezebel takes a scathing look at the new J. Crew catalog. (We initially posted about it here.) The issue? Well, the story is titled “Operation Desert Porn: J. Crew’s Wartime Glamour“.

J. Crew August 2010 Catalog

Dodai Stewart’s story not only examines the thematic direction in the apparel, accessories and catalog, it also takes issue with prices. The following remarks refer to the “Jenna’s Picks” section of the catalog.

“J. Crew president and executive creative director Jenna Lyons claims she’s inspired by “pieces that have a utilitarian feel.” (Are they actually functional, or do they just feel that way?) She also writes that “uniform” items, dressed up with “sky-high platforms or a smattering of sequins” are clothes that “quietly command attention.” Of course, you’d better be pulling in the salary of a colonel or general, and not a private — the least inexpensive item on this page is a $58 belt.

J. Crew via Jezebel

Also referenced, the Timex watches currently offered by J. Crew:

J. Crew

“”J. Crew and Timex joined forces to create a “vintage” field watch, which will cost you $150, but you can totally get a Timex field watch for less than fifty bucks, just FYI. Whether you wear it with sequins is up to you.”

Here is the $42 Timex watch the story links to:

Timex

And then there is this:

“A $275 tweed jacket for the ladies who lunch… in the demilitarized zone!”

J. Crew via Jezebel

Ouch.

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On the conspicuous consumption radar, the Hermès Coloring Book.

Courtesy Hermès via DFR

Our thanks to the always-on-top-of-things folks at the Daily Front Row for sharing this.

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We leave you with a spot of recommended reading, this one from Ivy Style, a delightful guest post, “The Vassar Girl and the Ivy League Look,” we found it thoroughly enjoyable reading.

Mademoiselle via Ivy Style

Our thanks to Christian for alerting us to the post.

Until next time, may your skies be sunny!

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Friday Fun with Burberry Spring 2010

Hello-Hello, please allow us to express our gratitude that today is Friday.  Good grief, what a frenzied week!

As promised, we are finally posting photos from the Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week, starting with celebrities on their way to the show.

Joel Ryan/AP

Joel Ryan/AP

As always, Ms. Beckham is looking rather fierce. Below, the new star of the Burberry advertising campaign, Emma Watson.

Ian Gavan/Getty

Ian Gavan/Getty

A closer look at Ms. Watson’s shoes:

Ian Gavan/Getty

Ian Gavan/Getty

We love the way photographers at events are now shooting things like shoes.

Also on hand, über-prep Gwyneth Paltrow, seen below with Ms. Roberts.

Dave Hogan/Getty

Dave Hogan/Getty

On to the clothes:

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

We did love the pastel color palette.

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We didn’t see one negative review of the show.  From the Suzy Menkes column in the IHT:

“…. Burberry Prorsum set a gold standard for London fashion week. The show was sophisticated, modern and about as far as you can step on giant platform shoes from Burberry’s muddy, military origins.”

Incredible best describes the draping on the pieces.

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More from the IHT/NYT story by Ms. Menkes:

“Ironically, after a soggy, rain-soaked British summer 2009, Mr. Bailey offered only sunny weather clothes, created in the trench coat’s traditional neutral color or in macaroon pastels, from sugar pink and primrose yellow to ice blue.”

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Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

Ms. Menkes continues with a look at the brand’s target demo:

“The brand may have deep British roots, but the clothes were aimed at the young, fast-paced international set.”

The Telegraph story took note of the number of celebrities in attendance:

Getty Images

Getty Images

From the left, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Alexa Chung and Mary-Kate Olsen.

There were bubble dresses and skirts accompanied by lots of ruching.

PHOTO: Gio

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

While not for TP, the pieces look stunning in the photos we have seen.

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Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

We have two more quick hits, the first from Milan Fashion Week (yes, it is already underway, can you believe it?!), as Vogue’s Anna Wintour escorts Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka Vravinec, to the Armani show.

Luca Bruno/AP

Luca Bruno/AP

We close with an inside look at the clothing chosen by the PGA for our Presidents Cup committee members.

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

Below we see Greg Norman, President Obama, PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem, Fred Couples and Vice President Biden in the oval office with the Cup; the President is the honorary Chair of the event.

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

The apparel is by Hickey Freeman, a ‘go to’ for the Consort. Actual play gets underway October 6 at Harding Park in San Francisco.

May everyone have a simply splendid weekend filled with sun and relaxation!

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