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Those Wacky Figure Skaters & J. Crew Spring

Hello-Hello and happy snow day. The Consort minions handled clearing a path to the castle, the sun is shining and it is beautiful. We wish it were so everywhere, as we mentioned in a comment over at Vogue on the Range, there is no rational explanation for the snowfall seen in many parts of the country… and are about to see again.

We begin today with a topic we shall visit frequently in the next few weeks.

The Vancouver Olympics kick off on Friday and we must confess to a level of anticipatory excitement here at the Prepatorium.  We have an addition to our many uniform updates (most recent Polo Ralph Lauren post here, USA Hockey & Snowboarding uniforms are here.); this is the oh-so-cool look Under Armour created for our bobsled team.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

That definitely has an über-tech style that we love.

US athletes picked up their official Ralph Lauren uniforms on Tuesday. Below we see the Gold Medalist in Pairs Figure skating, Jeremy Barrett, being outfitted.

Matthew Stockman/Getty

Next, his partner Caydee Denney tries on her uniform.

Matthew Stockman/Getty

While not uniformed on the ice, fur is flying about figure skating costumes, pun intended. After gold medalist Johnny Weir wore this outfit at the US National Championships in January…

PHOTO: AP

… the folks at PETA and other organizations requested/demanded the athlete switch to faux for his Olympic performances.  Mr. Weir initially refused but has since indicated he’ll be in faux fur. (Let’s make a little side agreement to avoid the entire topic of fur on skating apparel, shall we? It will go easier for all of us.) For more on the faux vs. real tempest, click here.

Fashion site Refinery 29 has a fascinating look at “Johnny Weir’s 8 Craziest Fashion Moments” you may find entertaining.

Sundance Photos via Refinery 29

Boring is not a word we use in describing Mr. Weir.

Continuing the focus on mens’ outfits in Vancouver, we look at Vera Wang’s designs for US Silver medalist Evan Lysacek.

Rick Bowmer/AP

As a former skater Ms. Wang knows what works on ice, and what doesn’t; below, one of her sketches for the skater.

Courtesy Image via WWD

Another Wang creation for Mr. Lysacek.

Photo: AP

Full disclosure: TP skated for years, and ‘back in the day’ we never really used the word “costume,” it was always “dress”. However, we have no recall whatsoever on how we referred to the mens’ apparel.

We leave the topic for now, confident there shall be more fodder in the days ahead. Below, the Olympic rings near Medal Plaza.

Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

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Next, a look at spring fashions from J. Crew.

Courtesy J. Crew

Many readers are familiar with the latest catalog, shot in Portugal. Some things we like (the khakis), others (the jeans), not so much.

JCrewaholics included the jeans in their “Questionable Items from J. Crew New Arrivals” post.  Below, more styles from the spring catalog.

And a few more.

We like the Sperry Topsiders above right, but the only ones we see on the site are men’s.

We do like the Gingham Checkered Shirt, as well as the Swing Coat.

Some of the new flats are appealing.

We shall probably pass on the zippered effect, although it looks eminently wearable.

Overall the palette is more muted than we anticipated, and a spot of vivid color would be a welcome addition.

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We close with a few Pretty in Pink items, the first a look at Sarah Jessica Parker’s ad for her new fragrance, SJP NYC.

Courtesy Photo via Nitrolicious

Until next time!

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Polo Ralph Lauren’s Next Team USA Olympic Uniforms

Hello-Hello and Happy Holiday Weekend if you are celebrating!

Frequent readers will not be surprised to hear we are careening from crisis to crisis, coping with all things Princess, many things Lilly, and a new thing from Ralph. Seriously.

Remember the Ralph Lauren Team USA Opening Ceremony Uniforms from last summer’s Olympics?

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We have an announcement on next year’s uniforms, direct from the Polo Mother Ship.  A hint can be gleaned from the sketches below.

Couortesy Polo Ralph Lauren

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

Yes, just in time for the patriotic holiday weekend, there is word that Polo Ralph Lauren is an Official Outfitter of the US Olympic and Paralympic Teams for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Below, a Men’s look.

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

In addition to uniforms for Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the company will also create apparel and accessories for Team USA to wear in the Athletes Village and other venues.  As far as the look itself goes, here is a snippet from the news release:

“Celebrating the rich history of the Olympic Games with a nod to the Lake Placid Games of 1932, the clothing will showcase a classic Americana and patriotic palette of red, white and blue.”

Pieces from both teams’ Parade Outfit collections will be available for purchase, along with other styles.  It will be fun to watch both Collections develop!

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As a segueway, we go to a story somewhat related to the uniforms story, we’re talking Wimbledon, where Polo Ralph Lauren is also the Official Apparel Sponsor. Oddly, it doesn’t feel like it is time for the Wimbledon Finals, but here they are: Venus vs. Serena and Roger vs. Andy in the Singles Finals.

It has been awhile since we talked about Mr. Roddick and his apparel sponsor, Lacoste. Well, we did chat up Lacoste no end in our ‘When Logos Attack’ post yesterday, but that was different. Below, Mr. Roddick at an earlier practice this week, sporting the Lacoste Logo tee.

PHOTO: Alastair Grant/AP

PHOTO: Alastair Grant/AP

Pssst – the tee is now only $34.99, the original price was $50.

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In the spirit of the weekend, we close with this bow tie from one of our favorite gentlemen, Mister Mort, in collaboration with Baron von Fancy. Spotted by the ever-vigilant fashion guys at Men’s Style, it is even Made in the USA.

Courtesy Photo via Men's Style

Courtesy Photo via Men's Style

The patriotic style statement is supposed to be available at Steven Alan, (where we must say, they are having a fabulous sale) and Opening Ceremony.  We did not see the tie, but did stumble onto a pink and green bag we simply had to share!

Courtesy Opening Ceremony

Courtesy Opening Ceremony

The handbag is from Issey Miyake’s new line, cauliflower, the bag showcases the pleating style this house is known for (think ‘Pleats Please’) and it looks darling. Best of all, the bag is on sale for $57!

Smiles and hopes for a Happy Fourth!

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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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Sneak Peek: Polo Ralph Lauren Olympic Uniforms for Team USA

Because yours truly has been nattering on and on about the Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms for Team USA at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Beijing, we won’t make you wait for photos any longer than necessary. Here they are:

These are some of the first pictures we’ve seen of the duds Team USA will be wearing for the Opening and Closing ceremonies, coming to us via the divine Guest of a Guest website. The navy blazers over the cream slacks are for the more formal Opening Ceremonies on Friday, August 8.


The good people over at Guest of a Guest describe the uniforms this way:

For the opening ceremony, the men and women will have a double vent navy blazer with safari pleats on the back as well as a white driving hat and canvas walking shoes. For the closing ceremony, Ralph opted for a more casual look that includes white shorts, a red, white, and blue rope belt, a classic polo shirt and a sleeveless sweater.

We’ll be along later today with more on these and other uniforms. TP finds the navy over the cream a stunning look, elegant and understated.

Now you know that The Princess has just been on pins and needles about the size of the brand’s logo on the apparel, especially on the blazers. And the size of that pony on the breast pocket?

You be the judge.

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