Hello-Hello, and happy Monday/Tuesday!
We hope everyone is still savoring just a smidgen of Christmas and/or Hanukkah afterglow. Here at the Prepatorium we are grateful for time spent with family and friends, reminded again why we left the insanity of television for our own little corner of the world.
We begin with a look at the upcoming collection Pendleton has done with Opening Ceremony.
Perhaps not the style one automatically envisions when thinking Pendleton. Mention this brand and we generally have images of something like this:
Or perhaps something like the item on the left, one of the company’s classic woolen blankets inspired by the Zapotec Indians. On the right, Opening Ceremony reinterprets and updates the look.
Pendleton’s plaids are also legendary. (We should have used these in last week’s post on preppy plaids.)
This heritage can be seen throughout the Opening Ceremony group.
More pieces in this classic pattern….
Plaid is equally evident in the men’s designs for the collection.
The collaborative line is slated to be in stores for spring/summer 2010.
Despite being far too old and decrepit (heh-heh-heh) to wear these styles, we do like this group, and can envision many of our younger friends sporting these pieces.
Some items from the winter collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Pendleton are still available online; better yet, many have had markdowns taken from their original prices.
Speaking of Pendleton (you had to know this was coming), we glanced at a few items whilst pondering their site. (Honestly, it has become an occupational hazard, there’s really nothing to be done for it save computer abstinence.) We learned a lot. Like the fact they have done a line with Jill Rappaport, and it includes items for the four-legged family members.
But then, we didn’t know who Ms. Rappaport was and had to look that up; we are woefully unhip. Tragically uninformed. Below, an item we look at every time we are on the site. Every. single. time.
The Hand-crocheted Lamb Hat has the Cute-o-meter peaking in the red zone, it is simply adorable.
We have news of another collaboration: contemporary designer Jodi Arnold is doing a collection for The Limited. Below, two pieces from Ms. Arnold’s own line.
Here are two styles from the upcoming Limited line, the photos by John Aquino accompany this story in WWD.
Style List has also posted about the upcoming collection.
Dubbed “Craft,” the collection launches at The Limited in Mid-March.
And because too much is never enough, we have yet another installment on that incredible cultural phenomenon known as the Snuggie; behold the Nike version of this item.
Called the Nike 6.0 Snuggie, here is a better look at the logo, downright discreet as these things go. There may be a reason for such understatement.
We could not locate the orange marvel on the Nike 6.0 site, nor could we find one of these to purchase anywhere, raising the question: is it a counterfeit, yet another photoshopped creation? We do not know, but would certainly welcome input or guidance from someone in the know. After all, we pride ourselves on keeping pace with all things Snuggie. (IOHO this is not an authorized product, but a creation of the internet and active minds.)
And because we are nothing if not practical (despite occasional forays into the land of that which is anything but!), a note about fiscally-friendly opportunities at one of our favorites, Garnet Hill. Like the company’s Cashmere Cardigans, now offered at $74.99; they were originally $188.
The quality of GH cashmere is outstanding; trust TP on this one. We also liked the Dot Baby Coat (rivaling the Lamb Hat shown above for cute overload), and the Baby Gripper Slippers (originally $24, now $14).
Also fun, the Multi-stripe Tights for Girls, and the Pattern Tights, both available in sizes 12 months to 14.
Back to Mom, the Cashmere Split-Neck Sweater has potential, especially now that it is $49. The Acorn Slippers look super-snuggly they are now $49, the orginal price was $88.
The bargains abound, and everything seemed to be available in a broad range of sizes as well. Happy hunting. 🙂
Because we don’t want to let the week pass without yet one more moronic morsel of inanity a little Gossip Girl update, we bring you news of this:
Yes, it is a Gossip Girl comic book, done in the manga style so popular today. MTV has an exclusive preview of the comic books.
From what we can glean these will run a bit more than the Archie and Veronica comics we read growing up; it looks like the price is going to be $8.99. They also look a little racy, but that is probably more a reflection of our conservative outlook (TP’s motto? ‘Prudish and Proud” hee-hee!) than contemporary standards.
Called “Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only,” the comics will be based on the same series of books as the television series. But according to this MTV story, the comics will also provide:
“an original re-imagination of the girls’ senior year focusing on the lives of Blair and Vanessa.”
And on that comforting note, we say g’bye until next time! May everyone enjoy a little bit of holiday sunshine, be it in the skies overhead or in one’s heart.