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A Preppish Design Collaboration; We Just Say No to the Zodiac Change

Hello-Hello, it is a busy Thursday indeed, we jump right in with news of still another designer collaboration, this time it is a partnership bringing together prep icon Fred Perry and UK design star Richard Nicoll.

Via Retro to Go

“Laurel Wreath” is the name of the limited edition collection, referencing the brand’s logo; below, sketches from the group.

Via Elle

The colors remind us of cotton candy or ice cream sherbet. (And we always have food comments because…??)

Via Retro to Go

From an Elle story on the collaboration:

“The pastel palette covers sweaters, skirts, and dresses — all of which is topped off with sportswear inspired jackets that give a little nod to the iconic Fred Perry look and fit right into spring’s top trends.”

It is vastly different from the Amy Winehouse collaboration, blogged about here and here.

A few more styles as shown in FTape.

The new collection is scheduled to launch online and in stores January 24.  We must admit, the sweaters are particularly appealing from what we have seen thus far.

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While not technically a collaboration, Barbour unveiled its Steve McQueen jacket Wednesday.

Courtesy Photo via NY Times

The piece honors more than Mr. McQueen:

Barbour

It also commemorates this year’s 75th Anniversary of the waxed-cotton “International” jacket, here is more from Barbour:

“…the Barbour International – in original green and later classic black – was the jacket for competitive motorcyclists through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. It was the flagship style in a rich range of Barbour motorcycling garments. Steve McQueen, a devoted rider, wore one…”

The presentation was supplemented by Mr. McQueen’s son Chadd, and two of the late actor’s classic motorcycles.

Via T Magazine/NY Times

Those eager for spring (or at least a look at next season’s fashions) might enjoy the company’s preview of its upcoming collections.

Barbour

The spring line debuts January 18.

Barbour

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New York Fashion Week is inching closer, now less than a month away. That creates still more confusion in our addled little brain about the ever-growing batch of “pre-fall” collections being shown.  A bit of background from the Times:

The Pre-Fall Collections, being shown in New York over the next several weeks, arrive in stores in May to fill the gap between bikinis and furs.”

Because we have been chatting about things with an English connection (Barbour & Fred Perry are both UK-based), we must share a few looks from Dior’s pre-fall group.

The inspiration for John Galliano’s designs is the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Warfield Simpson.  (And yes, we railed against mentioned our confusion about the Pre Fall phenomenon in this post.)

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We leave you with more Pretty in Pink lovelies.

Shoshanna

Remember the news that “the color” of the year is Honeysuckle pink? These three dresses from the Shoshanna spring line are just that hue, lush and lovely, we like it.

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One final (final, final, honest it is) note that just crossed the digital transom: our Signs of the Zodiac are changing? WaPo put it well:

“So, you’ve spent your whole life happily smug in your star sign. You’re a fish! Swimming in two directions! You’re intuitive, imaginative, unworldly!  And then today’s Web is aflame with the news: You are not a Pisces. You are an Aquarius. Your star sign has been wrong your whole life. All along, you’ve been a freaking water carrier. This is not cool.”

It has to do with scientific-type information far beyond our capacity to comprehend, something about the moon’s gravitational pull.  All we know is that The Consort is not going from a Leo to a Cancer. Not. Happening.

Here are the hypothetically-new dates from Time.

“According to the Minnesota Planetarium Society, here is where the real signs of the Zodiac should fall. Get ready for your world to change forever.

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
Aquarius:
Feb. 16-March 11.
Pisces:
March 11-April 18.
Aries:
April 18-May 13.
Taurus:
May 13-June 21.
Gemini:
June 21-July 20.
Cancer:
July 20-Aug. 10.
Leo:
Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
Libra:
Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
Ophiuchus:
Nov. 29-Dec. 17.
Sagittarius:
Dec. 17-Jan. 20.

This really kind of falls into our You Can’t Make This Stuff Up category, don’t you think? Perhaps we should take our cue from Nancy Reagan, and just. say. no.

Harrumph.

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That Preppy Style Thing Again, J Crew Tribeca Store, L.A. Salvatore Ferragamo

Hello and Happy Friday! A few months back we did several posts marveling that so many different people and publications were alerting us to the fact “preppy style is back.” It seems the change in seasons or some other occurrence has hatched another slew of ‘preppy is cool” type articles, posts, stories, etc. Obviously this was not news back in June for most in our little online group, nor is it news now but it does provide for informative or entertaining (or a combination of the two) reading.

We’ll start with the one factor we know to be influencing fashion and style writers: Gossip Girl (or “G2” as we refer to it). The Chic Spy’s Character Dossier feature has a great story on the phenomenon this week. Below left is Serena (Blake Lively) in her Constance Billard school uniform along with Blair (Leighton Meester) in the not-really-meant-to-be-patriotic ensemble…or is it?

There is loads of info in the story, including a lengthy list of tips for getting your own similar look, not to mention the classic shot of ‘Chuck’ in a white suit with all the trimmings, a look that really must be seen to be appreciated. Then for fans who simply can’t get enough, US Magazine has put together an amusing series of “Before & After” photographs showing many G2 stars ‘back when…” before they gained such notoriety, and then ‘after,’ showing them now, present tense. Presumably everyone has seen the stills from the upcoming ‘catfight’ scene?

And did everyone hear that when Michael Kors isn’t busy running his clothing empire, or judging upcoming designers on Project Runway, he is doing a guest spot on the show? ‘Tis true.

Actually, when it comes to this fall’s small-screen viewing, we’re tickled to see that “Lipstick Jungle” is making a return. We thought the show was dead and buried, a victim of a poor time slot and too many chick-flick shows in prime-time. We happily discovered we were wrong when a promo for the popped up during the Olympics.

If you missed the first season, you can catch always play catch up at your leisure; put it in your queue at Netflix, or add another dollar to the College Fund by reserving it at your local library. TP’s library has no fees for videos but we can’t say what the policies are at your local lending establishment. The NBC site says the DVD is in ‘Anamorphic Widescreen,’ which besides sounding like a pornography film, is a term no one here at the Intergalactic Headquarters of The Preppy Princess has ever heard.

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There is quite a bit of news for the guys when it comes to shopping this week, so much it’s tough to know where to start. We’ll begin with the new Men’s Salvatore Ferragamo shop at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles, actually open since the last week of June or so, a beauty from the looks of things. Sleek and elegant wood, soft as butter leather couches and über-elegant Italian clothing, shoes and accessories make for a luxe look and posh surroundings. Perhaps Miss Muffy has popped in for a visit with the oh-too-wonderful Skipp, and can file a west coast report for us on the store. (BTW, this is *not* to be confused with the Mens & Women’s store on Rodeo.)

Should you be thinking ahead (always a wise move for the busy Princess) with an eye toward early holiday gift buying, there is the alligator duffel bag (center row), or the rather unfortunate shade of green alligator tote, on the top row.

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Next we visit the new J. Crew Men’s store in Tribeca that opened yesterday in the old Liquor Store location. They have done a simply splendid job blending the old with the new, right down to the exterior of the building.

Uncrate.com

Uncrate.com

Brian Berman for J. Crew

Brian Berman for J. Crew

For those spared the tedium of The Princess going ga-ga over J. Crew’s announced plans to open a men’s-only store and word that the old Liquor Store bar was going to be its home, well, we’ll only say this is a somewhat legendary locale, and electing to pay homage to its previous incarnation as opposed to gutting it was a stoke of genius.

Brian Berman for J. Crew

Brian Berman for J. Crew

Uncrate.com

Uncrate.com

The retailer included most of its basics at the new store, as well as some of its higher-end merchandise, like its Thomas Mason fabric shirts (left), and wool Cambridge ties that are TDF. Really, they are.

They also have their new Italian Slim Suit in a color they call dark graphite that is just smashing, a classic look with understated elegance. Very nice. Any and all J. Crew fans will enjoy a wonderful little video with Senior Design Director, Frank Muytjens explaining ‘How J Crew Does Luxe for Less‘ using this suit (we think) as the example.

The store was actually designed by Andy Spade, who has his own book coming out in September. A story in Men’s Style explains more:

“The new store’s sponsoring a series of workshops based on Spade and business partner Anthony Sperduti’s forthcoming book, What a Man Should Know (available there on September 1). So what should you know? Chess, wine, and figure-drawing, among other things. It’s never too late to learn.”

There are lots of other goodies at the Tribeca shop you won’t find at other J Crew stores, like vintage Timex watches and Baracuta Coats, the latter’s Harrington G9 jacket favored by a wildly diverse group including Arnold Palmer, Steve McQueen, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and The Clash.

And to bring a smile to our preppy friends who are lovers of all things nautical, we bring you this stunning example of horological magnificence via Artfact. The 1940’s Nautical Captain’s Desk Clock is to be auctioned on the 30th, just a week from now. This is obviously what Miss Nautical by Nature needs on her desk. It would make an excellent addition to the cottage, but it’s also ideal as an outstanding gift to anyone whose heart is always with the sea.

On that seaworthy note we’ll say bye for now with wishes everyone is about to embark on their own journey to a wonderful weekend. We’ll be back of course, bringing some convention fashion tidbits and US Open tales.

PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Gossip Girls Fashions all The CW Network,
  • ‘Catfight’ PopSugar
  • Lipstick Jungle courtesy NBCUniversal
  • Ferragamo Opening Nancy Pastor / For the Los Angeles Times
  • J. Crew: Brian Berman for J. Crew and Uncrate.com (photographer unknown)
  • Special thanks to A Continuous Lean for publishing so many of J. Crew’s photos!

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