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.
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….
… and these, of Sasha and Malia Obama in J. Crew’s Crewcuts line….
…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.
J. Crew did share these sketches of the Herbie coats with Celebrity Baby blog (?):
“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.
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.
For anyone interested in acquiring the look seen in yesterday’s post on the Isabel Toledo daywear worn by the First Lady…
… 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.
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.”
“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.