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Fashion Week: Tory Burch & “Where Fashion Is Not Our Friend”

Hello-Hello, happy Thursday!

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, we have a look at yesterday’s Tory Burch show.

As in other shows, dresses and skirts ran longer, many hitting mid-calf, a marked (and welcome) departure from what we have been seeing on the runway in previous years.

From the Women’s Wear Daily review:

“For every jet-set babe, à la Marisa Berenson (peasant blouses, sensual silk dresses), there was a louche Lauren Hutton (slim, tailored suiting) or bohemian Ali MacGraw (crochet polos, Baja sweaters).”

There was much to like, including many pieces in the navy group.

Even the shimmering lamé looked tailored and glamorous, not loud or inappropriate.

We very much like the navy tweed jacket on the left, as well as the trench coat on the right.

But our favorite look has to be this one, right down to what looks like a wicker handbag.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

One of the fashion world’s most plugged-in designers, Ms. Burch uses her Facebook page, blog and Twitter account to gather opinions and share information, attributing some design decisions to feedback she receives from customers.

Via Tory Burch blog

Many celebrities were seen in the front row for the show, WWD’s Steve Eichner snapped these images of Kanye West and Aerin Lauder.


When it comes to a broader view of significant trends, here is a snippet from Sally Singer’s story in T Magazine, “The Rise and Fall at New York Fashion Week”:

“One thing we have learned so far from the New York spring runways is that waistlines are rising and hemlines falling, and heaven help those with stubby legs.”

One thing that does not appear to be going away:

PHOTO: Bebeto Matthews/AP via T Magazine

The shoes above are from the Tory Burch show; more on the styles from Sally Singer’s story:

“But then there is the conundrum of footwear, and here is where fashion is not our friend….it’s back to the platforms (terrific at Tory Burch)….”


We also have images for next spring’s line from Nautica, a brand we remain fond of here at the Prepatorium.

Courtesy Photos via WWD.com

Back to womenswear, St. John showed spring styles last week.


More images from Robert Mitra and WWD.

We are not sure St. John, struggling for some time now, has fully found its way, although some pieces looked appealing.


A few quick True Prep notes:

  • Ralph Gardner profiles author Lisa Birnbach in today’s Journal, “The Official Preppy Author” also offers this image of the writer.

Ross Mantle for The Wall Street Journa

Via True Prep Facebook page

  • Today the book tour heads to LL Bean at Tysons Corner, that would be a fun event to attend.

With that we say so long until next time!


Filed under nautical, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, True Prep & TOPH

FNO Follow-up & Fashion Week: the Lacoste Look

Hello-Hello, and welcome to the work week…!

We want to follow up on our post about FNO, Fashion’s Night Out, as there was excitement in the stores and in the street with this enormous event. With the season premiere of Gossip Girl just hours away it seems only proper to start with Blake Lively, at Polo Ralph Lauren.

Lexie Moreland/WWD

PHOTO: Lexie Moreland/WWD

Here is another shot, with Camilla Belle, Nacho Figueras (the polo playing model), Ms. Lively and David Lauren.

PHOTO: Lexie Moreland/WWD

PHOTO: Lexie Moreland/WWD

Next, the Tory Burch block party:

Tyler Boye/WWD

PHOTO: Tyler Boye/WWD

Justin Timberlake was on hand at Saks.

PHOTO: Lauren Fleishman/WWD

PHOTO: Lauren Fleishman/WWD

St. John took on a special look for what they dubbed “Studio 53,” we like the little touch of humor. BTW, St. John’s tweeds for fall are TDF, we highly recommend treating yourself to a look!



Over at Brook Brothers, designer Thom Browne helped unveil a new product for the retailer.

PHOTO: Lexie Moreland/WWD

PHOTO: Lexie Moreland/WWD

Mr. Browne helped launch the company’s new fragrance, Black Fleece, named for Brooks’ Black Fleece line of clothing.


Musician Tim Brantley offered up entertainment at Tommy Hilfiger.

PHOTO: Lexie Moreland/WWD

PHOTO: Lexie Moreland/WWD

Now here’s a quartet: Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Walters and Bette Midler joined Oscar de la Renta in a little singing at his shop.

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

Reviews are mixed on actual sales (as opposed to shoppers) generated by the promotion, but as a stand-alone event, Fashion’s Night Out was clearly an enormous success.


Moving on to Fashion Week, there is loads to share, today we look at the Lacoste Spring 2010 RTW collection.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

We simply adore the look seen above, fun, flirty, and filled of understated elegance.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

For some reason we prefer Spring RTW (Ready to Wear) shows over the Fall and Winter collections, probably because we find the sunny, warmer seasons vastly superior to their cold and gloomy counterparts.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

The review in WWD offers more on the Collection:

“a relaxed French sensibility — “simple, sporty and chic” according to show notes…”

Men’s styles echoed the colors and lines seen with the womenswear.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

More from the WWD review:

“Shapes were slouchy and swishy, as in terrific roomy knits, poplin micropleated skirts, poncholike toppers and ultrachic wide-leg linen pants.”

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

One unfortunate men’s top was reminiscent of something generally seen on the football field.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

And one women’s look seemed more appropriate to the hospital OR (think surgical scrubs), but this was more a function of pairing both pieces in the same color combination, than a flaw with the basic styles or colors.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

Overall we thought almost every look offered lots of possibilities.

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

It is best summed up by these lines from the WWD review:

“The obligatory crisp whites (often with navy piping) were mixed with chambrays and whiffs of the sea via blue and green shades, which, coupled with the chic stripes and a charming dot print, lent a refreshing feel to the clothes — some of the label’s best to date.”

Much of the credit for this goes to Lacoste’s creative director Christophe Lemaire.


One quick reminder, don’t forget to enter the Great Preppy Personalized Plate Giveaway to win one of these.

Preppy Princess

Preppy Princess

Just head over here to learn how to enter. The lucky winner will choose their favorite plate or platter, personalized as they wish, and it is free.

With that we say g’bye until next time, when we take a look inside the new Tommy Hilfiger mother ship, among other things.

say a quick g’bye, tomorrow


Filed under Gossip Girl, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle

St. John Launches a New Line, Runway to Change & Those Timmy Woods Political Purses

Hello-Hello and happy day! The Princess was delighted to learn today that St. John is launching a new line.

“SoCa” will hit stores in November. Aimed at a younger, hipper customer it will primarily feature a contemporary casual collection. St. John says the new line will be operated entirely separately from the existing brand. In fact, there are actually going to be separate freestanding SoCa stores, with the earliest opening in California at South Coast Plaza (in Orange County, one of TP’s Top Five Shopping Destinations) and in Palm Desert.

TP considers this is a sharp move by St. John; it will help the continued recovery from previous missteps the company made in trying to reach a younger demo. This line is targeting women aged 35-55 and is a clear departure from the company’s signature brand.

Here’s a bit more specific information from today’s WWD story:

“The line also will be available in 125 stores and displayed alongside brands such as Tory Burch and M Missoni in Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. Retail prices range from $195 to $295 for tops and pants, and $395 to $695 for jackets and dresses.”

With the exception of the shorts and sequins above left (it just looks a bit…um… well, it looks a little ‘tarty’ for our taste) the pieces are solid, but also edgier, exactly what the doctor ordered to help in recovering the audience driven off by St. John’s previous efforts in this arena. Muffy Martini may want to check her social calendar for November 14th; the line will be part of a a charity fashion show benifiting Music for the Cure in Laguna Beach.

This announcement about the new brand comes on the heels of the launch of St. John’s renovated website. The rehabbed style is vastly improved in appearance and ease of use; it has what is called a “seamless link” to the Neiman-Marcus online store providing the site’s backbone for the time being.

Next year St. John will launch its own e-commerce site with a substantial social networking component. Things to look forward to!

As many of you are no doubt aware, TP has made, and will continue to make, every effort to keep partisan politics out of this ever-so-humble blogging endeavor. However, when appropriate events dictate we have, and will, feature relevant content, like today’s Runway to Change. As has been evident throughout the summer, the Obama camp has outmaneuvered the McCain-Palin ticket on mobilizing some of the fashion industry.

Designed by Tracy Reese

Designed by Tracy Reese

Readers may have seen some of these, as the official kick off for the effort was during New York Fashion Week. Runway to Change is a fundraising endeavor (well, “duh” as the younger generation is wont to say) selling items created by notable designers supporting the Obama-Biden ticket. The most publicized tee is probably the Tracy Reese design seen above, with a close-up of the logo below.

At the launch party many commented on the Nanette Lepore Hope Anchor tee with attached pin, below.

Designed by Nanette Lepore

Juicy Couture’s “Dude, Where’s The Hope?” was a crowd favorite at the party.

. Designed by Juicy Couture

Designed by Juicy Couture

Derek Lam’s Obama Flower Tote Bag has been a strong seller…

Designed by Derek Lam

Designed by Derek Lam

Along with Diane Von Furstenberg’s Obama 08 Love Tote

Designed by Diane von Furstenberg

Designed by Diane von Furstenberg

On the Republican side of the aisle there has not been an effort with this level of creativity or cache. There is a broad selection of tees, caps and the like, such as this Students for McCain tee….

Or this one, with “John McCain is my Facebook Friend” on the front and on the back it simply says  “Seriously.”

One thing we like about the McCain-Palin store is the following:

Which is a surprise for TP, but we do appreciate the technicalities being spelled out.

“This store is operated by an independent, for-profit company. Proceeds from sales of merchandise do not benefit, and should not be considered a contribution to the John McCain 2008 campaign.”

There is also an Eco-Friendly product category.

Of course, if one seeks a more noteworthy and distinctive style statement, there is always the Barack Obama inspired purse, as created by the renowned Timmy Woods.

According to the website, the Obama bag is a ‘Limited Edition” of 100 and was added to the Woods Collection in late August. You remember Timmy Woods…the Sex and the City movie? The Eiffel Tower bag? Nordstrom has it, but only in the clutch or wristlet version which we have not yet seen in person. It is shown on the Woods website in a version covered with 6,300 Swarovski Crystals.

Well, she has also come up with the Democratic bag at $325…

Or the Republican Bag, also at $325.

If you don’t want to wear your vote on your sleeve, there is always the Flag II bag

The chances one would you ever spot The Princess carrying one of these are slim and none; none is actually looking good as of this writing. However, *if* forced to name one as a favorite, we would select the following, because after all, we are all about the love. This is the Bipartisan Bag, at $315.


AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is a redacted version of the original post, corrected to reflect a gender error on our part.


Filed under Obama Fashion & Politics, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion