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Of Weekends & A Royal Wedding

Hello-Hello, what a weekend it was, the royal wedding in Sweden just knocked my socks off.

Formal events got underway Friday night with a dinner at Stockholm’s Grand Hôtel for family members. Princess Madeleine is fourth from the right; the groom, Christopher O’Neill, is on her right (our left).

Brigitte Grenfeldt, Royalcourt.se

Brigitte Grenfeldt, Royalcourt.se

A better look at the elegant Elie Saab dress worn by the Princess, it is from the designer’s Resort 2013 collection, on the right we see the Jenny Packham gown worn by Crown Princess Victoria, it is from the spring/Summer collection.

Elie Saab/Swedish Royal Court/Jenny Packham/Swedish Royal Court

Elie Saab/Swedish Royal Court/Jenny Packham/Swedish Royal Court

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece used her Instagram account to share photos from the wedding weekend.

Princess Marie Chantal Instagram

Princess Marie Chantal Instagram

She was in an Oscar de la Renta gown from the designer’s spring 2013 collection. We show it below as worn by model Karlie Kloss in the runway show.

Style.com

Style.com

The wedding itself was one elegant event, with glittering tiaras, shimmering gowns and some serious party frocks. It was also a significant gathering of European royalty.  Below, Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, as well as Princess Charlene of Monaco. Princess Charlene was one of the few titled women not wearing a tiara.

Leif R. Jansson/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Leif R. Jansson/ScanPix – Swedish Royal Court

Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon as they arrive for Saturday’s ceremony.

Maja Suslin/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Maja Suslin/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

The bride’s sister, Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel, and the couple’s child, Princess Estelle.

Stellapictures/Swedish Royal Court

Stellapictures/Swedish Royal Court

Victoria wore a gown by Fadi al Khoury.

Via

Via

More on Princess Victoria’s gown from the Swedish Royal Court news release.

The Crown Princess wore a greige rosé dress with aubergine accents. The dress is made from hand-dyed double-sided silk organza with layers of hand-dyed tulle in three shades, silk threads, Lurex threads, pearls and Swarovski crystals in amethyst and pale grey opal.

The Crown Princess has worn the designer before, and attended his show as she opened Stockholm Fashion Week in August of 2012.

Below, the mother of the bride, Queen Silvia arriving with her son, Prince Carl Philip.

Maja Suslin/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Maja Suslin/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

The Queen’s gown is described as “a jade-coloured dress with a train. The dress is silk organza with embroidered silk lace and Swarovski stones.”

Below (left to right) we see Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon, also of Norway.

Royal House of Norway

Royal House of Norway

The Queen’s husband was not available to escort her to the wedding because he was walking the bride up the aisle. Below we see King Gustav and Princess Madeleine, he wears what would be formal evening attire for the military, he is an Admiral in the Swedish Navy.

Sandberg/ScanPix via Swedish Royal Court

Sandberg/ScanPix via Swedish Royal Court

The Swedish Princess wed the British-born financier in the Royal Chapel at the Palace.

Anders Wiklund/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Anders Wiklund/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

On the altar, Princess Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta’s crown, it was at the baptismal font when Princes Madeleine was christened. The crown dates to 1778.

Swedish Royal Court

Swedish Royal Court

The bride was exquisite.

Swedish Royal Court

Swedish Royal Court

From the Court Chaplain’s remarks to the bride and groom during the service:

“And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinth. 13,13). Of faith, hope and love. Of these love is the greatest. But also greater than power and riches. Such is the greatness of love.

Yes, right now we find ourselves in a room of faith and of the heart. The Royal chapel encloses the two of you in God´s loving care, and it gives space as well as direction to your life together.

What is really great, however, is also what is created when all the little words and the warm, tender glances form a web of security and rest in your everyday life. Every day. The numerous moments are joined together into a life, your shared life. Take care of the moments!

Valentino Garavani Archives Facebook Page

Valentino Garavani Archives Facebook Page

She wore a gown by Valentino Garavani, founder of the eponymous fashion house of that name.

Valentino Courtesy Photo

Valentino Courtesy Photo

More on the dress from the Palace news release:

The wedding dress is made from pleated silk organza with appliquéd ivory-coloured Chantilly lace. The upper section of the bodice is lace with a deep-cut back. Narrow vertical pleats open up from the accentuated waist, above the wide skirt, which ends with a four-metre-long train.

Ewa-Marie Rundquist, The Royal Court

Ewa-Marie Rundquist, The Royal Court

It was a beautiful look. The designer has also created gowns for many other notable brides, including the afore-mentioned Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and actress Anne Hathaway.

Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum Archive

Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum Archive

Marie-Chantal shared a photo of herself on Instagram with Mr. Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti, his partner, as they flew to Stockholm.

Marie-Chantal Instagram

Marie-Chantal Instagram

Both bride and groom looked beyond happy.

Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

They beamed throughout the ceremony.

Swedish Royal Court/ Anders Wiklund-Scanpix

Swedish Royal Court/ Anders Wiklund-Scanpix

One of the official photos.

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

And another.

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

Here you see the younger members of the bridal party with the couple.

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

The young bridal attendants carried Lily of the Valley. Floral decorations were inspired by an early Swedish summer, more from the Royal Swedish Court:

The colour scheme for the decorations is light green, white and pink, using beech leaves, cow parsley, pink and white peonies, white lilacs, foxgloves, delphiniums and lilies of the valley.

The bride’s bouquet.

Swedish Royal Court

Swedish Royal Court

After the ceremony Princess Madeleine and Mr. O’Neill proceeded by cortège to a location where where they boarded a boat for the reception.

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Swedish Royal Court

Arriving at Drottningholm Palace for the reception, you can just about see the boat in the background.

Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

The Princess changed into another gown for the reception, it is a Nina Ricci creation worn by her mother to the Nobel Prize Awards in 2001. Madeleine also changed her hairstyle, wearing it down from the elegant updo seen at the ceremony.

Nobel Media AB 2006

Nobel Media AB 2006

And the song chosen for the couple’s first dance? Mr. Bojangles.

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Friday Fun with a Royal Slant

Hello-Hello, it is a Friday. We hope you are about to enjoy a lovely weekend, June is one of my favorite months.

We wanted to share a few things that caught our attention this week, tidbits we thought might put a smile on your face. We begin with this photo:

BBC Facebook

BBC Facebook

Imagine you are an anchor at the BBC, reading the news. There is a live audience in the background, much like the morning news shows here in the US.  While reading the hits you sense a frisson of unusual energy in the studio, so you turn around to see what in the dickens is going on.

BBC News

BBC News

The Queen of England was standing in the audience watching the news, just part of the crowd. Her Majesty was on hand to officially open the rebuilt and remodeled BBC Broadcasting House.

In other royal news, tomorrow is the big wedding in Stockholm when Sweden’s Princess Madeleine will wed Christopher O’Neill.

Swedish Royal Court

Swedish Royal Court

The couple live and work in the city: Princess Madeleine at the World Childhood Foundation, Mr. O’Neill at an investment banking firm.  The Princess is the youngest child of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

Bruno Ehrs via Royal Court

Bruno Ehrs via Royal Court

The groom has dual US and UK citizenship, both parties will remain at their jobs in New York following the honeymoon. Mr. O’Neill has officially declined the offer of being titled as “Prince Christopher”.

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/royalcourt.se

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/royalcourt.se

Below you see the couple earlier this week at ceremonies marking Sweden’s National Day yesterday.
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Traditional Swedish costumes are worn for the event.
Official Princess Madeleine Facebook Page

Official Princess Madeleine Facebook Page

Tonight there is a private dinner for guests, more from the Sacramento Bee:

The Royal Court said guests include the U.K.’s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie, Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.

Other well-known invites include the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, golfer Jesper Parnevik, Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson, Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” star Peter Joback and Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo.

The ceremony is tomorrow afternoon in the Royal Chapel at the Palace in Stockholm. Following the ceremony there will be a dinner at Drottningholm Palace, where Princess Madeleine was born and raised.

Dick Norberg/Royal

Dick Norberg/Royal

The bride will wear a wedding gown designed by Valentino Garavani.  Methinks we shall see some serious party frocks in the next few days, and a tiara or two as well.

As of this writing guests have started to arrive for tonight’s dinner, below we see the couple arriving.

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Aftonbladet. se

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That Special Lilly US Open Print & Of Tennis & Logophobia

Hello-Hello, happy middle of a June week to you!

We have just a few tidbits to share today, beginning with a look at the new limited edition print Lilly Pulitzer has created for the USGA (US Golf Association).

USGA

USGA

This year’s US Open is being played on the east course at Merion GC in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Top 100 Golf Courses Blog

Top 100 Golf Courses Blog

This is the sixth time the Open has been held at Merion, the Club is located on Philadelphia’s Main Line.  The course has a proud history, in 1916 Bobby Jones made his amateur debut at Merion when he was 14 years old.

USGA Archives

USGA Archives

Here we see Jack Nicklaus, he helped lead the USA to the 1960 World Amateur Team Championship.

USGA Museum

USGA Museum

Over the years it wasn’t always entirely serious during Championship matches at the course, here is Lee Trevino in 1971 during a practice round for the Open. The golfing great brought out a rubber snake he pretended to attack.

USGA Museum

USGA Museum

Back to the special print Lilly has created, in addition to the Tote shown above, there are also two Murfee scarves available in the special print.

USGA US Open Shop

USGA US Open Shop

Racked Philly has a delightful post sharing “Four Secrets Behind Lilly Pulitzer’s Limited Edition USGA Print.” A spokesperson shared specific elements with the shopping site.

  1. “Merion is famous for having wicker baskets top the pins as opposed to the usual flags, and they will be used in the US Open—so we put wicker baskets into the print.”
  2. “We included the historic clubhouse because you couldn’t have a Merion print without it.”
  3. “Tees are hidden throughout the print.”
  4. “We put the ninth hole in the print because it’s a Par 3. Rumor has it that there will be lots of birdies at this U.S. Open, and we’re guessing the amazing golfers are going to snag a birdie here!”
USGA US Open Shop

USGA US Open Shop

Now, yours truly couldn’t locate the wicker baskets to save her life, so we weren’t able to isolate that part of the image.  All three items are $78 for non-members, $75 for USGA members.

On a side note, Racked also has a story with “8 Tips for Shopping the Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale“.

Lilly Pulitzer via Racked Philly

Lilly Pulitzer via Racked Philly

The sale gets underway tomorrow at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer

Savvy shoppers will note that Lilly is only doing one warehouse sale this year. My guess is that it’s far more cost-effective to continue disposing of discounted merchandise via flash sale site RueLaLa, as well as the brand hosting its own online sales.

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Our other morsel involves a recent story in the Wall Street Journal about tennis fashion, it seems timely with the French Open underway. Titled “After Lacoste,” the article looks at clothing originally designed for wear while on the court and its integration into everyday wardrobes, as well as how on-court fashions have changed.

It was Frenchman René Lacoste —one of the top players of the 1920s, nicknamed the Crocodile—who reinvented traditional tennis whites when he started wearing open-necked, short-sleeved cotton shirts on court. His trademark polo shirt, bearing Lacoste’s crocodile logo, is still the basis for modern men’s tennis wear—and a must-have among the young French BCBG set.

Below we see Victoria Azarenka, she has played her way into the final four at Roland Garros this weekend.

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Back to Tina Gaudoin’s Journal story:

But today, a sport that once prided itself on conservative turnout and color blocking has become an excuse for an on-court fashion extravaganza—a logo fest that could give Coke and Pepsi a run for their money.

I blame Björn Borg for polluting the tennis-wear gene pool. If only the player many believe still to be the greatest of all time had been possessed of a dress sense to match his peerless tennis, then we might not be in the garish, vulgar sartorial straits we find ourselves in today.

Below, Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic shake hands after today’s quarter-final match. Ms. Sharapova won in 3 sets.

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Rafa Nadal today after beating Stanislas Wawrinka.

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

The piece goes on to examine different players and their styles, along with some of the pieces created for them by sponsors like Nike, Adidas and Sergio Tacchini. It is an interesting treatise, concluding with some tips for those of us mere mortals on the court.

When in doubt, regular mortals should keep it simple by wearing loose-fitting, but not baggy, shorts and polos (collars, please), and as close to white as possible—though flashes of color are permissible on shirts, shorts or socks.

Unless you are a county player or above, no Nadal-type kerchiefs. No baseball caps unless your name is Andy Murray and absolutely no black socks. Ever. The only reason for wearing sweatbands is if the temperature rises above 20 degrees Celsius.

The entire story may be read here.

G’bye until next time!

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Now Stepping To The Plate… The Consort

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Hello-hello, all.  The Consort here stepping into the batter’s box while The (lovely and very talented) Princess takes a spa day.  We’re going to talk about a topic near and dear to both The Princess and I: Baseball.  We both have life-long passions for the game.  She stole my heart when she recited the starting lineup for the 1968 Detroit Tigers when we first started dating.  One of my earliest memories is being at a Tiger game on August 3, 1962 when Minnesota Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew became the first player to hit a ball over the left field roof and out of the old stadium.  Later in life I quit a well-paying job in television to be an usher for the Colorado Rockies.  Playing baseball has taught me quite a few life lessons and I thought this might be a good time to share them.

1.  You will fail more than you succeed.  As a batter if you hit safely three out of ten times you may well be considered an All-Star.  That high percentage of failure can be an inspiration.  What happened in your last at-bat is a learning experience.  The most important attempt you’re going to make is the next time you step up to the plate.  Make it count.

2.  Someone’s going to be throwing you curveballs.  It might be on the field or it might be in an office meeting.  That pitch is going to look like something you’ve never seen before.  Hang in there, relax and take your best cut.  If you’ve done your preparation you can handle any curveballs you see.  And if you haven’t done your prep work than you deserve what you get.  Which leads to my next point.

3.  You have to work.  Baseball (and the workplace) are full of stories of “the newest, greatest” star.  Sometimes those stars burn brightly but flame out quickly.  Perhaps they relied on their natural gifts but those gifts could only take them so far.  We want long careers.  That requires hours of hard work.  It’s not glamorous but it pays off more times than not.

4.  Pay attention to the signals around you.  During a baseball game you’ve all seen that third base coach who looks like he has fleas.  His arms are moving around and he’s making all kinds of gyrations.  He’s sending signals to the batter.  The coach might be telling the batter to swing at the next pitch, let it go by, bunt or if there is a special play for a runner on base.  It sounds complicated but it really is just based on the game situation.  People are sending you signals every day.  You have to pay attention to the situation in which you find yourself.  Watch for the signals and act accordingly.

5.   Overcome your fear.  In baseball you’ll be hit by pitches or balls taking bad bounces.  You’ll get knocked down by opposing players.  And you get back up.  Same for life.  Getting knocked down is no big deal; getting back up is what will make you stronger.

6.  Enjoy the wins.  Savor the moment.  But today’s game is over.  Tomorrow is bringing you more challenges and what you did today will prepare you for them.  Keep looking forward.

That’s enough for now.  I’m keeping away from topics like chewing tobacco and spitting in public.  I’m not sure there are any lessons to be learned there beyond “Don’t do it”.  As always I thank you for your time.  Don’t forget to take good care of your waitperson because they’re working hard for you today.   Good night, everyone!

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Early Look at the Milly – Banana Republic Collection & Why Lands’ End Is Spelled That Way

Hello-Hello, we hope you are enjoying a lovely spring day, we are careening wildly toward an extended weekend here at the Prepatorium.

Many of the styles created for the Milly collaboration with Banana Republic are now making it to the interwebs.

Milly New York Facebook Page

Milly New York Facebook Page

The collection includes both womenswear and men’s styles, we originally wrote about it back in January.

Courtesy Images

Courtesy Images

It officially launches online and in stores next Thursday, the 30th.

Banana Republic

Banana Republic

However, Banana Republic is offering a ‘preview’ on Tuesday (the 28th) at four stores in major markets. On Thursday BR/Gap/Old Navy cardmembers will receive 25% off the Milly pieces, as well as 35% off regular priced merchandise, when shopping online or at select stores holding “Milly Mixers,” you can see the list of stores here.

There are also several pieces available for purchase now at fashion site Refinery 29. Below, two of the styles for sale at the site: the Medallion Print Top is $89.50 and the Neon Shorts are $49.50.  The top is 100% polyester (hmmm….) and the shorts are cotton with a touch of spandex for stretch.

Refinery 29

Refinery 29

Another item now available via Refinery 29, the Long Pleated Dress, it is $165. We show a model in the dress (l) as well as on Maria Menounos.

Courtesy Photo/Milly NY Facebook Page/Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo/Milly NY Facebook Page/Courtesy Photo

This item is fully lined, it is also 100% polyester. When a garment is constructed of a knit jersey, as this piece looks to be, I don’t see the manmade fiber as necessarily being an issue. The challenge is when a woven like the Medallion Top shown above is all poly, sometimes it doesn’t breath as well as a natural fiber.

The final item available early via Refinery 29 is the Bib Necklace.

Courtesy Image via Refinery 29

Courtesy Image via Refinery 29

This definitely goes in the “statement necklace” category, it seems reasonably priced at $69.50.

Next, a basic from the collection, the Pullover Crew Neck Sweater.

Courtesy Images

Courtesy Images

More shrewd marketing can be seen in the next graphic, Olivia Palermo is shown wearing the navy/white Elephant Print shorts ($55), the sketch and model are also in the Medallion Shirt shown above in another colorway.

Milly NY Facebook Page/Courtesy Image/Courtesy Image

Milly NY Facebook Page/Courtesy Image/Courtesy Image

Three more ensembles.

Banana Republic Milly Collection

Banana Republic Milly Collection

And a few more style, the Fit & Flare dress on the left will be $150, the Beaded Necklace Top in the center is expected to be $45 and the Medallion Print Dress on the far right is $120.

Courtesy Images

Courtesy Images

Our final three looks from the upcoming collection. The White Sateen Blazer could have potential, and at $158 it might be a steal. In the center, the Chili Red Banana Leaf print dress, I believe it will run $150. The pool green Eden Roc dress on the far right is attractive, although the print might not be as flattering as one would hope on sizes much north of a 6 or 8.  That navy/white Elephant Print Tote is darling, although one of the pricier pieces in the collection at $130.

Courtesy Images

Courtesy Images

And because we care about your MOTH (Man Of The House), we share three different looks from the menswear part of the line.

Courtesy Images

Courtesy Images

Pricing is similar, with the Short Sleeved Shirt on the right $64.50 and the shorts $49.50. The shrunken cardigan in the center is expected to sell at $89.50 (ahem), the shorts for $64.50, the Grey Moccasins are going to be $98. On the far right, the Grey Heather Polo will cost $49.50, the Pool Green Shorts $59.50.

As is so frequently the case with the designer collaborations, quality will be key. My gut instinct is that the sell through rate on this will be very high.  As for BR’s next design partnership, it will be with Issa London, once a favorite label for the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton.

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Today’s other tidbit answers a question I have long pondered: why is the Lands’  of Lands’ End spelled that way? I finally learned the answer from a story in today’s Women’s Wear Daily:

They originally wanted to call the company “Land’s End,” but a due to a typographical error, the first catalogue was printed “Lands’ End.” Rather than incur the expense of reprinting, they left it that way, and Lands’ End stuck.

Another mystery solved.

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