Today we begin with a look at the Banana Republic collection for next Spring, with a continued emphasis on classic looks.
The color palette adhered to the neutrals the company is know for.
But the collection is a tad more lighthearted, or whimsical, according to a brief review of the line in WWD.
“Its spring collection… highlighted relaxed, well-worn looks in denim, chambray, cotton and silk. “We got overassorted in work,” said firm president Jack Calhoun. “We were too serious. We’re still a work brand, but we want to have great weekend and going-out clothes, too.”
We actually found some of the men’s styles more appealing, not unusual here at the Prepatorium, especially when it comes to sweaters of a snuggly nature.
The silhouette is looser, much easier than in previous collections, although the skinny pant remains a ‘must’ for the line.
As we are chatting about BR, we want to mention they do have a significant amount of merchandise marked down on the website, with lots of goodies. The Helen Buckle Peep-toe is one such item on sale, as are the Bow Jewel Earrings.
We can’t help ourselves when it comes to sharing Sales and Savings opportunities.
We have a quick update to last week’s post on the upcoming Olsenboye line Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are doing for Penneys: the footwear and accessories will be made by Steve Madden.
The accessories will be available online in time for the holidays.
Price points are expected to run between $20 – $50.
Have you read about the recently launched Ralph Lauren Gift Vault? The new line offers “…a specially curated collection of rare and unique objects from the world of Ralph Lauren.”
As the news release explains:
“The Ralph Lauren Gift Vault is the perfect destination for the discerning gift giver looking for something extraordinary for someone truly unique or even for themselves.”
The offerings are in different categories, like Americana, Estate or Hollywood Glamour.
We discovered some lovely treasures, like the Platinum, diamond and sapphire ring, circa 1920, seen below.
The Siberian Amethyst and Gold Bangle is part of the Estate Collection,
There are lots of fun vintage pieces, not all of them jewelry either, as evidenced with the Art Deco Lacquer Card Case.
This one will be interesting to watch: brilliant marketing or over-extension of the brand? Hhhmmm.
In an entirely different vein, the Polo Ralph Lauren ‘Private Sale’ promotion gets underway Thursday (the 5th), offering many items at 40% off their original retail price. To receive an additional 15% off, use promo code NOV0509 at checkout.
Basics like the Elani Suede Ballet Flats are already discounted to $69, an additional 15% off that price might make them rather appealing for those in need of another pair of flats.
The folks at Vineyard Vines are also offering some financially-friendly items, like the Whales Mini-Murray Beach Tote.
The bag comes in both Blue and Strawberry and initially sold at $79.50; it is now $49.99. Several styles of belts are also marked down, below we show the Dragonfly Outrigger Belt, and on the right, the Pineapple Outrigger.
And those fond of Lilly Pulitzer will be pleased to know the Lilly Warehouse Sale is only weeks away!
For more information, click here, or here.
We close with a gentle reminder about these fabulous notecards from Whitney English:
We are giving away a set of the Make Your Own Crest Notecards, along with a matching set of Make Your Own Address Labels…..
And a matching set of Calling Cards…
As well as a matching set of Flat Cards….
One lucky person will be the winning of a complete suite of our incredible Whitney English Crested stationery. Just click here and scroll down to enter by leaving a contest comment. Don’t wait too long though, entries close at midnight tonight (Tuesday, 11/3/09) and we’ll announce the winner in tomorrow’s blog!