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A Gossip Girl’s Fashion Faux Pas, Neiman’s True Prep Effort

Hello-Hello, and happy Thursday.

We have all manner of Bits and Bytes to share, the majority of today’s tidbits are fun and frivolous, with little or no redeeming social value whatsoever. We begin with an item we mentioned yesterday on Facebook, with apologies to our friends from that venue, we simply must show it again.  For only the fifth time in its history, the Hope Diamond was moved from its place at the Smithsonian.

Ann Heisenfelt/AP

The legendary piece was moved to the Harry Winston 5th Avenue flagship for a gala Tuesday night. It was also the first time the stone was seen in its new temporary setting, some readers may recall that the design was selected by the public through an online voting process.

From WWD’s story about the event:

“The security surrounding the Hope diamond’s appearance at the Harry Winston store last night rivaled that of a sitting President. There was to be no mention that the stone would be at the party, everyone was advised to bring photo ID and doors were locked at 7:30—no exceptions for latecomers.”

This photo gives a better sense of how truly immense the stone is.

Ann Heisenfelt/AP

Celebrities on hand for the big party included Halle Berry and designer Rachel Roy.

Perhaps the only thing discussed as much as the famous stone was the clothing selection made by actress Leighton Meester.

Image via Styleite

The Gossip Girl star’s lacy jumpsuit from Marchesa was sheer, there is nothing earth shattering about that; unfortunately we are all seeing far more of the “too little fabric, too much flesh” syndrome.

The problem with the piece was how much of the back of the jumpsuit was sheer.  As in all of it. (We’re not showing that image, to see how sadly the outfit missed the mark, click here, or here.)  From Refinery29:

“Don’t get us wrong—we love pants-off Tuesday as much as the next guy—but only in the privacy of our own homes. It seems someone forgot to give Leighton Meester the memo.”

It was a surprising miss from the young actress, for if she is criticized at all by the fashion media, it is generally for playing things too safely, too conservatively.

One of Ms. Meester’s costars is known for frequently wearing more daring looks; that may or may not be a factor in Blake Lively landing yet another Vogue cover, this time for a special edition.

Vogue Magazine

The actress is featured on the cover of Vogue Best Dressed. To see the Top 10 on the magazine’s list, click here.

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Next, a few new books, both appropriate for gifting. The first showcases creations by Louis Vuitton.

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Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks will be released December 1, the title aptly describes the book; below we share a portion of the publisher’s description:

“…100 of the finest trunks the Louis Vuitton company has produced on commission, including boxes made for movie stars from Douglas Fairbanks to Sharon Stone and couturiers from Jeanne Lanvin to Karl Lagerfeld, as well as cases designed for Ernest Hemingway, Leopold Stokowski, and Damien Hirst.”

Here is a look at the ‘Deluxe Edition’.

Via High Snobiety

This version will only be available at Vuitton stores and through the company’s website.

The other volume we want to mention looks at interior design, the content all comes from T&C, one of TP’s favorite magazines.

At Home with Town and Country is the first home book from the magazine, the book offers a look at some of the magnificent homes and living spaces seen in the magazine.  This one was released in September, so it is available for purchasing now.

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Also today, it seems Neiman Marcus is embracing the prep style aesthetic, the NM Guide to Prep claims to offer “everything you need to achieve true prep status”.

Neiman Marcus

The guide is merely a collection of merchandise, with an an array of ideas for your MOTH (Man of the House). There are some obvious choices on the list, like the Hunter Boots and Neiman’s own brand of Pocket Squares.

The Lacoste Long Sleeve Polo and perhaps even the Armani Ties would make the cut.

But the Gucci Embroidered Crest Cardigan or the Burberry Wallet?

To quote Nancy Reagan, just say no.

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Our final item is dedicated to Muffy Martini, properly so when seeing the Question of the Day on auto-enthusiast site Jalopnik, where the question was asked, “What Would Muffy Drive?

“As long as there are private boarding schools, Brooks Brothers button downs… and girls lacrosse there will be preppy kids with stupid names and nice cars. What would “Muffy” drive?

Here is the photo shown in the post:

Via Jalopnik.com

On that topic, g’bye until next time!

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Monday Musings

Hello-Hello, and welcome to the Monday mayhem here at the Prepatorium! We are ever so harried today, we apologize for a completely disorganized post.

We begin with word on the dress worn by entertainer Carrie Underwood at her wedding last weekend to hockey star Mike Fisher. Monique Lhuillier created the Chantilly lace and silk organza gown worn by Ms. Underwood for the ceremony.

People magazine via MoniqueLhuillier.com

The singer’s reception gown was also done by the designer, who shows both dresses on her Facebook page.

People Magazine via Monique Lhuillier

As seen in the pictures, People magazine and sister publication People Style News have the story on the bridal gowns and accessories.

People.com

According to StyleList the shoes were by Stuart Weitzman, his white satin Avalon platform pump. (If it appears to have a pink tone that is because it was embellished with pink crystals.) The bride wore a feather and crystal ban.do headband.

Notwithstanding our thoughts on daytime glitter and frou-frou, the young entertainer looked beautiful, and the two make a lovely couple.

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We may have previously mentioned this, the sleepwear line Norma Kamali is doing for Walmart; today’s WWD story had a few images from the collection.

The new line debuts online October 10.

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We have previously shared links to Lilly Pulitzer and Vera Bradley for those wishing to perk up their desktop via free downloadable designs. Our friends at Boatman Geller are also offering some of their most popular patterns as wallpaper.

Boatman Geller

The available designs include a pattern we adore, Espadrille Preppy Stripe, delightful for your computer or your tabletop!

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In today’s “We are not Worthy” category, two public ‘Thank You’ notes. The first is to the gifted and delightful Miss LPC, perhaps better known by her blog, Privilege.  This always stylish writer was much-too-kind when composing a recent post, we can only offer a public expression of gratitude in return. When we grow up we hope to have a smidgen of LPC’s talent and skill.

Our other thank you is for the ever-so-proper (and loads of fun) Miss Janice; specifically for sharing pictures of a recent soirée she hosted.

Courtesy Miss Janice

Some of Miss Janice’s Lilly Pulitzer tableware came via a blog contest we sponsored with Muffy Martini, the prize was a complete set of the Loco Patch party and tableware items. Thank you for sharing Miss Janice, we always enjoying seeing how people actually use some of our favorite Princess goodies!

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Does J. Crew ‘Help Preppy Go Euro’?

Hello-Hello, and happy Monday! We hope everyone enjoyed a pleasant and restful weekend.

Today we invoke ‘brevity is a virtue’ as our modus operandi, things are a tad frenzied here in our corner condo at Princess HQ.

We look at a story in yesterday’s Sunday Magazine from the Times. “J. Crew Helps Preppy Go Euro” analyzes the ongoing transformation of J. Crew’s position in the marketplace, starting with a little background on the retailer:

“… with its anodyne clubby name and clothes that ripped off L.L. Bean, Brooks Brothers and J. Press, J. Crew seemed to spoof the preppy style while making it available.”

We loved the photo illustration that accompanied the article.

Kevin Van Aelst/NY Times

Writer Virginia Heffernan deftly examines the company’s move toward a different aesthetic, referencing a specific sailor shirt featured on Crew’s website.

“The shirt is sporty and thus not un-American, while also signifying “Paris,” a new concept jcrew.com has been audaciously colonizing. The site twinkles with references to France and haute couture, and recently it has positioned dissipated and mysterious Euro-type models in the slots that used to be reserved for “J. Crew models” — fresh-faced, wholesome strawberry blondes.

The shirt under discussion:

J. Crew

We hadn’t really noticed a change in models, but then, we spend very little time on the site or looking at the catalog.  Have you noticed a drift toward a more European look in the models?

The story also revisits a topic discussed and whined about ad nauseam occasionally in this space, most recently in an April post we titled “J. Crew’s Disdain for Preppy“.  Back to yesterday’s Times:

“The stateside European, in J. Crew’s imagining, wears all our usual American stuff — shorts, T-shirts, cargo pants, polo shirts — but has no use whatsoever for the simplicity and androgyny that used to be hallmarks of preppy.”

Referencing the impact of design director Jenna Lyons and CEO Mickey Drexler, the story shares this perspective:

“Every outfit seems slightly hacked — cut up and embellished by a home tailor. You don’t envision someone in J. Crew playing lacrosse anymore; they seem more likely to be philosophizing and seducing. “I have a hard time with the word ‘preppy,’ ” Lyons told Style.com not long ago. “It’s very coastal, and it leaves out a lot of Americans who aren’t yachting or going to the beach club.”

This summer, then, what is the new J. Crew ideal? Not the East Hampton WASP, not anymore. Rather, it’s the sultry au pair watching the children. In sequins.”

Our favorite part of the article has to be this segment:

WHEN WASPS BLOG
Those days of preppy names in print only at birth, marriage and death are long over. Now they can’t stop . . .musing. For modest laughs: To the Manner Born, WASP 101, Tickled Pink and Green, Muffy Martini, Pink Washingtoniette, 2PreppyGirls and Summer Is a Verb.

Reading this group of names at the end of the story had us grinning ear to ear. Congratulations to all included! The story is fascinating, click here to read it in its entirety.

A related note of interest, J. Crew is doing their Final Sale promotion again, offering an additional 20% off sale-priced merchandise.

J. Crew

The promotion runs through this Thursday, July 15. Use the code EXTRA20 at checkout to receive the discounted pricing.

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We apologize for the brevity of today’s post; the flood of orders for these….

Lilly Pulitzer Agendas at PreppyPrincess.com

Has prompted the creation of one of these stacks everyday here at the Prepatorium, as the Consort and I our immense staff of Princess Pixies get the Lilly Agendas headed out the door!

Christmas in July?

Heaven only knows what the stack of Lilly iPhone Covers will look like when they are shipped in early August, eeek!

On that note, g’bye until next time!

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Monday Musings: Liz at QVC, In the Pink

Hello-Hello, and Happy Day to all, especially those enjoying a day off, a little respite from their normal schedule!

We must begin by sending great good wishes, big smiles, hugs, prayers and lots of love to two of our favorite bloggers who started on a new path this weekend….

Courtesy Classic Confection Cakes

Courtesy Classic Confection Cakes

Congratulations to the one and only Muffy Martini and Daisy JD (Just Daisy), they married the loves of their lives Saturday.

Courtesy BlissTree.com

Courtesy BlissTree.com

And now they are off honeymooning, whoo-hoo! (Note: photos are not from either wedding.)

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Moving on, big news for anyone who enjoys Liz Claiborne:

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The line is being moved exclusively to Penney’s. Both the men’s and women’s labels are making the move; if things are going well after five years, Penney’s can even buy the name.

John Aquino/WWD

John Aquino/WWD

Liz Claiborne New York, moves to QVC and the company’s outlet stores.  The WWD story on this notes something TP has wondered about for some time: the perils of watering down a designer’s caché by creating multiple labels sold in similar stores.  As the firm’s CEO, William L. McComb, put it:

“It was time to break the conflict inherent in the strategy that had a lower-priced offering of the Liz Claiborne brand at one department store in the mall [Penney’s] and a higher-priced version of it in a department store across the mall [Macy’s],”

This brings comparisons to American Living, the Polo Ralph Lauren brand sold at Penney’s. Below, a fashion look and a table lamp, both from that collection.

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It’s unlikely there is much brand dilution with this line; most retailing insiders believe the line really bears little resemblance to standard PLR merchandise.

Other retailers have done well with designer collections specifically for their customers, such as the Simply Vera by Vera Wang and Dana Buchman lines  at Kohl’s, and Tommy Hilfiger is now sold only at Macy’s or Hilfiger stores.

From a big picture perspective this also allows the Claiborne company to focus more attention on several brands many readers are familiar with: Kate Spade, Lucky Brand Jeans, and Juicy Couture.

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We have a few more Pretty in Pink things to share, starting with an extra cute pair of Keds.

kicker_7_bcrfThe Keds Champion Pink Ribbon sneaker benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation – the company is donating 100% of proceeds to the BCRF.

Speaking of shoes, how about these Ragg Kids Puppy for infants and toddlers?

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If TP and the Consort had been blessed with human children we would be bankrupt; every single cent would be spent on shoes for the little ones, they are simply too cute!

Another delightful find, Kate Spade’s Bon Vivant Lilia, actually something of a bargain right now.

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Because of the chilly temps outside, we have to share the Pink Funnelneck coat from Old Navy.

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We leave with a look at the next generation Armani phone.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

It does look sleek and elegant – dare we say understated?

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

However, we’re more than content with our iPhone tucked into its shocking pink case and we also have a greater understanding of just how easily one might become addicted to dependent upon the technology.

Until tomorrow,  we send smiles to each and every cherished readers!

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2 More *Big* Designers to Target, Gossip Girl Casting Call

Hello-Hello and happy day!

Oh my goodness, the witty and wonderful “Well I Do Declare” has been ever-so-kind and dubbed The Princess a Kreativ Blogger! Whoo-hoo!

While feeling utterly undeserving, we say “Thank You” and share 6 blogs that make our day brighter and better.

Tickled Pink & Green is always fun, especially her photo of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin in their Dancing with the Stars debut.

Mom x 2 is an outstanding writer who shares the wit and wisdom that help us keep things in perspective.

Lipstick at the Mailbox somehow (and we don’t know how) manages to find the time to create posts that are sheer bliss to read.

The Jewish Girl in WASPS’s Clothing is an extraordinary writer with insight usually found in much older individuals. We think she has an old soul in a young body. In our dreams we write like this.

The Southern Social is planning parties, sharing social activities with readers, and loving life in Atlanta.

Muffy Martini is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face while also providing some perspective on preppy life on the west coast.

We need to get ourselves updated here at the Prepatorium. We have fallen woefully behind on reporting some of Target’s newest collaborations, as they are blockbusters. Both are by what many in the younger generation would call ‘hip’ designers, both are worn by a certain Presidential candidate’s spouse, and both will hit the Boutique Tarzjay smack-dab on a holiday.

The clues are in the photos that follow; in the first Michelle Obama wears a dress by Designer Number One.

Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

His name is Thakoon Panichgul and Michelle Obama wore his creation (seen above) on the final night of the Democratic convention in Denver. She also wore a Thakoon design to the presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in September. Below, the Floral Inside-Out dress as seen on Ms. Obama and then at the eLuxury site, available for purchase for $1250.

Emmanuel Durand/AFP/Getty

Emmanuel Durand/AFP/Getty

The sportswear collection actually hits Target stores on Christmas Day, an odd choice to debut a collection, in our humble opinion. And how was it working with Target? In a story last week in WWD (Women’s Wear Daily):

“They were very easy to work with,” Panichgul said Saturday in Dallas. “They wanted a lot of prints, and I chose silhouettes that have done well in the past.”

Now, in this next photo she has on jewelry from Designer Number Two….

Rick Wilking /Reuters

Rick Wilking /Reuters

The Erickson-Beamon brooch is front and center on Ms. Obama’s dress (seen with daughters Sasha and Malia) worn at the Democratic Convention in Denver. BTW, the dress was one of the pieces worn by Ms. Obama from Chicago-based designer Maria Pinto. The brand, named for designers Karen Erickson and Vicki Beamon, is only the fourth partner selected for a jewelry collaboration with Target.

Here we show the Erickson Beamon Flower Brooch in blue, available at Blue Bee for $303.

As for Erickson Beamon, their collection hits on Valentine’s Day next year, a day that is probaly a little more manageable for most in terms of shopping.  Here we see a more elaborate piece from the “I’m with the Band!” Collection, featuring crimson leather intertwined through the 22″ triple chain.

This is available at Electric Couture for $658. Next we show something Ms. Obama is probably more likely to gravitate toward, the Gold Leaf Cuff at Net-a-Porter for $525.

Moving on from the wacky world of politics to the bizarre land inhabited by Gossip Girl.

CW Courtesy Photo

CW Courtesy Photo

Perhaps the Gossip Girl production company has all of the extras they require for the  big party shoot this week… but perhaps not. If you are looking for some pocket change, the New York Craig’s List has an ad for extras to shoot Gossip Girl party scenes this week. The compensation is $85 for a ten-hour day, but one is required to BYOW, Bring Your Own Wardrobe.

“We are currently seeking women who can portray Upper East Side types between the ages of 18 and 28 with formal gowns in cool “icy” colors such as ivory, silver, light grey, slate, ice blue, ice violet, etc. We are also seeking gentleman who can portray 18-28 y/o with full traditional black tuxedos with ivory or buff colored vests.”

We’ll be looking for you on the little screen.

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Lacoste: 75 Years of Preppy Love, J Crew’s Man Love, & The Princess Loves Tag

AThe Princess feels compelled to point out that Lilly Pulitzer isn’t the only ‘preppy’ brand celebrating an Anniversary, although we have spent a bit of time remarking upon that topic. Now however, we turn our attention to another iconic brand marking an important milestone, Lacoste, celebrating its 75th year. And the company wants you involved in the party!

Lacoste 75th Anniversary

The ‘Lacoste Future Site’ is fancy, flashy and lots of fun if that is your sort of thing. “For Lacoste’s 75th Anniversary Imagine 75 Years From Now in 2085″ is the opening request, followed by some fairly futuristic tennis! With other slogans like “Let’s Reinvent the Game” and “Lacoste – As You’ve Never Seen It,” this is a site that is highly interactive, asking you to suggest ways to complete slogans, helping you send Lacoste video email to friends and more. It also offers great ‘wallpaper’ for your desktop, screensavers, and a futuristic video, all done with awesome animation that is amazing to watch and worth at least a nano-second of your time. Perhaps the image below gives you a sense of the site’s look.

Lacoste 75th Anniversary ScreenGrab

This may come as quite a surprise (um…not exactly), but there is a substantial amount of merchandise commemorating the Anniversary that you can actually purchase. Let’s take a peek. First, we offer the 75th Anniversary Retro Fit Polo at Nordstrom in what we would call a classic and understated white (or black) with the logo embroidered in discreetly matching thread. Well, almost that, but unfortunately not totally that, as evidently the Lacoste Crocodile has been put on a Barry Bonds steroid regimen remarkably healthy diet; it is now enormous. Gigantic. This is probably why it is referred to as the ‘Exploded Croc.’ There is also the Essential 75th Anniversary Eau de Toilette available at Bloomingdale’s for that special someone.

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Of course, when The Princess thinks 75th Anniversary, we always think stretch pique, don’t you? (Bad Princess, very bad.) This is the 75th Anniversary Button-Front Stretch Piqué Halter Dress followed by the 75th Anniversary Pique Polo, both available directly from Lacoste.

Lacoste 75th Anniversary Halter DressShort Sleeve 75th Anniversary Band Collar Piqué Polo W/Tipping

Perhaps a little zippier in style are the two versions of the 75th Anniversary Sneaker, one seen below courtesy of myairshoes.com.

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In other Lacoste news, there is no way we can leave this topic without sharing at least a few photos of the 2008 Lacoste Fall/Winter lines, as some of the pieces are just stunning and TP would love to have them on hand to snuggle into when the snow starts flying!

Lacoste Men\'s 2008 Winter Collection

Lacoste Women\'s 2008 Line

Moving beyond all of today’s Lacoste updates, let’s talk about positive news from J Crew: word they will open not just a second men’s-only store, but they are scouting locations for a third standalone men’s shop. We have mentioned previously the planned opening of the Tribeca men’s J Crew now under construction in The Liquor Building, a fabulous location for this sort of endeavor, albeit a tad on the smallish side. The company will add a second Men’s store next to an existing mall-based store in New Jersey, and they are actively looking for their next site.

Also this evening, The Princess has been “tagged,” in this case by a friend who has already guided us through some potholes here at the Prepatorium, that brilliant babe who is plugged in to what is goin’ on in the heart of the City, Fashion Herald. (Actually, the tag was Sunday evening, so the following was composed yesterday and posted this evening.) The ‘tag’ is to answer six questions about myself:

(Post rules at the beginning of the post. Answer all the questions. Tag 6 people, go to their blog and leave a comment to inform them that they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answers.)

1. What were you doing ten years ago?
Saying over and over and over again: “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.”

2. What are five things on your to-do list today?
• Read all of the Sunday papers. (Not done as of 11pm.)
• Do the mega walk. (Not done)
• Call Mother. (Done. Twice.)
• Attend Graduation galas. (Done.)
• Serve dinner at homeless Mission. (Done.)

3. Snacks you enjoy?
Chocolate, carrots & celery. (Not all at the same time.)

4. Places you’ve lived:
Michigan, Denver, Oklahoma City, Missouri, Oregon.

5. What are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire?

  1. Ummm…. not to be totally tasteless here, but if we are speaking about having only one billion, then I guess the first thing might be to call the financial people and ask what happened to the rest of my inheritance.
  2. Purchase the City of Chicago and if that is not possible, acquire a meaningful suburban community. Following appropriate transfer of deeds and other dreary paperwork, rename the area ‘Prepoplis,’ and get in touch with Lilly to commence planning the Earth’s first completely pink and green habitat.
  3. Build an Olympic size ice rink in the back yard.
  4. Buy a professional baseball team.
  5. Honestly? Of course it would be to do the philanthropy and volunteer thing full-time.

And in the “Just Because We Can” category this evening, we wanted to let you know The Princess has found a very stylish time waster that you simply must visit: ColorFlip. A colossally useless endeavor in many ways, but one we felt you might enjoy on some level, so there you have it. Happies to all!

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