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A DVF Flash Mob…? Also, a Cute Menswear Move and ‘Preppy Goes Pop’

Hello, it is another gorgeous day here at the Prepatorium, bright and beautiful, the kind of day that makes one want to play hooky.

We begin with something fun, a Diane von Furstenberg flash mob. While a gaggle of women in DVF wrap dresses isn’t what comes to mind when you hear the words “flash mob,” we can promise that “It’s twue, it’s twue”!

Franck Mura via Women's Wear Daily

Those saying, “Isn’t that the Seine in the background?” win today’s gold star in geography, today’s event was staged just across the river from the Eiffel Tower.

Franck Mura via Women's Wear Daily

This afternoon’s mass dance in Paris was part of a marketing maneuver to launch the designer’s new scent, “Diane“. In addition to the perfume, body lotion, etc., there is actually a Diane Fragrance Wrap Dress.

Diane Fragrance Wrap Dress

Dance mobs have been staged in several locations, including several in the city during New York Fashion Week.

Franck Mura via Women's Wear Daily

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Our next item is beyond darling, and it comes from an unlikely source, a men’s clothing line. Take a look at these stickers from Gant Rugger.

Via Fashion Week Daily

Clearly peaking the Cute-o-Meter in the red zone, they were designed by a university student in Moscow, each piece represents an item in the label’s fall line.

Via Gant Rugger

The menswear firm is showcasing the stickers and men wearing the pieces depicted at its online site.

Via Gant Rugger

Gant Rugger deserves a tip of the hat, rarely do we see this level of creativity and ingenuity (not to mention risk-taking) in a marketing effort for a men’s label. No doubt the company knows how much the stickers will appeal to ladies, a savvy move considering women do much of the primary shopping for menswear.

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Speaking of fall menswear, The Financial Times recently carried a fascinating piece titled Preppy Goes Pop.

Blame it on Thom Browne, whose twisted prepster went mainstream(ish) when Brooks Brothers signed him up to design their Black Fleece line, which this season offered white silk lapel tuxes with black scout shorts. But from Wall Street to Madison Avenue preppie bow-ties replaced ties, and dickies were paired unexpectedly with plaid shirts, casual waistcoats and jeans.

The story ran back in September, it focused only on menswear. From the article:

Though Michael Bastian said his collection was based on James Dean, a mid-western farmboy-turned-icon of cool, his moss green suede loafers, window pane suits and horizontal rugby stripe tops felt instead like the kind of clothes the Kennedys would have worn in Hyannis Port.

Click here to see the piece in its entirety, it makes for a good read.

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We leave you today with a look at something dubbed A Preppy Hillside Palace.

Windemere Realty via Curbed.com

That is how this particular real estate listing was described by the good folks at Curbed, the site tracking neighborhood news and real estate. ((No, that isn’t a photo of our little palace. Sigh.) More from the Curbed story:

Seattle might be more commonly associated with flannel-clad grunge rockers than bow-tied blue bloods, but if this estate in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is anything to go on, there’s a more straight-laced side to the city.

To learn more about the “five-bedroom, 8.5-bath mansion…seven fireplaces, two offices, an elevator, a terraced lawn, stone patio, and dazzling water views” at the house, click here for Curbed‘s entire post.

Until next, may everything be well at your palace.

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Sexy Preppy? Plus the Lilly Pulitzer & LeSportsac Line!

Hello-Hello and Happy Wednesday!

We begin with a look at a style term we generally consider an oxymoron: sexy preppy.  Think back to those growing-up years, was appearing “sexy” something Mummy or Daddy aspired to? An achievement looked upon favorably, on a par with shooting in the low 70’s at this year’s club outing? A priority upon the fashion landscape at your palace?  We think not.  And it certainly was not a topic of conversation, heaven forbid.

Now, before we get our whiskers in a wad, be advised the Princess is not suggesting that those adhering to a preppish style aesthetic are not “sexy”.  Rather, we make a distinction in how one arrives at attaining such a look.  For preps this comes as a byproduct of pursuing classic lines in well-made garments; the result is an understated elegance. This far transcends any of-the-moment styles frequently revealing much-too-much and leaving nothing to the imagination.  The style is accented by a carefree touch of the whimsical, and it never takes itself too seriously.

Having now bored everyone to tears said all this, we were intrigued by a story in the Calgary Herald last week, “The Prepster with a subhead “Local Designer Embraces Preppiness And Makes It His Own With Edgy Designs”.

Cheryl Gorski/Lucire Magazine via Fashion Ledge
Cheryl Gorski/Lucire Magazine via Fashion Ledge

The story focuses on the KaaDiki menswear line, seen above and in the photo below.

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Courtesy Photo via Canada.com

The story describes the line this way:

“Featuring plenty of red, white and blue–he loves bright colours– his button-down shirts have preppy crests, zip-up sweaters are form-fitting and blazers are elegant yet funky.”

While the apparel exhibits preppish traits, we must be annoying and point out the phrase “preppy crests” belongs on our ever-lengthening list of fashion oxymorons. Honestly. The family crest is rarely (if ever) seen these days, far more a re-invention of designers like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, and most assuredly not seen on a woven shirt.

Courtesy Photo via Canada.com
Courtesy Photo via Canada.com

Designer Haithem Elkadiki describes his style in the story:

“I’m obsessed with the preppy thing, always. But preppy can be boring, so it’s taking the whole idea and mixing it with sex appeal.”

As mentioned, there is much to like in the line, and the young designer is more than appealing, passionate about his work. But we don’t think there is any peril The Consort will be seen sporting KaaDiki at Princess InterGalactic HQ.

Were you raised in a tradition favoring a  “sexy” look (ahem), or did the family favor things more like those found at LL Bean and Brooks Brothers?

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Our next little newsflash is almost a week old and most readers are probably already aware of the news, but you know what we used to say all those years we worked in TV: “If it’s news, it’s news to us!” (Heh-heh-heh.)

At any rate, we were tickled to learn via WWD that one of our favorite designers has announced a new collaborative effort: Lilly Pulitzer is partnering with LeSportsac on a line of bags for Spring 2010, whoo-hoo!

There are three different Lilly prints being used for the Sportsac pieces, including ‘Hip Hop Hooray,’ seen below.

Via Nitrolicious.com
Via Nitrolicious.com

According to the WWD story:

“The three prints — cobranded specifically for the collaboration — center on endangered species such as Florida panthers (other “animals of the Everglades” are also featured).”

Below, what we believe to be the ‘Purrrfect Patch‘ design:

Via Nitrolicious.com
Via Nitrolicious.com

The joint effort is nothing new for the company; previous collaborations have showcased designers like Stella McCartney, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jonathan Adler, among others. Next, more loveliness in the ‘She’s a Piston’ print.

Via Nitrolicious.com
Via Nitrolicious.com

This one is so luscious we are making it today’s Pretty in Pink. Our thanks to the always-on-top-of-things Nitrolicious for the photos, as well as information on the upcoming Lilly Loves Green campaign and the three LeSportsac prints:

“… a yearlong initiative generating support and awareness for all the green things Lilly loves (the ocean, the animals, and the planet) – the three co-branded prints center around endangered species, specifically Florida panthers, butterflies, and animals of the Everglades, generating environmental awareness in colorful fashionable style.”

We have had more than one LeSportsac on hand almost since the company’s inception thirty-five years ago and can’t wait to see these in person. There will clearly be more than one “must have” in the collection, they all look like loads of fun.

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We share a tidbit we think the lovely Muffy Martini will consider good news, word that Montblanc is expanding their footprint in Beverly Hills. Friday’s WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) shares the interior of the firm’s larger star on Rodeo Drive.

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One of our favorite topics of conversation often arises when discussions of one’s favorite writing instruments. Below, the Paso Doble pen from Montblanc.

Courtesy Montblanc

We didn’t realize Montblanc was making eyewear – are we hopelessly behind the times with this realization?

Courtesy Montblanc

Above, the Montblanc Amalfi sunglasses.

On this note we say G’bye until tomorrow, may your afternoon be fabulous!

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Blake Lively + Tory Burch = ???

Hello-Hello everyone!

We jump right in today, as we’re leaning towards the possibility of a ‘hit and split’ as it were, meaning something akin to a poorly constructed post with even less import than one generally finds in these quarters! Hee-hee!

As we careen ever-closer to the season premieres of several television programs even TP is amazed at the volume of press devoted to same! (Ummm… this post and countless others would be called…??? Quite.)  This morning we noticed a story in WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) about fashion designers making cameo appearances on season 3 of Gossip Girl:

PHOTO:  Giovanni Rufino / The CW

PHOTO: Giovanni Rufino / The CW

As you can surmise from the photograph above showing actress Blake Lively arm-in-arm with designer Tory Burch, Ms. Burch will be seen on the show this fall. In fact, word has it a special set was constructed to look like the inside of the designer’s office.

Also making an appearance on G2, designer and actress Georgina Chapman, half of the Marchesa label. Readers may have seen her in The Nanny Diaries or perhaps Factory Girl.  The WWD story shares a bit more about the designers-on-tv phenomenon:

“This isn’t the first time “Gossip Girl” has tapped real-life members of the fashion flock to appear on-screen — Nacho Figueras shot scenes in Greenwich earlier this summer for the show’s Sept. 14 season premiere, and Tinsley Mortimer had a guest spot last year.”

Both designers are can be seen in the October 5th episode.

Speaking of Gossip Girl… (how many times have we used this hackneyed phrase?) … it seems that the show’s marketing minds have come up with a Fall promotional campaign deemed by some to be more outrageous than those for Seasons 1 or 2.

PHOTO: Kurt Iswarienko/The CW

PHOTO: Kurt Iswarienko/The CW

As someone who has never watched a full episode of the faux-prep program, we do have to admit the still photos for this year’s marketing campaign really have a touch of elegance. However, we shall refrain from using the 3-letter acronym used in the promos that is the primary irritant, as it is vulgar.

Speaking of vulgar, we have this image courtesy of the next issue of Elle Magazine:

Courtesy Elle

Courtesy Elle

Have Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick gone goth? (Is that proper usage of the term…?) Or is it more of a look channeling the popular Twilight style?

Also, as we mentioned Tory Burch up above, we wanted to share this as well, arriving in this morning’s electronic in-bin:

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Looks like an opportunity to acquire some new looks at a fiscally friendly price point.

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A few more retail headlines for those following the comings and goings of certain preppish brands:

J. Crew’s new Crewcuts store has opened on Madison Avenue:

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

There are eight other Crewcuts stores, including NorthPark in Dallas (seen below) but this newly-opened shop is considered the flagship.

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The story points out one styling point about the kids collection:

“… none of the apparel or accessories would qualify as “mini-me” versions of items in the adult J. Crew collection…”

Mrs. Newlywed, are you smiling?)

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And with one last retail note, the new Stubbs & Wooton store has opened, also on Madison Avenue. This is not an additional store, it is a relocation for the brand from their previous spot on Lexington, in the old Sigerson Morrison spot ‘neath the Carlyle. (The other shops are in Southampton and Palm Beach.)

Fashion Week Daily

Fashion Week Daily

There are loads of goodies on hand, including the flannel slipper with Pink Poodle, along with the firm’s classic needlepoint designs.

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But much as we love pink and green, we’re not sure we’re up for the new camouflage needlepoint.

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What do you think ladies? Is camo cool, whether it is in a slipper or a handbag? And if deemed fashionable, is it prep? (You know our answer.)

G’Bye for now, tune in tomorrow for a madly put-together post about another TV show premiering soon!

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A Few Fall Accessories & Fab Preppy Sales

Hello-Hello and happy day to everyone!

Good gracious, it seems as if we have been away forever!

Before we do anything else, we send an enormous Princess “Thank You” to everyone for all of their kind thoughts and support in light of yesterday’s iPhone Tragedy.

The Consort (aka TSU, The Spousal Unit) once again demonstrated his capacity for level-headed thinking in response to our hysteria concerns about the missing Address Book data; he did something called a ‘Restore’ and all is now well in the Corner Condo here at Princess InterGalactic HQ.  (Our conclusion: we have probably had enough excitement on the electronics front for the time being. Really.)

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And so we return to the beginning of yesterday’s post, which started with TP once again expressing her gratitude to the Consort for Tuesday’s wonderful post in our absence.  When we grow up we want to be able to write just like him, he is so darn good at this stuff, we are continually amazed at his many talents.

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In more standard news of the day we share our concern that a major SOTT (Sign of the Times) bomb is emerging on the Princess radar, one that has been hovering in the background that is now being upgraded to a full SOTT Alert: word that our beloved T & C (Town and Country magazine) may be on its last legs.

Fashion Week Daily’s story on the topic details one of the more disturbing signs that Hearst may not keep the fabled title alive.

“Take a look at Townandcountrymag.com. Within the last three years, Hearst’s Digital division has aggressively invested funds in relaunching websites at fellow flagship titles like Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Esquire, and Seventeen.  Town&Country‘s site remains strictly a subscription model rather than a brand ambassador that offers original content.”

This would not be a good thing dollfaces, honestly.

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Next on our hit parade, a look at some of the fall accessories we will soon be seeing, according to this story in WWD.  First, the headband from A La Tête.

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

Evidently the popularity of this accessory is expected to continue:

“Thanks to the hipster-prep aesthetic of “Gossip Girl,” the headband has made a triumphant return to the well-coiffed head…”

The Bodhi Bag in a color probably not well-suited to those believing bags should only be brown or black.

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

Next, the Dog Tag necklaces by David Yurman.

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

While typing, the words ‘dog tags’ make us hesitate, and then we stop cold. Our immediate thought? “Wait a minute, this is what our military personnel wear for purposes too horrid to be considered acceptable conversation at most dinner tables.”  While we don’t believe Mr. Yurman intends in any way to belittle or demean those who keep us free and protect our safety, somehow the notion of marketing jewelry made in this image makes us uncomfortable.

What do you think? Are we being a bit of a crankenstein in our dotage?

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A few Sales and Savings of a Preptastic sort readers may want to be aware of, starting with the Vineyard Vines Friends and Family Sale.

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To receive 20% off almost everything use promo code G0791.

The Tory Burch Private Sale is also underway; to sign in with your email, click here.

hm_privatesaleSavvy shoppers know ther are more seasonal sales and markdowns than anyone can keep track of, but we’ll continue in our efforts to post some of them.

With that we must fly out the door. May everyone have a big sunshiny smile of an afternoon!

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J. Crew Execs Everywhere, Are Crossword Puzzles an Ivy Thing?

Hello-Hello and Happy Monday!  We hope everyone enjoyed a splendid weekend!

It seems this past weekend had a bit of a J. Crew management theme in some of the national media. As previously mentioned, J. Crew Grand Pooh-Bah Mickey Drexler was profiled yesterday on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” program.  The feature looks quite interesting, click here to see the full story.

Also this Sunday, the LA Times carried an interesting story on Jenna Lyons, J. Crew’s Design Director.

PHOTO: Melanie Acevedo

PHOTO: Melanie Acevedo

If curious about what duties and responsibilities her job actually involves, the story explains:

“That title means she’s in charge of every design element of the company, website and catalog, and it’s her attention to detail — delicate beading, raw edges, crepe de Chine ruffles — that sets J.Crew apart from other mall stores. The company’s ability to be both aspirational and attainable has made it popular with Indianapolis career women and Birkin-toting Malibu trophy wives alike.”

Fashion Critic Booth Moore’s article looks at the ‘cult of Jenna’:

“Bloggers evaluate her personal as well as professional style, contributing to the budding cult of Jenna. They wax eloquently about her love of neutral colors, Sharpie pens and Maybelline Cool Watermelon lipstick.

When it comes to the monetization of this phenomenon or other tangible values attached to such popularity, stock analysts aren’t necessarily seeing it:

“But praise in the blogosphere can’t guarantee a surge in sales of all those pencil skirts and cardigans. “Nobody needs another one-pocket tee or twin set or pleat-front skirt,” says Richard Jaffe, a retail analyst with Stifel, Nicolaus and Co. “Your closet is full of them.”

This feature on Ms. Lyons, when read in tandem with the CBS profile on CEO Mickey Drexler, provides insight into the business of fashion. More from the LA Times piece:

“The chief executive and the designer behave a little like a father-daughter team. Over lunch at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, she tells him that “being back here even for one day, all my insecurities come back. Women here are in such great shape. Everyone is blond and beautiful. Girls are trying on bathing suits and coming out of the dressing rooms and I’m like, ‘Just stay in there!’ “

The story also  offers a look at select items from the Fall 2009 J. Crew Weddings & Parties line.

Lucinda Gown at JCrew.com

Lucinda Gown at JCrew.com

The dress is a poly/cotton/silk blend retailing for $2500.  Also shown, the cotton Erica dress in Cypress, a color available this fall.  (Note: our link connects to the current Erica dress, with most colors on sale for $99.)

Erica Dress at JCrew.com

Erica Dress at JCrew.com

And finally in our “J. Crews News section” this morning, word the company’s spinoff brand Madewell 1937 is launching a jeans collection deemed “… a bit more price friendly.”

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

This morning’s WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) reports on the new line, Madewell ’37s, focusing on a single “skinny skinny” jean available in five colors. Perhaps most importantly,the new jean will retail at $58.50; other Madewell denim starts at $78.

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Courtesy Photo

As far as differentiating the new jeans from other ?

“The tag line for marketing the ’37s is “Cool jeans. Great price. We’ve got your back.”’

This article also quotes J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler:

“There’s a new world today. The denim customer is no longer trading up to higher price points. With customers giving us feedback and the marketplace changing, it was pretty clear there was a need to come out with a collection of jeans a bit more price friendly. Jeans at $92 to $110 represented the heart of the business.”

While we are not exactly the Madewell demo (cough-cough), it is good to see retailers being smart in pricing.

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Our final item today has *nothing* to do with either J. Crew Group or Mr. Drexler, not that we are Drexler-averse, to the contrary, we think very highly of his skills. We just need to chat about something else, don’t you think?

No, our next item involves a statement contained within this story in yesterday’s Times, a feature looking at the continued demise of the crossword puzzle, along with other puzzles, in many publications.

“The Atlantic’s Puzzler, which will take its final bow in September, and The New York Sun’s crossword are among the most notable recent casualties, in part because of their Ivy League street cred. (Let’s face it: the crosswords in TV Guide and People magazine seldom generate heat at Hamptons dinner parties.)”

“Ivy League street cred?” Now, TP adores her crossword puzzles. Nothing is quite as comforting as settling in with pen (it must be a very specific pen you understand) and newspaper, generally the Times, but we have been known to utilize others in a pinch. But we have never heard them associated with an Ivy, that is a new one for us.

Have you heard of such an affiliation in anyone’s mind previously? More importanly, do you use pen or pencil when you do the puzzle? When pondering how to best answer these deep questions, do keep in mind the world’s fate hangs in the balance. (Heh-heh.)

With this wackiness we say G’bye until next time!

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