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A Monday Melange (with Preppy Overtones)

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Monday, we are ever-so-happy to be back home at the Prepatorium.

We begin with a note of gratitude, directed to all who helped keep The Consort out of trouble occupied while we were away. Honestly, the timing of events while out-of-town was reminiscent of our years in news, when employees would brace for spot news anytime we left town. It seemed that way for our latest escape, no sooner did we hop on a plane than we heard about a Lilly Pulitzer furniture collection launching, as well as Lilly’s home being for sale. (Many thanks to those kind enough to send along the URLs for the Lilly Pulitzer house listing the Consort wrote about here.) We hope to scare up a little more information on what will be a major furniture line later this week.

Back to standard fare, it is Fashion Week again, this time in Paris, considered by some to be the only place to show.  (Ahem.) A few personalities of note, the Nuclear Wintour Anna Wintour is seen attending the Chloé show, and on the right we have Liv Tyler and Justin Timberlake at Givenchy.

We will have more styles as the shows continue, particularly Dior and Chanel.  Below, several classic, androgynous pieces from Dušan Paunovic, a line we were not familiar with until this week.

Franck Mura/WWD

Also seen in Paris, these styles from Viktor and Rolf peaking the Outrageous-o-Meter in the red zone.

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

Of course, each and every Fashion Week always brings its own brand of tragedy, to whit, more entrants in the When Pink Goes Bad sweepstakes.

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

These are all styles from Pierre Cardin, but there were many other candidates.


There were a few lines line showing in Milan last week that we weren’t able to get to; Moschino‘s Spring 2011 Collection definitely had touches of nautical and preppy amid the red/white/blue palette.

Grosgrain ribbon was used to embellish shoes and repp tie silks were used on belts.

Below, bangles and other accessories backstage at Moschino.

Isabella De Maddalena/WWD


Another Milan show we haven’t yet covered, DSquared2.

Twin brothers (and business partners) Dean & Dan Caten offered styles with a preppish slant.

More photos from WWD’s Davide Maestri.

To say we covet the gray flannel suit would be an understatement.

From Women’s Wear Daily’s review:

“The tailoring was terrific, as usual, here done in more leisurely cuts. It all had a stylish prepster vibe, which, by night, turned heavy on the men’s wear references, seen in le smokings and silk dresses with dickey inserts.”

We adore the modified dinner jacket shown above left; here is more exquisite formalwear.

Knowing that at Milan Fashion Week simply everyone wears black, let’s play a round of “Spot the Prep” in this picture from the DSquared2 show.

Name That Prep

Yeppers, it is the one and only Kiel James Patrick on the scene; hoping for some outstanding styles at the Milan shows, we dispatched our team of crack CPFCs (Certified Princess Fashion Correspondents) to Milan. Kiel was joined by the immensely talented and lovely Sarah Vickers, also clad in bright and vivid colors, no monochromatic black for this preppy pair.

Almost Exclusive to The Princess

Here Kiel is seen getting the scoop from one of the models.

On Assignment!

Kiel even took a video at the show, click here to see that slice of fashion bliss.  (We have it on good authority that a certain young designer’s merchandise was the talk of the town in Milan, our hats are off to Kiel and Sarah, the product line is looking terrific.)


We have an interesting SOTT (Sign of the Times) today: because Louis Vuitton is concerned about running out of merchandise, the company’s stores in Paris are closing an hour earlier.

Louis Vuitton

From the Financial Times:

“Along with Vuitton’s other standalone Paris stores, the shop is trying to sell fewer products and preserve stock for Christmas.”



And under our Sales & Savings heading, news that Neiman’s Last Call merchandise is now available online.

Last Call at Neiman Marcus

We haven’t done more than quickly skip through the online offerings, we hope to have a little more time to graze at the site later.  If you do pop in for a visit, do let us know what you think!

Today we shall leave you with a delightful Pretty in Pink pair from Tory Burch.

Tory Burch

October brings Breast Cancer Awareness month, 15% of proceeds from sales of the limited edition Rain Boots and Umbrella will go to the BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Foundation), up to a total donation of $20,000.

On that note, g’bye until next time!


  • Moschino: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
  • DSquared2: Alberto Pellaschiar/AP
  • DSquared2: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
  • DSquared2: Davide Maestri/WWD
  • Anna Wintour: Benoit Tessier/Reuters
  • Chloe show: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty


Filed under preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, Preppy People, Pretty in Pink, Sign of the Times

***Alert*** The Consort Interrupts with Breaking Preppy News…

Hello-Hello, friends and neighbors.  The Consort here striding purposefully mikeside to interrupt your regularly scheduled day with this breaking Preppy News Alert:  Lilly Pulitzer is getting into the furniture business.  Your favorite preppy fashionista will team with HFI Brands,  a Texas-based furniture company, to produce a line of  “a blend of clean transitional styling and mid-century classics that offer a full array of designs for the bedroom, dining room and living room spaces.” at the upcoming furniture mart in High Point.  According to the snooze news release the line will have more than 200 pieces, including upholstery in Lilly’s distinctive (I would say iconic) patterns.  The new Lilly line will launch at the High Point furniture mart October 16-21.  We will have a reporter at the mart to bring you the latest on this important story.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled day.  Remember, when news breaks out we’ll provide a really good concealer.  We’re Preppy Princess News, and we’re on your side, watching out for you, keeping you ahead of the storm, the one to count on, your news leader and all that other stuff.

Now to other matters… I’ve noticed some things at the various fashion weeks that cannot pass without a comment or two.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Courtesy Women's Wear Daily

Now taking the ice at the women’s pair figure skating event at the Pierre Cardin show is a timeless example of fashion on ice.  Wait, what?  They’re not on ice?  Then why are they wearing those outfits?  I’m clearly missing the point here but that doesn’t surprise our regular readers.  I really do like the exciting mix of tu-tu and fishnet stockings.  I saw something like that once but I’m legally bound not to say where or when.

As we all know The Princess is traveling these days.  She generally uses a carry-on when she flies but I doubt she rocked this look:

Courtesy Daylife.com

Designer Pam Hogg is known for her wildly creative work.  The wooden case on the head raises the creative bar to new heights.  Is there anyone who could wear this look?  Sure, why not?  I can see this outfit being worn in the aisles at Walmart and other fashion hot spots.  But that’s not the best hat I’ve seen recently.  That prize goes to this creation:

Courtesy luxist.com

This hat features 1,447 carats of opals set in sterling silver and gold.  It will be auctioned in San Francisco November 10 and the estimated value is $150,00-$200,000.  I’m astounded at the artistry so I’m going to open the bidding at $20.  Do I hear $25?

It’s time to head over to the shipping department to help get some orders out the door.  You’ve been wonderful and I thank you for your indulgence.  I’ll leave you with the usual reminder to take care of your waitperson because they’re working hard for you today.  I’ll be back soon with more peeks inside my cluttered mind.  Before you leave take a moment or two to listen to a fine young guitar player with a dream, a song and 33 million YouTube views.  Good night, everybody!


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