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Obama Buzz Crashes J. Crew Website, Mrs. Obama Wears Next Target Designer

Hello-hello!

Exciting news everyone, on the Lilly Pulitzer Stationery & Gift Collection due February 1! The Princess Consort has made a very few goodies from the group available on our site for pre-ordering.

What is a pre-order? It simply guarantees your items will be shipped as soon as the merchandise is in the door here at the Prepatorium, moving you up to the ‘head of the list’. It is similar to putting a ‘hold’ on merchandise to ensure its availability.

Lilly Pulitzer Latte-Da! Mugs

Lilly Pulitzer Latte-Da! Mugs

The oh-so-fun Latte-Da! mugs are already a favorite, and they are one of two items available now.  The other is the Mix and Match Stationery set in the Bee’s Knees pattern.

Lilly Pulitzer Mix & Match Stationery set

Lilly Pulitzer Mix & Match Stationery set

We spoke this afternoon with the wonderful folks handling Lilly’s stationery line, and they still anticipate shipping to us February 1.  Translated? We then hope to be shipping goods to you by the end of that week.

Okay… we start with follow-ups to our hasty posts on some of the Inaugural fashions seen on the First Family during recent events.

There is good news and bad news for preppy retailer J. Crew as a result of their products being showcased by all four of the Obamas this past week.  The good news is, of course, the favorable publicity for the J. Crew brand.  The bad news? The favorable publicity for the brand.

How so, you say? Below we offer Exhibit A for your perusal and consideration:

Yes, more of that problem; sadly, it has almost become ubiquitous. While pressure brought to bear on the site was created in part by these darling images….

Jae Hong/AP

PHOTO: Jae Hong/AP

… and these, of Sasha and Malia Obama in J. Crew’s Crewcuts line….

Chip Somodevilla/Getty

PHOTO: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

…the reality is that for many J. Crew loyalists this is simply MOTS (More of the Same) when it comes to the site’s inaccessibility.  Stories like this one in the Daily News drove even more traffic to the online store:

“Shoppers can pick up highlights from the custom-made outfits in the Fall 2009 line.

Party dresses from the pint-size preppie line run $158-$248 in sophisticated fabrics like silk taffeta and jacquard. Party shoes are $95-$128.”

To be fair, this kind of stress on almost any site would challenge their e-commerce operations.

But J. Crew customers are particularly sensitive to the problems because of the now lengthy history of the online store’s troubled performance, its less-than-reliable up times. And it almost always seems to occur when the retailer has specifically invited customers to come and shop at the site through aggressive email promotions:

One more cautionary word to those desirous of acquiring the J. Crew looks worn by the Obama girls, either yesterday (as seen above) or those worn Sunday at the “We are One” concert seen below.  J. Crew has now removed the red, white and blue congratulatory note to the Obamas on their home page, replacing it with a message explaining that:

“The pieces worn by Malia and Sasha Obama were designed exclusively for them – from the colors to the styles to the fabrics – and are currently not available.”

We presume this also applies to the Crewcuts Herbie Coats donned by the First Daughters (is that proper?) for Sunday’s concert.

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

J. Crew did share these sketches of the Herbie coats with Celebrity Baby blog (?):

Courtesy Celebrity Baby Blog

Courtesy Celebrity Baby Blog

In today’s “Caucus” blog post about the fashion frenzy, the Times solicited reaction from J. Crew exec Jenna Lyons:

“It was an incredible honor to be part of history,” J. Crew’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “We are grateful, let me say. We needed it and we’re thrilled to have it.”

BTW, President Obama also wore Crew for his Inauguration.  The President’s ivory silk bow tie was from the retailer, nicely complementing his Hart Schaffner Marx tuxedo. J. Crew does not currently make or sell silk bow ties in any color other than black, but may reconsider this at some point in the future.

We have had a few inquiries regarding the dress worn today by Mrs. Obama to a number of official functions.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

PHOTO: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

It is from none other than Tracy Feith, best known for his sun and surf-inspired designs.  As we first revealed in this post, Mr. Feith has been selected by Target for one of their GO INternational collaborative efforts.  His clothing lands in your local Boutique May 17.  We share his Inspiration board for the Target collection below.

Courtesy via WWD

PHOTO: Courtesy via WWD

For anyone interested in acquiring the look seen in yesterday’s post on the Isabel Toledo daywear worn by the First Lady…

pool

PHOTO: pool

… we have a little update: if you are fond of the ensemble, you will have an opportunity to add it to your walk-in come spring. At least that is what this story in the Daily News reports:

“A spring version of the dress – which will retail for around $1,500 – will hit Barney’s in March.”

We have been negligent in talking about the elegance of Dr. Jill Biden’s fashion choices throughout the festivities. Our thanks to Vicki for letting us know the  beautiful red gown worn by Ms. Biden for the Inaugural balls is a Reem Acra creation.

Gary Hershorn/Reuters

PHOTO: Gary Hershorn/Reuters

That same bright red was also seen during the swearing-in and parade in the off-the-rack Milly Fleurette coat.

“At the swearing-in ceremony, Biden went with an off-the-rack $360 Milly houndstooth roll-neck dress with a Fleurette coat.

Biden also didn’t cut any corners for the inaugural balls, buying a red strapless Reem Acra dress from a store—not the designer.”

And the boots seen on Ms. Biden during the swearing-in and parade?

Mitch Dumke/Reuters

PHOTO: Mitch Dumke/Reuters

They are from the Taryn line by Taryn Rose, known for their exceptional comfort and ease of wear. From Delaware Online:

“Kathy Savage, who owns the boutique… said the cushioned Taryn by Taryn Rose knee-high boots resemble leather, but are actually black nylon with black patent pull tabs and trim. The boots retail for $255.

“Jill loves a high heel, but they’re wonderfully comfortable,” Savage said. “Jill is not an extravagant person. She is conscious of everything she buys. She’s not frivolous at all.”

BTW, some reports have the cashmere overcoat worn by the President during the swearing in and parade coming from Brooks Brothers. When we find out we’ll let you know.

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The Princess Loves America + Election Day Freebies,

This is simply one of those days when The Princess get a lump in her throat at certain sights and sounds.

Like the White House at dawn…

Brendan Smialowski/Getty

Brendan Smialowski/Getty

An early morning line at the polling place…

Carlos Barria/Reuters

Carlos Barria/Reuters

Little Cayden Andrews, 3, absorbing democracy as his father Josh Andrews votes at a Wisconsin Town Hall.

Darren Hauck/Getty

Darren Hauck/Getty

U.S. soldiers registered to vote cast their last minute ballots northeast of Baghdad, November 4, 2008.

Goran Tomasevic?Reuters

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Our heart also tends to swell up a bit here at the Prepatorium when seeing other Election Day images, like a father with his two sons….

Kathy Willens/AP

Kathy Willens/AP

Because no matter where one came from….

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Or who was ‘watching’ when they went to their local precinct….

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Most agreed that it is okay to disagree.

Alex Wong/Getty

Alex Wong/Getty

TP believes that no matter the language…

Paul Sancya/AP

Paul Sancya/AP

No matter the attire…

Brennan Linsley/AP

Brennan Linsley/AP

No matter the reading material…

Kathy Willens/AP

Kathy Willens/AP

No matter the location of the polling place….

Kiichiro Sato/AP

Kiichiro Sato/AP

As long as one keeps it clean….

Frank Polich/Reuters

Frank Polich/Reuters

It did not matter how long the line stretched…

Nam Y. Huh/AP

Nam Y. Huh/AP

Or what you had to go through to get there, including US Naturalized Citizenship ceremonies in Baghdad….

Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Getty

Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Getty

The outcome is the same. We all get to choose.

Doug Pensinger/Getty

Doug Pensinger/Getty

Jason Reed/Reuters

Jason Reed/Reuters

William Thomas Cain/Getty

William Thomas Cain/Getty

Ted S. Warren/AP

Ted S. Warren/AP

Ultimtaely, it is all about many different elections, but this is the one gaining the most attention. It would seem preparations are underway already for the next step in the process.

Ron Edmonds/AP

Ron Edmonds/AP

That is early conctruction on the Inaugural viewing stand.

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Today there are even bonus treats throughout the country for those who participated in the process, starting with this:

Courtesy Krispy Kreme

Courtesy Krispy Kreme

Yep, that would be a fat pill aka ‘lard bomb’ delicious donut up above. Because we are always looking for fiscally friendly opportunities to enhance one’s life, here are just a few of the rewards available to those doing the right thing today:

  • a free donut with patriotic sprinkles is yours at Krispy Kreme if you have an “I Voted” sticker
  • a free small cup of coffee at Starbucks if you tell them you voted
  • a free scoop of ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s from 5-8pm tonight at participating Ben and Jerry’s; click on the preceding link for their page detailing which shops are taking part in the promotion.
Courtesy Ben and Jerry's

Courtesy Ben and Jerry's

Now, the following isn’t free, but definitely topical and you just knew TP couldn’t exclude some sort of ‘preppy retailer’ in the post!  We are talking about Brooks Brothers, wisely marketing their Donkey and Elephant ties

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

We must fly! We just enjoyed a delightful chat with friends on their way to this…..

…for the big party in the park, and we completely neglected to keep an eye on the clock.  Arrgghh! Having said this, it doesn’t mean the Biltmore won’t be hosting the victory party….we just don’t have the graphic image.

Happy Voting Day!

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