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About That Harvard Clothing Line…

Hello-Hello and welcome to another delightful day here at the Prepatorium!

We start with an update to a story featured on Friday’s post chatting about the new clothing line sanctioned by none other than Harvard. Below, a refresher on three looks we shared with readers in our Friday story:

PHOTOS: Robert Mitra/WWD via Boston.com

PHOTOS: Robert Mitra/WWD, collage via Boston.com

The photos were all originally seen in Women’s Wear Daily (sub. req’d.), but we like the three-shot seen above; it accompanied yesterday’s Boston Globe story on the new clothing line, aptly named Harvard Yard.

In our tv snooze news days we would refer to this kind of story as a ‘reax piece’ or a ‘folo’, shorthand for stories featuring reactions to some news tidbit. We have certainly heard from Princess readers, both in blog comments and privately, expressing their thoughts on the line.  Nor has there has been a shortage of opinions in numerous print publications and online.

The Globe’s story offers a little background:

“… last week, the news took on a life of its own, dividing the blogosphere into those who either love or hate the slim-cut preppy collection inspired by a New England collegiate look circa 1962.”

And the story rounds up some of the usual sources the media often looks to for reax pieces, including late night television hosts:

“Jimmy Fallon chaffed, “Harvard University is launching a new clothing line called Harvard Yard. . . . Of course the clothes are really hard to get into, unless your father wears them first.’’

A number of readers shared reactions eloquently echoing our sentiments, beginning with our favorite High WASP, Miss Privilege:

“Take anything I say with a grain of salt. I am, after all, a Princeton alumna and a Princeton mother. But still. Seems like the clothing line would benefit, but the university’s brand not so much. Oh well. Endowments are hurting these days. And maybe Harvard is so much king of the world that they can do something like have a line of clothing. Maybe it will turn out to be brilliant. Stanford has an entire shopping mall and we don’t bat an eye about it.”

We knew she would offer an excellent perspective. Our only reaction? Let’s not pick on that wonderful shopping mall, we adore it, and the location makes eminent good sense IOHO. (Heh-heh-heh.)

The line is expected to debut with a spring 2010 collection; lines for women and children are also planned.  We mentioned that we didn’t expect to see too many alumni sporting pieces from the new line. Miss Sweet Tea in Seattle expanded upon this thought, providing perspective of someone ‘in the know,’:

“Hubby is an alum and we are just going to stick to the classic Crimson tees & sweatshirts! But it will be interesting to see how it pans out.”

To sum it all up we’ll offer the succinct opinion of our friend The Fashion Herald:

“Harvard clothing line? I just. don’t. get it!”

There you have it. Indeed.

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A few more quick headlines on fashions some associate with preppy style, albeit all of the following are relative newcomers to the table; we begin with news that Kate Spade has debuted her new clothing line:

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The styles are fun, many with classic lines:

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We’re so excited to see these goodies in person, hopefully this weekend!

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Also, Tory Burch features a special promotion for those purchasing a pair of her ubiquitous Reva Flats:

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Tory Burch

Buy a pair of Revas and receive 25% off all other full-price merchandise.  Use promo code 25REVA to receive the discount.

And lastly today, J. Crew is flogging saying it has added more goods to their Final Sale.

Back tomorrow!

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J. Crew Final Sale, “Preppy Paradise” Opens, Kate Spade Summer 2009 Looks

Hello and happy new day everyone!

We start with a quick couple of hits, things going on you may be interested in, like J. Crew’s Enjoy an Extra 30% Off Final (their word, not ours) Sale, ending Wednesday night at midnight.

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To enjoy the additional discount use Promo Code EXTRA30 at checkout.

In other J. Crew news, the sharp eyes at the Material Interest blog on Men. Style. com have spotted an intriguing piece at the Tribeca Liquor Store locale.  It is a very limited edition jacket, something you may find appealing for the Mr. Wonderful in your life.

Courtesy J. Crew via Men.Style.com

Courtesy J. Crew via Men.Style.com

A stop at the online Men’s Shop at the Liquor Store does not show the military style jacket, but then, with a run of only 7 (s-e-v-e-n) jackets (not to mention the $850 price point), it’s likely one must visit the store in person to view this item.

The jacket is a collaborative effort with the one and only Mister Freedom in LA; below, as shown in a November post on the Mister Freedom blog.

Courtesy Mister Freedom

Courtesy Mister Freedom

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Lost in last week’s frenzy, news in The Cut blog about Fred Perry’s SoHo store opening. This is a beautiful thing.  As the story describes it:

“Buttoned-up British sportswear brand Fred Perry quietly unveiled its first Stateside store last week, bringing a preppy paradise of plaid, argyle, and tweed to Soho.”

We will never, ever, complain about a new stop on the circuit. Even when we are experiencing extraordinary difficulty getting away for a few days to enjoy the circuit. Sigh.

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Regular readers may remember previous posts about Michelle Obama wearing jewelry by Loree Rodkin; she wore earrings by the designer election night and several pieces during Tuesday’s Inaugural events. Guess who was in Loree Rodkin at the SAG Awards last evening in Los Angeles?

Danny Moloshok/Reuters

PHOTO: Danny Moloshok/Reuters

None other than winner Mickey Rourke, in Loree Rodkin sunglasses.  No diamonds that we can see, just the glasses.

FYI, following up Friday’s post about the First Lady’s jewelry at the Inaugural Balls, Ms. Rodkin says she has she has taken “… 100 orders for jewelry that is similar in style…”. This according to WSJ’s On The Runway blog, always on top of this sort of news.

BTW, not all the stars were at the SAG Awards over the weekend. Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester was at the launch party for Nylon Mexico.

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The Nylon blog shows the dress worn by Ms. Leighton in detail; it is now available at Net-a-Porter.

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It is referred to as the “Preen Cordula Lace Up Dress” as well as the “…lace-up bandage dress.” If it is a style you fancy, not to worry about showing up at a function with TP in the same frock.  A tad too racy for us. We knew you would understand.

Let’s go from one Nylon item to another… a stop at Nylon online today revealed these cute shoes in the blog’s Spring Awakening story. The Ballet Flats are found for $19.50 at Old Navy.

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Another example demonstrating precisely why we effort a visit to the Nylon site every day.

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Also a quick look at some of the Kate Spade Summer goods featured in today’s WWD story on the company, most notably the brand’s foray into apparel. Below, pieces from the upcoming collection.

Robert Mitra via WWD

PHOTO: Robert Mitra via WWD

The story focuses on efforts to rejuvenate the brand, and the highly competitive landscape when it comes to accessories:

“Contemporary lines like Rebecca Minkoff and Botkier are appealing to fashion-driven consumers, while J.Crew and Tory Burch are fortifying their accessories focus with a solid infrastructure already intact.”

Robert Mitra/WWD

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

We’re not sure yet how crazy we are about this look… is anyone else thinking hula skirt? There is also an elegant cuff bracelet from the line.

Robert Mitra

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

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Not to be left out of the picture, a Kate Spade competitor is featured in today’s email missive from Bergdorf’s:

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman

The retailer is featuring the new Tory Burch Logo Sandal.

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And for a closing smile we get back to our semi-regular feature, “Pretty in Pink,” with the Pink Ligne Roset chair by Pierre Paulin:

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That’s a smile and a half… enjoy your day!

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