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“Wannabe preppy” & “Dressy-preppy-heritage”, to name a few

Hello cherished friends, and welcome to another gorgeous springtime week in The Great Midwest.

We begin with a few more looks at the preppish aesthetic from the far side of the pond, beginning with an in-depth piece on Tory Burch in the Telegraph.  Friday’s “Tory Burch interview: America’s new fashion sweetheart” asks: “… will her wasp style win over the British?”

Tina Tyrell/The Guardian

The story continues:

Tory Burch is an embodiment of her brand. It’s not just the physical attributes – though her very petite, very blonde, very pretty looks are certainly not a hindrance – it’s everything from her privileged background to her impeccable Upper East Side lifestyle, her ubiquity on the New York party circuit to her complicated private life, her Hamptons mansion to her much-photographed personal style.”

The article takes a solid look at the company and its success, a worthy read on a brand and designer we are fond of here at the Prepatorium.

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Another prep-style brand was also profiled this weekend; The Guardian has a stellar story in “Jack Wills: the Sloane Ranger Rides Again“.  Here is the subhead:

“Clothing brand Jack Wills is a raging success. It doubled its profits to £42m last year and turned British teenagers on to the allure of preppy dressing. But where did it come from, what does it want, and why is it so mysterious?

Many readers know that most consider Sloane Rangers to be England’s equivalent to our preps.  Yesterday’s Guardian story begins this way:

“You know what’s everywhere? Jack Wills clothing. Like Starbucks and Glee!, Jack Wills snuck up on us from behind and overwhelmed us without us really noticing.”

“Five minutes ago, our impressionable youth was a varied bunch. They were dark, distressed and emo, or a bit too tarty for their age…. Now they’re a sea of wannabe preppy – of branded jersey, stripy scarves and rugby-referencing detailing.”

Clearly this references the brand’s popularity in Britain,, not stateside.  But as discussed in our recent post, “A British Invasion Hits the Vineyard,” the company’s first US store has opened on the Vineyard, with more coming to preppish locales like Nantucket, Boston, part of the broader Wills expansion plan for growth on this side of the pond.

We liked the writer’s test of the brand; Polly Jordan actually tried on many of the styles.

Karen Robinson/The Guardian

And Ms. Jordan’s reaction to the styles?

“… how transforming. I do not look like me. Not at all….  I imagine myself inhabiting the bouncy, youthful world in which these clothes belong. A world free of the tyranny of high heels, middle age, underwire bras, hang- overs, tube commutes and the nine-to-five slog. I want in! And then… I take the clothes off. I am 38 years old and entirely subject to the tyranny of high heels, underwire bras and so on. I make my escape from the store.

We thought most everything looked splendid on Ms. Jordan.  There’s no denying that Wills offers some cute, enticing pieces:

As an expert interviewed for the story puts it:

“The collection is actually very relevant this season. The Jack Wills staples – the varsity jackets, the flippy skirts – it’s on the money for the sporty/ preppy trend.”

Toddle on over and read the article if so inclined, it is fun for anyone, but of special interest for students of marketing and public relations.

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We have one more lengthy newspaper story to share, there is also a recent article looking at a brand now openly committed to distancing itself from the ‘preppy’ moniker, J. Crew.  The San Francisco Chronicle story probes how J. Crew fits in with other mass-marketed menswear brands, ultimately deeming it the best of that genre.

I was in … for an informal tour of mass-market menswear. I skipped the department stores (apologies to Tommy, Calvin and Ralph), in favor of a spin through the stand-alone shops, the majority of which conformed to type almost perfectly.

I finished my tour with what is increasingly the best bet for fashion-conscious American men (and those who aim to dress as if they don’t eat in a dining hall), when it comes to mass-market, midpriced mall fare: J. Crew.”

Below we share  a look from J. Crew’s fall Men’s collection.

Courtesy Image via SF Chronicle

Kudos to Crew for the plaudits.

Additionally the story offers a brief overview of the just-launched LL Bean Signature and Lands’ End Canvas lines.

“Two other venerable catalog companies have recently introduced lines aiming for a bit of the dressy-preppy-heritage market. Could their success bring a fleet of brick-and-mortar stores, too?”

Below, two looks from the Signature women’s collection.

From Mr. Britt’s story:

“Twill blazers rub elbows with gingham shirts; canvas pants in colors that won’t scare the locals and shawl-neck cardigans lend a breezy August-in-Kennebunkport vibe…. “

More from the story:

“Lands’ End’s Canvas line comes in a tick less pricey than Bean, but offers a similar look. Windblown American sportswear with a decidedly midcentury turn is the game here…”

Below, a Lands’ End Canvas style:

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For the entire story, pop over here.

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We leave you with a very special Pretty in Pink.

Is this not the cutest gift bag ever? This pink and green faux Bermuda Bag arrived here at the Prepatorium filled with all sorts of long-distance love. And as much as we adore our goodies, we also went gaga over the bag, wishing we had a gazillion or so, we would definitely offer them to our Princess clientele!

On that pretty image we say G’bye until next time!

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Mad About Plaid, From Polo to Pets

Hello-Hello and Happy Tuesday!

We may be erratic in posting this week, especially with business at the Princess hitting a holiday crescendo (we do love it tho’!). That was written yesterday. When there was no post.  Arrgghh.

We begin today with a topic already well-covered this season in the fashion trades, and also in several blogs from our preptastic pals (Miss Privilege, didn’t you do one?):

Courtesy ScotClans.com via Hamptons.com

Plaid.

Do we have something new to share, a never-before-seen angle to the plaid story? We do not. However, because we are so fond of Douglas Cunningham’s ‘after shave’ columns, we thought we might spend a bit of time on the topic and our cherished readers would forgive the lack of originality.

“Of course, the Hamptons have been long associated with the brightly colored, summer cotton plaid pants worn to cocktail parties and events, usually accompanied by lime green or lemon yellow polo shirts and summer sweaters…. plaid pants will indeed during the holidays

Mr. Cunningham is spot-on in cautioning readers that winter plaids must be in wool, or a wool blend, and offers insight on the perils of mixing plaids.

Courtesy ScotClans.com via Hamptons.com

It is a solid and witty look at this timeless pattern.

Of course, plaid isn’t just for the gentlemen of the house. Below left, the Tattersall Quarter-Flap Bag from Brooks Brothers; on the right, Brooks’ Tattersall Mini-Dome Satchel.

(Psssttt – both bags are on sale, discounted by at least 50% from their original retail prices: the Quarter-Flap bag was $248 and is now $124, the Mini-dome is $74, from an original $148 price.)

J. Crew offers a number of items in the design, including this boy’s Black Watch shawl-collar vest, while Talbots offers a Bias-cut Tartan skirt that works well this time of year.

This actually segues into our next topic rather well, as it is a look at a specific plaid check, a rather old pattern getting a new look. We are talking about Burberry’s new Heart collection, featuring said objects atop the check. Below, the new Heart Print Check Rain Boot at Nordstrom.

This one just doesn’t look right to us, not because of the print atop another print, but probably because the mauve or maroon color of the hearts is so blah looking.  Another example can be seen below, the Nova Painted Heart tote bag.

Getting back to our original topic (plaid, not hearts), Dooney & Bourke has some nice looking pieces, like their Tartan Large Gwenny Tote (L).  They also offer a more subdued color palette, seen in the Tartan Small Zip Around Wallet on the right.

Other possibilities include a Tartan Holdall from Fred Perry (L), and on the right, a Baekgaard Oversized Clutch.

Most Polo Ralph Lauren customers know the abundance of tartan generally available from this retailer, across a broad range of merchandise. Below, the Tartan Plaid High Top for boys (L) and a Girls Hoodie (R).

Options for the MOTH (Man Of The House) at Polo include a more formal look with the Bradford Tartan sport coat, while the the Calla Taffeta Dress has party frock potential.

A favorite here at the Prepatorium is J. McLaughlin, and they do not disappoint. The ladies Abbigail skirt comes in two colorways, and the Plaid Merino Wool scarf looks lush, and luscious.

Of course, lest someone else in the family feel left out, the Jeffers Traditional Blanket Coat is available for the four-legged family members.

Jeffers Pet

We leave you with that darling face, and say good luck to all dealing with the elements, shopping and other tasks of dubious distinction.

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“Ultimate Luxury Beauty Brand” Coming to Targét

Hello-Hello!

Because things are a tad busy here at the Prepatorium, we have a dribs and drabs kind of post, lots of unrelated tidbits with the only underlying theme being a hope readers might find one/some/any moderately interesting.

We jump right in with word about Frédéric Fekkai:

“In a further sign of the tectonic shift taking place in the beauty world, Frédéric Fekkai, one of the ultimate luxury beauty brands ever to hit Fifth Avenue, is headed for Walgreens.”

And also to Targét, according to this story in Friday’s Women’s Wear Daily, that is where the quote shown above above comes from.

Courtesy Fekkai via WWD

It seems not everyone is pleased by the news:

“And the fallout has already begun: Sephora immediately said it will drop the line.”

Currently sold in upscale locales like Saks and Neimans, Andrea Nagel’s story says both Target and Walgreens are among mass retailers expected to carry the line. If you have already been buying premium hair products at Target, look for something about the launch in your mailbox:

“These customers are set to receive direct mailers just prior to launch which have been designed to “introduce” the shopper to the Fekkai brand…”

The mailers will include samples. The products are already shown on Target’s site, with a February 21st date for availability; pre-ordering is possible. (One interesting note: many sites show Target as already carrying some Fekkai.)

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Some may remember this post taking a quick glance at the new OlsenBoye line for JC Penney from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Nylon has more photos of upcoming pieces, and while the line doesn’t really speak to a prep look, we thought a few items merited sharing, for a variety of reasons.

Courtesy Photo via Nylon

We thought some might like the blazer shown above, not yet available on the Penney’s web site.  It seems logos are definitely part of the line’s look.

The distressed flannel shirt is one of the items currently available for purchase.

This next piece surprised us.

Courtesy photo via NylonMag.com

Why? It seems to bear an uncanny resemblance to this spring’s homage to Stephen Sprouse for Vuitton, designed by Marc Jacobs.

The Olsens generally show more savvy than that exhibited in the tee’s design.

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Good news for those of us who share blind adoration a fondness for Mad Men: the cult hit received multiple Golden Globe nominations today, including Best Drama, as well as Best Acting nods for Don and Betty, January Jones and Jon Hamm (seen below with Tina Fey at the Emmys in September.)

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Time magazine ranked the show as the best television show of the decade in a recent story.

BTW, if looking for interesting work:

“… AMCtv.com is currently looking for one or two Mad Men Moderators as well as a number of Senior Talk Forum Members who would post relevant topics, guide conversations, and share thought-provoking insights on the show and its talented cast and crew.

Click here for more information.

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Finally, for those interested in the Hamptons, we have a real estate opportunity.

Courtesy Sotheby's

Tory Burch has listed her home in Southampton; she is asking $17.9 million.  Ms. Burch is moving nearby, so have no fear about there being a roof over her head.  The existing residence is rumored to have significant water damage; the new owner is actually getting pre-approved plans for a new structure.

Courtesy Sotheby's

Here is the Sotheby’s listing and here is the WSJ story.

Until next time!

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Brooks Brothers Sneak Peek & Maritime Prep?

Hello-Hello!

Before we jump right back into the fun and frenzy that is Fashion Week, a quick look at the styles seen on a few of the celebrities we frequently track here at the Prepatorium. Below, Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday.

PHOTO: Peter Kramer/AP

PHOTO: Peter Kramer/AP

Costar Chace Crawford gets more than a little edgy for this fashion shoot in Wonderland magazine.

PHOTO: ALEXI LUBOMIRSKI/Wonderland Magazine

Alexi Lubomirski/Wonderland Magazine

The looks seen in the magazine spread are really quite a departure from Mr. Crawford’s clean-cut appearance in G2. (That shot above is ideal for “Excedrin Headache #273, and the spitting image of how we’re feeling at the moment, read on to understand the cause of our exploding brain.)

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Alexi Lubomirski/Wonderland Magazine

Blake Lively helps us segue to the topic of Fashion Week; below, she is seen at the Diane von Furstenberg show.

Bryan Bedder/Getty

Bryan Bedder/Getty

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In yesterday’s post we looked at the insanity of Thom Browne’s Spring 2010 Collection, and Monday we did the Lacoste Collection. This brings us to the Brook Brothers offerings for next spring.

PHOTO: Adam Tschorn/Los Angeles Times

PHOTO: Adam Tschorn/Los Angeles Times

The line is full of promise, with regatta stripes, madras and the classic combination of all-American red, white and blue.

PHOTO: George Chinsee/WWD

PHOTO: George Chinsee/WWD

From reading the LA Times review it would seem this collection has something to set every little prepster’s heart aflutter:

“…the storied American clothier  jaunting off to the Hamptons… Palm Beach (in a Lily Pulitzer-worthy color scheme and motifs that included embroidered pink seahorses and green palm trees), San Francisco… the back nine (martini glass and golf flag embroidery) and the backyard.”

PHOTO: George Chinsee/WWD

PHOTO: George Chinsee/WWD

We found a statement from the retailer’s CEO astonishing in this WWD review (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.):

““This is the first time everything is wearable,” Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and chief executive officer of Brooks Bros., said of the Thom Browne-designed Black Fleece. “Even the statement pieces.”

It is here that we stray deeply into Help Me Understand territory. Because we are incapable of grasping the concept of previous collections being sanctioned if they included clothes that were not wearable.

TP is confused, positively addled by this notion. As fine as their apparel and accessories are, Brooks Brothers is not engaged in the business of haute couture. The firm designs, manufactures and markets Ready To Wear.  Ready. To. Wear.  Why would any responsible businessperson allow valuable resources to be expended in the creation of merchandise that was anything but wearable?!?

Ohmyohmyohmy, TP is more-than-flummoxed. (We’re thinking we might need to take serious action, joining hands across the internet to sing kumbaya or something, honestly, this may be the only way to keep us from burning our 1978 navy men’s B2 polo in effigy, using this fall’s catalogs as an accelerant.) Thoughts dollfaces? What’s a Princess to do to combat such insanity?

Rather than wallow in this confused state we’ll turn our attention back to the company’s 2010 Collection as seen at the firm’s flagship store this week. Nautical things tend to cheer us up, as the inimitable Nautical by Nature knows.  More from the LA Times:

“The predominant nautical/beachy theme pulling into port all over town this week was also in evidence, including patchwork madras, jackets with white accent stripes that recall naval uniforms and a Black Fleece collection tailor-made for Fleet Week, complete with a tone-on-tone all-over anchor embroidery on seersucker pieces…..”

PHOTO: Adam Tschorn/LA Times

PHOTO: Adam Tschorn/LA Times

The jury is out on the oversized nautical print; we like it on the skirt, but in men’s separates or suiting? We think not – it looks seriously wrong on the inner leg of the trousers seen above.

However, much more works with the collection than in previous years, and we have hopes B-squared will lead the recovery in this sector of the retail market.

On a different ‘maritime fashion’ note, we offer this from an AP story about another menswear collection:

“Think Ivy League yacht club on a stevedore’s budget.
John Bartlett calls it “Maritime/Prep” and presented it as his spring 2010 line for Liz Claiborne.

PHOTO: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

PHOTO: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

In photos from the presentation we see lots to like, but did not notice loads of nautically inclined pieces. It does appear there are many casual alternatives to Brooks or J. Press or other retailers.

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We close with a few looks from the Dennis Basso show, because we need some cheering up after the Brooks Brothers debacle. Also because they are just yummy!

What better way to perk up an afternoon than a little pouf in a party frock?

PHOTO: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

PHOTO: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

The word ‘confection’ comes to mind.

PHOTO: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

PHOTO: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

These lift one’s spirits considerably, making it impossible to be a Grumpenstein.

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PHOTO: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

So we close with a smile for each and every reader, grateful for  your kind tolerance of our little tirades. We promise to be a happier Princess tomorrow.

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US Open Tennis Togs: Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike & Fred Perry

Hello-Hello and Happy Friday!

It seems another week has flown by, vanished in a poof of ‘what happened?’ here at the Prepatorium.  If ever we were in need of some Friday Fun, today is the day!

But first we want to keep our word in yesterday’s post (Tiffany, Tennis and Fashion), we said we would peruse some of the new tennis togs slated for for the US Open, always a premier event to debut a new look or collection.

This is especially true for the Open’s official sponsor: Polo Ralph Lauren.

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This year offers a number of new styles from the retailer, including an updated Cotton Cricket Sweater:

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The sweater is described this way:

“Our iconically preppy sweater is cable-knit from soft Italian cotton with a wide V-neck, perfect for layering with one of our polos or tees for brisk mornings on the court or in the stands.”

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Well done, this is very nice. (The Consort had nothing but raves when he saw us working on the post this morning, very unusual for him to be so vocal about a sweater. Hmmm.)

For the gentlemen, the US Open Canvas Sneaker has classic appeal:

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To be quite crass and insert the “M topic” into our conversation, at $68, one could almost overcome their LogoPhobia, rationalizing that the emblem is of a commemorative nature.

There are also new uniforms for the ball boys and girls:

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Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

The diagonal stripe is eye-catching, and the shirt is done in a mesh knit for comfort.

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

Clearly the Logo-Gnomes have slipped that poor pony some performance- enhancing chemicals.  Ahem.

This year’s Open Canvas Tote has understated lines in classic colors:

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If seeking Polo Ralph Lauren tennis apparel/accessories with fiscally-friendly price points, sale pieces offer styles that may appeal as well, like the Silk Tie Trimmed Blazer.

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Originally $298, the blazer is now only $99, even better is the wide availability of sizes still available as of this writing.

There are loads of tennis pieces in stock across a broad selection of styles and price points, including pieces for the Young Master or Miss in the house. All of the US Open styles may be purchased online, at the Ralph Lauren shop at Arthur Ashe stadium, or at the interactive kiosks located elsewhere at the stadium.

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Also debuting new looks this week, Nike. We start with a look at ” The Preppy and ‘The Pirate’.  First, ‘The Preppy,’ Roger Federer.

PHOTO: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

PHOTO: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Next, ‘The Pirate’ aka Rafael Nadal, still overcoming an injury in his effort to garner the only major title he has yet to win.

PHOTO: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

PHOTO: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

If interested in Rafa’s Nike styles, once can now purchase many of them directly from his website.

For today’s Pretty in Pink we share the Nike look sported by Serena Williams.

PHOTO: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

PHOTO: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

This month’s issue of Hamptons (magazine) features Ms. Williams on the cover.

PHOTO: Robert Ascroft/Hamptons

PHOTO: Robert Ascroft/Hamptons

An interesting Q&A style story accompanies the cover shoot.

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Nike and Polo Ralph Lauren are not the only labels debuting collections at the Open.  Fred Perry’s roots in in the sport are deep, and yesterday Andy Murray showed the brand’s US Open line.

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Fred Perry

PHOTO: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Fred Perry

The “Scottish blue” is a stunning color, we just love it. Below, the Classic Fred Perry Polo Shirt for women in “Original styling with trademark twin tipping detail,” things we like.

g1809_151_1There are several pieces in this group we are fond of, particularly the Pleated Tennis Dress.

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Basic, fundamental tennis apparel. Yes, we are showing our age.  Basic tennis whites are what we were raised on and what we prefer.  Frankly, we like this collection so much it might help assuage the angst expressed Wednesday in this post about the hideous Fred Perry Preppy Pin Set.

Play gets underway Monday.

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Well dollfaces, we are absolutely out of time. That means we will have to leave Lacoste, as well as the line James Blake is launching with Fila (and other lines as well), for another post, we apologize.

But we simply must include this very quick note about Lacoste: another online ‘by invitation only’ sale boutique is offering Lacoste Men’s and Women’s watches at significant discounts. Beyond the Rack is doing the sale; it runs until 1pm August 29th (Saturday).

LACA2000376PK_1The Ladies Tiebreak Calfskin wristwatch seen above is selling at $199; the original selling price was $450.  If you would like an invitation to Beyond the Rack, simply email thePreppyPrincess@mac.com

And to ensure we continue our Friday Fun, we share a few Mad Men avatars (remember our posts about making your own?), but not of friends or family. No, these are avatars celebrating people a little better known, like POTUS.

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Also, Keith Olbermann.

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To glance at additional celebrities who  have been “Mad Manned,” just click here.

We hope that brings a smile to your face – may your weekend be filled with them!

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A Gossip Girl in the Hamptons

Hello-Hello everyone, happy Tuesday!

We made a snap decision yesterday to play Blog Hooky, in part because it was the Consort’s Birthday.  Who can resist spending the day with someone whose Mad Men avatar is this cool?

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We can hardly believe it is less than two weeks until the show returns! We are loving the crazy popularity the avatars are enjoying, they have definitely invaded Planet Twitter! (If you would like to make your own 60’s era look, just sashay on over to the Mad Men Yourself page and make some trouble!)

It was a busy weekend in Water Mill (the Hamptons) with the Annual Super Saturday Sale at Nova’s Ark Project – think giant designer rummage sale with a carnival and other activities and you kind of get the picture. The event is a fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, this weekend marked the Sale’s 12th year.

PHOTO: Matthew Peyton/Getty for QVC

PHOTO: Matthew Peyton/Getty for QVC

Hosts included Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan, Ariel Foxman of InStyle magazine, and Gossip Girl star Blake Lively. Mr. Foxman can be seen with Ms. Lively in the photo above.  Below, Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelo.

PHOTO: Matthew Peyton/Getty Images for QVC

PHOTO: Matthew Peyton/Getty Images for QVC

Also on hand, two outstanding designers, Charlotte Ronson and Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss.

PHOTO: Steve Eichner/WWD

PHOTO: Steve Eichner/WWD

Below we see Ms. Lively with another Gossip Girl actress, Kelly Rutherford.

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In other G2 news, there is word that Tyra Banks will appear in an upcoming episode; the host of America’s Next Top Model will play an actress.  And one last tidbit, another star from the show, Chace Crawford; he tells Glamour UK that he is already training for his big role in the remake of Footloose.

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On a slightly related note, the Observer carried an interesting column: “Why Is No One Watching NYC Prep?”  Ratings are worse than we realized:

“According to Nielson, the episode that aired on July 21, only had 751, 000 viewers.

To compare to other prime-time shows that same night—Hawthorne, the new TNT show with Jada Pinkett Smith, had 3.2 million viewers… and the most watched show was The Deadliest Catch, a documentary series about fishing boats, which had 3.4 million viewers.

…Gossip Girl, perhaps the closest in the genre, had an average viewership of 2.59 million in its first season, which was considered low.”

Well. This doesn’t sound promising. Darn. (Ooooh, snarky Princess!)

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We have many little retail tidbits to share, starting with the FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States) in another Talbots dress, this time on Saturday while in Norfolk. Mrs. Obama was there to speak to returning sailors aboard the USS Eisenhower, as well as the US Comfort battle group.

PHOTO: Steve Helber/AP

PHOTO: Steve Helber/AP

The First Lady wore Talbots’ Swirl Cotton Dress, available in the color seen above, as well as this:

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Talbots

The dress is quite the bargain, now selling at $39.99 as opposed to its original price of $139.

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We simply must ask if anyone has yet confronted one of the hideous “Christmas in July displays or promotions?  We were reminded of the phenomenon by a story in the WSJ Friday, “Twas 147 Shopping Days Until Christmas

“America’s retailers are responding to the recession with Christmas in July. A number of retailers and toy makers launched Christmas sales and promotions this month…”

The story talks about Sears, as well as one of its divisions, KMart:

“…two retailers have invited shoppers to take a stroll down “Christmas Lane,” anchored by a “Holiday Décor Shoppe” and “Gift Shoppe,” while snowflakes drift over the scene and holiday music plays in the background. Customers are awarded free shipping if they pile up a tab of at least $60 on items ranging from holiday decorations to snowblowers.”

What are your thoughts?

We are blasting out the door with The Consort for a day at the museum, an exhibit called Cars and Guitars. That’s all he wanted for the big birthday, this exhibit and homemade brownies, how easy is that? TP is the luckiest Princess on the Planet, to be sure. Sigh.


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Jack Rogers Plans Huge Expansion

Hello-Hello everyone!

We start with news about a favored brand that is expanding their product offerings. Serious expansion. We’re talking about Jack Rogers, makers of the ubiquitous Navajo sandal seen below.

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

For those not familiar with the footwear, here is a brief explainer from this story in WWD:

“In resort towns like East Hampton and Nantucket, the Jack Rogers Navajo sandal has for decades been as much a part of the scene as tennis skirts and tunics. In the Sixties, the sandal was popularized by Jackie Kennedy.”

Those paying close attention to that photo probably already noticed something else: the new Jack Rogers slim ballet flat. Below we see another version of their new flat.

PHOTO: Thomas Iannacone/WWD

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

But new footwear isn’t the only thing on the drawing board for the company.  This story from Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.) offers more information about plans for the Jack Rogers brand:

“…sportswear, dresses, handbags, shoes, boots and a wider selection of sandals, and the first Jack Rogers retail stores, for the upcoming resort and spring seasons.”

The new merchandise will be available at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, along with 400 independent boutiques already selling the brand; the plan is to expand this footprint to include:

“…Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and other stores. Trousers, priced at retail at $170; cotton sundresses, $168 to $200; woven dress shirts, $148, and closed-toe shoes, generally $129 to $189, are among the items being offered. There will be also be some handmade, detailed ballet flats and items in more expensive skins, priced at $225. Shorts, T-shirts, purses, totes, clutches, jelly sandals, driving shoes, boots and moccasins are also being designed.”

On a personal level this is splendid news. But from a business perspective we are reminded of many recent brand extensions that have not fared well, many with disastrous results. The failed Ruehl stores Abercrombie opened so quickly come to mind, as do the continuing rumors that Crocs, following explosive growth, could soon file bankruptcy. Even smaller efforts like the Oilily expansion into the US was not successful.

However, there are several executives at Jack Rogers who possess solid resumes with experience at firms like Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap and Tory Burch. This leads us to hope that the broad brand extensions of the kind detailed above prove to be the exception, rather than the rule.  When we see the word ‘jelly sandals’ included in the new product line we cringe more than just a little.

Wondering where the new Jack Rogers stores might be going…?

“…. the first expected to open around February 2010 in Manhattan, followed by units in the Hamptons, and Palm Beach or Bal Harbour, Fla.”

We know quite a few folks who will be pleased with this news. Are you excited by the news? And thoughts on Jack Rogers Jellies?

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We close with a fun tidbit we saw on British Vogue’s site, news that Christian Louboutin has teamed up with Ladurée, the famed French macaroon and pastry house.

Courtesy Ladurée via Vogue UK

Courtesy Ladurée via Vogue UK

The luxury shoe designer has created special boxes for all those delicious goodies, they will be available in the UK this September, no word yet on the possibility of anyone on this side of the pond being able to purchase the designs.

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