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A Tiffany Christmas, and The Top 40 Preppies? Ummm….You Decide

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Wednesday.

Before we do anything else, we want to announce the winner of our giveaway that offered one of these treasures:

Kiel James Patrick

Those are the new Croffix Sailing Belts from our friend, Kiel James Patrick.  The winner of a brand new belt in her choice of pattern and size is So Georgia, of the So Georgia blog.  If you could send us an email with your preference in style and size, we’ll get it ordered for you!  We also send Kiel and Sarah a congratulatory hug on launching the belts and a “thank you’ for doing the giveaway with us!

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As predicted, the upcoming reprint of Take Ivy (explained here) and release of Lisa Birnbach’s True Prep is bringing increased attention to all manner of things deemed “preppy,” to wit, “The Top 40 Culturally Relevant Preppies” from FlavorWire. Coming in at #1?

Via FlavorWire.com

That distinction goes to Zack “Preppie” Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Saved by the Bell. Many on the list are fictional, including The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Carlton Banks as portrayed by Alfonso Ribeiro.

Via FlavorWire.com

From the story:

“Ladies, locate your tennis skirts. Gents, dig up those Nantucket red pants. The New York Times and The Awl have called it: Preppie chic is back.”

Here are two real-life people included in the Top Ten.

Via FlavorWire.com

The list contains some glaring oddities (Gordon Gecko? Non, non, non, if anything he was a yuppie), but we don’t look upon it as something to be taken seriously, it is more of a fun foray into how others interpret the term. We giggled in delight upon seeing one of our Mad Men characters, Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser).

Via FlavorWire.com

Another quick bite from the post:

“So, in celebration of all things square and Country Club-approved, we have created a handy guide to the top 40 (get it?) most culturally relevant preppies.”

Many Princess readers will be pleased to see Lilly Pulitzer’s inclusion.

Via FlavorWire.com

Another style icon on the list of whom we are fond, René Lacoste.

Via FlavorWire.com

One last image from the list we simply can’t resist sharing?

Courtesy CW

Despite our doubts at the ‘cultural influence’ exerted by either Ed Westwick or his Gossip Girl character, Chuck Bass, we can’t pass up an opportunity to show one of the most hideous garments ever worn on a television show… again. That vest is truly a crime against fashion. (And honestly, the young man resembles a ferret, or another member of the rodent family.)

We highly recommend seeing the list in its entirety; if so inclined, click here. But you simply must return and tell us who’s on your list.

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On a somewhat related note, we want to thank our friend Leesa for tipping us off to September’s Vanity Fair cover:

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No, we are not bloviating opining about Lady Gaga again. Look more closely at The Consort’s arrow-enhanced-image.

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Yes, the red arrow points out the “The Return of the Official Preppy Handbook” headline.  From the magazine’s table of contents:

The Official Preppy Reboot

Thirty years ago, the best-selling Official Preppy Handbook codified the unspoken Wasp rules of conduct. In an excerpt from True Prep, Lisa Birnbach and designer Chip Kidd update prepster kitchens, careers, and colors.”

There you have it.

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Our other item of note involves a sneak peek at Tiffany’s Christmas advertising campaign; the plugged-in folks at Fashionista have the story. Below, Doutzen Kroes, the model fronting the campaign, heads to the set.

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Ms. Kroes is three months along with a blessed event.

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She looks lovely, very much the Tiffany style.

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The finished product is clearly going to be classic Tiffany.

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Ho-ho-ho, enjoy the snow!

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Sperry 2010 Spring, Creep Clothes, Prep School Fashion

Hello-Hello! It’s bright and beautiful outside, we hope it is where you are as well!

We begin with an early look at the Sperry Top-sider Bahama Collection for spring/summer 2010.

Courtesy Sperry via High Snobiety

Courtesy Sperry via High Snobiety

This is one of Sperry’s classic profiles, done in different colorways and textiles, including the firm’s basic blue.

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The line also offers the Bahama Chukka in leather and canvas styles.

Courtesy Sperry via Solediction

Courtesy Sperry via Solediction

Ahem. As indicated, these are next year’s shoes. If interested in supplementing your collection with this year’s styles, Sperry currently has some outstanding bargains on their site, like one that we all love, the Bahama Plaid Cuff.

9561697.JPGOriginally $60, these are now only $30, available in three different colors, but the sizes are growing scarce, so don’t wait too long if these hold appeal.

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Speaking of Sperry, they are mentioned more than once in an interesting W Editor’s Blog post about fashions currently in favor at private schools on the UES.

Gossip Girls Blair and Serena may set the standard at Constance Billard School for Girls, but Manhattan private school teens have their own ideas about fashion. We asked 15-year-old Rebecca, a freshman at an uptown prep school, to tell us what young fashionistas are wearing in the hallways these days.”

Private School Confidential” offers an intriguing perspective on what is popular, including several items previously featured in this space, not all of them in a positive manner.

Courtesy Doc Martens via W

Courtesy Doc Martens via W

Not qualifying for today’s Pretty in Pink: the Doc Martens Hot Pink Patent boot.  As far as getting one’s book and other necessaries back and forth from school, Diane Solway’s story asked what works for that task:

“…Longchamp Tote bags or backpacks. Most have American Apparel backpacks—either the black glittery one or the neon orange one.”

W Editors' Blog

W Editors' Blog

When it comes to the Gossip Girl influence on trends and styles:

“None of these ideas come from Gossip Girl, considering that most girls who live and go to high school on the Upper East Side do not watch Gossip Girl, because they find it to be extremely pretentious, and exaggerated.”

As far as what is not favored by the teens, we’ll let W‘s illustration tell the story:

W Editor's Blog

W Editor's Blog

We can almost hear one of our favorite bloggers and Princess team members looking skyward and saying “Amen”.  Heh-heh-heh.

Ms. Solway also asks if “…preppy style is still going strong?” in her post; the most we’ll share of that response is that “… Topsiders are big…”. For the rest of that response, just click here for the story.

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Next, please raise your hand if you know what CREEP stood for in a 1970s sort of way. (Committee to Re-Elect the President.)

Why is this relevant? Because the contemporary take on Creep is as a clothing line we fell upon.  (We suspect Nautical by Nature might like the look of this sweater from the Spring/Summer 2010 collection.)

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Courtesy Creep

A story at the NOW Toronto site says Creep is carried at Urban Outfitters, although a quick check of their site would indicate everything in the line is sold out. We can understand why, many of the pieces are enticing.

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Courtesy Creep

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Because we remain gaga over Mad Men, we had to share this picture of slimy Pete Campbell Vincent Kartheiser looking more than natty: he is sporting the Brooks Brothers Mad Men Edition suit we have previously posted about (here).

Star Traks Photo via Luxist

Star Traks Photo via Luxist

The Luxist story where we found this photo features an interview with Mr. Kartheiser. As we’re on the topic, what about Don and Betty last night? Myohmyohmy!

Courtesy AMC-TV

Courtesy AMC-TV

As the Insider put it in their review:

“…no matter how much of a calculating princess Betty may be, she’s not the kind to sit on information for too long — and she recognized her lack of options.”

And only two episodes left. Gulp.

That will do it for today, we are back again tomorrow with an incredible, fantabulous giveaway!

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It’s A Little Racy & Not At All Preppy (Gasp!)

Hello everyone, happy-almost-long-weekend!

We didn’t plan to post about tennis togs or the US Open today, but have no choice, given the stories about Rafael Nadal emanating from Flushing Meadows. The topic?

PHOTO: David Gray/Reuters

PHOTO: David Gray/Reuters

The attire worn by Mr. Nadal, more precisely, the shorts.

PHOTO: Getty Images

PHOTO: Getty Images

Evidently the NY Post reported that the shorts are “slightly see-through.”  That original story has been picked up by all manner of publications, including NY Magazine.

“A funny feeling has come over us. We can’t be sure, but we think — just maybe — it’s called suddenly caring about sports. He is life-changing, that Spaniard.”

Lord, this is a wretched job, but we shall try to soldier on.

Indeed.

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Because it involves both the Open and Gossip Girl, we have a trivia question today: what G2 star is named after a brand used all the time in tennis?

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In case anyone missed it, the answer would be:

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Mr. Badgley is named after the tennis ball.  And because we haven’t yet done a Pretty in Pink today, here is something we haven’t featured, the Penn Pink Tennis balls.

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According to the website, Penn donates .15 cents of each can sold to ‘breast cancer research’. (We put that in quotes because we’re not fans of generalized statements when it comes to fundraising claims, we like very specific data points and names of organizations benefiting from the donated funds.)

Back to Gossip Girl, it seems there is a bit of chatter about an episode being shot this week; it features a 1920’s-era party, complete with flapper-style party duds.

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Above one can see actresses Hilary Duff and Blake Lively in their party frocks.

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Yesterday we mentioned the J. Crew sale underway, we also want to fill everyone in on the Brook Brothers promotion.

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Unlike many other retailers doing special sales and discounts around the holiday weekend, the Brooks’ Consolidation Clearance is at its retail stores, it is not an online promotion at this point.

As we’re speaking of the Brooks’ retail stores, we are beyond tardy with this, but simply must thank John Doyle at the company’s Cleveland store. He was more than helpful when we popped in, recommending a shirt we adore, as well as some other goodies we acquired. A gentleman in the truest definition of the word, Mr. Doyle was not only first-rate in the customer-service arena, he was loads of fun and totally understands the Brooks aesthetic. What a dear man.

We’re a little underwhelmed by the online selection at Brooks Brothers, have you looked at their offerings recently? The Country Club section is headlined “Spring 2009” and seems to have negligible amounts of merchandise, and Thom Browne’s Black Fleece section seem to be equally depleted.  The Men’s Paisley Trousers are marked down by 50%, as are the Women’s Seersucker style Jacket and matching Skirt.

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Every single pair of women’s shoes on the site is discounted at least 50% from its original selling price, including the Bow Peep-Toed Pump.

Z530_BLACKThe shoes are $86.40; these originally sold at $288.

The lack of updated inventory seems odd, as Brooks appears ready to market their fall line; the company is going to emphasize those items made in America.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

A recent Women’s Wear Daily story has more on the campaign:

“In a campaign entitled Makers & Merchants, the 191-year-old retailer is shining a spotlight on iconic merchandise pieces that have been made in the U.S.”

There you have it.

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One last tidbit for those seeking reading for the extended weekend, Vanity Fair has an extended interview today with Mad Men’s Pete Campbell, seen to the right of Don Draper in the photo below.

Photo Courtesy amc-tv via Vanity Fair

Photo Courtesy amc-tv via Vanity Fair

Umm, of course we meant to say “an interview with Vincent Kartheiser who plays Pete Campbell, seen in this photo with Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper.”

Of course we know they’re not real, honestly.

Heh-heh-heh.

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