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Milly Opens Her Doors, & You Can Pre-Order Your Kate Middleton Wedding Gown (Pippa’s Too!)

Happy almost-weekend to everyone.

We are all about Friday fun today, beginning with nice news for those of us fond of Milly.

Milly New York

The company’s first store has opened.

Kyle Ericksen/WWD

Located at Madison and 73rd, this is the first physical store for Michelle Smith and company.  Eagle-eyed shoppers may have noted the presence of handbags in the photo above, a fairly new addition for the designer.  We are partial to the Sailboat Tote and the Rope Tweed Milly bag.

Milly New York

The store also has the new Mini Milly collection, and a shoe collection launches next year. There is talk of adding other product lines as well, Women’s Wear Daily has the story:

““Maybe we’ll do home, stationary and candles, but those may be a year out,” he said.

The gentleman quoted is the designer’s husband and company CEO, Andy Oshrin. It’s no secret we do like Milly, the notion of an even broader merchandise mix is very appealing.


The anchor motif seen above reminded us of the cutest bloomers we have seen in along time:

Rikshaw Design

These are from Rikshaw Design, a delightful firm specializing in hand-printed fabrics, started by the very talented Catherine Fitzsimmons in 2008. It’s obvious why we appreciate Ms. Fitzsimmon’s work, she previously worked for two companies we appreciate, she was a textile designer for Pottery Barn and also worked as a merchandiser for Ralph Lauren.  Below, several of the Bib and Burp Sets.

Rikshaw Designs

The bedding is also darling.

Rikshaw Design

The 100% cotton textiles and hand-quilting make the pieces special, there are also a variety of tunics and sundresses available for Mom.

Rikshaw Design

It is always nice to see new entrepreneurial endeavors, we wish Ms. Fitzsimmons the best.


Those who follow the Hollywood scene know we are in the first week of the Cannes.

Festival de Cannes

Angelina Jolie and Jack Black were on hand to promote Kung Fu Panda.

Joel Ryna/AP

Last night the stars were out for the big bash hosted jointly by the IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project), Calvin Klein Collection and Calvin Klein Euphoria. Below, model Natalia Vodianova and Uma Thurman (who is serving as a judge this year), both wearing Calvin Klein Collection.

PHOTO: Stephane Feugere©

Earlier this week Diane Kruger also was spotted in Calvin Klein Collection for the Sleeping Beauty première.


We do enjoy looking at party frocks!


Finally, good news for brides-to-be wanting a CopyKate gown similar to the Sarah Burton creation worn by Kate Middleton for her marriage to Prince William.  Remember that dress being done by ABS/Allen B. Schwartz?

It will soon be at Lord and Taylor, as well as ABS copies of the dress worn by Ms. Middleton for her evening reception, and the now-infamous Pippa Middleton gown.  Below, an image from the Lord & Taylor Wedding Shop website.

Via LordandTaylor.com

Racked.com has more:

“The dresses are scheduled to arrive in the department store’s Fifth Avenue flagship, Garden State stores, and on LordandTaylor.com in mid-July.

We did speak with L&T, they are taking pre-orders for the dresses now, the number to call is 212-391-3287.   The prices for the gowns are as follows:

  • the daytime gown will be $950;
  • the evening reception dress will be $450;
  • the bridemaid dress worn by Pippa Middleton will be $390

For a look at the version being done for Nordstrom, just click here. That dress won’t be available until September, it will run $698 USD.

With that, may everyone enjoy a restful weekend.



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PB Teen News, Ralph Lauren, Sarah Jessica Parker & Brooks Brothers Sneak Peeks

Everyone fond of Pottery Barn Teen rejoice – the company is opening its first PBTeen store in Atlanta.

Even The Princess, with no teenagers to cope with or decorate for, loves PB Teen.  The vivid, vibrant colors and designs are good for the spirit, and the quality generally very good.  Simply another reason to toddle on over to Lenox Hill and make another contribution to America’s economic recovery…yes?!

It has been an up and down year for Williams-Sonoma, owner of this line and several others. According to  the San Francisco Business Journal, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home and PB Teen have all performed very well this year. Unfortunately, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and Williams-Sonoma itself are not doing as well.


And now, a sneak peek at a few upscale perfume and cologne lines, the first from Ralph Lauren.

The perfect size for a stocking stuffer, the flask is sterling silver with a vintage-inspired enamel jockey on the front, ideal for the Lauren equestrian look.

Also on the way, three scents from Sarah Jessica Parker from her new Lovely Collection, available in February 2009.  There will be three different fragrances: Dawn, Endless and Twilight.


Courtesy Photo

According to the story in WWD, the Collection will have an intensive TV and internet campaign.

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

These will be available as eau de parfum at $38 and $58; there will also be a scented body lotion retailing at $28.

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

And a reminder on the new Brooks Brothers scents, Brooks Brothers New York for Men and Women in cut crystal bottles that are actually quite attractive.

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

As mentioned in an earlier post, this is the first perfume introduced at B2 in fifty years. Brooks Brothers New York scents Men (scroll down to see new scent) and Brooks Brothers New York Women are to officially launch tomorrow in stores and online.  However, as is becoming a more common practice, the items are already available online.

The Moment, the Times’ fashion blog, has an interesting review of the new fragrances.

“Given that feminines are almost always superior to their masculine counterparts (see Light Blue, Rive Gauche, Carolina Herrera, et al), it is always a surprise when the masculine smells better. But perhaps when it’s Brooks Brothers, this should have been expected.”

Hhhhmmm. Apparently this will require personal investigation before we can render a personal opinion. If any of you have remarks on the new scents, you simply must share with the rest of the class.


As we are always on the hunt for new and exciting web sites, today we suggest readers may enjoy a visit to Ivy Style, a relatively new blog.  One of the recent posts is on the “Return of the Young Fogey” and it is really quite entertaining.

Courtesy Ivy-Style.com

Courtesy Ivy-Style.com


We hoped to leave you with some witty thoughts on enjoying a preppy Halloween, but are not doing well on this mission.  There is online advice on How to Dress Like an 80s Prep (rather lacking IOHO), and Diva Village shares their tips for dressing like Nancy Drew, with a cute collage.

Courtesy Diva Village

Courtesy Diva Village

So we’ll merely say Happy, Happy Halloween to everyone – we hope it is warm and wonderful wherever you may be!


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The Pink & Green Pottery Barn Kitchen

PB Kids Pink & White Kitchen PB Kids Pink Kitchen

The Princess realizes some of you suspect I post these items merely to have a place to direct my mother, as in, “If you don’t believe me, just go to the blog and see for yourself.” In this case however, if TSU (The Spousal Unit) had not forwarded the photos, yours truly would have gone to her grave denying a pink pint-sized kitchen existed. Let alone a pink and green creation of the same genre. We share for your benefit, the Pottery Barn Kids Pink and Green Classic Kitchen. If this is not happening with the color scheme inside the playroom, there are always additional options, the red ensemble, not to mention the white pie safe:

PB Kids Red Kitchen PB Kids pInk White Pie Safe

Of course, the piece you probably should consider most seriously, if only in the interest of improving domestic relations? (No, we mean relations within the household. Your domestic household.) Perhaps this can convince them, just for a nanosecond, that you care about their efforts and want little Muffy to learn from firsthand experience just how hard they work. The Pottery Barn Kids Ironing Board.

PBK Ironing Board PB Kids Backpacks

Naturally, if you have come to the conclusion that secretly I am lusting after all of the little kitchens and wondering where they were when I was a tot, you are absolutely correct. Do you think it would be bad if… oh, never mind. We don’t have room anyway. Harrumph. BTW, almost all of the pieces are on sale and some are selling out fast. (Do you think perhaps TSU… oh, never mind.) Lest we be accused of having absolutely no sense of humor whatsoever, peek at the Pastel Pacifica Backpacks, seen above to the right of the Ironing Board. How cute are these?


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Pottery Barn Kids, Elaine Turner update

Pottery Barn Kids Glider with Hable fabric

In today’s Preppy Bytes we think the first item below represents a great business marriage (for lack of a better term) between the marketing mavens at Pottery Barn Kids and the brilliant women who own Hable Construction. Word that Pottery Barn will be using Hable’s absolutely wonderful fabric on some of its new Pottery Barn Kids custom nursery furniture, like the Lullaby Swivel Glider and Ottoman. Hable has long been a favorite for those shopping the Garnet Hill catalog The textiles from Hable are out of this world, and the two sisters who own the company are very savvy business strategists.

Hable Hot Pink Round Felt Box Hable Garden Hat

Hable is just uber-creative, and when popping over to peek at their site, we found the adorable Round wool felt box in Pink Lollipop, as well as their wonderful Jade Fig Canvas Sunhat or gardening hat. The colors at Hable are bright and cheery, the designs are to-die-for and the accessory line offers wonderful choices as well.

Byte #2: Also bright and cheery while retaining its timeless elegance is the Elaine Turner Sconset Terah Large’ Tote bag at Nordstrom we showcased in a post yesterday. Apparently Nordstrom is out of stock on this item. However, a savvy reader (you know who you are!) has alerted us to the availability of another Elaine Turner bag in that same Poppy print! Not only does it appear to be available, but for anyone thinking about economizing on handbags it is offered at a great price. The good folks at eFashionHouse.com have the Turner Beach Tote in all its bright and roomy wonder, ideal for almost any occasion! In addition they have loads of other Turner handbags, including the Danielle Tiki Floral seen below along with the Danielle Sea Blue Grasscloth large tote, a lush and lovely look that will be stunning on anyone’s arm. This is not to mention all of the other designer bags they carry, the perfumes, — definitely worth a stop as soon as you have a nanosecond! And thank you faithful reader!

eFashionHouse Elaine Turner Popy bag eFashion HOuse Elaine Turner Bag interior logo shot

eFashionHouse Elaine Turner Blue #1

eFashionHouse Elaine Turner Blue #3eFashionHouse Elaine Turner Blue #2


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