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Is Prep Dead? (More Importantly, How Did We Miss This?)

Hello-Hello, is everyone ready for a weekend?

We thought it was time for another True Prep update, the volume of media surrounding the book is significant, including multiple declarations that ‘prep is dead’; in at least one instance responsibility for this hypothetical occurrence is linked directly to the book.

We begin with this headline from a September NPR story:

We haven’t heard the entire NPR story, but did read what is posted online and were unable to decipher exactly how the book’s existence translated into a sign that prep was dead.  The NPR story does carry a lengthy quote from this story in The Atlantic:

As always, the Atlantic review is very well done, essentially positing that ‘prep’ has  been absorbed by a larger, international class.  From the piece by Benjamin Schwarz:

“Whereas OPH was crammed with fine-grained analysis— defining, say, the subtle distinctions between Brooks Brothers (mainstream), J. Press (old guard), and Paul Stuart (urbane)—True Prep’s analysis seems vague and flabby. Whereas OPH’s preppies belonged to a distinct and inward-looking subculture, the preppies of True Prep, defined largely by what they buy and wear, are in many ways indistinguishable from fancily educated professionals.”

The writer doesn’t fault the skill set of authors Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd, looking instead at the consumption habits of the era, particularly those of the conspicuous kind.

“Cracked heirlooms, threadbare antique rugs, sturdy L.L. Bean boots, duct-taped Blucher moccasins, and workhorse Volvo station wagons defined OPH’s aesthetic. True Prep’s preppies, armed with BlackBerrys and iPods, wear Verdura jewelry and Prada and vintage Gucci loafers, tote Goyard and Tory Burch bags, and adorn their desks with tchotchkes from Smythson (a firm whose success, Ian Jack notes in The Guardian, has been built “on selling baubles to the impressionable rich”).

It’s no secret we whined struggled with some of the brands featured in True Prep. (For Ms. Birnbach’s comments regarding the J. Crew metallic Top-siders at J. Crew, simply click here.) We have been vocal about the volume of J. Crew & Burberry products showcased in the book.  Frequent readers know the tragic truth: TP and The Consort are two boring, old-school preps.  Our style is basically no style.

However, we do take issue with this claim from a column in the Journal, the headline reads “Preppy Pitfall: All That Madras, Not Enough Effort.” It is the subhead that is irksome:

Did Lisa Birnbach’s original ‘Handbook’ drive people lazy?”

Eric Felten cites TOPH (The Official Preppy Handbook) as a factor.

“One simply mustn’t try too hard. A key principle of what Ms. Birnbach called the Preppy Value System was Effortlessness: “If life is a country club, then all functions should be free from strain.”

The notion that Ms. Birnbach is responsible for the work ethic of a generation is ludicrous.

“Unless you actually have a fat trust fund to underwrite your nonchalance, an aversion to effort is hardly a strategy for success. Which may explain some of our national woes.”

We like Ms. Birnbach; she is talented, witty and loads of fun, but while wielding significant influence, she is not quite so powerful as to be responsible for this:

“Over the last couple of decades we’ve seen the contempt for effort spread far beyond the original preppy demographic. Now it’s commonplace for middle-class kids to go to college and behave as though they are scions of the gentry—abjuring studies and indulging in the bottomless kegger that a recent book dubbed “The Five Year Party.”

Blaming These Challenging Times on any single author just doesn’t work for us.

Next on the review list, AOL’s Daily Finance offers this:

Bruce Watson’s story takes a more reasoned approach:

“…she attached a philosophical component to the look, explicitly wedding the preppy style to a hodgepodge of social values, including traditionalism, thrift, and brand loyalty. In Birnbach’s analysis, preppies buy Brooks Brothers and Orvis because these companies have been in business for over a hundred years and have proven reliability.”

As the monolithic 1980’s preppy culture has fractured into a variety of brands and styles, from Gossip Girl to hip-hop Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren to Vineyard Vines, it’s worth wondering if this explosion of prep may also signal its demise.”

Mr. Watson points to the efforts at updating the fashions offered by some of the stalwarts, like LL Bean’s Signature and Black Fleece at Brooks Brothers, a necessity if such establishments are to compete against trendier, “hipper” (ahem) offerings at retailers like J. Crew. Unfortunately the writer misses an important point in this portion of his story:
“In True Prep, however, conversation positively drips with references to the signs of wealth, as Birnbach instructs readers: “Your car wasn’t in the shop; your Mercedes was getting fixed. You didn’t wear shoes; you wore Manolos.”
The book isn’t instructing readers to converse in this fashion. To the contrary, this specific segment laments the way people speak these days, bemoaning the ostentation and name-dropping and label flashing.  Melanie Spencer’s story in the Austin Statesman illustrates this distinction with a quote from the author:
“”People are oft misbehaving and name-dropping and talking about money,” she says. “It is vulgar. It’s becoming normal. I’m here to help correct. Something as benign as ‘Sex in the City’ sort of sanctioned gross materialism. Instead of saying, ‘Oh, my shoes hurt,’ it’s, ‘My Manolos hurt.’ You are sending all kinds of messages. You can say ‘My car is in the shop.’ You don’t have to say, ‘My Jaguar is in the shop.’ It would be so refreshing for people to go back to those basics.”

We had to laugh aloud at this part of the story, it seems not everyone in Austin was fond of the prep aesthetic. (Gasp!)

“”Preppy fashion was the lowest point in the history of women’s attire,” says longtime Austinite, style and design writer and Austin Monthly Home editor Helen Thompson.”
Oops.  Hopefully Melanie, I Pick Pretty and other notable Austin denizens won’t tell Ms. Thompson next time we visit.
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Enough of the deep thinking, we have an eye-popping Pretty in Pink & Green to share:
The Argyle Pullover is available at Elegant Baby, and there is also a version in blues if looking for something a little more sedate.
With that, we are off to enjoy the weekend, and hope you are able to do the same!

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The Princess Picks Her Next Step & 3 Target Collaboration Updates

Hello-Hello, what a gorgeous day it is here in The Great Midwest!

Heavy volunteer activities mean we must soon grab our broom pop into the PrincessMobile and fly to an appointment, so we’ll be mercifully brief today.

We begin with big news: we have decided on a post-graduate course of study. We are thinking about matriculating in this location.

With news that the University of Monaco if offering a Masters degree in luxury, how could we not ponder the possibilities…? After all, the program is only ten months in durations, and is even taught in English.

Here are the Selection Criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Must have had a prior internship in a luxury setting
  • Academic performance assessed
  • Candidates should be highly passionate about at least one luxury sector
  • Ability and willingness to work in a diverse, international environment

What do you think? After we finish painting the planet pink, wouldn’t it be fun?

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If pursuing a luxury degree, presumably we would learn about things like the recent Journal of Marketing study on “brand loudness,” as discussed in this story from Australia’s News.com.

“LUXURY goods may sell the dream of mixing it with the rich and famous, but the bigger the branding the more you identify yourself as a “cashed-up bogan”.

And in a case of less is more expensive, luxury goods manufacturers have been charging a premium for the more discreetly-branded goods of similar quality, according to a US study into brand status.”

The point is explained with this photo:

“The Gucci bag on the left, costing $US1150, was rated 1/7 for brand loudness and would be preferred by “elite” consumers, according to a Journal of Marketing study. The bag on the right, costing $US640, was rated 7/7 for brand loudness and would be preferred by “cashed-up bogans”.

We were intrigued to read about the four kinds of consumers listed in the study.

  • Patricians: “Wealthy consumers low in need for status” who “pay a premium for… products that only their fellow patricians can recognise”;
  • Parvenus: “Wealthy consumers high in need for status” who “use loud luxury goods to signal to the less affluent that they are not one of them”;
  • Poseurs: Poorer consumers who can’t afford luxury goods and seek counterfeit items to “emulate those who they recognise to be wealthy”; and
  • Proletarians: Poor consumers who are not concerned with status
Click here for more on the study.
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Frequent readers are forced to endure the bloviating familiar with occasional references to changes in style direction at J. Crew; today we must share a bit of the “Dear J. Crew” post on the topic from our friend Megan over at her blog, PIPM.

J. Crew Taffeta Seine Vest

Megan has a question about the Taffeta Seine vest:

“… do you really think people would pay 650 dollars for a vest that resembles wet toilet paper? And what’s even more scary is that this vest is SOLD OUT!!! Seriously, who bought this?”
These comments come from a young lady *far* more fashion-forward than yours truly, so we don’t feel quite so out of step on J. Crew’s direction.  The post made us laugh aloud, it is a fun read for those interested in the topic.
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A quick note about the challenges encountered by those shopping the Lilly Pulitzer Sale.

The sale offered very healthy markdowns (for example, the $398 Tenley shift at $99, the $228 Lee Cashmere Cardigan at $89), but the heavy traffic from Lilly’s Facebook fans made for some very…. slow….. shopping.

Lilly kept shoppers who are fans advised of things via Facebook; for those who are not fans presumably the site’s error message sufficed.  More examples of the stellar Sales and Savings opportunities: the Eliot Shirt (originally $98, now $49), and on the right the Jonnie shirt (was $98, now $49).

Clearly underestimating the response to the sale, the company responded as quickly as they could, working with their technical people and adding more phone reps. Hopefully by the time you read this, everything will be back to normal online.

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A final note, this one on three upcoming collaborations Le Boutique Targét is launching Friday.  All three are debuting online at Gilt.com before they hit Target stores or the retailer’s website.

For those not familiar with Gilt, it is one of those ubiquitous ‘members-only’ discount sites. The lines slated to launch include: John Derian for Target, Tucker for Target by Gaby Basora (more on that here), and Mulberry for Target (more on this here).

From the Gilt website:

“Pick up a lushly colorful dress by Tucker, the acclaimed label from Gaby Basora, a designer who has been crafting her artful prints since 2005. Then add a kicky cross-body bag by Mulberry, a British heritage brand that’s known worldwide for its craftsmanship and classic silhouettes. And bring it all home with the witty, nature-inspired statement housewares by John Derian, New York’s master of decoupage.”

Racked.com has more on the pros and cons of Target’s method for introducing the partnerships.

The preview sales begin at noon (EDT) Friday; if in need of an invitation to the Gilt shopping site, just click here.

With that, g’bye until next time!

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When Logos Go Bad & Hamptons Habitats

Hello-Hello!

We are brief today, in large part because The Consort and I the Princess Elves must deal with this:

Princess InterGalactic HQ

That is but a portion of the 300+ pounds of Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2010 goodies, along with ribbon belts, preppy totes and other treasures the UPS man dropped off today.  Sadly, Tilly doesn’t quite seem… well… she doesn’t appear to be engaged with the task at hand.

"Where's my biscuit?"

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We begin with a follow-up to a previous post about the topic of a hypothetical decline in the popularity of designer logos; today’s story comes via the Telegraph, on the far side of the pond.  We offer the following from the paper’s story, “Designer logos are a fashion no-go“:

“Handbags and accessories with large logos are being removed from designers’ collections to be replaced with more subtle designs as part of a move for “antibling” fashion.”

The Telegraph story uses an image featuring one of our original AntiPreps, below we see Paris Hilton with her Louis Vuitton handbag and bathing suit in 2006 and on the right, a new bag from Louis Vuitton.

REX Features via The Telegraph

The story is pegged to a quote from the CEO of Vuitton’s parent company suggesting logos are shrinking and/or disappearing. (That quote was mentioned briefly in this post.)

“His admission was an extraordinary turning point in the top-tier designer industry, where design labels have made billions of pounds by having accessories with big logos showcased by rappers, footballers’ wives and socialites.”

Below, Farandole Strass rings by Vuitton.

In the story, the Telegraph’s fashion director is quoted:

“This really began the day Daniella Westbrook was pictured head to toe in the Burberry check. The shift has been taking place for some time.”

Below, Ms. Westbrook in the ensemble under discussion.

PHOTO: MrPaparazzi.com via The Sun

To be sure, this….

Chanel

is a vast improvement over this.

Chanel

The subject seems to be gaining traction, another UK paper had a story on the topic today; The Mail’s story is titled, “Stealth wealth: Why the label to have this season is no label at all as consumers turn their back on logo-heavy designers”.  That story also uses a photo of another member of the Anti-Prep Wall of Shame, “Snooki” and her Gucci handbag.

PHOTO: Xposure via The Daily Mail

Clearly we are intrigued to see how this plays out, do let us know your thoughts on the topic, and what you are seeing in your corner of the globe. We are guessing this isn’t exactly your vision of the ideal decor for your domicile.

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ModerneKunst.no

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One other quick note we meant to include yesterday, spotted when perusing Vanity Fair; the magazine has a pretty feature, “Behind the Hamptons Hedges“. The piece showcases eight individuals who spend significant time in the area, like polo player Nic Roldan….
Alix Smith/Vanity Fair

… and Dylan Lauren, photographed at the Dylan’s Candy Bar in East Hampton.

Alix Smith/Vanity Fair

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We’re off to have a little talk with Tilly about her work ethic.

We’ll see you next time, probably Monday!

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American Apparel Plans on Preppy (Seriously) & Royalty Hits the Hamptons

Hello-Hello, and happy Monday!

Today we begin with a Sign of The Times that we hoped would herald a return to sanity when it comes to logos. Below, a snippet from this story in Women’s Wear Daily about luxury merchandise and markets:

“…Gucci Group would move away from logos, “adjusting to this new perception of luxury, which is more subtle, more sophisticated.”

The comments come from Gucci’s parent company, PPH; we can only hope this movement points to a diminution in the number of Logophobia attacks one suffers when in close proximity to most Gucci merchandise. Unfortunately, the “move away from logos” doesn’t appear applicable to all Gucci items.

‘Subtle’ and ‘sophisticated’ those are not. Nor are two handbags from the Fall 2010 line.

Perhaps we didn’t fully understand the company’s intent when it comes to this topic.

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Next, reports that American Apparel is moving toward more ‘traditional’ styles.  Sunday’s Chronicle carried a story entitled “Can Preppy Look Save American Apparel Empire?

“After outfitting the world of 18- to 30-year-olds in all manner of T-shirts and leggings, American Apparel is going preppy, diving into more sophisticated garments such as blazers, pleated pants, button-down shirts and more formal lace tops.”

We would find the notion laughable were it not obvious this is the firm’s direction; it certainly goes in the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” category. But when visiting the company’s online store one notices the home page touting “Classic Guy” styles.

American Apparel

“Preppy” from the firm that the story notes “… remade the hipster wardrobe, sensing the demand for neon nylon bike shorts and lace-thong leotards…”?  Not to mention the firm known for its overtly racy ads featuring scantily clad (or unclad) young people? (If unfamiliar with this marketing maneuver, all one need do is visit the company’s online Photo Archive to see examples.)

One of the most surprising items we saw in the men’s section, the Red Wing shoe, similar to many boat shoes, albeit with trendier lines.

American Apparel is contending with a number of issues, not the least of which is possible delisting on the New York Stock Exchange; this is compounded by its own accounting firm quitting, citing concerns over some of the company’s financial data.

Other challenges are explained in the story (which also appears in Bloomberg Business Week):

“Before the financial concerns intensified, Charney had been contending with damaging sexual-harassment allegations followed by an immigration bust. Fifteen hundred workers at the Los Angeles factory had to be let go owing to lack of documentation and 1,000 more quit over concern of being swept up for immigration violations.”

(To learn more about American Apparel’s CEO Dov Charney, click here, he has his own web page.)

One mystery amid the style changes: we don’t understand why the new direction appears targeted only to male shoppers. Visiting the women’s section of the website doesn’t indicate any evidence of a newly conservative or traditional approach.

American Apparel

Indeed, items the company is known for abound; most are NSFW (Not Safe for Work viewing).

American Apparel

To be fair, there are some basics available, like the Unisex Collared Shirts and Unisex Tees.

But by and large it seems that American Apparel’s new ‘preppy’ clothing styles are intended for the gentlemen, not the ladies.

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We close with a quick look at this weekend’s benefit for the Princess Grace Foundation in the Hamptons.

Astrid Stawiarz for The Wall St Journal

On hand for the festivities (and also a co-host), Monaco’s Prince Albert II and fiancée Charlene Wittstock. Louis Vuitton was the other primary host, the event was held at the Water Mill home of Anne Hearst McInerney and Jay McInerney.  Below we see Ms. Hearst and Mr. McInerney, the latter is an author we very much enjoy reading.

Monaco’s royal wedding is scheduled for July 11, 2011. For more on how Ms. Wittstock is approaching that event, we turn to Women’s Wear Daily:

“But Wittstock seems very low-key about her upcoming nuptials, scheduled for next year, even if the rest of European society isn’t. “I’m not one of those girls who imagined themselves walking down the aisle in a big dress,” she said. “My style is very easy.” Wittstock was wearing gold flip flops with her gown.”

With that we say G’bye until next time!


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Lady Diana’s Dre$$ & Gucci Goes Young

Hello-Hello!

We begin with a quick follow-up to our previous post about this famous black party frock:

Princess Diana’s gown was auctioned yesterday for a price far exceeding the estimate of £30,000 – £50,000, ultimately selling for £192,000, approximately $276,000.

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Just a heads-up from the corner condo here at the Prepatorium:

snarky

Pronunciation: \ˈsnär-kē\
Function: adjective
Etymology: dialect snark to annoy, perhaps alteration of snark to irritate
1 : crotchety, snappish
2 : sarcastic, impertinent, or irreverent in tone or manner <snarky lyrics>
snark·i·ly \-kə-lē\ adverb

Fair warning.

Having issued the advisory above, we move on, with news of several new lines launching in the not-so-distant future:

Courtesy Image via StyleList.com

  • Gucci’s new Childrens line debuts June 24; it will include apparel, accessories, shoes and sunglasses. (Because there aren’t enough logoed sunglasses available for the Young Miss and Master at your Palace.) We cannot resist part of StyleList’s take on the upcoming collection.

“… since most of its target audience can’t read, the designs…  will be marked with a gold teddy bear logo (how very Kanye!) so that little Susie’s playmates will know when to seethe with jealousy.”

The Consort also offered his insight: “Why don’t they do dogs, then we could have Gucci Poochie.”

Indeed.

  • We have a backup plan for you just in case the Gucci childrenswear doesn’t pan out: the new Little Miss America collection.

    Courtesy Image via WWD

    Sized for both babies/toddlers and tweens/teens, all of the items will be priced at $25 or less. Again, we turn to StyleList’s report:

“So what does a mini Miss America dress like? There’s not as many sequins and flesh-toned pantyhose as you might expect — although it is very girlie. Initial sketches show ruffled tuxedo-style tops, bow-detailed skirts, lots of pink, and a onesie with an imitation pageant sash emblazoned across the front.

Hey, just because you’re still in diapers doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on baton twirling or prepping those responses on world peace, kids.”

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This is the time of year when designers show their Cruise/Resort collections, and there have been some stunning pieces, beginning with Oscar de la Renta.  As seen in the following images, there is a nautical influence evident in some pieces from this collection.

The vibrant colors and elegant lines are delightful.

Natch, we are gaga for several of the party frocks.

In any length.

Perhaps our favorite:

George Chinsee/WWD

One quick advisory, the OdlR spring collection is currently on sale.

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The other resort collection we are sharing today is from Marc Jacobs.

The two styles shown above almost qualify as a Pretty in Pink… and Green, but it is a tad challenging to see the colors with images this size.

The WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) review described some of the looks as “…playful preppy.” We particularly like the dress on the left.

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Next on today’s hit parade, a few product updates, beginning with a fast glance at some of the springtime treasures recently added to the fab merchandise mix at Just Madras. The Girls dresses look darling…

As do the bow ties for your MOTH (Man of the House), or the always-popular Madras Skirts.

We do love the ladies at Just Madras, and too many of their goodies!

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We are tickled to share additions to our Preppy Ladybug line here at The Princess, here are more delightful designs by Shannon.

We have added patterns to our Flat Card selection ($15 for a set of 12), like the navy/red/lobster motif, as well as a new pink & green gator.

There are new designs ideal for the younger set. (It’s never to early to start them on the handwritten note concept, IOHO.)

There are also additions to the Ladybug’s Stickers and Labels line ( $4.50), including blue and pink perfect for announcing blessed arrivals, as well as that wonderful lobster.

One can even do a coordinated set for their little princess.

We adore the Ladybug and her fabulous eye.

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We leave you with an image that we understand has provoked some chatter about the watercooler, so to speak.

Getty Images via TMZ.com

When initially seeing this photo we knew two of the individuals pictured above. After all, they carry the distinction of being charter members in the Original AntiPrep Class of 2008. (Paris and Nicky Hilton.) It has been explained to us by TSU (The Spousal Unit, aka The Consort) that the other two creatures are named Snooki (sp?) and Jwoww(sp?). Our question to those in the know: are the latter two individuals solid candidates for the APHOS? (Anti Prep Hall of Shame.)

Do tell. We have an expiring mind dying to know.

Until next time, may your afternoon be filled with smiles!

ADD’L PHOTO CREDITS:

  • George Chinsee/WWD: All Oscar de la Renta images
  • George Chinsee/WWD: All Marc Jacobs images

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Stella McCartney for GapKids & BabyGap, + a Gucci Boat Shoe?

Hello-Hello and greetings from the Great Midwest where the trees are gorgeous and the skies are gray.

It’s another brief post today as we attempt to play catchup on what is beginning to seem like The Lost Weekend (minus Ray Milland and the liquid refreshments) in triplicate.

We begin with an early look at the Stella McCartney for Gap collection, due in stores and online November 2.

Ryan McGinley/WWD

Ryan McGinley/WWD

A story in today’s WWD reveals some of the styles for both babyGap and GapKids:

“…practical pieces feature in the collection, too, such as a navy wool peacoat and organic denim jeans for boys and silk collarless shirts and organic cotton T-shirts for girls.

The always-on-top-of-things Nitrolicious has some specific product shots:

Courtesy photos via Nitrolicious

Courtesy photos via Nitrolicious

Another of WWD‘s photos from the advertising shoot:

Ryan McGinley via WWD

Ryan McGinley via WWD

We also located some individual Gap courtesy photos, these two via Denver a la Mode:

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In the Times’s story from Eric Wilson, one sees why TP is so fond of this designer:

“Ms. McCartney is a proponent of projects that enable her to design for more customers than she could possibly reach with her signature line. She has made inexpensive fashion for H&M, gym bags for LeSportsac and tennis togs for Adidas.

However… we then have this blasphemy in that very same story:

“But designing children’s clothes for Gap was such a big step outside her comfort zone that she found herself pondering life’s bigger questions, like why do girls like pink?”

Gasp! Quelle horreur! (Actually, that question has been asked previously here at the Prepatorium; we generally have a one-word response: “Because.”)

Below, a shot of the designer during the photo shoot for the advertising campaign from a story in W.

PHOTO: Emma Hardy

PHOTO: Emma Hardy

More pieces from the line:

Courtesy photos via Nitrolicious

Courtesy photos via Nitrolicious

Most of the clothes look darling, we can’t wait to hear everyone’s reactions once the line is in stores and on little ones.

Courtesy photo via WWD

Courtesy photo via WWD

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If clicking on any of the links to Nitrolicious, you may want to stop and take a peek at the rest of the Carlos Falchi for Target handbags, she has photos of all 11 pieces in the collection.

Courtesy Target via Nitrolicious

Courtesy Target via Nitrolicious

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We have a fairly high volume of  unrelated ‘dribs and drabs’ stacked up; we’re are going to try and make our way through these, starting with something being referred to in some quarters as the Gucci Boat Shoe, an oxymoron if we ever we heard one.

Image via HypeBeast via FreshnessMag

Image via HypeBeast via FreshnessMag

This is officially a “sneaker” per Gucci‘s snooze news release:

“A new limited edition Gucci Ronson sneaker will be introduced at each international destination of the tour, in addition to an exclusive edition of 18 sneaker styles in the GUCCI ICON-TEMPORARY sneaker collection.”

For those fond of the design, the footwear will be available at a Gucci pop-up store in the city beginning tomorrow. We can hardly contain ourselves.

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Also today, two more Sales and Savings opportunities, the first at Garnet Hill, offering 20% off all full-priced merchandise through the 25th.

(Pssst: frequently one can find loads of items that are more fiscally-friendly by popping into Garnet Hill’s Sales & Clearance section of the website.)

Additionally, Sephora continues their Friends and Family promotion through November 2, offering a 20% discount on merchandise.

To receive the discount use promo code FF2009 at checkout. BTW, this online site also offers some sale items, should that hold any appeal.

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Next, what has to be some of the cutest bicycle helmets we have ever seen, discovered by the sharp folks over at Plaid and Hound.

Courtesy Yakkay via Plaid & Hound

Courtesy Yakkay via Plaid & Hound

These from Yakkay, and difficult to find in the US, but you may be able to acquire them through Bobbin over in the UK.

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Finally, a look at the soon to be available Mulberry Dog Collection:

Courtesy Mulberry

Courtesy Mulberry

NOTE: We were actually able to ‘shop online’ for the Dog items, this link may work, it is unclear if the items are available or ‘coming soon’.

Here’s to a fabulous Friday arriving soon for everyone!

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