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Polo in the Hamptons, Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2009

Hello-Hello!

Goodness, what a wacky weekend. We allowed ours to be consumed in large part by this:

PHOTO: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

PHOTO: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Although we were crushed to see it end up in this fashion:

PHOTO: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

PHOTO: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

However, the fervor of our hopes that Mr. Watson might win must not detract from the ultimate outcome of the tournament, and the remarkable accomplishment of Mr. Cink. We know that Yellow Jacket fans are pleased to see the outcome; the Champion Golfer of the Year as decreed by the R & A is a Georgia Tech alum.

Mr. Watson is an original prep, attending Pembroke Hill in Kansas City before matriculating at Stanford. And while we acknowledge our fondness for Mr. Watson (not only because one of his sponsors is Polo Ralph Lauren), but thought both men conducted themselves with grace and dignity throughout the tournament.

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There were other sporting events this weekend, notably the kickoff to the polo season with the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge in Bridgehampton. Among those on hand were model/player Nacho Figueras, seen below.

PHOTO: Getty Images

PHOTO: Getty Images

The match brought a Gossip Girl star to the Hamptons, actor Chace Crawford was in attendance.

PHOTO: Ariel Ramerez

PHOTO: Ariel Ramerez

According to the Times Square Gossip blog Mr. Crawford and/or his entourage may not have conducted themselves as graciously as one would hope; this post has more.  Oddly we had just finished reading this story about Mr. Crawford’s plan for attending Wimbledon earlier this year, written with the classic snark one can frequently find in The Independent (the UK).

“And then there was the US actor Chace Crawford (“Who?” we ask), whose “people” insisted he’d bring a magazine snapper with him to “give your tournament some publicity”.

Yikes.

Those who enjoy watching Mr. Figueras may be pleased to learn the polo player and model for Ralph Lauren is actually slated for an appearance on Gossip Girl; he will be on the show’s season premiere September 14. In a post on the WWD Blog Mr. Figueras talks about his reaction to being on the show:

“First and foremost, I thought it was a great opportunity to promote Polo and my team Black Watch. Second, and most important to my wife, was that I would be able to meet Chuck Bass [actor Ed Westwick].”

The polo scenes were shot at the Greenwich Polo Club.

Finally, in our six degrees of separation segment today we can share the following: golfer Tom Watson’s brother Marshall Watson designed one of the rooms in the Hampton Designer showhome; he had to make many a trip to the media room in that house this weekend to catch a few minutes of his older brother at Turnberry. At last that is the case according to this story on Newsday’s Long Island real estate blog.

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In retail notes, the Country Living home collection hits Sears and Kmart next month, both in stores and online. The new collection is inspired by Country Living magazine, and includes tabletop, home textiles, furniture and decorative items. We’re more than a little confused as to what this means for sister site The Country Living Store, as it features merchandise by name brands in all of the categories listed above and several more.

We are more than a bit tardy with this one, but the the Lilly Pulitzer Fall Collection has hit, with loads of fun designs.  In the Pink has the entire Collection online for your shopping pleasure. Here are a few items we’ll show very quickly, if only to display Lilly’s color palette for the fall.

First, the Paley Ruffle Cardigan in navy wool.

Next, the Burke Dress in one of three colorways.

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The Palm Beach Printed pants.

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And the Lulu Dress.

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Obviously, there’s no shortage of fun finds in the new collection.

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We close with a few goodbyes today. Two gentle men (that is not a typo), strong in ways we can’t comprehend, yet generous of spirit and compassionate in personality.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to meet one of these extraordinary men.

Courtesy Arizona State University/Reuters

Courtesy Arizona State University/Reuters

Because most readers have been able to read or watch stories about Mr. Cronkite we shan’t bore you with tedious commentary from these quarters, other than to say he blazed a trail of incredible depth and breadth, setting an image and standards for many of us following in his profession.

We were not as fortunate in making the acquaintance of Henry Allingham; he passed away Saturday at the age of 113. Again, that is not a typo, this gentleman was the oldest man in the world.  He was also a survivor of WWI.  He was a founding member of the RAF in 1918.  A. Founding. Member.

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From an Associated Press story about this remarkable man:

He made it a personal crusade to talk about a conflict that wiped out much of a generation. Though nearly blind, he would take the outstretched hands of visitors in both of his, gaze into the eyes of children, veterans and journalists and deliver a message he wanted them all to remember.

Below Mr. Allingham is seen with his great-great grandson in June on the occasion of his birthday.

PHOTO: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

“I want everyone to know,” he told The Associated Press during an interview in November. “They died for us.”

PHOTO: Photo: Eddie Mulholland

PHOTO: Photo: Eddie Mulholland

What an amazing life.

We would be remiss if we neglected to mention Irish-American author Frank McCourt. Mr. McCourt is best known for writing “Angela’s Ashes,” for which he received the Pulitzer.

Until next time…!

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Target’s Next Handbag Designer, Princely Polo, J Crew Talks Changes (More Price Cuts)

Happy-Happy Friday everyone, and may the sun be brightly shining upon you as we approach a respite from the frenzy that somehow took over the week.

We begin with news of the next designer collaboration for Le Boutique Tarzsay, aka Target.  The hip discount retailer is partnering with Carlos Falchi for a line of handbags in jewel tones like plum and teal, crafted of faux-snakeskin.

For those unfamiliar with this designer, we share a few current offerings from the upscale designer’s current collection, not associated with the upcoming Target line.

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This will be Target’s eighth limited edition handbag collection; the line is slated to be available from Oct. 11 to Dec. 27.  Fashionistas can still purchase pieces from the company’s current collaborative effort: the Felix Ray for Target collection remains in stores until June 14.  (Pssst – several styles from this group are on clearance!)

Just to ensure we have a Pretty in Pink today, here is another piece from the current Carlos Falchi collection.

Falchi can be found at most of your standard stops: at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, eLuxury and Zappos.

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Big doings for Burberry yesterday in honor of the company launching their new Madison Avenue headquarters.  In fact, Mayor Bloomberg officially decreed it Burberry Day, and we’re sure readers will not be surprised to hear there were plenty of posh people celebrating such an amazing (ahem) and august occasion.  Many of the usual suspects were party circuit regulars popped in, or at least made sure to visit the red carpet area leading into the bash.

PHOTO: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

PHOTO: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

Actress Blake Lively from TV’s Gossip Girl was on hand,sharing her sentiments on what her favorite Burberry fashion is:

“I just live in my Burberry trenches,” Lively said about the fashion company’s signature coat.”

Indeed. Ms. Lively wasn’t the only G2 star on hand, co-star and real-life paramour Penn Badgley also made it to the festivities.

PHOTO: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

Andrew H. Walker/Getty

The pièce de résistance for Burberry execs was the unveiling of the company’s logo high above Madison Avenue:

PHOTO: Kourvanis/Wire Image

PHOTO: Kambouris/Wire Image

While poking a little fun at some of these functions we don’t want to overlook a seriously good thing occurring in tandem with Burberry’s move into its new US digs. The company is putting $500,000 from their newly established Burberry Foundation into projects geared toward teens.

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Some may remember a bit of our incredibly tedious pontificating post discussing the “Business of Preppy,” as we call it. We have an update for J. Crew, who released financial results for the quarter in a conference call with financial analysts yesterday. While things are still not good at Crew (profits down a whopping 33%), they were better than hoped.

One of the benefits of the earnings reports is the accompanying information that looks at future plans.  In today’s WWD story (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) on J. Crew’s financial performance some of CEO Mickey Drexler’s insights and plans for the future are revealed:

  • Adjusting Crewcut prices downward.
  • Getting more aggressive on marketing the new Crewcuts catalogue. The first edition made its debut earlier this month; the second comes out in August.

  • Adjusting investments in higher-priced goods, including the range on Madewell jeans to emphasize those under $100 such as Madewell 37, priced at $59.50, and the “ex-boyfriend” style, priced at $95. Premium jeans can go as high as $198.

According to the story, Mr. Drexler indicated more J. Crew Collection and J. Crew Menswear stores are possibilities, saying he scouted locations this week in San Francisco and Los Angeles for such additions. And how does the retail and branding whiz kid feel about the overall situation?

“In a very perverse way, the bad environment was a big wake-up call. I kind of like it. The customer has become so much more acute and educated about buying goods.”

Good for Mickey, we have always admired his tenacity.

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Because we want to end on some Friday Fun, we close with a quick peek at an addition to our Lilly Pulitzer Stationery line: the Lilly Party Pack.

Lilly Pulitzer Party Pack

Lilly Pulitzer Party Pack

If buying all of the items separately the cost would be $61.50, a more-than-fair and reasonable investment IOHO (but of course, we are biased!).

Lilly Party Pack in Taboo

Lilly Party Pack in Taboo

But why spend all that when you can snag everything you need in a Party Pack while lowering the cost to a mere $52.50!

Party Pack in Juice Bar

Party Pack in Juice Stand

Let Lilly and the Princess do some of the work for you with a Party Pack!

Party Pack in Loco Patch

Party Pack in Loco Patch

With those sunny images and bright colors we say sayonara until next time. And whether contemplating weekend activities that are lush and languid, or fast and furious, we hope you can savor each and every minute.

SILLY PRINCESS WARNING — FORGOTTEN CONTENT — SILLY PRINCESS WARNING

Whoops!!! In our fervor to pop into the sunshine we almost forgot to mention Prince Harry’s visit to the city today and tomorrow’s big goings on!

The Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic will feature some faces you may be familiar with:

This would be Nacho Figueras, arguably the best polo player in the world, captain of the Black Watch Polo team. He is also the face for Ralph Lauren’s Black Watch fragrance; Mr. Lauren sponsors the Black Watch team, and also sells limited edition apparel adorned with the team’s logo and Mr. Figueras’ number “2”.

The match this Saturday is destined to be great fun, pitting the Black Watch against another team featuring a famous face:

PHOTO: Matt Cardy/Getty

PHOTO: Matt Cardy/Getty

This would be Prince Harry, who also knows his way around and atop a polo pony. A news release on the event explains the ultimate good purpose behind the gala goings-on:

“Event proceeds will benefit American Friends of Sentebale, a U.S.-based charity that supports at-risk children in Lesotho, Africa”

HRH has already made his first official stops, posing for a photo with firefighters:

PHOTO: Chris Ison-Pool/Getty

PHOTO: Chris Ison-Pool/Getty

On his way to placing a wreath at Ground Zero.

PHOTO: Pool/Lucas Jackson/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Pool/Lucas Jackson/AFP/Getty

This is the first official visit to the US by the Prince, his first as a child was technically considered a private event.

To view any of several videos showcasing the Black Watch, Mr. Figueras and the Polo fragrances he fronts, click here.

Now finally, we say adieu.

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