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Nautical Goodies, Liz Sneak Peek, Jimmy Choo & Hunter Wellies are BFFs

Happy Weekend!

Today we start off with a few brief headlines, all of them SOTTs (Signs of the Times), none of them bringing a smile to the Prepatorium.

  • Say goodbye to Country Homes magazine; it is going the way of O at Home and Cottage Living. Waaaahhhhh!
Country Home magazine

Country Home magazine

  • The retail earnings data came out yesterday and it is beyond dreary. All of TP’s favorite retailers struggled, along with a not-so-favorite establishment, Macy’s.  The arrogant dolts that blew off the proud heritage of Marshall Field’s company announced they are closing eleven stores; click here for the list.
  • eLuxury.com will stop selling online within the next sixmonths, instead switching to a “magazine format” specializing in luxury goods.

But will we allow these headlines to drag us down here at Princess HQ?  Not on your life.  In fact, we are going to share a few nautical goodies that have caught our eye of late, starting with this Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper at Saks.

Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper

Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper

Next, and in honor of the inimitable Nautical by Nature we present the Rogues Gallery Sailing polo at one of TP’s favorite online haunts, Gargyle.

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Here is a piece we absolutely adore from a line we love, the Nantucket Rainbow Fleet Collection:

We know that if another water baby, the Landlocked Mermaid, were buying the plates, she would also include the mugs. She’s just that way – if you are going to do something, then do it properly, of course. (Tee-hee!)

You can gaze at these pieces, and more, by toddling over to visit L’Ile de France, aka the French General Store.  All of their Quimper is simply gorgeous.

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Many Isaac Mizrahi fans are just starting to cope with the harsh reality of his departure from their local and online Boutique Tarszhay stores. With goodies like this Melton Coat in Pink Glow at Target, how could we not be depressed by his move to Liz Claiborne?! (We’re also considering this as today’s Pretty in Pink offering.)

Isaac Mizrahi for Target®

Isaac Mizrahi for Target®

We admit to being curious about his new designs for Liz; today we share a few early looks as seen in this story in WWD earlier this week.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

Above, a look we’re just kind of so-so on, but then we have never been big on orange, even at the beach.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

We do find the more tailored designs more appealing than the casual pieces.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

If going the beach route, we probably would do Lilly Pulitzer rather than the blue and white design below, despite the higher price point on the front end. TP believes the Lilly look would outlast the Claiborne dress…oui?

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

In all candor, we have not purchased Liz in we-don’t-know-how-long, so it would take a great look to coax us back to the line.  It doesn’t mean we are opposed to seeing the new designs, as we do adore Mr. Mizrahi.

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Still looking for the perfect pair of wellies for stomping about the estate? If you are a Jimmy Choo fan, you are in luck. Hunter Boots is partnering with the renowned shoe designer, and Vivre Magazine shows us the result below.

Courtesy Vivre

Courtesy Vivre

They are Jimmy Choo’s first entry into rainboots. We think we’ll keep the ones we have.

But when it comes to dress boots, we think the Ninol in black patent has merit. We fell onto them (in a cyber manner of speaking) at the Jimmy Choo site – on sale at 50% off!

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Knowing the trauma inflicted upon the Third Coast Preppy household as a result of their proximity to a certain person occupying a certain Gubernatorial position (well, he’s still there as of this writing), we thought it important she learn a little more about her neighbor and his hair styling prowess.  (Heh-heh-heh.)

Now this is not brand-new information, and it really shouldn’t be referred to as news, for you do know what we used to say back when doing teevee news…? “If it’s news, it’s news to us.”

So here is the inside scoop on how Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich handles that hair….

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

PHOTO: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

… compliments of this story in the IHT (International Herald Tribune):

“… Blagojevich, 52, rarely turns up for work at his official state office in Chicago, former employees say, is unapologetically late to almost everything… cursing and erupting in fury for failings as mundane as neglecting to have at hand at all times his preferred black Paul Mitchell hairbrush. He calls the brush ‘the football,’ an allusion to the ‘nuclear football,’ or the bomb codes never to be out of reach of a president.”

Aha – the Paul Mitchell brush! There you have it. f course it’s too soon to tell if today’s impeachment vote will impact his personal grooming habits. (Ewww…!)

And on that note Prepettes, we say adieu.

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Target and Hayden-Harnett Love? Also, Nantucket Street Style

Hello and happy day today! We are ever-so-pleased to be back home in the land of the Prepatorium, although the buying spree for the Princess proved to be quite the divine time, and we discovered loads of preppy delights to ease and enhance your life in the upcoming months!

We start today with a ‘scoop’ from Women’s Wear Daily indicating that Target’s next big collaboration will be with handbag company Hayden-Harnett, for an exclusive line due in spring 2009.

Only 3 years old, Hayden-Harnett, is best known for their ‘Havana hobo,’ their most popular bag. The Princess was surprisingly intrigued by their Olga Bowler in canvas.

But we are absolutely enchanted by their exclusive Paule Marrot pieces. Marrot is a well-known textile artist whose work we have long loved. We are especially fond of the Marrot Barrel Cases, perfect for travel, so bright and cheery they’ll perk up even the darkest day.

This is a fabulous group ladies, with handbags, coin purses and other small accessories, leather cuffs like those seen below, and more.

This would probably be a sharp move for both entities, likely generating even more buzz for H2, perhaps around the time they launch their new shoe line which TP predicts will be faboo.

That reminds us, how is everyone liking the Botkier for Target collaboration? Perhaps we should back up a step, instead asking *if* we are liking the results of the collection? The majority of the bags are done in a metallic finish on PVC, or plastic, what TP euphemistically refers to as faux-leather (depending upon its quality). Below we show a Botkier for Target Fuchsia Hobo Bag in PVC plastic, $39.99. Is it us, or does this really look like $39.99?

Not our thing, but then as our very own Miss Muffy Martini points out when commenting on a previous post, different does not = bad, and she couldn’t be any more spot-on. BTW, if this is a group you would like to shop in person, it is available in select Target stores and online until September 14. We’ve not heard loads of recent buzz about the topic and wondered if it might be the victim of the mid-summer, ‘Blah-bleh, yawn, whatever…” layer of inertia that can settle upon consumers.

Speaking of the blahs or the buzz, another Target design collaboration is scheduled to drop this weekend, with the Shaun White 4 Target collection hitting July 27. The group was designed by the skateboarder/snowboarder’s brother Jesse, and it is referred to as “access point skate clothes,” referencing the price points of $10-30 for most pieces.

Known as The Flying Tomato, White is a likable young man, and some of the colorful pieces hold broad-market appeal. But with promotional lines like, “Believe it or not, long sleeves are your friends” we don’t know how enticing this will be to your young gentleman. The collection includes tees, plaid woven shirts and skinny jeans. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to the line.

One last note on Target designer collaborations: the Richard Chai Collection hits August 3. (Above, an image from Target’s print campaign supporting the line.) Did you know Chai was once on People magazine’s list of the 100 Sexiest Men Alive? WE think perhaps 2004, but we cannot vouch

Now on to a far more preppy, and much more Princess look, or group of looks, compliments of Style. Lauryn Levin and Zofia Waig’s recent story for the Style Notes section of the magazine is appropriately entitled The ack Pack. (ACK being the official airport letters.) The duo headed to Nantucket to “document” the street style there and here’s some of what they found:

Melissa in Ralph Lauren

Kamal in Ralph Lauren

Kamal in Ralph Lauren

Marissa in Tocca dress, Charles David shoes

Marissa in Tocca dress, Charles David shoes

And the final photo is Liza in “an eclectic ensemble anchored by Converse boots.”

Heck, go look at all 18 of the photos, you’ll enjoy the mini-respite from whatever it is you are doing online anyway!

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