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Neiman Marcus Sells a Chevy, Tory’s Trike & Chanel Runway Show

Hello to a Wednesday that is sunny and warm, we are so grateful for the lovely weather, but also realize many of our friends are enjoying cooler temps and fall fashions.

Another sign of the changing seasons has arrived: the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.

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Famed for its over the top gift items, this is the 50th Anniversary for the specialty catalog. Among the possibilities? Your own Luxury Houseboat.

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That gift might necessitate a call to the person handling your trust fund, it is $250,000.  A vehicle requiring less of an investment, the Tory Burch Family Chariot Tricycle.

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This is far more manageable at only $4500.

For those interested in a little snack the edible Gingerbread Playhouse from Dylan’s Candy Bar might be appropriate.

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Unfortunately the $15000 doesn’t cover future dental bills, possibly a concern when considering:

“… 381 lbs. of gourmet gingerbread and 517 lbs. of royal icing by the expert confectioners at Dylan’s Candy Bar®. The munchable manor, which stands 6.6 feet high by 5.25 feet wide by 4.1 feet deep, … it includes giant cookies, lollipops, gummies, mints, gumdrops, and (of course) a candy-encrusted roof. There’s also a lollipop tree inside, just for good measure.”

An alternative?

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The Petit Fours are a mere $35 and cover a myriad of gift-giving obligations.

Frankly, we would not want the task of managing an endeavor like the Christmas Book, how does one compile a vast array of luxury items without sinking into conspicuous consumption?

One cute idea for followers of the annual catalog and some of the best known His & Hers gifts:

Neiman Marcus

An ornament ($48) in honor of the 1996 H/H gift, a personal Airstream Trailer decorated by Mackenzie-Childs.  Here is a look inside the actual Airstream from that year:

Below left, an ornament remembering the 1971 Sarcophagus gift, and on the right, one recognizing the 2003 Robot gift.

Perhaps an effort at a more egalitarian tone, this year’s car is a Chevy.

However, it is a $75000 Special Edition Camaro made especially for Neimans, so buying two might be deemed extravagant. Let your conscience be your guide.


We offer a very quick glance at Chanel for next spring.

Classic suits with a contemporary touch.

Below we show a dress in the process of being fitted ten days ago, and then as it looked on the runway yesterday.

A snippet from the WWD review:

“Although the ideas came too fast and plentiful for full absorption, there were some clear motifs. Lagerfeld’s favorite jacket is a short tweed with a loose back, with black leather in concert with a vibrant tweed or print a racy alternative.

In the “unlikely to be seen in our walk-in” category:

Back to the review:

“He likes, but is no slave to, longer lengths. Colors were ample black, sometimes with white; silver metallics and gentle pastels, including a sunny shock of yellow.”

We’re pretty sure the jacket above left is stunning in person.

The usual mass of celebrities were on hand for the show, including Claudia Schiffer and Leigh Lezark.

Ann Wintour looked rushed, and we love the new do for Keira Knightley.

Two more exquisite styles.

It was good to see the return of Inès de la Fressange, long the face of the brand in the 1980’s before a split with Designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Giovanni Gianonni/WWD

But our favorite look from the runway?

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

On that delightful image we say “Thank You” to our treasured readers for popping in and visiting our goofy blog today!


  • Chanel: Dominique Maitre/WWD
  • Chanel: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty
  • Chanel: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty
  • Francois Durand/Getty


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Tiffany’s Gossip Girl, New Lilly Glasses & A Wacky Wintour

Hello-Hello, it is a lovely Tuesday indeed here at the Prepatorium, we hope it is the same wherever you may be today.  Volunteer commitments do force brevity, so we jump right in with a look at new eyewear styles.

While next spring’s apparel and accessory lines fashions are being shown on the far side of the pond, other pieces are being revealed on Fifth Avenue.  Tiffany signed up a Gossip Girl star to help show the company’s spring 2011 collection from Luxottica.  Actress Blake Lively and others were on hand at Tiffany last week where the new designs were showcased.

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.

If fond of the Tiffany Keys collection this look may be appealing, that motif is replicated in next spring’s sunglasses.


This frame runs the gamut in terms of price point, starting at $250 and going up to $1650 for an 18K gold version. Next, the Keys design in a half-rim style, again showcasing the key design on the side of the frame.


Below we see the Moonstone frame on the left, and on the right, the Keys pattern is seen on a rimless frames.

Ms. Lively wore a rather sheer Elie Saab creation for the function,

The eyewear is not made by Tiffany, Luxottica is actually licensed to make the glasses.  Below, the Tiffany Signature design  features the company’s “X” on the arm.


As noted, these particular styles are for next spring, but there are plenty of existing designs currently available at Tiffany, they may be of particular delight to those who don’t mind paying the company for the privilege of advertising its glasses.


But not all are so garish, here is the Somerset.


The eyewear is also available at other locations; below we see the Tiffany 3010b as sold at Amazon, a rather bizarre design IOHO.



There are also new styles from Lilly Pulitzer, but the good news is that these are for Fall 2010.

Kenmark/Lilly Pulitzer

Above we see the Rorey model, and below, the Elena.

Kenmark/Lilly Pulitzer

Here is the Piper in three different colorways.

Kenmark/Lilly Pulitzer

The most elaborate style may be the Mell sunglasses (shown on the bottom) with the detailed metalwork and gold plating, atop that pair is the Ruby.


Lilly eyewear only launched in 2008, but because of the line’s popularity, it is being expanded this year. Below, another style.

Via Midwest Lens

The company licensed to manufacture Lilly glasses is Kenmark. There are also darling frames for young ladies, one that is currently available is seen below, the Minnie.

Kenmark Optical

The new Lilly designs are being unveiled this week at an optical trade show.


Finally today, probably the most incredible images we’ll see from Paris Fashion Week.

Daily Front Row via The Cut

Yes, it is the generally stern, oft frozen-faced Anna Wintour, she is seen appearing amazingly lighthearted at the Nina Ricci show earlier in the week. Dare we say this almost looks like Ms. Wintour is having a wacky moment?

We are back tomorrow with a little excitement, until then, we hope the sun is shining brightly in your skies!


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Stop the Insanity and Another “Preppy Comeback”

Hello-Hello….it is a Monday.

At the risk of tempting fate, we fear it may be time to bring back the “stop the insanity” shrieking from last decade. And we aren’t talking about this:

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

We are saying resurrect the phrase only, not the person best known for yelling those words at us. At least that’s how it felt whenever that show was on the television: ‘Hi, I’m Susan Powter, with TV that’s YOUR FAULT!’  (Good heavens, no, The Princess did not have it on, but when employed in a television station one isn’t always in charge of what is on.)

But the lunacy continued throughout both the Milan and Paris Fashion Week shows. We are talking about footwear and we’ll commence the visual aids with a look from Gucci’s RTW Ready to Wear Spring 2009 show:

Stephane Feugere

Photo: Stephane Feugere

Or the Emilio Pucci RTW Spring 2009…


Photo by Dave Yoder

From Women’s Wear Daily, in a story about the Prada RTW Spring 2009 show:

“As for the accessories, it was all about the shoes, and not in a good way. The mile-high platforms strapped on over what appeared to be Prada’s take on Peds might have been impressive, had half of the girls not had major trouble walking and thus looked absolutely petrified. At least one fell (the meandering stage set didn’t allow for full viewing), and one bailed on the finale. Folks, more sculptural, higher, chunkier, clunkier, strappier, bondage-ier — we get it. But maybe it’s time to cry uncle and downgrade to shoes that function as shoes, even on the runway.”

The photo below is from that same Prada show during Milan Fashion Week:

Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Next, a close-up of a pair of Ferragamos.

Ferragamo Show, Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

Ferragamo Show, Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

Below, a shot from this September’s Peter Som Spring/Summer 2009 runway at New York Fashion Week.

Joshua Lott/Reuters

Joshua Lott/Reuters

And here, one from the Marni Spring/Summer 2009 show (BTW, they do have a fabulous online store!):


Photo: Imaxtree

And then this photo is just in from yesterday’s Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2009  show:

Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images

Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images

As far as TP is concerned, enough is enough. Actually, it is too much.  What do you think? Is the silly shoes phenomenon out of control?

Next, a quick look at the Lacoste Fall campaign, “Perfectly Prepped.”

And they are showcasing polos for kids, both boys and girls.

It seems that once again “preppy is making a comeback.” This is at least the third or fourth time we’ve seen this headline since we started our little blog back in February of this year and this is our 219th post, so if one does the math, the comebacks are happening more than we care to contemplate. And wouldn’t that necessitate the lifestyle going away in order for it to ‘come back’?  Our most recent discourse on the topic was June 11th, titled “Everyone Discovers Preppy…

Now in Adam Tschorn’s story for the Los Angeles Times entitled Preppy makes a comeback on the men’s runway, we see it dubbed the preppie renaissance:

“And nothing in American sportswear is as intrinsically optimistic as the preppy wardrobe built around madras, seersucker and oxford cloth, the de facto uniform of the scion-in-waiting circa 1980 who bides his time at a prep school until a Harvard early acceptance puts him on the path to Wall Street.”

The next two looks are from Perry Ellis:

“In this new world order, it’s a preppie renaissance with privileged panache, with Michael Bastian, Thom Browne and others.”

In referring to designer Thom Browne the articles notes we have the ‘neo-preppy’ moniker:

“Thom Browne, the official tortured soul of the neo-preppy brat pack also toyed with texture, filling his tennis tournament set piece with gauzy sweaters, a floor-length peignoir festooned with tennis rackets and jackets woven over-under from strips of grosgrain.”

Because we have shown so much Thom Browne and Thom Browne for Brooks Brothers Black Fleece, we’ll share two more looks from Perry Ellis:

We simply must fly. Back later.


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