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J. Crew’s New Store, You Can Help Scarlett O’Hara


Today we are hopelessly disorganized all over the map, lots of things to share, although in abbreviated form. We begin with a look at J. Crew’s newest men’s-only store.

Robert Mitra/Women's Wear Daily

The new store officially opens today, and Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.) was invited in for a sneak peek.

Robert Mitra/WWD

As with the other men’s shops, the Liquor Store (located in a former bar) and the Soho store, this location pays homage to the site’s original purpose; a bank in this instance, including a lower-level vault now used to show accessories.


Speaking of J. Crew, there are a number of recent stories and blog posts circulating about Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor LOFT merchandise looking similar to J. Crew pieces.  The always-on-top-of-things Lauren at Fashionista first posted about it last Friday, noting Ann Taylor’s efforts to update its merchandise mix:

“…many industry insiders we’ve spoken to about AT’s reformation have noted: “They’re trying be J.Crew.” Evidence of this marketing scheme can be found in the retailer’s newfound preppy-meets-glam aesthetic.”

The Frisky also delves into the topic in this post yesterday.

“We, along with other fashion insiders and shoppers, have noticed that Ann Taylor and Loft have been looking a lot like J.Crew. All three retailers seem to be targeting the same group—women who want a tasty and stylish stew of Parisian, preppy, and urban chic.”

Can you pick which is which between the asymmetrical leather jackets?

Via The Frisky

How about with the sleeveless black shirtdress? (Sleeveless day dresses for fall and winter? Really?)

Via the Frisky

Are you able to determine which retailer did each necklace?

Via The Frisky

To view all of the comparisons that the Frisky’s Annika Harris put together, click here.

We aren’t completely clear on how recent the phenomenon really is, as this Minnesota Monthly blog post notes:

“But have you seen the new Ann Taylor Loft fall catalog? Good gracious. I got one in the mail last week and all I could think was this is total rip-off of J.Crew. Right down to the ruffled shirts, statement jewelry, and model poses.”

The author notes that she is a Crew loyalist. The date for this post? September of last year.


Next, a topic near and dear to TP’s shrunken little heart, Gone With the Wind.

Remember this dress worn by Scarlett O’Hara when she goes to visit Rhett in jail?

Famously whipped together from Miss Ellen’s green velvet curtains that were still hanging at Tara after the war, the dress is now in desperate need of repair.

Via Art Daily

As is this frock, referred to here at the Prepatorium as “The Hussy Dress”.

Via Harry Ransom Center

(This is the one Rhett threw at Scarlett when she didn’t want to go to Melanie’s party!) The gown worn by Vivienne Leigh for her wedding scene to Charles is another gown needing restoration.


These, and two more gowns are housed at the Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin, where a campaign is underway to raise funds for restoring and repairing the gowns.  These all came to the Center when the University received the David O. Selznick archives, a massive collection of materials. Click here for more donation information.


We leave you with two reading recommendations, should either topic prove appealing. The first is from the fabulous Reggie Darling, a marvelous look at two different fashion (style declarations, really) looks from the sixties.  We believe readers will recognize both names defining those styles, one being Lilly Pulitzer

Courtesy Reggie Darling

and the other, Marimekko.

Via Fashion is Spinach

The uppermost image is of Mr. Darling’s very own nineties-era Lilly swimsuit, complete with the Lilly signature within the pattern.

Via Reggie Darling

We have our own issues with the two design aesthetics, as we can frequently be found in Lilly, while also creating Tilly’s bed (well, one of her three beds) from an iconic Marimekko print.

With Permission of Tilly T. Dog

We think you will enjoy Mr. Darling’s post, it is a delightful read.

Our other suggestion for an online visit involves the inimitable Preppy 101, as she is hosting a splendid giveaway showcasing this incredible Cat Studio “America” towel, as well as these Nico and LaLa luggage tags.

Along with a few other goodies, like the Lilly Dress Magnets

.. and iPhone Covers.

Click to pop in for a visit at Preppy 101, even if the contest holds no interest, reading the posts is always a bright spot in the day.

With that we say adieu until next time!


Filed under Lilly Pulitzer Paper & Gifts, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, preppy lifestyle, Tilly

No More Dirty English & Mad for Plaid

Greetings from a sodden, sopping, and soaking wet Prepatorium.  Well, not here inside the Palace exactly, but just generally in The Great Midwest. It’s terrible timing really, as Misadventures of a Newlywed is in the region and we wanted her to enjoy her trip.

We start with news from Juicy Couture they will shut down Dirty English, their Men’s clothing line. The final shipment for the collection will be this fall.

PHOTO Juicy Couture via WWD

PHOTO Juicy Couture via WWD

As reported in WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.), the line never really took off:

“The unabashedly girly Juicy brand was a bad fit for a men’s business, and Dirty English lacked recognition, the company admitted.”

In another SOTT (Sign of the Times) many readers will have already heard about, news that Conde Nast is shutting down their business magazine, Portfolio.

We enjoyed this one from its inception, but never subscribed as we simply have too many magazines already. But then Conde Nast closed Men’s Vogue and we had to select a ‘replacement’ subscription from the publisher, so we opted for Portfolio. Now we’re wondering what to pick next…?!


Also in WWD, their look at fall accessories.  The story notes the influence plaid is having on the category.

PHOTO: Robert Mitra

PHOTO: Robert Mitra

Above, Polo Ralph Lauren mixes the popular animal print with plaid and below, Longchamps use plaid for one of their classic looks.

PHOTO: Robert Mitra

PHOTO: Robert Mitra

Of course TP also includes madras in the plaid category, like these J. Crew shorts:


We have a few more Sales and Savings to mention:

  • Both Ann Taylor and lower-priced sister store, Ann Taylor Loft, are doing their Friends and Family promotion. Use promo code FRIENDS at checkout to receive a 30% discount on purchases.
  • Today is the last day to receive 30% off all regular-priced handbags at Shopbop. Use the code ARMCANDY at checkout.


Although we go to great lengths to remain apolitical here at the Prepatorium, we make no secret of our efforts to buy American when acquiring goodies for the Preppy Princess.  Today we were pleased to receive a note about President Obama showing off the Made in the USA label inside his Hart Schaffner Marx suit.

White House Photo by Peter Souza

White House Photo by Peter Souza

We can only hope that HartMarx (parent company to Hart, Schaffner Marx and Hickey Freeman) is able to resolve the financial difficulties currently facing the company.  The Consort will be crushed if either or both of these labels were to disappear from his retail landscape.

White House Photo by Peter Souza

White House Photo by Peter Souza

And it would seem the Commander in Chief might also be wardobe-challenged without the upscale clothier. Above Mr. Obama is in Hart Schaffner Marx suit pants, and yes, that is Vice President Biden engaging in a little Friday Fun on April 24th alongside the President.


We close with a couple of Pretty in Pink items to brighten your day, beginning with this treasure at Pink & Brown Love, a companion site to the Pink and Green Scene mentioned in this post.

Pop over to see Erin at Decor by Color or at Pink & Brown Love to learn how to add that poster to your walls if so inclined. Also, Kate Spade’s Union Square Satchel at Bloomingdale’s.

May your day be bright and beautiful!


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