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When the Dress Code is ‘Lilly or Louder’, Tretorn at J. Crew

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a very busy Tuesday, we are off to a volunteer function almost all afternoon, so today’s post is brief.

Many readers may have already read or heard about last week’s big bash at the American Museum of Natural History, we’re more than a little late reporting on the festivities.  If it doesn’t sound familiar, we offer a visual clue:

Patrick McMullan via Huffington Post

It was the annual spring dance, and Lilly Pulitzer sponsored the event. The party was much brighter than most black tie events, compliments of a dress code that said “Lilly or Louder”. Below, the retailer’s design director, Janie Schoenborn, wore Pandamonium.

Patrick McMullan via Huffington Post

Below, socialites Blair Husain and Sara Peters.

Steve Eichner/WWD

Below we see Tinsley Mortimer in what we’ll call “modified Lilly,” as she explained to Women’s Wear Daily:

“I shortened it to make it cuter,” said Mortimer. “I took a pair of scissors to it right before I left the house.”

Peter Kramer/AP

Lilly pooh-bah Jim Bradbeer and his wife Carol were colorfully clad.

Patrick McMullan via Huffington Post

On the not-so-Lilly list, actress Michelle Trachtenberg (L) and model Coco Rocha.

The event’s Honorary Chair did not wear Lilly, actress Claire Danes was in Zac Posen.

Actors Sebastian Stan and Matthew Settle (of Gossip Girl).

Steve Eichner/WWD

One of the best parts of any function Lilly is involved with has to be having the chance to watch the amazingly talented artists from the Lilly Mother Ship in action.

Steve Eichner/WWD

Steve Eichner/WWD

Below, the über-talented Paige Smith works on a floral canvas.

Patrick McMullan via Huffington Post

It sounds like an delightful time, you can read more about it here at the Lilly blog.


Loads of bits and bytes today, here are a few quick links:

  • This story hypothetically lists the “10 Preppiest Colleges,” at least according to the Huffington Post; the comments are as entertaining as the story IOHO.
  • J. Crew’s design guru Jenna Lyons will be featured on tomorrow’s (Wednesday, 4/21) Oprah show; the topic is Dream Jobs. (Click here for a teeny bit more info.)  Below, Ms. Lyons in her office.

Roger Neves via Oprah.com

Via HighSnobette.com

With that we say g’bye until next time!


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A Strike at Bloomingdale’s? (+A Party Frock Alert!)

The Princess wonders how the free world will cope if Bloomingdale’s management and union reps don’t make happy-happy by 6pm Wednesday night. That’s when the existing contract expires and there could be a strike. Actually, not to worry. Management is all ready with Plan B. As in, they (management) are Plan B. Those with a marketing background can only appreciate the following, taken from a Bloomies snooze release, explaining the company has “… activated a precautionary plan specifically developed for use under these circumstances, ensuring we are completely prepared to fully operate the store in the event the union moves to strike.” Translation: I can too work a register!

If you are wondering what union, it would be the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Workers Union Local 3. Now back when TP worked at the big department store, there definitely wasn’t any union representation for retail workers that we remember, and yes, this was at a large Federated or Associated owned store; it might even have been May Company at some point.  And before anyone starts to get their whiskers in a wad, The Princess is living and working in the Great. State. of Michigan. Where there is some sensitivity to Unions. And all of the vehicles in the garage would be American made from companies that for years were called “The Big Three,” as in General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. We can’t say American made these days because one was made in Canada and I’m not sure about the rest. It really should be changed from “American Made” to “Made by Companies with their Primary Headquarters in America” or something along those lines. At any rate, please feel free to accuse us of many things, but lack of sensitivity to unions should not be on your list. Ooooh, it’s beginning to sound like I’m off my meds, isn’t it? Time for a little Prozac latte? Hhhhmmm? “Bitter, party of one.”

Of course the Party Frock Alert referenced in the title for this post relates to the Costume Institute Gala at the Met just one short week from tonight. The Princess will not be in attendance this year. Sigh. And it will be simply huge in terms of sparkle and glitter, filled with goodies that will have you bug-eyed before you get through your second Manhattan. Why? The Honorary Chair is Giorgio Armani, with George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Anna Wintour as Co-chairs. Designers whose work is being featured in this year’s exhibit include: Atair, Giorgio Armani, Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Eiko Ishioka, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Moschino, Thierry Mugler, Nike, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, Speedo, Spyder, Three As Four, Walter van Beirendonck, Versace, and Bernhard Willhelm. Here are just a few photos from last year’s event to hold you until next Tuesday’s tabs or online photos, the first is Gucci’s new jewelry spokesperson Claire Danes, the second is Cameron Diaz and Gisele Bundchen.

Costume institute Claire Danes

Somehow Jessica Simpson and La Lohan just didn’t look quite as well… not as put together. It reminds us of Mommy’s refrain that seemed so tedious at the time: “Less is more dear. Always.” Night-night.

2007 Costume Institute Jessica Simpson Costume Institute 2007 La Lohan


Photos: All courtesy WireImage.com


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