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Nautical Goodies, Liz Sneak Peek, Jimmy Choo & Hunter Wellies are BFFs

Happy Weekend!

Today we start off with a few brief headlines, all of them SOTTs (Signs of the Times), none of them bringing a smile to the Prepatorium.

  • Say goodbye to Country Homes magazine; it is going the way of O at Home and Cottage Living. Waaaahhhhh!
Country Home magazine

Country Home magazine

  • The retail earnings data came out yesterday and it is beyond dreary. All of TP’s favorite retailers struggled, along with a not-so-favorite establishment, Macy’s.  The arrogant dolts that blew off the proud heritage of Marshall Field’s company announced they are closing eleven stores; click here for the list.
  • eLuxury.com will stop selling online within the next sixmonths, instead switching to a “magazine format” specializing in luxury goods.

But will we allow these headlines to drag us down here at Princess HQ?  Not on your life.  In fact, we are going to share a few nautical goodies that have caught our eye of late, starting with this Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper at Saks.

Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper

Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper

Next, and in honor of the inimitable Nautical by Nature we present the Rogues Gallery Sailing polo at one of TP’s favorite online haunts, Gargyle.

Gargyle.com

Here is a piece we absolutely adore from a line we love, the Nantucket Rainbow Fleet Collection:

We know that if another water baby, the Landlocked Mermaid, were buying the plates, she would also include the mugs. She’s just that way – if you are going to do something, then do it properly, of course. (Tee-hee!)

You can gaze at these pieces, and more, by toddling over to visit L’Ile de France, aka the French General Store.  All of their Quimper is simply gorgeous.

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Many Isaac Mizrahi fans are just starting to cope with the harsh reality of his departure from their local and online Boutique Tarszhay stores. With goodies like this Melton Coat in Pink Glow at Target, how could we not be depressed by his move to Liz Claiborne?! (We’re also considering this as today’s Pretty in Pink offering.)

Isaac Mizrahi for Target®

Isaac Mizrahi for Target®

We admit to being curious about his new designs for Liz; today we share a few early looks as seen in this story in WWD earlier this week.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

Above, a look we’re just kind of so-so on, but then we have never been big on orange, even at the beach.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

We do find the more tailored designs more appealing than the casual pieces.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

If going the beach route, we probably would do Lilly Pulitzer rather than the blue and white design below, despite the higher price point on the front end. TP believes the Lilly look would outlast the Claiborne dress…oui?

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

In all candor, we have not purchased Liz in we-don’t-know-how-long, so it would take a great look to coax us back to the line.  It doesn’t mean we are opposed to seeing the new designs, as we do adore Mr. Mizrahi.

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Still looking for the perfect pair of wellies for stomping about the estate? If you are a Jimmy Choo fan, you are in luck. Hunter Boots is partnering with the renowned shoe designer, and Vivre Magazine shows us the result below.

Courtesy Vivre

Courtesy Vivre

They are Jimmy Choo’s first entry into rainboots. We think we’ll keep the ones we have.

But when it comes to dress boots, we think the Ninol in black patent has merit. We fell onto them (in a cyber manner of speaking) at the Jimmy Choo site – on sale at 50% off!

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Knowing the trauma inflicted upon the Third Coast Preppy household as a result of their proximity to a certain person occupying a certain Gubernatorial position (well, he’s still there as of this writing), we thought it important she learn a little more about her neighbor and his hair styling prowess.  (Heh-heh-heh.)

Now this is not brand-new information, and it really shouldn’t be referred to as news, for you do know what we used to say back when doing teevee news…? “If it’s news, it’s news to us.”

So here is the inside scoop on how Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich handles that hair….

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

PHOTO: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

… compliments of this story in the IHT (International Herald Tribune):

“… Blagojevich, 52, rarely turns up for work at his official state office in Chicago, former employees say, is unapologetically late to almost everything… cursing and erupting in fury for failings as mundane as neglecting to have at hand at all times his preferred black Paul Mitchell hairbrush. He calls the brush ‘the football,’ an allusion to the ‘nuclear football,’ or the bomb codes never to be out of reach of a president.”

Aha – the Paul Mitchell brush! There you have it. f course it’s too soon to tell if today’s impeachment vote will impact his personal grooming habits. (Ewww…!)

And on that note Prepettes, we say adieu.

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Goodbye Goody’s, Permanent J. Crew Price Cuts & Next Target Designer Revealed

Today we have an abbreviated blog, a Preppy Digest if you will, providing links on stories you may elect to pursue at your leisure. We start with a few more Signs of the Times; this first one you are probably well aware of as it has been widely reported by many of our favorite blogs and the media:

  • The Waterford Wedgwood group has filed for bankruptcy protection in Ireland
  • After successfully emerging from bankruptcy in October, family-owned department store Goody’s is planning to liquidate. In fact, by the time you read this they may well have auctioned off their inventory.
  • Our third SOTT (Sign of the Times) today is word that discounts are being offered to new Grosse Pointe Yacht Club members, according to a story in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press.

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Remember this post talking about the price cuts J. Crew planned to introduce with their spring line? Reading an Associated Press story After sales, will shoppers pay full price again? we learned that:

“Already, retailers including Bebe Stores Inc. and J.Crew Group Inc. are cutting prices on selected spring styles to lure sale-savvy shoppers.”

Additionally, writer Anne D’Innocenzio notes:

“But many…  predict early discounts on spring goods. The signs are already there. Bebe has cut certain spring sweaters by 25 percent, while J.Crew has marked some spring items anywhere from 25 to 40 percent off, according to Amy Wilcox Noblin, an analyst at PaliCapital Inc.”

Back in a November post we shared comments on pricing from Crew CEO Mickey Drexler:

“… our ballet flat category will start at under $100 for the first time ever…If you look at our January catalog, you’ll see a ballet flat assortment at $98. This year I think they started at $128.”

J. Crew

J. Crew

And to be sure, new shoes have arrived; they are priced at $98, as seen here with the Jane suede ballet flat.

J. Crew Jane Ballet Flat

J. Crew Jane Ballet Flat

How is your shopping psyche? Forever changed by the deep discounting, or are you still willing to make the purchase at full price? Or is it contingent upon circumstances, cash flow and need?

Speaking of discounts at Crew, the following landed in our email today:

This Final Sale promotion is online only, ends Sunday, and requires promo code FREESHIP09 for the complimentary shipping on purchases more than $100. Be advised we have read in a couple of places that once again the website is not functioning.

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A quick mention is needed on Target’s next GO International designer, Tracy Feith, known for his beach and surf looks.  Below, Sarah Jessica Parker in one of Mr. Feith’s colorblocked dresses.

The line will hit online and in stores May 17, with prices ranging from $14.99 to $44.99.  In this courtesy photo the inspiration board for the line can be seen.

Courtesy Target via WWD

Courtesy Target via WWD

In an interview with WWD (Women’s Wear Daily), we learn Mr. Feith’s color palette for the Collection:

“…shades called lollypop red, Persian turquoise, seafoam green, neon orange and pink, and Saturn lime.”

We like the way that sounds! The group will include one upscale item priced at $139.99, a cropped motorcycle jacket in leather.  The good folks at Fashion Week Daily have this photo of Whitney Port in a Tracy Feith during a Clinique promotion they covered back in 2007. (Full story here.)

Fashion Week Daily

Fashion Week Daily

Grins and giggles until next time!

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The Shocking Pink Chair, Michael’s Million Dollar Donation, Thom Browne & the NY Times

This is one we simply couldn’t resist when we saw it online at the Boutique’s website. The Princess wasn’t looking for a chair, let alone a flaming fuchsia chair, but we somehow stumbled onto it whilst searching for a new Isaac Mizrahi Collection at Target.

The Pod chair in Hot Pink is available online; TP doesn’t know if one can purchase it in stores or not. Target is suggesting this zany lamp as a coordinating piece, but we don’t believe it works well in the Palace, so we shall have to pass on its unique design.

Have a tiny prep in the household who might enjoy this delightful little pink chair? This pint-sized piece of pink puffery is only $19.99 as of this writing, and it looks ever-so-cute. (“When all else fails, alliterate…”, from the film ‘Network’.)

If you are still looking for pink furniture, Target also offers the pink Cloud Chair & Ottoman. (Ouch.) Of course, there is always the Bungie Low-Back Chair in pink and black. A side note here: The Princess really feels compelled to share her impressions of the Cloud Chair. From our limited online perspective it looks like faux fur that may prove…ah…that may prove…um, may prove…yes, it could be difficult for the household staff to keep clean. What with the dog’s hair and all. We’re just looking out for your staff.

We take a moment now to revisit noted designer Thom Browne. (Regular readers have been subjected to enjoyed TP’s thoughts on Mr. Brown’s ‘look’ in previous posts.) It would seem his standalone menswear store has enjoyed a visit from the Times’ “Critical Shopper” columnist Mike Albo. Perhaps enjoyed isn’t the appropriate adjective; we’ll say ‘experienced a visit,’ that might be better.

Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times

Photo: Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times

Mr. Albo has also done Critical Shopper columns on the new Rogan store (click here for more) and the Brooks Brothers on Madison Avenue (click here for more of that column) at 44th. The photo above is from the February 2007 Brooks Brothers column.

How did Mr. Albo find his visit to Mr. Browne’s emporium, or more accurately Mr. Browne’s designs?

  • “Across from the gray-hued garments, for example, was a selection of jaunty sweaters. A $3,500 thick cardigan was striped in navy blue and red, and a V-neck tennis sweater for $2,875 looked as if it had been ripped off Jay Gatsby’s dead body.”

(Mr. Browne is seen in his own design above left.)

Mr. Albo is not without humor. In describing a brightly hued overcoat he says,

“Past the three-way mirror was a rack of hilarious outerwear, including an overcoat in a queasily cheery yellow plaid for $4,500 that no one should buy unless he is an exhibitionist looking for a more eye-catching cover-up before exposing himself on the subway platform.”

The entire column is not all pokes and jabs at Mr. Browne’s design aesthetic, who also designs the Black Fleece line for Brooks Brothers. It also makes numerous complimentary points, at one point describing the suits as “light and good-natured, not dogmatic and snobby.” Mr. Albo refers to formalwear as “…beautiful…successfully blended Mr. Browne’s traditional and experimental sides.”

Here at the Prepatorium we simply adore the Critical Shopper; previous columns covered Tory Burch, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Steven Alan. (Note: these links are to the individual designer pages, not the Times columns.)

it is always fun to read another individual’s perceptions of the brand and/or the physical stores selling that designer’s apparel and accessories. Stop by the Times and read this Critical Shopper column, or better yet, peruse some of the back columns, including the previously mentioned Steven Alan review.

Many a preppy is familiar with Steven Alan; we were nudged to pop into the online shop when reminded by the Shopper’s column on the store. We feel compelled to let you know they have several of their men’s “basics” on sale, including the Hidden Button shirt, a classic.

Additionally, many of the Reverse Seam shirts are marked down along with other styles. On the Women’s side, TP is ecstatic to see the Dieppa Restropo Black Patent Lace-ups, although these treasures are not on sale. Of course not.

And while not for us, we do find the Hope Shirt to be absolutely adorable, perfect for someone perhaps a tad younger than TP.

Many of the Kids’ styles are on sale, and while adorable, they are also out of season, to be expected at this time of year. Below, the Girls Camisole Dress.

And ladies, after seeing a quick peek of the Spring 2009 line, we think you will find it more than appealing.

An update now on über-athlete Michael Phelps that many of you are likely to have already heard: he is donating his $1,000,000 bonus from Speedo to his charitable program. (You know, that little check promised if he won all eight Gold Medals.) You can see him below, receiving the symbolic check from the head of Warnaco, owners of the Speedo brand.

Business Wire

Photo: Getty Images/Warnaco

The Michael Phelps Foundation’s “Dream, Plan, Reach” program is going to focus on teaching more children to swim as well as instilling self-confidence in them. Phelps phans can see their hero on Oprah’s season-opener next Monday, along with 149 other Olympic athletes. The 8-time Olympic Gold Medalist was mobbed in Chicago when he arrived to tape the Oprah show.

AP/M. Spencer Green

AP/M. Spencer Green

Below you see Phelps helping a girl learn to swim at a Visa Grant for Early Swimming Program discussion at the McBurney YMCA in New York on Aug. 28th

REUTERS/Joshua Lott

REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Mr. Phelps has been a busy man. In addition to the many public appearances he is called upon to make, he has also purchased a 4000+ square foot apartment on Baltimore’s rejuvenated and renovated waterfront. The apartment has a stunning view, a Jacuzzi and many other accoutrements.

Good for him, he certainly has worked hard enough.

And one more update related to the Phelps family, with news that Debbie Phelps has actually signed a formal one-year agreement with Chico’s clothing. The deal calls for Ms. Phelps, who is a school principal in Baltimore (among many, many other responsibilities that can only have multiplied recently), to promote the company’s merchandise. In exchange Chico’s provides apparel, accessories, as they reportedly did for her appearance on that same Oprah Winfrey show. (You may want to take a glance at the Debbie Phelps Collection, recently supplemented with far more items than previously contained in the group.)

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McMommy’s Sex & the City Movie Premiere Fashion Statement

Greetings and a warm welcome to all this holiday weekend! Most importantly, fond and grateful remembrances for each and every individual who made it possible for us to be who and what we are today. Sigh. We are so very blessed.

Today’s post is brief, as what The Princess is actually doing is engaging in a grown-up version of Paper Dolls, only doing it online! How tedious for all of you!

Dolly Dingle Paper Dolls

The Back Story: Today’s post is mostly about McMommy. She is simply one of the very best Bloggers in the Galaxy. Period.

McMommy Chronicles

At any rate, for some reason (we’re thinking a few too many Manhattans), McMommy wrote an absolutely insane comment on TP’s blog related to the McPrincess’s fashion skills. The non-existent skills. As in none. N-O-N-E. You see, The McMommy is attending a gala for a movie premiere later this month with her Besties and thought perchance we might provide a bit of fashion insight. TP was mortified! The only insight we have is determining which pearls go with what twinset! Of course, the movie that is opening is Sex and the City, a film with a cast of gowns, party frocks and accessories to kill for, although (as we have frequently noted) some are more than a bit over the top. Quite. Now McMommy did mention in her query an affinity for the wardrobe leanings of Charlotte’s character, at least more so than any of the other three women in the primary roles; TP is grateful for small favors.

After much window shopping, The Princess came up with the following selections: One of the two short formal party frocks seen below, both from Le Boutique Tar-szhay, both from the Isaac Mizrahi for Target® line. The first is the Pink Lace Ruched Dress, and the second is the deep pink or fuchsia Taffeta Camelot Party Dress, seen just below the lace close-up.

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Isaac Mizrahi for Target® Party Dress - Fandango

Now that you have selected the dress, it’s on to the shoe issue. Or non-issue in this case, as we think you will absolutely fall in love with these as soon as you see them: the Marjean Slide Sandals from Joan and David, complete with grosgrain bow. These are on sale at Shoes.com and while not the extraordinary value the Mizrahi dresses are, where else will you find such a superb use of grosgrain ribbon on a sandal? Exactly.

JOan & David Marjean Sandal with Grosgrain Preppy Bow

JOan & David Sandal with Grosgrain Bow

To compensate for your little splurge on the sandals, you will appreciate the exquisite good taste and economic appeal of a vintage Judith Leiber bag on eBay. Originally purchased at I. Magnin (or at least we think so looking at the label on the interior of the bag), this clutch-style bag can be carried by its crystal studded chain, or used as a clutch and of course, you know which option The Princess recommends. This treasure is the real deal, it is in immaculate condition and even comes with its own little comb! Let’s chat for a moment about the bag’s ability to also provide you a timeless style statement: a Leiber is a classic, and so are you. End of story.

Judith Leiber Handbag CU

Judith Leiber Bag on Ebay

Of course one never knows these days whether the temperature inside the theatre will be bone-chilling cold or makeup-melting hot, so it’s imperative you bring a wrap. The Princess thought perhaps the oversized blue floral Versace scarf or lovely Emilio Pucci draped over your shoulders would work, both at Bluefly.com.

Versace Floral Scarf at Bluefly

Emilio Pucci Magenta Floral Tile Silk Scarf

If these don’t whet your whistle, how is McMommy feeling about a Diane von Furstenburg oversized scarf in a lush linen and cotton blend that is oh-so-soft against the skin?

Diane von Furstenburg Scarf

Diane von Furstenberg Scarf

Or the Missoni woven shawl wrap in one of their always elegant knits? The von Furstenberg and Missoni are both on sale (but of course) and both are from Net-a-Porter, a truly wonderful web site if ever there was one, with such glorious service you’ll think you are at Nordstrom!Missoni Knit Shawl Wrap

Missoni Knit Shawl Wrap

We do hope this McMommy sorta’ kinda’ McCharlotte Party Frockage look we’ve created meets with approval. If not, do let the McPrincess know where we went wrong, so that we might amend our outlook for the next premiere of a SATC film. It is only a matter of time……yes?

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Target Announces Next Fashion Designer & Update on Whim Line by Cynthia Rowley

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Despite Target’s protestations that they wouldn’t need any new designers to replicate Isaac Mizrahi’s success, news came yesterday the discount retailer has indeed signed a new designer. Target announced they have signed Jonathan Saunders for their next GO Collection line. The British designer is not well know in the States, or in most of the world for that matter, having shown his first collection at Fashion Week just this February.

Jonathan Saunders Dress Jonathan Saunders Fall Line 08/09 Dress

Mizrahi’s design philosophy seems quite the opposite of Saunders, whose work is seen above. Mizrahi describes his aesthetic by saying: “I love great color, and clean simple lines.” In contrast, when looking at the Saunders work we are reminded of the famous advertising slogan: “How do we do it? Volume, volume, volume!” This of course refers to the sheer volume of material and number of design elements visible in Saunders Fall/Winter 08/09 Collection.

JOnathan Saunders Spring 2008 Dress Jonathan Saunders

The Princess also viewed some of this Spring’s line from Saunders; some of his work is simply fabulous. The Princess can actually visualize herself in a few of the gowns. However the majority of his pieces are simply too fussy-fussy and frou-frou for us. Sigh. Seeing how the Saunders’ work sells for Target will be most intriguing. We close this topic with two more looks at Saunders’ fall line before moving on to our much-loved Whim Collection from Cynthia Rowley.

Jonathan Saunders Coat Dress Jonathan Saunders Dress

Now for our next topic: regular readers know The Princess has been absolutely gaga over the Cynthia Rowley Whim line at Target; frankly, we believe most of the line qualifies as Prepalicious! The bright and bouncy collection that includes everything from pink madras buckets, brightly striped coolers, sailing motif picture frames. We’ve been a tad worried the retailer might run out of some of the more critical items before the Memorial Day buying begins, as it seems things have just been flying off the shelves!

Whim Pink Madras Plaid Bucket Target Cynthia Rowley Whim Line Cynthia Rowley Whim Target Cooler

The Princess learned today from a *very good source* inside the company that more merchandise continues to be shipped in almost daily. Those big Target semi-trucks you see on the highway are delivering loads of merchandise and workers are getting it out on the shelves as quickly as possible. Nothing is being kept back; it is all going out to make it easier for those of us a little bit in love with the line to snag those pieces we’re still looking for! Whew… that is good news. You can never have too many acrylic glasses for summer parties, right? The Princess had been somewhat concerned the situation was more of a “this is all there is folks” circumstance. We leave you for the time being with a few more photos of our very favorite line. BTW, Cynthia Rowley fans might want to peek at her website for a good look at her current and upcoming Iines; you can even shop at her online store!

Cynthia Rowley for Target Whim Dinnerware Whim by Cynthia Rowley Acrylic Glasses

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