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Your Help is Needed for a Bridal 911. Now.

Hello-Hello everyone!

Today we have a post that is a bit different from the norm, certainly one likely to be vastly more engaging for readers than most of our day-to-day mental meanderings.

Many readers already are familiar with our ever-so-dear and delightful bloggy friend, Daisy Duke, attorney-at-law.  If not, the link below will pop you right over to her wonderful blog, Legally Blonde Ambition.

Ladies, Miss Daisy is in need of our assistance. Pronto. The situation has not yet reached dire nature proportions, but we promise you it could if we cannot offer prompt action.

The nature of the problem? We are talking about a fashion emergency, of a sort that has potential to reach cataclysmic levels. You see, Miss Daisy is now engaged to her Prince Charming.  (For all the romantic details on how Mr. Wonderful asked the question, including photos of the ring he designed, just click here.)

But we stray from our mission.  Here is the challenge: the bride-to-be has selected her gown, a stunningly simple and elegant design we show below.

PHOTO: Courtesy Brides.com

PHOTO: Courtesy Brides.com

This piece of bridal beauty is from Anne Barge, and we adore the clean and classic lines.

But Miss Daisy is in desperate need of shoes, and she is beginning to despair of ever locating the absolutely-perfect pair.  So she asked yours truly if we might solicit your input on the topic; we all know what a fashionable lot Princess readers are, also possessing impeccable fashion taste.

A quick look at the bodice of the gown, adorned with über-elegant pintucks.

Courtesy Brides.com

PHOTO: Courtesy Brides.com

Now here are the details on the dress and wedding itself:

  • it is ivory silk taffeta with a chapel length train
  • the wedding is in Savannah, Georgia this October

And here is the scoop on Miss Daisy’s shoe preferences:

  • her taste is classic, no sequins or over the top frou-frou
  • the biggest dilemma is matching the ivory gown, so much of what Daisy has looked at is bright white
  • she prefers delicate flats or a kitten heel, no more than 2″, ideally a scosh less if possible
  • Daisy has already looked into Cole Haan (their adorable ballerina wedding flat only comes in white-white), Stuart Weitzman, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, & Neimans
  • our bride likes bows, and is fine with champagne, gold or silver for shoe color
  • her personal personal shoes are mostly Coach, Cole Haan, Kate Spade & Stuart Weitzman

What do you say Princesses? Can we do this? Can we step into the breach and take one for Team Prep? We bellow shout come back with an appropriately discreet, “Why yes, of course, this is not a problem for us. Not at all. We’re on it.”

We offer our gratitude in advance for what we know will be utterly divine suggestions, be they designers you are fond of, a certain shop you frequent that our Miss Daisy may be unaware of, or a specific pair of shoes you just know will work their magic on Miss Daisy’s twinkling little toes.

Feel free to offer your insight here, or over on Miss Daisy’s blog.  A grateful nation thanks you.

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Kate Spade Shoes, Fashion Week: Lacoste, Jason Wu, Barbie!

Hello-Hello!

We start with a very quick hit on WWD‘s (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription required for most material) story about the Kate Spade shoe line expansion.

Courtesy Kate Spade via WWD

Courtesy Kate Spade via WWD

“Though Kate Spade found success with its collection of preppy flats and party shoes, the New York-based accessories brand has been positioning itself for a bigger presence in the footwear world.”

Courtesy Kate Spade via WWD

The line’s new Design Director has a history with two other prep-relevant lines, Burberry and Banana Republic. What to look for moving forward? An added emphasis on boots, including some with bows.

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The insanity that is Fashion Week has descended upon New York with the 2009 Fall/Winter lines being shown, although fewer design houses are participating. Just to set the scene, a bit from James Covert’s column in yesterday’s Post:

“THE perks at Fashion Week are taking a weird turn downmarket. High-powered fashion editors and retail merchants – who in seasons past have hauled off gift bags of Victoria’s Secret lingerie, Calvin Klein perfume and Estée Lauder cosmetics – will be treated this year to McDonald’s, Budweiser and Jell-O.”

Indeed.

Things kicked off Thursday with Monique Lhuillier showing 12 styles from her Fall RTW (Ready to Wear) Collection, including one with a darling bow we simply had to share!

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

We’ll chalk up the ripped hose (shown with almost every piece) to artistic license.

This morning the first show was Lacoste.

Stephen Chernin/AP

Stephen Chernin/AP

Of course, each season we attempt to predict the severity of Logophobia to expect in the coming season, in efforts to gauge how strong the innoculations should be, what strain of the disease to look for, etc. The Telegraph (UK), addresses the issue in their story on Lacoste’s F/W ’09 styles:

“The classic crocodile logo, originally introduced by the legendary French tennis star, René Lacoste, in 1927, was revamped as a larger, tone-on-tone motif, rather than the well-known, little green ‘crocodylidae’.”

Designer Christophe Lemaire’s color palette is intriguing, more subtle than previous seasons.

Stephen Chernin/AP

PHOTO: Stephen Chernin/AP

We did not sense any ‘wow!’ moments this go-round.

Stephen Chernin/AP

PHOTO: Stephen Chernin/AP

It could be that this year it is more about subtlety than big and bright splashes of exuberance.

Scott Gries/Getty

PHOTO: Scott Gries/Getty

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First Lady fave Jason Wu had his show yesterday, and there are a number of pieces we adore, two in particular.

Robert Mitra/WWD

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

We dubbed the dress above the Fairy Tale Princess dress. And then we saw this one:

Robert Mitra/WWD

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

It is also a Fairy Tale Princess gown… lush, lovely, luxurious…sigh. A girl can dream, can’t she?

The designer dubbed as preppy by TPC (the Princess Consort) early on in the Michelle Obama dress frenzy had several other looks we are fond of, including this:

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

While not for us, the next frock is one we can see Mrs. Obama wearing.

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

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BTW, for those interested in the very latest on Fashion Week, Project Runway winner and designer Christian Soriano is live-blogging for Time magazine; click here to take a look at Mr. Soriano’s bon mots.

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Here at the Prepatorium we try to maintain a positive perspective, preferring to look at the upbeat more than the negative, but sometimes we simply must stop and ask: why?
Michael Loccisano/Getty

PHOTO: Michael Loccisano/Getty

High-waisted leather shorts, Gwyneth? What were we thinking?
And then there is the J. Crew spinoff label, Madewell 1937, and its collaboration with Shopbop on an upscale denim line.  Generally we adore Shopbop. But this?
Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

The line debuts online next Friday (2.20.09) with pricepoints one would expect from a premium line as explained in the WWD story:

“There’s a vintage feel to the Madewell for Shopbop collection, which consists of ex-boyfriend and vintage flare jeans, both priced $200; a station skirt, $130; switchyard shorts, $130; a dispatch vest, $125; a workwear jacket, $138, and a boiler suit, $125.”
It can only be old age and decrepit thinking keeping us from falling for the Boiler suit. (?)
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We shall close with more Pretty in Pink, a few in fact, from today’s Barbie Runway show at Fashion Week. We start with Barbie & Ken…
Diane Bondareff, Courtesy Barbie/AP

PHOTO: Diane Bondareff, Courtesy Barbie/AP

(Psst – did you notice the pink and green backdrops onstage?!)

Next, the shoes by Christian Louboutin:
Lucas Jackson/Reuters

PHOTO: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

In the audience today at the show, Heidi Klum….
Carlo Allegri/Reuters

PHOTO: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

As well as singer Kellie Pickler and Miss Africa USA, Nyasha Zimucha.
Bryan Bedder/Getty

PHOTO: Bryan Bedder/Getty

Others on hand for the 50th Anniversary show included Diane von Furstenberg, Annie Leibovitz and Julia Allison.  We cannot wait to read Suzy Menkes’ column on the show! The next photo shows a design from Juicy Couture, probably not our favorite look.
Lucas Jackson/Reuters

PHOTO: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The next shot is during Friday’s rehearsal for the show; the dress is by Koi Suwannagate.

Diane Bondareff/Mattel Handout

PHOTO: Diane Bondareff/Mattel Handout

We will share more of these delightful looks in our next post!

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Saks Closing Bridal Salons, Talbot’s Going the Outlet Route?

The Princess is a little down and depressed despite the lovely day; her countenance changed markedly upon learning that Saks Fifth Avenue is closing all of its bridal salons except for those at the Beverly Hills store and the NY Flagship. Hunh? This was simply one of the places where everyone went when looking for a wedding gown, even sometimes for a dress for one’s coming out. We didn’t end up purchasing our gown there, but still….sniff.  Does anyone have a tissue?

According to the story in yesterday’s WWD, the company plans to hold Bridal sales starting in January, running through May, in the following locations:

“…. South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.; Houston; Atlanta; St. Louis; Tysons Corner, Va.; Richmond; Bal Harbour, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Indianapolis; Plano, Tex.; San Francisco, Short Hills, N.J., and Dallas.”

Some of the bridal designers carried by Saks that one will soon need to find elsewhere:

Amsale, Angel Sanchez, Carolina Herrera, Christos, Edgardo Bonilla, Elizabeth Fillmore, Jenny Packham, Junko Yoshioka, Kenneth Pool, Melissa Sweet, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Platinum, Reem Acra, Tomasina, Ulla Maija and Vera Wang.

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We also have news on Talbots: that struggling retailer has announced they will be opening 12 new outlet stores next year.  According to the Boston Herald Talbots plans to open thirty outlets in the next three years. From our calculations it seems this would at least double Talbots outlet presence, but do keep in mind, we are talking Princess Math here.

Talbots is offering an Additional 30% off everything online, as well as free shipping and delivery with no minimum purchase. For example, the Stretch sateen sheath dresses that were originally $110, now running $48.99 and $41.99 before the extra 30% off.  (The dresses would be about $34.30 and $29.40.)

Talbots Stretch Sateen Dress

Talbots Stretch Sateen Dress

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Kate Spade is doing an additional 25% off everything now on sale, including the Giverny Trench.

Kate Spade Giverny Trench

Kate Spade Giverny Trench

Along with the Pop Clinton Street Nedette, the credit card case with the little change pocket, available in a pair of holiday colors:

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The sales at both Steven Alan Collection and the Annex offer outstanding merchandise at very good price points.  The women’s cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan is almost irrestible at this price, with a snuggle factor that is off the charts!

Lilly Pulitzer Fall merchandise is 70% off at the Cloister Collection, including pieces like the Paley Cardigan.

Cloister Collection

Cloister Collection

We are also fond of Lilly’s Snappy Skirt in Preppy Twill in our favorite shade, now $29. There seems to be a fair amount of Eliza B. and Eric Javits sale inventory remaining at the Cloister, along with their always-fabulous selection of merchandise.

The email volume being generated by “Sale” updates and notices is becoming almost unmanageable; are you all struggling with the same challenge?  Barney’s is positively shrieking with their flyer about the Men’s Sale:

Barneys New York

Barneys New York

The email Bergdorf Goodman sent today was simply amazing. We cannot remember seeing any Bergdorf’s literature showing ‘as much as 75% discounts.’

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman

This includes Ralph Lauren Collection and Ralph Lauren Black Label. The Red Tartan dress is available on sale for Infants Sizes 3, 6 or 9 months, as well as 9-24 month sizes.

Lord and Taylor is doing their Friends and Family discount, with an Extra 25% off Regular and Sale prices (with limited exclusions) in addition to 10% off cosmetics and fragrances.  Use promo code FRIENDS at checkout.

Lord & Taylor

Lord & Taylor

Ann Taylor Loft continues their special promotional offer of an additional 40% off Sale prices.

Ann Taylor Loft

Ann Taylor Loft

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The ‘helpful suggestions’ along fashion and style lines continue to be offered for the next First Family.  In an interview with Express Night Out jeweler David Yurman suggests that his Belmont Shadow Watch could work for the next President:

“… He’s an Ivy Leaguer but not too preppy. His style is “international.” I’d like to see him wear a “Belmont Shadow” as a weekend watch. We have a new one coming out in six months.”

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Call the Princess crazy, but we just don’t see the President-elect doing a $4500 “weekend wristwatch.”

A quick argyle update for everyone:

The argyle leggings are crafted of 100% cotton and are available at Pixie Market.

Happy-Happy everyone!

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More Preppy Sales & Discounts: Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Vineyard Vines, Tucker Blair

Hello and Happy Friday!

The deep markdowns continue at most of the prep-friendly stores TP is fond of, so we want to do a quick update before the special offers expire.

We start with the Kate Spade Friends and Family Sale, offering 30% off everything in the store now through Dec. 8th. Use promo code HOLKSFF08 at checkout to receive the discount.

Kate Spade & Jack Spade

Kate Spade & Jack Spade

With merchandise like the Gesture heel already 50% off the original selling price of $298 (now $149), how can one resist? (One can’t, really, not when looking at that bow!)

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Sigh.

Jack Spade is also offering 30% off merchandise; use the code HOLJSFF08. This sale also concludes the 8th.

Jack Spade

Jack Spade

The always-fabulous Vineyard Vines is taking 20% off all merchandise through Dec. 9th.

Vineyard Vines

Vineyard Vines

To receive this discount at the Vines use promo code THANKS08 at checkout.

Another Princess favorite, Tory Burch, has bargains throughout the online Sale section of the store. Bargains abound, including the Graeme Flat in two colorways, now selling at $206, about 1/3 off its original selling price of $295.

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Tory Burch Graeme Flat

Tory Burch is also providing free shipping through midnight on Sunday, Dec. 7th; no code is needed for this promotion.

However, a code is needed for the Tory Burch ‘Gift Giving Sale’ that discounts select merchandise by 20%.  The ‘select’ merchandise includes the Slim Card Case as well as the Foldable Cosmetic Case.

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If one is seeking an excellent gift this holiday season, the Tucker Blair sale is not to be missed.  Everything on the site is 50% off through December 24.

Tucker Blair

Tucker Blair

Their needlepoint belts are simply luscious, not to mention the headbands, also handcrafted needlepoint treasures.  (TP is wondering why this particular headband makes her think of the one and only Third Coast Preppy…?)  To receive the discount use promo code HOLIDAY08

Tucker Blair

Tucker Blair

Another preppy stalwart, Brooks Brothers, is offering 20% off a purchase totaling $300 or more.  While Brooks will need to take far more aggressive discounts to be competitive with their peers, this does represent a savings, and is certainly nothing to scoff at in this economy.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

J. Crew continues their markdowns, now taking 20% off purchases totaling $150 or more.

J. Crew

J. Crew

If practicing fiscal austerity this season, the discount can be very appealing with merchandise like the Taffeta A-Line Skirt at $59.99, originally selling at $138. This could be darling when paired with the Cashmere V-Neck Tee, now $99.99.

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Use the code GIFTS at checkout for the Crew discount.

Not to be left behind, Boden USA is doing 10% off everything with free shipping and free returns.

Boden USA

Boden USA

We wrap things up with the Friends and Family sale at Polo Ralph Lauren, providing 30% off with the promo code HOL2008.

As always,  happy hunting and an even happier weekend!

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PRIVATE SALES: Kate Spade, Polo Ralph Lauren, Barneys, Bergdorf’s, Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus + the Argyle Bicycle!

Hello-hello and Happy Friday!

Additional sales are everywhere it seems, many from retailers with a preppy aesthetic, if you will. We start with the Kate Spade Private Sale. A word of caution: when you click on this link or the image below, you will be taken to a page where you need to register. Not to worry, it’s not like filling out an application for the Country Club; one simply must provide a first name, an email address and zip code. That’s it.

Courtesy Kate Spade

Courtesy Kate Spade

Do not wait too long on this one as it ends on the 14th!  We thought this puffer vest might offer a high snuggle factor.

Barneys is also having a ‘Private Sale,’

Courtesy Barneys

Courtesy Barneys

As of this writing there are more than 390 shoe styles on sale just in the shoe department!

At Polo Ralph Lauren the Private Sale is on through Monday, Nov.17….. unless they extend or expand it, which would surprise no one at this point.

And while we adore the Windowpane Plaid Ricky bag, it just seems… well, it feels inappropriate somehow to spend $2400 on a handbag at this point in time.

Ralph Lauren Collection Windowpane Plaid Ricky bag

Ralph Lauren Collection Windowpane Plaid Ricky bag

What do you think? Is TP taking the economy too seriously? Am I wrong on this one?

At Bloomingdale’s there is an additional 30% to 50% off the already-discounted sale merchandise….

Some of it “wear now” merchandise, like this Ralph Lauren Petites “Batya” Cashmere Sweater.

Ralph Lauren Petites Cashmere Sweater

Ralph Lauren Petites Cashmere Sweater

Of course it is also time for the First Call at Neiman Marcus.

Even Bergdorf Goodman is goosing their sale; do not let the “Save as much as 40% Off” fool you. There are *many* items marked down 50%.

We end today with another Argyle Update, this one showcasing the absolutely TDF Electra Holiday Cruiser bicycle at the Gap in their “signature blue argyle pattern.”

Courtesy The Gap

Courtesy The Gap

It is available in two sizes, Adult and Kids.  We can’t imagine how we would react if it were also in pink – we would probably layoff the drivers (heh-heh) and start pedaling around ourselves! (Well, actually, no, I don’t think that is what we would do at all. Not really.)

Today we start a new feature that will pop up every now and again: “Can You Tell It’s Ratings?” as in “oh my gosh sweetie, do you think they are doing this story because it is ratings?” Also known as “sweeps” in our former life, you know what we mean (of course you know what we mean!) ladies, stories that are heavily promoted on local and network news and entertainment programs. Stories that are teased dramatically, breathlessly, that you simply must see, that you cannot miss!

Like this one on ABC….

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Beatie

PHOTO: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Beatie

Or the “Are you a Sex Addict?” quiz on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.

KTLA-TV

KTLA-TV

And let us not forget our personal favorite: “Sharks in Lake Michigan – Tonight at 11!”

We are off to a function in the Big City tonight, major party frockage, so we must run-run-run out the door. Grins and giggles to everyone, and don’t forget to to enter the Great Preppy Giveaway!

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