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Real Prep School Fashion, Rugby’s Prep Shop

Hello-Hello, happy springtime day!

We jump in with a look at something we always enjoy chatting about: actual prep school fashions.  The looks were captured by WWD in this story on the topic.  Below we see Kerry Joyce, a student at Phillips.

PHOTO: Meghan Colangelo/WWD

We smiled when reading the first sentence from writer Katherine Bowers:

“They don’t call it “preppy” for nothing.”

Ms. Bowers and photographer Meghan Colangelo traveled to three of the country’s more prominent schools (Phillips, Milton, and Concord) to see what is being worn on campus. More from the story:

“If New England private school fashion conjures images of L.L. Bean duck boots, and a heaping tablespoon of J. Crew or Ralph Lauren, the ground-level reality isn’t far off.”

The story points out most students mix traditional brands with trendier items. Below left we see Alexandra Sweeney Vesty at Milton, and Hannah Lee at Phillips.

One of the more interesting parts of the story is seeing that the girls “… showed a huge fondness for thrift, consignment and vintage stores”.  Below, Amelia Fitch at Concord.

Meghan Colangelo/WWD

This is one of those times we really wish a WWD subscription wasn’t required to read the entire story; while not groundbreaking, it is an interesting piece we think you would enjoy. (Envision a sad face.)

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In a related item, we have an update on Ralph Lauren spinoff Rugby.

Courtesy Rugby/PRL

The retailer is launching its ‘Rugby Prep Shop’ microbrand.

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Rugby is using a Polyvore contest as part of its promotion for the collection.

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From the website:

“The Rugby Prep Shop is where classic style meets Rugby charm. Casual campus essentials meet downtown cool for sharp, sexy style.”

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Per usual, some pieces are darling until one encounters the logos. The Pink Doeskin Jacket and RFLC Crested Fleece Blazer are good examples of the dilemma.

More from the contest page:

“…the Prep Shop’s signature pieces — super-skinny denim in pastel tones, Rugby’s madras-collar trench, and bright spring blazers — that redefines the preppy style we know and love.”

Ahem.

Some of the accessories are very appealing, like the Canvas Foldover Clutch.

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Related material can also be found at the Rugby Blog and on Rugby’s Facebook page.

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We close with a peek at our special Pandamonium Thermal Mugs by Lilly Pulitzer, arriving shortly here at the Prepatorium.

"Pandamonium" at PreppyPrincess.com

The limited edition mugs are part of the Lilly Goes Green effort. Partnering with the World Wildlife Fund, 10% of proceeds from mug sales (as well as all items in the Pandamonium print) go to the WWF, with a minimum donation of $50,000.

With that we say g’bye until next time!

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Sneak Peek at 3 New Lilly Pulitzer Lines

Hello-Hello!

We have yet another busy day upon us, it is astonishing how quickly fall social obligations are creeping up! Therefore we shall be brief as we are overbooked again.

We begin with big news from Planet Lilly: there are several new lines on the way!

For those of us who have missed the beautiful, bright home goods collection, we can rest easy. That group returns this February in partnership with one of TP’s favorites, Garnet Hill.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Today’s WWD has an excellent description of the group:

“Highlights for bedding include The Life of the Party, inspired by a cocktail dress; Happy and Bright, which includes playful florals; Retro to Bohemian, which includes cool blues, lush greens, tropical foliage and lemons, and Follow the Sun! The Resort–Chic Lilly Pulitzer Bath, which includes towels and bath rugs.”

This one has TP very excited.

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Also on the way, a limited edition cosmetics line with M.A.C., another brand we are fond of here at the Prepatorium.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

There will be 19 products in the MAC line, all of them available in January. The name for the collection? MAC in Lillyland, of course. Women’s Wear Daily has the scoop on some of the products we’ll see:

  • two makeup brushes, an eyeshader for $24.50 and an angled contour brush, $32;
  • two Technakohl liners, each $14.50
  • four Cremeblend blushes, each $18.50
  • three Paint Pots, each $16.50
  • two nail lacquers, each $12

Lilly nail polish – how amazing is that?! There will also be two special Lilly compacts, sure to be collector’s items.

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Another new initiative for the company is the year-long Lilly Goes Green campaign, with additional focus on working with “eco-conscious factories and using organic materials and green processes”.

The new Originals collection is a part of this emphasis. Originals will debut with this year’s Resort group, planned as a permanent addition, offering Lilly Pulitzer items that may not fit well within a specific season’s thematic look. WWD has more:

“The collections, which will change each season, will include vintage-inspired pieces and designs that harken back to the early days of the brand…”

The line will be showcased with special store events during America Recycles Week, running from November 9 through November 15.

Originals has been endorsed by Cotton Inc. as being eco-friendly and carries hangtags and labels made entirely from recycled materials.”

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Partnerships with non-profit groups will continue; there are plans for donations tied into special promotional events and product sales.  For example, Lilly will plant a tree for every polo sold next January and February through its alliance with American Forests.

This year’s Resort group is titled Escape to the Water’s Edge, with an ocean-inspired theme, visible in its colors and names, like these Coral Me Crazy flats:

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A special Coral Me Crazy necklace selling for $48 will benefit coral conservation efforts at Sea Web.

We can also share the primary themes for next year’s collections:

  • Spring 2010: Protective Prints
  • Summer 2010: Buy Local (including a focus on a certain Washington D.C. resident’s back yard garden! Can you guess who?)
  • Fall 2010: “spas, yogawear, and resort getaway chic apparel”

Below, we show next spring’s Panda Shift Dress from the Originals line, done in recognition of the company’s relationship with the World Wildlife Fund.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Another collaboration that frequent readers may recall is the upcoming Lilly line with LeSportsac, due out this February. (Click here for more photos and the rest of the scoop in an August post.)

Courtesy Photo via Nitrolicious.como

Courtesy Photo via Nitrolicious.com

We don’t know about you, but these all hold major possibilities for TP.

With that, G’bye until next time!

NOTE: Please accept our apology for not fitting the Burberry show from London Fashion Week into today’s post. Tomorrow, promise-promise-promise.

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