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Team USA’s “uber-preppy” Uniforms & Spring Fever

Hello-Hello and welcome to a sunny, shiny new week!

AP Photo/Robert Bukaty

Did everyone watch last night’s Closing Ceremony in Vancouver?  We have received a number of inquiries about Team USA’s Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms for the event.

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The photo of our Bronze-Medal team from short track skating helps show the look. Below (L) Apolo Ohno and Lindsey Vonn wait backstage before entering the stadium, on the right, Shani Davis.

This image from a previous post on the uniforms better shows the Shawl Collar Cardigan.

Polo Ralph Lauren

That item is now sold out in adult sizes, but if looking to put Muffy or Porter in one of the Closing Ceremony Cardigans, they are still available in Children’s sizes, as are the Opening Ceremony Puffer jackets. .

But if seeking most of the popular styles, including the hats for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, prepare for disappointment. Still available? Items like the Men’s Tie and Opening Ceremony Knit Sweater.

The Team USA Shop has just four women’s items remaining and the same in the Men’s department.

The uniforms from PRL and Nike have mostly been met with praise by the athletes.  Gold Medalist Hannah Kearney wrote about her Olympic experience for MTV:

“The 104 pieces of Team USA clothing and swag that we received from Nike and Ralph Lauren upon our arrival in Vancouver, along with an Olympic ring (which I paid good money to upgrade to white gold and diamonds), make excellent mementos.”

Not everyone is happy about the uniforms. According to this story in the Post, the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is upset with Ralph Lauren:

“… is being criticized for putting his oversize Polo logo on the chests of the US Olympic athletes instead of the stars and stripes.

Some of the 165,000 members of the patriotic Daughters of the American Revolution — who control some of the most exclusive country clubs in the nation — have even talked about organizing a ban on Polo merchandise in the pro shops in those clubs.”

This turns out to have been (essentially) a tempest in a teapot; a DAR spokesperson says there is no such boycott.  In this story Team USA receives high marks for the uniforms:

“The iconic American designer succeeded in creating an uber-preppy look during the opening ceremony…He went more “casual” than those of the Beijing games, if one’s definition of casual is the East-coast old money look.”

An interesting side note: many of the Polo Ralph Lauren uniform pieces were made in Vancouver. This Seattle Times story has more on that angle.

We thought Team Canada looked outstanding.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip


All weekend we have been readings friends’ Tweets and blogs and Facebook mentions about spring fever; we appreciate knowing we are not alone in our strong desire for warmer climes. (TPP is here on FB and here on Twitter.)

Nor do we harbor any intention of calming the fever, rather we hope to inflame it via some springy styles.

Tory Burch

Above, looks by Tory Burch from her new Garden Prints collection. The Camille Dress and Megane Cropped Pant are now available for pre-ordering.

While the dress wouldn’t do a thing for us, the pants are darling.  Below left, the Roscoe Jacket and on the right, the new Slip On Sneaker, with a touch of nautical style.

The Kids’ Simone Cardigan at Tory Burch looks great but we’re not sure if we like the Tunic quite as much.

We are waffling on it for reasons we can’t quite figure out…hhhm.


Next, a look at some spring styles from Manolo Blahnik; on the left is the Gloton in polkadot (the designer’s favorite shoe for spring, according to Vogue.com) and on the right is the Pulque.


We close with this Pretty in Pink & Green shower curtain, discovered over at the Pink & Green Scene.

With that sunny image we say goodbye until next time!


Shani Davis: REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Apolo Anton Ohno & Lindsey Vonn: AP Photo/David J. Phillip


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More Olympic Uniforms Revealed & You Can Buy Some!

Hello-Hello, and welcome to our little corner of insanity, such is the wackiness of a retailer’s holiday season! (Pssst – we love it!)

We begin today with news about Talbots. News that no one here at the Prepatorium can decipher very well, nor can any of the online brain trust we queried.  Suffice it to say that:

  • Talbots is “merging” with a company called BPW
  • Talbots is paying off what they owe Aeon, a Japanese firm
  • Trudy Sullivan, the current CEO, is staying on
  • big changes are not anticipated

There you have it, with apologies for our inability to apply anything we learned at B-school to the announcement. (To see a full story on the news, click here.)


Next, a look at the uniforms the US Snowboarding Team will be wearing at next winter’s Olympic Games.

Courtesy Burton

The uniforms are made by Burton Snowboards, above we share the men’s style. To us the most amazing part of the look is the Gore-Tex pants made to look like ripped denim. The Times’ Vancouver Olympics blog explains more:

“The uniforms plainly reflected the team’s desire to reconcile the individualism inherent in the sport’s culture with the earnest national pride inherent in the Olympic Games.”

Courtesy Burton

USA Hockey has also unveiled its look for Vancouver.

Courtesy Nike/USA Hockey

The new jerseys from Nike may be purchased online.

We are struggling with the Women’s Knit Hat from USA Hockey/Nike.

Courtesy Nike/USA Hockey

It must be much cuter when it’s on.

Because there are not enough marketing and sponsorship opportunities with just the Official Opening Ceremony uniforms, Official Closing Ceremony uniforms, official individual sport uniforms, official practice uniforms, official event uniforms, etc., we also have the Official Team USA Medal Stand jackets.

Courtesy Nike/Team USA

“This ultra-warm jacket is the same style that will be worn by the winners on the medal stand during the 2010 Winter Olympics and features a cozy quilted lining, a filled puffer body, a high neck zip and hood to keep you toasty in winning style!”

Nike is also making these; above we show the Women’s version, but the Men’s is essentially the same.

Months ago we showed these sketches of the Team USA uniforms created by Polo Ralph Lauren. (This post has the background.)

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

The vision in the sketches has been transformed into actual apparel:

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

Even though the Games are months away, the actual uniform pieces are now available to the general public. Below left, the Ladies Long Sleeve Hoodie, and on the right, the Fleece Mock Neck for Ladies.

If looking for something not quite so… dramatic, how about the Team USA Opening Ceremony Hat (L), or the Ski Cap?

For the MOTH (Man Of The House), the Half-Zip Sweater might be appreciated (L), or the Olympic Graphic T-shirt

All of these pieces are available at the Team USA online shop.

Because we are due at a meeting, we must cut this short. Trust the Princess when we say we have barely scratched the surface of this topic.


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Polo Ralph Lauren Offical Olympic Team Uniforms Sale & ‘It’s Just Not Done”

Thank. God. It’s. Friday. The Princess is clinging to a parapet here at the Palace, a tad frazzled from a whirlwind week consumed by too much travel and too little time with family. Sigh.

Perhaps news of a sale (imagine that, a sale on Labor Day weekend!) at Polo Ralph Lauren on their oh-so-popular Olympic Collection will prove to be a style-starter for you this holiday weekend. It appears all of the merchandise from both the Opening and Closing Ceremony Parade Uniform lines is marked down. This includes the Big and Tall sizes in Men’s, as well as the ‘Custom,’ polo shirts (which are not custom made, for heaven’s sake), cut closer to the body for a trimmer fit.

Styles like this Olympic Games Gold Medal Polo are available in Men’s, Women’s and Children’s sizing; below we show the Women’s version.

The men’s Custom Closing Ceremony Polo is now $99.99, originally selling for $125.

Should you be looking for a little treat for the Princess or young gentleman of the household, there is no shortage of Olympic apparel in those sizes from which to choose. The Girls Olympic Games Track Jacket might provide a delicious snuggle factor with the chill nights of Fall approaching; it is available in Sizes Small to Extra Large and comes in two colors.

It’s expected the markdowns, although at only about 20% they are not deep, will help move some of the merchandise. Naturally some of the line simply won’t sell and TP has her picks for those items most likely to hit the bargain bins at one’s local discounter of the TJ Maxx or Marshall’s variety.

For example, we don’t envision too many Moms successfully locating the Olympic Games Beret on the head of any young man in the Boys Size 2-7 and Boys 8-20 age groups. Actually, we don’t foresee any age group of either sex donning these of their own free will. The Princess was fond of the berets; they were a great look. However, the operative word in that sentence is “were” in our humble opinion.

Now a case could be made on behalf of the Olympic Games Sport Cap, a far more attractive proposition on a number of fronts if I am said Boy. (Or Girl, or anyone else.)

The style appeals to a much broader group and is much easier to wear. No peering about self-consciously and asking friends “Do I have this on right?” as many are wont to do when first wearing a Beret. Also, the price point is much more appealing for what most perceive as “dated” goods. Originally $20 for Boys 2-7 and 8-20, the Sport Cap is now $14.99; the Beret was $40, now $29.99, a substantial difference.

We do adore the sneakers (officially referred to as the Closing Ceremony USA Sneaker) on their own merits and hope to procure a pair for twinkletoes as soon as humanly possible. Below we show the Men’s sneaks.

At the very least, it never hurts to pop in and visit the folks at Polo Ralph Lauren for a few minutes; one never knows what may be discovered.

BTW, we had a request from the always-wonderful Momx2; she is seeking information on the dress Chelsea Clinton wore for her appearance at the Democratic convention Wednesday night.

AP Photo/Ron Edmonds

AP Photo/Ron Edmonds

Unfortunately dear Mom, we are of no assistance whatsoever: we couldn’t locate anything! We did find out that Michelle Obama’s dress was by Thakoon Panichgul, and is part of the designer’s pre-spring 2009 collection, so obviously it isn’t available for purchase.

Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Mike Segar/Reuters

Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters

If Thakoon’s name sounds familiar, it might be because he is one of the designers Target has doing a collection for them for its Go International initiative, similar to Cynthia Rowley’s earlier this spring or Rogan Gregory’s. The Thakoon line is due in Target stores in December. Momx2, we’ll keep trying on the Chelsea dress, which we also liked.

BTW, not that it’s TP’s decision to make, but for a campaign that has been somewhat ahead of the curve in its exploitation of technology, they need to grab the reins and create a Michelle Obama website. One all about Ms. Obama. Or separate and specific pages on the Obama site, not simply something one scrolls down to as part of the family page.

Now everybody knows it’s tennis time with the US Open continuing this weekend in Queens. What people may not be as familiar with are some of the following photos from the tourney, preceded by an installment of “It’s Just Not Done” which you may have already viewed on TV or in your local paper. It’s that notable in its poor sportsmanship.

Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Photo: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

This is what was left of Eduardo Schwank’s tennis racket yesterday after his match with Dmitry Tursunov of Russia. TP understands (oh, how we understand!) personal frustration on the court, the green, the slope, wherever. But. There are standards of conduct. One does not resort to infantile displays of temper regardless of the arena. It’s just not done.

Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Photo: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Now, that is reaching to return a shot! Jelena Jankovic of Serbia makes *every* effort in her match today against Zheng Jie of China. She may have been blinded by the red Adidas tennis shoes sported by Ms. Jie, seen below.

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters

Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters

US Olympic gold medal swimmer Aaron Peirsol dropped by yesterday, and did not look like a fish out of water, not at all.

On that note, we’re off for the weekend, but may be able to pop in briefly via modern technology. We hope so!


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