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J. Crew Seems to be Moving Away From “Preppy”


We’re having something of a “major Monday” here in the corner condo at Princess InterGalactic HQ.  We can only thank the Consort the IT Department for their assistance and resolution of a major operator-error-induced-meltdown few minor foo-foos with the desktop. As a result of today’s lesson in patience, the post is brief.

We begin with great good news for one of our favorites, Kiel James Patrick, he of the fabulous bracelets, headbands and earrings.


Kiel shared a big announcement on Friday: he has signed a deal to create custom KJP products for several Ivies. More specially, exclusive KJP designs will be offered at the Harvard, Dartmouth and Yale campus stores. How cool is this news?!?  Better yet, Kiel is one of the world’s all-time nice human beings, Friday’s announcement shows that good things happen to good people.

Besides, he’s kinda’ cute. (But don’t tell him I said so.)


Next, word that Tory Burch is going to be adding eyewear to her offerings.

For more background on the story, click here to read the designer’s blog, featuring the trade magazine story seen in the images above.

No one will be surprised to read that while we like the Wraparound frame sunglasses, the logo would be a deal killer. To take a look at other eyewear styles Ms. Burch currently has available online, click here.


Also today, J. Crew fans might enjoy an interview Style has with Jenna Lyons. We found this particular portion of the interview fascinating:

“Preppy” style is often mentioned in the same breath as J.Crew. Is today’s preppy different from yesterday’s?
I have a hard time with the word “preppy.” To me, it’s a way of styling. Classic things mixed a certain way—especially special color combinations—look very preppy. We still have the same pieces: polo shirts, khakis, a great classic blazer, a beautiful white shirt.

Below, the wool Schoolboy Blazer and Stripe 3/4-quarter sleeve shirt. (Of the three “classic shirts” shown on the retailer’s website only one offers long sleeves.)

Back to the designer’s thoughts on ‘preppy’:

“But what we’ve been trying to do is change the way things are presented.  Maybe that little cargo jacket that we would have shown ten years ago with a polo shirt we’re now showing with a little sequin top and high heels.

Or perhaps the Sequin Chino shorts:

Call us crazy, but we’re not seeing these at the club for cocktails after the 18th hole. But then, the retailer isn’t proposing these styles for that type of activity; this portion of the quote better explains why not:

“And the thing about preppy is it can be alienating to some people. It’s very coastal and it leaves out a lot of Americans who aren’t yachting or going to the beach club.

They shorts are not for us, but then, we aren’t the brand’s target demo.This makes perfect sense when paired with recent and current Crew merchandise.  The company wants to be inclusive, continuing its path toward trendier, younger shoppers.  And to be fair, the credo has worked exceptionally well in recent years; despite These Difficult Times, the firm is very healthy.

But we need your thoughts: does J. Crew work for you? Is the company’s direction one you find appealing? Or are you still fond of some things, but finding yourself back at Brooks Brothers or J. McLaughlin for many basics? Do tell, expiring minds are dying to know.


Next, a look at some of the limited edition bottles Kiehl’s had created to recognize Earth Day.

Courtesy Kiehl's

Among those designing bottles, actress Julianne Moore and artist Jeff Koon. The bottles are now available at Kiehl’s online and in stores.


A reminder on our great Spring Fling Thing:

Enter to win these and other goodies in our contest, we are drawing five winners! And we have one more element to entries as the result of a great idea accompanying an entry: all active military automatically receive two entries, just be sure to let us know your status.

Until next time dollfaces, may your Mondays be bright and beautiful!


Filed under Logos, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle

Social Climbers, Polished Preppy, New Tory Burch Eyeglass Line

Hello-Hello everyone….

With Mother Nature dictating TP spend more time inside than out, we thought we might solicit input on a few books to see if any of our cherished readers recommend them.  We’ll start with Social Climbers:

This is the first novel from author Beth Dunn, described on the book’s cover this way:

“Beth Dunn grew up and attended Etiquette school on Philadelphia’s Main Line. At 18, she’d changed from a private girl’s school uniform into a debutante ball gown.”

“Sick of cliques, cruelties and mean girls grown up, Beth Dunn was motivated to write about them.”

The book is self-published through AuthorHouse.  Ms. Dunn has two blogs, Social Climbers, dedicated to promoting the book, and then what looks like a more personal site, Social Climbers Blog. The first shares a good bit of information on the book, chapter titles, tips on being a social climber, etc. Has anyone read this one yet? Is it time well spent?

Our other inquiry involves a book released several years ago, Fashionistas.  Reading the news that a movie based on the book is now confirmed, we were  reminded we never read it!


With everyone still bundled up in their warmest clothing, comments on this look for Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick caught our eye:

Photo Source: US Weekly

“Ed is wearing a gorgeous Italian Cashmere over coat over his suit. He exudes confidence and has a great sense of authority.  The black gloves are of course more for function than style but he manages to really make the look flow.  His pink shirt and tie offer a burst of color which really compliments the grey.  He should have incorporated his trademark scarf with this look, though this is still one look to gossip about.”

That philosophy comes via PhatGuru, a site probably much too cool for TP!

Speaking of places far too hip for The Princess, retailer Aeropostale has teamed up with DoSomething.org for this year’s Teens for Jeans campaign.

The marketing whizzes working behind the scenes managed to get Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford to be the face of the campaign. Here is how it works:

“Just drop off any pair of your gently worn jeans to any Aéropostale store between January 26th and February 22nd and we’ll make sure they get donated to a local homeless shelter or charity. To say thanks, Aéropostale will give you an additional 25% off your next pair of jeans.”


We have news today that teen singing star Taylor Swift is launching her own line of clothing.  WWD reports in this story that Ms. Taylor has signed an agreement to do a collection of sundresses.

“The result is a one-season collection of colorful cotton spring dresses called L.E.I. Sundresses by Taylor Swift, shipping to Wal-Mart stores on Feb. 1.”

Talaya Centeno

Photo: Talaya Centeno

The sundress is a signature look for the star, worn frequently onstage and in videos.  The sundresses will come in three styles, all priced at $14, bound to be a hit with shoppers.  Not TP’s look, but we are so fond of Ms. Swift, and find her so talented, we just had to mention the story.


Tory Burch fans will be no doubt be pleased to learn the designer is launching an eyewear collection. This tidbit also comes via WWD (in this story), with retail price points running $145-$190.  The line will include prescription frames and sunglasses. Ms. Burch explains some of her reasoning in planning a launch at this point in her brand’s lifecycle:

“I feel people are drawn to accessories now in general, and it’s a category we want to continue to evolve and develop,” Burch said. “With what’s going on in the economy, it’s something new and exciting and it’s opening at a specific price point that will be accessible. Plus eyewear is an easy way to update a look.”


We’ll close with two pink items, the first an exercise in “When Pink Goes Wrong,” from French designer Romain Kremer’s runway show.

We really can’t say anything that will add to your viewing experience, so there you have it.  However, on a “Pretty in Pink” possibility for you, we offer the MSI Microstar Windbook:

MSI Microstar Windbook in Pink

MSI Microstar Windbook in Pink

Not only is this available in a splendid pink, it is only $430 at J&R online. And while we are all about the iMac and Apple products here at the Palace, when it comes to electronics we have long stated it is also all about the cute factor.

Grins and giggles!


Filed under Gossip Girl, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Pretty in Pink