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Oh, That Bridal Biz & Poolside Preppy

Hello and happy Tuesday, the sun is shining here at the Prepatorium, it is a gorgeous winter day.

We have all manner of new bits and bytes today, we shall dive right in with a topic generating significant online buzz, Urban Outfitters‘ decision to get into the bridal business.

Kyle Ericksen/Women's Wear Daily

Women’s Wear Daily has a sneak peek at the line, here is a bit of Sharon Edelson’s story (an FYI, the name of the new line is not misspelled):

“There’s not a single Cinderella-style wedding gown in the Bhldn collection.

Bhldn, Urban Outfitters Inc.’s newest retail concept, is the firm’s attempt to put its unique, slightly off-kilter stamp on the bridal business.”

Bhldn delves into territory already explored (quite successfully) by J. Crew’s Wedding collection and freestanding boutique. There will be an online component as well as physical Bhldn stores, the e-commerce site is scheduled to be live on February 14.

Kyle Ericksen/Women's Wear Daily

Like Crew, Bhldn plans on carrying more than gowns and accessories, they want to be known for “special occasion dresses”. The company ultimately expects the website to expand beyond e-commerce, back to Ms. Edelson’s article:

“The Web site will eventually become a clearing house for services such as photography, catering and florists. “I can see us getting involved with event planning, helping with the look and feel of a wedding,” Norris said. “We’re not going to be like J.Lo’s [character] in ‘The Wedding Planner.’”

“We’ve taken DNA from Anthropologie,” Norris said. “I kind of think of Bhldn as the sophisticated older sister.”

And the name? We are guessing it is “beholden” sans vowels, for reasons our little pea brain is quite incapable of grasping.

As the WWD story notes, weddings continue to be big business, many other retailers are getting into the business or expanding existing lines; The Limited has launched an online-only Weddings & Events boutique.

The Limited

And Vera Wang has entered the mass-marketing venue with the Vera Wang White collection for David’s Bridal.

Vera Wang/David's Bridal

As the Times’ T Magazine explains:

“It’s official, ladies: You can now get married in Vera Wang for less than $1,500. Although the price may scream ABS by Allen Schwartz, design-wise, White, is all Vera.”

More from the White collection.

David's Bridal

Our final wedding note involves True Prep’s bestselling author, Lisa Birnbach.

Fashionable Bride

Fashionable Bride has a delightful piece on “preppy weddings” with insight from Ms. Birnbach.  The post is done in a Q&A format, and the first question asks about basic dos and don’ts:

Lisa Birnbach: ‘First, no rhinestones or crystals on the invitations. Ever. And it’s very nice to use engraving or letterpress.'”

One of the fun facts discovered in the piece by Kelly Skahan was a tidbit about seersucker wedding gowns from designer Michelle Roth.

Michelle Roth

Above we see Ms. Roth’s Zoe at the Ball dress in blue and white cotton seersucker.  Other versions include Zoe by the Bay, below left, and Zoe in the Country, with a crochet top and seersucker skirt. All are a bit foofy for our taste, but the notion of using seersucker for a bridal gown is one we like.

One gown from Ms. Roth that we fell in love with – the Maya.

Something about silk organza and polka dots just invokes images of sunshine and happy smiles.

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Next, an early peek at yet another collaboration, this one from Trina Turk and Alice Supply. The new collection is showcased at She Finds, in a piece describing the designer as “the queen of California poolside preppy,” an appellation we like. Below, a coordinating ice bucket and glass.

Domestic tasks would have to be more fun with the pretty Dust Brush and Dust Pan from the upcoming line.

We don’t yet know when the collection will be available, click here to see all of the photos at She Finds.

A few fast notes on Ms. Turk’s more standard wares for spring and summer – we found lots to like.

The designer’s bright geometrics are always fun, frequently pieces employ classic lines ensuring longterm wearability.

We are also partial to Ms. Turk’s accessories and home goods, particularly her rugs and pillows.

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We leave you with two quick Pretty in Pink items. The first involves the soon-to-launch Lilly Pulitzer Home Furnishings collection from HFI Brands.

Although the line will be available only to the trade (interior designers, decorators), you can now email furniture inquiries directly to the Pink Palace, just click here.

PHOTO: Patricia Sheridan via Louisville Courier-Press

(For more on the 200+ piece line, here is a link to one of our more involved posts on the topic.)

The other item is from the folks at Nantucket Noose, perfect for spring’s rainy days.

Nantucket Noose

The Island Hopper Boots come in other colors if the pink and green is a little too bright (is that possible?), the boots showcase a  beach permit near the top.

Until next time, g’bye!

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J. Crew Fall 2010 Wedding & Lilly Pulitzer Stationery Goes Paperless…?

Hello-Hello, welcome to a Wednursday here at the Prepatorium. Yes, a Wednursday – that’s what happens when you combine two days of the week into one, precisely what we are attempting with our post, the schedule is a bit frenzied these days and this is the best we can offer at this point.

We begin with a look at styles from the fall J. Crew Weddings & Parties collection.

Courtesy J. Crew via FabSugar

There are some lovely confections.

A few frocks are almost impossible to view properly online because of the light colors and softness of the design.

As with all Crew Bridal looks, the detailing can be exquisite.

Pieces are crafted of silk taffeta, chiffon, and faille.

It appears chunky statement jewelry remains in vogue at Crew.

Most of the silhouettes are true to Crew’s clean, unfussy aesthetic.

But not all.

J. Crew calls the fall palette “cotton candy colors,’ there are rich neutral and earth tones, with few splashes of color.

Here is one of those palettes showing the colors for gowns in silk taffeta.

The dresses are available for pre-order, and the lookbook can be seen online.

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We also have a look at the just-launched Lilly Pulitzer online only stationery and invitation group at e-stationer CocoDot.

Couurtesy CocoDot.com

CocoDot provides what are commonly known as e-greetings, things like e-vites, e-cards, etc. You may select from blank templates and fill in the appropriate text.

There are too many delightful patterns to count. In addition to words, photographs may also be used to create the desired look.

While we see the beauty of online correspondence in some circumstances (small thank you notes for online courtesies come to mind), wedding invitations via the interwebs?  Non, non, non!

Despite the lovely palettes…

Courtesy CocoDot.com

And stunning Lilly designs…

Courtesy CocoDot.com

Wedding invitations need to arrive the old-fashioned way.  As does most other correspondence.

Buuuuut…..if one is inclined to engage in this sort of thing, and we are (gasp) on a wee, small scale, CocoDot is the service we are likely to use.

Now before anyone starts sending nastygrams in our direction, let’s not get our whiskers in a wad. We recognize and respect the notion we are partaking of a verboten practice. Heresy that is especially distasteful for someone engaged in selling Lilly Pulitzer invitations and stationery made of real paper, as we are.

However, there are individuals we only know online, for whom we have no physical address, virtual acquaintances if you will, people we may not want to ask for their address.  A personalized online greeting to thank a Lilly friend, or say ‘hello’ to a casual online associate seems in perfectly acceptable taste; using the CocoDot product makes sense in that respect. Vastly superior to one of our tedious emails.

CocoDot works like other ‘paperless post’ services, one pays a fee to join, differing levels of memberships are offered.  For anyone else considering this sort of thing, In-style readers can save 30% on an annual membership by using the code INSTYLE at checkout.

InStyle

We shall always offer paper Lilly Pulitzer products here at the Princess, the two methods for staying in touch and extending invitations and other greetings are not mutually exclusive.

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Next, an interesting take on the Ferragamo fall ad campaign from Lauren at Fashionista.

Courtesy Ferragamo via Fashionista

Her issue? The company’s efforts to “… freshen up the Ferragamo brand for a younger audience…”.

“I don’t think that they succeed, nor do I want them to. I like Salvatore Ferragamo because it’s the best in old lady-chic.

I’ve got a couple pairs of those vintage bow flats, with the square little heel and gold charms. I bet spokesmodel Dree Hemingway does, too. Why? Because they look great. And they are great. They don’t need to be modernized or updated. The Vara pump, to me, is as classic as a Chanel ballet flat.

So instead of trying to be something it’s not, Ferragamo should embrace what it is. Soon enough, everyone will be pining for Vara pumps all over again.”

We heartily endorse that sentiment.

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We leave you with this item, we simply must have your esteemed and refined opinions on these:

Courtesy Nike via Coco Perez

This is what happens when Nike meets Hunter, at least that’s our impression, and also what Coco Perez notes in his post on the boots.

Courtesy Nike via Coco Perez

What thinketh everyone? Hot… or merely hideous?

Oops, we almost forgot (this is the last-last thing, honest, promise!) the reminder about the sale on the Lands’ End Canvas collection.  Yesterday we mentioned the LL Bean Signature sale and we know some readers are devotees of this group as well.

LandsEnd.com

Happy hunting.

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A French Take on Preppy, J. Crew Bridal Jewelry

Hello-Hello, we hope you are enjoying a simply splendid springtime day!

It’s time for Friday Fun here at the Prepatorium, and we are going to do most of this with minimum blather and maximum images.

It doesn’t get much more fun than this, the very latest from Lilly.

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer

The Lilly Pulitzer Cruiser is available for pre-order only, the real deal arrives August 1. These beauties are being made by the folks at Van Dessel.

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Frequent readers know we always love to look at the way other cultures view ‘preppy’.

Glamour France via SunRainey.com

These images are from the May edition of French Glamour.

Glamour France via SunRainey.com

The blue and khaki are so vivid they make us dream of the beach.

Glamour France via PopBee

For more images from the May issue, visit SunRainey or PopBee.

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Next, because we still do not have enough perfume and cologne with celebrity names on them, more perfumes & cologne are being created under celebrities’ names; the latest coming from these two individuals.

Lolavie by Jennifer Anniston will be sold exclusively at one of our favorite places, Harrod’s.

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More collaboration news, WWD reports on J. Crew’s partnership with classic costume jeweler Miriam Haskell. Below, a sampling from the new collection.

Courtesy Images via WWD

We are thinking a number of readers possess some treasured Haskell pieces passed on through the generations; we are fortunate to have a few in our jewelry box.  For a bit of background on the Haskell legacy, this piece from our friends at The Daily Basics is worth a read.

And the folks at Barbour have teamed up with handbag designer Anya Hindmarch.

Courtesy Images via The Telegraph

For more, this story in the Telegraph is an excellent read.

And in collaborations we have previously chatted about, don’t forget the Cynthia Vincent for Target footwear line launches Sunday, as well as the retailer’s first limited edition hat collection, with Eugenia Kim for Targét.  Below, three pieces from that collection.

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As threatened promised yesterday, we close with a few more images from Monday’s “Last Bark for Bryant Park,” the Fashion Institute of Technology’s second annual pet apparel fashion show.  Below, Lily, a Papillion, sports a “magical flower fairy outfit”. (????)

Afton Almaraz/AP

Below, Jake the Yorkshire Terrier models a leather bomber jacket.

Afton Almaraz/AP

Jake also walked the runway in a military canine shirt and pants set.

Afton Almaraz/AP

Indeed.

With that we say Happy-Happy Weekend, may yours be bright and sunny and filled with fun!

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J. Crew Bridal 2010, Sales & Savings of a Preppish Sort

Hello-Hello and Happy Friday!

Doesn’t it take forever to get to this particular Friday every year? This one following the New Year’s? Or is it just our old and ancient self?

Lest we lapse into a whineathon, we move on to a quick glance at this spring’s J. Crew Bridal look book:

J. Crew

Officially dubbed “Weddings and Parties Spring 2010 Preview,’ the line continues to offer stellar alternatives to more costly bridal attire.  First up, the Chiffon/Organza Dune gown.

Courtesy Photo via The Frisky

For some reason the Silk-Cotton Estate dress seen below appears heavy and bulky, even when taking into account a thicker, weightier fabric. It must be the lines or the lighting or the shot. Or something.

J Crew via The Frisky

This one makes up for that with its light and appealing lines.

Our thanks to Bridal Opulence and The Frisky! To peruse the entire collection, just click here.

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We have just a few Friday Fun bits and bytes today, almost all of them of the Sales & Savings kind; we are trying to keep your pocketbook in mind.

There are lots of Angela Moore goodies available at a splendid price point in Angela’s Attic, we had nary a clue about the Attic and its treasures!

The Buzzy Bees classic (L) is now $24.99 (a nice savings from the original $50), as is the Confetti Pink/Lime classic.

Next, a reminder the Brooks Brothers clearance continues apace; if seeking a look that combines tartan and madras for the man in your life, here is a possibility.   On the right we show the Black Fleece Knit Jacket for women, reduced in price by 50%. (FYI, it appears much of the Black Fleece is discounted.)

Talbots is also offering some bang-up bargains.

As one might expect, both Kate Spade and Tory Burch also have significant discounts available, both in-store and online.

The Vineyard Vines guys are doing their ‘Whale of a Sale,’ with offers like this Argyle V-Neck, reduced to $89.99.

The discounted merchandise offered in the Boys and Girls sale section is darling, per usual with this retailer. On the left, the Girls’ Corduroys and right, the Girls’ Striped Rugby Dress.

For today’s Pretty in Pink, we go with a man’s style we would personally be pleased to sport, the pink cashmere sweater from Matthew Williamson’s new menswear line.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

It is a luscious look. We also appreciate the cool yet vibrant pairing of olive and fuchsia seen on the scarf. While not for us, it seems like a very hot color combination this year. Below we show two looks from Louis Vuitton’s pre-fall group using an almost identical palette.

It is an eye-catching combo.

We leave you with a look at the new line Tarina Tarantino is launching at Sephora come February.

PHOTO: George Chinsee/WWD

May everyone enjoy a recuperative and restorative weekend!

Photo Credits Louis Vuitton: L George Chinsee/WWD, R courtesy photo via Style.com.

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J. Crew Bridal Line Update, & Look Buffy, It’s a Preppy Frenzy!

Hello-Hello, and soggy, soaking wet greetings of the day!

"I don't do rain."
“I don’t do rain.”

Regular readers recognize Silly Tilly, the living embodiment of “Bring Your Dog to Work Day” here at the Prepatorium, an event we celebrate daily. And today is one of those days demonstrating why Tilly is nicknamed Twinkletoes. This moniker came in reaction to her refusal to go outside if there is so much as One. Drop. Of. Rain.

We beg. We plead. We grovel. We do ToughMommyVoice, and then resort to the  “YouBetterGoOutsideNOWOrYou’llBeSorry” tone.  And Tilly’s reaction?

"DREAM ON MOMMY, DREAM ON."

"DREAM ON MOMMY, DREAM ON."

Let there be no doubt as to who is really running the show. Of course. Sigh.

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A quick note on the J. Crew Bridal Collection, a line we adore.

J. Crew Silk Taffeta Sascha Gown

J. Crew Silk Taffeta Sascha Gown

WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription required) reports on a few minor updates in this arena for Crew:

“…select J. Crew stores are selling styles from its bridal collection, which until now was only available online. Shoppers can schedule complementary consultations with a new bridal expert who will help them select wedding gowns, bridal party attire and honeymoon clothing…”

The story adds that J. Crew is planning its first Bridal trunk show.

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We seem to be in the midst of something akin to a preppy frenzy. Again.  We have news stories and articles popping up everywhere about “the return of preppy style”.  Just last week one of our posts was devoted in large part to a news story entitled “The Preppy Look is Back’ from a Buffalo newspaper.  Today we bring you another story with a similar theme from the Biloxi Sun Herald.  In the story a Tommy Hilfiger factory store manager is quoted:

“That preppy look is coming back,” he said. “Women are layering on light pima cotton sweaters. Short sleeve cardigans in argyles are big in women and men.” He said denim for girls and women is pleated, beaded and glittered and “the color palate is bright with lots of citrus, royal blue, not florescent, but deep and bold.”

TP must jump in here with another annoying opinionated an editorial comment: prep denim is most assuredly not embellished with sequins, beads, or other folderol. (You know, folderol, also fal·de·ral, n., 1. Foolishness; nonsense; 2. A trifle; a gewgaw.)

Nick Ramirez, the Hilfiger store manager quoted above, goes on to add:

“Expect to see more and more classics,” he says. “Ralph Lauren is going to go back to that classic suit…”

Speaking of Ralph Lauren, today is the last day of their Friends & Family Event. Use promo code RLSP2009 to receive a 30% discount at Rugby, Ralph Lauren, and Ralph Lauren Factory stores.

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We do have a few more SOTTs today we thought you might find interesting:

  • Marriott Hotels is the first major chain to stop delivering free newspapers to guest rooms. All is not doom and gloom however; complimentary papers will be available in lobbies and Rewards members can update their profiles to receive their paper of choice
  • Chanel has withdrawn from this year’s Friends and Family event at Bloomingdale’s. For more on this shocker, pop over to see Lila at Madison Avenue Spy.
  • Customers at the recent Sothebys auction in Hong Kong attendees had to purchase their own coffee. Naturally this forces the Princess to ask the obvious: is nothing sacred?

Do not let that tragic circumstance (heh-heh) deter your participation in this spring’s Magnificent Jewels auction at Sothebys.  That would be a shame, and preclude your bidding on so many pretties, like Lot 259, the Tiffany Poissons Brooch by Jean Schlumberger.

Courtesy Sothebys

Courtesy Sothebys

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On that note, we hope your day goes swimmingly! (Silly Princess.)

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