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That Preppiest Schools List Is a Little Different This Year & Lilly Pulitzer Fabric Update

Once again, it is time to chat about HuffPo‘s (Huffington Post) annual list of “The Preppiest Schools“. Be advised however, that this year’s list is a bit different from previous compilations. From the story accompanying the list:

“Once upon a time, the prep was a variation of a traditionalist, East Coast-born, equestrian-riding, upper class WASP that attended a northeastern private university and boarding school before that. But the elusive noun is ever-changing, and nowadays members of this subculture are more defined by their attitudes than their creeds: If they play lacrosse, wear boat shoes, and bring a date to a football game, they’re preppy.”

Here is the portion that most directly explains the somewhat different makeup of this year’s schools:

“The attachment to traditional “old school” beliefs and attitudes isn’t necessarily there, just an outfit that makes ’em look like their parents own several yachts and a place on the Vineyard. We’re ringing in an age of the “New Prep.”

In other words, the parameters used to determine the schools have changed a bit. Here is a partial list from Lindsay Dittman’s story, along with selected portions of her writeups on each school (I don’t want anyone to think it is my writing, that is why I am underlining that):

#1) University of Virginia:  “At a school that refers to the quad as “the Lawn,” it’s no surprise that many of the frat and sorority houses are situated along “Rugby Road.”

#2) University of the South (Sewanee):  “There’s no denying that Sewanee is a school founded on tradition… According to the school’s website, “You can’t be on campus longer than a few minutes before you notice that Sewanee students are dressed up for class…””

#3) Miami University (Ohio):  “Referred to as “J. Crew U…”

#4) College of Charleston: “Name-checked in the original “Preppy Handbook,” this Charleston, South Carolina school contains a lot of pink and green and a lotof monograms. The Spring graduation tradition? Women wear white dresses and descend from the steps of Randolph Hall, the college’s oldest building, while the men wear white dinner jackets and wait in the Cistern yard.”

The College of Charleston photo via The Huffington Post

#9) Claremont McKenna: The description of this school explains ” The CEO of Abercrombie, Michael S. Jeffries, graduated from the school in 1966.” Our thought? Clearly Mr. Jeffries has a short memory, nothing Abercrombie sells could even remotely be referred to as preppy.

There are a few more surprises on the list this year (including a university picked as the “Preppiest College” in a Social Primer list), we recommend a visit to the Huffington Post to read the story in its entirety.

As you might imagine, the story has generated quite a few comments.  Many wonder about schools not on the list (i’m not sure *any* of the 2010 schools made the list), asking about Elon, Middlebury, Colgate, Vassar, etc., others talk about what is/isn’t preppy and unsurprisingly, there are a few comments about Abercrombie.

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Also today, another update on the new Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa fabric collection.  High Street Market has a lovely post about the collection, showcasing some of the just-released patterns.

Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa via High Street Market

The Lee Jofa site now has images online, including some of the trims that go with the collection, we’ll call these today’s Pretty in Pink.

Although The Prepatorium isn’t currently slated for any kind of interior design redo, we do enjoy looking at all of the pictures.

Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa

Lee Jofa has a scaled down version of the catalog available for online viewing as well.

On that vibrant note, we say goodbye until next time!

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Updates on Lilly Furniture & an Anti-Prep, + a Mad Men Spoiler….?

Hello, and greetings from The Prepatorium, where we seem to be having a bit of the “Monday-on-a-Tuesday” syndrome, making today’s post somewhat brief.  Is anyone else encountering similar challenges, or are we the only one with our whiskers in a wad not feeling like we received all the french fries in today’s Happy Meal?

We begin with a quick peek at a few pieces from the upcoming Lilly Pulitzer Furniture Collection.

 

Courtesy Photo via Home Accents Today

 

The 200-piece Collection debuts later this week at the biannual High Point Furniture Market; the company partnering with Lilly on the undertaking is HFI Brands.

 

Courtesy Photo via Home Accents Today

 

For anyone wondering about a color palette, the Home Accents story features this quote from a company executive:

“”The Lilly Pulitzer Home collection promises to deliver Lilly’s same style, inspired color palette and unique sense of fun to consumers’ everyday lives.”

This photo also provides ample proof of the vibrant hues we’ll see in the line.

 

Courtesy Photo via Home Accents Today

 

(We do apologize to our FB Fans for the repetition of photos.)

Lilly Pulitzer isn’t the only fashion designer to announce a new furniture line, Jean-Paul Gaultier (he just showed his last  collection for Hermès and is taking over Lacoste design duties) is also planning a home collection.

 

Via MoCo Loco

 

Sometimes referred to as “the French fashion enfant terrible,” Mr. Gaultier has done furniture previously; this time he is partnering with upscale brand Roche-Bobois.  As MoCo Loco reports, many pieces will feature the designer’s nautical stripes.

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Next, an update on one of our original AntiPreps, Kim Kardashian.

 

W Magazine via WSJ Speakeasy

 

The latest involves Ms. Kardashian’s sartorial selections for the W Magazine November cover photo. As in none. The Journal’s Speakeasy blog offers more:

“Of course having a naked reality star on the front of a publication has little to do with art–but it has everything to do with selling copies.”

Clearly the real issue isn’t the discreetly cropped image seen in the Speakeasy blog post, but this picture, also cropped (we are not posting the entire cover photo):

 

W Magazine

 

We let our subscription to W lapse for a variety of reasons: too many magazines but too little time, the ease of scanning portions of it online, the increasing lack of relevance to our lives.  All reasons impacting circulation and profits at most print publications. Back to Christopher John Farley’s post, it addresses the bigger picture:

“Kardashian, or one of her sisters, are safe bets to somehow be a part of more such endeavors in the future. Many other reality stars will no doubt remove every stitch if they so much as get a call from Cat Fancy magazine. But every time a star bares all, it will likely move fewer issues than the time before.”

Indeed.

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Finally today, at least one online theory exists about what could happen in this Sunday’s final episode of Mad Men. (Sniff.) Below, an image from the upcoming show, Don Draper (okay, Jon Hamm) certainly looks troubled.

Michael Yarish/AMC-TV

We adore the way LittleSallyDraper (it really is all one word) is growing up, but fear her involvement with CreepyGlen (also all one word) is headed nowhere good. (For those who might not share our insane addiction watch the show, don’t be fooled by CreepyGlen’s uniform, he most assuredly *is not* your classic football hero.)

 

Michael Yarish/AMC-TV

 

One of our favorite aspects of the show is reveling in the vintage styles, like those seen on LittleSallyDraper and her mother, Betty Draper Francis.

Michael Yarish/AMC-TV

At any rate, the possible spoiler comes via Ben Cohen in his column “Mad Men Conspiracy Theories: Will Conrad Hilton Return?” Mr. Cohen puts forth some interesting possibilities, not the least of which is the episode’s title: “Tomorrowland”.  For more, visit the post, we couldn’t possibly risk ruining the end for anyone.

With that we’re out the door, hoping everyone has a sunny afternoon and an evening filled with moonbeams, both literal and magical.

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Say Goodbye to Talbot’s Red Doors & Kitsuné’s Ivy League

Hello and happy top-o-the-week. We hope everyone enjoyed some relaxation and recuperation this weekend.

Here at the Prepatorium things seem to be spinning completely out of control are a tad busy, the photo below probably better illustrates the situation.

PP Intergalactic HQ

That is merely a portion of the Lilly Pulitzer and Jonathan Adler iPhone covers we are shipping out today. Thank heaven for the Consort the minions, even with the drawbridge malfunctioning, they managed to make it over the moat and into the dungeon office today.  (Heh, heh, heh.)

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We begin with news about Talbots, via this story in Women’s Wear Daily.

“Those signature red doors at Talbots are coming off their hinges.”

We were intrigued by the statement; it comes from Trudy F. Sullivan, the company’s president and CEO.  Her reasoning?

““They’ve become a bit of a hindrance for attracting new customers. They see the red door — they think it’s their grandmother’s store,”

That is the top to David Moin’s story updating the retailer’s progress.  Talbots may want to consider updating their investor relations page, with the reference to its “…welcoming red doors.”

The Talbots Inc.

For those attuned to the firm’s Sales & Clearance schedule, a change may already have been noticed:

“… the two big annual clearances were dropped in favor of taking less dramatic markdowns monthly to keep inventories cleaner and to sustain a steadier flow of merchandise.”

Below, this month’s catalog showing two new styles for fall.

Talbots.com

Frequent readers may recall previous blather discussion about changes in direction for Talbots, we liked many of the new styles and fabrics and applauded the move to use Linda Evangelista for this fall’s advertising campaign. This look? A bit intense for our taste, likely to draw attention to the model, not the apparel.

Courtesy Image via WWD.com

The philosophy behind the strategic moves makes sense, more from the WWD story:

““Don’t you think most significant brands go through moments of profound change?” Sullivan suggested. “Look at Coach. Look at Burberry. Look at Ralph [Lauren]. This is Talbots’ moment of profound change. We are not reinventing Talbots. We are trying to reconnect to the DNA.”

Here are two more images featuring Ms. Evangelista, better showcasing the clothes.

Below, a look at pieces from Talbots’ Holiday line.

Robert Mitra/WWD

(We’ll just might need a pair of those peachy-pink ballet flats.)

While we presume the marketing department had loads of research done to determine how people feel about those red doors, and the data may well show they are a challenge for the retailer’s desired demographic, we wonder if the baby needs to go out with the bathwater….?

Sigh.

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Next, we share a look at pieces from the soon-to-debut “Ivy League” collection by Kitsuné.

Some may recall our brief feature on the company’s “Golf Club” collection; we also shared a few looks from this line.

For those wondering about the company’s name, it is actually the Japanese word for fox.

Many of the men’s styles are also appealing.

Lots to like with this collection, IOHO.

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A few quick Bits & Bytes:

Brooks Brothers

  • J. Crew is doing their Final Sale, with an additional 30% off sale prices. Use promo code SHOPNOW to receive the discount; the promotion is online only and runs through the 19th.

J. Crew

Garnet Hill

We leave you with another quick Pretty in Pink treasure, this one from our friends at the Pink and Green Scene:

Pink and Green Scene

The Juicie Fruit Pet Bed is awfully cute, and it is also on sale!

G’bye until next time!

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Lilly Pulitzer Home for Fall 2010, & Next Release of Lilly Stationery & Gifts

Hello-Hello, what an incredibly busy day we are experiencing here in the corner condo at Princess InterGalactic HQ! The barely controlled chaos goings-on force us to do a *very* brief post, with apologies for our dereliction in duty and a promise to do better tomorrow.

We begin with a quick look at some of the fall styles for the Lilly Pulitzer Home Collection, via the bright minds at Atlanta Home.

Courtesy Image via Atlanta Homes

The Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill Collection only launched this spring, marking the company’s return to the category after several years.  Below, another ensemble from the fall line.

Courtesy Image via Atlanta Homes

The print above looks outstanding, the blue and white lattice or trellis print seen below is also promising.  And while fond of an all-white look with an accent color or two, the shower curtain seen below right didn’t exactly make our heart go pitter-patter. Hhhhmmm.

The new styles début August 8 at Garnet Hill. Our thanks to Atlanta Homes magazine for sharing the images! To read their entire post, click here.  Below we see two styles from this current collection, the Lily of the Valley bedding (L) and the Foxgloves Shower Curtain on the right.

We do enjoy our pink and green!

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We are even more excited about new goodies due for our fall group of Lilly Pulitzer Stationery and Gifts!

via Whitney English

Yes, those are Lilly umbrellas up above, slated for a late summer launch. The snappy ‘action shot’ was taken by the good folks at Whitney English during one of this week’s downpours at the Stationery Show.  You can also see the Jonathan Adler designs above, we are sure to add these to our collection of Adler designs.

Also coming your way with the fall line of Lilly:

  • Magnet Sets, shaped like shift dresses
  • Laptop Sleeves
  • Cell Phone/iPhone Covers
  • Agenda Books, done in an academic-year format, Aug. 2010 through December 2011; these will be in the Regular and Pocket Agenda sizes (just like this year)
  • New Paper Dolls
  • Adult and Child-sized Aluminum Water Bottles

And we are excited to be introducing the new line of Lilly Pulitzer Personalized Home Accessories that will include:

  • 2 sizes of Acrylic Serving Trays
  • Acrylic Recipe Box
  • Acrylic Ice Bucket
  • Acrylic Coasters

There are more goodies; as always, we’ll be taking pre-orders when we get closer to the actual roll-out of these items.  The best way to stay up to speed is with our Lilly Pulitzer mailing list, sign up on our front page. (You may need to scroll down, the info is on the lower right hand side of the home page.)

We couldn’t be more tickled about the new merchandise, many of these items are not only delightful, they will solve innumerable gift-giving dilemmas!

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We close with today’s Pretty in Pink, the Barbie Suite at the Plaza Athénée.

Courtesy Image via Neatorama

That is very pink indeed.

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Brooks Brothers Finally Shows Some Love to the Young Miss in your Mansion

Hello-Hello, and welcome to another OTT (One Topic Tuesday) here at the Prepatorium.

And what a lovely topic it is: Brooks Brothers is adding a long overdue line, this one for the Young Miss at your Palace.

Kyle Ericksen for WWD

The venerable retailer is launching the collection in time for back-to-school wardrobe needs. And we are just delighted to learn who is designing the collection: Nikki Kule. We have long admired Miss Kule’s design aesthetic, showing a piece from her fab childrens’ line back in May of 2008.

Readers won’t be surprised to learn we love the Kule look (and logo, it is an anchor) as seen below in a collection of favorite styles.

Courtesy Kule.com

Next, a grouping of favorite Boys’ items at Kule.

Courtesy Kule.com

From today’s story in Women’s Wear Daily about the new collection, with insight from Claude Del Vecchio, the company’s CEO:

“Brooks has been offering boy’s wear since its founding, and over the years, Del Vecchio said, many girls would buy the boys’ merchandise. “That’s how women’s started too,” he said. As early as the Thirties, the company realized its polo coats for men were being worn more often by the ladies attending Miss Porter’s School for Girls. Its pink men’s button-down shirts have also been popular with women over the years. Brooks opened its first women’s department in 1949…”

Initially the line will only be in 15 stores, but the company is also doing two standalone stores with Girls’ merchandise, one in Westport and one in Kansas City.  And if the collection is popular it will be carried in more stores.

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Lilly fans may want a reminder that the Lilly Pulitzer Home for Garnet Hill collection launches tomorrow!

Lilly Pulitzer Home for Garnet Hill

With that we say g’bye until next time!

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