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Target Limited Edition Towels, BIG SALES, Why Polo Ralph Lauren Free Shipping is Better

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We learned that Target is offering shoppers a very attractive collection of Limited Edition Beach Towels designed by contemporary artists. The artists featured include Raymond Pettibon; how gorgeous will this be when you and Mister Wonderful spread it out across the sand?

Raymond Pettibon at Target.com

Raymond Pettibon at Target.com

The towels are $50 and only available on line, not in stores. 

These beauties are also available at Works on Whatever, a fundraising group attempting to raise art awareness.

In other Target news, we are terribly slow in talking about Target’s next collaborations, including the upcoming collection from swimwear designer Ashley Paige.  Yes, this is cable TV’s “Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust,” of TLC reality show notoriety.

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Above, two swimsuits currently for sale, the Deep Diver at $380 and on the right, the Gold Digger at $460. (Those two names for the swimsuits really belong in the “I Couldn’t Possibly Make This Stuff Up” category. Honestly.)

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The retail marketplace is really heading into a frenzied unlike any we have previously , and as readers know, we are no spring chicken.  Here is a sampling of the offerings from our electronic in-bin; all are clickable to make it easier for you to get started on any last-minute shopping:

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

As predicted, J. Crew is continuing their markdowns, offering merchandise at up to 60% off. They are also providing complimentary shipping, regardless of the amount one spends, a new twist for the retailer.

J. Crew

J. Crew

Use promo code HURRY for the shipping promotion. And despite their disclaimer on the main website saying the “60% off is not applicable in J. Crew Factory Stores,” there is also a 60% off promotion in progress at their outlet stores.

One caveat: judging from the email we are receiving here at the Prepatorium the J. Crew website problems continue; this story in Women’s Wear Daily verifies the outages.

“On Cyber Monday, which fell on the first of the month this year, J. Crew was down for at least six hours and Bloomingdale’s was also out. J. Crew was back up Tuesday, but has had ongoing problems since, including some downtime Monday afternoon.”

Polo Ralph Lauren is also providing complimentary shipping on all orders, but here is the beauty of their offer:

“If you choose to ship Standard Ground and are shipping to multiple addresses, you will receive free shipping on all shipping destinations.”

And that is a beautiful thing for anyone how may be struggling to finish up their shopping, needing presents to go to different locations. Sadly, our affection for their aggressive shipping promotion is tainted by this:

RalphLauren.com

RalphLauren.com

Shocked by our initial sighting of the dreadful creation, overcome with sorrow for the poor pooch, we were even more horrified when reading the description:

“Reversible diamond-quilted vest with preppy heritage details…”

Preppy Heritage?” In a word? Not.  Heh-heh-heh. (If this is something you find appealing for Fifi, just click on the photo above and you are there.)

Next….

TommyHilffiger.com

TommyHilffiger.com

Tommy Hilfiger doesn’t seem to be doing the same with shipping, but at 40% Off Your Entire Order perhaps that lack is made up by deeper price cuts. When heading into the Women’s Department, in a cyber sort of way, one sees this incentive:

TommyHilfiger.com

TommyHilfiger.com

One sees the same signage at the Men’s Department. In fact, today’s Argyle Update is compliments of Tommy Hilfiger, the Men’s Tonal Argyle V Neck:

TommyHilfiger.com

TommyHilfiger.com

The Hilfiger Extra 40% off discount is scheduled to end December 22.

Banana Republic is also discounting heavily, even taking markdowns on gift items, like their fragrances (Rosewood Gift Set) as well as more standard fare. This gives us the chance for another Argyle Update! Whoo-hoo! The cashmere Argyle Sweater is now only $99!

BananaRepublic.com

BananaRepublic.com

The sweater is available in a number of colors.

Brooks Brothers is touting 40% off throughout the website, although some deeper discounting is also available.

Another sign of the times from Barneys:

Barneys New York

Barneys New York

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For anyone near Bloomie’s this afternoon (the 18th), pop in for a special Lilly Pulitzer event. Remember our photos of the special Lilly Steinway anniversary piano from this post?

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

Splashed in pink, yellow and green Hibiscus, the piano is part of the Lilly 50th Anniversary celebration and it will be on hand during today’s event at Bloomingdale’s.  Artists from the Lilly design team will also be on hand creating a special print inspired by suggestions from anyone willing to offer input!

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For today’s Pretty in Pink we offer the Steamline Small Editor Vanity Case:

Vivre

Steamline Vanity at Vivre

Available at Vivre, there is also a matching trunk that looks equally fabulous.

Have a simply splendid afternoon!

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All About the Lilly: WWD Runs Lilly Pulitzer Special Edition

TP is in heaven. Truly.

The editorial brains minds over at Women’s Wear Daily have dedicated an entire special issue of the paper to Lilly Pulitzer’s 50th.  (You may remember in today’s post on the Inaugural gowns that we mentioned WWD was doing some fabulous special issues… this is another one of those special editions.)

WWD "Lilly Pulitzer at Fifty"

WWD

For those less familiar with the Lilly Pulitzer brand, it was started in 1958 by Lilly Pulitzer….

Lilly Pulitzer at home in Palm Beach

Lilly Pulitzer at home in Palm Beach

… rapidly becoming very successful into the early 1980’s. And then – horrors!  The line ceased operating in 1984 and all hope was lost for true Lilly lovers. Life began anew in 1994 when Scott Beaumont and James Bradbeer Jr. (seen below) decided to buy the company and bring the storied line back to life.

Talaya Centeno

PHOTO: Talaya Centeno

And it gets better moving forward: the company plans to grow the brand through the addition of a stationery and gift line. How fabulous is this news?!

Courtesy Lifeguard Press

Courtesy Lifeguard Press

The collection will be licensed by Lifeguard Press, the folks who handle the Vera Bradley paper line.  According to the WWD story the new paper group will include a variety of items:

“…. party goods and gifts, from wrapping paper and bags to partyware, cocktail napkins and drink umbrellas, office accessories like desk sets, diaries, notebooks, frames and calendars…”

The paper line is on track to launch in January. If you would like to be on the mailing list for updates on the line and other announcements, just click here to be taken to the Lifeguard Press site.

There is a quick mention of the sleepwear line, licensed by Carole Hochman:

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer

As well as an intriguing look at the design process.  Have you ever wondered just how the company continues to come up with such smashing colors and designs? Here is an inspiration board from Lilly headquarters in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

Talaya Centeno

PHOTO: Talaya Centeno

Below, members of the Lilly Design Team experiment with color.

Talaya Centeno

PHOTO: Talaya Centeno

TP is absolutely transfixed by the pink and green chairs even though they are almost impossible to see in the photo.  Perhaps they are easier to see in this shot of the atrium at the Lilly Mother Ship:

Talaya Centeno for WWD

PHOTO: Talaya Centeno for WWD

One of the dynamite stories in the special issue features quotes from some of fashion’s brightest talents on the brand and its founder.  Here is a sampling accompanied by fun photos of Lilly back in the 1970’s.  We start with Ralph Lauren‘s comments:

“Lilly Pulitzer created a very distinct look — her personal style of bright colors and prints has an important place in fashion.”

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer

And this from Kate Spade….

“Lilly Pulitzer was one of the first to take a personal look and lifestyle and turn it into a brand. Her cheery and colorful prints are much imitated, but she is a true original.”

As well as Isaac Mizrahi

“Lilly Pulitzer is one of the few designers worthy of copying. You can’t be an American designer without a little nod to Lilly.”

Reed Krakoff (the Grand Poohbah at Coach) has memories similar to those you probably have:

“One of my earliest memories of fashion is my mom wearing a lime green printed shift dress at our country club in Weston, Connecticut. Lilly Pulitzer was a summer uniform and always defined summer style.”

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Lilly's Original Shop (PHOTO: Howell Conant/Timepix)

Our favorite quote is probably this one from Jonathan Adler:

“Lilly Pulitzer makes everyone look happier, richer and more fun-loving than they probably are. Lilly equals sunshine.”

TP has never been to the Mother Ship in Pennsylvania:

Talaya Centeno

PHOTO: Talaya Centeno

Nor have we visited the Lilly store at King of Prussia mall, practically in the backyard of Lilly HQ:

Talaya Centeno

PHOTO: Talaya Centeno

Remember the 50th Anniversary Lilly Pulitzer Jeep we showed previously? Well, here at the Prepatorium we  periodically queried the Princess Consort, asking if he thought anyone was ordering up the Special Edition vehicle. (Of course, he loves queries of this nature in all their profundity and thought-provoking significance.)

Courtesy

Courtesy

It turns out people *have* been buying the Limited Edition Jeep:

“About 70 of the Jeeps were preordered and, at $25,000 a pop, some of the Signature store owners will not only be driving one, but they are also able to sell them to their customers.”

Still to come? A Florida’s Natural orange juice carton done in one of the signature Pulitzer prints. An altogether remarkable story, quintessentially American with its ups and downs, and its happy ending for the company’s founder. Although she no longer owns the company, Lilly is still on hand as a consultant; her design influence and imprint can be seen everywhere.

The WWD special edition was written primarily by Julie Naughton with contributions from Dianne M Pogoda, and they did a bang-up job IOHO.

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“Lilly-opoly” Lilly Pulitzer Monopoly Game, plus “A High Price on Preppy?”

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Hello and Happy Day to everyone…we hope it’s simply sublime wherever you are.
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Speaking of sublime…how wonderful is this?
Lilly Pulitzer Monopoly Game

Lilly Pulitzer Monopoly Game

Looking for some property in Palm Beach? Perhaps you were hoping to buy the Breakers? (PB, not Myrtle Beach.) Well, your time has come. As we shared in previous posts, Hasbro has created a “Lilly-opoly” game in honor of the company’s 50th Anniversary.
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Perfect for any Lilly Pulitzer fan, this makes an outstanding holiday gift.  Other properties players can purchase include “Via Mizner,” “Lilly’s Jungle,” and “The Vintage Vault.”  And instead of the standard pewter tokens, there are options like a palm tree, a monkey, and (this is our favorite) a shift.  The game runs $50 and is scheduled for release in November, but already seems to be available for $50 at places like Under the Palm Tree.

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Also scheduled for release this month, that special Jeep Wrangler covered in pink and green and yellow Hibiscus, along with the Steinway anniversary piano in the same motif. Both are available by special order at any Lilly Via store and both are referred to as ‘limited editions.’
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Disregarding all the anniversary hoopla, we come back to basics – the lush designs and whimsical touches that are Lilly. It is completely Prepalicious and fun, fun, fun.
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Readers may recall our post earlier this week about über-preppy retailer J. Crew and some negative press in the Times.  The headline “J. Crew Gets Uppity” led into writer Eric Wilson’s column looking at the company’s new Women’s Collection store, merchandise price points, etc.
Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

A new column at the popular blog StyleList makes the statement as well: “The J.Crew Collection puts a high price on preppy.” Using merchandise like the $3500 Leopard Beaded dress shown above, yesterday’s column notes:
“We’ve always loved J.Crew for the fact that we can get quality, classic pieces at a decent price — a dress isn’t going to be cheap, but it won’t look or feel cheap, either. Still, the price tags were never enough to dissuade us from perusing the racks. At least, not until now.”
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The Leopard Beaded Dress is described by J Crew as “An opulent creation completely covered with thousands of precisely hand-sewn beads—it took an experienced couture artisan a month to craft this exquisite dress.”  We would suggest the item begs the question: is this preppy?  Is it what you go to J. Crew for?
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The column also shows the Printed calf-hair Astor jacket at $2200:
Coourtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

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The caption for this photo in the story reads “Sure, it’s cute … but two grand?”  As the column continues writer Kristen Seymour says:
“Now, every prep’s favorite store is changing things up — they’ll still be offering the same kind of clothing they’ve always had, but they’re adding the J.Crew Collection, with price points that go higher. Much higher.”
What do you think? Is the J. Crew Collection concept a good idea? Bad idea? Doesn’t make any difference? TP is more than curious to hear your thoughts.
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Grins and giggles.

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Lacoste: 75 Years of Preppy Love, J Crew’s Man Love, & The Princess Loves Tag

AThe Princess feels compelled to point out that Lilly Pulitzer isn’t the only ‘preppy’ brand celebrating an Anniversary, although we have spent a bit of time remarking upon that topic. Now however, we turn our attention to another iconic brand marking an important milestone, Lacoste, celebrating its 75th year. And the company wants you involved in the party!

Lacoste 75th Anniversary

The ‘Lacoste Future Site’ is fancy, flashy and lots of fun if that is your sort of thing. “For Lacoste’s 75th Anniversary Imagine 75 Years From Now in 2085” is the opening request, followed by some fairly futuristic tennis! With other slogans like “Let’s Reinvent the Game” and “Lacoste – As You’ve Never Seen It,” this is a site that is highly interactive, asking you to suggest ways to complete slogans, helping you send Lacoste video email to friends and more. It also offers great ‘wallpaper’ for your desktop, screensavers, and a futuristic video, all done with awesome animation that is amazing to watch and worth at least a nano-second of your time. Perhaps the image below gives you a sense of the site’s look.

Lacoste 75th Anniversary ScreenGrab

This may come as quite a surprise (um…not exactly), but there is a substantial amount of merchandise commemorating the Anniversary that you can actually purchase. Let’s take a peek. First, we offer the 75th Anniversary Retro Fit Polo at Nordstrom in what we would call a classic and understated white (or black) with the logo embroidered in discreetly matching thread. Well, almost that, but unfortunately not totally that, as evidently the Lacoste Crocodile has been put on a Barry Bonds steroid regimen remarkably healthy diet; it is now enormous. Gigantic. This is probably why it is referred to as the ‘Exploded Croc.’ There is also the Essential 75th Anniversary Eau de Toilette available at Bloomingdale’s for that special someone.

Lacoste \'75th Anniversary\' Retro Fit Piqué Polo at Nordstrom Bloomingdale\'s Lacoste Essential 75th Anniversary Eau de Toilette

Of course, when The Princess thinks 75th Anniversary, we always think stretch pique, don’t you? (Bad Princess, very bad.) This is the 75th Anniversary Button-Front Stretch Piqué Halter Dress followed by the 75th Anniversary Pique Polo, both available directly from Lacoste.

Lacoste 75th Anniversary Halter DressShort Sleeve 75th Anniversary Band Collar Piqué Polo W/Tipping

Perhaps a little zippier in style are the two versions of the 75th Anniversary Sneaker, one seen below courtesy of myairshoes.com.

lacoste 75th anniversary sneaker #1

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In other Lacoste news, there is no way we can leave this topic without sharing at least a few photos of the 2008 Lacoste Fall/Winter lines, as some of the pieces are just stunning and TP would love to have them on hand to snuggle into when the snow starts flying!

Lacoste Men\'s 2008 Winter Collection

Lacoste Women\'s 2008 Line

Moving beyond all of today’s Lacoste updates, let’s talk about positive news from J Crew: word they will open not just a second men’s-only store, but they are scouting locations for a third standalone men’s shop. We have mentioned previously the planned opening of the Tribeca men’s J Crew now under construction in The Liquor Building, a fabulous location for this sort of endeavor, albeit a tad on the smallish side. The company will add a second Men’s store next to an existing mall-based store in New Jersey, and they are actively looking for their next site.

Also this evening, The Princess has been “tagged,” in this case by a friend who has already guided us through some potholes here at the Prepatorium, that brilliant babe who is plugged in to what is goin’ on in the heart of the City, Fashion Herald. (Actually, the tag was Sunday evening, so the following was composed yesterday and posted this evening.) The ‘tag’ is to answer six questions about myself:

(Post rules at the beginning of the post. Answer all the questions. Tag 6 people, go to their blog and leave a comment to inform them that they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answers.)

1. What were you doing ten years ago?
Saying over and over and over again: “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.”

2. What are five things on your to-do list today?
• Read all of the Sunday papers. (Not done as of 11pm.)
• Do the mega walk. (Not done)
• Call Mother. (Done. Twice.)
• Attend Graduation galas. (Done.)
• Serve dinner at homeless Mission. (Done.)

3. Snacks you enjoy?
Chocolate, carrots & celery. (Not all at the same time.)

4. Places you’ve lived:
Michigan, Denver, Oklahoma City, Missouri, Oregon.

5. What are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire?

  1. Ummm…. not to be totally tasteless here, but if we are speaking about having only one billion, then I guess the first thing might be to call the financial people and ask what happened to the rest of my inheritance.
  2. Purchase the City of Chicago and if that is not possible, acquire a meaningful suburban community. Following appropriate transfer of deeds and other dreary paperwork, rename the area ‘Prepoplis,’ and get in touch with Lilly to commence planning the Earth’s first completely pink and green habitat.
  3. Build an Olympic size ice rink in the back yard.
  4. Buy a professional baseball team.
  5. Honestly? Of course it would be to do the philanthropy and volunteer thing full-time.

And in the “Just Because We Can” category this evening, we wanted to let you know The Princess has found a very stylish time waster that you simply must visit: ColorFlip. A colossally useless endeavor in many ways, but one we felt you might enjoy on some level, so there you have it. Happies to all!

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