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.
The new store officially opens today, and Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.) was invited in for a sneak peek.
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.”
“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?
How about with the sleeveless black shirtdress? (Sleeveless day dresses for fall and winter? Really?)
Are you able to determine which retailer did each necklace?
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.
As is this frock, referred to here at the Prepatorium as “The Hussy Dress”.
(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…
and the other, Marimekko.
The uppermost image is of Mr. Darling’s very own nineties-era Lilly swimsuit, complete with the Lilly signature within the pattern.
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.
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!