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Betty Draper & Nate Archibald? Not Exactly. Also, Preppy Sales & Discounts!

Hello-Hello!

We begin today with a stars from the hit show Mad Men, actress January Jones; she plays Betty Draper, our favorite character on the program. Ms. Jones is featured on the cover of the August Interview magazine.

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Interview Magazine

The actress wears a vintage leather jacket with contemporary Tiffany earrings, a combination unlikely to be seen on Betty, but one that is smashing on the stunning actress.

Interview Magazine

Interview Magazine

There is a lengthy interview with Ms. Jones, conducted by none other than actor Jack Nicholson. The photography by Inoodh Matadin and Inez van Lamsweerde created incredible results.

Also in the magazine this month, a story with actor Chace Crawford, styled much differently from the look generally seen on his preppy Gossip Girl character Nate Archibald.

PHOTO: Solve Sundsbo, Interview

PHOTO: Solve Sundsbo, Interview

It might be the tattoos that are a little out of sync with the actor’s normally clean-cut image.

PHOTO: Solve Sundsbo

PHOTO: Solve Sundsbo

If the Interview look is striking fear into the hearts of G2 fans, worry not, and direct your gaze at Mr. Crawford’s appearance yesterday, shooting in the city with costar Blake Lively.

PHOTO: Bauer Griffin

PHOTO: Bauer Griffin

Quite a transformation, isn’t it?

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Next, some significant Sales and Savings readers may want to be apprised of, beginning with the Vera Bradley Sale at ‘by invitation only’ shopping site Rue La La.

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The pieces are about 50% off their original retail prices; patterns in the sale include Pinwheel Pink, Mod Floral Blue, Daisy Daisy, and Frankly Scarlet.

If you need an invitation, just email me at thePreppyPrincess@mac.com (There is also a Movado sale underway at the site if that tickles one’s fancy.) Both sales end Thursday, the 11th, at 11a.m.

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Several other retailers with a preppish slant are offering substantial discounts, among them Kate Spade, offering many items at a 50% or 75% discount.

From a philosophical perspective we differ with the company about their marketing of the so-called “Sample Sale,” as it is not, at least not in contrast to the true ‘sample sales’ we have attended. However, one cannot quibble with the fiscally friendly prices of the merchandise.

For example, the Union Square wallet in pink nylon is now $50; the original price was $175.

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Another Pretty in Pink: the Fairmount Park in this fun stripe, now $129.

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Much more can be found online.

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Also promoting deep discounts: Polo Ralph Lauren, online and in-store.  Just a sampling of the savings, the Jackie Striped Tee is now $19; originally the top was $65.

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If one can cope with the oversized crest, the Stretch Cotton Crested Blazer is now $179, down from $498.

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The Tipped Cricket Jacket also features a crest; we mention it as well because many stylists thought it projected a certain Gossip Girl flair.

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This is the point at which TP feels compelled to interject her standard, “Some things have a duty to be discounted, don’t they?” comment.  Indeed.

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Regular readers know how much we love our Lilly, and how fond we are of the effervescent Muffy Martini.  We mention Miss Muffy’s new blog, Lilly Lovers, because she is sharing a must-have discount code at Splash of Pink, good for an additional 20% off Sale merchandise!

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In case the print is difficult to read, use promo code MYBUDDY at checkout to receive the extra discount. The Splash of Pink promotion ends Wednesday, the 26th.

The other discount available compliments of Muffy?  10% off everything on the Preppy Princess site, with promo code MUFFYDEAL. The Princess deal ends Thursday night, the 27th, at midnight.

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A New Line of Preppy Clothing from….the Jonas Brothers?

Hello-Hello and Happy Sunny Day!

We must start by saying “Thank You” to everyone who sent such lovely sentiments yesterday. Your much-too-kind “get well, feel better, migraine? Ouch!” thoughts are appreciated more than you may realize.

Now for today’s topic, the news that your tween (or someone else’s, or you if the apparel fits, so to speak) can soon be clad in clothing from these pop stars:

PHPT: Astrid Stewart/Getty

PHOTO: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty

The pop phenomenon known as the Jonas Brothers (above, Kevin, Joe & Nick) is branching out beyond musical and acting endeavors, and moving into clothing.

The marketing minds at Disney are behind the launch of the new line, which will simply be called “Jonas.” This news comes just as the group’s concert tour is being announced, and in advance of the Disney Channel’s eagerly-awaited “Jonas” TV show, scheduled for air in May.

But what about the clothes?

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Most of our details come via this story in last week’s WWD.  According to that story, the sportswear collection will be at stores in time for back-to-school shopping, and it won’t be difficult to find stores carrying the clothing:

“…hitting mass retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kmart, Sears and J.C. Penney…”

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

And what is driving the styles?

“The Jonas tween apparel collection is inspired by the preppy clothing seen on the show, and nearly all of it is not character driven — there are argyle sweater vests with the Horace Mantis Academy logo…”

Pricepoints for the group sound more than reasonable (keep in mind this comes from a Princess with no children, so our perspective isn’t what we would call ‘experienced.”) at $9.99 to $24.99.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Will you daughter wear clothing from the über-popular band?  Or will this turn out to be a horrendous example of “When Preppy Goes Wrong”..? Do tell dolls, as this expiring mind is dying to know!

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Remember the much-too-fun Lilly Pulitzer Limited Edition Jeeps we have all been talking about and showing in photos?

PHOTO: Lilly Pulitzer

PHOTO: Lilly Pulitzer

Well, it turns out not everyone in New York shares our appreciation of life’s finer things.

It seems that when the Lilly store was packed to the gills last week with loads of ladies enjoying cupcakes and other treats, feeding the parking meter was momentarily forgotten. (We’re told it was barely a blip of time, really.) So what happened?

PHOTO: W Magazine Editor's Blog

PHOTO: W Magazine Editor's Blog

A representative of the city’s meter-reading ninja troops descended upon one of the Jeeps, leaving behind a love note. (Not.) Well, as TQM has been known to say, “Not everyone can appreciate great beauty.” Perzactly.

And on that note we say “G’bye” as we fly to our volunteer shift at the local Senior Center.

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WANTED: You and Your Lilly for a TV Taping

Happy, Happy Day to everyone!

Producers at the Martha Stewart show want you and your Lilly!

As part of the Lilly Pulitzer 50th Anniversary PR push, the design legend is scheduled for a March appearance on the show. And it turns out they are looking for studio audiences members dolled up in their favorite Lilly looks! The show’s website provides more information:

Head to your closets and take out your favorite Lilly Pulitzer outfit to be a part of our studio audience this spring as we celebrate Lilly Pulitzer’s 50th anniversary with a fashion show! Whether your colorful printed outfit is vintage or it’s one of her latest fashions, get ready to don it for our exciting show! Coming up in March, our entire studio audience will be filled with Lilly Pulitzer fans wearing their favorite pieces. Please be sure to explain why you would like to be a member of our Lilly Pulitzer audience and what you plan to wear!

The show is taped in New York; if plans take you there in March, you may want to keep an eye on any announcements with a specific date for the Lilly show.

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The one and only Suzy Menkes has a fabulous column over at the IHT titled, “The It bag is over. Cue the hit shoe.

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Ms. Menkes makes a point that brings a smile to our face:

“Inevitably, classicism is on the way back in a jittery financial climate that is encouraging customers to look for lasting value. So there is also an emotional and intellectual reason to look for a fresh fashion start after the dramatic end of the bling-bling era.”

Buh-bye to bling? Be still, my beating heart.  Although this look below from Chanel‘s Spring 2009 collection is clearly not what we would call a classic look, with the possible exception of the suit that is really not visible in this shot.

Courtesy Catwalking.com

Courtesy Catwalking.com via IHT

The writer also makes the case for shoes moving into the spotlight as the ‘It’ accessory.

“Judging by the designer offerings displayed in post-sale shop windows, shoes are out to steal the limelight, with mighty platforms, carved heels, cages of straps and all sorts of decoration, from feathers to beading.”

Catwalking.com

PHOTO: Catwalking.com

The shoes seen above are Spring 2009 designs by Louis Vuitton, Luella, Fendi and Gucci.  Ms. Menkes makes a point about the towering heights of these creations:

“Since the “model wobble” was a feature of the recent runways, the concept of “falling for” a pair of these pricey pieces is going to take on a whole new meaning.”

Precisely our concern. Well, not exactly, as it is unlikely we will be toddling to a League meeting in shoes of that height.

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The company that sold the fabric used for Michelle Obama’s Inauguration day outfit wants you to buy some of that same material!  First, a reminder glance to refresh the memory cells:

Alex Brandon/AP

PHOTO: Alex Brandon/AP

The used for the Isabel Toledo designed dress and matching coat is available for anyone to purchase; that is, if one can spare $500 per yard for the fabric.  A Baltimore fabric store is offering the fabric; this message appears on their website:

We are able to purchase the fabric that First Lady Michelle Obama wore at the inauguration. It is a yellow embroidered fabric, 33” wide. It is approximately $500/yard.”

If seeking more information and/or photos on the Inauguration look, click here for one of our Inaugural Fashion posts.  Frankly, the shop looks like the sort of place where TP could get into serious trouble.

Courtesy 'A Fabric Place'

Courtesy 'A Fabric Place'

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BTW, for those mourning the loss of Domino, commiseration is available not only here, but more importantly, in a vastly superior form in this story from the Times.  “A Girl World Closes, and Fans Mourn” is a great piece looking at the magazine’s loyal fan base, inconsolable now that the magazine is folding.

We close with another Pretty in Pink, this time an update to the classic Love sculpture by Robert Indiana.

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Courtesy Colette

Courtesy Colette

Offered online by French retailer Colette, the pink Love paperweight is done in polished aluminum.

May everyone’s weekend be absolutely Prepalicious!


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President’s Suitmaker Files Chapter 11 and a Change at 21

Hello and Happy Weekend to all, we hope it is/has been enjoyable and rejuvenating.  Here at the Palace we are simply grateful to see a yellowish orb in the sky; we believe it to be the sun, making an appearance for a few hours.

Talk about signs that the apocalypse is upon us. Gahhhh. We offer only brief Prep headlines on several stories today, as the topics themselves are far too depressing to delve into at any length. We can only speculate that Great Aunt Molly is doing far more than the proverbial “rolling over in her…” if the following news has filtered up to her:

  • The Greenbrier has laid off almost 50% of the staff and plans for casino gambling are reportedly under consideration
  • Lost City shares part of a snooze release from ’21’ that includes the following statement: “…we have (somewhat) relaxed our dress code in the lounge and bar areas, as well as the dining rooms. Ties are still preferred and greatly appreciated, but they are no longer a must.” TP is speechless. Lost City’s post on this topic is an outstanding read.

And then there is this…

“Clothier Hartmarx files for bankruptcy”

…as reported in the Trib yesterday.  The Chapter 11 filing covers the Hart Schaffner Marx, Hickey Freeman, and Hickey lines.  And while we would quibble with the paper’s description of the company’s suits as “luxury” (especially when contrasting their prices with those of other upscale retailers, such as Brooks Brothers), the news is grim indeed.

Hickey by Hickey Freeman

Hickey by Hickey Freeman

(Remember this post when we discovered what the logo for the oh-so-hip Hickey line actually is??)

It was a navy Hart Schaffner Marx suit President Obama wore when accepting the Democratic nomination in Denver; he also wore their tuxedo Tuesday evening to the Inaugural balls.  Former Vice-president Cheney also favors the brand, purchasing five Hickey Freeman suits off the rack at the Tyson’s Nordstrom back in August, as detailed in this post.

Enough about this, we’ll move on to something cheerier, like a bit of pink… and green.  For those unconcerned about dates of issue, the Lilly Pulitzer Spot-On cuff bracelets are an outstanding buy, at 60% off their retail price.

They are $38 at C. Orrico’s new online Sale Shack.  Another pink treasure, something we think the always fabulous Nautical by Nature could find appealing:

The Lilly Anchor Charm Bracelet at C. Orrico’s Sale Shack is selling for a mere $39, as opposed to its original $98. Who can resist?

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The witty folks at Men’s Style are at it again with a wonderful slide show, Change We Can (Sometimes) Believe In.” The piece is a “Then” and “Now” look at popular culture now and back in 2000, when we had our last change in Presidential personages.  Back then it was “conspicuous consumption” and now it is “conscientious consumption,” that sort of fun.

As we are total Mad Men fanatics here at the Prepatorium, we had to share their take on actor Jon Hamm, starting with this 2000 image of the star playing Burt Ridley(?) in NBC’s Providence:

Courtesy Everett Collection via The Upgrader

PHOTO: Courtesy Everett Collection via The Upgrader

And as they put it:

Now: Some dude named Don (on basic cable).

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Courtesy amc-tv

Ummmmm…. in the interest of journalistic integrity, TP feels compelled to add a much more recent image of Mr. Hamm from the cover of today’s USA Weekend newspaper insert:

John Russo/Corbis Outline

PHOTO: John Russo/Corbis Outline

Thank heaven for those journalistic standards. (Heh-heh-heh.)

Until next time, stay warm!

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More Sneak Peek at Lilly Pulitzer Stationery & Gift Collection

Hello-hello and oh my goodness, thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful comments and emails on the new Lilly Pulitzer Collection of paper goods and gifts!

In our first post on the new line we did promise to get some more photos of the line posted; we start with the Mix & Match Stationery sets.

Lilly Pulitzer Mix & Math Stationery

Lilly Pulitzer Mix & Match Stationery

Above, the Bees Knees Patch set: 16 sheets (4 sheets each of 4 designs), 12 patterned envelopes, and two sheets of darling stickers.

Next, something we think is simply perfect as a gift, the Latte Da! mugs:

Latte Da! Porcelain Mugs

Latte Da! Porcelain Mugs

The mugs will be sold individually at $15 each; they come in wonderful boxes, making them even easier to use as a gift!

The collection will also carry office and desk supplies to brighten up your day, like the “Take Note Mouse Pads,” mouse pads with a pad of paper on top.

Also in the line, file folders (lower half of photo shown above) guaranteed to bring smiles to your desk in delightful patterns like Animal Crackers, Bees Knees Patch, Cabanarama and Mumsie.

And we’ll end tonight’s sneak peek at the line with just some of the designs in the blank stock that will be offered:

Lilly Pulitzer Blank Stock

Lilly Pulitzer Blank Stock

As always, the names of the patterns are almost as much fun as the motifs themselves: Dazed and Confused, Havana Good Time are just a few examples.

Everyone can start ordering their Lilly Stationery and Gifts from the Preppy Princess starting February 1!  In the interim, don’t forget to sign up for our Lilly Stationery Email Updates list if so inclined!

Back tomorrow dolls… happy trails ’til then!

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Preppy Princess Special Announcement: Lilly Pulitzer on its Way!

Hello-Hello everyone, and isn’t it a glorious morning?

Yes, we are well aware it is snowing.

Again.

And the temperature is 4 degrees and headed lower as we type, as opposed to higher.

But it might as well be sunny and 75 here at the Prepatorium, as we have an exciting announcement for you:

LILLY PULITZER STATIONERY WILL BE HERE SOON!

On its way!

On its way!

How fabulous is this? We must acknowledge spending a good portion of the evening drooling looking over the catalog; we could not be more favorably impressed.

What exactly is in the line? How does ‘everything’ sound? For personal correspondence needs we will be offering:

  • Divine Lilly designs in notecards, flat cards, notepads, foldover notes and more
  • Stunning Lilly blank stock to be personalized per your wishes
  • Sets of Mix & Match stationery, Note Card Books
Party Plates in 'Taboo'

Taboo Tableware

Naturally the Party and Tableware also carries that classic Lilly style: lush and luxurious with a healthy dose of whimsy!

  • dinner and dessert plates, cocktail, luncheon and guest napkins
  • tumblers and place cards
  • TP’s personal favorite: little pink and green umbrellas for your favorite cocktail that are just TDF
  • wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags
  • invitations, party favor bags, pom pom decorations

Let’s not forget all the other treasures in the line:

  • picture frames, photo books and journals
  • file folders, mouse pads, note pads, sticky notes,
  • address & phone books
  • porcelain mugs in gift boxes you will adore

Honestly, we are just giddy! (Oh… you could tell?)

My, what a nice crown you have!

Needless to say, the atmosphere here in the Corner Condo of Princess InterGalactic HQ is absolutely giddy.

The Princess Consort seems a tad concerned that orders will be taken starting on February 1st; he thinks this might allow us too much time to ponder all the goodies in the catalog for our own personal order! “Not to worry” we said, everything is priced *very* reasonably!

So there you have it: you can order your Lilly treasures through us beginning February 1, just a little more than two weeks from now! To ensure you are in the Lilly loop for all the latest on Lilly Stationery and Gift news, sign up for the Lilly Pulitzer mailing list on our site. Just click here and scroll down ’til you see this…

…and put a check in the box.  (A reminder: we *never* sell or otherwise share your information with anyone else, just so you know.)

We must fly, but promise to share more photos from the line soon. (And how about that Princess crown…hhhmmm?)

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Saks Closing Bridal Salons, Talbot’s Going the Outlet Route?

The Princess is a little down and depressed despite the lovely day; her countenance changed markedly upon learning that Saks Fifth Avenue is closing all of its bridal salons except for those at the Beverly Hills store and the NY Flagship. Hunh? This was simply one of the places where everyone went when looking for a wedding gown, even sometimes for a dress for one’s coming out. We didn’t end up purchasing our gown there, but still….sniff.  Does anyone have a tissue?

According to the story in yesterday’s WWD, the company plans to hold Bridal sales starting in January, running through May, in the following locations:

“…. South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.; Houston; Atlanta; St. Louis; Tysons Corner, Va.; Richmond; Bal Harbour, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Indianapolis; Plano, Tex.; San Francisco, Short Hills, N.J., and Dallas.”

Some of the bridal designers carried by Saks that one will soon need to find elsewhere:

Amsale, Angel Sanchez, Carolina Herrera, Christos, Edgardo Bonilla, Elizabeth Fillmore, Jenny Packham, Junko Yoshioka, Kenneth Pool, Melissa Sweet, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Platinum, Reem Acra, Tomasina, Ulla Maija and Vera Wang.

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We also have news on Talbots: that struggling retailer has announced they will be opening 12 new outlet stores next year.  According to the Boston Herald Talbots plans to open thirty outlets in the next three years. From our calculations it seems this would at least double Talbots outlet presence, but do keep in mind, we are talking Princess Math here.

Talbots is offering an Additional 30% off everything online, as well as free shipping and delivery with no minimum purchase. For example, the Stretch sateen sheath dresses that were originally $110, now running $48.99 and $41.99 before the extra 30% off.  (The dresses would be about $34.30 and $29.40.)

Talbots Stretch Sateen Dress

Talbots Stretch Sateen Dress

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Kate Spade is doing an additional 25% off everything now on sale, including the Giverny Trench.

Kate Spade Giverny Trench

Kate Spade Giverny Trench

Along with the Pop Clinton Street Nedette, the credit card case with the little change pocket, available in a pair of holiday colors:

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The sales at both Steven Alan Collection and the Annex offer outstanding merchandise at very good price points.  The women’s cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan is almost irrestible at this price, with a snuggle factor that is off the charts!

Lilly Pulitzer Fall merchandise is 70% off at the Cloister Collection, including pieces like the Paley Cardigan.

Cloister Collection

Cloister Collection

We are also fond of Lilly’s Snappy Skirt in Preppy Twill in our favorite shade, now $29. There seems to be a fair amount of Eliza B. and Eric Javits sale inventory remaining at the Cloister, along with their always-fabulous selection of merchandise.

The email volume being generated by “Sale” updates and notices is becoming almost unmanageable; are you all struggling with the same challenge?  Barney’s is positively shrieking with their flyer about the Men’s Sale:

Barneys New York

Barneys New York

The email Bergdorf Goodman sent today was simply amazing. We cannot remember seeing any Bergdorf’s literature showing ‘as much as 75% discounts.’

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman

This includes Ralph Lauren Collection and Ralph Lauren Black Label. The Red Tartan dress is available on sale for Infants Sizes 3, 6 or 9 months, as well as 9-24 month sizes.

Lord and Taylor is doing their Friends and Family discount, with an Extra 25% off Regular and Sale prices (with limited exclusions) in addition to 10% off cosmetics and fragrances.  Use promo code FRIENDS at checkout.

Lord & Taylor

Lord & Taylor

Ann Taylor Loft continues their special promotional offer of an additional 40% off Sale prices.

Ann Taylor Loft

Ann Taylor Loft

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The ‘helpful suggestions’ along fashion and style lines continue to be offered for the next First Family.  In an interview with Express Night Out jeweler David Yurman suggests that his Belmont Shadow Watch could work for the next President:

“… He’s an Ivy Leaguer but not too preppy. His style is “international.” I’d like to see him wear a “Belmont Shadow” as a weekend watch. We have a new one coming out in six months.”

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Call the Princess crazy, but we just don’t see the President-elect doing a $4500 “weekend wristwatch.”

A quick argyle update for everyone:

The argyle leggings are crafted of 100% cotton and are available at Pixie Market.

Happy-Happy everyone!

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