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That Preppy Princess Perfume, and Pink is It

Hello-Hello, and thank you to everyone for being so kind to The Consort yesterday!

We begin with splendid news for those of us who love most all things pink; behold the “it” color for next year, as announced by the color experts at Pantone.


Some may recall last year’s color was turquoise, we posted about it here. Below, a Cuisinart Yogurt Maker in Honeysuckle.

Courtesy Cuisinart

Christina Binkley at the Journal has more:

“A sherbety shade of pink, with a hint of red and orange zest, honeysuckle is seen by designers as a pick-me-up at a time when many people have had their fill of misfortune.”

A Sony camera in the hue.

Here is how the folks at Pantone put it:

“Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.”

Below left, a Dessy Bridesmaid dress in the color, and on the right, a Nanette Lapore gown for spring 2011 with Honeysuckle as part of the pattern.

Pantone has become very savvy about marketing itself, you can now purchase all manner of Pantone products, from Metal Storage Boxes to iPhone and iPad cases.

If Honeysuckle really tickles your fancy, perhaps the Pantone Visa card in this shade is for you.



Just in time for the final weeks of holiday shopping, Brooks Brothers has wrapped up its major overhaul of the company’s flagship store on Madison Avenue.

Here’s a view of the 5th floor, where Black Fleece and other tailored clothing is found.

Brooks Brothers

The bar looks splendid, and very inviting. (Only in an esoteric way of course, because cocktails while shopping? Gasp!)

Brooks Brothers

The company has scads of pictures from the updated digs on its Facebook page, click here for the album.

Last night the retailer hosted a celebration showing off the remodeled store that was also a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Below a picture from the event via the company’s Twitter photo feed, more evidence of Brooks Brothers’ social media growth. (The child in the navy blazer and glasses is simply too precious for words.)

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

Brooks has long supported the charity, even offering several items for sale that help raise funds for the cause. Below we see two such pieces, the Brooke and Brooksie Bears.


We leave you with something that made us giggle here at Princess InterPlanetary HQ.

Vera Wang

Preppy Princess perfume! We adore the packaging, that abstract madras in navy and pink is very appealing.  The scent is from Vera Wang, here is how it is described:

“…a luscious, woody, fruity scent that blends succulent red berries, honeysuckle and sensual woods in an eclectic and edgy style. Vera Wang Preppy Princess: It’s your life—rule the world!

And while not for us, the crown and faux pearls atop the bottle make us smile; perhaps they will do the same for a Princess in your life.

On that ‘eclectic and edgy’ note, goodbye until next time!


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Next Year’s Hot Color & Lilly’s Take On It

Hello-Hello, and welcome to the corner condo here at the Prepatorium, where the wind is howling! We hope everyone is safe and warm, protected from the elements.

We start today with word on THE color for next year, at least according to the experts at Pantone.

Courtesy Pantone

Officially know as Pantone #15-5519, more generally referred to as ‘turquoise’ by most of us common folk. Every year the design minds at this color brain trust select a specific color (some may recall Pantone selected mimosa yellow as the color for 2009) as the ‘it’ shade for the coming year. The news release from Pantone explains more:

“…inviting, luminous hue… Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world.”

Courtesy Pantone via WWD

In their story on the color pick, the Los Angeles Times spoke with Janie Schoenborn, design director at Lilly Pulitzer.

“It puts everyone in the same state of mind — on vacation,”

We like that perspective. We also like turquoise pieces from Lilly, in a solid like the Casey V-neck (L) or a print, as with the Elsa (R).

More from Ms. Schoenborn in the Times story:

“Turquoise for us is a really big color. A lot of times it’s transporting, whether you’re actually going to a resort destination or not.”

Lilly’s Checking In print exemplifies this sentiment.

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer

A philosophy also easily seen in the packaging for Lilly’s Beachy eau de parfum.

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer

Look how closely the colors in the Pantone beach image are replicated in the Lilly Sea and Be Seen tote.

The color conveys images that are peaceful and serene, yet also cheery, whether in the Loco Patch pattern on a paper napkin, or the now sold-out Recess backpack.

The designers at Lilly Pulitzer are not alone in their appreciation of the color; nouveau-prep designer/retailer Tommy Hilfiger chimes in:

“”The women in my life wear it on vacation and it looks great with a suntan at the beach,” Hilfiger says.”

However, Mr. Hilfiger does not think it is a color for everyone:

“I love it for women and I strongly dislike it for men. … If men are to wear blue, they should wear light blue or dark blue.”

Call us crazy, but the Tommy Hilfiger sweater in ‘saba blue’ looks amazingly like turquoise.

Tommy Hilfiger

Turquoise fans can also be found outside of the fashion industry:

Sur la Table

More from that Times story:

“Cookware maker Le Creuset reports its shade known as Caribbean is increasingly popular….

Customers are using turquoise in both light, coastal-vibe settings and darker, more urban spaces with wood and stainless steel.”

With a final thought on the color:

“Lilly Pulitzer’s Schoenborn calls it a “buy now, wear anywhere color” because in cooler months it pairs with black and navy, and in the spring and summer it can be worn with white or coral.”

We show the turquoise/navy combination below, the Murfee Scarf is seen atop a navy tee.

For a plethora of products in this hue, pop over and visit Erin at Everything Turquoise, guaranteed to perk up your day.


A few other items of note:

  • One of our favorite footwear designers is expanding into handbags. Stuart Weitzman will be launch a line of handbags next summer, below, a sample.

Courtesy Stuart Weitzman via WWD.com

  • Today is the deadline for ordering the wonderful new Photo Clipsheets from Whitney English, our brand new item that lets you personalize a stack of note sheets with one of your favorite photos.

Also, a reminder the image you select doesn’t have to be a human being, as demonstrated by The Consort’s selections below:

On these cheery images we say g’bye until next time!


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