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New Preppy Meets Punk Designer at Fashion Week

Hello-Hello everyone and Happy Almost-end-of-the-week! The Princess is particularly excited at the prospect of week’s end, for she is off to The Big Lake with TSU (The Spousal Unit, aka The Princess Consort) for a brief vacation.
One of the more exciting attractions of Fashion Week for TP is that every so often a new designer comes along. They may not be “new” to the fashion industry, merely new in our little solar system. One such designer is Christian Francis Roth, returning to the industry after an absence going back to 1995 when he shut down his eponymous clothing line.
Last week Mr. Roth debuted a collection many referred to as demonstrating a ‘Preppy vs. Punk’ or ‘Preppy Meets Punk’ aesthetic.
The line was named the “Gangs of New York” by Mr. Roth; TP is quite intrigued with the launch whatever the name!  With bright colors, swingy skirts and other attributes of the prep-school look, this one is fun and funky.  Evidently we’re not alone in this assessment. From the Wall Street Journal’s Heard on the Runway blog:
“It’s happy clothing – it’s fun,” said Roopal Patel, senior fashion director for women’s wear at Bergdorf Goodman, who felt shoppers would likely be attracted to the preppy, striped shirt dresses that looked as if they were made of ripped up button-down shirts haphazardly stitched together.”
The designer cites the Gossip Girl television show as a source of inspiration for the line.  Perhaps Mr. Roth’s time designing for Tommy Bahama contributed to a number of pieces on the runway in what TP calls the Roth nautical look. We dedicate the top photo to our own Miss Nautical by Nature. (Psst, Kate – remember, this isn’t out until Spring 2009.)
The Journal blog reports price points for the line will run from $350 – $525 for dresses, with jackets retailing for about $425 – $675. The runway show featured those ‘gangs’ of girls showcasing different looks from the collection.
One can see the ‘bad girl’ references in the collection, the untied black bow at the neck, the racier hem length and a neckline lower than what any ‘nice young lady’ would be wearing. (This is what the Queen Mother would call a “plunging neckline” were TP to attempt leaving the ancestral home in anything remotely resembling the dress shown lower right.)
Of course, black simply isn’t done during one’s younger years, it’s just not acceptable until a young lady reaches a certain age.  In our day, that time was not until after one’s coming out, at the *very* earliest.
And despite our love of black, our favorite pieces in the line remain the delightful variations on what any Upper East Side teen might be wearing.
But this doesn’t rule out our appreciation of the designer’s whimsical variations on the preppy nautical style.

In describing the show, WWD wrote:
“Inspired by New York City cliques, Christian Francis Roth played with the idea of neighborhood gangs with his contemporary label Francis by Christian Francis Roth, resulting in cute prep-school patchwork plaids in dresses and blazers, broken-up rugbies made into dresses and “Acoste” polos featuring an alligator eating the Ralph Lauren polo player.”
Of course our illness (the worst case of LogoPhobia in recorded history) prompts our love for that dress, seen above, but we also like it because we think it is done without rancor or ill will, merely a wink and a grin.
Another reason we are drawn to the designer? Because his models aren’t all emaciated, scrawny young women. None of these beautiful young ladies are anywhere near plump, but they are not the painfully thin and drawn lovelies generally seen on the runway.
Below, a shot of the designer in 1990…
Kyle Ericksen

Photo: Kyle Ericksen

and last week at the conclusion of his show.
There is good news this week for Mr. Roth, as reported in an update to the WSJ blog:
“On Monday, Stephanie Solomon, women’s fashion director for Bloomingdale’s, said she planned to carry Mr. Roth’s collection in the spring.”
Oh, one more Roth-related headline, this one also from WWD (Women’s Wear Daily):

New York Day Two: Preppy and Peppy

The headline is from April, 1994; the copy in that story reads in part: ” On Thursday, the runways came alive with hip preppies at Christian Francis Roth…”. This is where one makes the comment about the leopard and its spots.  How very fun.

In fact, we are so fond of this collection we are awarding it (gasp!) the Princess’s Official Seal of Prepalaciousness!

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Tommy Hilfiger 2009 Sneak Peek, Ralph Lauren Exclusive Party, New Chicago Luxury Magazine

Is everyone ready for their weekend? The Princess is, and soon to be off to visit the Queen Mother for a little shopping and dining out at new places; a fun weekend is on the way for “the girls”!

One place we probably won’t be able to miss would be the enormous sale at Nordstrom! Good heavens, these additional ongoing sales at Nordies have us a bit befuddled; we had our internal clock set for the Anniversary Sale every year and then the Shoe Sale, but now we have the never-ending sale it seems. Not that we are complaining, for we are not; the change in policy for the company just means we have to pay more attention to our electronic inbox, that’s all. BTW, the banner above saying “33-60% OFF” is the link to the Nordstrom Sale and the banner below is a link to the Hilfiger sale.

Now we move back to Fashion Week for some of the fun and an early peek at a few lines much loved by preps everywhere: Ralph Lauren & Tommy Hilfiger. We start with Mr. Hilfiger’s line as there is just *so* much going on with the company: its move to exclusivity at Macy’s and the Hilfiger stores, the word the company will be selling shares of stock in a public offering, the launch of a new fragrance, Mr. Hilfiger’s home being put on the market at a mere $50 million, and the number of Hilfiger stores in progress, especially the flagship in New York opening on Black Friday!

Tommy Hilfiger Spring-Summer 2009 Collection

This post from a Wall Street Journal blog explains some of the happenings, especially this week:

“On Tuesday Mr. Hilfiger and a dozen motorcyclists roared down Broadway into in Herald Square where they landed at Macy’s in a flashy display to kick off “Tommy Week,” to herald Hilfiger’s now exclusive relationship with Macy’s. Macy’s will be the only U.S. department stores selling Hilfiger. (The brand continues to be carried at Hilfger’s own stores).”

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2009 Collection
Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2009 Collection

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2009 Collection

Now just in case you hadn’t heard, “Orange is the new red…” as Mr. Hilfiger said in an interview with WWD about his Spring 2009 Collection. We’re not convinced this is a good thing. TP has been quite fond of the red, white and blue color palette used for so many years.

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2009 Collection

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2009 Collection

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2009 Collection

From that same interview with WWD:

“It’s about relaxed American glamour — chic, wholesome, but sexy,” said Hilfiger before his show. His American girl was indeed chic, a tourist in Europe perhaps, her wardrobe packed with silky blouses, cropped loose trousers, and plenty of easy cocktail dresses (for the pool, there was a terrific backless maillot).”

As with seemingly every show this week, there were plenty of celebrities at the show, including John Mayer and Hilary Swank.

The Wall Street Journal has a great post on the “Heard on the Runway’ blog (that we completely adore!) with more insight into the company:

“What many guests probably didn’t realize was that Hilfiger’s design team based in Amsterdam has taken over designing most of its better merchandise sold in the label’s eponymous boutiques and all its merchandise sold across Europe. (Hilfiger still maintains a design team in New York.)”

Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for IMG

Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for IMG

Plenty of lovely looks, and far too many we didn’t post as we are trying to fly out the door! Here is one of the Menswear looks we love.

Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for IMG

Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for IMG

But first, the oh-so-exclusive party at the Ralph Lauren mansion on Wednesday. The gala was hosted by the incredible Lebron James.

Guests included both Lauren Bush and Dylan Lauren seen in the first photo and David Lauren, VP of the company, and yes, Ralph and Ricki Lauren’s son.

The Princess does have one question regarding longtime significant others Lauren Bush and David Lauren..if they were to actually marry, would her name then be Lauren Lauren? Just wondering…

Serena Williams was also a guest…

The party was a fundraiser with proceeds going to the Lebron James Family Foundation which helps single-parent families.

As promised we are sharing a few pieces from the Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Collection. Talk about a lush look that retains its understated elegance!

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Collection

To be honest, TP would far prefer the Princess Consort appear in one of the looks above as opposed to the painful styles from Thom Browne witnessed in yesterday’s post.

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Collection

We’ll share more and include the Women’s line when we are back from our little excursion.

We are sure that many of our favorite preps on the other side of the Big Lake will be pleased to see the launch of Michigan Avenue magazine on Monday. This one comes from Niche Media, who really have some wonderful titles in their portfolio, all of them with both firmly planted in the luxury market, including some we simply can’t live without.

Michigan Avenue Magazine

Michigan Avenue Magazine

We believe a number of our blogging friends will enjoy the glossy, a group of outstanding writers that include Third Coast Prep, Momx2, Tres Poshe Preppy, and now we have come to what we believe is politely referred to as a ‘senior moment,’ for we cannot remember if our dear Lipstick at the Mailbox is a transplanted southerner on the Third Coast or still in the south…? If there are other Chicagoland blogs we have missed, let us know and we will add you to this paragraph of the post! At any rate, this looks to be quite the magazine, and we can’t wait to see it.

Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous weekend!

Photo Credits: Scott Rudd

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Preppy Boatman Geller’s Newest Creation, Polo Ralph Lauren Sale Gets Better

The Princess would say ‘G’day’ to all except she is still scraping herself off the floor… it is more than possible Fashion Week is becoming too long for someone at her advanced age. It’s just too many collections and pieces and people and places to keep track of…d-e-e-p breath. And she’s not even there you realize, this is all online exertion we are talking about.

So let’s just start with a new item here in the Land ‘O the Preppy Princess, from some of TP’s favorite people: the good folks at Boatman Geller. Has everyone heard about the newest of the BG creations? The always-on, never-resting and ever-vigilant preppy antennae many of you possess may have already alerted you to the new and fabulous Carrie & Tuck Notetote from Boatman Geller.

Boatman Geller Carrie & Tuck Notetote at PreppyPrincess.com

Boatman Geller Carrie & Tuck Notetote at PreppyPrincess.com

If you have heard about the Notetotes it is probably because they are receiving incredibly positive press, and with good reason. Everything you need for your own portable correspondence center is included in this eye-catching set. For example, here is what you find inside the bright pink cotton canvas Notetote:

  • 6″ x 9” clipboard
  • writing pen
  • 5 awning stripe orange foldovers
  • 5 pink/orange flat cards
  • 25 padded letter sheets
  • 15 envelopes
  • address sheet

We are all so frenzied-busy these days, being able to just grab and go is a huge plus for the Princess. It’s great while waiting at the doctor, after soccer or ballet, when you are picking up after school, when you are early for the League meeting…you name it! Using that time to dash off a quick ‘Hello,’ or ‘Thank You’ makes the time simply fly by! Besides, we feel so much more constructive with this than when we merely sit… and sit… and sit some more, fidgeting and fretting about the clock ticking, morphing into a massive stressball. Our Notetote is also good for our mental health.

The Carrie & Tuck colors are just outstanding: pink, green chocolate and navy.

The Notetotes are an outstanding value at just $39, something you can be proud to carry in public and a first-class investment you will have for years. We also think they are the perfect gift for just about anyone on any occasion, they are that versatile. Starting to teach a youngster the importance of handwritten personal correspondence? Or perhaps you’re to be a houseguest at Penny & Preston’s cottage in the Port next weekend? Searching for the ideal way to say ‘Great Job!’ to someone? The Notetote is just what you need.

And the really nice thing about the Notetotes? The fabulous refill sets you can choose from, like the oh-so-preppy Alligators, or the snappy Blue Whale set!

Or something completely new for TP, a refill set featuring a “rocker-chic skull and crossbones” design for the preppy rebel in your Palace. If that doesn’t work, then an utterly fabulous Wellies & Madras motif is a must-see.

And there are lots more, just pop in and take a peek at the refill sets to see what’s available; we are adding more as fast as our little fingers can type! (Frankly, we have considered some of the refills on their own merits as they give you a nice cross-section of items in one easy grouping and at only $18 each they are a superb value.)

Now because we know you are taking an early look at your Christmas and Hanukkah gift-giving needs, we are here to help with an offer that helps keep things within budget: free shipping on all of the Boatman Geller goodies at the Preppy Princess! As you are checking out, just type in BGDEAL when asked for any coupon codes, and you’re all set.

Since we’re already thinking about good values, let us consider the Ralph Lauren Last Chance sale, offering some remarkable values if you are in a position to ‘buy ahead’ as we say, or stock up on some basics. And of course that dreary “M-Word” rears its head, but what else is one to do when looking at Clearance merchandise? Many things are an additional 25% off the sale price, so you may want to glance at the website if a retail store isn’t geographically desirable.

So here we are, despite our extreme case of Logophobia, we simply had to show these little Infant shoes in the navy and green – how cute are they? And the Girls Toddler Snowboots are ideal with winter headed this way.

PLR Sale Infants Canvas Loafers

Polo Ralph Lauren Girl's Snowboot

The Toddler Girl’s Hi-top Sneakers in pink oxford cloth are very cute, and the Kilcoy Satin Trim Polo in Ralph Lauren Women sizes 1x-3x has an elegant appeal.

If you are interested in US Open apparel, we show a Boys 2-7 US Open Graphic Tee, or perhaps the White Multi-Stripe Polo, now an additional 25% off its $16.99 price (it was originally $35), quite the fabulous deal *if* it can be used.

The Boys 8-20 Multi-Stripe Polo comes in two colorways and is less than $13 with all the wacky discounts. In Girls 2T-6x the Long Sleeved Polo is available in several colors.

Moving on to ‘grown-up clothes’ there are scads of bargains, especially in the Ralph Lauren Collection category, like the Erica Striped Shirt. In the Black Label group the Classic-Fit Cashmere Crewneck is at a fabulous price point and in loads of colors!

Shoes, handbags and other sale accessories abound. We have always been fond of the Darby Bag, and at the current price it is almost impossible to resist. There is also plenty of Golf and Tennis merchandise on hand, like the Westchester Tech Skort, always ideal on the court and perfect for those already planning some of the wardrobe for Florida and other parts south.

Of course, the men aren’t short-changed in the sale, with everything available from Big and Tall to Golf, and the Purple & Black Labels as well. For example the Long-sleeved rugby is on hand in a a number of colors and a broad range of sizes.And the NYC Weathered Fleece Crew has a very snuggly look to it, almost something TP would consider for wear around the Prepatorium.

This is only an itty-bitty sampling of what is available online and in the stores; now is a superb time for gathering some of the basics at rock-bottom prices, especially those that are not tied to any one season. BTW, there is a substantial selection of merchandise available across all sizes in both the US Open and Official Summer Olympic Games Collections, in Men’s, Women’s, Boy’s and Girl’s, if that holds any appeal.

There you have it – happy hunting!

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J. Crew Accessories, Fashion Week Continues: Preppy Karen Walker

Well, hello world on another bright and sunny day! We hope everyone enjoyed a restful and rewarding weekend wherever their time was spent.

As mentioned in our previous post about the Lacoste Spring/Summer 2009 show, the insanity that is Fashion Week continues apace!

We thought some might enjoy a few more impressions from the earlier shows, starting with a somewhat preppy looking collection from Karen Walker, starting with the three-shot above. Ms. Walker is from New Zealand, and the bio on her website describes her design aesthetic:

“Karen’s collections are high casual with one foot in tailoring and the other in street wear. The recurring theme is taking extremes and pushing them together – masculine and feminine, tailored and street, luxury and non-luxury, dark and super-cute. Overall the label has a feeling of effortlessness and has been described by the UK’s Independent newspaper as being ‘The kind of look that provides a means of appearing cool but not trying-too-hard…’ “.

Ms. Walker titled her collection “The Believers,” and many looks had an old school appeal, right down to the modified Keds worn by the models. The ‘preppy’ influence on her design preferences is not surprising, considering her years at the rather refined Epsom Girls Grammar School in Auckland. Now, TP’s evil twin must have been out of her cage this morning, as she directed us to the actual school website upon reading about Ms. Walker’s background, and because of our years spent wearing uniforms at school we simply had to look up Epsom’s to see what Ms. Walker was subjected to in this arena.

This helps TP understand the oversized blazers in the collection, which we think are excellent.

The Princess is not the first to report on J Crew’s expanded Accessory Collection, enlarged substantially by Creative Director Jenna Lyons, but we thought we might share her insight on the move to grow this category.

Anyone perusing their J. Crew ‘Indulgences‘ catalog will note the changer in the catalog, as it is not a glossy magazine-style piece, but done on newsprint, a coarser feeling material. Frankly, this almost went the way of the weekly shoppers and other flyers, straight into the recycling bin; fortunately we knew to look for it in its different format.

Aficionados will also note the increase in shoes offered, with that category header online touting their ‘Ballet Flats starting at $138,’ as seen below, perhaps a nod to the tight economy. As a recent online WWD story (subscription required) explains:

“Lyons said the shoe business has increased incrementally. ‘It’s something that kept growing,’ she said. ‘People kept asking for more. We ended up having this really broad range of shoes.'”

The website carries J. Crew’s long-established basics such as the “Dorian Driving Moc,” although the WWD story questions some high-end styles, like the Tivoli Ballet Flat:

“…One of the most expensive, the Tivoli ballet flat in python, is priced at $398. ‘Our shoes are made in Italy and snakeskin is rare,” Lyons said. “It’s speaking to a slightly more sophisticated customer….'”

For those fond of this material, there is also a snakesin clutch at $495 and snakeskin slingbacks at $495. TP would be remiss in her obligations if she did not mention there are also snakeskin flip-flops and they happen to be on sale, however one must note they are referred to in a more refined fashion as “Metallic snakeskin Capri sandals.” Of course.

Lyons also told WWD there will be more emphasis on handbags:

“That’s an amazing opportunity,” Lyons said. “We’re looking for ways to build on our Uptown tote. We’re looking at how we can make our [handbag collection] larger and exploit it online.”

J Crew UPtown Tote

J Crew Uptown Tote

Ms. Lyons had a strong attitude on pricing in the market overall:

We’re frustrated with what we see going on with designer handbags. The prices are insane and the [devaluation] of the dollar has made things worse. We want to be very conscientious. Can a handbag be $700 or $800? Sure. But do we want to get to $1,200? We want to win people’s trust with the quality of the goods without doing it big and expensive.”

Hair accessories may not have sold as well as hoped; all are now on sale. TP’s favorites are unlikely to  surprise readers, as she is always vocal about her interest in an item’s ‘snuggle factor’ and her love of argyle:

It will be interesting to see how the expanded inventory fares, especially the brand’s move into fine jewelry for the first time. The line includes the 10K gold Boule ring and the Ribbon-tied long pearl necklace with genuine freshwater pearls.

TP actually prefers the company’s costume pieces, especially the broad range of enameled rings and bracelets, always lovely additions to one’s look. BTW, one mustn’t forget the continuing end of summer sale with clearance prices on almost everything.

As always, happy hunting!


Also, a very quick peek at the first-ever runway collection from Catherine Holstein, with lots of long, leggy casual-but-elegant looks that we found rather intriguing. Ms. Holstein is Parson graduate, and also

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

As always, we’ll be back!

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Sneak Peek Lacoste Spring 2009 Collection

Hello-hello again, and welcome to the wackiness that is Fashion Week done long-distance, Princess style!

We start with Saturday’s Lacoste show, one of the first in the whole week-long extravaganza in New York. Front and center was an obviously despondent Andy Roddick, fresh off his loss to Novak Djokovic at the on-again, off-again US Open, accompanied by girlfriend Brooklyn Decker.

Lacoste actually showed three distinctly different looks within the collection, starting off with their Club group, the company’s more upscale line. The pieces were lush and lovely, in natural tones of ecru, eggshell, taupe, brown and light, peachy rose colors.

The pieces seemed so lightweight and sheer, almost floating about the body while also exuding the brand’s timeless appeal.

The men’s pieces also hold an air of understated elegance, of old school friends gathered over lunch at a private club…

… or a friend’s weekend retreat in Palm Beach, all of the help dismissed for the day, the host and hostess handling serving duties with ease.

One can almost channel Jay Gatsby searching for Daisy through a few of the looks, all easy elegance with a hint of that careless, thrown-together appeal achieved only with classic elements such as these.

Contrast this with the Sunset collection that was next on the runway. This is Lacoste’s sportier, more casual line.

Bright and sunny, the sportier group had a more youthful look and feel, with intense shades of yellow and orange that just popped! The group carried an air of whimsy and relaxation, reminiscent of unhurried days at the shore.

And then we had the final group, a new line targeted at a younger, edgier demo, done in bright jewel tones that radiated vibrancy and excitement.

Much of what we saw in this group triggered memories of the swinging 60s, ‘mod’ and ‘groovy’ clothes worn by even hipper people. Indeed.

It could be the women’s hats…

Or the bold, almost blinding patterns on some pieces…

But we started to feel like Mod Squad might start on TV at any minute! This was not a negative, quite the contrary, it brought a fun, retro feel to the last group.

Some of the neon colors could also inflict temporary blindness and these vivid tones were not just for women in the Lacoste vision, the men shone just as brightly as the women.

The classic look of black and white was repeated throughout, a reminder of its timeless appeal.

The accessories were as important as the apparel pieces.

With shoes providing new takes on older looks….

And sandals that surely must glow in the dark seen below!

Creative Director Christopher Lemaire appeared pleased when he came out for his bow at the end of the show. We close with a few photos from backstage.

It seems the preppy brand has an exciting Collection ready to go, and now all devotees of the label have to do is wait. (Hurry springtime…hurry!)

Photo Credits: Reuters/Joshua Lott

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Tommy Hilfiger Week, Gossip Girl Windows

Hello-hello… we are enjoying the extended sunshine and warm weather here in the Great Midwest!

Are you on the mailing list for one of Macy’s new Tommy Hilfiger catalogs? In advance of ‘Tommy Week” at Macy’s two million catalogs are going in the mail, presumably those homes where a Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s credit card holder resides. (The same company owns both.) Perhaps they aren’t even going to Bloomies customers, as one won’t be able to purchase the goods shown in the catalog at Bloomies.

That is because pretty soon it is all about Macy’s for the Hilfiger lines. For those who may not remember the news, soon you will not be able to purchase Tommy Hilfiger men’s and women’s apparel at any outlet other than Macy’s, at least that is how TP understands the exclusivity arrangement between those two entities.

Above we show a courtesy photo of a newly remodeled Hilfiger Women’s department at Macy’s. Below left we show the Melinda cable-knit sweater and the Abigail pants; lower right is a Menswear look for which we don’t know the particulars. (Both are courtesy photos via WWD.)

At any rate, perfectly timed to run in tandem with Fashion Week, ‘Tommy Week” starts this Sunday (the 7th) at Macy’s; it is a very big deal for both Macy’s and Tommy Hilfiger. (Which is actually owned by Apax, a Dutch company.)

Some of the festivities include the launch of a Men’s fragrance on Sept. 7, appearances by Tommy Hilfiger himself and special lighting at the State Street Marshall Field’s, it is Field’s dammit store in Chicago and Herald Square Macy’s will project Tommy images on the buildings. Here is more perspective on the brand itself from the VP of Marketing, Avery Baker, via Women’s Wear Daily:

“There’s a new sensibility of what Tommy is all about — preppy, collegiate, lots of plaids, trenchcoats, as well as long dresses and elegant pieces,” Reardon said. “There is more risk-taking with some pieces. The collection has a little bit for everybody, though it’s a little more edgy.”

We are fond of the Fall campaign, shot at Lake Tahoe and using what appears to be a vintage Chris-Craft or Century wooden boat; regular readers have been forced to cope with TP’s continuing love for these incredible relics of another time in previous posts. Back to the Tommy situation, here is a little more from WWD:

“Along with the quality, Apax has been elevating the price points, cutting jobs, bringing some of the licenses in-house and opening large stores in prime locations….”

If you have been inside a Macy’s lately you may have seen one of the 300+ renovated Tommy departments, most of which have been upsized. It will be interesting to see if the exclusive deal for the Hilfiger label will help boost Macy’s sagging sales, especially as a very tough economic climate looms over the critical upcoming fall season, not to mention the holiday season. Here are a few looks from the Fall 2008 runway show:

A reminder, these are from last February’s runway show for the fashions going into stores right now; this year’s Hilfiger show comes during Fashion Week, starting this Friday. A few more, this time Hilfiger’s take on the LBD.

Who goes to this show? Well, last year’s attendees included Anna Wintour, Nicky Hilton, Julianne Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and someone named Richie Rich. (Please accept our apologies, TP isn’t clear on that last individual, be they male, female, or anything else.)  

Apparently the Richie Rich person is seated next to Nicky Hilton, above left, whilst Virginia Smith accompanied Anna Wintour to the show last Febuary. Not that it matters, but The Princess is struggling with Ms. Wintour’s fur, as it seems more to be overtaking her face as opposed to framing it, which we presume was its original function in addition to looking smart and providing some warmth. Below, Mr. Hilfiger at the conclusion of the show followed by a photo of him with daughters Elizabeth and Ally Hilfiger.

The topic does remind us, we have never found the origins of this photo of Anna Wintour and Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps, clearly not this past season, but when? Where? An expiring mind is dying to know!

The Princess is invoking the ‘better late than never’ clause of her blogging contract on this next item, the Gossip Girl windows at Henri Bendel story, even if we are almost a week behind the times with it. They were done by Eric Daman, costume designer for the hit show, and made their debut last week at an enormous party inside the store. We don’t know how many scenes have actually been shot at the store as we were a little tardy to the G2 party, so to speak, but evidently Bendel’s is seeing a little spike in business from the added exposure.

Above we see Taylor Momsen, Leighton Meester and Eric Daman at the Bendel’s party. BTW, ShopDiary has an an interesting story on some of the show’s fashions, chatting about pieces from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ferragamo, and others. It is their image showing a few of the Blair dresses that you see immediately below.  

If you have made it all the way through your summer reading list, you may elect to add a few titles, certainly nothing requiring deep thought, just a couple of ideas providing escapist delights from the realities of summer’s end.

In advance of Fashion Week we though you might enjoy This Year’s Model from model Carol Alt, almost precisely as you would expect from the cover images and the author, although it is our understanding this is not a flattering portrayal of the industry.

'This Year's Model' by Carol Alt

'This Year's Model' by Carol Alt

The book was just released last week, and is only about $11 at Amazon, should that tickle your fancy. There is also Candace Bushnell’s “One Fifth Avenue,” now available for pre-orders almost everywhere, including Amazon; it is out September 22. (You know, that Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City Candace Bushnell!) There is also an online interview with Ms. Bushnell at Amazon, should that pique your antennae.

Also, the fabulous Fug Girls have a book out! Definitely not for the weak of heart or those easily offended by salty language, “Go Fug Yourself: the Fug Awards” is already out.

Happy Reading!

Photo Credits:

  • Our thanks to Racked for the Bendel’s window pix!
  • Tommy Hilfiger Runway Shots: Imaxtree.com
  • Tommy Hilfiger Guests: Getty Images

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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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