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Ralph Lauren Runway Show, Brooks Brothers Home Collection Update

Hello-Hello, we must say we are grateful for a Friday. The prospect of a slightly more sane weekend (there is no delusion so persuasive as self-delusion, is there?) holds substantial appeal.

New York Fashion Week wrapped up yesterday, now everyone heads across the pond for London Fashion Week (Burberry anyone?), those shows are already underway.

Today we peruse the Ralph Lauren spring 2011 collection. Below, the first two looks down the runway.

We are feeling more-than-a-little out of step with most reviews of the collection.

A sampling of those reviews:

  • WWD: “…Ralph Lauren showed one of his best women’s collections in memory.”
  • Eric Wilson at the Times: “…the Western motif is really where Mr. Lauren shines. You know it’s going to be a pleasing Ralph Lauren collection when the designer himself is wearing leather pants the color of a fine chestnut filly.”
  • Style.com “His latest take on cowgirl couture happens to be right in line with some of New York’s big trends.”

You can guess where this is headed.

The fringe and lace just aren’t working.

To avoid misunderstanding, in our utterly uneducated opinion we think the collection is brilliant, in both concept and execution. The issue isn’t Mr. Lauren’s design skills, it’s just that the theme for next spring’s RTW (ready to wear) isn’t one we are fond of here at the Prepatorium.

Western wear looks smashing on many women, and we sported styles with a wee bit of this influence during our seventeen years in Colorado. We still love our basic Frye boots. But faded fabrics, ruffles and fringe are not styles we generally embrace.

These will be stunning on many, hello, Miss Vogue on the Range…?

If anyone has interest in watching the entire show, it is available online at the Ralph Lauren Facebook page.

Ralph Lauren

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We have a brief update on the Brooks Brothers Home Collection; pieces from the new line could be spotted amid the spring 2011 apparel and accessories shown at Monday’s Fashion Week presentation (discussed at length in this post). Below, several pillows in seersucker can be seen in this image from the WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) story.

Robert Mitra/WWD

The company posted this photo on its Facebook page, the lampshades and pillow are done in Brooks Brothers repp tie stripes.

Brooks Brothers

The WWD story notes the line will only be available online.

“Bedding will be available in three color combinations: blue and white, solid white and herringbone white with navy and burgundy trim. Towels are being offered in eight colors. The home line, which includes pillows and lamp shades in rep tie fabric, will launch next month.”

The Journal’s Heard on the Runway blog originally had the story on the new collection; this image accompanied that story.

Courtesy Image via WSJ

Below, a grey flannel lamp shade is seen in this photo taken by Christian over at Ivy Style.

Via Ivy Style

Much as we like the idea of a super-soft flannel pillow, we struggle envisioning a lampshade in this material, despite Christian’s photo. Some parts of the collection launch late this fall, with the entire group available in the spring.

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A brief item of note:

J. Crew

The J. Crew online outlet opened this morning, the offerings do appear to be pieces made specifically for Crew’s Factory Outlet stores.  The smattering of comments thus far on our Facebook page, where we posted similar information, indicates a lukewarm reception to the ‘outlet’.

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Our final tidbit involves Don Draper Jon Hamm, the actor announced last night he is guest-hosting Saturday Night Live for a third time. Below we see Mr. Hamm in his “The Town” role, that film opens tonight.

Via Movie Cultists

May everyone have an outstanding weekend!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty
  • Robert Mitra & John Aquino/Women’s Wear Daily

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Friday Fun with Burberry Spring 2010

Hello-Hello, please allow us to express our gratitude that today is Friday.  Good grief, what a frenzied week!

As promised, we are finally posting photos from the Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week, starting with celebrities on their way to the show.

Joel Ryan/AP

Joel Ryan/AP

As always, Ms. Beckham is looking rather fierce. Below, the new star of the Burberry advertising campaign, Emma Watson.

Ian Gavan/Getty

Ian Gavan/Getty

A closer look at Ms. Watson’s shoes:

Ian Gavan/Getty

Ian Gavan/Getty

We love the way photographers at events are now shooting things like shoes.

Also on hand, über-prep Gwyneth Paltrow, seen below with Ms. Roberts.

Dave Hogan/Getty

Dave Hogan/Getty

On to the clothes:

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

We did love the pastel color palette.

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We didn’t see one negative review of the show.  From the Suzy Menkes column in the IHT:

“…. Burberry Prorsum set a gold standard for London fashion week. The show was sophisticated, modern and about as far as you can step on giant platform shoes from Burberry’s muddy, military origins.”

Incredible best describes the draping on the pieces.

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More from the IHT/NYT story by Ms. Menkes:

“Ironically, after a soggy, rain-soaked British summer 2009, Mr. Bailey offered only sunny weather clothes, created in the trench coat’s traditional neutral color or in macaroon pastels, from sugar pink and primrose yellow to ice blue.”

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Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

Ms. Menkes continues with a look at the brand’s target demo:

“The brand may have deep British roots, but the clothes were aimed at the young, fast-paced international set.”

The Telegraph story took note of the number of celebrities in attendance:

Getty Images

Getty Images

From the left, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Alexa Chung and Mary-Kate Olsen.

There were bubble dresses and skirts accompanied by lots of ruching.

PHOTO: Gio

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

While not for TP, the pieces look stunning in the photos we have seen.

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Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

We have two more quick hits, the first from Milan Fashion Week (yes, it is already underway, can you believe it?!), as Vogue’s Anna Wintour escorts Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka Vravinec, to the Armani show.

Luca Bruno/AP

Luca Bruno/AP

We close with an inside look at the clothing chosen by the PGA for our Presidents Cup committee members.

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

Below we see Greg Norman, President Obama, PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem, Fred Couples and Vice President Biden in the oval office with the Cup; the President is the honorary Chair of the event.

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

Courtesy Hickey Freeman

The apparel is by Hickey Freeman, a ‘go to’ for the Consort. Actual play gets underway October 6 at Harding Park in San Francisco.

May everyone have a simply splendid weekend filled with sun and relaxation!

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Red Carpet Hits & Misses, Tommy Hilfiger Show

Hello-Hello, and welcome to the week ahead!

Today we begin with red carpet fashions, following last night’s Emmy Awards.

Many critics the evening’s big fashion winner was January Jones (aka Betty Draper on Mad Men) in her Atelier Versace gown.

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

A look at it from another perspective.

Matt Sayles/AP

Matt Sayles/AP

Also in Versace, Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively; costar Leighton Meester wore Bottega Veneta.

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Ms. Lively changed frocks before attending the HBO party.

Dan Steinberg/AP

Dan Steinberg/AP

On the far side of the Pond, the Sun thought poorly of Chloe Sevigny’s apparel choice:

“”…what looked like a polka-dot bed sheet to the event. The toga-like ensemble was by Isaac Mizrahi Resort 2010.”

Matt Sayles/AP

Matt Sayles/AP

Ouch. Another gown receiving negative reviews, Victoria Rowell’s. (Ms. Rowell stars in The Young and the Restless.)

Jason Merritt/Getty

Jason Merritt/Getty

Also on hand, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian in understated gowns, although there is much discussion about the need for proper…ah, appropriate…. umm, the need for…well, there is no delicate way to say this, there is chatter about the lack of proper undergarments ‘neath the gown.

PHOTO: Donato Sardella/WWD

PHOTO: Donato Sardella/WWD

Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks wore deep blue L’Wren Scott.

Donato Sardella/WWD

Donato Sardella/WWD

Another celebrity receiving negative feedback for their sartorial selection, Sarah Silverman.

Chris Pizzello/AP

Chris Pizzello/AP

Don Draper Jon Hamm of Mad Men looked dashing in a standard dinner jacket, seen below at the Governor’s Ball.

Jae C. Hong/AP

Jae C. Hong/AP

Our favorite dress was the Valentino worn by Australian actress Rose Byrne, a fairy-tale princess gown if ever we saw one!

Photo Collage by Fabsugar.com

Photo: Getty Images

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It is time leave the party frocks behind and move on to the topic of Fashion Week, as we still have more to cover on that front. The Tommy Hilfiger presentation coincided with the official opening of the retailer’s new 5th Avenue flagship.

Courtesy Tommy Hilfiger

Courtesy Tommy Hilfiger

Many a celebrity could be found at the party celebrating the store’s opening, as described in this post. The first look down the runway in Mr. Hilfiger’s Spring 2010 line was this Pretty in Pink grouping.

Thomas Ian  /WWD

Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

The nautical influences were easy to spot.

Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

AP had this to say in their review:

“Hilfiger’s theme was the “relaxed glamour” of a Southern California boardwalk, which meant a surprisingly cohesive mix of crisp nautical looks and disco-era slinky styles.”

Men’s and women’s styles are seen in the same show.

Thomas /WWD

Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

Broader shoulders were evident in most pieces, but not all.

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Style.com was positive in their write-up:

“… an energetic and fresh-scrubbed collection, named Beachside Romp, that was meant to evoke a SoCal boardwalk but could indeed play anywhere.”

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We concur with the assessment from Fashion Wire Daily:

“A highly energetic, if not necessarily highly original, runway show.”

We did think this little dress was darling, although much too young for TP.

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Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

We hope this provides a good sense of the Spring 2010 Hilfiger line.  We do have several other styles to share from New York Fashion Week, hopefully in tomorrow’s post.

Of even greater urgency, London Fashion Week is already underway. Below, the seating chart for the London Burberry show, as photographed by none other than the label’s Creative Director, Christopher Bailey.

Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey

May your Monday evening be prepalicious!

Amended to add: And may everyone in the southeast, especially Atlanta, be safe and dry.

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