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A Gossip Girl is Pretty in Pink, J. Crew Sneak Peek

Hello-Hello everyone, and happy rainy day!

Yes, it is raining cats & dogs, but for many reasons, we are in happy mode here at the Prepatorium. One reason could be our gratitude for so many things, some of them seemingly insignificant, but special little markers in the ebb and flow of a day. Seeing darling photos on Facebook from a friend’s daughter in her finest pink & green tennis apparel, the chance to be a conduit in helping someone who is mourning the loss of a loved one, making plans for an evening with the ladies for Club Mom tonight. (Despite our status as a non-Mom, at least of human children, which is generally the standard for determining such things.)

We start with a thank to our new bloggy friend, Kebi, at Hanging by a Thread.

She hosted a giveaway and look what The Princess won! How fabulous are these?! Thank you Miss Kebi!

Next, a sneak peek at some of the pieces in J. Crew’s Fall 2009 collection.

Courtesy J. Crew via WWD

Courtesy J. Crew via WWD.com

The photos accompany this story in Women’s Wear Daily online (subscription required).

Courtesy J. Crew via WWD.com

Courtesy J. Crew via WWD.com

In the story J. Crew execs share some of the theory behind this Fall’s collection:

“We paid attention to things we know make people happy,” said creative director Jenna Lyons Mazeau of the T-shirts sporting giant jewel-encrusted necks and dog prints. “Everyone needs a little levity right now.”

J. Crew Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

J. Crew Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Hhhhmmm… what do you think? Recognizing that more earth tones are seen in fall collections, we still hoped for some brighter pops of color. Perhaps WWD just didn’t select any of those photos for their story, or they weren’t provided. We’ll cross our fingers.

As far as the Men’s styles are concerned:

“…it was all about the unexpected. Classic pieces such as chunky cardigans, chalk-striped suits, buffalo-plaid sport shirts and trenchcoats sported unique touches such as leather buttons or lighter-weight fabrics that updated the trends and made them modern.”

J. Crew Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

J. Crew Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

For those interested in more in-depth background on Crew’s thoughts about spring fashion, pop over to visit J. Crewaholics for a great article she has on her site.

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Banana Republic is pursuing a new concept store featuring accessories only. “Edition by Banana Republic” is slated to open at Westfield Mall in San Francisco in mid-May.  The store will carry limited edition items that will not be available online or at Banana Republic stores, an interesting tactic from a strategic standpoint.

In a Monday story, WWD explains most everything in the shop will be priced at less than $100, another wise move on the retailer’s part.  Below, the ‘Luxe jasmine chandelier earrings in semi-precious green onyx for $79.’

Banana Republic Courtesy Photo via WWD

Banana Republic Courtesy Photo via WWD

This one will be fun to watch; hopefully we’ll have some ‘on-the-scene-reports’ from our west coast bloggers!

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For today’s Pretty in Pink we feature a face familiar to many readers, the lovely Blake Lively from TV’s Gossip Girl.  Ms. Lively is seen in a fun frock after her appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday evening.

Courtesy Flynet

Courtesy Fly Net

Earlier this week Ms. Lively and co-star Penn Badgley (also her real-life love) were seen out to dinner with a Hollywood heavy hitter, Harvey Weinstein.

Mr. Weinstein’s wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman made it a foursome. Naturally everyone is all abuzz, wondering if a Gossip Girl film is in the works.

We can’t help ourselves, and simply must share another Pretty in Pink. Meet Millie, the spoilt red-headed child.

'Millie

'Milly the Spoilt Red-haired Child'

Milly is the creation of Yali, a gifted artisan with a remarkable shop on etsy.

Is Milly preppy? We think not. Do we have red hair? No, we do not. But we don’t care about these dreary facts, as Milly just epitomizes perfectly how The Princess has felt at times, and we find her altogether loveable.  There are loads of other treasures at this shop, including magnets, prints, more dolls, and all of them are just fun-fun-fun!

That’s it for us dollfaces, we are frantic for time!

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J. Crew “Uppity?” Also, J Crew Women’s Collection Now Open

Well, hello again.  We spent a good part of the day away from Preppy Princess InterGalactic headquarters, picking up a houseguest and tooling about the area, come home and see this headline for Eric Wilson’s column in today’s Times:

J. Crew Gets Uppity

Now, a bit of background for anyone who hasn’t spent time toiling as an intern (or even as a paid employee, TP has done both) at a newspaper: the person who writes the headlines is well removed from the person who writes the story. Unless something has changed since we did print, Eric Wilson most assuredly did not declare J. Crew “uppity.”

As far as the story itself goes, the question is asked about the timing of opening the new J. Crew Women’s Collection. (That story follows this one.)

“Regardless of the market, J.Crew’s new designer collection — sold here and at jcrew.com — has raised eyebrows among analysts and competitors who wonder why on earth a company known for its preppy basics would put on such airs. Mr. Drexler said he believes in the product.”

“The first thing you see inside the store is a jacket covered in hand-painted French sequins to look like tortoiseshell, with a price of $3,000.”

“The clothes look more like those at Michael Kors, with featherweight cashmere scarves ($150), a gold beaded dress ($595) and a printed calf-hair jacket for $2,200; but mixed in were J. Crew staples like $85 matchstick cords.”

Mr. Wilson raises some valid points, although he points out:

“In the first three days, the store sold three of the $3,000 jackets and a surprising number of silk flower pins priced from $50 to $200, Ms. Lyons Mazeau said, looking at the numbers as a sort of validation. (Of 200 pins ordered for the store, only a dozen or so remained on Wednesday.)”

The next several months will bring rough sledding for almost every retailer; it will be interesting to see who does well in this environment. J. Crew’s first Men’s Collection store opened in Tribeca this August. (Here is one of our never-ending and somewhat tedious posts about it.)

With their second Men’s-only store slated to open next month in New Jersey (Garden State mall), Mr. Drexler has announced yet a third Men’s store.  This one will be in Soho, conveniently located next to their Madewell brand store on Broadway.  We thank the good folks over at Racked for the photo and their remarkable ability to stay ahead of all things J. Crew, among many other topics.

Regular blog readers know The Princess believes that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. This is only one of many reasons she is pleased to share the news that the J. Crew Women’s Collection store has finally opened on the UES (Upper East Side) in New York.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

The company is doing what we call a “soft-launch” if you will, no major promotion, the doors simply opened one day last week, and voila! There it was in all its perfection! The merchandise mix sounds fabulous in today’s WWD story:

“… the Collection store presents some higher-end products such as calfskin jackets, priced $2,200, or patent leather jackets lined in silk twill with a Ratti print, $1,800.” (Below.)

Lucido Patent Leather Jacket

Lucido Patent Leather Jacket

“There are also metallic jackets and shoes in the $300 range….”

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

“… textured calfskin skirts priced at $495, as well as silk Japanese obi belts, Rolex watches, hand-painted Elizabeth halters, one-of-a-kind jewelry, including a vintage “mazel tov” charm bracelet, Lugano luggage…”

Lugano Valise

Lugano Valise

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Above, one of the Lugano pieces, also available online and through the catalog.

“… handmade silk flowers (only three per customer allowed), bleached and dyed python bags and clutches….”

Below, one of the $3000 python Jamie handbags referenced in the article.

Python Jamie Bag

Python Jamie Bag

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One of the many reasons we are so fond of Millard “Mickey” Drexler, J. Crew’s chairman and chief executive is evident in this statement:

“People tell me, ‘How about putting up a bigger sign,’ but we don’t want to intrude on anyone… In an Upper East Side building, I don’t think big signs are very elegant,” continued Drexler. “The last thing people want to see is their neighborhood become a strip center. It’s our way not to be out there, but to be there.”

John Aquino

Photo: John Aquino

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Above, Mr. Drexler and Jenna Lyons Mazeau, the company’s creative director, while touring the new store.  The store is on Madison Avenue, at 79th.

While you won’t find any of these goodies in the Collection, there is still a significant amount of merchandise still available at the J. Crew Clearance sale.  For an additional 20% savings on Clearance goods, use the coupon code EXTRA20.

EXTRA20

Coupon Code: EXTRA20

We may not post every day this week as we are busy showing our houseguest around the area, so we apologize in advance for being a poor comment-leaver, we shall try and catch-up as soon as humanly possible.

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