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The Pirate over the Preppy, Sharapova’s Next Dress…?

Hello-Hello! This afternoon’s Wimbledon final is to blame for our incredibly late post, with ‘The Preppy,’ Roger Federer facing “The Pirate,” Rafael Nadal. (For more on those appelations see our post of June 24th.) Perhaps the cloud should have been an omen…

But first, are we feeling a little more rested, relaxed, and ready to go? Or did we turn into an ogre-like crankenstein heading back into the city when traffic became a little backed up on the LIE? Or on the Dan Ryan from New Buffalo or Holland? Don’t tell us you let the residual cleanup from Harborfest get you grinding your molars coming in from the Cape? Shame on you. Life could be worse:

(That statement was about as deep as the puddles at SW19 today during the rain. Perhaps Daddy was right about the sun baking my brain.)

It was one for the record books, leaving Mr. Federer as one of the world’s more despondent professional athletes this evening; we have a feeling he will bounce back, perhaps sooner than even he thinks. He has nothing to be ashamed of after today’s epic match at Centre Court.

A big Princess grosgrain ribbon bow and congratulations to The Pirate, utterly charming as he clambered about the court after the win in his efforts to reach family members for an emotional hug before proceeding to the Royal Box to greet Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain.

He then had a bite of a late supper.

If you didn’t see the Ladies’ Singles presentation yesterday, here are the Williams sisters, Venus of course is on the left, Serena on the right.

For those who may not know, there are all manner of other championships determined in the weeks that are Wimbledon. Here, a sampling of a few, starting with Jana Novotna and Kathy Rinaldi , winners of the Ladies’ Invitation Doubles title. (Some readers may recognize Ms. Rinaldi, having bumped into her at the Breakers, where she is a traveling pro.)

Wheelchair champions Ronald Vink and Robin Ammerlaan are seen above after receiving their trophy. What a wild week it has been!

Among those not making it to the Ladies’ was top-seeded Ana Ivanovic, seen below in what has come to be known in some tennis fashion circles as “the dress from hell.” Ivanovic’s dress is an Adidas creation; they are her sponsor for this sort of thing.

Despite its loathsome qualities, at least to some, it is scheduled for yet another appearance, this one also a high-profile Grand Slam event, the US Open. What is a far more egregious crime to many (and TP is in sync with this school of thought), is the color of said garment. We give you Exhibit A:

Taupe? It must have taken an extraordinary amount of time and energy to come up with such a wretched color. Ms. Ivanovic is a lovely creature indeed, and she shines despite the muddy tone of the dress, but honestly Mr. Adidas. Is this the best you can do? More depressing is what occurs when you click on the ‘Shop’ link on Ms. Ivanovic’s website; you are taken to the Tennis-Warehouse ecommerce site; what you see at the top of the page is this:

 

As the good folks at Down the Line Tennis note:

All you want is an originally designed, inspired and functional dress to wear for the final Grand Slams of the year and here’s what they give you: The Wimbledon dress (above), in the required white with lilac piping around the neckline and arm holes, was supposedly inspired by flower petals but I’m thinking someone was eating lady fingers when they came up with the design. And for the US Open you’re sporting the same dress but in some drab grey-brown moment (below). *Yawn* Even the proportions, most noticeably the length of the dress, seem awkward on you.

BTW, Down the Line is a must see for anyone favoring fashion + tennis, a wonderful read blending those two elements and more. Because we devoted a fair amount of coverage to Maria Sharapova and the now infamous Tennis Tuxedo (our capitalization) she wore at Wimbledon, we thought it only right we let you know Ms. Sharapova has recovered from the pain of that early departure from the tournament, at least on the surface of things.

Ms. Sharapova is seen above with Stella McCartney, at the London launch party for Ms. McCartney’s organic line of clothing. Ms. Sharapova then made her way to Paris, seen below at Valentino’s runway show for the 2009 Spring line (with friend Camilla Belle on the right).

If one is to believe Pro-Direct Tennis, the “Definitive Online Tennis Store”, then this is what we’ll see Ms. Sharapova wearing at Flushing Meadows, the Nike Sharapova US Open Day Dress:

 

The site also shows the dress in white, and offers both for pre-ordering. We’re not comfortable stating definitively this is the dress Nike and Sharapova plan for the Open, but wanted to share the info and the images. The site does have something for those who favor the Adidas Ivanovic dress planned for the Open, a coordinating/matching warm-up pant, seen below. We have learned the color is not mud, nor taupe, but Lava Grey, and there are several coordinates in the group, as you would expect. Below we show the tennis skirt, also available for pre-ordering.

Finally tonight, a reminder the Lacoste sale is still going on:

Lacoste Sale

Lacoste Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures of New Target Collection + Just When You Thought it Was Safe…Wimbledon Fashion Fracas Escalates

Happy-Happy Sunday everyone!

We start off with a few early photographs of pieces from the Richard Chai for Target Collection due in stores August.

Chai for Target #1

Chai for Target #3
Chai #4

Our thanks to Nylon magazine for these. It will be fascinating to see them in person, and also to read Nylon’s in-depth piece on Chai. They look fun, don’t they?

Wimbledon 2008

For a substantial portion of our readers this time of year means not only transferring life from city to coast, it also means increased time out of doors on the golf course, the tennis court, the open sea, the Great Lakes, wherever, whenever – you name it, we’re there. The opportunities are endless and we want to go charging into all of them, eyes and arms wide open.

However, on rare and isolated occasions you will find some of us huddled inside, regardless of the weather outside. We are approaching one such occasion: the Wimbledon semi-finals, depending on the match-ups, and the finals. And lest you think we are hopeless relics of another age, we are aware of devices that record the goings-on on the little screen and even if we did know how to Tivo-ize the matches and watch them at a time that wouldn’t intrude upon beach time, tee time, you-know-the-drill-time, trust us, we might. But you see, when taking into consideration the time difference and well, accounting for the little interruptions wrought upon slumber by one’s advancing years, there is every chance we may see some of this in real time.

Wimbledon Aerial

All of this a very long-winded way of saying how much we enjoy Wimbledon. And also nudging ourselves that we promised to follow-up Tuesday’s post in which we mentioned Roger Federer’s creamy cardigan, the one worn onto the court prior to his first and second round matches.

2008 Wimbledon roger federer sweater #1

There were a few inquiries and/or comments about the cardie as they are called in other parts of the world, but my goodness, not nearly so many as we had about Ms. Sharapova’s Tennis Tuxedo. Lordy, did that cause a few folks to reach for their blood pressure meds! And just when you thought it was safe… well, more about the tennisnondress that didn’t belong anywhere near Wimbledon in just a sec, but first, the details on St. Fed’s sweater.

Preppy Cardigan on Federer at Wimbledon 2008

As you no doubt noticed, it did have that swooshy gold Nike embellishment, but you won’t find it at Nike.com, unless something has changed. The Gatsby-esque sweater is a cashmere and linen blend, which must be an absolute dream to have on. Despite the herringbone pattern that gave it a heavier look, we bet it is über breathable. Only 230 of these treasures have been created, representing the 230 weeks Mr. Federer ranked as the #1 tennis player in the Galaxy. It would appear what we have is a limited edition sweater. For the curious, the five gold buttons symbolize the Swiss superstar’s five consecutive Wimbledon titles. The Princess is not entirely clear on how these sublime sweaters will be sold, although we fully expect some to be used as gifts for high-end corporate sponsor types and others to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to one of Mr. Federer’s charities or perhaps another cause yet to be named. There are also reports some may be available at the NikeTown in London, others at the Nike shop that practically sits on Centre Court, but TP is unable to substantiate that info. When we learn more, we’ll let you know.

Maria Sharapova Tennis Tuxedo Wimbledon

Now back to the story that will not die! In TV News parlance, the preceding wasted verbiage joining two adjacent segments of a television newscast together is often referred to as the “toss.” 

You sly dog…. you recognize the term. You know this. Why, you have seen it happen! Night after night! As when the anchor ‘tosses’ it to the Weather Bunny who tosses it to back to the News Units who may or may not ‘toss’ to the break and then we’ll ‘bump back in’ to the segment with a wide shot of the news anchors who will then toss nicely (we hope, and we can only hope you see, for if we are in the booth producing this nightmare and not out on the desk reading the hits, then we have no control over what The Talent does and sometimes as you may have also seen, The Talent is not nice to each other and therefore they don’t ‘toss nicely), we hope to the Sports Dude… and if SportsDude does the Sports in the precise time allotted, then perhaps tonight’s newscast will end precisely on time, as expected. You know, at the time viewers, station management and countless others expect it to end. Yourself included, so that you might catch the beginning of Leno, or Nightline, or whatever, but you do sort of expect it to end at the proper time, yes? Indeed. Thus, one of the problems with The Toss and The Talent, but we simply won’t go there today. No.

Maria Sharapova Wimbledon 08 tennis tuxedo

The above then (well, the above that was above the above), that was an elongated (long-winded too), version of ‘a toss,’ so ‘long’ in fact, we would have ‘gotten out late’ of the newscast, or ‘gone long.’ But since that old clock isn’t tickety-tocking in my ear, let’s chat up that Tennis Tuxedo that really wasn’t. It is a very cool look in some respects, not our preference for Wimbledon, too reminiscent of a waitress’s uniform (seriously, we finally figured out what was bugging us), but still a stylish look cool for another purpose but most definitely not a Tuxedo, Tennis or otherwise. Still, the Tennis Tuxedo was the look of choice for Maria Sharapova.

But it was not a look Alla Kudryavtseva cared for at all, an unfortunate turn of events for Ms. Sharapova, as Kudryavtseva was her Wimbledon opponent Friday. Ms. Kudryavtseva claims it was her substantial distaste for the headline-grabbing Tennis Tuxedo that provided motivation for her to trounce Sharapova on the court, eliminating her from competition.

Kudryavtsevas Bio PIc

As described in yesterday’s post, the comments were somewhat nastier than portrayed here, but at least we thought that was the end of it. Until we learn today of Nike Senior Designer Colleen Sandieson’s reaction to all of this.

“I was quite shocked when I heard she had been saying this about the outfit. I didn’t think it was very sporting. The outfit is 100 per cent functional for tennis, although it has a glamorous look.

“I shouldn’t say too much about it in case it starts trouble.

“Both girls are Russian and there will be a fierce competition there.

“I have seen Kudryavtseva’s outfit and without going into it too much, I would describe it as understated.”

It may not be sporting, but my, it could well sell a few more Tuxedo tops. If I am at the Nike Mothership, I am thinking it is possible, nay, likely this little controversy might sell just a few more garments. Just a few more. It was one thing to have known with certainty that Ms. Sharapova’s attire would generate conversation, consternation, perhaps even some controversy. But really, can’t you see the Nike marketing folks getting over their sadness at the Sharapova loss in a big hurry while listening to the post-match news conference with Ms. Kudryavtseva? ‘Nuff said.

We also promised to let you know what attire had ‘prima ballerinas and ‘fashion folks chatting it up together.’ Here it is:

Urszula Radwanska Wimbledon

Urszula Radwanska of Poland in a skirt some found reminiscent of a tutu, with its multiple layers of material. We *wish* we could say who the designer is, but despite the gold swooshyness, we can’t find anymore information on the skirt. When we do learn something, we will advise of that information.

Clarification: Knowing some readers may have a concern that The Princess must be perilously close to an attack of Logophobia as a result of all the golden swooshyness we have witnessed of late, rest easy. Somehow in our genetic makeup the appearance of small (ahem) courtside logos is not the irritant it can be on ‘street clothes.’ We don’t know why this is the case, but we are ever-so-grateful for the good fortune. We’re sure you are as well, for we know you couldn’t possibly bear another hysterical diatribe to listen to our mewling about the topic.

One final item in what must be a rotten week for Ms. Sharapova: the Grand Pooh-bahs at the Russian Olympic Team have said ‘Nyet” to her request/offer to carry the flag during the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. Not because of what she has or hasn’t worn at Wimbledon, or how she did or didn’t play, but apparently because they don’t think standing around for 3-4 hours in the hot weather will do Maria, or her game, any good.

Just so we end our missive on an up note and send us all into the next week smiling, news of a wedding to share. And this one is also tennis related! (There’s that little toss thing… okay. We stop now.)

Chris Evert and Greg Norman were married yesterday in the Bahamas. The couple (both of whom are 53, if you can believe that!) exchanged vows in a sunset ceremony; all three of her children participated as did Norman’s son Gregory.

Chris Evert - Greg Norman Wedding

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Wimbledon Fashion Fracas + SALES at Best & Co., Lilly Pulitzer

There is something satisfying about a buying trip, even when somewhat hurried, a bit harried, to look at textiles for our Fall/Winter 08/09 lines, including our first Holiday collections. This is where we are *so* blessed to have a Chief Design Officer with an eye for color and design that is really nothing short of remarkable, otherwise yours truly would still be left wandering the miles of aisles somewhere in the warehouse. More about our new additions to the lines in an upcoming post. (If you are stopping by for the first time and wondering what it is we are babbling on about, we have a little company designing and manufacturing placemats and napkins and pillows, and towels and all sorts of other goodies, all of them with a decidely preppy bent or aesthetic.)

While not posh, the surroundings at the varying fabric warehouses where we purchase our goods are certainly neat and clean and the people are extremely helpful and always polite. Which is apparently more than can be said for some of those playing tennis on Day Four of Wimbledon, hhmmm? To be a bit more precise, more than can be said for at least one of the parties playing on Court One yesterday? (Thursday, Day Four of play by the time anyone reads this as it is being written rather late.) My goodness. We’ll get to the “He said, she said” part of it in just a sec, but first we wanted to wade through a few of these SALE notices we feel we should share with everyone. And we think we need time to gather our wits as we’re still reeling and essentially sitting here at the iMac not wanting to go down the “Can you say catfight on Court One?” route. That would just be so totally tacky and beneath us. Completely. Beneath. Us.

Best & Company Favorite Looks

Best & Company Girl

So let’s chat about it being that time of year when the notices of summer SALES and increased savings and greater markdowns and deeper discounts and moremoremore buybuybuy information keep flying into your electronic inbox, not to mention all of the literature your poor postal employee has to cope with delivering to your humble abode. And may we talk about the Doorman? Is yours as, well, cranky as ours is becoming? Honestly! I wonder if he’ll go completely ballistic if Cook takes him down an iced Prozac Latte….

Keeping track of the flyers and email notices is almost a fulltime job in and of itself. At least that’s what our Social Secretary keeps telling us. But then that’s why you have The Princess, to help sort through everything and separate some of the wheat from the chaff, yes?

Best of Friends Best & Company Sale

And we must say, surfing the yummies for Boys and Girls at Best & Company is a delightful escape in and of itself, a brief respite in the midst of a chaotic evening. After all, how could you not fall in love with the little Blue Pique Dress shown up above on the right and below left, or the little floral frock below right?

Best & CompanY Blue Pique Girls DressBest & Caompany Floral Printed Shift Dress with Ric Rac Trim

Especially when the ‘Sneak Peek’ for the Annual Summer Sale provides an additional 10% off the SALE price. (If you can’t read the code, it is SUMMER08, and it is good through midnight June29th.) And that additional 10% will come in handy when you see this Pink Paneled Joan Calabrese dress with the grosgrain ribbon and bows. I swear, if I could take a pill to shrink me down to that size to wear that precious little dress, I just might swallow it.

Pink Paneled Joan Calabrese Dress Pink Paneled Joan Calabrese Dress Best & Co.

For that matter, the Dolphin Embroidered Dress is pretty difficult to pass on as well.

Best & Co.  Dolphin Embroidered DressBest & Co. Embroidered Dolphin Dress

And when it comes to this jaunty nautical sweater for infants, there’s no debate; you can pair it with the all cotton stripe cotton shortall, also for infants.

Best & Co. Infants Sailor Cardigan

Best & Co. Infants Navy Cotton Stripe shortall Best & Co. Navy Cotton Shortall Stripe

For Boys, there is the Printed Sailboat Ringer Tee (although a girl could wear it too) in red or in a nice blue as well. The Lobster Intarsia Sweater is very cool, perfect for breezy nights on the beach or on the water

 Printed Sailboat Ringer Tee

Best & Co Lobster Intarsia Sweater

We must move on to our next retailer, The Village Palm, which happens to be a Lilly Pulitzer signature shop, and where they have loads of Lilly on sale for 40% – 50% off for Men, Women and Kids sizes, well worth a stop if you have the time. And you can snag a copy of Essentially Lilly if you don’t already have one, for the amazing price of ….drum roll please….only $15.

Lilly Pulitzer Book at Village Palm shop

Okay. We seem to have recovered our equilibrium enough to at least approach the Wimbledon conversation, which is really not that big of a deal in the grander scheme of things but really seemed so… so… well, so extraordinarily bizarre when one considers the level of decorum generally used courtside. The whole thing is actually very silly on the surface, until one considers the role model issue. I don’t know about you, but there are an awful lot of teenage girls at the club who watch the ‘women’ (many of whom are little more than girls themselves) on the tour very closely; their clothes, their shoes, their rackets, their makeup, their accessories and jewelry, etc., and their behavior.

Why does this matter? Because good sportsmanship and civility are important characteristics all of us need to exhibit at all times, but especially when we are on a larger platform. Like Wimbledon. After we have just beaten Number 3 seed Maria Sharapova. Who won Wimbledon in 2004.

Wimbledon Day 4 Maria Looks Bummed

Which would have been the gracious and courteous thing for Sharapova’s opponent, Alla Kudryavtseva to do. Unfortunately it didn’t play out that way. Youthful exuberance is understandable after such an enormous upset, especially for the young woman who is a fellow Russian. Who is ranked 154th in the world.

Alla Kudryavtseva Wimbledon 6.26.08

Many of you reading this no doubt are aware of what transpired immediately following the match. When reporters started firing the standard questions at the 20-year-old Kudryavtsevas about how it felt to upset Maria Sharapova, what helped her to play so well…blah-blah-blah (TP gets to do that as a former reporter), the issue of Sharapova’s much discussed ‘Tennis Tuxedo’ came up, an outfit worn for both Sharapova’s matches that has garnered substantial attention, in some cases more than the actual tennis being played. Here is some of her response as described by the International Herald Tribune:

She said it was a pleasure to beat Sharapova — and not just because she is the biggest star in the women’s game. “Well, I don’t like her outfit. Can I put it this way?” she said with a grin.

Sharapova Loses at Wimbledon 6.26.08 Tuxedo outfit

Some reports have Kudryavtsevas irritated by the amount of endorsement money Sharapova earns for things like the now famous, if not infamous, Nike ‘Tennis Tuxedo’ discussed above. The outfit that generated fully 13 questions from reporters in the news conference after Sharapova’s first round victory. Thirteen fashion questions and three tennis questions. Prompting front page coverage in the British tabs like this:

Sun Cover Wimbledon 6.25.08

It is clear Kudryavtseva does not like the the level of attention devoted to fashion, and its dominate role in professional tennis. She comes from a family with a strong sports background: her father is a world champion wrestler. As best The Princess recalls, Wrestling does not dedicate this amount of time and attention to fashion and it would seem they are better off for it.

“I don’t like her outfit,” Kudryavtseva said. “It’s a little too much of everything, of the same thing.”

As far as Kudryavtsevas’s concerns about upsetting Sharapova with her comments, that is clearly not a worry.

If I’m not afraid to go play her and she’s world No. 3, I’m not afraid she’s going to catch me in the dressing room and say, ‘You know what, you said you don’t like my outfit. You were wrong.’ I will say, ‘Sorry. That’s just my opinion.'”

Sharapova Wimbledon 6.26.08Sharapova Wimbledon \'08

Here’s how columnist Will Brinson saw it:

Petty? Perhaps. But pettiness breeds contempt and contempt usually breeds rivalries. And, as far as I can tell, that’s exactly what tennis needs. If it happens to come from two attractive European women who take pleasure in destroying one another on the tennis court, so be it.

To be fair to Kudryavtseva, not all of her comments were of the nature seen above. Some could be looked upon as those coming from a professional on the Tour, courteous and civil (we’re not even asking for gracious at this point, agreed?) most of the time. None of us is perfect.

“She experiments, and I give her credit for that. She’s brave enough to experiment. Sometimes she has good ones, sometimes not.”

Don’t we all? The princess has had quite enough of this topic for the day; haven’t you?

Our next post will showcase several more *very* good sale notices we’ve received in the last two days or so, and we will update another Wimbledon fashion statement generating lots of buzz, the Federer cardigan. We’ll also share one more little dress that had prima ballerina types and fashion folks chatting it up together!

Wimbledon Nike Roger federer Cardigan

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