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Gossip Girls & Guys at Fashion Week, Preppy Nail Polish?

It is a grand and glorious day, despite the wild wind outside and prospect of more s-n-o-w. Bleh. But it is warm and bright here in the corner condo at Princess Intergalactic HQ, we are doing all we can to create our own sunshine!

While it is always fun to look at the styles being shown at New York Fashion Week, it is even more fun to share a philanthropic story about the goings-on in the city.  In conjunction with the opening of his new flagship store on Fifth Avenue, Giorgio Armani donated $1 million to the Fund for Public Schools in New York.

PHOTO: Diane Bondareff/AP
PHOTO: Diane Bondareff/AP

That is news that brings a smile to this camper’s face, it is wonderful to see anyone sharing like this.

One could almost term the celebrities ubiquitous at the gala celebrating the store’s opening, including one of our favorites, January Jones of Mad Men.

PHOTO: Steve Eichner
PHOTO: Steve Eichner

Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford makes another Fashion Week appearance:

PHOTO: Evan Agostini/AP
PHOTO: Evan Agostini/AP

Also at the festivities, designer Thom Browne, he of Brooks Brothers Black Fleece fame.

PHOTO: Steve Eichner
PHOTO: Steve Eichner

Mr. Browne is also known for the length (or lack thereof) of the pants in his men’s suit designs.  Mayor Bloomberg and Caroline Kennedy joined Mr. Armani as part of the ceremony marking the designer’s donation to the City’s schools.

PHOTO: Evan Agostini/AP
PHOTO: Evan Agostini/AP

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We mentioned Thom Browne above; it reminds us of the sneakers he designed along with Converse for the fabulous French store, Colette.

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Other Gossip Girls stars were spotted at varying shows. First, Taylor Momsen at Anna Sui.

PHOTO: Stephen Lovekin/Getty

PHOTO: Stephen Lovekin/Getty

Also seen, Leighton Meester in attendance at Proenza Schouler.

PHOTO: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

PHOTO: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

Ms. Meester appears to be sporting a new do, with bangs!

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The Tommy Hilfiger show was this morning; we will effort more photos later today, in tomorrow’s post at the latest. This grouping is from a just-published story in the Telegraph.

PHOTO: Getty via The Telegraph

PHOTO COLLAGE: Getty Images via The Telegraph

You know that TP is simply ga-ga over the pink coat. Below, four more looks from this morning’s show.

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PHOTO COLLAGE: Getty Images via The Telegraph

We shall have additional photos as promised. We intend to do the same with another prep-style designer, Tory Burch, who showed her Fall 2009 collection yesterday.

PHOTO: Imaxtree

PHOTO: Imaxtree

According to this story from the WWD staff, the designer has shifted her approach:

“Tory Burch is trading in her sandals and ballet flats for a pair of ready-to-rumble combat boots. This season, she’s gone streetwise and edgy.”

Here is one more style:

PHOTO: Giovanni Giannoni

PHOTO: Giovanni Giannoni

The WWD story cautions those fond of a little more tailored or conservative look not to be alarmed by the edgier pieces. Apparently the collection also includes designs more familiar to the Tory Burch customer.

Actually, Ms. Burch was in the front row at a show herself, viewing Narciso Rodriguez yesterday.

PHOTO: Steve Eichner

PHOTO: Steve Eichner

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Because we attempt to keep an eye on all things prepatitious (?), we thought we’d share the following with you from this post at the Fashion Matters blog:

“Anyway, Orly has introduced new spring colors for its Prepster Collection.  Prepster. Preppie. Get it?”

PHOTO: Courtesy NewsOK

We are loving the names for the different colors, they are fun and witty:

  • Prim & Proper – lavender shimmer
  • Tennis Anyone? – nude crème
  • OMG – fuchsia pink crème
  • Polo Princess – pastel pink crème
  • Country Club Khaki – taupe crème
  • Cashmere Cardigan – iris blue crème

Below, a closer look at Polo Princess, courtesy of the always-ahead-of-the-trend Katee at the E-Polish blog.

Courtesy E-Polish Blog
Courtesy E-Polish Blog

We simply have to ask: what name do you fancy the most?

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We share a little piece of heaven we just got in, part of our Lilly Pulitzer stationery and gift line here at the Princess. Below, the Take Note Mousepad:

Lilly Stationery at PreppyPrincess.com

Lilly Pulitzer at PreppyPrincess.com

This is too fun in the pink and green Cabanarama pattern, a standard size mousepad topped with a pad of paper! (And all for only $15, who can beat that?!)

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The always-wonderful Ronda at All the Best shared some insight today about this poster, long a favorite of ours.

The message just says it all, don’t you think?  We’ll close on that thought dolls, we hope your day is splendid!



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Early Look at Ralph Lauren, Zegna & Burberry Spring 2009 Collections

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 #1

Crazy as it sounds, fashion’s heavy hitters just finished showing their Spring/Summer 2009 Menswear collections in Paris and the different looks have been amazing. (And yes, a few are fodder for the “Help Me Understand” feature here at the Prepatorium.) We thought we would share a few with you. Above, two looks from the Ralph Lauren Purple Label line. Always brilliant, Suzy Mehnkes writes in the IHT (International Herald Tribune):

Ralph Lauren‘s neckties were so big, bold and colorful that it was as if the American designer, in his first presentation in Paris, were determined to bring the focus back on the symbol of men at work.

“The purple man is confident,” Lauren said in his program notes, referring to the Purple Label collection that has always been focused on the seductive, shapely pinstripes that seem like a caricature of the big boss. With them went ties as wide and bright as could fit under the lapels. But, significantly, Lauren had expanded the range by including upper-end sportswear – mostly jockey club elegant (think molded leather and race horses on the neckties) but also smart casual wear. That included not just the made-over vintage tennis looks but also ultra-light raincoats in high-tech fabrics.

We also took a glance at some of the Polo Ralph Lauren looks for the Resort/Spring 08/09 Women’s Collections.

Ralph Lauren Resort 2008/09 Womens

Another favorite of The Princess, along with several siblings and The Princess Consort, is Ermenegildo Zegna, his tailoring skills evident in every part of the suit seen below. Zegna Pink Suit

Below right we have a divine piece from Loro Piana who makes just about the finest cashmere a Princess can buy, here with an ultra-light bomber jacket and on the right Burberry Prorsum’s “Crumpled Classics” collection designed by Christopher Bailey.

Loro Piana Soulfly Men\'s Bomber Jacket

Burberry 2009 Look

One FYI for true blue Burberry fans: if you would like to watch the entire Burberry 2009 runway show online you can do by clicking here or going to their front page. The same option is also available to the ladies, simply click on the Womenswear Link.

Madmen NY TImes magazine

And now a gentle nudge for all the “Mad Men” fans out there: the Season 1 DVD is now available for your viewing pleasure! And for those who may not yet have seen it, get ready! This one is a must, absolutely, positively… a must. Non-fans are asking why all the hoo-hah, and well, to be frank Princess, why the somewhat dictatorial tone of this portion of the post?

We apologize if we sound overbearing, we just become so excited about little things like this that at times we find it difficult to maintain the proper level of decorum. Now back to the show! If you’ve not watched it, the show is set in 1960s New York, following high-powered advertising men on Madison Avenue, the women who love them, and it is edgy. The costumes and sets are just TDF (to die for), not to mention the hair and makeup; the whole thing definitely has an air of fantabulosity to it! And remember, Season 2 Premieres Sunday, July 27 at 10pm on AMC, so check your listings or go to amctv.com If you don’t care to wait that long to get in touch with the program there is an ‘official’ blog on the amc site and there is also a recently released music CD, Mad Men: Music from the Series, Vol. 1.

Madmen Season 2 Trailer

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