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More Preppy Love + an Item from our “It’s Just Not Done” Files

As more evidence surfaces of the ongoing explosion of Preppy Love, we thought it wise to share just one example rather than devoting another entire entire post to the topic. Perhaps the Midwest heat is making her highness a bit of a crankenstein, but devoting another entire post to that topic seemed a bit over the top…yes…no…perhaps?

At any rate, today we offer another preppy-oriented story, this one on madras originating, from the southwest region of this great nation, more specifically Phoenix. The Arizona Republic has a brief story on madras, “Mad for Plaid” by writers Erica Sagon and Melissa Magsaysay, offering some faboo looks that are light and airy and fun. The story has some great photos and links to a few of your favorite establishments. (The links you see below should take you directly to the item you are looking for as opposed to the store’s home page.)

Arizona Republic Mad for Plaid Story

Ann Taylor Loft Halter dress, Maxi Dress at Gap, Cape Madras mini at CapeMadras.com, Bracelets at Forever 21, and the “Lucaya” fabric espadrille is at J. Crew.

Arizona Republic Madras Story

In this photo, shorts are J. Crew, Aubrey wedges from Target, Shop Bop Shoshanna Bandeau Bikini Top and plaid Bow Brief (sold separately), Fossil belt at Macys, the navy and red madras bag with wooden handles is at Nordstrom (actually it’s on sale at 40% off), and Macy’s is showing the Dooney & Bourke Patchwork Madras Tote.

We *do* hope you enjoyed this. Especially as the next story may turn your stomach just a tad.

Paul Burrell Photo Courtesy Paul Burrell

Regular readers here at the Prepatorium know that we considerate it most inappropriate to single out individuals and hold them up for public ridicule, or excessively negative attention. Of course there are exceptions to the rule. (This comes as a surprise to you? Oh dear.) These would include some of our regular features, like “The Anti-Prep,” “Help Me Understand,” and “It Simply Isn’t Done,” among others. Today’s exception to the rule involves Paul Burrell, the rather jolly looking individual in the photo seen above. Looking at the picture just below you will likely remember him as the man who was Princess Diana’s former butler, continuing to make a fortune from her life and death in a most revolting manner.

Princess Diana & Paul Burrell

This weekend he manages to take that rather common term, ‘low-life’ (you’ll note I am having no difficulty using it) to a new low. Mr. Burrell will be selling jewelry “designed with the deceased Princess in mind” on a cable television channel, ShopNBC. Below are some images of the jewelry, followed by a story on this little endeavor as seen in Women’s Wear Daily. They wrote it so much better than I ever shall there is no point in excerpting it, so here it is right after the photo.

Paul Burrell Hideous Jewelry

“THE BUTLER DID IT: Paul Burrell is serving up jewels as part of his latest venture. The ex-butler of Diana Princess of Wales will launch a line of jewelry on Shop NBC this weekend inspired by the late icon’s taste in gems. Dubbed Effy Signature Range, the line will bow in the U.S. on Saturday. The television retailer has described the collection as “breathtaking, with regal appeal.” Burrell, who lives in Florida, will promote the line with a series of guest appearances on the channel prior to the launch. The former royal servant, who once described himself as the princess’ rock, is now less in demand in Britain, where news of his jewelry line has fueled Burrell’s infamy. The former servant has reportedly netted 10 million pounds, or $19.5 million, since Princess Diana’s death through the sale of his books, appearing in reality television shows and even launching a wine variety — Royal Butler Wine. Pieces in the jewelry line include an 18-karat Tri-Color 1.14-carat Diamond Flower Ring retailing at 860 pounds, or $1,699.95, and a white and rose gold 1.85-carat Diamond Flower Pendant with chain for 1,275 pounds, or $2,499.95. For those who can’t afford it, the wine is priced more modestly at approximately 6 pounds, or $11, a bottle.”

Now, there’s an interesting phenomenon on the site, perhaps because of the scathing ridicule NBC has exposed itself to with this business partnership: when one inputs the terms “Paul Burrell” or Princess Diana” into the ShopNBC search engine you receive a message indicating there are no matches. None. When one inputs “Effy Signature”, the name of the collection, then Voila! you can transport yourself to the collection.

There are some interesting side notes in the details accompanying the descriptions of the jewelry. For example:

A sample of this item was sent to an independent certified jewelry appraiser. Its replacement value was appraised at $1,800. Please note you will not receive a copy of the appraisal with your purchase. (Appraisal date: April/2008)

Paul Burrell

“Enjoy regal distinction with flashes of grand fascination.”

The Princess thought this was a bit odd, but then we have never purchased jewelry at ShopNBC so we could  be way off base. This would probably also fit into that “You can’t make this stuff up” category. Honestly.

Do enjoy your weekend. Here we are trying to sort out precisely how we shall avoid being a sad Princess yet again about the loss of yet another extraordinarily gifted individual, in this case, one whom we were blessed to spend a little time around. (Actually, she is simply crushed by the news.) Mr. Princess is in the same position and saddened as well. Sigh.


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Lacoste: 75 Years of Preppy Love, J Crew’s Man Love, & The Princess Loves Tag

AThe Princess feels compelled to point out that Lilly Pulitzer isn’t the only ‘preppy’ brand celebrating an Anniversary, although we have spent a bit of time remarking upon that topic. Now however, we turn our attention to another iconic brand marking an important milestone, Lacoste, celebrating its 75th year. And the company wants you involved in the party!

Lacoste 75th Anniversary

The ‘Lacoste Future Site’ is fancy, flashy and lots of fun if that is your sort of thing. “For Lacoste’s 75th Anniversary Imagine 75 Years From Now in 2085” is the opening request, followed by some fairly futuristic tennis! With other slogans like “Let’s Reinvent the Game” and “Lacoste – As You’ve Never Seen It,” this is a site that is highly interactive, asking you to suggest ways to complete slogans, helping you send Lacoste video email to friends and more. It also offers great ‘wallpaper’ for your desktop, screensavers, and a futuristic video, all done with awesome animation that is amazing to watch and worth at least a nano-second of your time. Perhaps the image below gives you a sense of the site’s look.

Lacoste 75th Anniversary ScreenGrab

This may come as quite a surprise (um…not exactly), but there is a substantial amount of merchandise commemorating the Anniversary that you can actually purchase. Let’s take a peek. First, we offer the 75th Anniversary Retro Fit Polo at Nordstrom in what we would call a classic and understated white (or black) with the logo embroidered in discreetly matching thread. Well, almost that, but unfortunately not totally that, as evidently the Lacoste Crocodile has been put on a Barry Bonds steroid regimen remarkably healthy diet; it is now enormous. Gigantic. This is probably why it is referred to as the ‘Exploded Croc.’ There is also the Essential 75th Anniversary Eau de Toilette available at Bloomingdale’s for that special someone.

Lacoste \'75th Anniversary\' Retro Fit Piqué Polo at Nordstrom Bloomingdale\'s Lacoste Essential 75th Anniversary Eau de Toilette

Of course, when The Princess thinks 75th Anniversary, we always think stretch pique, don’t you? (Bad Princess, very bad.) This is the 75th Anniversary Button-Front Stretch Piqué Halter Dress followed by the 75th Anniversary Pique Polo, both available directly from Lacoste.

Lacoste 75th Anniversary Halter DressShort Sleeve 75th Anniversary Band Collar Piqué Polo W/Tipping

Perhaps a little zippier in style are the two versions of the 75th Anniversary Sneaker, one seen below courtesy of myairshoes.com.

lacoste 75th anniversary sneaker #1

Lacoste Vintage Look Banner

In other Lacoste news, there is no way we can leave this topic without sharing at least a few photos of the 2008 Lacoste Fall/Winter lines, as some of the pieces are just stunning and TP would love to have them on hand to snuggle into when the snow starts flying!

Lacoste Men\'s 2008 Winter Collection

Lacoste Women\'s 2008 Line

Moving beyond all of today’s Lacoste updates, let’s talk about positive news from J Crew: word they will open not just a second men’s-only store, but they are scouting locations for a third standalone men’s shop. We have mentioned previously the planned opening of the Tribeca men’s J Crew now under construction in The Liquor Building, a fabulous location for this sort of endeavor, albeit a tad on the smallish side. The company will add a second Men’s store next to an existing mall-based store in New Jersey, and they are actively looking for their next site.

Also this evening, The Princess has been “tagged,” in this case by a friend who has already guided us through some potholes here at the Prepatorium, that brilliant babe who is plugged in to what is goin’ on in the heart of the City, Fashion Herald. (Actually, the tag was Sunday evening, so the following was composed yesterday and posted this evening.) The ‘tag’ is to answer six questions about myself:

(Post rules at the beginning of the post. Answer all the questions. Tag 6 people, go to their blog and leave a comment to inform them that they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answers.)

1. What were you doing ten years ago?
Saying over and over and over again: “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.”

2. What are five things on your to-do list today?
• Read all of the Sunday papers. (Not done as of 11pm.)
• Do the mega walk. (Not done)
• Call Mother. (Done. Twice.)
• Attend Graduation galas. (Done.)
• Serve dinner at homeless Mission. (Done.)

3. Snacks you enjoy?
Chocolate, carrots & celery. (Not all at the same time.)

4. Places you’ve lived:
Michigan, Denver, Oklahoma City, Missouri, Oregon.

5. What are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire?

  1. Ummm…. not to be totally tasteless here, but if we are speaking about having only one billion, then I guess the first thing might be to call the financial people and ask what happened to the rest of my inheritance.
  2. Purchase the City of Chicago and if that is not possible, acquire a meaningful suburban community. Following appropriate transfer of deeds and other dreary paperwork, rename the area ‘Prepoplis,’ and get in touch with Lilly to commence planning the Earth’s first completely pink and green habitat.
  3. Build an Olympic size ice rink in the back yard.
  4. Buy a professional baseball team.
  5. Honestly? Of course it would be to do the philanthropy and volunteer thing full-time.

And in the “Just Because We Can” category this evening, we wanted to let you know The Princess has found a very stylish time waster that you simply must visit: ColorFlip. A colossally useless endeavor in many ways, but one we felt you might enjoy on some level, so there you have it. Happies to all!

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The Return of Bonwit Teller and Not so Goody’s News

Happy Monday to all…hopefully everyone’s time out of the City this weekend was restorative and rewarding.

A few very brief snippets, at least for this early post. First, the fabulous news about the return of Bonwit Teller. At one time this ranked high on the list of the Princess’s favorite retail emporiums, at least of the large, department store variety. As this vintage ad demonstrates (at least if you can see it, and then use your imagination just a bit), Bonwits was a superb outpost of refined elegance and discreet good taste, traits infrequently experienced in today’s retail culture.

Vintage Bonwit Teller ad for House of Bianchi Wedding Gown

Many of us of ‘a certain age’ fondly (yours truly *most* definitely included) recall the look of this fabled logo, as seen in this instance on an old credit card. That was being auctioned on eBay. (That had all of the identifying information out there for the world to see. We did ask Mister Princess to fuzzy up the individual’s name and address. Honestly.) But we do bring it to you as it is our only method of sharing that brilliant logo. We were always just a bit gaga over the Bonwits shopping bags, they were so very pretty.

Vintage Bonwit Teller Card

At any rate, here’s a bit of info from a story that crossed on the Business Wire a few weeks ago:

“The iconic brand helped launch the careers of notable designers such as Henri Bendel and Calvin Klein, and “Bonwit’s” stores and brand-building efforts featured the work of renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Richard Avedon, and Robert Rauschenberg. Bonwit Teller is widely given credit for pioneering the notion of shopping bags-as-advertisements through the use of its “violets” logo, still fondly recalled.

“Bonwit Teller set the standard for the high-end shopping experience for a century,” said Najjar. “I am excited to revitalize Bonwit’s heritage for today’s marketplace. Bonwit once outfitted fashion icons such as Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly – the new Bonwit will evoke that sense of glamour, with a modern twist.”

The initial flagship store in New York should be open by the end of next year with another store in Los Angeles opening shortly after that. Whoo-hoo! This is such happy-happy and hubba-hubba news, it’s even better than the Lilly store opening on Madison!

But in not-so-wonderful news, word today that struggling Goody’s Family Clothing, the Nashville-based chain of 300+ stores, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company plans to close 69 ‘underperforming stores’; Georgia and South Carolina will be hardest hit by the closings.

Goody\'s Ashley Judd Banner

Apparently the retailer’s Ashley Judd line may not be doing as well as hoped because of its higher price points. Here is a quick pic of an Ashley Judd Silk Blouse in pink, originally priced at $44 it is now about $31; it is also machine washable silk.

Goody\'s Clothing Ashley Judd Silk BlouseDuck Head Madras shorts at Goody\'s

Goody’s spent $4 million almost 5 years ago to buy the Duck Head trademark, in part because of its high consumer recognition ratings in the southeast. Above we show Duck Head Jeans Co. Patchwork Plaid Madras Shorts for men. The Princess hopes the company is able to pull out of its slump and promises to keep you updated.

A Princess Note: Some information in the Bonwits post provided by Business Wire and WWD.

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