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Lilly Wedding Gown Update, True prep & “I Don’t Wanna Be A Preppy”

Hello-Hello, welcome to a soggy Thursday here in The Great Midwest.  Frankly, we have absolutely nothing to complain about.

NOAA

We are especially grateful our princely sibling who hails from Boston is here on holiday, but our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by the hurricane.

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There is so much going on, today’s post is essentially a compendium of things happening on the Preppy Planet, from True Prep to Lilly Pulitzer wedding gowns.

We begin with a little something from the book section in today’s USA Today, “Cool fall authors: Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd“.

Todd Plitt, USA Today

Bob Minzesheimer managed to get a variety of fun facts and tidbits into the story profiling True Prep authors Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd, including how they met (can you say Facebook?!) and this:

Birnbach on preppies and money: “It’s not about the money. That’s what people misunderstand. It’s about a confidence level and good manners and sense of traditional style. That’s why our chapter on fashion is called ‘I Just Found It in My Closet.’ ” (She still wears her father’s tennis sweater and her grandmother’s pearls.)

Separately, the paper’s book column also carries a brief mention about True Prep (in addition to celebrity biographer Andrew Morton’s latest on Angeline Jolie, oh my!).

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Perhaps the longest review on the book we’ve seen thus far is from Michael Oppenheimer in Slate, “Muffy Adores Synchilla“.  Mr. Oppenheimer begins hi story with a look back at TOPH (The Official Preppy Handbook), author Lisa Birnbach’s initial foray into the topic, and offers a reminder to readers:

“Her message was, Don’t be intimidated by prep, because it is mostly an aesthetic—a grand aesthetic, in fact, and easily copied!”

Mr. Oppenheimer likes many things about the soon to be released book:

True Prep does get a lot right in updating the original. For example, it’s absolutely true that the biggest innovation is prep style is “fleece” fibers, like the ones in Patagonia clothing. Prep clothing used to be defined by natural fibers, but now the ultimate prep material is a synthetic. Bull’s-eye, I say.”

But he isn’t crazy about parts of the volume:

“….the new book tells us that yoga is now preppy. So is apple pudding. And the lemon. “The Preppy Mix Tape” includes Thelma Houston and Laura Branigan (but apparently not Dave Matthews, who is the entire soundtrack on some prep-school campuses). Burberry is preppy, the authors say—well, maybe, although these days it is probably too high-fashion to be preppy. But Prada shoes? I must dissent.”

We particularly enjoyed Mr. Oppenhiemer’s take on what is necessary for “…prep to live on,” and recommend the review for those interested in the topic.

One last note from the folks over at Fashion Windows, in “Take Ivy, True Prep and Sperry Top-Siders: Kindred Spirits“.

Via FashionWindows

“Two books and a pair of shoes make an unlikely triad. But, when you talk about preppy style, they are interchangeably linked.”

The post, while brief, is a good read.

For those interested in staying on top of things related to the book, the True Prep Facebook page is a good place to start.

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For those who enjoyed our post on the new Lilly Pulitzer Bridal Collection, the entire 2011 line is now up at Designer Bridal.

Perhaps the site’s best feature is the ability to zoom in on the dresses, that level of detail helps one appreciate the work going in to each gown.

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Our last prepified item? An interesting post over at The Stir: “Forget Santa Sweaters- Let’s Have a Preppy Party!

Jason Rich via Kiel James Patrick

The post seems a trifle… well, negative. We rather liked the party’s theme, “From Boat Shoes to Blazers,” it was quite the big do in Newport last week. The festivities were hosted by our pal, Kiel James Patrick, along with Bonobos, Vineyard Vines, the Pink Pineapple and Fred of Unabashedly Prep.

We very much liked Sarah’s Lilly dress (R) in this fall’s Koi pattern, and Hannah (L), is always darling.

Via Kiel James Patrick

Knowing Kiel, those pants seemed almost tame! We have to disagree with the way The Stir captioned this photo.

Jason Rich via Kiel James Patrick

“Madras. It’s not just for pants. (But it should be.)” We love a riotous madras jacket hanging in the closet.  As we tweeted this morning in response to comment about the Stir story, “condemnant quod non intellegunt”.  (They condemn because they do not understand.) Rather than get our whiskers in a wad we’ll simply suggest popping over to Kiel’s site to see all of the party pix, it looks like it was loads of fun.

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We close with something that made both The Consort and the entire staff here at the Prepatorium smile:

Via Hubpages

New to us, the record was first released in 1981; apparently there were only 200 copies pressed, making it quite rare.  While on our Facebook page this morning we discovered there is actually a FB page for fans or collectors of the record.  Amazing. The rumor is that Lady Gaga is searching for a copy because she wants to re-record the song.

With that, we sign off until next time!

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Lilly Pulitzer Bridal Gowns & Jon Hamm Does Daycare

Hello-Hello, and happy Wednesday!

We are really in the midst of a major rush of new products, much of it involving Lilly love! Today we have a sneak peek at the Lilly Pulitzer Bridal collection and in just a few days we will be showing the Fall 2010 goodies from our Lilly Stationery and Gifts line! But here we go with some of the soon-to-be-released dresses.

Lilly Pulitzer wedding gown

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer via A Splash of Elegance

Many readers may be familiar with Lilly’s Wedding Wear focus, and the existing dresses that are suitable for wear in that capacity.

The new dresses are by Designer Bride, a collection of gowns from four noted designers; in addition to Lilly the others are David Meister, Angel Sanchez and Carmen Marc Valvo. According to Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.) there are twelve Lilly gowns in total.

“The collection featured signature Lilly prints done in “white on white” and the “Lilly lace” applied on a gown. Standouts were the short versions, such as a lace cocktail dress with cap sleeves and a grosgrain ribbon belt.”

The Designer Bride line debuted to buyers last week. More from the WWD story:

“The first collection down the runway was Lilly Pulitzer, which showed 12 dresses inspired by destination weddings in resort towns such as Palm Beach, Fla.; Palm Springs, Calif., and Nantucket, Mass.”

Bridal is a wise move, J. Crew is doing very well with its wedding collection and new standalone bridal store.

The gowns will not be sold at Lilly Pulitzer stores or online, they will be available at 61 bridal boutiques late this year or in early 2011. Our next look requires a full shot to better show its lace overlay atop the layer of soft pink.

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer via A Splash of Elegance

This is probably our favorite dress in the shorter profile, you know how we are when it comes to bows!

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer via A Splash of Elegance

On the left, beading and/or other embellishment enhances the clean, classic lines. The style shown on the right, while not our favorite look, includes a tunic that alone would be stunning. And scandalously short in some circles.

The sharp wedding planners over at A Splash of Elegance posted these and we couldn’t resist sharing them, and they are also now available for online drooling viewing! Below, one final dress from the new collection.

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer via A Splash of Elegance

To give you an idea of some of the pieces currently on the Wedding Wear portion of the Lilly site, here are the Betsey dress (L) and the Layton dress (R).

Lilly Pulitzer Betsey Dress

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Today’s other item of note deals with our tedious obsession fondness for Mad Men.

Mizzou Magazine

Mizzou Magazine’s summer issue features a story on the show’s star, actor Jon Hamm.

Mizzou Magazine

We must thank MLD, her kindness in sharing the story is more than appreciated. Although we went to school in Columbia (Missouri), we did not attend the University of Missouri, matriculating instead at the women’s college located in that community, so we would not have been aware of the story.

One of the more interesting tidbits in the story? Learning that Mr. Hamm taught Daycare at an establishment in Columbia called Kids Depot, getting the job by suggesting the facility have more men on staff. The story also takes note of the actor’s popularity:

“Hamm’s name and image are ubiquitous: Hamm on People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive list. Hamm hosting Saturday Night Live. Hamm modeling menswear of the 1960s, in photos by Annie Leibovitz. Hamm featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Rolling Stone, GQ, In Style, Entertainment Weekly, Elle and most of the popular press.”

Happy reading.

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A quick Sales and Savings opportunity for fans of Vineyard Vines: ‘members only/by invitation only’ discount site Gilt is offering pieces from the popular retailer. For example, the Puzzle Whale classic tote shown on the left is on sale for $25, the Mini Murray beach tote is $22. A word of caution: these sales historically sell out of goods fairly quickly.

 

If interested in this, or future sales at Gilt, and in need of an invitation, simply click here.

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We leave you with a look at what Best Week Ever calls “The World’s Most Photoshopped Dog“. The pooch in question is found in Polo Ralph Lauren’s Camp Polo graphics.

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

Writer Dan Hopper points out it is “…the most poorly Photoshopped dog-in-a-shirt I’ve ever seen.” The site also offers this graphic:

Via Best Week Ever

Until next time, there you have it.

 

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