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“Disturbing Preppy References?”

Hello-Hello and welcome to a Wednesday!

We start with a few expressions of gratitude, the first to our Wonderful One, the Consort, for his fabulous post yesterday, and to everyone who provided more food for thought through their insightful comments, thank you.

Our second ‘thank you’ goes to the folks over at The Daily Basics, a delightful online magazine with a philosophy we love: “…one short, sweet and quirky article a day to think about. That’s it.”  We were ever-so-excited to be included in their recent story “How to be a Preppy“, a look at several brands serving the prep market. Among the companies covered in the piece are such stalwarts as Lilly Pulitzer, Smathers and Branson, Angela Moore, and Vineyard Vines, so you can imagine how astonished (and über-flattered) we were here at The Princess to be included! Eeek! Thank you!

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We move on to more standard fare, starting with Fashion Week in Milan, wrapping up today.  Mens fashions are the primary focus here, although more looks were shown from women’s ‘pre-fall’ collections than in previous years.

We’ll chat primarily about the Prada show, and its ‘preppy factor’.  Below, a montage of men’s looks from the Prada show via All The Rage.

PHOTOS: Peter Stigter/LA Times

An AP story about the collection has been running since the weekend:

“”Without using the word “preppy,” the trendsetting designer nevertheless presented a collection that would make anyone feel right at home in Harvard Yard, with tweed blazers to crew neck pullovers and casual slacks.”

The folks at The Cut (NY Magazine‘s fabulous online fashion group) have concerns about the way the story’s author, Daniela Petrof, described the line:

“We’re disturbed……  since when is Harvard a fashion point of reference? First they launch a fancy clothing line and get tons of press for it, and now Prada’s critically praised men’s collection is credited with Harvard Yard influences.”

As mentioned, womenswear was also shown:

More from the AP story:

“”The “preppy” collection shown Sunday is so normal it might have risked boredom were it not for the Prada fashion genius.”

A few more images by Giovanni Giannoni for WWD’s story on the Prada pre-fall looks.

From that WWD story:

“…camouflage, a fashion perennial Prada claims to have never embraced before, was more urban jungle than safari jaunt, as evidenced by a frisky, big-buttoned coat in shocking pink and brown.”

And a few more men’s styles via WWD:

Back to the story at The Cut:

“Even if Harvard kids would never wear this stuff (or most things remotely more interesting than boat shoes with no socks), the problem is, the world doesn’t need them to think themselves any more important or WONDERFUL than they already think they are.”

Well. The crankenstein word comes to mind.

Quite.

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In news about another collaborative pairing we share a look at the Lacoste partnership with streetwear label Married to the Mob.

Teen Vogue

Ummm….?

Next, a look from another athletic line:

Clive Brunskill/Getty

That would be a dress from Nike’s new Maria Sharapova Collection they are launching with the tennis star.  Ahem. A sheer overdress…? On the tennis court? Indeed.

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We close on a fun and cheery note, a look at the new Lilly Pulitzer Melamine Dish sets from our spring/summer line:

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Each gift-packaged set includes a plate, bowl and matching utensils in either of the new patterns, Desert Tort or Later Gator. The sets run $24.50, or one can consider the individual plates and bowls.

These are just cute as can be, we absolutely adore them; they are $9.50.

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For those subscribing to our Lilly Pulitzer email list, watch for a Lilly update tomorrow in your electronic in-bins! This will have all the latest on delivery dates, new goodies and patterns, and pre-ordering information. (If you would like to be on the Lilly, Jonathan Adler or Preppy Planet email lists, just click here and scroll down, email sign-ups are on the lower right side. We only send updates about every 4-6 weeks, and we never (ever) share your information, so breath easy on those fronts.)

With that we say g’bye until next time, may everyone enjoy a simply blissful evening!

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Pictures of New Target Collection + Just When You Thought it Was Safe…Wimbledon Fashion Fracas Escalates

Happy-Happy Sunday everyone!

We start off with a few early photographs of pieces from the Richard Chai for Target Collection due in stores August.

Chai for Target #1

Chai for Target #3
Chai #4

Our thanks to Nylon magazine for these. It will be fascinating to see them in person, and also to read Nylon’s in-depth piece on Chai. They look fun, don’t they?

Wimbledon 2008

For a substantial portion of our readers this time of year means not only transferring life from city to coast, it also means increased time out of doors on the golf course, the tennis court, the open sea, the Great Lakes, wherever, whenever – you name it, we’re there. The opportunities are endless and we want to go charging into all of them, eyes and arms wide open.

However, on rare and isolated occasions you will find some of us huddled inside, regardless of the weather outside. We are approaching one such occasion: the Wimbledon semi-finals, depending on the match-ups, and the finals. And lest you think we are hopeless relics of another age, we are aware of devices that record the goings-on on the little screen and even if we did know how to Tivo-ize the matches and watch them at a time that wouldn’t intrude upon beach time, tee time, you-know-the-drill-time, trust us, we might. But you see, when taking into consideration the time difference and well, accounting for the little interruptions wrought upon slumber by one’s advancing years, there is every chance we may see some of this in real time.

Wimbledon Aerial

All of this a very long-winded way of saying how much we enjoy Wimbledon. And also nudging ourselves that we promised to follow-up Tuesday’s post in which we mentioned Roger Federer’s creamy cardigan, the one worn onto the court prior to his first and second round matches.

2008 Wimbledon roger federer sweater #1

There were a few inquiries and/or comments about the cardie as they are called in other parts of the world, but my goodness, not nearly so many as we had about Ms. Sharapova’s Tennis Tuxedo. Lordy, did that cause a few folks to reach for their blood pressure meds! And just when you thought it was safe… well, more about the tennisnondress that didn’t belong anywhere near Wimbledon in just a sec, but first, the details on St. Fed’s sweater.

Preppy Cardigan on Federer at Wimbledon 2008

As you no doubt noticed, it did have that swooshy gold Nike embellishment, but you won’t find it at Nike.com, unless something has changed. The Gatsby-esque sweater is a cashmere and linen blend, which must be an absolute dream to have on. Despite the herringbone pattern that gave it a heavier look, we bet it is über breathable. Only 230 of these treasures have been created, representing the 230 weeks Mr. Federer ranked as the #1 tennis player in the Galaxy. It would appear what we have is a limited edition sweater. For the curious, the five gold buttons symbolize the Swiss superstar’s five consecutive Wimbledon titles. The Princess is not entirely clear on how these sublime sweaters will be sold, although we fully expect some to be used as gifts for high-end corporate sponsor types and others to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to one of Mr. Federer’s charities or perhaps another cause yet to be named. There are also reports some may be available at the NikeTown in London, others at the Nike shop that practically sits on Centre Court, but TP is unable to substantiate that info. When we learn more, we’ll let you know.

Maria Sharapova Tennis Tuxedo Wimbledon

Now back to the story that will not die! In TV News parlance, the preceding wasted verbiage joining two adjacent segments of a television newscast together is often referred to as the “toss.” 

You sly dog…. you recognize the term. You know this. Why, you have seen it happen! Night after night! As when the anchor ‘tosses’ it to the Weather Bunny who tosses it to back to the News Units who may or may not ‘toss’ to the break and then we’ll ‘bump back in’ to the segment with a wide shot of the news anchors who will then toss nicely (we hope, and we can only hope you see, for if we are in the booth producing this nightmare and not out on the desk reading the hits, then we have no control over what The Talent does and sometimes as you may have also seen, The Talent is not nice to each other and therefore they don’t ‘toss nicely), we hope to the Sports Dude… and if SportsDude does the Sports in the precise time allotted, then perhaps tonight’s newscast will end precisely on time, as expected. You know, at the time viewers, station management and countless others expect it to end. Yourself included, so that you might catch the beginning of Leno, or Nightline, or whatever, but you do sort of expect it to end at the proper time, yes? Indeed. Thus, one of the problems with The Toss and The Talent, but we simply won’t go there today. No.

Maria Sharapova Wimbledon 08 tennis tuxedo

The above then (well, the above that was above the above), that was an elongated (long-winded too), version of ‘a toss,’ so ‘long’ in fact, we would have ‘gotten out late’ of the newscast, or ‘gone long.’ But since that old clock isn’t tickety-tocking in my ear, let’s chat up that Tennis Tuxedo that really wasn’t. It is a very cool look in some respects, not our preference for Wimbledon, too reminiscent of a waitress’s uniform (seriously, we finally figured out what was bugging us), but still a stylish look cool for another purpose but most definitely not a Tuxedo, Tennis or otherwise. Still, the Tennis Tuxedo was the look of choice for Maria Sharapova.

But it was not a look Alla Kudryavtseva cared for at all, an unfortunate turn of events for Ms. Sharapova, as Kudryavtseva was her Wimbledon opponent Friday. Ms. Kudryavtseva claims it was her substantial distaste for the headline-grabbing Tennis Tuxedo that provided motivation for her to trounce Sharapova on the court, eliminating her from competition.

Kudryavtsevas Bio PIc

As described in yesterday’s post, the comments were somewhat nastier than portrayed here, but at least we thought that was the end of it. Until we learn today of Nike Senior Designer Colleen Sandieson’s reaction to all of this.

“I was quite shocked when I heard she had been saying this about the outfit. I didn’t think it was very sporting. The outfit is 100 per cent functional for tennis, although it has a glamorous look.

“I shouldn’t say too much about it in case it starts trouble.

“Both girls are Russian and there will be a fierce competition there.

“I have seen Kudryavtseva’s outfit and without going into it too much, I would describe it as understated.”

It may not be sporting, but my, it could well sell a few more Tuxedo tops. If I am at the Nike Mothership, I am thinking it is possible, nay, likely this little controversy might sell just a few more garments. Just a few more. It was one thing to have known with certainty that Ms. Sharapova’s attire would generate conversation, consternation, perhaps even some controversy. But really, can’t you see the Nike marketing folks getting over their sadness at the Sharapova loss in a big hurry while listening to the post-match news conference with Ms. Kudryavtseva? ‘Nuff said.

We also promised to let you know what attire had ‘prima ballerinas and ‘fashion folks chatting it up together.’ Here it is:

Urszula Radwanska Wimbledon

Urszula Radwanska of Poland in a skirt some found reminiscent of a tutu, with its multiple layers of material. We *wish* we could say who the designer is, but despite the gold swooshyness, we can’t find anymore information on the skirt. When we do learn something, we will advise of that information.

Clarification: Knowing some readers may have a concern that The Princess must be perilously close to an attack of Logophobia as a result of all the golden swooshyness we have witnessed of late, rest easy. Somehow in our genetic makeup the appearance of small (ahem) courtside logos is not the irritant it can be on ‘street clothes.’ We don’t know why this is the case, but we are ever-so-grateful for the good fortune. We’re sure you are as well, for we know you couldn’t possibly bear another hysterical diatribe to listen to our mewling about the topic.

One final item in what must be a rotten week for Ms. Sharapova: the Grand Pooh-bahs at the Russian Olympic Team have said ‘Nyet” to her request/offer to carry the flag during the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. Not because of what she has or hasn’t worn at Wimbledon, or how she did or didn’t play, but apparently because they don’t think standing around for 3-4 hours in the hot weather will do Maria, or her game, any good.

Just so we end our missive on an up note and send us all into the next week smiling, news of a wedding to share. And this one is also tennis related! (There’s that little toss thing… okay. We stop now.)

Chris Evert and Greg Norman were married yesterday in the Bahamas. The couple (both of whom are 53, if you can believe that!) exchanged vows in a sunset ceremony; all three of her children participated as did Norman’s son Gregory.

Chris Evert - Greg Norman Wedding

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