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J. Crew’s New Store, You Can Help Scarlett O’Hara

Hello-hello!

Today we are hopelessly disorganized all over the map, lots of things to share, although in abbreviated form. We begin with a look at J. Crew’s newest men’s-only store.

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The new store officially opens today, and Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.) was invited in for a sneak peek.

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As with the other men’s shops, the Liquor Store (located in a former bar) and the Soho store, this location pays homage to the site’s original purpose; a bank in this instance, including a lower-level vault now used to show accessories.

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Speaking of J. Crew, there are a number of recent stories and blog posts circulating about Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor LOFT merchandise looking similar to J. Crew pieces.  The always-on-top-of-things Lauren at Fashionista first posted about it last Friday, noting Ann Taylor’s efforts to update its merchandise mix:

“…many industry insiders we’ve spoken to about AT’s reformation have noted: “They’re trying be J.Crew.” Evidence of this marketing scheme can be found in the retailer’s newfound preppy-meets-glam aesthetic.”

The Frisky also delves into the topic in this post yesterday.

“We, along with other fashion insiders and shoppers, have noticed that Ann Taylor and Loft have been looking a lot like J.Crew. All three retailers seem to be targeting the same group—women who want a tasty and stylish stew of Parisian, preppy, and urban chic.”

Can you pick which is which between the asymmetrical leather jackets?

Via The Frisky

How about with the sleeveless black shirtdress? (Sleeveless day dresses for fall and winter? Really?)

Via the Frisky

Are you able to determine which retailer did each necklace?

Via The Frisky

To view all of the comparisons that the Frisky’s Annika Harris put together, click here.

We aren’t completely clear on how recent the phenomenon really is, as this Minnesota Monthly blog post notes:

“But have you seen the new Ann Taylor Loft fall catalog? Good gracious. I got one in the mail last week and all I could think was this is total rip-off of J.Crew. Right down to the ruffled shirts, statement jewelry, and model poses.”

The author notes that she is a Crew loyalist. The date for this post? September of last year.

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Next, a topic near and dear to TP’s shrunken little heart, Gone With the Wind.

Remember this dress worn by Scarlett O’Hara when she goes to visit Rhett in jail?

Famously whipped together from Miss Ellen’s green velvet curtains that were still hanging at Tara after the war, the dress is now in desperate need of repair.

Via Art Daily

As is this frock, referred to here at the Prepatorium as “The Hussy Dress”.

Via Harry Ransom Center

(This is the one Rhett threw at Scarlett when she didn’t want to go to Melanie’s party!) The gown worn by Vivienne Leigh for her wedding scene to Charles is another gown needing restoration.

Via KXAN-TV

These, and two more gowns are housed at the Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin, where a campaign is underway to raise funds for restoring and repairing the gowns.  These all came to the Center when the University received the David O. Selznick archives, a massive collection of materials. Click here for more donation information.

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We leave you with two reading recommendations, should either topic prove appealing. The first is from the fabulous Reggie Darling, a marvelous look at two different fashion (style declarations, really) looks from the sixties.  We believe readers will recognize both names defining those styles, one being Lilly Pulitzer

Courtesy Reggie Darling

and the other, Marimekko.

Via Fashion is Spinach

The uppermost image is of Mr. Darling’s very own nineties-era Lilly swimsuit, complete with the Lilly signature within the pattern.

Via Reggie Darling

We have our own issues with the two design aesthetics, as we can frequently be found in Lilly, while also creating Tilly’s bed (well, one of her three beds) from an iconic Marimekko print.

With Permission of Tilly T. Dog

We think you will enjoy Mr. Darling’s post, it is a delightful read.

Our other suggestion for an online visit involves the inimitable Preppy 101, as she is hosting a splendid giveaway showcasing this incredible Cat Studio “America” towel, as well as these Nico and LaLa luggage tags.

Along with a few other goodies, like the Lilly Dress Magnets

.. and iPhone Covers.

Click to pop in for a visit at Preppy 101, even if the contest holds no interest, reading the posts is always a bright spot in the day.

With that we say adieu until next time!

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Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2010 Stationery and Gift Collection, Part 2

Hello-Hello, and welcome back from the long weekend. Hopefully no one has melted yet, although that seems to be a peril again today.

We have our second post on the Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2010 Stationery and Gift Collection. (If you missed Part One, click here.)  The Consort The IT staff has been typing their little fingers to the bone, putting new goodies up on the site for pre-ordering, and we begin with a splendid item debuting with this group, the Lilly Umbrellas!

Lilly Pulitzer Umbrellas

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We are now taking pre-orders on the Umbrellas ($28.50), they come in the Surf’s Blue Checking In and White Zin patterns. This Fall’s Collection brings new patterns for those wildly popular Lilly Market Bags.

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The new additions to the group are Just Add Lemon and How About Them Apples. The new designs are available for pre-orders, of course our Creme Fraiche and Queen of Green bags ship immediately. (All are $10.)

One of our fave items has to be the Lilly Water Bottles for Adults and Minnies ($14.50); below we show the Childrens’ Bottles in Desert Tort and Lator Gator.

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They go nicely with the Melamine Place Settings and Placemats. (These latter two items are from the spring line so they are available now, the water bottles are pre-order only.)

If seeking something not quite as involved as the bottle, how about a Lilly Pulitzer Koozie?

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The Koozies ($4.95) are available for pre-ordering in Frisky Business, Checking In and Patch Day.

The Magnetic Boards ($18.50) have new patterns too: Checking In, Koi, and White Zin.

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We are predicting these will be one of the hottest new gift items:

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The Lilly Dress Magnets come five to a set and at only $12.50 they make a fab stocking-stuffer.

Two popular gift-giving items also come in the new patterns; the Lilly Watch Sets ($19.50) will be available for pre-orders this afternoon, Checking In and Patch Day are the new patterns in these.  Another high-volume item, is also getting additions in the new themes, the Lilly Ink Pen collection ($19.50).

One of the other items ideal as a present is the iPhone cover ($19.50); below we show it in Coral Me Crazy, along with one of the new watches in that pattern.

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For those who may have missed yesterday’s post, we shared the new Agenda Books in both the Large Size

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…and the Pocket Agenda size. These are available for immediate ordering; we expect to start shipping them at the end of the week.

Perhaps the most-anticipated items are from the new Personalized Home Collection.

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The new recipe boxes, ice buckets, coasters and serving trays (two sizes!) are going to be outstanding additions to the line. We hope to have the information and pricing on this group next week, we’ll let you know when we do.

Here are the other particulars on the Lilly Fall Stationery Collection:

  • As mentioned above, the Agendas will ship approximately July 10 or 11
  • We are now taking pre-orders for the other goodies in the fall line; we expect to ship pre-ordered merchandise in mid-August
  • As always, we gift wrap at no charge and are happy to include a gift card with your order, so do let us know if it is a special present for someone
  • To be on top of the latest news and receive special discount offers on our Lilly collection, sign up for our Lilly Pulitzer newsletter here. (You will need to scroll down a bit, the box you are looking for is on the lower right of the page.) You can rest easy when signing up, we will never sell or share your email address or other personal information, that is a promise.

Everything looks so fun, we can’t wait to have it all in-house!

It’s too bad we can’t all get together for a massive ice cream sundae or sorbet! We send hopes everyone can stay reasonably cool and calm despite the heat wave, we are ever-so-grateful for air conditioning.

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