Hello-Hello, happy Friday for those looking forward to a restful, restorative weekend. (Um… is this on tap for anybody? “
Hello, earth to Princess, come in Princess, it’s time for a reality check.”)
The line launches December 19, prices will run $16.99 to $199.99, that latter amount being a hefty price tag for Target clothing items.
We do like the woven silk shirt seen above left ($34.99), but the majority of the collection is perhaps aimed at a younger audience (cough-cough), methinks we’re just too old for the hipper styles embodied by the soon-to-be-released line. To see the entire lookbook, scoot over here to visit Nitrolicious, she has images and prices for all of the styles.
Next, something with minimal real-world relevance, at least not here at the Prepatorium, and a chance to play Guess the Designer.
We expect most everyone will figure out who it is straight off, as we have previously featured a few of these pieces (albeit in a different setting), and the creator’s signature touches are abundant.
Of course you guessed correctly, it is Thom Browne, of Brooks Brothers‘ Black Fleece renown. The exaggerated hemlines, grosgrain accents and menswear-style fabrics are just a few of the designer’s more recognizable trademarks. As described in crossover magazine Sang Bleu:
“Built on the back of blue blood love of quality and educated nuances of subtle style statements, the house of Browne has single handedly provided the resounding laugh track for a nation on its own fast track to success without digressing from the craftsmanship revered by the conservative class.”
As always with Mr. Browne, there are individual items sure to be perfect for almost any wardrobe. The pieces are impeccably tailored, and when seen individually without the distraction of patterns upon patterns the look is far more manageable and frequently elegant. (Although nothing will change those extreme front-to-back drops on the hemlines.)
To see the full review and all of the styles from next spring’s collection, visit Sang Bleu.
We have two quick Sales and Savings opportunities, both are of the online limited-time, “members-only” genre, cough-cough. (Do forgive TP’s sarcasm, it is just that the faux aura of exclusivity is irksome.) The first is Jack Rogers Shoes, Apparel and Accessories at Gilt Groupe. (If in need of an invitation, just click here.) Below we show two of the boot styles being offered, the Hi Nell on the left is $179 and the Greenwich on the right is offered at$149.
We do like the Windsor Flat ($99) and the Beth’s Boatneck Taffeta dress ($139). We’ve no idea how the still fairly new women’s clothing line has performed for the company, nor actually seen any of the pieces in person. Have any readers tried on or purchased from the new apparel line?
The Gilt Jack Rogers sale ends at noon on December 6, as of this writing the selection remains good.
The second sale referenced is for Brooks Brothers Men’s merchandise, this one at Rue La La. (Click here for a shortcut to an invite.) This one seems a mixed bag, with silk ties approximately 30-45% off, dress shirts discounted by roughly 41%, and the company’s classic leather belt with engine-turned buckle half-off its original price at $98, a good deal IOHO.
One tidbit for your social secretary to consider adding to the calendar, if anywhere near the greater Baltimore area next Saturday (the 11th): Tartan & Tidings.
The soiree runs from 7-11pm at Evergreen House, one stylish locale and perfect for a party. Cocktails, yummies, live music and more are the backdrop for this fundraiser, click here for more information.
An update on our Lilly Pulitzer Personalized Collection, we now have most of the pieces online!
Above we show the Large Tray, measuring 11″ x 17″; you can see how easily it holds our Lilly Tumblers and a Lilly Water Bottle. Below is the Small Tray, still good-sized at 11″ x 9″. (We do apologize for the somewhat dark photos.)
Also available as of today….
Above, the back of a frame; below we see the front and back separated, which is how the photos are inserted.
There is an outstanding selection of your favorite Lilly patterns, and a great range of personalization styles.
One of the nice things about these goodies? Our cutoff date to have any of these items in time for Christmas delivery is 12/6, still allowing a bit of time to consider the options. We’ll let you know when we have the ice buckets and recipe boxes.
We leave you with our annual peek at a White House tradition.
As always, the creation gives new meaning to the phrase “gingerbread house,” all 350 pounds of it. We do think Bo looks mighty cute in this rendering. He is done in condensed milk and marzipan, and this year he is actually larger-than-scale.
As many may already know, the House isn’t really edible; but this year the White House Chef shared his recipe for gingerbread, and it looks like it might be time to break out the cookie cutters here at the Prepatorium.
With that happy thought, we hope everyone enjoys a simply splendid weekend!