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Friday Fun: Preppy Modern Office, Prabal Gurung for Target & Miss Wu

Hello-hello, welcome to a Friday at the Prepatorium, where after a week of this….

Preppy Princess InterGalactic HQ

Preppy Princess InterGalactic HQ

We’re more than ready for something vibrant and cheery like this:

Via inspired.talk

Anything sunny and bright is making us smile today. That brings us to our first topic, a lovely post from the good folks at Kravet about a ‘preppy modern office‘. Here is more from inspired.talk, Kravet’s blog.

As temperatures continue their slow descent to zero in the Northeast, it seemed fitting to cast our eyes west to the fresh, fun office of Bravado Design in San Diego, California where they are certainly not bundled up in their warmest layers. The office, inspired by its owner’s lifelong love for Lilly Pulitzer, feels like a warm dose of sunshine. No matter which version of winter you’re currently experiencing, we feel certain this inspiring office will appeal to you. Enjoy!

Another angle.

Via inspired.talk

Via inspired.talk

Details about the process:

The previous space was modern, “more serious,” as Soldau put it. The redesign included white furniture, adding paint to dark stained walls, and freshening up the plain doors with accent paint and molding detail. With bright, citrusy fabrics from Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa, the vibe is energetic and youthful.

Via inspired.talk

Reading about the office first thing this morning definitely brightened my day.

Via inspired.talk

Via inspired.talk

You can read the entire Kravet post here, and/or learn more about Bravado Design here.

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Also on our hit parade today, a very quick peek at the upcoming Target collaboration with designer Prabal Gurung.

Courtesy Photos

Courtesy Photos

A closer look at one of the dresses, this is one of the print ads you’ll see if you haven’t already.

Target Courtesy Photos

Target Courtesy Photos

Pricing looks reasonable, although once again I wonder about a $199 price point at Targét. Here is some background on the collection as shared in Target’s news release.

Prabal Gurung for Target was inspired by a tender love story, offering women’s apparel and accessories suitable for all occasions from the initial crush to the first kiss, to everlasting love.Ranging in price from $19.99 to $199.99 for apparel and $12.99 to $39.99 for accessories and shoes,

Target Courtesy Photo

Target Courtesy Photo

Below we show a minaudiere in the ‘Nolita’ print, it will be $34.99.

Target Courtesy Photo

Target Courtesy Photo

The collection launches February 10 online and in-store. If you would like to look at the entire 80-piece line, Elle has the lookbook.

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Our final tidbit isn’t really “news,” it’s about products that have been available for several weeks. We’re talking about the ‘Miss Wu’ collection for Nordstrom by Jason Wu.  Below, the ‘Belted Crepe de Chine Shirtdress,’ it is $375.

Nordstrom Courtesy Photo

Nordstrom Courtesy Photo

If looking to expand my wardrobe this line holds far more possibilities than the Gurung collection, a function of the distinctly different style aesthetics of Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu. Of course, the Miss Wu prices are significantly higher.

Miss Wu for Nordstrom

Miss Wu for Nordstrom

Above we show a silk Geometric Print Chiffon Blouse ($265), the Modern Weave Crop Jacket ($495) atop the matching Shift Dress ($425), and the Bow Back Cotton Topper coat ($595).

That’s all for today, may the sun shine on your weekend!

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Tory Burch & Marc Jacobs Coming to Your Targét…?

Hello-Hello, we thought it might be a good week for some Friday Fun.

We begin with news about an upcoming collaborative effort announced this week: Target and Neiman Marcus are teaming up for a joint collection. Women’s Wear Daily has more:

The Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection will be sold beginning Dec. 1 at all 1,763 Target stores and the 42 Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at target.com and neimanmarcus.com.

Among the designers included in the line: Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs.  Merchandise will be priced from 7.99 to $499.99, WWD says that most items will cost less than $60.  Below, the logo that you will be seeing when it comes time for promotion of the limited edition goods.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Each of the 24 designers has created 1 to 3 items for the collection, back to the WWD story for what is in the line:

“…gifts in men’s, women’s, children’s apparel and accessories, as well as other categories that some of the designers are getting into for the first time, such as sporting goods, home decor, pet accessories and accessories for electronics.”

Here is the other designers participating:  Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Eddie Borgo, Derek Lam, Judith Leiber, Lela Rose, Marchesa, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Robert Rodriguez, Rodarte, Skaist-Taylor, Thom Browne, Tracy Reese, and Jason Wu.

As with so many of these partnerships, executives believe things will sell out quickly. (At the risk of sounding cynical, can you say ‘eBay’?)

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That is not the only news about a high-end retailer teaming up with a lower-priced chain: Nordstrom and Topshop have announced a partnership as well. This September the upscale company will start offering Topshop merchandise in 14 of its stores, some of the pieces will be exclusive to Nordstrom.

Business Week offers this:

To get women excited about shaking up their wardrobes again, Peter E. “Pete” Nordstrom, 50, the president of merchandising, has cut a deal to sell clothes from Topshop, a London-based retailer known for mid-priced trendy styles — punk-inspired pinafores and ladylike tweed — that defy easy characterization. It’s the sort of fashion people don’t expect to find at Nordstrom. And it could draw in new customers — or turn off existing ones.

And why we are seeing so much of this now? Back to Business Week:

At a time when wary U.S. consumers obsessively comparison-shop online and open their wallets only for must-have products, retailers are falling over themselves to lock up merchandise shoppers can’t find anyplace else.

Hmmm. Thoughts on either or both of these? Will it cheapen the brand for either Neimans or Nordstrom, or is it a savvy move for the discounters?  Too soon to tell?

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Two final tidbits today, the first one of those “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” kind of items. Behold, the Sock Sandals.

Via Geek Alert

Thank heaven Geek Alert was all over this:

Meet the Silly Sock Sandals. No need to rub your eyes, seeing is believing. Now for the first time socks and sandals have joined forces and have melded into one. Imagine the smiles you’ll receive as you sport the silliest socks known to mankind. Furthermore, you’ll save valuable time getting ready for the day.

The time-saving benefits are something we somehow overlooked. Heh-heh-heh.

Our final morsel comes via the Times, it was too cute to overlook, a story about posh dog houses.

Drew Kelly for the New York Times

The article looks at a number of different styles, including this one that model Rachel Hunter commissioned.

La Petite Maison via The New York Times

Evidently it was intended to look like a miniature version of her Mediterranean-style home.

Then there is this one, intended to look like the Grant Humphreys Mansion in Denver.

La Petite Maison via The New York Times

Having lived a block from the house for years and years, I was surprised the replica didn’t resemble the real deal a little more.

Via About.com

Regardless, they are all fun to look at, there are even abodes for other pets. Oh my.

Stacy Sodolak for The New York Times

To enjoy the slide show in its entirety, click hereJennifer Kingson’s story is not only a great read, it offers some great resources for those interested in upgrading quarters for the four-legged family members.

We want to thank everyone for the lovely comments and email the past few days. They mean more than you might realize, we can’t tell how much we both appreciate them.

May everyone enjoy a wonderful weekend!

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J. Crew Party, “Preppy Meets Hipster” & Not Your Average Easter Egg

Welcome to a Friday.  We are brief today because of the holiday, thinking most readers have better things on their mind than our fashion frou-frou.

We begin with a look at Wednesday night’s big gala at J. Crew, the event honored the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund. From WWD’s story about the party:

“The jovial spirit extended to the entire party, which feted the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, its 2010 winner Billy Reid, runners-up Gurung and Eddie Borgo and their limited edition collaborations with the multi-channel specialty retailer.”

Below we see Mr. Reid, he is amid fellow designers Eddie Borgo (L) and Prabal Gurung (R), as well as Anna Wintour.

Patrick McMullan via FashionEtc.com

J. Crew design heads Marissa Webb and Frank Muytjens were at the big do.

CLINT SPAULDING/PatrickMcMullan.com via Daily Front Row

Other gifted designers seen at J. Crew’s recently renovated Fifth Avenue store, Rebecca Minkoff (L), as well as Maria Cornejo and Sophie Theallet (R).

Below we see Ms. Wintour sharing a jovial moment with the designers.

Dario Cantatore/Getty Images

Billy Reid is the first of the three designers being showcased at the retailer.

Pieces from Mr. Reid’s collection are now available.

The popular retailer has quite a bit of new merchandise in stores and online. Below left we show the Tomboy Tunic, and the Barbour Antique Coastal Durham jacket.

There are also new pieces in the ‘Collections Dress’ line. On the left, the Oleander Lace Dress, the Gallerista Party Dress is on the right.

The company offers new features on its site as well.

J. Crew

Older features are still online, like Jenna’s Picks.

J. Crew

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The other big party in the city on Wednesday showcased Eddie Bauer’s fall collection. We loved reading Mara Siegler’s story about it:

“… the super hip crowd was treated to the short indie film Slanted and Enchanted and music by Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner and artist Nate Lowman. This seems…bizarre.

Maybe I am wrong about Eddie Bauer. While meant to be worn for outdoor adventuring, in my mind, it exclaims, screams, shouts in khaki pleated pants and fleece jackets, proud moms and dads at high school football games. Last night’s event was a far cry from your middle aged suburban night out.”

Mr. Zinner of the previously mentioned Yeah Yeah Yeah’s at work. (??)

Photo via Refinery29

Below, ‘it girl’ Hannah Bronfman (yes, those Bronfman’s), and on the right, pieces from the fall collection.

Back to Ms. Siegler’s reactions in her Guest of a Guest story:

“Obviously they are trying to re-brand as “cool,” and “urban,” and  their marketing team is on track when it comes to becoming associated with the right people. Whether it will work remains to be seen. We could be just weeks away from the Half Elastic Waist Weather Washed Chino Pants and Madras Plaid Bucket Hat being the new ironic Ned Flanders-styled look.”

The location was the very hip Milk Studios.

Refinery 29

We previously wrote about Eddie Bauer’s efforts to reinvigorate the brand here.

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We have a few more styles to show before wrapping up this spring’s Bridal Market, these are three of our favorites, all are by Carolina Herrera.

Photos Courtesy Carolina Herrera via FashionEtc.

Three by Vera Wang.

Vera Wang Courtesy Photos via Fashionetc.

It’s possible we have stashed away a few more wedding gown photos, but for the most part, those not fond of endless posts about bridal styles can breath a sigh of relief. For the most part. There is that silly little ceremony happening next week.

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We leave you with some amazing artwork of seasonal interest; while not what the youngsters will be looking for on their egg hunts, or what is in most Easter baskets, they are eggs nonetheless. The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

John Lamourrane/Barcroft Media via The Telegraph

John Lamouranne is the man creating these amazing pieces from eggs.  Below, The Peanuts gang.

John Lamourrane/Barcroft Media via The Telegraph

Politicians and royalty make good subjects.

 

As do entertainers.

John

The Telegraph has images showing many of the most striking pieces; it’s good to see the artist knows not everyone is celebrating Easter.

Mr. Lamouranne also has an eBay store where he sells his work.

On that whimsical note, we send greetings of the season to all.

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Dario Cantatore/Getty Images (J. Crew Party)

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