Hello-Hello and Happy Wednesday, it is bright, sunny and beautiful here at the Prepatorium! May it be so in your corner of the globe.
We begin with something whimsical today, the Tory Burch Barbie.
More accurately, the Tory Burch accessorized Barbie. Some readers may recall the Barbies featured at New York Fashion Week last year in honor of the doll’s 50th Anniversary. A Women’s Wear Daily story explains this newer version:
“Mattel recently introduced a Barbie Basics doll, who wears a simple little black dress and can be easily accessorized and personalized by their owners with special accessories kits featuring such items as scarves, purses, shoes or jewelry.”
The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) has twelve special Barbies getting glammed up to be auctioned on eBay starting tomorrow. Other designers include Kate Spade and Alexis Bittar, whose doll is seen below.
The starting bid for each Barbie is only $100, a wonderful entry point for such a fun item. (Keep in mind, this perspective comes from the individual still carrying scars from her childhood Barbie vs. The Beauty Parlor Doll trauma. Indeed.)
We now share something that may stun readers. So shocking in fact, we suggest those with any frailties or infirmities may want to be seated while reading this next tidbit.
Are we ready?
All right, here it is: We are loving the logo on this Polo Ralph Lauren shirt.
This is not a typo, nor are we are taking hallucinogens. The polo shirt in question is seen below.
Why are we not foaming and frothing with maniacal articulating a minor concern that our Logophobia may be triggered by said logo? Because of what is on the back of the shirts.
This is the knit top Polo created to help raise funds for the United Way’s Disaster Recovery Fund. The Haitian flag is seen on the front of the shirt in addition to that annoying the pony logo. Above you see the back of the shirt with the United Way logo, click here to see all versions of the shirt.
The good folks at Polo Ralph Lauren are setting a high standard, donating 100% of proceeds from shirt sales to the United Way Humanitarian efforts in Haiti. And while it isn’t a look we would sport (preferring to keep activities of this nature private), our hat is off to the retailer.
Loads of designers, organizations and retailers are doing varying things for varying charities and we have no intention of talking about too many of them. However, we are happy to share efforts from a few of the more ‘preppish’ companies, like the PRL example discussed above, or this campaign by Lilly Pulitzer.
Lilly is promoting their donation of 10% of sales proceeds from six different items to the Red Cross.
Next, a quick peek at a brand we occasionally mention, APC. The spring/summer lookbook is now available.
The navy skirt in the shot just below looks wonderful.
We do like a number of pieces in this collection, the clean lines and lack of frou-frou are qualities we appreciate!
We leave you with a few quick Sales and Savings reminders.
- Talbots is taking an additional 50% off Sale prices in stores and online. This makes the Double-Faced Belted coat $86.99 (originally $349) and the High Collar blouse $16.99.
- The J. Crew Extra 30% off Sale promotion ends at midnight tonight. To receive the additional discount, use promo code EXTRA30 at checkout.
- The Winter Sale at Polo Ralph Lauren offers discounts ‘up to 70%’, well worth a visit if one is in the market for a little something.
Almost everyone has taken significant markdowns on merchandise, including the major department stores.
We leave you with news from Spanx, a brand we know many readers like.
From a quick perusal of the styles shown on the website it seems the swimsuits range from attractive to frightening, but this may be reflective of our lack of experience with the brand.
Do let us know what you think, we love your insight!