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Brooks Brothers is Everywhere, Lacoste Collector’s Polo, ‘Prep Rally’

Hello-Hello!

Is the holiday frenzy beginning to hit you? Here at the Prepatorium we are definitely encountering some, oh, let’s call it the Enhanced Stress Syndrome, how does that sound? A little more civilized we think than ‘bug-eyed mad,’ a favorite phrase of the Consort.  Well, to brighten your holiday, before you read the rest of today’s post remember to enter the Preppy Princess Giveaway by leaving a comment today (or on any Princess post for that matter) with a holiday wish. That’s it, and you are entered for more than $60 in goodies from the Preppy Princess!

Brooks Brothers is everywhere it seems, starting with WWD’s story on their 5th Annual fundraising party for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, held at the 5th Avenue store.  Below, Gossip Girl stars Chace Crawford and Taylor Momsen with Brooks CEO Claudio Del Vecchio.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Also, what Gossip Girl star was seen at DFW over the holiday weekend with his Brooks Brothers shopping bag nearby? As seen in the Editor’s Blog at W magazine (yes, this is the December issue featuring Blake Lively on the cover):

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That is Ed Westwick with Jessica Szohr, shortly after co-star Chace Crawford left the trio to catch his plane.

The very next item in the W Editor’s Blog is “Prep Rally,” featuring an outfit comprised of preppy elements.

Courtesy W

Courtesy W

The pieces shown include an Elizabeth & James cotton sateen blazer from ShopBop (we believe it is called the Lizzy Jacket), as well as Cole Haan loafers and the LL Bean Cotton Sailor shirt.  The pieces are suggested as part of the blog’s Holiday Gift Guide:

“On the gift-giving front, it’s hard to go wrong with classics — especially if they’re the hip takes on preppy looks that we’ve styled together here.”

Speaking of Cole Haan, their online store continues offering an additional 30% off all Sale styles with promo code DECSALE30.

Even HuffPo (the Huffington Post, not one of TP’s regular reads) is featuring Brooks in “Girls, Not Your Father’s Brooks Brothers,” a piece by Kate Schelter.  Ms. Schelter focuses primarily on the blazers, including the Camel Hair:

Brooks Brothers Camel Hair Blazer

Brooks Brothers Camel Hair Blazer

Ms. Schelter popped into the retailer’s 5th Avenue flagship last week and was surprised by what she found:

“… the garments themselves were hardly the tartan, granny, prudish BB I’d remembered. They were very stylish indeed.”

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Here is a glance at this year’s Lacoste Visionaire Holiday Collector’s polo:

Lacoste Visionaire Collector's Polo
Lacoste Visionaire Collector’s Polo

Musician Michael Stipe of R.E.M. designed the shirt; it is available in a number of colorways. This was part of Visionaire’s 54th issue, honoring Lacoste’s 75th Anniversary, a topic covered fairly extensively by TP in this July post.

Oddly, the official title of the July post mentioned above was “J. Crew Says ‘I’m Sorry’ + Goyard/Lacoste/Visionaire Update.”  We say ‘odd’ in light of J. Crew’s struggles last week. Some readers are happy with the resolution of their shopping issues; La Belette Rouge says:

“The order I placed on Tuesday via the Internets was shipped on Friday. I imagine I will get it on Monday. My anger with them has been resolved by knowing I will be getting my Velvet ecole blazer for under $70.”

It seems from input we are receiving there are more concerned/unhappy/irate shoppers than those whose situations have been resolved in a positive manner; Miss Lisa at Very Busy Mom with 4 tells us:

And quick update on JCrew–still a mess. I was on the phone yesterday because some of my items were oddly cancelled for no reason and yes, still not shipped out.

Guess I am on the phone again 😦

Ouch.

Until next time!

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Michael Phelps Resurfaces, Gossip Girl Spinoff & Who is President Obama Wearing to the Inauguration?

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If there is anyone on your Christmas or Hanukkah list entranced by superstar Michael Phelps, you face no shortage of gift options.  The Olympic Gold Medalist has been named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year; the magazine makes an ideal stocking stuffer.  (BTW, if you are wondering what the athlete is holding on the SI cover, it is his Armani dinner jacket.  His soaking wet, dripping, drenched dinner jacket.)

Courtesy SI

PHOTO: Courtesy SI

Below, a photo of Mr. Phelps with his swimming coach Bob Bowman, his mother Debbie and sister Hilary at the SI Sportsman of the Year dinner.

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated

PHOTO: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated

As an update, Michael’s mother continues her partnership with Chico’s; the Debbie Phelps Collection is still prominently featured on the retailer’s website, although the number of items in the collection seems diminished compared to previous levels.

The Olympic superstar’s new book “No Limits: The Will to Succeed” is out this Tuesday, an ideal gift for any Phelps Phans in your household.

Publishing

PHOTO: Publishing

And Mr. Phelps is among those featured by GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly) in their Men of the Year special issue.

GQ/Gentleman's Quarterly

PHOTO: GQ/Gentleman's Quarterly

Many preps will notice the star still wears his Lacoste Trucker hat, including this trip to visit children at New York’s Beth Israel Hospital on Tuesday.  Most will also recognize the distinctive scarf, although we don’t believe Mr. Phelps has an endorsement arrangement with Burberry as he does with Lacoste.

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated

PHOTO: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated

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Also in men’s fashion news, word today which firm President Elect Obama has selected to design his formalwear for the Inauguration. Chicago-based Hart Schaffner Marx is working on his custom-made tuxedo for the Inaugural balls.  Apparently Mr. Obama has not purchased a new tuxedo in fifteen years. We doubt this will be the only addition to the formal apparel hanging in his new walk-in.

Courtesy Hart Schaffner Marx

Courtesy Hart Schaffner Marx

The President’s tuxedo will be a one-button notch-lapel style, it is being made by union employees, and the basic model retails for $895.  One can look at all the particulars here on the Hart Schaffner Marx site; it is also available at Nordstrom.  But what if extreme cold hits the nation’s Capitol?  According to a story in WWD

“Homi Patel, president, chairman and chief executive officer of parent Hartmarx Corp. said he is working with the President-elect’s staff to determine whether Obama will wear a suit with a topcoat to the inauguration ceremony.”

In the interest of full disclosure, we must acknowledge some favoritism toward the brand as the Princess Consort is quite fond of his suits from this retailer.

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Two of our delightful readers share comments on their vastly differing experiences with J. Crew following their recent website meltdown.  Miss La Belette Rouge, who first alerted us to the technical problems J. Crew was experiencing, tells us:

“I went to Jcrew yesterday and they adjusted my purchases and gave me the extra 20% off of the things I bought on black friday.”

While the always-wonderful Very Busy Mom with 4 says:

“I am having shipping issues with JCrew–they still have not sent out my stuff. I called and she made the comment that I put in the order on Nov.28 and and that was a Friday and there were no shipments Saturday or Sunday. So I asked about why it was not sent Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday…. She said it would be out today–it better be ;)
Sorry I am still fuming…..”

Clearly J. Crew needs to make things right with all customers deliteriously impacted by the site malfunction.  This is likely to take a substantial cash investment.  As we shared in this post, the company has already spent more than $1,000,000 on “customer accommodations…. and appeasement” following this summer’s technical problems.

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An early Christmas gift for Gossip Girl fans: Variety reports a spinoff of the über-hit series is in the works.

“…. sources say a televised “Gossip Girl” spinoff would not be “The It Girl,” nor would it focus on the character of Jenny Humphrey (the character spun off from the “Gossip Girl” books for “The It Girl”), played on TV by Taylor Momsen.

The story also notes the spinoff is likely to focus on one of nine primary characters from the show now on the air.

Ho-Ho-Ho!

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