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Simply Amazing Tennis, & Fashion Week’s Bad Boy?

Hello-Hello, happy sunny day to everyone!

We are still gaga over last night’s US Open final between Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer.

PHOTO: Clive Brunskill/Getty

PHOTO: Clive Brunskill/Getty

The match took five sets, the first time that has happened since 1999. On hand to watch, Anna Wintour (back left), fresh from the Carolina Herrera show at Fashion Week, Gavin Rossdale (C) singer Gwen Stefani (R) and Roger Federer’s wife, Mirka Vavrinec (center front).

PHOTO: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

PHOTO: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

It was amazing tennis.  Congratulations to Mr. del Potro; we expect to see more of this young man in the future.

Call us crazy, but we expect he just might land on a few more magazine covers.

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In yesterday’s post we promised a peek at the new Tommy Hilfiger mega-store on Fifth Avenue that opened Monday.

PHOTO: Lauren Fleishman/Kyle Ericksen

PHOTO: Lauren Fleishman/Kyle Ericksen

The designer told Women’s Wear Daily (subscription required) about some of the special products this particular store will carry:

“Also unique to the location is Tommy Hilfiger Fifth Avenue Pink Collection — pink women’s outerwear, knitwear, dresses, hats, scarves, gloves, watches, belts, and gifts, and select pink men’s knitwear and ties. Additional special products for men focus on plaids.”

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The decor features vintage pieces and themes, many purchased from eBay and others from the Brimfield Antique Show & Flea Market. (A spot of bliss, truly.)

Lauren Fleishman/Kyle Ericksen

Lauren Fleishman/Kyle Ericksen

While not generally Hilfiger fans here at the Prepatorium (the brand is much too new to the scene, and it does not market truly classic preppy goods, particularly when considering the logo-splashed merchandise), we do occasionally find things we enjoy, and hope the store surpasses all expectations for Mr. Hilfiger and company.

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Now to Fashion Week and a look at TP’s favoriter designer (ummm, not exactly), Thom Browne, perhaps best known to this audience for his Brooks Brothers Black Fleece collection.

Frequent readers may remember some of our ranting and raving commentary in posts about Mr. Browne’s more ridiculous, attention-seeking, and completely unwearable flamboyant designs.

The designer’s styles for his Spring 2010 Collection are equally outrageous.

PHOTO: John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

We’ll let the professionals speak today, beginning with Ray A. Smith at the Journal:

“He’s done dropped-crotch trousers before, but never dropped this low — almost to the floor so that pants look like dresses. He’s done polka dots before, but never this big — one ensemble even had the polka-dot holes hollowed out.”

PHOTO: John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

The Journal story continues:

“Lenses of visor sunglasses were used to decorate bucket hats — in some cases the hats were pulled over the model’s head with the lenses being implanted where holes were cut out so they could see. It was a very disturbing deep-sea diver look.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

And then this in the Journal piece:

“An editor from a fashion magazine laughed out loud at one point during the proceedings, and who could blame him.”

However, Mr. Smith makes the point in his story that perhaps Thom Browne is enjoying the last laugh.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

Nor was WWD’s review of the Collection kind.

“And the kitchen-sink styling only strengthened the final analysis: The clothes were ridiculous. What else can you conclude about a neoprene mini-skort? Or a polka-dotted halter romper? Add the lipstick, and it’s officially a drag show.”

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

Now, this may surprise you, but The Consort is unlikely to be sporting this to next summer’s formal events.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

More from the WWD review:

To be influential in men’s wear is to innovate and surprise while still meeting the formal requirements of the medium, of the body, of a life. Browne knows it because he exerted that kind of power once, with his iconic cropped suit. It’s an elusive accomplishment, let alone to repeat. But to make unwearable art that takes no account of the wearer’s dignity is only dodging the challenge.”

Ouch.

While a few pieces harkened back to an old-school look with their prep school details, they do not qualify as preppy. Far from it.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

To see all of the Spring 2010 styles from Thom Browne, click here.  And our final thought on the topic we share this commentary from one of our daily reads, The Choosy Beggar:

Courtesy The Choosy Beggar

Courtesy The Choosy Beggar

From their brief post:

If you hadn’t heard, it’s New York Fashion Week, which means two things: Plenty of posing, and more confusion for an already disillusioned male consumer. Thanks, Thom Browne. (Browne’s S/S ’10 Dumb Donald look pictured above.)

There you have it.

Thanks for popping in, we’ll be back tomorrow with more fun and frolicking around Fashion Week, including a peek at the line some call “the preppiest thing going”!

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It’s A Little Racy & Not At All Preppy (Gasp!)

Hello everyone, happy-almost-long-weekend!

We didn’t plan to post about tennis togs or the US Open today, but have no choice, given the stories about Rafael Nadal emanating from Flushing Meadows. The topic?

PHOTO: David Gray/Reuters

PHOTO: David Gray/Reuters

The attire worn by Mr. Nadal, more precisely, the shorts.

PHOTO: Getty Images

PHOTO: Getty Images

Evidently the NY Post reported that the shorts are “slightly see-through.”  That original story has been picked up by all manner of publications, including NY Magazine.

“A funny feeling has come over us. We can’t be sure, but we think — just maybe — it’s called suddenly caring about sports. He is life-changing, that Spaniard.”

Lord, this is a wretched job, but we shall try to soldier on.

Indeed.

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Because it involves both the Open and Gossip Girl, we have a trivia question today: what G2 star is named after a brand used all the time in tennis?

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In case anyone missed it, the answer would be:

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Mr. Badgley is named after the tennis ball.  And because we haven’t yet done a Pretty in Pink today, here is something we haven’t featured, the Penn Pink Tennis balls.

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According to the website, Penn donates .15 cents of each can sold to ‘breast cancer research’. (We put that in quotes because we’re not fans of generalized statements when it comes to fundraising claims, we like very specific data points and names of organizations benefiting from the donated funds.)

Back to Gossip Girl, it seems there is a bit of chatter about an episode being shot this week; it features a 1920’s-era party, complete with flapper-style party duds.

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Above one can see actresses Hilary Duff and Blake Lively in their party frocks.

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Yesterday we mentioned the J. Crew sale underway, we also want to fill everyone in on the Brook Brothers promotion.

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Unlike many other retailers doing special sales and discounts around the holiday weekend, the Brooks’ Consolidation Clearance is at its retail stores, it is not an online promotion at this point.

As we’re speaking of the Brooks’ retail stores, we are beyond tardy with this, but simply must thank John Doyle at the company’s Cleveland store. He was more than helpful when we popped in, recommending a shirt we adore, as well as some other goodies we acquired. A gentleman in the truest definition of the word, Mr. Doyle was not only first-rate in the customer-service arena, he was loads of fun and totally understands the Brooks aesthetic. What a dear man.

We’re a little underwhelmed by the online selection at Brooks Brothers, have you looked at their offerings recently? The Country Club section is headlined “Spring 2009” and seems to have negligible amounts of merchandise, and Thom Browne’s Black Fleece section seem to be equally depleted.  The Men’s Paisley Trousers are marked down by 50%, as are the Women’s Seersucker style Jacket and matching Skirt.

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Every single pair of women’s shoes on the site is discounted at least 50% from its original selling price, including the Bow Peep-Toed Pump.

Z530_BLACKThe shoes are $86.40; these originally sold at $288.

The lack of updated inventory seems odd, as Brooks appears ready to market their fall line; the company is going to emphasize those items made in America.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

A recent Women’s Wear Daily story has more on the campaign:

“In a campaign entitled Makers & Merchants, the 191-year-old retailer is shining a spotlight on iconic merchandise pieces that have been made in the U.S.”

There you have it.

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One last tidbit for those seeking reading for the extended weekend, Vanity Fair has an extended interview today with Mad Men’s Pete Campbell, seen to the right of Don Draper in the photo below.

Photo Courtesy amc-tv via Vanity Fair

Photo Courtesy amc-tv via Vanity Fair

Umm, of course we meant to say “an interview with Vincent Kartheiser who plays Pete Campbell, seen in this photo with Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper.”

Of course we know they’re not real, honestly.

Heh-heh-heh.

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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.

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

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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.)

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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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About That Harvard Clothing Line…

Hello-Hello and welcome to another delightful day here at the Prepatorium!

We start with an update to a story featured on Friday’s post chatting about the new clothing line sanctioned by none other than Harvard. Below, a refresher on three looks we shared with readers in our Friday story:

PHOTOS: Robert Mitra/WWD via Boston.com

PHOTOS: Robert Mitra/WWD, collage via Boston.com

The photos were all originally seen in Women’s Wear Daily (sub. req’d.), but we like the three-shot seen above; it accompanied yesterday’s Boston Globe story on the new clothing line, aptly named Harvard Yard.

In our tv snooze news days we would refer to this kind of story as a ‘reax piece’ or a ‘folo’, shorthand for stories featuring reactions to some news tidbit. We have certainly heard from Princess readers, both in blog comments and privately, expressing their thoughts on the line.  Nor has there has been a shortage of opinions in numerous print publications and online.

The Globe’s story offers a little background:

“… last week, the news took on a life of its own, dividing the blogosphere into those who either love or hate the slim-cut preppy collection inspired by a New England collegiate look circa 1962.”

And the story rounds up some of the usual sources the media often looks to for reax pieces, including late night television hosts:

“Jimmy Fallon chaffed, “Harvard University is launching a new clothing line called Harvard Yard. . . . Of course the clothes are really hard to get into, unless your father wears them first.’’

A number of readers shared reactions eloquently echoing our sentiments, beginning with our favorite High WASP, Miss Privilege:

“Take anything I say with a grain of salt. I am, after all, a Princeton alumna and a Princeton mother. But still. Seems like the clothing line would benefit, but the university’s brand not so much. Oh well. Endowments are hurting these days. And maybe Harvard is so much king of the world that they can do something like have a line of clothing. Maybe it will turn out to be brilliant. Stanford has an entire shopping mall and we don’t bat an eye about it.”

We knew she would offer an excellent perspective. Our only reaction? Let’s not pick on that wonderful shopping mall, we adore it, and the location makes eminent good sense IOHO. (Heh-heh-heh.)

The line is expected to debut with a spring 2010 collection; lines for women and children are also planned.  We mentioned that we didn’t expect to see too many alumni sporting pieces from the new line. Miss Sweet Tea in Seattle expanded upon this thought, providing perspective of someone ‘in the know,’:

“Hubby is an alum and we are just going to stick to the classic Crimson tees & sweatshirts! But it will be interesting to see how it pans out.”

To sum it all up we’ll offer the succinct opinion of our friend The Fashion Herald:

“Harvard clothing line? I just. don’t. get it!”

There you have it. Indeed.

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A few more quick headlines on fashions some associate with preppy style, albeit all of the following are relative newcomers to the table; we begin with news that Kate Spade has debuted her new clothing line:

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The styles are fun, many with classic lines:

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We’re so excited to see these goodies in person, hopefully this weekend!

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Also, Tory Burch features a special promotion for those purchasing a pair of her ubiquitous Reva Flats:

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Tory Burch

Buy a pair of Revas and receive 25% off all other full-price merchandise.  Use promo code 25REVA to receive the discount.

And lastly today, J. Crew is flogging saying it has added more goods to their Final Sale.

Back tomorrow!

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Harvard’s New Clothing Line. Seriously.

Hello-Hello and Happy Friday!

Today we have a rather bizarre tale to share, one that, to borrow a phrase, left us absolutely gobsmacked.  But first we must ask a question: when asked to ponder the notion of apparel sold under the auspices of Harvard (as in The University), what comes to mind?

The classic sweatshirt, right?

Courtesy Harvard Bookstore

Courtesy Harvard Bookstore

Or perhaps a standard-issue long-sleeved tee, like this?

Courtesy Harvard Book Store

Courtesy Harvard Book Store

Of course.

Well, there’s a little update; we hope you are sitting down.

Look at the latest apparel authorized by Harvard. The University. (Really. Most readers have a passing acquaintanceship with at least one individual who refers to it this way. Come now, you know precisely what we mean, the pronunciation and emphasis suggesting there really is no. other. school. in. the. western. hemisphere. Indeed.)

At any rate, back to the topic at hand, the new Harvard Yard clothing line.

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

Would it ever have crossed your mind that The University would get into the business of fashion?  It has.  Here is another look from the Harvard Yard label debuting next spring:

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

Actually many of you may have already read about this; WWD broke the story yesterday.  From their article:

“So it was perhaps just a matter of time (and business acumen) before somebody tapped the source of that look — Ivy League universities — for a brand.”

Brenner Thomas makes a good point in his story about the launch, it really was only a matter of time.  As he stresses, it isn’t the first time style has been associated with the school:

“It also served as the font of Ivy League style in the late Fifties when its undergraduates flocked to stores such as Brooks Brothers and J. Press to snap up what would become prepster staples: button-down shirts, flat-front khakis and penny loafers.

Below, a classic look from J. Press:

Courtesy J. Press

Courtesy J. Press

The new line will feature:

“… short-sleeve plaid shirts, Liberty print wovens, seersucker shorts, regimental stripes, sporty knits, patterned jackets and fancy pants — all in a contemporary, tapered fit.”

Another look from the upcoming collection:

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

A few points about the Harvard Yard line we need to make:

  • the only time one will see the name “Harvard” is on the inside of the pieces in the label
  • there will ultimately be a collection for women and for children if all goes according to plan
  • prices for the menswear are expected to run between $195-$495
  • there will be a lot of the color crimson used in the line

The collection is aimed at “… alums and fans of the (Ivy League) universities…” according to the WWD story; somehow we don’t see too many alumni purchasing the line, but we have been wrong before.

What do you think?

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Speaking of a long and storied history, another article in WWD reminded us it is Pendleton’s 100th Anniversary.

Courtesy Pendleton via WWD

Courtesy Pendleton via WWD

Pendleton is doing all manner of exciting things for its big birthday, including collaborations with ever-so-hip companies like Opening Ceremony, Vans and Nike.

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And speaking of collaborative efforts, there was word this week Target’s next designer collection will be done by Rodarte, the edgy line created and designed by sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy. Below, a montage from their Fall 2009 collection:

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Courtesy Lola 29

This edition of Target’s Go International line will hit stores December 20, with prices ranging from $9.99 to $79.99

For today’s Pretty in Pink we stick with the Boutique, showcasing the discounter’s Kid’s Modern Polka Dot Chair in Candy Pink.

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Target

We must toddle along, we’re off to the Large Lake for a wedding. We hope everyone has an absolutelty splendiferous weekend!

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Mad Men Yourself, “Parodies of Preppiness”?

Hello-Hello,

For those readers of a…umm…well, readers of a ‘certain age,’ we must share yesterday’s “Where did TP’s brain go?” episode: after launching into a silly flurry of activity to make it to our afternoon volunteer shift at the local Senior Center, what do we learn? We learn (again) that putting things *in* the calendar is really very effective at warding off those occasions when one shows up for a shift that is scheduled for the following week. It also helps prevent the special looks one receives from the other volunteers.

Indeed.

But since we are chatting calendars again, we must share the newest addition to our Preppy Calendars category at the Princess, our desktop In Good Company Calendar for next year.

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This is a desktop calendar, and the twelve oh-so-preptastic months fit right into the acrylic case that doubles as an easel.

IGC2010CalendarmonthsUpon learning we could offer this to Princess customers for only $14 we put it on the “must-have” list for our little store.

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Next, we wanted to share a fascinating column from the Boston Herald, one we think readers will find more-than-intriguing. The piece is titled “Let Me School You About Preppies,” it is by writer Sam Allis.

It begins condemning a show we have blathered on about ad nauseam mention here occasionally, NYC Prep.

““NYC Prep,’’ the ludicrous reality show about spoiled rich kids, most of whom attend Upper East Side private schools.

The show has nothing to do with preppies. Real preppies would have nothing to do with it. They’d be laughed out of New Canaan…”

Mr. Allis makes the point about the origins of the word “preppy” in prep schools, somethings Princess readers are well aware of, but he then raises a topic we once heard debated with a ferocity that seemed just inane:

“And prep schools are, in the cultural sense I’m talking about, boarding schools – not country day or Upper East Side privates.

It was on boarding school campuses that true preppies were spawned. The petri dish in which the culture was created and perpetuated was the prep school dormitory.”

We are in the camp that believes one is not required to be at boarding school to be immersed in what we would refer to as a basic preppy culture, one need only be attending certain schools. The entire topic reeks of a “I’m preppier than you are” sort of argument, a topic not even worthy of conversation IOHO.

Naturally the story contains the standard references about current definitions of ‘preppy style,’ appropriately referring to it as “classic, conservative men’s clothes.”  That breaks no new ground.

But then things take a bit of a negative turn when discussing specific retailers:

“The reigning king of preppy wistfulness remains Ralph Lauren, born Ralph Lifshitz in the Bronx, who has created the ultimate illusionary preppy world. His efforts are nothing if not about a yearning for a past he never knew.”

“His threads are beautiful, in contrast to parvenus like Vineyard Vines, an upstart that makes clothes for men and women that are parodies of preppiness. J.Crew still answers the bell because it sells smart preppy knockoffs.

We’ll share the following and then move on, encouraging readers to look at the actual column personally, that ensures a far better experience than our efforts at paraphrasing it.

“Every once in awhile, marketers will try to sell patch madras or seersucker again. What they’re selling is the past. No one drinks gin and bitters anymore, but who cares?”

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We close with something we stumbled on to via Twitter yesterday that is likely to hold appeal for our fellow Mad Men fans. Remember the Elf Yourself fun every year around Christmas? (No, that isn’t TP, or even anyone we know.)

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Well, true aficionados can now make their very own Mad Men avatars!

Courtesy amc-tv

Courtesy amc-tv

Oh, of course we made our very own:

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We hope we can convince the Consort to make one for himself.

Until next time, g’bye!

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