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Bazaar Does Twilight, Lilly Car Revealed

Hello-Hello and Happy-Happy Friday!

It is a doubly happy day because we are still enjoying our house guest, and will be off shortly for a little retail therapy.

We begin with a wise move at Talbots in response to a wardrobe choice made by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty

The retailer is stepping up efforts to capitalize on such occasions.


Below, the Double-face Wool Sheath from Talbots. 


Talbots may be taking a cue from J. Crew, very aggressive in exploiting multiple First Family appearances in their apparel and accessories. Brooks Brothers and Hickey Freeman have also used similar marketing techniques when the President is wearing their apparel.


Yesterday’s Times carried a story about Mickey Mouse, “After Mickey’s Makeover, Less Mr. Nice Guy


Disney Interactive Studio

According to the story:

“Mickey as he will appear in the video game Epic Mickey. The game, to be released next fall, will show the character’s darker side.”

Ummm… does Mickey need a darker side?


More Friday Fun for fans of Twilight: New Moon; the December Bazaar showcases stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.


Mark Seliger/Harper's Bazaar

The cover seen above is for the issue to be sold on newsstands; subscribers will receive this cover on their issues.


Mark Seliger/Harper's Bazaar

Fans will appreciate the volume and quality of photos accompanying the lengthy interview with the stars.


Mark Seliger/Harper's Bazaar


Of course, some real Friday Fun might best be found at South Coast Plaza, where the new Henri Bendel officially opens their new store today. Perhaps Muffy Martini can float down to Orange County and file a first-hand report for all of us at some point in the future!


And because it is all about fun today, we close with an absolutely fabulous item from launching this week:


Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer

Meet the E-Lilly by Lilly Pulitzer and Tomberlin Electric Car.  The news release better describes the vehicle:

“It’s 100% road worthy, charges with any standard 110v household outlet, and travels for over 30 miles on a single charge. The E-Lilly can be customized with just about anything you want…2-seat, 4-seat, golf bag, trunk and more… even a monogram, and will deliver just in time for the holidays!”

If asking the Christmas Fairy for one of these, they start at $12,995. Our reaction to seeing this little treasure? TDF. Completely and totally TDF.

On that happy note, we hope everyone enjoys a bright and beautiful weekend!


Filed under Friday Fun, Obama Fashion & Politics, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands

Friday Fun with Burberry Spring 2010

Hello-Hello, please allow us to express our gratitude that today is Friday.  Good grief, what a frenzied week!

As promised, we are finally posting photos from the Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week, starting with celebrities on their way to the show.

Joel Ryan/AP

Joel Ryan/AP

As always, Ms. Beckham is looking rather fierce. Below, the new star of the Burberry advertising campaign, Emma Watson.

Ian Gavan/Getty

Ian Gavan/Getty

A closer look at Ms. Watson’s shoes:

Ian Gavan/Getty

Ian Gavan/Getty

We love the way photographers at events are now shooting things like shoes.

Also on hand, über-prep Gwyneth Paltrow, seen below with Ms. Roberts.

Dave Hogan/Getty

Dave Hogan/Getty

On to the clothes:

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

We did love the pastel color palette.


We didn’t see one negative review of the show.  From the Suzy Menkes column in the IHT:

“…. Burberry Prorsum set a gold standard for London fashion week. The show was sophisticated, modern and about as far as you can step on giant platform shoes from Burberry’s muddy, military origins.”

Incredible best describes the draping on the pieces.


More from the IHT/NYT story by Ms. Menkes:

“Ironically, after a soggy, rain-soaked British summer 2009, Mr. Bailey offered only sunny weather clothes, created in the trench coat’s traditional neutral color or in macaroon pastels, from sugar pink and primrose yellow to ice blue.”


Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

Ms. Menkes continues with a look at the brand’s target demo:

“The brand may have deep British roots, but the clothes were aimed at the young, fast-paced international set.”

The Telegraph story took note of the number of celebrities in attendance:

Getty Images

Getty Images

From the left, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Alexa Chung and Mary-Kate Olsen.

There were bubble dresses and skirts accompanied by lots of ruching.


Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

While not for TP, the pieces look stunning in the photos we have seen.



Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

We have two more quick hits, the first from Milan Fashion Week (yes, it is already underway, can you believe it?!), as Vogue’s Anna Wintour escorts Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka Vravinec, to the Armani show.

Luca Bruno/AP

Luca Bruno/AP

We close with an inside look at the clothing chosen by the PGA for our Presidents Cup committee members.

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

Below we see Greg Norman, President Obama, PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem, Fred Couples and Vice President Biden in the oval office with the Cup; the President is the honorary Chair of the event.

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

The apparel is by Hickey Freeman, a ‘go to’ for the Consort. Actual play gets underway October 6 at Harding Park in San Francisco.

May everyone have a simply splendid weekend filled with sun and relaxation!


Filed under Friday Fun

A “Preppy Pile-On”? We Think Not.

Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday!

We are going to be speedy today.  More than 200 lbs. of our Lilly Pulitzer Fall Stationery & Gift line arrived here at the Prepatorium moments ago, so you know we’re a tad busier than normal.

We have a few different takes on ‘preppy styles’ to share. Somehow we fell over a newsbit (aka ‘news tidbit’ or ‘newsbrief’) from the Manila Bulletin, “The Preppy Pile-on“.  The brief story references “preppy grunge” if there is such a thing.  We think not; the appellation is an oxymoron. However, we soldier on, sharing the writer’s description:

“A combination of classic preppy influences and American sportswear, the so-called Urban Prep look layers crisp preppy staples such as buttondowns and vests with urban wear like track jackets and baggy jeans.

Accompanying the story are a number of different looks; most of the pieces are from Max Azria’s diffusion line, BCBGeneration, and Kensie Girl.


The story includes this line:

“The look is divinely put-together yet casual cool.”

This time we must disagree with the author.


Some readers may be aware that online discounter Bluefly also has a blog; recently a post on the blog, “NYC Prep: School’s Back in Session“, looked at preppy style.

Courtesy Bluefly

Courtesy Bluefly

Bravo’s NYP Prep prompts the post’s writer to look back at her high school years:

“Just reminiscing about that first crucial week during September, where everything from your clothes to your hair to even your backpack was open to criticism from fellow classmates sends me into a fetal position. And now that Bravo is airing NYC Prep, I can reminisce about the ultra-privileged snobs roaming the hallways too.”

The pieces shown include a Fendi belt, L.A.M.B. shirt, Michael Kors slacks,  and a Hickey Freeman tie.

Again, we’re underwhelmed.  Your thoughts on either combination of apparel and accessories?


Today’s Pretty in Pink comes to us via the Coterie Blog, where one always finds fascinating recommendations for all manner of goodies. The blog is curated with an eye towards elegance and whimsy, the ideal combination.    Recently we saw a post about some lovely ribbon at an establishment new to our retail roster, Bell’occhio in San Francisco.

In order to provide a more fully informed report, we felt obligated to personally view the merchandise.  (Ahem.)

Courtesy Bell'occhio

Courtesy Bell'occhio

The Pink Oval Box (above) looks like the perfect accent for many a room or walk-in, just lovely. While the shop carries a wonderful variety of goods, from ribbons to nail brushes, the selection of pink boxes alone is outstanding, Below, the Heliotrope Boxes with Doré Trim.




We close with something we’ll call Pretty in Pink and Green compliments of the always delightful PrepSchool 101.  More accurately, this comes courtesy of PrepSchool 101’s little one, the darling Little Miss C.  Seen below, Miss C shows off her Mom’s sunglasses while sporting a Lilly shift in Cabanarama.

Courtesy PrepSchool 101

PrepSchool 101 Blog

At any rate, it seems Miss C is anxious to see her new Lilly Paper Doll set.

Courtesy PrepSchool 101 Blog

Courtesy PrepSchool 101 Blog

She came up with a creative solution to keep her busy while awaiting their arrival, and we adore the result.

Miss C's Paper Dolls

Miss C's Paper Dolls

The bows in the dolls’ hair add the perfect touch, and we thank Miss C for sharing her artistic talent with us! We are happy to report the real Paper Dolls are being unpacked as we type, so they shall soon be winging their way to a new home with the sweet-as-can-be Miss C.

On such a cheery note we say G’Bye, may the weekend be warm and wonderful no matter your locale!


Filed under Lilly Pulitzer Paper & Gifts, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, preppy stationery, Pretty in Pink

Another New Crew & Let’s Get Private, Shall We?

Hello-Hello, happy-happy spring day to everyone, it is simply beautiful here at the Prepatorium! We hope each and every visitor is enjoying equally splendiferous weather!

We begin with a question, but first this must be read:

Congratulation for your $1,350,000.00 as grant from the Fondation De France. You are to send us the following details so that we can proceed to process your grant.


Our question: should we sell The Princess and cash in on the newfound riches described above? Heh-heh-heh.

Oddly, the return address for the email is a Hong Kong domain.


J. Crew’s new Men’s Store opens today in Soho, the company’s third such outpost specializing in limited edition and vintage pieces for the MOTH (Man of the House).

Photo: Robert Mitra/WWD

Photo: Robert Mitra/WWD

The store also carries standard J. Crew menswear and accessories.

Photo: Robert Mitra/WWD

Photo: Robert Mitra/WWD


In a SOTT (Sign of the Times) that is almost sacriligeous, Abercrombie and Fitch is moving into the Hickey Freeman flagship store on Fifth Avenue. (Hickey is part of the bankrupt Hartmarx Corp.) According to Women’s Wear Daily:

“Hickey Freeman declined comment, but it’s likely the brand won’t set up another Manhattan flagship until the fate of its parent company is decided. With three bids on the table, Hartmarx could be sold or liquidated in coming weeks.”

Ouch.  An interesting side note: originally Abercrombie was scheduled to move into the now-vacant Brooks Brothers store on the corner, it remains vacant.


We have had some interesting comments on our post about the upcoming Gossip Girl spinoff, revealed in part of last night’s G2 show.  Serious G2 fans may enjoy seeing that two of the show’s stars managed to land places on Glamour’s list of the 50 Most Glamorous Women. Actress Blake Lively is #28, and co-star Leighton Meester is #26.

The company that originally published the Gossip Girl books, Alloy Entertainment, has a new entry in the land of shows about fictionalized private schools, aimed directly at teens and tweens.

The Times carried an interesting story on this:

“The company is preparing to introduce a show based on “Private,”… best-selling series of mystery novels for teenage girls, set at a fictional Connecticut boarding school.”

Girls can even audition for a spot to be in a commercial airing during the show:

The online series becomes available this Thursday; for more info, Private Novels seems to be the best place to start.


TP saw this stunner of a D&G blouse online and went gaga; we simply had to share it with everyone. Now, we have established the fact that we really don’t need any additions to the walk-in, this is common knowledge with the Prepitariate.

 D&G Dolce&Gabbana chiffon blouse

D&G Dolce & Gabbana chiffon blouse

But one look at the silk chiffon print splashed with the anchor print and our heart melted. It is available in both white and navy. Let your conscience be your guide. Sigh.


With that we have to fly – enjoy your day, wherever you may be!


Filed under Argyle, Gossip Girl, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, Sign of the Times

No More Dirty English & Mad for Plaid

Greetings from a sodden, sopping, and soaking wet Prepatorium.  Well, not here inside the Palace exactly, but just generally in The Great Midwest. It’s terrible timing really, as Misadventures of a Newlywed is in the region and we wanted her to enjoy her trip.

We start with news from Juicy Couture they will shut down Dirty English, their Men’s clothing line. The final shipment for the collection will be this fall.

PHOTO Juicy Couture via WWD

PHOTO Juicy Couture via WWD

As reported in WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.), the line never really took off:

“The unabashedly girly Juicy brand was a bad fit for a men’s business, and Dirty English lacked recognition, the company admitted.”

In another SOTT (Sign of the Times) many readers will have already heard about, news that Conde Nast is shutting down their business magazine, Portfolio.

We enjoyed this one from its inception, but never subscribed as we simply have too many magazines already. But then Conde Nast closed Men’s Vogue and we had to select a ‘replacement’ subscription from the publisher, so we opted for Portfolio. Now we’re wondering what to pick next…?!


Also in WWD, their look at fall accessories.  The story notes the influence plaid is having on the category.

PHOTO: Robert Mitra

PHOTO: Robert Mitra

Above, Polo Ralph Lauren mixes the popular animal print with plaid and below, Longchamps use plaid for one of their classic looks.

PHOTO: Robert Mitra

PHOTO: Robert Mitra

Of course TP also includes madras in the plaid category, like these J. Crew shorts:


We have a few more Sales and Savings to mention:

  • Both Ann Taylor and lower-priced sister store, Ann Taylor Loft, are doing their Friends and Family promotion. Use promo code FRIENDS at checkout to receive a 30% discount on purchases.
  • Today is the last day to receive 30% off all regular-priced handbags at Shopbop. Use the code ARMCANDY at checkout.


Although we go to great lengths to remain apolitical here at the Prepatorium, we make no secret of our efforts to buy American when acquiring goodies for the Preppy Princess.  Today we were pleased to receive a note about President Obama showing off the Made in the USA label inside his Hart Schaffner Marx suit.

White House Photo by Peter Souza

White House Photo by Peter Souza

We can only hope that HartMarx (parent company to Hart, Schaffner Marx and Hickey Freeman) is able to resolve the financial difficulties currently facing the company.  The Consort will be crushed if either or both of these labels were to disappear from his retail landscape.

White House Photo by Peter Souza

White House Photo by Peter Souza

And it would seem the Commander in Chief might also be wardobe-challenged without the upscale clothier. Above Mr. Obama is in Hart Schaffner Marx suit pants, and yes, that is Vice President Biden engaging in a little Friday Fun on April 24th alongside the President.


We close with a couple of Pretty in Pink items to brighten your day, beginning with this treasure at Pink & Brown Love, a companion site to the Pink and Green Scene mentioned in this post.

Pop over to see Erin at Decor by Color or at Pink & Brown Love to learn how to add that poster to your walls if so inclined. Also, Kate Spade’s Union Square Satchel at Bloomingdale’s.

May your day be bright and beautiful!


Filed under Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Pretty in Pink, Sales & Savings, Sign of the Times

President’s Suitmaker Files Chapter 11 and a Change at 21

Hello and Happy Weekend to all, we hope it is/has been enjoyable and rejuvenating.  Here at the Palace we are simply grateful to see a yellowish orb in the sky; we believe it to be the sun, making an appearance for a few hours.

Talk about signs that the apocalypse is upon us. Gahhhh. We offer only brief Prep headlines on several stories today, as the topics themselves are far too depressing to delve into at any length. We can only speculate that Great Aunt Molly is doing far more than the proverbial “rolling over in her…” if the following news has filtered up to her:

  • The Greenbrier has laid off almost 50% of the staff and plans for casino gambling are reportedly under consideration
  • Lost City shares part of a snooze release from ’21’ that includes the following statement: “…we have (somewhat) relaxed our dress code in the lounge and bar areas, as well as the dining rooms. Ties are still preferred and greatly appreciated, but they are no longer a must.” TP is speechless. Lost City’s post on this topic is an outstanding read.

And then there is this…

“Clothier Hartmarx files for bankruptcy”

…as reported in the Trib yesterday.  The Chapter 11 filing covers the Hart Schaffner Marx, Hickey Freeman, and Hickey lines.  And while we would quibble with the paper’s description of the company’s suits as “luxury” (especially when contrasting their prices with those of other upscale retailers, such as Brooks Brothers), the news is grim indeed.

Hickey by Hickey Freeman

Hickey by Hickey Freeman

(Remember this post when we discovered what the logo for the oh-so-hip Hickey line actually is??)

It was a navy Hart Schaffner Marx suit President Obama wore when accepting the Democratic nomination in Denver; he also wore their tuxedo Tuesday evening to the Inaugural balls.  Former Vice-president Cheney also favors the brand, purchasing five Hickey Freeman suits off the rack at the Tyson’s Nordstrom back in August, as detailed in this post.

Enough about this, we’ll move on to something cheerier, like a bit of pink… and green.  For those unconcerned about dates of issue, the Lilly Pulitzer Spot-On cuff bracelets are an outstanding buy, at 60% off their retail price.

They are $38 at C. Orrico’s new online Sale Shack.  Another pink treasure, something we think the always fabulous Nautical by Nature could find appealing:

The Lilly Anchor Charm Bracelet at C. Orrico’s Sale Shack is selling for a mere $39, as opposed to its original $98. Who can resist?


The witty folks at Men’s Style are at it again with a wonderful slide show, Change We Can (Sometimes) Believe In.” The piece is a “Then” and “Now” look at popular culture now and back in 2000, when we had our last change in Presidential personages.  Back then it was “conspicuous consumption” and now it is “conscientious consumption,” that sort of fun.

As we are total Mad Men fanatics here at the Prepatorium, we had to share their take on actor Jon Hamm, starting with this 2000 image of the star playing Burt Ridley(?) in NBC’s Providence:

Courtesy Everett Collection via The Upgrader

PHOTO: Courtesy Everett Collection via The Upgrader

And as they put it:

Now: Some dude named Don (on basic cable).

Courtesy amc-tv

Courtesy amc-tv

Ummmmm…. in the interest of journalistic integrity, TP feels compelled to add a much more recent image of Mr. Hamm from the cover of today’s USA Weekend newspaper insert:

John Russo/Corbis Outline

PHOTO: John Russo/Corbis Outline

Thank heaven for those journalistic standards. (Heh-heh-heh.)

Until next time, stay warm!


Filed under preppy