Hello-Hello! Welcome to a wacky Thursday here at the Prepatorium, we are careening from project to project and today’s post is likely to reflect a bit of that chaos!
We begin with the just-launched Miss Selfridge for Gossip Girl collection.
Below, two Blair dresses.
Jenny and Vanessa dresses from the collection.
From the official snooze news release:
“Executives at Warner Bros have teamed up with U.K. chain Miss Selfridge to create a range based on the show’s stylish characters, including Blake Lively’s couture-clad socialite Serena van der Woodsen and Leighton Meester’s Blair Waldorf.”
Perhaps more interesting than the clothes, Chace Crawford’s appearance at the party celebrating the line. The collection debuted this week; below we see staff from the retailer’s Oxford Circus store sporting the new styles.
Miss Selfridge does ship stateside for those interested.
Lots of bits and bytes, beginning with word of even more three collaborations:
- The Isabel Toledo collection for Payless hits stores in September, the average price point is expected to be $40.
- Luxist reports that Elle Décor magazine will create a line of home products to be sold exclusively at Kohl’s. Look for small furniture pieces, pillows and the like this fall.
- WWD reports (Women’s Wear Daily, subs. req’d.) that NBC is releasing a line of Biggest Loser clothing in the fall. Pieces will retail from $39 – $59 in Sizes Small – 5XL, and fashioned specifically for the plus-size market.
- A celebrity who doesn’t have a fashion line but would like to: Faith Hill. She shared this information with the AP when commenting for another story.
- We have two entrants for our When Preppy Goes Wrong category, both likely to ignite some debate. The first is what we call the Cable Sweater pump from Rocket Dog.
- The second item is a bit pricier, this is the Love Boat Pump from DSquared2, available at Shop Bop.
(Truth be told, the shoe really is very appealing in many ways, despite the fact that ‘preppy stiletto’ is an oxymoron.)
We spend a lot of time here at the Princess blog chatting about lighter fare, preppy style, fashion, jewelry and the like; we don’t do politics or causes as a rule. We shall remain true to our lighter fare when it comes to subject matter. But today we deviate a bit, requesting patience from our treasured readers should the following topics be unappealing.
We have three ‘activist issues’, the first being a note of caution on privacy.
The Times did a fabulous piece on an increasingly popular phenomenon, web coupons. The revelations were almost enough to scare TP right out of her loafers. Seriously. Here is a sample from Stephanie Clifford’s outstanding story:
“While the coupons look standard, their bar codes can be loaded with a startling amount of data, including identification about the customer, Internet address, Facebook page information and even the search terms the customer used to find the coupon in the first place.”
“The coupons can, in some cases, be tracked not just to an anonymous shopper but to an identifiable person…”
If interested in online coupons and/or your privacy, this one merits a read. (For anyone wondering about their privacy at the Preppy Princess, rest easy: we do not, nor shall we, ever share, sell or otherwise divulge any information you give us. It’s that simple. All those years in journalism taught many things, including the importance of respecting privacy.)
The second item also relates to privacy, and is one we won’t attempt to explain, something many readers may have already heard about: recent changes to Facebook. For anyone interested in learning more about the growing controversy about Facebook and privacy issues, click here. (Many readers know The Princess maintains a Facebook fan page we have fun with, we post little tidbits of a preppish nature, updates on upcoming sales, etc. It is very low key, and has proven a good tool for staying in touch with some of our customers.)
The third item that may press a hot button involves cell phones and automobiles.
As a rule we are not big joiners, rarely jumping on a bandwagon. But in this case we thought we wanted to mention Oprah Winfrey’s push for a No Phone Zone. Tomorrow is the day being targeted by Ms. Winfrey and others to draw attention to the problems created by distracted driving; one can read more about it here. There is even an online Pledge that can be signed; we are surprised to see there are only 207712 participants at this point and the pledge has been up for some time.
There you have our tedious recitation; perhaps now it is even clearer why we rarely delve into weighty issues!
We close on an up note, a delightful Adventure in Argyle, courtesy of Talbots.
The Argyle Cardigan also qualifies for a Pretty in Pink, IOHO.
May everyone’s afternoon be outstanding!