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Taylor Swift says “Kanye Who?” Also, Target’s Next Designer Revealed, Ralph Lauren Fashion Week

Hello-Hello and Happy Friday!

We hope to make it a little happier for Miss Pink Tutu, our lucky winner in the Great Preppy Plate and Platter Giveaway! Miss Tutu indicated in her comment she favored the Damask, but we don’t know if it is Boatman’s Geller’s Madison Plate, or perhaps Preppy Plates brand Hot Pink Patter, the Lime Plate, or maybe another style?

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Drop us an email Miss Tutu and let us know your selection, as well as how you would like your plate or platter personalized. (This really is Friday Fun to the nth degree, we *love* giving things away!)

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This just in! (Gasp – breaking news here at the Prepatorium!) The word is out that the next designer collaboration for Targèt will be with Jean Paul Gaultier, perhaps best known for his cone-shaped bustier Madonna wore on tour. As reported in Women’s Wear Daily, Target has no details on when the collection will launch, what price points will be, or how many pieces will be in the line.

“Gaultier is known for edgy street fashion interpretations, a Parisian panache, over-the-edge couture, generating lots of media and groupie followings.”

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Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Our second tidbit is old news for those who follow us on Twitter (you can follow TP here if so inclined) as we tweeted the sad news a couple of times yesterday: In what can only be called a SOTT (Sign Of The Times),  Prescriptives cosmetics is being closed.

There are a number of contributing factors but the overarching concern is the continued underperformance of the brand.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

The line is owned by Estee Lauder (it was originally launched by Ronald Lauder 30 years ago), and we don’t know a timetable for the shutdown. We have already heard  from a number of current customers who tell us they are making plans to stock up.

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Fashion Week continues apace, as most everything was wrapping up with last night’s Tommy Hilfiger show. We’ll cover some the Hilfiger collection for Spring 2010 in our next post, but thought Friday Fun mandates we share some celebrity sightings and front-row attendees at yesterday’s shows.

First, recording star Taylor Swift at the Hilfiger show in what we’ll call her “Kanye Who?” look.

PHOTO: Steve Eichner/WWD

PHOTO: Steve Eichner/WWD

After all, looking good is the best revenge. While Miss Swift is far beyond stooping to vengeful behavior, one can’t help but think about that when seeing her in such a stunning dress.

This next photo of the young star (yes, that is Penn Badgley of Gossip Girl to her right, our left, and yes, he’s underdressed once again in yet another tee-shirt, no threat however to James Dean or Marlon Brando) reminds us of an incredibly rigid rule a lesson taught at an early age: ladies cross their ankles, not their knees.  Of course.

PHOTO: Diane Bondareff/AP

PHOTO: Diane Bondareff/AP

Also at the Hilfiger show Betty Draper, January Jones of Mad Men.

PHOTO: Steve Eichner/WWD

PHOTO: Steve Eichner/WWD

Here is Ms. Jones with Mr. Hilfiger, better showing the Pretty in Pink sheath she is wearing.

PHOTO: Diane Bondareff/AP

PHOTO: Diane Bondareff/AP

We cannot wait to see who she is wearing for Sunday’s Emmy Awards.

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And now we cover today’s primary topic, the Ralph Lauren show at Fashion Week.  We start with the front row, Janet Jackson is seen below with Dylan Lauren.

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Rob Loud/Getty

Onto the main attraction: the clothing and accessories.

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/WWD

As described in the Journal’s Heard On The Runway blog (must reading for TP):

“When the going gets tough, the tough get back to honest American working clothes. That’s means jean jackets, striped cotton shirts and pink floral sundresses.”

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Fernanda Calfat/Getty

Some of the denim looks were outstanding, although we recall owning a pair of overalls quite a. long. time. ago.

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Robert Mitra/WWD

The references to Steinbeck’s dust bowl were everywhere, with some reviewers even titling their stories “The Grapes of Ralph”.

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Here is a taste of the WWD review on Mr. Lauren’s Spring 2010 Collection:

“Certainly there is something wonderful about Lauren’s unabashed romanticism. In an industry rampant with cynicism, he’s proud to be American and believes deeply, as his show notes reminded, in this country’s “resilient spirit.”

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More from WWD:

“…. he made some risky choices; It’s unlikely many designer customers will aspire to shredded jeans and faded shirts, no matter how perfectly arranged the decay. As for their feminine counterparts, floral house- and sundresses, charmers for sure, but late-to-the-party kind of frocks that have flooded the contemporary market for some time.”

We found some of the tailored styles more appealing…

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… and a number of the party frocks divine.

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Despite our love of sheer overlays, other looks just didn’t seem to have the right proportions, the skirts overly full.

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The look below prompts us to recommend a visit to the High WASP for her views on high-end shorts.

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Robert Mitra/WWD

Some touches were absolutely exquisite.

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One of our favorite fashion writers, Cathy Horyn at the Times, was not as positive about the show as many other journalists:

“I wondered, looking at the collection—which was weak by Mr. Lauren’s usual standards—what the discussions in his studio were about such a theme. Can hard times and their associated misery ever be an acceptable theme for a fashion show?”

Clearly the designer’s execution of his theme did not sit well with Ms. Horyn.

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Kyle Ericksen/WWD

More from Ms. Horyn’s blog post:

“And if the clothes don’t really attempt to explore legitimate modes of American dress, and instead remain on the surface—a little faded and ripped denim with rhinestone sandals—isn’t that somehow worse?”

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Most of the handbags shown were of the casual, western look Mr. Lauren favors.

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Below, the designer and his wife, Ricky, upon completion of the show.

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Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for IMG

For more photos, click here. We are curious to hear from readers about the show… two thumbs up? Down? No thumbs at all? Do tell, TP is dying to hear your reaction. After all dolls, sharing is caring.

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It’s A Little Racy & Not At All Preppy (Gasp!)

Hello everyone, happy-almost-long-weekend!

We didn’t plan to post about tennis togs or the US Open today, but have no choice, given the stories about Rafael Nadal emanating from Flushing Meadows. The topic?

PHOTO: David Gray/Reuters

PHOTO: David Gray/Reuters

The attire worn by Mr. Nadal, more precisely, the shorts.

PHOTO: Getty Images

PHOTO: Getty Images

Evidently the NY Post reported that the shorts are “slightly see-through.”  That original story has been picked up by all manner of publications, including NY Magazine.

“A funny feeling has come over us. We can’t be sure, but we think — just maybe — it’s called suddenly caring about sports. He is life-changing, that Spaniard.”

Lord, this is a wretched job, but we shall try to soldier on.

Indeed.

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Because it involves both the Open and Gossip Girl, we have a trivia question today: what G2 star is named after a brand used all the time in tennis?

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In case anyone missed it, the answer would be:

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Mr. Badgley is named after the tennis ball.  And because we haven’t yet done a Pretty in Pink today, here is something we haven’t featured, the Penn Pink Tennis balls.

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According to the website, Penn donates .15 cents of each can sold to ‘breast cancer research’. (We put that in quotes because we’re not fans of generalized statements when it comes to fundraising claims, we like very specific data points and names of organizations benefiting from the donated funds.)

Back to Gossip Girl, it seems there is a bit of chatter about an episode being shot this week; it features a 1920’s-era party, complete with flapper-style party duds.

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Above one can see actresses Hilary Duff and Blake Lively in their party frocks.

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Yesterday we mentioned the J. Crew sale underway, we also want to fill everyone in on the Brook Brothers promotion.

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Unlike many other retailers doing special sales and discounts around the holiday weekend, the Brooks’ Consolidation Clearance is at its retail stores, it is not an online promotion at this point.

As we’re speaking of the Brooks’ retail stores, we are beyond tardy with this, but simply must thank John Doyle at the company’s Cleveland store. He was more than helpful when we popped in, recommending a shirt we adore, as well as some other goodies we acquired. A gentleman in the truest definition of the word, Mr. Doyle was not only first-rate in the customer-service arena, he was loads of fun and totally understands the Brooks aesthetic. What a dear man.

We’re a little underwhelmed by the online selection at Brooks Brothers, have you looked at their offerings recently? The Country Club section is headlined “Spring 2009” and seems to have negligible amounts of merchandise, and Thom Browne’s Black Fleece section seem to be equally depleted.  The Men’s Paisley Trousers are marked down by 50%, as are the Women’s Seersucker style Jacket and matching Skirt.

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Every single pair of women’s shoes on the site is discounted at least 50% from its original selling price, including the Bow Peep-Toed Pump.

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The lack of updated inventory seems odd, as Brooks appears ready to market their fall line; the company is going to emphasize those items made in America.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

A recent Women’s Wear Daily story has more on the campaign:

“In a campaign entitled Makers & Merchants, the 191-year-old retailer is shining a spotlight on iconic merchandise pieces that have been made in the U.S.”

There you have it.

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One last tidbit for those seeking reading for the extended weekend, Vanity Fair has an extended interview today with Mad Men’s Pete Campbell, seen to the right of Don Draper in the photo below.

Photo Courtesy amc-tv via Vanity Fair

Photo Courtesy amc-tv via Vanity Fair

Umm, of course we meant to say “an interview with Vincent Kartheiser who plays Pete Campbell, seen in this photo with Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper.”

Of course we know they’re not real, honestly.

Heh-heh-heh.

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Your Vote is Needed, and a Preppy Mish-Mash

Hello-Hello and happy sunny, breezy, blue-sky-kind-of-day!

We spent the morning away from the Prepatorium and are racing to catch up, so we shall primarily offer what we believe to be called ‘eye candy’ in our little post today. (Do tell us if this usage is improper.)

Because we know you frequently awaken in the middle of the night, unable to sleep because of your concern about the Hope Diamond and how it is faring, we bring you an update:

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

The company that originally donated the diamond to the Smithsonian, Harry Winston, is going to be resetting the famous (and many believe cursed) stone.  There are several design options under consideration, including this:

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Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

As well as this….

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Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

The Smithsonian is saying, “The Fate of the Hope Diamond is in your hands.”

How can that be? The ultimate decision on which new design Harry Winston will use for resetting the stone is open to a public vote; here is the third design you may select:

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Just click here to review the three designs, learn loads more about the 45+ carat stone, and cast your vote.

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Next, a little retail news with word that Fornash has opened their new store at Tysons!

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Simply one more reason to visit that corner of the globe when in the area. We have long favored the Gecko Bangles from Fornash:

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In other retail news, J. Crew is promoting their Long-Live Summer Sale.

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We haven’t perused the offerings, but do have one thought to share: if it is at all possible to hold off on purchases, we’re betting Crew does the “Take an extra 20% off sale prices” promotion sometime around the approaching holiday weekend. We have nary a clue other than past experience.

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Next, how is this for an Adventure in Argyle?

PZ734504A.JPGThe Prinz Preppy Photo Album holds forty 4″ x 6″ pictures, and is only $2.99.

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If seeking a little Pretty in Pink for your four-legged friends and family members:

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Yes, it is the Preppy Puppy Tank from PetCo, described thusly:

“…A cute and sassy tank top that goes anywhere…”

Silly Tilly would like to be “sassy” but sadly (ahem), is a little rotund for such apparel.

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We close with a look at Gossip Girl’s ‘Chuck and Blair,’ from ads running in this month’s NYLON Korea.

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NYLON Korea

The ads are actually for ASK clothing (we’re not linking to the site as Google warns it may harm one’s computer), and feature Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick.

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NYLON Korea

For more on the ads, pop over to the NYLON blog.

This concludes today’s preppy mish-mash. Thank you for your patience with our goofy little mess today!

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Betty Draper & Nate Archibald? Not Exactly. Also, Preppy Sales & Discounts!

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We begin today with a stars from the hit show Mad Men, actress January Jones; she plays Betty Draper, our favorite character on the program. Ms. Jones is featured on the cover of the August Interview magazine.

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The actress wears a vintage leather jacket with contemporary Tiffany earrings, a combination unlikely to be seen on Betty, but one that is smashing on the stunning actress.

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Interview Magazine

There is a lengthy interview with Ms. Jones, conducted by none other than actor Jack Nicholson. The photography by Inoodh Matadin and Inez van Lamsweerde created incredible results.

Also in the magazine this month, a story with actor Chace Crawford, styled much differently from the look generally seen on his preppy Gossip Girl character Nate Archibald.

PHOTO: Solve Sundsbo, Interview

PHOTO: Solve Sundsbo, Interview

It might be the tattoos that are a little out of sync with the actor’s normally clean-cut image.

PHOTO: Solve Sundsbo

PHOTO: Solve Sundsbo

If the Interview look is striking fear into the hearts of G2 fans, worry not, and direct your gaze at Mr. Crawford’s appearance yesterday, shooting in the city with costar Blake Lively.

PHOTO: Bauer Griffin

PHOTO: Bauer Griffin

Quite a transformation, isn’t it?

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Next, some significant Sales and Savings readers may want to be apprised of, beginning with the Vera Bradley Sale at ‘by invitation only’ shopping site Rue La La.

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The pieces are about 50% off their original retail prices; patterns in the sale include Pinwheel Pink, Mod Floral Blue, Daisy Daisy, and Frankly Scarlet.

If you need an invitation, just email me at thePreppyPrincess@mac.com (There is also a Movado sale underway at the site if that tickles one’s fancy.) Both sales end Thursday, the 11th, at 11a.m.

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Several other retailers with a preppish slant are offering substantial discounts, among them Kate Spade, offering many items at a 50% or 75% discount.

From a philosophical perspective we differ with the company about their marketing of the so-called “Sample Sale,” as it is not, at least not in contrast to the true ‘sample sales’ we have attended. However, one cannot quibble with the fiscally friendly prices of the merchandise.

For example, the Union Square wallet in pink nylon is now $50; the original price was $175.

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Another Pretty in Pink: the Fairmount Park in this fun stripe, now $129.

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Much more can be found online.

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Also promoting deep discounts: Polo Ralph Lauren, online and in-store.  Just a sampling of the savings, the Jackie Striped Tee is now $19; originally the top was $65.

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If one can cope with the oversized crest, the Stretch Cotton Crested Blazer is now $179, down from $498.

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The Tipped Cricket Jacket also features a crest; we mention it as well because many stylists thought it projected a certain Gossip Girl flair.

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This is the point at which TP feels compelled to interject her standard, “Some things have a duty to be discounted, don’t they?” comment.  Indeed.

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Regular readers know how much we love our Lilly, and how fond we are of the effervescent Muffy Martini.  We mention Miss Muffy’s new blog, Lilly Lovers, because she is sharing a must-have discount code at Splash of Pink, good for an additional 20% off Sale merchandise!

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In case the print is difficult to read, use promo code MYBUDDY at checkout to receive the extra discount. The Splash of Pink promotion ends Wednesday, the 26th.

The other discount available compliments of Muffy?  10% off everything on the Preppy Princess site, with promo code MUFFYDEAL. The Princess deal ends Thursday night, the 27th, at midnight.

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Fab New Childrens Line, + Preppy Pink & Green

Hello-Hello and Happy Tuesday, we hope everyone is settling into the week, reveling in the waning days of the summer. Sigh.

Does everyone remember how much we all adored the fabulous collection Cynthia Rowley did for Target last summer? We posted about it several times; the name for the line was Whim, a perfect moniker.  Below, a few photos to jog the memory.

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Why are we bringing up ancient history? Because we thought readers would be delighted to know that the talented Ms. Rowley has created a children’s line of clothing! Behod :

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Courtesy Babies R Us

The line is being sold exclusively at Babies “R” Us, and the pieces are sized for newborns through 4-year-olds.

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Courtesy Babies 'R Us

The Collection is available online now, and in roughly 150 select stores. It includes everything from clothing to diaper bags, blankets and bibs, but the plan is to ultimately grow the collection to include room decor.

We like the Baby Girls Pretty in Plaid Coverall, and we shall use it as a Pretty in Pink for today.

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Babies 'R Us

At a mere $12.99 it seems like a fabulous buy, in 100% cotton flannel.  The line is hypothetically called “Hooray” but we recommend against using that as a search term online, as the results will be non-existent. The better selection for a search term seems to be “Cynthia Rowley”.

And BTW, Ms. Rowley sets an example as a good citizen that we love, as we type she is at the NY Public Library’s Childrens Center teaching basic sewing to kids, how wonderful is that?  (This tidbit courtesy of Mommy Poppins, a glorious site for all manner of fun things and resources in the city.)

Now, we were feeling quite guilty bringing up merchandise that one can no longer purchase at le Boutique (Targèt), until we decided to let our fingers do the typing, and voila!

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Target.com

There are still items from the Whim Collection online, like this much-too-cute Sailboat Tray and Salt/Pepper set! We’re thinking Nautical by Nature already has this in her collection, but if not, methinks the price qualifies as being more than fiscally friendly at only $12.99, yes?

However, lest our treasured readers think we are leading them astray, be advised this is one of the very few Whim pieces left, so let us not unfairly and inappropriately raise hopes.  Sniff.

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We have a very quick follow-up to part of yesterday’s post, an inquiry about the designer of the dress worn by Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester to the Teen Choice Awards. (In the photo below Ms. Meester is seen with co-star Chace Crawford, the dress is the same however as in yesterday’s post.)

PHOTO: Frank Micelotta/TCA

PHOTO: Frank Micelotta/TCA

The question involved the designer of Ms. Meester’s dress, and we had nary an idea until perusing today’s WWD, where we read this story replete with all the info one could possibly need:

“…Meester looked every inch the uptown teen she plays on “Gossip Girl” in a retro-glam, black-and-white-striped Louis Vuitton confection from the label’s cruise collection. (The polkadotted grosgrain ribbon she tied at the straps only upped the prep factor.)”

She does look lovely, doesn’t she?

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We wanted to share a few more Pretty in Pink goodies, the first is from our terrific new line of Lake House Designs Magnet Boards:

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(Don’t you just love the example used for personalization? Hee-hee. Silly Princess.)

These are all customizeable, you select the font, the ink color and the monogram or name you would like to see on the board. They really are fabulous, but we must query our tasteful readers and ask: by what name do you refer to these items? Magnet Board (our usage), memo board, magnetic memo board…? Other? We are feeling rather incompetent at this juncture and trust you to advise us of the appropriate appellation.

One more PIP, albeit more of a Pretty in Pink…and Green, compliments of the delightful Erin at Pink and Green Scene.

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Home Decorating Co. via Pink & Green Scene

It is actually far more pinkish as we recall from seeing the set in person, and loads of fun for anyone looking to perk up the boudoir.

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We want to close by saying “Hello” and “Thank You” to the delightful young  hostess of Legally Pink and Green, a wonderful blog where they are holding a Giveaway featuring one of our favorite Preppy Calendars.

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It is the “Perfectly Preppy” 2010 Wall Calendar from Donovan Designs, and to say it is a symphony in pink and green almost feels like an understatement.

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With this we fly out the door – have a splendid afternoon dollfaces, we hope it is simply glorious!

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Polo in the Hamptons, Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2009

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Goodness, what a wacky weekend. We allowed ours to be consumed in large part by this:

PHOTO: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

PHOTO: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Although we were crushed to see it end up in this fashion:

PHOTO: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

PHOTO: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

However, the fervor of our hopes that Mr. Watson might win must not detract from the ultimate outcome of the tournament, and the remarkable accomplishment of Mr. Cink. We know that Yellow Jacket fans are pleased to see the outcome; the Champion Golfer of the Year as decreed by the R & A is a Georgia Tech alum.

Mr. Watson is an original prep, attending Pembroke Hill in Kansas City before matriculating at Stanford. And while we acknowledge our fondness for Mr. Watson (not only because one of his sponsors is Polo Ralph Lauren), but thought both men conducted themselves with grace and dignity throughout the tournament.

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There were other sporting events this weekend, notably the kickoff to the polo season with the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge in Bridgehampton. Among those on hand were model/player Nacho Figueras, seen below.

PHOTO: Getty Images

PHOTO: Getty Images

The match brought a Gossip Girl star to the Hamptons, actor Chace Crawford was in attendance.

PHOTO: Ariel Ramerez

PHOTO: Ariel Ramerez

According to the Times Square Gossip blog Mr. Crawford and/or his entourage may not have conducted themselves as graciously as one would hope; this post has more.  Oddly we had just finished reading this story about Mr. Crawford’s plan for attending Wimbledon earlier this year, written with the classic snark one can frequently find in The Independent (the UK).

“And then there was the US actor Chace Crawford (“Who?” we ask), whose “people” insisted he’d bring a magazine snapper with him to “give your tournament some publicity”.

Yikes.

Those who enjoy watching Mr. Figueras may be pleased to learn the polo player and model for Ralph Lauren is actually slated for an appearance on Gossip Girl; he will be on the show’s season premiere September 14. In a post on the WWD Blog Mr. Figueras talks about his reaction to being on the show:

“First and foremost, I thought it was a great opportunity to promote Polo and my team Black Watch. Second, and most important to my wife, was that I would be able to meet Chuck Bass [actor Ed Westwick].”

The polo scenes were shot at the Greenwich Polo Club.

Finally, in our six degrees of separation segment today we can share the following: golfer Tom Watson’s brother Marshall Watson designed one of the rooms in the Hampton Designer showhome; he had to make many a trip to the media room in that house this weekend to catch a few minutes of his older brother at Turnberry. At last that is the case according to this story on Newsday’s Long Island real estate blog.

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In retail notes, the Country Living home collection hits Sears and Kmart next month, both in stores and online. The new collection is inspired by Country Living magazine, and includes tabletop, home textiles, furniture and decorative items. We’re more than a little confused as to what this means for sister site The Country Living Store, as it features merchandise by name brands in all of the categories listed above and several more.

We are more than a bit tardy with this one, but the the Lilly Pulitzer Fall Collection has hit, with loads of fun designs.  In the Pink has the entire Collection online for your shopping pleasure. Here are a few items we’ll show very quickly, if only to display Lilly’s color palette for the fall.

First, the Paley Ruffle Cardigan in navy wool.

Next, the Burke Dress in one of three colorways.

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The Palm Beach Printed pants.

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And the Lulu Dress.

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Obviously, there’s no shortage of fun finds in the new collection.

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We close with a few goodbyes today. Two gentle men (that is not a typo), strong in ways we can’t comprehend, yet generous of spirit and compassionate in personality.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to meet one of these extraordinary men.

Courtesy Arizona State University/Reuters

Courtesy Arizona State University/Reuters

Because most readers have been able to read or watch stories about Mr. Cronkite we shan’t bore you with tedious commentary from these quarters, other than to say he blazed a trail of incredible depth and breadth, setting an image and standards for many of us following in his profession.

We were not as fortunate in making the acquaintance of Henry Allingham; he passed away Saturday at the age of 113. Again, that is not a typo, this gentleman was the oldest man in the world.  He was also a survivor of WWI.  He was a founding member of the RAF in 1918.  A. Founding. Member.

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From an Associated Press story about this remarkable man:

He made it a personal crusade to talk about a conflict that wiped out much of a generation. Though nearly blind, he would take the outstretched hands of visitors in both of his, gaze into the eyes of children, veterans and journalists and deliver a message he wanted them all to remember.

Below Mr. Allingham is seen with his great-great grandson in June on the occasion of his birthday.

PHOTO: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

“I want everyone to know,” he told The Associated Press during an interview in November. “They died for us.”

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PHOTO: Photo: Eddie Mulholland

What an amazing life.

We would be remiss if we neglected to mention Irish-American author Frank McCourt. Mr. McCourt is best known for writing “Angela’s Ashes,” for which he received the Pulitzer.

Until next time…!

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Sneak Peek at Intuition for Target, Those Gossip Girls!

Hello-Hello and oh-so-Happy-Friday to all!

We thought everyone might like a reminder about the new line debuting at Targèt this Sunday. (Although it has already been spotted in some stores.)

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We are talking about the Hollywood Intuition for Target Collection.  Designer and stylist Jaye Hersh is the creative mind behind the Collection; she is perhaps best known for her more-than-hip Hollywood boutique, Intuition.

The Tarszay line includes handbags and small leather goods, scarves and jewelry, hats and headbands, and more.

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Courtesy Target

Intuition is a major fave for loads of celebrities, including one of the original AntiPreps. Below, Ms. Hilton carries the HollywoodIntuition Belt Bag.

parishiltonibeltbagPrices for this new group will run the gamut; $2.99 for a headband to $29.99 for a handbag, very much in line with other collections at the Boutique.

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Courtesy Target

Those price points are a world away from what some pieces cost in the couture line Ms. Hersh did for the retailer back in 2006; that Collection featured Target’s bullseye logo on all manner of things and prices ranged from $25 to $3000. (Ummm, we must claim Newzheimer’s as we have no recollection of this at all… do you?) Below, faux-leather pouches from the Collection debuting Sunday.

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Courtesy Target

It looks like there are lots of goodies, clearly something requiring retail reconnaissance in the not-too-distant future.

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For those interested in closely following happenings at J. Crew, CEO Mickey Drexler will be profiled on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” this Sunday.

From the Memo Pad story in this morning’s WWD:

“… closely trailing Drexler and his team on and off for about a year, experiencing closed-door design reviews, spontaneous brainstorming sessions, photo shoots and the rise of new retail concepts, such as the Liquor and the J. Crew Collection stores.

It could be an entertaining story, probably instructive for those of us who have studied fashion merchandising and marketing.

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As we generally share new of Gossip Girl stars landing on magazine covers, we have news the Blake Lively cover for the Glamour UK August issue.

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Courtsy Glamour UK

As always, there is no shortage of photos accompanying the cover story.

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Courtesy Glamour UK

We also have a number of other G2 tidbits:

  • Joanna Garcia from “” is guest-starring for 4 episodes, playing ‘Nate’s’ love interest.
  • Hillary Duff’s multi-episode guest spot on the show begins on October 5.
  • Season 3 of the show premieres September 14.

The entire cast has been out and about this week, back on location and shooting in the city. Below we see costars Ed Westwick (at his gnarly best) with Leighton Meester.

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Courtesy JustJared.com

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Speaking of Season 3, it is merely 5 weeks until we see the return of Mad Men.  August 16. 10pm EDT.

But what we really wanted to ask: has everyone seen the creative way amc-tv packaged the Season 2 DVD set?

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The set is designed to look like an old-style mens shirt box, a nifty idea IOHO.

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A reminder, ArtHamptons gets underway today; it is worth the trip if you are in the area and in the market. Actually, even if not in the market, it can be fun to attend simply to look at all goodies.

If anywhere near Water Mill,one might want to do a drive-by and peek at the 2009 Hampton Designer Showhouse, it is now officially on the market.  (The area isn’t exactly our ideal, but the proceeds do go to a good cause, Southampton Hospital.)

May be it be a simply splendid weekend for everyone, regardless of where one is located!

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