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That Ivy Style Exhibit

Hello-Hello, happy middle of the week to everyone.

Today’s schedule mandates brevity, so we’ll keep the post to one topic. It is a subject I should have written about months ago, hopefully it isn’t tedious for too many readers.

Hickey Freeman Blog

Hickey Freeman Blog

We’re talking about the Ivy Style exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum, unfortunately it closed in January. More from the Museum’s show notes.

“Ivy style” is one of the most enduring and recognizable sartorial modes in the world. It began as the “Ivy League Look” on the quads and in the libraries of elite, all-male, American universities, and consists of a small repertoire of classic items, such as Shetland tweed jackets and Oxford button-down shirts, plus the more casual madras shorts and khaki pants.

Yours truly is beyond chagrined at not having written about this sooner, at the very least before the exhibition closed, arrggh. Several pieces from the show: left to right, a Brooks blazer with 1923 Princeton insignia, another with Princeton’s 1919 insignia, and a 1916 Yale emblazoned blazer.

The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT

More from Hickey Freeman’s blog:

Many forget that the “Ivy style” as we know it began as a more formal way of dress on campuses like Harvard, Yale and Princeton, which eventually spread beyond those all-male universities. In blue blazers with gold buttons, madras prints, bowties and pocket squares, the exhibit proves this iconic way of dressing continues to influence today’s designers.

Three more pieces from the exhibition, a classic raccoon coat, a Chipp madras jacket and linen suit, correctly described by Art Info as Ivy staples.

ArtInfo.com

ArtInfo.com

Art Info’s story includes perspective from the Museum’s deputy director:

While the Ivy look is pretty democratic these days, with everyone from H&M to Hermes turning out brass button peacoats and embroidered smoking slippers, this wasn’t always the case. “If you look at pre-World War II images, you’re talking about more of an elitist group of people, people with more money who could send their children to college” Mears said.
More recent looks.
Via StyleSight

Via StyleSight

From The Journal’s review of the show:
Brooks Brothers, J. Press, Arrow, Hathaway and Gant—these are Ivy eternals. Chipp, an offshoot of J. Press, would expand and popularize the “Go to Hell” look, a mix of bright colors normally considered outside the masculine palette—coral, yellow, mint—and constituting a casual smack at the status quo.
Below, one of the tableaux from the exhibition via the Princeton Alumni Weekly.
Photo by Eli Schwartz, Princeton '60 via Princeton Alumni Weekly

Photo by Eli Schwartz, Princeton ’60 via Princeton Alumni Weekly

Back to The Journal piece by Laura Jacobs:

Ivy-style clothes need not come at great expense; they need not be new; but they must hit the ineffable balance between carefree, careless and correct. I have never forgotten the scorn of a young man commenting on Nantucket Reds that weren’t bought at Murray’s in Nantucket. They would never fade to the proper shade of shrimp pink and so they were impostors—”not our sort of people” pants. Getting the uniform wrong locks you out of the tribe.

Below left, items circa the twenties, on the right, an Arrow shirt signed by Harvard’s 1933 Football Team.

MFIT Ivy Style Microsite

MFIT Ivy Style Microsite

From Women’s Wear Daily’s story:

Ivy League style permeates nearly every fiber of American fashion, and a new exhibition at The Museum at FIT delves into its history.

It explores the “decline and resurgence” of Ivy League fashion and the rise of the preppy movement.

George Chinsee/Women's Wear Daily

George Chinsee/Women’s Wear Daily

The WWD article quotes Town & Country’s G. Bruce Boyer, he was a collaborator on the show:

Boyer said the show is “very timely,” since “every Italian brand today is trying to do the authentic Brooks Brothers button-down. And look at Thom Browne and Michael Bastian — they take great traditional looks and make them hip and contemporary.”

I didn’t realize the origins of the polo coat, more from the exhibit microsite:

Many garments have been derived from the game of polo, including this camel hair overcoat that was originally used as a “wait” coat by British polo players during “chukkas” (the term for polo’s periods of play). In design, it was at first little more than a heavy bathrobe type wrap coat, but when British polo teams began making regular visits to the U.S. in the 1920s, it was modified and became popular on elite college campuses.

Ivy Style Microsite

Ivy Style Microsite

Details magazine offered this:

While traditional J. Press and Brooks Brothers gear features prominently in the exhibit, it’s fun to see styles loosen up and evolve over the years, from the formal evening ensembles of the 1920s to the preppy sweater-and-shorts combos of the fifties and sixties.

Details

Details

Even though I missed seeing the exhibit in person, there is a wonderful book of essays accompanying the exhibition, edited by Ms. Mears.

Yale University Press

Yale University Press

More on the book from its publisher, Yale University Press:

Ivy Style celebrates both high-profile proponents of the style—including the Duke of Windsor, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Miles Davis—who made the look their own, and designers such as Ralph Lauren, J. McLaughlin, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Bastian, and Thom Browne, who have made it resonate with new generations of style enthusiasts.

Ivy Style is also available at Amazon and other outlets.

One of the best parts of the exhibit is the way curators drew upon the blogging community, several of my favorite blogs were involved in a variety of ways. Christian Chensvold over at the Ivy Style blog has an essay in the book discussed above, he has several stellar posts on the show. One offers a delightful video walk-through of the exhibit hosted by Richard Press.

Muffy Aldrich of Daily Prep renown is another author I admire tremendously and love reading, she donated items for use in the exhibit. I think you’ll enjoy this April post showing preps for the show. TDP was also featured in a Symposium affiliated with Ivy Style, for a real treat spend some time on this post, the entire slide show about Muffy’s blog is viewable.

John Tinseth writes The Trad, always enjoyable and a place where I have lurked for years, he was part of the Symposium as well. In this post you can see loads of photos from the exhibit, including the vintage dorm room shown below.

The Trad

The Trad

Dusty at Maxminimus is yet one more writer I regard with great admiration, he was also part of the Symposium and this post details that experience brilliantly.

The show may have closed in January, but hopefully you will be able to enjoy it virtually via some of the links included above.

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One more tidbit, anyone interested in a new personalized phone case might want to visit the always-wonderful Nautical by Nature blog. We’re just tickled to be sponsoring a giveaway for one of our Preppy Planet custom cases.

Nautical by Nature

Nautical by Nature

Even if you don’t need a case, pop in and say ‘hey’ to Kate, she is the bee’s knees.

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Tory Burch & Marc Jacobs Coming to Your Targét…?

Hello-Hello, we thought it might be a good week for some Friday Fun.

We begin with news about an upcoming collaborative effort announced this week: Target and Neiman Marcus are teaming up for a joint collection. Women’s Wear Daily has more:

The Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection will be sold beginning Dec. 1 at all 1,763 Target stores and the 42 Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at target.com and neimanmarcus.com.

Among the designers included in the line: Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs.  Merchandise will be priced from 7.99 to $499.99, WWD says that most items will cost less than $60.  Below, the logo that you will be seeing when it comes time for promotion of the limited edition goods.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Each of the 24 designers has created 1 to 3 items for the collection, back to the WWD story for what is in the line:

“…gifts in men’s, women’s, children’s apparel and accessories, as well as other categories that some of the designers are getting into for the first time, such as sporting goods, home decor, pet accessories and accessories for electronics.”

Here is the other designers participating:  Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Eddie Borgo, Derek Lam, Judith Leiber, Lela Rose, Marchesa, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Robert Rodriguez, Rodarte, Skaist-Taylor, Thom Browne, Tracy Reese, and Jason Wu.

As with so many of these partnerships, executives believe things will sell out quickly. (At the risk of sounding cynical, can you say ‘eBay’?)

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That is not the only news about a high-end retailer teaming up with a lower-priced chain: Nordstrom and Topshop have announced a partnership as well. This September the upscale company will start offering Topshop merchandise in 14 of its stores, some of the pieces will be exclusive to Nordstrom.

Business Week offers this:

To get women excited about shaking up their wardrobes again, Peter E. “Pete” Nordstrom, 50, the president of merchandising, has cut a deal to sell clothes from Topshop, a London-based retailer known for mid-priced trendy styles — punk-inspired pinafores and ladylike tweed — that defy easy characterization. It’s the sort of fashion people don’t expect to find at Nordstrom. And it could draw in new customers — or turn off existing ones.

And why we are seeing so much of this now? Back to Business Week:

At a time when wary U.S. consumers obsessively comparison-shop online and open their wallets only for must-have products, retailers are falling over themselves to lock up merchandise shoppers can’t find anyplace else.

Hmmm. Thoughts on either or both of these? Will it cheapen the brand for either Neimans or Nordstrom, or is it a savvy move for the discounters?  Too soon to tell?

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Two final tidbits today, the first one of those “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” kind of items. Behold, the Sock Sandals.

Via Geek Alert

Thank heaven Geek Alert was all over this:

Meet the Silly Sock Sandals. No need to rub your eyes, seeing is believing. Now for the first time socks and sandals have joined forces and have melded into one. Imagine the smiles you’ll receive as you sport the silliest socks known to mankind. Furthermore, you’ll save valuable time getting ready for the day.

The time-saving benefits are something we somehow overlooked. Heh-heh-heh.

Our final morsel comes via the Times, it was too cute to overlook, a story about posh dog houses.

Drew Kelly for the New York Times

The article looks at a number of different styles, including this one that model Rachel Hunter commissioned.

La Petite Maison via The New York Times

Evidently it was intended to look like a miniature version of her Mediterranean-style home.

Then there is this one, intended to look like the Grant Humphreys Mansion in Denver.

La Petite Maison via The New York Times

Having lived a block from the house for years and years, I was surprised the replica didn’t resemble the real deal a little more.

Via About.com

Regardless, they are all fun to look at, there are even abodes for other pets. Oh my.

Stacy Sodolak for The New York Times

To enjoy the slide show in its entirety, click hereJennifer Kingson’s story is not only a great read, it offers some great resources for those interested in upgrading quarters for the four-legged family members.

We want to thank everyone for the lovely comments and email the past few days. They mean more than you might realize, we can’t tell how much we both appreciate them.

May everyone enjoy a wonderful weekend!

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“Tiny, Preppy Frankensteins” or, When Pink & Green Is Not Preppy

Hello-Hello, and Happy Wednesday.

Today we are brief, focusing primarily on a topic we have chatted about before, it’s something that rolls around every 6 months or so. It has to do with Fashion Week and it’s more-than-silly. Any ideas yet? Could it be a certain menswear designer? Who also does the Black Fleece line for Brooks Brothers? Does this help?

Jacques Brinon/AP via Washington Post

Yes indeedy, it is time once again for the Princess to pounce, Thom Browne’s runway show closed out men’s fashion week in Paris.

Not everyone thought highly of the presentation, as seen in this story by Jeffrey Felner:

There comes a point when a designer pushes the envelope too far and sends out a collection that is so absurd and so outrageous that it might be called an insult to the intelligence of those in the audience and maybe even just a colossal waste of time.  Mr. Browne who has never been known for anything other than shock for shock value may have outdone himself this time.

Perhaps the nautical styles will be more appealing.

Thom Browne Facebook Page

Or not.

More from Mr. Felner’s story.

…this is not theater, this is not pushing the envelope, this is completely and patently absurd and which would have qualified for a circus side-show rather than a runway presentation.

Here is a different perspective from Maura Judkis in the Washington Post Style blog:

Browne, who is known for playing with the proportion on men’s suits, sent models lurching down the runway like tiny, preppy Frankensteins in oversized, shoulder-padded suits. The show called to mind several influences, among them Herman Munster, “Beetlejuice,” varsity football, WASPs, S&M and golf.

“Tiny, preppy Frankensteins.” Somehow that phrase is troubling.

Maybe if we take a look at some of the pink and green in the collection we’ll see something to like.

Thom Browne Facebook Page

Maybe not.

The WaPo blog points out that “preppy patterns adorned Browne’s oversized suits.”

Thom Browne FB Page/Jacques Brinon/AP via The Washington Post

Technically, there are some motifs one might find at actual prep retailers. Here is what really had me howling, a caption from one of the photos accompanying the Washington Post blog:

Browne was also inspired by S&M culture. Here, a model walks the runway in a preppy-patterned studded bondage hood.

Seeing the words “preppy-patterned studded bondage hood” made my eyes bleed, while I was simultaneously reaching for the whiskey bottle for a quick nip to kill the pain antacids.

The Times review of mens’ fashion week included this about the show.

Everybody had a laugh at Thom Browne’s “Jocks and Punks” show, with mounds and mounds of shoulder padding that nearly ate the models’ heads.

We do love a little argyle every now and again, perhaps a spot of that will diminish our critical reaction.

Jacques Brinon/AP via The Washington Post

Then again, it might not.

Back to Mr. Felner’s story in the Examiner:

As far as I am concerned, this is a collection that should be mocked and held up as an example of what is wrong with fashion today.  20 and 30 something editors and fashion victims who declare this as fabulous deserve to be fired and magazines that show this as editorial deserve to be boycotted by the fashion cognoscenti.”

Delphine Achard/Women's Wear Daily

I doubt “silly” was meant in a complimentary or lighthearted way in WWD‘s review:

In yet another silly show, the American fashion prankster paraded two breeds of tough guy: the S&M punk and the bulked-up American sportsman.

To be fair, yours truly is absolutely the last person on the planet Mr. Browne would target as a potential customer, we’re not at all the person he is designing for, nor is The Consort, far from it. But this one was just so ridiculously overdone I couldn’t resist sharing it with our treasured readers, after all, we have suffered through more than one collection by Mr. Browne together.

There is a related story that is very funny, a reporter for The Mirror (UK) decided to do his own version of the look for a story on how appealing the styles would be in London.

Purely in the interest of scientific research, I created my own monstrous version of the outfits seen at Thom Browne’s Paris Fashion Week show– all oversized shoulder pads like something from 60s TV show The Munsters.

The Mirror UK

He looks very chic, no?

The Mirror UK

You can read Steve Myall’s story and see more photos by clicking here.

One other quick note: in our preview of new and cool things coming to the Princess we shared a new bracelet Kiel James Patrick designed exclusively for the Preppy Princess. It is from Kiel’s just-launched Triton Collection.

Kiel James Patrick Exclusive Preppy Princess Bracelet

We promised to let people know the price and availability; they bracelets are $38, we expect to start shipping them around the 8th of February. You can pre-order yours by clicking here.

G’bye until next time!

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About That Fashion’s Night Out Celebration

Isn’t it nice how quickly Friday rolled around this week?

Today we focus on only one topic, Fashion’s Night Out, last night was the third year for the event, and we’re curious about your thoughts on the celebration. Below we share the official description of FNO.

Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative originally created in 2009 to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, and boost the industry’s economy during the recession.

On September 8, 2011, in response to overwhelming demand, Fashion’s Night Out will return to New York City and over 250 cities nationwide to highlight fashion and support retail with exciting events that include designer appearances, celebrity guests, fashion shows and musical performances.

The event was started by Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, she was a busy lady last night; below we see her with Lea Michele at Saks and with Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein.

Getty Images

Here is another perspective from the City of Light via a Reuters story:

“What I love is to see youngsters,” Dior Chief Executive Sidney Toledano told Reuters in Paris, where thousands thronged the fashion mecca of Avenue Montaigne, home to Dior and to flagships for other luxury brands such as Chanel and Gucci.

“All (these young people) will not become clients, but we need to seduce them today to have them tomorrow,” he said.

In Soho Victoria’s Secret hosted a bevy of beauties: models Alessandra Ambrosio, Erin Heatherton, Adriana Lima and Lily Aldridge.

John Parra/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret

There were parties all over the world, including the UK, where we see Samantha Cameron, Asprey managing director Paddy Byng and Vogue UK editor Alexandra Shulman (L) and über-prep Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Stella McCartney at Stella McCartney.

AP via Vogue UK

Back in the States Brooks Brothers Black Fleece designer Thom Browne was at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street Store, while candy store owner Dylan Lauren and pal Olivia Munn were at Dylan’s Candy Bar.

Getty Images

From a story in yesterday’s Times, before the parties got underway.

Fashion’s Night Out, the annual retail bacchanal, is back tonight. The city’s fanciest retail corridors will teem with celebrities, designers and the tipsy shoppers who love them until long after posted store hours say they should.

From another Times story about FNO from today’s paper.

As an attempt at crowd control, many stores kept their guest lists secret until the last minute on Thursday, when word was sent out through Twitter and Facebook.

But just as suddenly as those announcements were made, almost frightening scenes seemed to materialize outside and inside stores like Yves Saint Laurent (for Nicki Minaj), Dolce & Gabbana (Justin Bieber and Beyoncé), Moschino (Cyndi Lauper), Michael Kors (Michael Kors) and Saks (Joe Jonas, plus a cast member from “Glee”).

At the Soho Bloomies there were bunnies.

Craig Barritt/Getty Images for GQ

Oscar de la Renta serenaded Sarah Jessica Parker.

Jenna Greene via WWD

The Dolce and Gabbana store was almost overrun by shrieking, weeping teenage girls on hand to see Justin Bieber.

Women's Wear Daily L)/Associated Press (R)

After all was said and done, did cash registers ring up big sales? Was the economy helped? Did people get to interact more personally with brands and designers?  We’ve nary a clue, although we do know some charities will benefit, as varying stores used the event as a fundraiser., and that is a very good thing.

So here’s the question: is Fashion’s Night Out an event that is still needed? Is it necessary, or appropriate to say “Let’s go shopping!” when faced with the current unpleasant economic realities? Does FNO offer a fun (and free if you don’t purchase anything!) and frivolous celebration that at the least can’t hurt the industry? Or has it become simply another celebrity-laden marketing tool?

As we clearly don’t have the answers we’re asking for your insight and gracious assistance, hoping you will take part in our utterly non-scientific poll. You can pick one or two answers (no more than that) and even add a suggested answer of your own.  It will be wonderful to see your thoughts, thank you!

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William Rast for Target, Lilly Pulitzer Personalized Acrylic Collection

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.”)

We begin today with the latest collaborative line offered to be offered by Le Boutique Targét, this one from William Rast, Justin Timberlake’s label.

Courtesy Target via Nitrolicious

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.

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Next, something with minimal real-world relevance, at least not here at the Prepatorium, and a chance to play Guess the Designer.

Via FashionLvr.com

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.

Via FashionLvr.com

Of course you guessed correctly, it is Thom Browne, of Brooks BrothersBlack 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.

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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.

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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.

Sky Blue Events

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.

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An update on our Lilly Pulitzer Personalized Collection, we now have most of the pieces online!

PreppyPrincess.com

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.)

PreppyPrincess.com

Also available as of today….

PreppyPrincess.com

The Lilly Acrylic Picture Frame.

PreppyPrincess.com

Above, the back of a frame; below we see the front and back separated, which is how the photos are inserted.

PreppyPrincess.com

There is an outstanding selection of your favorite Lilly patterns, and a great range of personalization styles.

PreppyPrincess.com

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.

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We leave you with our annual peek at a White House tradition.

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

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.

Larry Downing/Reuters

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!

 

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Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Fall, a Mad Man’s Candor

Hello-Hello!

Today we have a fairly brief post, TP is flying the friendly (ahem) skies this afternoon, but fear not, The Consort will be here to entertain and mystify, perhaps even offering a different perspective on Fashion Weeks.

Our topic today? With a new nip in the air it is time to look at the Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Collection for this fall.

Brooks Brothers

Before moving on, one quick note: the new Black Fleece standalone website is now live, although if actually shopping, clicking on specific styles will take you back to the Brooks Mother Ship, in a virtual manner of speaking.

BlackFleece.com

We like the Tipped V-Neck, and this looks like the skirt worn by True Prep author Lisa Birnbach for her appearances at some B2/True Prep book events.

On a whole the Collection looks promising.

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

A few more looks.

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

Here are pieces seen above in the 2nd look from the left.

The real appeal in the 2nd look from the left is the Silk Button-Back Dress, also worn by Ms. Birnbach, if we’re not mistaken; the author is seen with actor Alec Baldwin in a photo from the Brooks Brothers True Prep launch party.

As far as styles for your MOTH (Man of the House), designer Thom Browne’s hand is evident in the shorter pants and fitted lines.  While there are some individual items that offer possibilities…

Unfortunately the overall effect degenerates into the comical when certain items are paired with others.

The trick is to look at singular pieces.

Brooks Brothers via Freshness Magazine

For example, the Tipped Cardigan also is intriguing (for yours truly, this isn’t something The Consort would sport), as is the Polo Sweater.

We also have another look at the upcoming Brooks Brothers Home Collection, this one comes via the always-gracious Christian at Ivy Style.

Courtesy Ivy Style

An elegant look, clean and tailored, just as we like things. By the way, you may want to pop over and congratulate Christian, it is his site’s two-year anniversary on Friday.

There just seems to be one massive minor challenge:

Please tell us that really isn’t a Brooks Brothers signature stitched or otherwise affixed to the sheets. Please tell us no one in charge really thinks we want to look at that while in bed.

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Frequent readers are sadly aware know we are more-than-gaga about Mad Men, and we frequently froth mention some of the show’s stars. Today we have a tip of the hat to actor Jon Hamm (Don Draper), for his candor in an interview with The Observer, condensed in this CBS story.  In the piece the star talks about his experiences with depression.

“He added that he was “was very fortunate to have really good friends in my life whose parents sort of rallied: ‘We’re gonna help this kid out, because otherwise there’s going to be trouble…'”

Antidepressants and therapy also helped, he told the magazine.

“I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me,” he said.”

The topic isn’t something Mr. Hamm frequently discusses, and certainly not in the look-at-me-I’m-in-rehab tell-all type of fashion seen so often these days, but more in a “it can be serious, here’s what helped me” manner.  Good for him.

Another star from the show, January Jones (Betty Draper), was in Milan this week for some of the shows.  The beautiful young actress is seen in red at Versace with her hair seriously styled!

A Women’s Wear Daily story noted the actress was 45 minutes late for the show:

“Note to celebrities: Traffic sucks during Milan Fashion Week — especially on a rainy Friday night. January Jones arrived more than 45 minutes late to the second Versace show, and was visibly flustered. Was she stuck? “Yeah, for like an hour,” she sighed.”

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Our final note involves the Peanuts gang… and Longchamps.

Colette.fr

As part of the celebration honoring Peanuts’ 60th Anniversary taking place this weekend, the brand has collaborated with the renowned leather goods house and come up with a bag available at Colette.

G’bye until next time, do be kind to The Consort. 🙂

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