Tag Archives: Emporio Armani

The Consort’s Favorite 2011 Spring Men’s Looks

Hello-hello, all.  The Consort here skipping mikeside to amuse and confuse you as we slide into a very welcome holiday weekend.  The Princess is preparing her always popular 4th of July blog so I offered to fill in today.  I offered because I, quite frankly, am overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of men’s fashions coming to your local stores for Spring 2011.  The men in your life will be stunning and/or stunned.  Let’s start with a memorable look…

I think Spartacus wore this...

Here’s a little something from Emporio Armani that looks great poolside or just about anywhere.  I recommend applying a liberal coating of Crisco and having at it.  It makes me think of that great line from the film “Airplane”: ” So tell me, do you like gladiator movies?”  And who doesn’t?  Of course because the singlet is a classic black it can be worn confidently for evening formal affairs.

I think I can help if you’ve been looking for something to wear on casual Friday at the office.  What do you think of this look?

What is this? 1947?

I love this look from Yves Saint Laurent.  It is so retro and brings us back to post-WWII fashion.  The elegant drape of the pants and the beautiful shirt make for a remarkable  combination.  The cummerbund/girdle makes me pause.  Leopard skin will make people look twice every time.  I have to recommend that if you choose to wear a girdle you might consider wearing it inside your clothing.   There are some things we just don’t need to see.   Perhaps you’d prefer to wear a jacket in the office…

Light...airy... always comfortable

Been working out?  Have some guns you want to show off?  Here’s your outfit.  Once again Emporio Armani comes through with an outfit that is perfect in any situation.  The sheer shirt keeps you cool on the hottest summer day or in the most intense department head meeting.   The only thing missing in this look are some tattoos.  Now normally I recommend that you sport your tattoos only where a judge won’t see them in court.  But in this case you can’t go wrong.  Lawyers, wear this look in court and I guarantee you’ll have the judge thinking “Gee, that guy is a snappy dresser!”  Let me know how that works out for you.

Let’s go more casual in our next look.

Are those shin pads?

I’ve always been a bit afraid of mixing prints.  Now I know why.  This tasty combination from Walter Van Beirendonck makes me a little weak in the knees.  But that’s fine because apparently there are knee/shin pads in the pants.  This is great and I’ll be ready in case a soccer or hockey game suddenly breaks out.  The skirt allows maximum movement and flexibility.  I’m thinking this is worthy of consideration for uniforms for World Cup 2014.  Just a little modification but I’m sure our friends at Nike or Adidas can handle that.

Thom Browne is getting in on the fun, too.

Photo by Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

This is a classic example of what happens when plaids collide.  But not just the plaids are making my eyes cross.  No, is that sequins I see on the jacket?  Perhaps the shiny material is, in fact, duct tape.  I’m not sure but I think Mr. Browne has done it again!  Bravo, sir!

And finally we answer the question “What happened to all those troll dolls from the 1960s?”

Remember me?

How many dolls gave up their hair...

You remember those dolls with the stubby body and long, brilliantly colored hair?  They ended up in Roberto Cavalli’s studio.  All that hair was sewn into this design and I think it works.  You can’t go wrong in this outfit.  Just imagine a light breeze rustling through your… well, hairy shirt.  Who wouldn’t want that?

But enough frivolity for now.  I must return to the more mundane tasks at hand.  I’ll leave you as I always do:  Don’t forget to take care of your waitperson because they’re working hard for you today.  Let’s close today with a little musical number from a New Jersey guy who might have a future in the music business.  Good night, everyone!

Photo credits: Imaxtree


Filed under Friday Fun, It's Just Not Done, Posts by the Princess Consort

A New Anti-Prep is Named, Pink Panther Collection in at Pink’s

Regular readers are familiar with an exclusive club, The Order of the Anti-Prep.  Membership in this society is reserved for those individuals or items so wretched, so horrid in their excess they simply shriek bad taste.  Conspicuous consumption. More than nouveau gauche.  You know what we mean, you don’t need us dredging up the gory backstory.

Our newest member is someone we have pondered naming previously, but we declined to do so out of concern for the ongoing challenges she seemed to face in her personal life.  We no longer harbor such concerns.

Once again Lindsay Lohan appeared on the Princess Radar, this time over the weekend. The reason was a plethora of gossip and non-news news stories about her demands for a First Class seat on a flight back to Los Angeles from Florida.  Ms. Lohan had journeyed to Florida for a Stoopid Super Bowl party, a paid appearance, we are speculating.

Steve Nesius/AP

PHOTO: Steve Nesius/AP

According to Fox News:

“The 22-year-old caused chaos while departing on a Delta Flight from Tampa, Fla. on Saturday morning when the airline was unable to provide her with a first-class seat on the already overbooked flight.”

Besides being another episode in the “It just isn’t done” category, this is another in a series of seemingly endless incidents pushing TP  and the Consort over the line, leaving us no choice but to name Ms. Lohan an official Anti-Prep.  Honestly.

For those unfamiliar with the dubious title, previously named antipreps include Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.  These individuals are also referred to as TAPWSNBN (The Anti Prep Who Shall Not Be Named), an acronym created by none other than the wonderful I Pick Pretty.


Another stellar job in a trend report from the sharp minds at Women’s Wear Daily, as they take a look at a wardrobe basic, the white shirt.  Below, the shirt as Tory Burch does it:

Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

Another example, this one is from Tommy Hilfiger:

Thomas  /WWD

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

This example comes from Thomas Pink, whose shirts we adore.


PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

While white is a must-have, isn’t this gem by Pink more fun?  We offer the Pink Fever shirt for your perusal and consideration.

Thomas Pink

Thomas Pink

It is one of many fabulous pieces in the retailer’s new Pink Panther collection:

Courtesy Thomas Pink

Courtesy Thomas Pink

While the next item is crafted for the Man of the House, we do adore them. (However, there is not a chance the Spousal Unit is wearing these, no chance whatsoever.)

Thomas Pink

Thomas Pink

If any of these tickle your fancy and you plan on buying them online, haste in doing so may be wise, as the collection just went up Saturday and some items are already sold out.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: We must amend this to reflect updated information on the Consort’s socks sentiments: “What do you mean??!! I’d wear those, I think they’re pretty sweet!”  We stand corrected.


The sales continue everywhere – we haven’t been posting most, as there are just *so* many. But we thought we would mention the Last Call at Emporio Armani:

And also remind everyone of the outstanding offers at J. Press.

J. Press

J. Press


We feel we must share a few more “When Pink Goes Bad” items that caught our eye:

Photo: Michiel Meewis

If one is thinking the neon creation above from designer Carly Garwin is merely an aberration, think again.

Courtesy Refinery 29

Montage Courtesy Refinery 29

The folks at Refinery 29’s Pipeline blog shared these in a post last week; you know we couldn’t keep them to ourselves!

All of these creations are from the recent Menswear Fall/Winter 2009 shows in Milan and Paris. Givenchy is responsible for the suit on the far left, Calvin Klein deserves credit for the middle photograph, and the more formal look on the far right comes from Dolce & Gabbana.  We thought the Givenchy was one of the “worst ever” suits until we saw this:

Courtesy Givenchy

To be fair, all three design houses showed some outstanding styles, especially Calvin Klein, frequently worn by yours truly.  But there was simply no way we weren’t posting some of the more outrageous creations.


We close once again with a Pretty in Pink, sharing another delightful item from our new Lilly Pulitzer Stationery & Gift line. These are the Letterpressed Correspondence Cards, or note cards.

Lilly Pulitzer at PreppyPrincess.com

Lilly Pulitzer at PreppyPrincess.com

They are shown in the Color by Numbers motif; we are fond of its elegant look accented by a touch of whimsy.


Filed under It's Just Not Done, Lilly Pulitzer Paper & Gifts, preppy, preppy stationery, Pretty in Pink, The AntiPrep