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Ralph Lauren & Brooks Brothers Expand Collections, Kennedy Mini-Series Finds a Home

Hello-Hello, happy, sunny day!

When composing the portion of yesterday’s post about the storm we presumed that would be the extent of our dealings with the matter.  Silly Princess.  The abundance of amazing images prompts just a bit more coverage, with thanks to our treasured readers for your gracious tolerance of our tedious fascination mild interest in the topic.

First, a photo from New Hampshire that gives new meaning to “Park & Ride”.

AP via The Telegraph

The interior of just one of the hundreds of vehicles left on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago Tuesday night.

AP via The Telegraph

Lower Manhattan Wednesday.

AP via The Telegraph

How significant portions of I-70 in Missouri looked on Tuesday and parts of Wednesday.

EPA via The Telegraph

One of our favorites is the “Free Snow – Shovel All You Want” sign in Massachusetts.

Via The Telegraph

Okay, we have had enough of the folderol, we move on.

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Our next item on the agenda, Brooks Brothers’ expansion of its Home Collection.

The growth of the line was noted in this story in Home Accents Today. The group now includes a broad selection of lampshades.

Brooks Brothers

Very much in keeping with the Brooks image and product line, the shades invoke visions of pinstripe suits, button downs and silk repp ties.  Below, Cotton Oxford Pleated Chandelier shades.

The Table Top category has been expanded as well; below we show a piece from the company’s partnership with the National Audubon Society, a beautiful Dessert Platter.

Brooks Brothers

In the Help Me Understand category we do have a few entrants, including the Asanoha Plate.

Brooks Brothers

The plate is more than attractive, with an appealing design. Nor do we have any quarrel with the necessity for The Consort the staff to wash the plate by hand, after all it is hand-painted. Our confusion stems from the logo; why would anyone want to display the retailer’s Golden Fleece on their dishes?

The pillow selection remains much the same as when the group was launched,the Striped Pillow collection is still very stylish.

Brooks Brothers

We spotted one addition to this group.

Brooks Brothers

For our thoughts on this item, just scroll back up and re-read the Help Me Understand section.  Overall we find lots to like in the expanded line, it is a stellar representation of the brand’s classic heritage. While not personally looking for gray flannel lampshades, we do think there are many places they will be simply perfect. (If desirous of more background on the collection, click here for one of our more in-depth posts on the topic.)

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Our other fashion morsel involves expansion for Ralph Lauren.  In a story about the designer’s fall preview, WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) explains:

“New this season is a distinct denim collection under the Black Label Denim moniker, as well as an expanded accessories assortment that covers shoes, leather goods and watches.

Here are some of George Chinsee’s photos that accompany the story.

Back to Jean Palmiere’s story:

“The new Black Label Denim component is designed to provide a “sexy, hip weekend look” for the customer who is comfortable in the label’s more-tailored offering. “It’s all aimed at that guy and takes him from formalwear to jeans.” Coated cargo pants and jeans with both skinny and wide legs were blended with cashmere sweaters and leather jackets.

Lauren said he decided to offer this collection after standing inside his Madison Avenue store and seeing all the women coming in to shop wearing jeans. “I realized we don’t have high-quality, high-fit denim,” he said. “So we did it for men and women. I wanted to make it a full business on a high level.”

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We have an update on an earlier story, the highly controversial “Kennedys” mini-series, the Hollywood Reporter has more:

“The controversial miniseries will world premiere on April 3 on the ReelzChannel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.”

 

Via Reelz Channel

We anticipate this will start viewers scrambling as they try to sort out where the network is on their cable and satellite systems, if it is carried at all.  Click here to visit the Reelz website.

With that, goodbye until next time, we hope your day is sunny and bright!

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J. Crew Spring 2011 Preview, Gala at Ralph Lauren

Hello-Hello, and welcome to an almost-weekend, isn’t it awful we’re thinking that and it’s only midday?

The crush of business mandates a shorter-than-normal post today, so we jump right in with a very quick glance at J. Crew‘s Spring 2011 Collections, previewed last night for the media.

Via Shawn Punch/Examiner.com

On an up note, there are lots of bright, bold colors. On a less-than-up note, there seems to be an abundance of sequins and other not-so-preptastic embellishments.

Glamour has images of the line (above), as does Habitually Chic (below).

Here is a closer look at the sequin cutout piece above.

Via Thread NY/NBC

We think it unlikely many of our cherished readers will be making mad plans to purchase the piece shown above.

Via Thread NY/NBC

The next two styles come via Jim Shi’s Plixi photo feed.

This may surprise you, but the studded sweater above isn’t destined for the walk-in. We leave the topic for now with these two images from Habitually Chic.

Women’s Wear Daily (subscription) has a look at the men’s line today; we expect they’ll have photos from the womenswear up Monday and we’ll share them with you.

To see more images from the women’s collection for next spring we suggest the Examiner story, Glamour, or Habitually Chic. For more on the men’s line, we recommend Selectism or Bold on the Street.  To view the Thread NY “Behind the Scenes with Jenna Lyons” story, click here.

Ms. Lyons’ influence is evident throughout the spring collection; below, the executive attending this week’s Accessories Excellence awards.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for ACE Awards

We expect to have better shots of the women’s Spring 2011 collection next Monday.

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A quick social note, the new Ralph Lauren women’s shop was the setting for last night’s big do celebrating Gloria Vanderbilt’s new book.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

The World Of Gloria Vanderbilt” was published this week; WWD has more on the party.

“Suitably, Lauren’s first major party there — to celebrate Gloria Vanderbilt and the new book — felt a lot like the salon gatherings of the days of yore, drawing a mix of people from fashion, Hollywood, society and politics.

Also attending, Lauren Bush, as well as Andrew Lauren.

Ms. Vanderbilt’s son, newscaster Anderson Cooper was on hand, as well as actress Uma Thurman.

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A final note, we are excited to share the most recent addition to our Preppy Paper line,

The Dittie Notepads are from our friends at Donovan Designs, above we show varying Madras Plaid designs, but there are loads to choose from, some are preprinted, like the Lunch Box Notes and Note to School pads.

Others are blank, like the Flower Notepads and the Diamond Notepads.


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Is Prep Dead? (More Importantly, How Did We Miss This?)

Hello-Hello, is everyone ready for a weekend?

We thought it was time for another True Prep update, the volume of media surrounding the book is significant, including multiple declarations that ‘prep is dead’; in at least one instance responsibility for this hypothetical occurrence is linked directly to the book.

We begin with this headline from a September NPR story:

We haven’t heard the entire NPR story, but did read what is posted online and were unable to decipher exactly how the book’s existence translated into a sign that prep was dead.  The NPR story does carry a lengthy quote from this story in The Atlantic:

As always, the Atlantic review is very well done, essentially positing that ‘prep’ has  been absorbed by a larger, international class.  From the piece by Benjamin Schwarz:

“Whereas OPH was crammed with fine-grained analysis— defining, say, the subtle distinctions between Brooks Brothers (mainstream), J. Press (old guard), and Paul Stuart (urbane)—True Prep’s analysis seems vague and flabby. Whereas OPH’s preppies belonged to a distinct and inward-looking subculture, the preppies of True Prep, defined largely by what they buy and wear, are in many ways indistinguishable from fancily educated professionals.”

The writer doesn’t fault the skill set of authors Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd, looking instead at the consumption habits of the era, particularly those of the conspicuous kind.

“Cracked heirlooms, threadbare antique rugs, sturdy L.L. Bean boots, duct-taped Blucher moccasins, and workhorse Volvo station wagons defined OPH’s aesthetic. True Prep’s preppies, armed with BlackBerrys and iPods, wear Verdura jewelry and Prada and vintage Gucci loafers, tote Goyard and Tory Burch bags, and adorn their desks with tchotchkes from Smythson (a firm whose success, Ian Jack notes in The Guardian, has been built “on selling baubles to the impressionable rich”).

It’s no secret we whined struggled with some of the brands featured in True Prep. (For Ms. Birnbach’s comments regarding the J. Crew metallic Top-siders at J. Crew, simply click here.) We have been vocal about the volume of J. Crew & Burberry products showcased in the book.  Frequent readers know the tragic truth: TP and The Consort are two boring, old-school preps.  Our style is basically no style.

However, we do take issue with this claim from a column in the Journal, the headline reads “Preppy Pitfall: All That Madras, Not Enough Effort.” It is the subhead that is irksome:

Did Lisa Birnbach’s original ‘Handbook’ drive people lazy?”

Eric Felten cites TOPH (The Official Preppy Handbook) as a factor.

“One simply mustn’t try too hard. A key principle of what Ms. Birnbach called the Preppy Value System was Effortlessness: “If life is a country club, then all functions should be free from strain.”

The notion that Ms. Birnbach is responsible for the work ethic of a generation is ludicrous.

“Unless you actually have a fat trust fund to underwrite your nonchalance, an aversion to effort is hardly a strategy for success. Which may explain some of our national woes.”

We like Ms. Birnbach; she is talented, witty and loads of fun, but while wielding significant influence, she is not quite so powerful as to be responsible for this:

“Over the last couple of decades we’ve seen the contempt for effort spread far beyond the original preppy demographic. Now it’s commonplace for middle-class kids to go to college and behave as though they are scions of the gentry—abjuring studies and indulging in the bottomless kegger that a recent book dubbed “The Five Year Party.”

Blaming These Challenging Times on any single author just doesn’t work for us.

Next on the review list, AOL’s Daily Finance offers this:

Bruce Watson’s story takes a more reasoned approach:

“…she attached a philosophical component to the look, explicitly wedding the preppy style to a hodgepodge of social values, including traditionalism, thrift, and brand loyalty. In Birnbach’s analysis, preppies buy Brooks Brothers and Orvis because these companies have been in business for over a hundred years and have proven reliability.”

As the monolithic 1980’s preppy culture has fractured into a variety of brands and styles, from Gossip Girl to hip-hop Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren to Vineyard Vines, it’s worth wondering if this explosion of prep may also signal its demise.”

Mr. Watson points to the efforts at updating the fashions offered by some of the stalwarts, like LL Bean’s Signature and Black Fleece at Brooks Brothers, a necessity if such establishments are to compete against trendier, “hipper” (ahem) offerings at retailers like J. Crew. Unfortunately the writer misses an important point in this portion of his story:
“In True Prep, however, conversation positively drips with references to the signs of wealth, as Birnbach instructs readers: “Your car wasn’t in the shop; your Mercedes was getting fixed. You didn’t wear shoes; you wore Manolos.”
The book isn’t instructing readers to converse in this fashion. To the contrary, this specific segment laments the way people speak these days, bemoaning the ostentation and name-dropping and label flashing.  Melanie Spencer’s story in the Austin Statesman illustrates this distinction with a quote from the author:
“”People are oft misbehaving and name-dropping and talking about money,” she says. “It is vulgar. It’s becoming normal. I’m here to help correct. Something as benign as ‘Sex in the City’ sort of sanctioned gross materialism. Instead of saying, ‘Oh, my shoes hurt,’ it’s, ‘My Manolos hurt.’ You are sending all kinds of messages. You can say ‘My car is in the shop.’ You don’t have to say, ‘My Jaguar is in the shop.’ It would be so refreshing for people to go back to those basics.”

We had to laugh aloud at this part of the story, it seems not everyone in Austin was fond of the prep aesthetic. (Gasp!)

“”Preppy fashion was the lowest point in the history of women’s attire,” says longtime Austinite, style and design writer and Austin Monthly Home editor Helen Thompson.”
Oops.  Hopefully Melanie, I Pick Pretty and other notable Austin denizens won’t tell Ms. Thompson next time we visit.
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Enough of the deep thinking, we have an eye-popping Pretty in Pink & Green to share:
The Argyle Pullover is available at Elegant Baby, and there is also a version in blues if looking for something a little more sedate.
With that, we are off to enjoy the weekend, and hope you are able to do the same!

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Ralph Lauren’s New Home, George & Bar at Houston Fashion Week

Hello and greetings on a day filled with fun and surprises.

We begin with the announcement of our True Prep & Official Preppy Handbook Giveaway winner….

The lucky lady is Southern Sweetie Katie!  We used Random.org to pick the winner; the number chosen is actually for one of the additional entries Katie received for sending someone else to the contest.We want to thank everyone who joined in the fun, we admit being amazed by the number of entries.  If there were to be an award for the best effort in getting others to add entries in her name, that would go to Courtney. And the most delightful comment on Courtney’s behalf comes from her mother, Kathi, we were in stitches when reading this:

“My darling daughter, Courtney Rounds, has begged and pleaded with me to leave a comment. I’ve gently reminded her that a true preppy does not beg or plead. I fear having to remind her does not speak well of my influence during her formative years. I did try. Her nursery was green and pink. Her name, Courtney Elizabeth, offered numerous acceptable nickname opportunities. Her bedtime stories alternated between select readings from my well worn copy of “The Preppy Handbook” and Shel Silverstein. I was properly supportive when she pledged a well established sorority. From an early age she could immediately recognize her monogram. She knows that there is no such thing as too many Sperry’s, plaid shorts or headbands. She has never had big hair. She never will have big hair. Courtney Rounds has a Proper Preppy Princess Pedigree. She is, after all, the progeny of a Preppy Queen and an aging frat boy.”

Courtney’s father is equally creative, here is his comment:

“Courtney is to preppy as Nietzsche is to pietzsche.”

Honestly, we have more fun doing this kind of thing, we try to be restrained so it doesn’t become tedious, but the Fun-o-Meter was peaking in the red zone on this one.

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Next, a few quick tidbits we are overdue in mentioning, with linkage should any of the stories hold appeal:

1) Following a June story in the Times on the popularity of ‘heritage brands’ the Journal ran a similar piece at the end of September, “Is LL Bean Driving the Runway?

“Besides the re-emergence of L.L. Bean and Pendleton, other vintage brands such as Stetson, Woolrich, Levi’s and Britain’s J Barbour & Sons are having second comings, either independently or collaborating with high-end runway designers.”

We love the illustration accompanying the story, “The Heritage Hipster Matrix“.

Wall St. Journal

2) Speaking of heritage, we offer this from the Yale Daily News:

“This November, American heritage clothing brand Gant will open a new store at the corner of York and Elm streets, almost 60 years after it opened its first store in New Haven.”

We have offered a number of post drooling chatting about the upcoming Gant womenswear line, it is wonderful to see the company opening a store back where they first started in 1941.

3) Women’s Wear Daily reports on the new Ralph Lauren women’s flagship store in the city.

Grand in scale and luxurious in its decor, the new store opens to the public tomorrow.

On the Upper East Side, the new digs are across the street from the recently reopened men’s store in the Rinelander Mansion (Madison & 80th).

The new store is also where shoppers will find the brand’s Home Collection.

4) Houston Fashion Week had its share of celebs on hand, including a rather famous set of grandparents.

 

Bob Levey/Wire Image

 

President and Mrs. Bush were in the audience for the Lauren Pierce show, granddaughter Lauren’s eco-friendly line, making its debut at HFW.

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Yesterday we updated you on Talbots‘ next celebrity model, today we have news that Heidi Klum is replacing Naomi Watts as Ann Taylor’s newest face.

Ms. Klum appeared in the retailer’s holiday campaign last year, but Page Six says she is ‘replacing’ Ms. Watts.

Thank you again to everyone who entered the contest, we are thinking we may need to do a similar project next month….hmmmm, that’s a thought to ponder.  Until next time, we hope you enjoy a lovely day!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS: Ralph Lauren Interiors: Robert Mitra/WWD

 

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Argyle Adventures & That Justin Bieber Nail Polish

Hello-Hello, happy Monday!

We are taking it easy this afternoon in response to the quasi-holiday, offering a simple Adventure in Argyle; it felt like a good day for something light.  We begin with a few things for the Young Lady at your house; on the left we see Pink Argyle Girls’ Growing socks, found at Le Boutique Targét, along with the Girls’ Cherokee Argyle Sweater.

Pendleton’s Argyle Cardigan is sure to have a high snuggle factor, done in 100% merino wool.

If seeking something for your MOTH (Man of the House), Target’s Merona Cardigan could fit the bill, or perhaps the retailer’s V-Neck is more appealing.

Both mens’ sweaters are 100% cotton.

For your tiny prep, the Infant Toddler Boys’ Argyle Sweater is cute as can be; the same can be said of the Infant Toddler Girls’ Tights.

Ralph Lauren’s Argyle Leggings for girls and Toddler/Little Girls’ Argyle Sweater are both found at Saks.

The Girls Argyle Sweater is by Juicy Couture (yet it seems remarkably free of logos) and the Boys’ Sweater offers a contemporary update to the motif.

A more understated look comes via Kate Spade, the Tonal Argyle Tights sport the classic pattern; Ms. Spade’s Argyle Knee Highs are more flamboyant.

The Argyle Socks at Talbots come in a variety of colors; the ‘Cassis’ (reddish) are on sale for only$3.75.

Back to baby, the Moses Baskets at Posh Tots are darling.

A favorite gift item is our Argyle Manicure Set, ideal as a stocking stuffer.

We’ll also admit to being proud of our Argyle Doormats and House Flags.

How about an argyle cake?

 

Via Cake Central

 

We like this one from Pink Cakebox for another Pretty in Pink.

 

Via Pink Cakebox

 

What is the most unusual item you have seen done in argyle?

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We leave you with an addition to the “Help Me Understand” hall of fame:

Now, this may look like ordinary OPI nail polish, the added glitter indicates that it is from the Nicole by OPI line (this is where the Gossip Girl nail polish came from).  So what makes these different?  Hypothetically, teen singing sensation Justin Bieber ‘designed’ the collection.  Here is more from Stylist:

“Called the One Less Lonely Girl collection, the perfect-for-the-high-school-dance shades are inspired by Bieber hits: One Less Lonely Glitter (lavender), Prized Possession Purple (grape), Give Me The First Dance (silver), Me + Blue (dark blue), OMB! (bright red), and Step 2 the Beat of My Heart (heart-shaped glitter).”

Look for these at Walmart in December and other retailers in February.

We know this makes your Monday complete.

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Tommy Hilfiger, Milly, Gant & Surfing Dogs

Hello-Hello, Happy Monday!

We didn’t get to post pix from all of last week’s shows at Fashion Week (the New York version) and we’re already well into London Fashion Week as we speak…yikes!

So it is time to play catch-up, recognizing many readers may have already seen some (if not all) of these styles. We begin with a brand that we always approach with trepidation; Tommy Hilfiger. (We fear one day we shall be attacked by a giant “TH” logo.) Below, the first two looks down the runway.

Classic lines in primary colors dominated the show.

Mr. Hilfiger is celebrating a notable anniversary, the company he founded is now 25 years old.

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Many of the styles were surprisingly attractive, certain to be stunning on those in the twenty-something age range. As noted by WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) in its review:

“…his spring collection was a shiny, happy ode to the genre that made him famous: preppy.”

Mr. Hilfiger packed the front row with celebrities; below Jennifer Lopez and actor Bradley Cooper.

PRNewsFoto/The Tommy Hilfiger Group

In his review, Eric Wilson at the Times wrote:

“This was a collection full of Nantucket red chinos and trench coats, ruffle dresses made of grosgrain ribbon and seersucker blazers. Very country club, yes, but it was awfully difficult to put your finger on what the twist was.”

A closer look at some of the accessories.

One columnist made note of the shoes, predicting the most sought-after next spring will be something akin to a “Sperry Top-Sider” on a platform.  (Ahem.)

Eric Thayer/Reuters

Other celebrities on hand for the show and/or the party following it, Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and Jessica Szohr of Gossip Girl.

As mentioned in our post on the Ralph Lauren Spring 2011 collection, it is an unusual Fashion Week indeed when we find ourselves more favorably impressed by Mr. Hilfiger’s work, and underwhelmed by Mr. Lauren’s creations.

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Another line we were unable to get to until now, Milly by Michelle Smith.

PHOTOS: George Chinsee/WWD

This collection also used lots of primary colors, bright florals and geometric prints.

PHOTOS: George Chinsee/WWD

Frequent readers know we are fond of this brand, but the dresses above aren’t up to Ms. Smith’s usual deft touch; the placement of the abstract shapes is unlikely to flattering any size or shape.  Below, from opposite ends of the fashion spectrum, two of our favorite looks.

PHOTOS: George Chinsee/WWD

Chic, elegant and easy on the eyes.  In her story on the collection, Elizabeth Holmes from The Journal writes:

“If the name Michelle Smith isn’t synonymous with Blair Waldorf, it should be. The designer behind Milly knows the young uptown girl’s style from her headband to her heel, and showed that again with her latest collection, which must be bound for the “Gossip Girl” wardrobe department.”

Three more looks we love.

PHOTOS: George Chinsee/WWD

A closer look at some of the accessories for next spring, oversized handbags and chunky jewelry.

Some of the celebrities spotted at the Milly show included Tinsley Mortimer, as well as newscaster Natalie Morales, seen on the right with Michelle Smith, the designer.

This collection offered lots to like.

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Some may recall our recent post on the new womenswear collection by Michael Bastian for prep classic Gant.  We shared some styles in that post, but thought we would post a few more, these from the line’s formal Fashion Week presentation.

Courtesy Images via WWD

Most looks seem appealing, particularly for the younger set.

Courtesy Images via WWD

This shot includes some of the mens’ styles, we particularly like the novelty oxford on the far right.

Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images

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We close with something out of the ordinary, but something we think might put a smile on your face.

Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

This weekend the dogs were in the drink as part of the annual Surf Dog competition.

Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

From the Surf City website:

“The Surf Dog Contest includes Small, Medium, Large and Tandem Dog/Human Heats.  Other events include Best in Show Costume Contest, K9 Kayak, Hot Diggity Dog Expo, a 2-mile Woofin’ Walk and more!”

Tilly says her eyes might bug out too if she were on a surfboard.

Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

And then there is always the problem with wave poaching.

Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

It helps to have friends on board.

Mark Ralston/AFP/getty

The event isn’t just fun, it is also a fundraiser for several organizations helping dogs in need; the event page has more. Back to the waves, fierce determination seemed to be the order of the day.

Barry Bland via The Sun

For others, quiet dignity ruled.

Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

And sometimes you just need to know when to get out of the water.

Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

To see a slew of photos from the big do, click here.  How does this relate to anything preppy? It doesn’t. But sometimes smiles are more important than labels and today is one of those days here at the Prepatorium.

Until next time, we hope your Monday is sunny and bright!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Tommy Hilfiger: John Aquino/WWD
  • Tommy Hilfiger: Getty Images via Fashionologie
  • Tommy Hilfiger: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty
  • Tommy Hilfiger: Michael Loccisano/Getty
  • Milly: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG
  • Milly: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG

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Ralph Lauren Runway Show, Brooks Brothers Home Collection Update

Hello-Hello, we must say we are grateful for a Friday. The prospect of a slightly more sane weekend (there is no delusion so persuasive as self-delusion, is there?) holds substantial appeal.

New York Fashion Week wrapped up yesterday, now everyone heads across the pond for London Fashion Week (Burberry anyone?), those shows are already underway.

Today we peruse the Ralph Lauren spring 2011 collection. Below, the first two looks down the runway.

We are feeling more-than-a-little out of step with most reviews of the collection.

A sampling of those reviews:

  • WWD: “…Ralph Lauren showed one of his best women’s collections in memory.”
  • Eric Wilson at the Times: “…the Western motif is really where Mr. Lauren shines. You know it’s going to be a pleasing Ralph Lauren collection when the designer himself is wearing leather pants the color of a fine chestnut filly.”
  • Style.com “His latest take on cowgirl couture happens to be right in line with some of New York’s big trends.”

You can guess where this is headed.

The fringe and lace just aren’t working.

To avoid misunderstanding, in our utterly uneducated opinion we think the collection is brilliant, in both concept and execution. The issue isn’t Mr. Lauren’s design skills, it’s just that the theme for next spring’s RTW (ready to wear) isn’t one we are fond of here at the Prepatorium.

Western wear looks smashing on many women, and we sported styles with a wee bit of this influence during our seventeen years in Colorado. We still love our basic Frye boots. But faded fabrics, ruffles and fringe are not styles we generally embrace.

These will be stunning on many, hello, Miss Vogue on the Range…?

If anyone has interest in watching the entire show, it is available online at the Ralph Lauren Facebook page.

Ralph Lauren

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We have a brief update on the Brooks Brothers Home Collection; pieces from the new line could be spotted amid the spring 2011 apparel and accessories shown at Monday’s Fashion Week presentation (discussed at length in this post). Below, several pillows in seersucker can be seen in this image from the WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) story.

Robert Mitra/WWD

The company posted this photo on its Facebook page, the lampshades and pillow are done in Brooks Brothers repp tie stripes.

Brooks Brothers

The WWD story notes the line will only be available online.

“Bedding will be available in three color combinations: blue and white, solid white and herringbone white with navy and burgundy trim. Towels are being offered in eight colors. The home line, which includes pillows and lamp shades in rep tie fabric, will launch next month.”

The Journal’s Heard on the Runway blog originally had the story on the new collection; this image accompanied that story.

Courtesy Image via WSJ

Below, a grey flannel lamp shade is seen in this photo taken by Christian over at Ivy Style.

Via Ivy Style

Much as we like the idea of a super-soft flannel pillow, we struggle envisioning a lampshade in this material, despite Christian’s photo. Some parts of the collection launch late this fall, with the entire group available in the spring.

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A brief item of note:

J. Crew

The J. Crew online outlet opened this morning, the offerings do appear to be pieces made specifically for Crew’s Factory Outlet stores.  The smattering of comments thus far on our Facebook page, where we posted similar information, indicates a lukewarm reception to the ‘outlet’.

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Our final tidbit involves Don Draper Jon Hamm, the actor announced last night he is guest-hosting Saturday Night Live for a third time. Below we see Mr. Hamm in his “The Town” role, that film opens tonight.

Via Movie Cultists

May everyone have an outstanding weekend!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty
  • Robert Mitra & John Aquino/Women’s Wear Daily

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