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Saks Closing Bridal Salons, Talbot’s Going the Outlet Route?

The Princess is a little down and depressed despite the lovely day; her countenance changed markedly upon learning that Saks Fifth Avenue is closing all of its bridal salons except for those at the Beverly Hills store and the NY Flagship. Hunh? This was simply one of the places where everyone went when looking for a wedding gown, even sometimes for a dress for one’s coming out. We didn’t end up purchasing our gown there, but still….sniff.  Does anyone have a tissue?

According to the story in yesterday’s WWD, the company plans to hold Bridal sales starting in January, running through May, in the following locations:

“…. South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.; Houston; Atlanta; St. Louis; Tysons Corner, Va.; Richmond; Bal Harbour, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Indianapolis; Plano, Tex.; San Francisco, Short Hills, N.J., and Dallas.”

Some of the bridal designers carried by Saks that one will soon need to find elsewhere:

Amsale, Angel Sanchez, Carolina Herrera, Christos, Edgardo Bonilla, Elizabeth Fillmore, Jenny Packham, Junko Yoshioka, Kenneth Pool, Melissa Sweet, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Platinum, Reem Acra, Tomasina, Ulla Maija and Vera Wang.

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We also have news on Talbots: that struggling retailer has announced they will be opening 12 new outlet stores next year.  According to the Boston Herald Talbots plans to open thirty outlets in the next three years. From our calculations it seems this would at least double Talbots outlet presence, but do keep in mind, we are talking Princess Math here.

Talbots is offering an Additional 30% off everything online, as well as free shipping and delivery with no minimum purchase. For example, the Stretch sateen sheath dresses that were originally $110, now running $48.99 and $41.99 before the extra 30% off.  (The dresses would be about $34.30 and $29.40.)

Talbots Stretch Sateen Dress

Talbots Stretch Sateen Dress

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Kate Spade is doing an additional 25% off everything now on sale, including the Giverny Trench.

Kate Spade Giverny Trench

Kate Spade Giverny Trench

Along with the Pop Clinton Street Nedette, the credit card case with the little change pocket, available in a pair of holiday colors:

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The sales at both Steven Alan Collection and the Annex offer outstanding merchandise at very good price points.  The women’s cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan is almost irrestible at this price, with a snuggle factor that is off the charts!

Lilly Pulitzer Fall merchandise is 70% off at the Cloister Collection, including pieces like the Paley Cardigan.

Cloister Collection

Cloister Collection

We are also fond of Lilly’s Snappy Skirt in Preppy Twill in our favorite shade, now $29. There seems to be a fair amount of Eliza B. and Eric Javits sale inventory remaining at the Cloister, along with their always-fabulous selection of merchandise.

The email volume being generated by “Sale” updates and notices is becoming almost unmanageable; are you all struggling with the same challenge?  Barney’s is positively shrieking with their flyer about the Men’s Sale:

Barneys New York

Barneys New York

The email Bergdorf Goodman sent today was simply amazing. We cannot remember seeing any Bergdorf’s literature showing ‘as much as 75% discounts.’

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman

This includes Ralph Lauren Collection and Ralph Lauren Black Label. The Red Tartan dress is available on sale for Infants Sizes 3, 6 or 9 months, as well as 9-24 month sizes.

Lord and Taylor is doing their Friends and Family discount, with an Extra 25% off Regular and Sale prices (with limited exclusions) in addition to 10% off cosmetics and fragrances.  Use promo code FRIENDS at checkout.

Lord & Taylor

Lord & Taylor

Ann Taylor Loft continues their special promotional offer of an additional 40% off Sale prices.

Ann Taylor Loft

Ann Taylor Loft

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The ‘helpful suggestions’ along fashion and style lines continue to be offered for the next First Family.  In an interview with Express Night Out jeweler David Yurman suggests that his Belmont Shadow Watch could work for the next President:

“… He’s an Ivy Leaguer but not too preppy. His style is “international.” I’d like to see him wear a “Belmont Shadow” as a weekend watch. We have a new one coming out in six months.”

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Call the Princess crazy, but we just don’t see the President-elect doing a $4500 “weekend wristwatch.”

A quick argyle update for everyone:

The argyle leggings are crafted of 100% cotton and are available at Pixie Market.

Happy-Happy everyone!

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“Lilly-opoly” Lilly Pulitzer Monopoly Game, plus “A High Price on Preppy?”

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Hello and Happy Day to everyone…we hope it’s simply sublime wherever you are.
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Speaking of sublime…how wonderful is this?
Lilly Pulitzer Monopoly Game

Lilly Pulitzer Monopoly Game

Looking for some property in Palm Beach? Perhaps you were hoping to buy the Breakers? (PB, not Myrtle Beach.) Well, your time has come. As we shared in previous posts, Hasbro has created a “Lilly-opoly” game in honor of the company’s 50th Anniversary.
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Perfect for any Lilly Pulitzer fan, this makes an outstanding holiday gift.  Other properties players can purchase include “Via Mizner,” “Lilly’s Jungle,” and “The Vintage Vault.”  And instead of the standard pewter tokens, there are options like a palm tree, a monkey, and (this is our favorite) a shift.  The game runs $50 and is scheduled for release in November, but already seems to be available for $50 at places like Under the Palm Tree.

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Also scheduled for release this month, that special Jeep Wrangler covered in pink and green and yellow Hibiscus, along with the Steinway anniversary piano in the same motif. Both are available by special order at any Lilly Via store and both are referred to as ‘limited editions.’
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Disregarding all the anniversary hoopla, we come back to basics – the lush designs and whimsical touches that are Lilly. It is completely Prepalicious and fun, fun, fun.
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Readers may recall our post earlier this week about über-preppy retailer J. Crew and some negative press in the Times.  The headline “J. Crew Gets Uppity” led into writer Eric Wilson’s column looking at the company’s new Women’s Collection store, merchandise price points, etc.
Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

A new column at the popular blog StyleList makes the statement as well: “The J.Crew Collection puts a high price on preppy.” Using merchandise like the $3500 Leopard Beaded dress shown above, yesterday’s column notes:
“We’ve always loved J.Crew for the fact that we can get quality, classic pieces at a decent price — a dress isn’t going to be cheap, but it won’t look or feel cheap, either. Still, the price tags were never enough to dissuade us from perusing the racks. At least, not until now.”
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The Leopard Beaded Dress is described by J Crew as “An opulent creation completely covered with thousands of precisely hand-sewn beads—it took an experienced couture artisan a month to craft this exquisite dress.”  We would suggest the item begs the question: is this preppy?  Is it what you go to J. Crew for?
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The column also shows the Printed calf-hair Astor jacket at $2200:
Coourtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

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The caption for this photo in the story reads “Sure, it’s cute … but two grand?”  As the column continues writer Kristen Seymour says:
“Now, every prep’s favorite store is changing things up — they’ll still be offering the same kind of clothing they’ve always had, but they’re adding the J.Crew Collection, with price points that go higher. Much higher.”
What do you think? Is the J. Crew Collection concept a good idea? Bad idea? Doesn’t make any difference? TP is more than curious to hear your thoughts.
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Grins and giggles.

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The Mascara Wars: Chanel Fires a Shot, Take an Extra 20% Off Sales (Lots!)

Now you can call it a coincidence that the following arrived in our electronic Inbox this evening from our good friends at Chanel,

just hours after a similar email from a Chanel competitor arrived, but we think not. Following the link takes you to a lush-looking site, where you can watch all manner of short films about the company’s new line, Exceptionnel. Not to be confused with their earlier fall makeup release, “Strike Gold” which is as it sounds, all gold-based in colour, this new group is very dark and smoky, and not all of it is available in the USA.

It seems a good part of the Exceptionnel marketing weight is being thrown behind the “Exceptionnel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara.”

But the most entertaining thing about the Chanel mascara chatter is what beat the Chanel email to our Inbox by a few hours; we’re talking about The Turbolash email from Estee Lauder!

So it would appear we have the opening salvos fired in the Mascara Wars! Oh no! Of course, TP would like to think we broke the Turbolash story on the Princess blog (oh dear, she is back to talking about breaking stories, not a good sign) and naturally we’ll keep you posted on all details related to this important and exciting topic! (Heh-heh-heh.)

Moving on to something that may actually serve a purpose in your life, a reminder that tomorrow is the last day for the J. CrewTake an Extra 20% Off” Sale. Until they decide to extend said Sale. Or do it again. Neiman Marcus also wants you to take an additional 20% off their Sale prices, but unlike J. Crew, they do not show an ‘end date’ for the markdowns. If you are interested, there are an awful lot of handbags available for your viewing pleasure, including this Kate Spade from the Stevie group.

Not to be outdone, Hickey Freeman invites you to take an additional 20% off the Sale price on their merchandise, like this über-elegant Charcoal Striped Suit.

The same wonderful ‘Take another 20% Off the Sale Price‘ discount applies to both Men and Women’s Club House merchandise at the Bobby Jones site through July 31st.

And at the oh-so-hip Hickey (that’s not a typo folks, it’s just plain Hickey) site as well, look for an extra 20% off Sale prices through July 31st.

We made the mistake of doing a bit of surfing at the Hickey site; this rapidly led to trouble. Look at this wool & cashmere men’s sweatshirt and you will immediately see why. You just know the snuggle factor is going to be off the chart, and if you have that, what else matters?! The Princess is in love.

Garnet Hill is also having it’s Sale and Clearance, where goodies like this Cotton Henley sweater abound!

Our next-to-last Sale mention this evening is the J Peterman Summer Web-Only Sale.

If The Princess Consort were here he would personally vouch for the quality and workmanship of the J Peterman Vintage T Shirt, of which he owns several. He has also been quite pleased with Peterman’s Father of All T Shirts.

And everyone probably already knows about this one, but just in case you don’t,

the good people at Vineyard Vines are doing their part to help stimulate the economy, and lord knows, we appreciate their contribution! It is tough to keep that MonsterCard in the wallet when there are offerings like this Girls’ Overboard Flip Flop.

Or the Girls’ Boot Striped Polo

How about these cute Boys’T-Top Boats Chappy Swim Trunks?

There are also plenty of items on hand for Mom and Dad if you are still thinking about broadening your summer wardrobe selections, or ‘buying ahead’ for Christmas gifts or next year’s summer wardrobe.

Almost wrapping up our Sale selection tonight is eLuxury, where there is again an additional percent off the already discounted Sale price. But look closely and you’ll note the extra percent off is 25%, a better deal than any of the sites previously showcased!

Do remember that Lilly Pulitzer is on sale everywhere, and if you aren’t able to shop Lilly in person, there are loads of online locales you can try. A Splash of Pink, The Peppermint Palm, The Village Palm, or In the Pink are generally viable alternatives.

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Lilly is Pink & Green & Golden (Anyone Looking for A Limited-Edition Lilly Pulitzer Jeep Wrangler?)

Happy-Happy and Hubba-Hubba! Did everyone enjoy their weekend? We hope so.

Lilly Pulitzer James Bradbeer Jr.

Of course, the happiest of all greetings go out to our Lilly Pulitzer, recently hospitalized for almost a week, but bound and determined she would be at The Breakers (Palm Beach) last Friday for the big bash honoring Lilly Pulitzer’s 50th Anniversary. And she made it, as seen in the photo above, looking just fabulous! (Pix compliments of the good folks at the Palm Beach Daily News.) Lilly is also seen in the photo just below, with company co-owner and President James Bradbeer.

Lilly Pulitzer & Jim Bradbeer

There are big plans for the brand we all love, and while The Breakers party was used to thank the company’s bigger customers, it was also clearly the launch pad for some of the more exciting plans to recognize the ‘Jublilee Celebration.’ The evening was a vision in pink and green, truly it was. Just look at guests dancing the night away; you could spot those dresses anywhere!

Guests at Breakers Lilly Pulitzer party

As a rule, pianos are for playing music, or practicing scales, oui? However, at times they may be used to meet other needs, perhaps serving a more decorative purpose. In fact, The Princess has long thought a pink and green piano would be a marvelous addition to the Prepatorium, and now look…there is going to be just such an instrument! Steinway and Sons will be making the official Lilly Pulitzer 50th Steinway piano you are gazing at in the photos below. Isn’t it divine?

Pink & Green Lilly Pulitzer piano Steinway & Sons

Lilly Pulitzer Steinway 50th Anniversary Lubliee Piano

And how about a pink and green car or SUV? Isn’t this what Daddy really meant to give you as a graduation present instead of that dreary Honda? Of course it is. 70 of these limited-edition Lilly Pulitzer Jeep Wranglers have already been pre-ordered; at about $25,000 each they seem like a great deal to us! The vehicle (shown in the photo below) is hypothetically available through Lilly Signature store owners we believe, and available this Fall.

Lilly Pulitzer limited edition Jeep Wrangler.

But here is the one that is TP’s favorite: a Lilly Monopoly game! How cool is that? The word is that Hasbro will introduce a Palm Beach version of its Monopoly game called “Lilly-opoly.” (Why do we see zillions of these wrapped and parked under a few Christmas trees this holiday season?)

There are loads more ways the company plans to celebrate (perhaps better spelled “sell-ebrate”) the anniversary, but we’re just out of time. We’ll get more of the information to you in the next few days.

Also in Lilly news…the new Madison Avenue store has opened! And only in New York at a party celebrating such an occasion would you have so many LBDs contrasting with the famous Lilly prints! Just below you’ll note the stunning new “Gillian” pink sheath worn by Gillian Miniter. The name is no accident – this new design from Lilly is actually named for Ms. Miniter, a philanthropist and socialite.

Gillian Miniter in Lilly Pulitzer dRess named after Her!

Lilly New York opening

Now, rumor has it TP asked Mr. Princess to approach the man in the turquoise paisley jacket and attempt to purchase it on the spot so that she might wear it. Furthermore, it is said that if the response to that request was negative, she wanted Mr. P to then physically accost him and rip the jacket from his very body! (L to R: Rick Sabag, Steven Stolman, Frank Rico, and Victor Basile) Of course, The Princess denies *all* of this, calls it poppycock, and suggests people get in touch with her press person or publicist if they have any more questions. Honestly. (BTW, does anyone know the name of that particular print seen in the turquoise jacket?)

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