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Tiffany’s Gossip Girl, New Lilly Glasses & A Wacky Wintour

Hello-Hello, it is a lovely Tuesday indeed here at the Prepatorium, we hope it is the same wherever you may be today.  Volunteer commitments do force brevity, so we jump right in with a look at new eyewear styles.

While next spring’s apparel and accessory lines fashions are being shown on the far side of the pond, other pieces are being revealed on Fifth Avenue.  Tiffany signed up a Gossip Girl star to help show the company’s spring 2011 collection from Luxottica.  Actress Blake Lively and others were on hand at Tiffany last week where the new designs were showcased.

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.

If fond of the Tiffany Keys collection this look may be appealing, that motif is replicated in next spring’s sunglasses.


This frame runs the gamut in terms of price point, starting at $250 and going up to $1650 for an 18K gold version. Next, the Keys design in a half-rim style, again showcasing the key design on the side of the frame.


Below we see the Moonstone frame on the left, and on the right, the Keys pattern is seen on a rimless frames.

Ms. Lively wore a rather sheer Elie Saab creation for the function,

The eyewear is not made by Tiffany, Luxottica is actually licensed to make the glasses.  Below, the Tiffany Signature design  features the company’s “X” on the arm.


As noted, these particular styles are for next spring, but there are plenty of existing designs currently available at Tiffany, they may be of particular delight to those who don’t mind paying the company for the privilege of advertising its glasses.


But not all are so garish, here is the Somerset.


The eyewear is also available at other locations; below we see the Tiffany 3010b as sold at Amazon, a rather bizarre design IOHO.



There are also new styles from Lilly Pulitzer, but the good news is that these are for Fall 2010.

Kenmark/Lilly Pulitzer

Above we see the Rorey model, and below, the Elena.

Kenmark/Lilly Pulitzer

Here is the Piper in three different colorways.

Kenmark/Lilly Pulitzer

The most elaborate style may be the Mell sunglasses (shown on the bottom) with the detailed metalwork and gold plating, atop that pair is the Ruby.


Lilly eyewear only launched in 2008, but because of the line’s popularity, it is being expanded this year. Below, another style.

Via Midwest Lens

The company licensed to manufacture Lilly glasses is Kenmark. There are also darling frames for young ladies, one that is currently available is seen below, the Minnie.

Kenmark Optical

The new Lilly designs are being unveiled this week at an optical trade show.


Finally today, probably the most incredible images we’ll see from Paris Fashion Week.

Daily Front Row via The Cut

Yes, it is the generally stern, oft frozen-faced Anna Wintour, she is seen appearing amazingly lighthearted at the Nina Ricci show earlier in the week. Dare we say this almost looks like Ms. Wintour is having a wacky moment?

We are back tomorrow with a little excitement, until then, we hope the sun is shining brightly in your skies!


Filed under Gossip Girl, Logos, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands

The Princess is Obsessed….and She Has a Confession! Also, Prep Schools for the Obama Girls

It had to happen.  You just knew that sooner or later TP was going to locate something new, in pink, for scooting around town.  We confess we are simply ga-ga over this:

Courtesy Hermes

Courtesy Hermès

We present the Hermès Fortwo édition Toile car, unveiled last Thursday in front of the Grand Palais. This creation is in honor of the Smart Car’s 10th Anniversary, and it will cost just under $50,000.

Courtesy Hermes

Courtesy Hermès

It wouldn’t be for everyday of course, and only for certain locales, like Georgetown, or the Loop, perhaps Nob Hill. But not on the highway as almost anything else would turn us into Flat Stanley in an instant! Naturally TPC (The Princess Consort) will have to counsel the staff as a few may be concerned about job security if they aren’t driving TP; he is very good and will work with them to assuage their fears.

Courtesy Hermes

Courtesy Hermès

Those who regularly punish themselves by reading our mental meanderings know how we feel about luxury brand logos and may be concerned we are off the reservation here. Are you perhaps a new reader curious about our case of LogoPhobia? We shall attempt brevity: we loathe them. They are beyond nouveau gauche, with a very few exceptions, most have been mentioned in this space.  We consider them to be hideous in most circumstances and beyond offensive at their worst. (An egregious example follows; the D&G baby bottle is worse than most because in this instance the baby is doing the advertising.)



But back to the car; of course it comes in other colors, like Hermès’ signature orange. Each Smart car will showcase Hermès leather with covered steering wheels, including lime, navy, fuchsia and other colors. But if not in pink… what’s the point?

So be they on apparel (where to start, really?), on luggage (Louis Vuitton anyone?), on eyeglasses or sunglasses (hello Tiffany?), almost anywhere, they are hideous. However, when it comes to the Hermès logo on the Smart Car, it is our understanding it is going to be quite discreet, in Hermès’ original canvas toile there will be the “H.”  What do you think? BTW, our thanks to TrashBagAesthetics.com for their fab photos!

We now know a bit more about some of the prep schools Michelle Obama was looking into while in Washington the before the President-elect arrived in town for their visit with the Bushes at the White House.  One possibility is Georgetown Day; it is co-ed and teaches grades Kindergarten through High School. It was the first integrated school in the city, and also very progressive according to a story in today’s NY Post, with students and teachers on a first name basis. Below, a shot of the school yesterday following Mrs. Obama’s visit. Tuition here would be approximately $27,445 for grades 1-5.

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

PHOTO: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Other contenders include Sidwell, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade is actually in the District proper. It is the Quaker school attended by Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton; vice president- elect Joe Biden’s youngest son attends Sidwell now. According to Newsday’s story tuition at Sidwell runs $28,442 for pre-K through 4th grade and $29,442 for grades 5 to 12.

Now it is time for the afore mentioned “True Confessions.” Yesterday we had occasion to spend a good portion of our day in one of the PrincessMobiles, driving halfway across the state. And back again. Having neglected to remember to bring the iPod (a gift from the Princess Consort!) we decided to take our chances with the radio. The buttons are all preset in a plethora of combinations offering a multitude of musical genres. So we reached forward and hit  ‘On” and music filled the air.

Oh yes, this filled the air:

“Have yourself… a merry little Christmas….

Make the yuletide gay…”

And the confession? Yours truly did not immediately push another button, oh no. She sang along with Bing Crosby. And then The Carpenters (honestly) and then Aretha Franklin. And then we turned it off.

The Consort is most concerned.


Filed under Logos

The New Tiffany Tote Bag + Preppy Needlepoint

Hello and aren’t we happy-happy-happy it is a bright and beautiful Tuesday?! Tis a privilege to be on the third coast where it is bright and sunny, low humidity and high excitement at the Merchandise Mart! We owe a ‘Thank You’ for the lovely weather to Erin (Third Coast Preppy) who promised the Princess Consort it would be this way!

After designing our exclusive placemats, napkins and other goodies, there is nothing quite so fun as buying trips to find the latest and greatest in preppy goodies for the Preppy Princess. That’s where we are, on the road looking for the ‘newest and coolest’ in personal and home accessories.

Speaking of new… has anyone seen these yet? We just stumbled upon them while looking up another item at Tiffany’s. (Yes, to be accurate it is singular, Tiffany, but we’re feeling slightly sloppy this morning.) These are new, at least to The Princess, canvas with leather trim, and only available online.

The Tiffany Tote (our name – Tiffany is simply calling them ‘Pink Tote,’ ‘Brown Tote,’ etc.) seems more like a handbag to TP; regardless of name, we must admit they actually seem kind of cool. The website describes them this way:

Carry yourself with style. Tote in canvas with pink leather. 15.5 x 7.25 x 15.5″. Available exclusively on Tiffany.com.

The totes don’t look like they are really 16″ square from the photos; they seem wider than they are tall, but they do look good-sized. At $395 they are not inexpensive but their lines are clean and timeless. (There is also a white patent leather version of the tote we do not show in the photos.) We’re pretty sure this is one that will be in style next year and the year after that and the year after that. In other words, a good investment if you love the look. Of course, we would remove these pesky things lest the LogoPhobia kick in:

Discounting the easily removable leather logo tag (at least it looks easily removable) this is one handbag or purse or tote or whatever we might be able to establish a relationship with, one we could learn to like, even grow to love. TP would even consider overlooking her bitter and hostile feelings minor concerns (minor?!) about the Tiffany Eyeglasses and think about acquiring one of these. For new readers this means overlooking Tiffany logos the size of Lake Michigan on said eyeglasses. (We have discussed the tedious topic in previous posts and don’t want to bore anyone else with the background.)

Does anyone else think this is reminiscent of other retailers who have branched out into new markets? Cartier does handbags in addition to other personal accessories, and Bulgari comes to mind as a jeweler that extended its brand into new markets, especially leather goods. As an example, we see the Baby Panther Mobile Phone Strap from Cartier below.

On the other hand Fendi started as a small Italian fur and leather company that expanded into more apparel. These are a few looks from their Resort 2009 RTW (Ready to Wear) Collection, so they aren’t commercially available.

Now because it held such a big role as Carrie Bradshaw’s bag in Sex and the City, we simply must show the Fendi Baguette in shocking pink on sale at Bluefly.

You didn’t really think we would pass up the opportunity to do the pink and green thing did you? Here is the green one, also on sale at Bluefly Batcave.

Now, having shown with great fanfare the Polo Ralph Lauren Kids Paint Your Own Polos we were amazed to learn about this: the Fendi Paint Your Own Baguette!

This one was released months ago, back in February or March. It was greeted with almost universal disdain and resentment, people were simply aghast at the thought of $1300 for a white canvas bag with 10 magic markers as they saw it. It is still available at numerous sites if you are so inclined, like eluxury.com and Needless Markup Neiman Marcus.

Everywhere we see stories about the renaissance of needlepoint, although it really never went away for some of us… did it for you? Anything promoting the art/craft is good and you won’t hear us denigrate the coverage. Besides, it is always fun to learn about new designs, including these from Jonathan Adler. The pillow in the top photograph is designed to look like very preppy grosgrain ribbon belts, and the smaller photo below shows Adler’s Ties Pillow, both really TDF (to die for) and great additions to almost any room at any of your homes.

Then we have these two, each of which is on sale, originally $165 and now $98, quite the bargain. We show the set, but the Queen of Hearts and Ace of Spades pillows *are* sold individually so the set of two would run $196.


Filed under Prepalicious, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Updates

A Line Has Been Crossed: The New Tiffany Eyeglasses

There is much that can go wrong in this world and somehow, one finds a way to cope. There are everyday tragedies you learn to live with, like your neighbor on the Cape renting their cottage to absolutely hideous people. Or Ralph Lauren making their logo bigger than ever. (For those who are not regular readers, The Princess has been diagnosed as a Logophobic.) Or the caterer running out of the petit-fours you ordered for the League luncheon. Rain the day of your best friend Bitsy’s wedding at her home on the island. (Yes, the one she got in the divorce.) When these little tragedies occur, one simply soldiers on, no complaining, no whining, no PDGs. (Public Displays of Grief.)

But then you see this.

Tiffany 1837 Collection Tiffany\'s Eyewear

And this.

Tiffany Tortoise Glasses

The recently released Tiffany eyeglasses and sunglasses with a logo the size of Mt. Rushmore. Trust us, it is that enormous. Hopefully the next photos give you some sense of the scale.

Tiffany Sunglasses Tortoise logo

Return to Tiffany Sunglasses

It’s not the fact that Tiffany is making glasses, or to be more accurate, allowing someone else to make the glasses and put their name on them. It’s called licensing and everyone does it. In this case it’s Luxottica that Tiffany made the arrangement with; the partnership was announced with great fanfare last fall and The Princess has been almost sleepless since, living in fear of how the final product would appear. As regular readers will know, a licensing deal is not what’s causing TP’s blood pressure to go off the charts. No, you know better and are quickly emailing each other with the Red Alert Signal, internally shrieking “Dive, Dive, Dive.” You know the staff has already fled the premises in terror, including Cook, always the most loyal of employees. They even removed the pets.

Tiffany Glasses ad

Well, you can all remain calm. We’re upgrading from the Prozac Latte to a double Lithium Light. On the rocks. Are we hurting? Of course. You see, if there was one company we thought would not fall prey to the logoization of everything, it was this one. We really should have known better. Truly we should have, because all the warning signs were there. The growing number of products in the catalog in the Return to Tiffany and 1837 Collections should have tipped us off. (Below we show a Return to Tiffany charm bracelet and an 1837 Collection cufflink.) Do we feel a sense of betrayal? Of course.

Return to Tiffany Charm & Bracelet Tiffany 1837 Square Cufflinks

The majority of the glasses don’t appear to be completely wretched. It is the group styled after the Return to Tiffany collection with their massive sterling silver plates glued on the sides that are the worst offenders. LC (Lewis Comfort Tiffany, son of Tiffany founder Charles Lewis Tiffany) would absolutely stroke out if he saw these. Call TP crazy, but we sincerely doubt the Tiffany logo was, or is prominently displayed anywhere on the Vince Lombardi Trophy, commissioned by the NFL, and we doubt it is highly visible on the NASCAR trophy Tiffany’s was asked to create. But here we are with it on the glasses.

But you know what? TP will power down that Lithium Light and move on. Perhaps we’ll turn our attention to the must-see Whim Collection by Cynthia Rowley for Target. Now if you do find yourself intrigued by the eyewear, some of which is curious and some of which might be quite elegant, prices range from $330 to $1,150 and you’ll see everything from rimless to aviator styles. Happy Hunting.

Tiffany Glasses 3 Shot


Filed under preppy, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle