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A New Member Named to the AntiPrep Wall of Shame

Hello-Hello!

How happy are we all that it is Friday? Really a very silly sentiment, particularly when one considers the holiday-shortened week, honestly.

This is definitely a “when it rains it pours,” situation; we go weeks without any Gossip Girl news and then suddenly it seems we have almost-daily happenings! Today we share updates on two of the show’s more notable stars, seen Wednesday at the gala hosted by Valentino at Château de Wideville, the retired designer’s home.  Women’s Wear Daily covered the festivities, below we see their photo of Blake Lively with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Stephane Feugere/WWD

The party is the traditional conclusion for Paris couture week, and as one can see, the Château is an inspired location for the gathering.

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Another G2 star, Leighton Meester, is seen at the party with designer Marc Jacobs.

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We love this image of Lee Radziwill on the left; on the right we see Jane Fonda with the host.

Definitely the place to be for the fashion crowd on Wednesday night.

One other Gossipy note, the show continues shooting in Paris for the new season, below we see both Ms. Lively and Ms. Meester on the set.

Via Celebrity-Gossip.net

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Our other television related item involves Mad Men‘s costume designer, Janie Bryant and her upcoming clothing collection for QVC.

The line won’t be available until the end of September, but Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.) had courtesy images of several styles, including the two above.  We like the coat on the left (and actually have a very similar vintage piece) but feel lukewarm on the other items.

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Next, our first look at the Keds – Gap collaboration, below we see the Womens’ styles.

Courtesy Photo via StyleList.com

The Mens’ collection features neutrals in cotton canvas.

Courtesy Photo via StyleList.com

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Vera Bradley fans will be happy to learn the company is now offering backgrounds for one’s phone, iPad or desktop.

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Click here to see the offerings.

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We do have news of a new AntiPrep. Can you guess who or what or why?

Bruce Weber for Abercrombie via Fashionista.com

Word that Abercrombie and Fitch is bringing back its catalog prompts the addition to the AntiPrep Wall of Shame.

The company announced last week that its racy catalog, gone for the last seven years, is returning this month. Fashionista has the story, and some photos: “Exclusive: Inside the New (and Very Naked) A&F Quarterly“. The picture shown above is about the only one safe enough for today’s post.

Other news about the retailer concerns bugs, more specifically bedbugs.  Last week an infestation of the creepy critters closed both a Hollister store and an Abercrombie in the city.

Image via Racked.com

The witty minds at Racked came up with the image seen above, we couldn’t resist sharing it.  Both stores have since reopened, but NY magazine asks if the Hollister problem is really solved in this interview with an expert on the topic:

We also just learned that Abercrombie on the Seaport has bedbugs, too. What does that say about the problem?
The worst-case scenario is one of their warehouses had it. And if that’s the case, that’s frightening, you know what I mean? Because you’re not just talking about a few stores anymore. But I think it’s actually really scary that it’s more than one location. They have so many employees at Hollister and we don’t know whether any of them have it at home or not.”

Absolutely. Hideous.

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We leave you something a tad more upbeat.

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That is a Timex Design Your Own watch created by yours truly for today’s Pretty In Pink; click on the link to go make your own. Our thanks to the folks at High Snobette for the tip!

With that we bid adieu until next week, may everyone enjoy a splendid summer weekend!

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Preppy Bits and Bytes

Hello-Hello and welcome to a bright and sunny springtime Tuesday!

We are brief in this post; today’s volunteer obligations combined with losing yesterday to a migraine make for an intense schedule, eek!

We begin with a follow-up to our post advancing the LL Bean Signature launch.

Courtesy LL Bean Signature

There are several stories available looking at the new line, including this one at Men’s Apparel Review.  For a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at one aspect of the launch, click here for the Boston Globe’s story:

“.. an offer L.L. Bean — whose boxy, loose-fitting offerings sometimes turned off even the preppiest of teens — knew it couldn’t refuse.”

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Loads of outlets have stories looking at the sale of Tommy Hilfiger announced yesterday, including this one on MarketWatch. (We do disagree with their statement that the sale brings together “… two preppy icons — Izod, owned by Phillips-Van Heusen, and Tommy Hilfiger’s boarding-school chic…”, we don’t really consider Izod to be a preppy firm.) The MarketWatch story notes:

“By the end of the decade, the oversaturated brand wore out its welcome with consumers and fell off the fashion radar.”

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Courtesy Assouline via T Magazine

For a bit of preppy heritage, T Magazine’s blog has a quick look at the new Lacoste book from Assouline.

Courtesy Assouline

Although we previously mentioned the book on our FB Fan Page, we neglected to include it here on the blog, oops. The book is now available and one that is on our reading list.

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WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription required) has a story on accessories for this fall; once again, we are clearly going to be out of step. So to speak. On the left, a  style by Nicholas Kirkwood, the shoe on the right is from Bruno Frisoni.

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We are probably better off with styles along these lines, seen in “The Preppy Collaborations Continue: Keds x Gap“.

The shoes seen above are from the collection Keds has done exclusively for the Gap, due out this summer.  On another fun note, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, but there is some serious pink at the Keds online shop!

The Champion Jute is for adults, while the Melody Hearts are for toddlers.

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We leave you with another Pretty in Pink, something The Consort discovered over at Design Boom.

Courtesy Chloe Ruchon via DesignBoom

Meet Barbie Foot from French designer Chloe Ruchon.

Courtesy Chloe Ruchon via DesignBoom

Rather like the more classic version, this one might work here at Princess InterGalactic HQ…

Courtesy Chloe Ruchon via DesignBoom

What do you think, do we need to one for the Employee Lounge? (Ahem.)

Until next time, we hope your skies are bright and sunny!

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What’s Wrong with Me?

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Really – what is wrong with me? Or to be more explanatory, *why* am I so infatuated with these Helmut Lang stretch twill khakis for $360 at Active Endeavors when there are perfectly wonderful khakis at LL Bean, Lands End, J Crew and a host of other establishments.

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That same wishy-washy approach described above is most definitely not an issue when looking at these Keds. What is up with this? Hello? These are beyond edgy. We like edgy – edgy is good. And we adore Keds sneakers. Sneakers? Yes! Keds heels? No! Absolutely not. Now please, do send a note or insert a little comment so we might see the folly of our thinking if you can set us straight on the fashion runway of life. Stop by Revolve Clothing where we spotted this pair, and peek at their spring line.

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I mean, it just seems all wrong to us, but perhaps we’re just not in touch with our inner fashionista. Sigh.

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