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The Consort’s Favorite 2011 Spring Men’s Looks

Hello-hello, all.  The Consort here skipping mikeside to amuse and confuse you as we slide into a very welcome holiday weekend.  The Princess is preparing her always popular 4th of July blog so I offered to fill in today.  I offered because I, quite frankly, am overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of men’s fashions coming to your local stores for Spring 2011.  The men in your life will be stunning and/or stunned.  Let’s start with a memorable look…

I think Spartacus wore this...

Here’s a little something from Emporio Armani that looks great poolside or just about anywhere.  I recommend applying a liberal coating of Crisco and having at it.  It makes me think of that great line from the film “Airplane”: ” So tell me, do you like gladiator movies?”  And who doesn’t?  Of course because the singlet is a classic black it can be worn confidently for evening formal affairs.

I think I can help if you’ve been looking for something to wear on casual Friday at the office.  What do you think of this look?

What is this? 1947?

I love this look from Yves Saint Laurent.  It is so retro and brings us back to post-WWII fashion.  The elegant drape of the pants and the beautiful shirt make for a remarkable  combination.  The cummerbund/girdle makes me pause.  Leopard skin will make people look twice every time.  I have to recommend that if you choose to wear a girdle you might consider wearing it inside your clothing.   There are some things we just don’t need to see.   Perhaps you’d prefer to wear a jacket in the office…

Light...airy... always comfortable

Been working out?  Have some guns you want to show off?  Here’s your outfit.  Once again Emporio Armani comes through with an outfit that is perfect in any situation.  The sheer shirt keeps you cool on the hottest summer day or in the most intense department head meeting.   The only thing missing in this look are some tattoos.  Now normally I recommend that you sport your tattoos only where a judge won’t see them in court.  But in this case you can’t go wrong.  Lawyers, wear this look in court and I guarantee you’ll have the judge thinking “Gee, that guy is a snappy dresser!”  Let me know how that works out for you.

Let’s go more casual in our next look.

Are those shin pads?

I’ve always been a bit afraid of mixing prints.  Now I know why.  This tasty combination from Walter Van Beirendonck makes me a little weak in the knees.  But that’s fine because apparently there are knee/shin pads in the pants.  This is great and I’ll be ready in case a soccer or hockey game suddenly breaks out.  The skirt allows maximum movement and flexibility.  I’m thinking this is worthy of consideration for uniforms for World Cup 2014.  Just a little modification but I’m sure our friends at Nike or Adidas can handle that.

Thom Browne is getting in on the fun, too.

Photo by Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

This is a classic example of what happens when plaids collide.  But not just the plaids are making my eyes cross.  No, is that sequins I see on the jacket?  Perhaps the shiny material is, in fact, duct tape.  I’m not sure but I think Mr. Browne has done it again!  Bravo, sir!

And finally we answer the question “What happened to all those troll dolls from the 1960s?”

Remember me?

How many dolls gave up their hair...

You remember those dolls with the stubby body and long, brilliantly colored hair?  They ended up in Roberto Cavalli’s studio.  All that hair was sewn into this design and I think it works.  You can’t go wrong in this outfit.  Just imagine a light breeze rustling through your… well, hairy shirt.  Who wouldn’t want that?

But enough frivolity for now.  I must return to the more mundane tasks at hand.  I’ll leave you as I always do:  Don’t forget to take care of your waitperson because they’re working hard for you today.  Let’s close today with a little musical number from a New Jersey guy who might have a future in the music business.  Good night, everyone!

Photo credits: Imaxtree


Filed under Friday Fun, It's Just Not Done, Posts by the Princess Consort

“Penny Pinchers Go Preppy” & More Preppy Sales

Hello-Hello! Isn’t this turning into a busy week!

It is because of the slightly-controlled-chaos here at the Prepatorium that today’s post shall offer more pictures than prose, a circumstance we know you find heartbreaking. (Tee-hee.)

In today’s SOTTs (Sign of the Times) we refer to an excellent story on ‘preppy style’ from late last year. Yes, we somehow missed this one. We don’t know how this happened. We promise we shall never, ever let it happen again. Never. (Heh-heh. Silly Princess.)

The story, “Penny-Pinchers Go Preppy in Economic Downturn,” looks at how well retailers specializing in traditional clothing are faring.

“As trepidation over the economy takes hold of personal budgets and weighs on the minds of consumers, the timeless ethos of preppy has taken hold of the retail apparel sector…”

Prep style stalwart Brooks Brothers is mentioned, as are several other brands readers will recognize.  Anne Szustek’s story is a good read, found on a site new to us that we enjoy, Finding Dulcinea.


We have a few more nautical items we simply can’t resist posting, beginning with the Ship-Shape Area Rug from one of our favorite places for gifts and other goodies, and for window shopping (in a cyber sort of way), Blue Barnacles.

Blue Barnacles


There are pages and pages of just rugs in themes we all adore. There are bright and cheery themes like the Nautical Flags, as well as more sophisticated motifs, as seen in the Moray style.


If seeking something a tad more casual in dinnerware for the cottage, the Code Flags melamine is an outstanding selection.

There are scads of tableware designs from beach-inspired to nautically inclined to everything in between! We leave Blue Barnacles with a peek at the Sailboat Bookends.

Of course, if looking for a nautical gift that is monogrammed or personalized, here at the Princess we can help you with goodies like the Anchors & Nautical Flags plate!


Or the Anchor Stripes Platter, also loads of fun, an excellent wedding gift at $40.

Obviously the Boatman Geller Anchor notecards are a great fit, as are the Whitney English notecards.



Lots of store openings this last week, including the new J. Crew in Malibu. It’s official name is J.Crew-at-the-Beach, and it is not your average Crew. There are custom surfboards, and it’s a little different: no Men’s merchandise, and a ‘shop in a shop’ concept allowing special merchandise to be showcased. The new store is actually located in the Lumber Yard, brand spanking new outdoor mall. We shall count on Muffy Martini for a review the next time she heads to the beach!

Other retail-related openings? The new Barneys in Chicago (enormous from what we hear), Roberto Cavalli in Bal Harbour, and Palm Beach Garden’s Lilly Pulitzer.  For a amazing account of the Lilly opening, you simply must toddle over to visit Miss Janice; she has the most captivating photos. (Pssst – you do not want to miss her shots of the dressing rooms!)

And though technically open since last fall, Kenneth Jay Lane ‘officially’ celebrates his new store at the Plaza this Thursday. (You know, the somewhat challenged retail area at the Plaza….?)




We have a few sale reminders readers may find helpful; it seems every little bit helps in these challenging times, yes? We begin with Kate Spade now offering an Additional 20% Off Sale merchandise.

This is online only, and runs through April 24.  L&T is doing their Friends and Family event, with an “Extra 25% Off Almost Everything”.

The online promo code to use is FRIENDS. Also, J. Crew is running their Spring Sale.

And the folks at Bergdorf Goodman are also taking markdowns.



In closing we share a quote from a story in Sunday’s WaPo about singing sensation and internet superstar Susan Boyle. It seemed appropriate as a “Quote of the Day”:

“We’re all tired of 23-year-old models trying to sing on TV. Susan is a 47-year-old spinster who, by God, can sing,” said Michael Nicolson, 64, the bingo caller at the community center where Boyle has volunteered.”

Any readers unfamiliar with Ms. Boyle, click here and do stay for all 7 minutes; you’ll be glad you did.

On that fun note, may your days be filled with sunshine and smiles!


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