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Tennis Fashions, Serious Sales of a Prepalicious Sort

Hello everyone, it is another delightful summer day here at the Prepatorium, we hope it is the same wherever you may be today!

We begin with the tennis fashions debuting across the pond at Wimbledon. (WARNING: Readers may want to be sure small children are safely away with Nanny in case the following photo is so shocking it provokes an unwitting shriek or scream to escape one’s mouth.)

TP begs your forgiveness for distributing such wretched images, but we are sworn to report on such things, despite the trauma inflicted on our psyche.

PHOTO: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

PHOTO: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

For openers: Roger Federer, gold lame and Nike are five words that ought never be used together at the same time. It’s just plain wrong. Gold lame?  This is a substance best kept far away from the sporting world, with the possible exceptions of figure skating and gymnastics.

This story from the Times of London does a stellar job describing the look, invoking an Anti-Prep in the process:

“Even if the all-white uniform evaded the attention of any Taleban snipers, their gaze would surely be caught by the sun glinting off the gold ends of Federer’s luggage. That bag looked like something Paris Hilton would take to a spa. Perhaps there was a chihuahua inside.”

The jacket brought flashbacks of the Nehru collar favored in the 60’s, while the body had a distinctly military look. It gets worse, as underneath the jacket was a vest that almost looked like it belonged under a dinner jacket.

PHOTO: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

PHOTO: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Fortunately the fashion disaster was quickly forgotten as play got underway and Mr. Federer readily dispensed with his first opponent.  How do we all feel about the return of last year’s Tennis Cardigan? A good alternative to this week’s look?

PHOTO: K Lamarque/Reuters

PHOTO: K Lamarque/Reuters

Also sporting an interesting jacket over their working clothes, Maria Sharapova.

PHOTO: Toby Melville/Reuters

PHOTO: Toby Melville/Reuters

Nike is also the company behind Ms. Sharapova’s dress, likened to a majorette’s costume by some. We find it more-than-attractive, especially on someone as lovely as she.  Everyone remembers 2008’s Tuxedo Dress to-do, yes? Come now, one can’t have forgotten last year’s Wimbledon Fashion Fracas already! (If visiting the link, do scroll down for the story.)

And wrapping up our Nike-clad trio of players today, Serena Williams was in a jacket reminiscent of a classic British macintosh.

PHOTO: Clive Brunskill/Getty

PHOTO: Clive Brunskill/Getty

We think she looks smashing.

As always with this topic, we suggest readers pop over for a visit with Rich at Down the Line Tennis for the inside story.

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A quick follow-up to yesterday’s post on the Brooks Brothers Black Fleece expansion.

PHOTO: Courtesy Brooks Brothers

PHOTO: Courtesy Brooks Brothers

Above, styles by Thom Browne, the Black Fleece designer. Not only is Brooks adding two standalone Black Fleece stores, they intend to add 40 stores in Mexico.  Today’s WWD story on the expansion provides more insight on both developments.

When speaking specifically about the Black Fleece customer, Brooks CEO Claudio Del Vecchio has an interesting perspective:

“…Black Fleece customers have responded to having their own separate location, noting, “I’m not sure those customers are comfortable coming to Madison Avenue.”

We can’t imagine why. The company is also planning its first Country Club store that isn’t located at a resort; this new emporium will be in Seattle.

Oddly, the following photos are just into the Prepatorium, a look from today’s Moncler Gamme Bleu Men’s Spring 2010 Collection.

PHOTO: Davide Maestri/WWD

PHOTO: Davide Maestri/WWD

Guess the designer. Not sure?

PHOTO: Davide Maestri/WWD

PHOTO: Davide Maestri/WWD

Check the length of the pants.  Yes, indeed, it is Mr. Browne showing this collection at Milan Fashion Week, currently underway in Italy.

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We move now to some fabulous Sales & Savings opportunities, beginning with the retailer mentioned above, Brooks Brothers, offering 50% off in stores with deeper discounts available online.

Next, one of our favorites, Vineyard Vines.

The markdowns include the Anchor Turtle Bay Tee, now $24.99.

There is a significant amount of merchandise still available as of this writing.

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J. Crew is also doing another of their Final Sale promotions.

J. Crew

J. Crew

Including the Boy’s Pacific Madras Blazer, originally $135, now $49.99.

We have just been advised of a late-breaking appointment, so we shall close with the Keep Company Homer shoe, in the Watermelon color combination.

May your afternoon be sunny and bright!



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Wimbledon Fashion Fracas + SALES at Best & Co., Lilly Pulitzer

There is something satisfying about a buying trip, even when somewhat hurried, a bit harried, to look at textiles for our Fall/Winter 08/09 lines, including our first Holiday collections. This is where we are *so* blessed to have a Chief Design Officer with an eye for color and design that is really nothing short of remarkable, otherwise yours truly would still be left wandering the miles of aisles somewhere in the warehouse. More about our new additions to the lines in an upcoming post. (If you are stopping by for the first time and wondering what it is we are babbling on about, we have a little company designing and manufacturing placemats and napkins and pillows, and towels and all sorts of other goodies, all of them with a decidely preppy bent or aesthetic.)

While not posh, the surroundings at the varying fabric warehouses where we purchase our goods are certainly neat and clean and the people are extremely helpful and always polite. Which is apparently more than can be said for some of those playing tennis on Day Four of Wimbledon, hhmmm? To be a bit more precise, more than can be said for at least one of the parties playing on Court One yesterday? (Thursday, Day Four of play by the time anyone reads this as it is being written rather late.) My goodness. We’ll get to the “He said, she said” part of it in just a sec, but first we wanted to wade through a few of these SALE notices we feel we should share with everyone. And we think we need time to gather our wits as we’re still reeling and essentially sitting here at the iMac not wanting to go down the “Can you say catfight on Court One?” route. That would just be so totally tacky and beneath us. Completely. Beneath. Us.

Best & Company Favorite Looks

Best & Company Girl

So let’s chat about it being that time of year when the notices of summer SALES and increased savings and greater markdowns and deeper discounts and moremoremore buybuybuy information keep flying into your electronic inbox, not to mention all of the literature your poor postal employee has to cope with delivering to your humble abode. And may we talk about the Doorman? Is yours as, well, cranky as ours is becoming? Honestly! I wonder if he’ll go completely ballistic if Cook takes him down an iced Prozac Latte….

Keeping track of the flyers and email notices is almost a fulltime job in and of itself. At least that’s what our Social Secretary keeps telling us. But then that’s why you have The Princess, to help sort through everything and separate some of the wheat from the chaff, yes?

Best of Friends Best & Company Sale

And we must say, surfing the yummies for Boys and Girls at Best & Company is a delightful escape in and of itself, a brief respite in the midst of a chaotic evening. After all, how could you not fall in love with the little Blue Pique Dress shown up above on the right and below left, or the little floral frock below right?

Best & CompanY Blue Pique Girls DressBest & Caompany Floral Printed Shift Dress with Ric Rac Trim

Especially when the ‘Sneak Peek’ for the Annual Summer Sale provides an additional 10% off the SALE price. (If you can’t read the code, it is SUMMER08, and it is good through midnight June29th.) And that additional 10% will come in handy when you see this Pink Paneled Joan Calabrese dress with the grosgrain ribbon and bows. I swear, if I could take a pill to shrink me down to that size to wear that precious little dress, I just might swallow it.

Pink Paneled Joan Calabrese Dress Pink Paneled Joan Calabrese Dress Best & Co.

For that matter, the Dolphin Embroidered Dress is pretty difficult to pass on as well.

Best & Co.  Dolphin Embroidered DressBest & Co. Embroidered Dolphin Dress

And when it comes to this jaunty nautical sweater for infants, there’s no debate; you can pair it with the all cotton stripe cotton shortall, also for infants.

Best & Co. Infants Sailor Cardigan

Best & Co. Infants Navy Cotton Stripe shortall Best & Co. Navy Cotton Shortall Stripe

For Boys, there is the Printed Sailboat Ringer Tee (although a girl could wear it too) in red or in a nice blue as well. The Lobster Intarsia Sweater is very cool, perfect for breezy nights on the beach or on the water

 Printed Sailboat Ringer Tee

Best & Co Lobster Intarsia Sweater

We must move on to our next retailer, The Village Palm, which happens to be a Lilly Pulitzer signature shop, and where they have loads of Lilly on sale for 40% – 50% off for Men, Women and Kids sizes, well worth a stop if you have the time. And you can snag a copy of Essentially Lilly if you don’t already have one, for the amazing price of ….drum roll please….only $15.

Lilly Pulitzer Book at Village Palm shop

Okay. We seem to have recovered our equilibrium enough to at least approach the Wimbledon conversation, which is really not that big of a deal in the grander scheme of things but really seemed so… so… well, so extraordinarily bizarre when one considers the level of decorum generally used courtside. The whole thing is actually very silly on the surface, until one considers the role model issue. I don’t know about you, but there are an awful lot of teenage girls at the club who watch the ‘women’ (many of whom are little more than girls themselves) on the tour very closely; their clothes, their shoes, their rackets, their makeup, their accessories and jewelry, etc., and their behavior.

Why does this matter? Because good sportsmanship and civility are important characteristics all of us need to exhibit at all times, but especially when we are on a larger platform. Like Wimbledon. After we have just beaten Number 3 seed Maria Sharapova. Who won Wimbledon in 2004.

Wimbledon Day 4 Maria Looks Bummed

Which would have been the gracious and courteous thing for Sharapova’s opponent, Alla Kudryavtseva to do. Unfortunately it didn’t play out that way. Youthful exuberance is understandable after such an enormous upset, especially for the young woman who is a fellow Russian. Who is ranked 154th in the world.

Alla Kudryavtseva Wimbledon 6.26.08

Many of you reading this no doubt are aware of what transpired immediately following the match. When reporters started firing the standard questions at the 20-year-old Kudryavtsevas about how it felt to upset Maria Sharapova, what helped her to play so well…blah-blah-blah (TP gets to do that as a former reporter), the issue of Sharapova’s much discussed ‘Tennis Tuxedo’ came up, an outfit worn for both Sharapova’s matches that has garnered substantial attention, in some cases more than the actual tennis being played. Here is some of her response as described by the International Herald Tribune:

She said it was a pleasure to beat Sharapova — and not just because she is the biggest star in the women’s game. “Well, I don’t like her outfit. Can I put it this way?” she said with a grin.

Sharapova Loses at Wimbledon 6.26.08 Tuxedo outfit

Some reports have Kudryavtsevas irritated by the amount of endorsement money Sharapova earns for things like the now famous, if not infamous, Nike ‘Tennis Tuxedo’ discussed above. The outfit that generated fully 13 questions from reporters in the news conference after Sharapova’s first round victory. Thirteen fashion questions and three tennis questions. Prompting front page coverage in the British tabs like this:

Sun Cover Wimbledon 6.25.08

It is clear Kudryavtseva does not like the the level of attention devoted to fashion, and its dominate role in professional tennis. She comes from a family with a strong sports background: her father is a world champion wrestler. As best The Princess recalls, Wrestling does not dedicate this amount of time and attention to fashion and it would seem they are better off for it.

“I don’t like her outfit,” Kudryavtseva said. “It’s a little too much of everything, of the same thing.”

As far as Kudryavtsevas’s concerns about upsetting Sharapova with her comments, that is clearly not a worry.

If I’m not afraid to go play her and she’s world No. 3, I’m not afraid she’s going to catch me in the dressing room and say, ‘You know what, you said you don’t like my outfit. You were wrong.’ I will say, ‘Sorry. That’s just my opinion.'”

Sharapova Wimbledon 6.26.08Sharapova Wimbledon \'08

Here’s how columnist Will Brinson saw it:

Petty? Perhaps. But pettiness breeds contempt and contempt usually breeds rivalries. And, as far as I can tell, that’s exactly what tennis needs. If it happens to come from two attractive European women who take pleasure in destroying one another on the tennis court, so be it.

To be fair to Kudryavtseva, not all of her comments were of the nature seen above. Some could be looked upon as those coming from a professional on the Tour, courteous and civil (we’re not even asking for gracious at this point, agreed?) most of the time. None of us is perfect.

“She experiments, and I give her credit for that. She’s brave enough to experiment. Sometimes she has good ones, sometimes not.”

Don’t we all? The princess has had quite enough of this topic for the day; haven’t you?

Our next post will showcase several more *very* good sale notices we’ve received in the last two days or so, and we will update another Wimbledon fashion statement generating lots of buzz, the Federer cardigan. We’ll also share one more little dress that had prima ballerina types and fashion folks chatting it up together!

Wimbledon Nike Roger federer Cardigan

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Serena’s Trench Coat, Sharapova Shocker, Tiffany and Tennis, Original Penguin SALE!

Yesterday’s post covered the topic of style at Wimbledon, and the ‘Preppy vs. Pirate’ attributes assigned to the Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal rivalry. And whilst those issues certainly have all the excitement of Cook’s day old rice pudding (that is not a slam mind you, it is *very* good indeed) we did tease other fashion updates, and we do want to deliver on that promise. Let’s start with the trench coat, which we might point out is sometimes referred to as a ‘mackintosh,’ albeit infrequently in this household. At any rate, here you have it:

Serena Williams Trench Coat Wimbledon 6/24

We are talking about the white trench coat donned by Serena Williams and worn for her entrance onto the court. It may be difficult to spot in the photograph above, but there is a gold Nike swoosh on the upper left side. And the back story on the coat?

“I was talking to Nike, I walked in, had this great coat on there and they said we should do a coat like this for Wimbledon,” explained Serena about the evolution of this coat. “I was like, Okay, cool. I was really all about it. Now I have a wonderful white coat I can wear on the court and also, you know, in New York for those rainy days. “

The above is from Serena’s home page; unfortunately there do not appear to be any updated Wimbledon pix, a shame for a site of this sophistication, although there are audio updates from Wimbledon one may download. When asked about The Coat following her match (which she won handily) Ms. Williams was positively effusive about the coat: “I just love coats. I’m always buying Burberry coats. And I don’t know why, because I live in Florida, so it doesn’t really add up.”

Serena Williams in trench coat wimbledom

When queried about Ms. Williams’ coat, a spokesperson for the AEC (All England Club) said “As long as she is wearing clothes, and they are white, we will be happy,” referencing the Club’s hyper-strict dress code for play.

Moving on to our next tennis fashion discussion, let’s start with a look at The Tuxedo Shorts Set as worn by the lovely Maria Sharapova today. A bit of background on this: Ms. Sharapova has never worn shorts at a Grand Slam event. Until now.

Maria Sharapova Formal Tuxedo Shorts handout photo

Presumably many of you have already seen coverage of the Tennis Tuxedo, if you will, but hopefully our way-too-many photos, like the one above that shows the jacket more clearly than any of the candid shots did.

Maria Sharapova Wimbledon

The Nike Sleeveless Women’s Tennis Top is available in white or navy, with the navy a superior look in our opinion.

Maria Sharapova Nike Tuxedo Tennis TopSharapova

Of course, nothing we write from this distance will capture the excitement and energy of being at Wimbledon, as we are all too aware. We did think this writer’s description in the Telegraph’s story of the Sharapova apparel was apt, also done with a sense of humor, vital when covering these things.

The clothes? The tuxedo is not, repeat not a tuxedo, despite its wearer having described it as such. It is a waist-belted jacket with wide lapels, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Sharapova Wimbledon 2008

The shorts… there isn’t a great deal to say about the shorts, except to note that they cover what they are supposed to cover and that occasionally, especially when she is doing that left foot, right foot shuffle before she serves, the rear view resembles a pair of puppies scuffling in a bag.

Of course, the tennis apparel wardrobe is not all Ms. Sharapova must think about; she is also tasked with wearing Tiffany earrings. Long a friend to the tennis world, the jeweler is partnering with the glamorous tennis star for a two-year period covering the four Grand Slam championships in each of those years. A pair of earrings is designated for each tourney and once worn by Ms. Sharapova made available for sale online and at the company’s retail outlets. And the Wimbledon earrings?

Tiffany Swing Triple drop earrings


They are the Tiffany Swing earrings for pierced ears, described thusly:

Tiffany for Maria Sharapova. The world’s top-ranked player in women’s tennis is wearing Tiffany Swing earrings at Wimbledon. Triple drop earrings of round brilliant diamonds in platinum, for pierced ears.

The first pair made their debut at the French Open, 18k yellow gold Elsa Peretti Wave earrings “that cut a striking profile without adding weight.” The Princess must admit she was unaware Tiffany accessorized tennis dresses. But since that event was played we have learned that Ms. Sharapova’s French Open dress, the so-called Paris dress by Nike, has a “luminous Tiffany pearl button closure that fastens at the back of the dress.”

SHarapova Nike Paris dress

Nike Paris tennis dress with tiffany pearl closure

TP found the dress to be an absolutely stunning creation, simply beautiful on Ms. Sharapova. For multiple views of the dress, drop by Zappos.

And one last tidbit about Tiffany and tennis: their 2007 US Open collection in partnership with the USTA for the US Open last year wasn’t entirely hideous, as can be the case with the ‘promotional’ or ‘collectible’ jewelry accessory markets.

2007 US Open Tiffany pieces

Finally, a few final sale notes for the day. The first is Nordstrom where the ginormous SALE continues, and we are so pleased to see the Sugar ‘Smokin Cat’ Casual Houndstooth Flat we adore is marked down to 50% off its original price, and amazingly, there appears to be a good selection of sizes.

 Nordstrom sale Sugar \'Smokin Cat\' Casual Houndstooth Flat

Then there is the Original Penguin SALE, a must if you can make the time.

Original Penguin SALE GIF

Especially with their cute Kids look, as seen below:

Original Penguin Kids Prep School Logo

The Princess is out of the Palace for much of the day Wednesday, returning late in the afternoon. Until then, may all of your serves be aces!

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