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A Brit Goes Prep on the Upper East Side & West Coast Preppies

Hello-Hello, and Happy Tuesday!

Today we ponder: is it time to create a new post category, something along the lines of “Preppy is Back“? Perhaps so, especially in light of this fall’s release of True Prep, the sequel to TOPH (The Original Preppy Handbook), an event adding to the topic’s popularity. (For more on the September release of True Prep click here or here; to learn about the fashion and accessories brands making an appearance in the upcoming book, click here.)

We begin with a little something from the far side of the pond in today’s London Times: “Slacks and the City: Trying out the Preppy Lifestyle“. Here is the subhead:

“As a new handbook marks a resurgence of the preppy lifestyle, our man in New York tries adopting the clean-cut collegiate look”

Tim Teeman’s story offers his British audience this description of male and female preppies:

“A truly preppy male works in finance or the law, wears polo shirts, nautical clothing, seersucker suits and Croakies (fashionable straps to keep your sunglasses on) and hangs out in frat-style drinking houses that preppies call “Irish bars”. The female works in or adjacent to charities, design, fashion or the arts, also wears nautical clothing, dons fitted pale pink rugby shirts with neat jacket, jeans and pumps, and holds Charlotte from Sex and the City as her icon.”

The writer undergoes a preppish style transformation. Two photos accompany the piece, along the lines of “before prep” and “after prep”.

As far as what Mr. Teeman dons to acquire his new look, we’ll only say it involves J. Press and J. Crew; we recommend reading the story in full for all of the wardrobe details. We did love the way he described reactions to his new look:

“New Yorkers are not fazed by challenging fashion but the glances on the subway are definitely pitying, at worst hostile. Once I’m on the Upper East Side things should improve but they don’t, because my preppiness is already fraying.”

We very much enjoyed this one.

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Another preppy feature in a mainstream media outlet comes via Sunday’s Los Angeles Times.

Mark Boster & Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times

The paper featured a delightful piece by Adam Tschorn, one of TP’s favorite writers. “A field guide to L.A. preppies” is a wonderful read, here is a snippet:

“When “The Official Preppy Handbook” was published in 1980, it didn’t just give the West Coast the short end of the lacrosse stick, it practically smacked the City of Angels upside the head with the milky white sole of a Sperry Top-Sider.”

There’s a visual for you – Muffy Martini’s ancestors raging through the streets brandishing their lax sticks and headbands at the offenders. The horror.

Mr. Tschorn’s story mentions several lesser-known brands discussed in this space, including Band of Outsiders (although we have been more prone to chatting up the Boy by Band of Outsiders line, the women’s arm of the company), and Trovata, along with more well-known lines like Polo Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers.

Per usual, Mr. Tschorn does another stellar job with his topic, the link is well worth a visit.

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We want to say ‘thank you’ to our friend Skip over at the Alexander Grant blog; as part of a series of posts he asked us to come up with style ideas for his real life Preppy Princess.

We were only too happy to waste take a little time to endlessly graze oodles of fun websites to studiously dedicate ourselves to this cause. Indeed.

With that, goodbye until next time!

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Major Papers Talk Preppy Style

Hello-Hello and happy day to everyone!

We’ll jump right in today with a few things we never seem to fit in our daily posts, despite the fact we start out planning to include them every. single. day.  We are so slow in sharing them many readers are likely to have already seen them, yikes! Here they are in completely random order:

1) The Times had an outstanding story from David Colman a few weeks back in their Dress Codes series, “The All-American Back from Japan,” examining contemporary preppy style.  A sample from the article:

“There is madras everything, button-downs everywhere. Nantucket reds — washed-out pink pants — are the new khakis; Sperry Top-Siders are more common on roof decks than top decks; and the Polo pony and the Lacoste crocodile are now but two of the critters in a zoo of polo shirt insignia.”

The story is accompanied by a companion slide show, “Dress Codes: The Preppy Look” with excellent photos from Dean Isidro. Below, the gentleman wears Benjamin Bixby, Lacoste, Trovata, Brooks Brothers Black Fleece, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

PHOTO: Dean Isidro/NY Times

PHOTO: Dean Isidro/NY Times

The article looks at the history of ‘preppy fashion’ in the US (or more appropriately, that particular moniker for the style) as well as what Mr. Colman refers to as “…the Japanese penchant for Americana…”.

Some of the brands cited in the story and slide show are definitely not “your Father’s preppy style,” although again, TP’s family never referred to it this way. If asked and forced to describe the look TQM probably would have merely said it was conservative or classic, perhaps being so bold as to inquire  “why do you ask?” as it wasn’t something one consciously thought of or needed to discuss. The only possible exception might be if one the children dared desire something out-of-the-norm, in the “no, no, that’s not something we wear” category. How did your family refer to their clothing style? Or did they?

We highly recommend the story and slide show, they are great fun and offer a slew of new brands, some of which you have seen showcased in this space, such as Band of Outsiders, and others we probably won’t be sporting.

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2) Also on the radar for quite some time, this story from the Times of London’s online site:

Preppy power

From twinsets and pearls to cashmere hoodies — new fashion tribes are taking their lead from the Sloanes

The story is another fun read, offering a slightly different perspective as it originates from the far side of the pond.

Yet rapidly growing numbers of people are embracing the preppy look — whether it’s stripy boat-neck T-shirts, argyle sweaters, brogues or cotton pea coats. Look closely and you’ll see preppy is having a makeover right under our noses.”

The story breaks the preppy looks into five different styles, including Euro Preppy, Fashion Preppy and Power Preppy.  Prince Harry’s former flame, Chelsea Davy, is pictured as an example of Public School Preppy:

PHOTO: Antony Jones/UK Press/PA Photos

PHOTO: Antony Jones/UK Press/PA Photos

A reminder that in the UK ‘public schools’ are actually what we call private schools here in the States, for example, Miss Porter’s or Choate would be called ‘public schools’ in England.

The article also has scads more details with the writer’s ideas on what brands specific prep types would wear, their ‘best looks’ as well as “A Look Too Far,” our favorite sub-category.  Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton is classified as a Euro Preppy, although the story notes:

“To be fair, Kate is more neo-Sloane ranger, but, for obvious reasons, the Euro preppy holds her in high esteem.”

As to the paper’s suggestions of a Power Preppy, they include First Lady Michelle Obama in this group. Rather than bore you with more recitation of the article’s content we suggest one toddle on over and personally read the story, we highly recommend it. A visit to the fabulous Europa Fox is also likely to provide far better insight than anything we offer.

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True Chanel addicts with pin money (okay, investment quality pins) to spare will be pleased to learn of the 1980’s and early 90’s Chanel jewelry and accessories now being offered at high-end vintage retailer Resurrection.  Some pieces serve to remind us that the development of LogoPhobia is not merely in reaction to recent creations:

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

If interested, the catalog of goodies can be downloaded by clicking here.

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TP is ever-so-excited to learn one of our favorite spots for retail therapy is undergoing a bit of a lift, so to speak.  Fashion Island in Newport Beach (CA) is going to have some work done, adding wonderful stores like Nordstrom to the roster of existing shops, including Neiman’s, Saks, and Bloomies.  Below, an artist’s sketch of the ‘new and improved’ Fashion Island.

Courtesy Photo via LA Times

Courtesy Photo via LA Times

The LA Times has the full story.

We leave you with some of the soon-to-be-out, or already available magazines one will spot at the local newsstand:

Courtesy Time Inc.

Courtesy Time Inc.

There are reports of at least two west coast memorial services, one on July 3rd, the other July 10th.

Courtesy People

Courtesy People

There is also a report that the Jackson family has been denied permission to bury him at Neverland Ranch.

Courtesy Post-Newsweek

Courtesy Post-Newsweek

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Fiscally Friendly (On Sale!) Goodies: J. Crew, Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Brooks Brothers, Saks,

The only thing about the stock market yesterday that brought a smile to our face:

Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty

Photo: Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty

Apparently a satire group performed some sort of skit right outside the Exchange, and they had a dancing bear on hand to represent the mind-numbing bear market.  Not seen here? The dancing girls accompanying the bear. The whole thing shrieks “radio station promotion” but we elected not to investigate that possibility.  We were laughing inside. (Not. Even. Close.)

It has been awhile since The Princess went shopping online and while you know we are loathe to discuss anything related to the “M word,” it seems to be the only topic on anyone’s mind right now. So we thought it our duty to share a few retailers with you that are determined to help us weather these challenging times. We start with the Barneys Good Guy sale.

And with offerings like the Trovata madras shorts, or perhaps a Rag & Bone blazer, or Rogan windbreaker

Or one of their silk ties in a rich print, stocking up on some basics could be in order. Maybe a lush pair of socks from Italy?  Whatever “guy stuff” one might need, odds are it is available at Barneys; likely even at a savings.

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Then of course, we have those free shipping offers…

Our good friends at Brooks Brothers are sharing the Fall Homecoming season, and want us to enjoy complimentary shipping when we spend more than $200. This runs through 11:59pm on Sunday, October 19th. No special code needed.

Free shipping on orders totaling $100+ at J. Crew requires one act post haste, you will need to be rather speedy; that little bonus ends at 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, October 8, 2008. The coupon code is ACORN. An FYI: the discount does not apply to orders over the phone.

Of course, there are loads of goodies still on hand in Crew’s Final Sale section, like the Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan.

Looking for something oh-so-snuggly for the Young Miss in the family? How about the J Crew Crewcuts Girls’ Popover Hoodie, fiscally friendly at more than 50% off its original retail price?

If you need something for the Young Man of the house, the Crewcuts Boys’ Cotton argyle V-neck sweater is very stylish.

Saks is doing its part as well with significant savings throughout the store.

This Ralph Lauren Cashmere Cardigan for Infants is available in pink or blue.

The Tory Burch Canvas “T” Tote is also reduced in price.

Bloomingdales is also doing their part to pitch in and lower prices. The Cole Haan Patent Elly Clutch is bright and vibrant.

The Princess is not fooled by the sunny and warm-for-this-time-of-year climate; the Lilly Pulitzer “Swellie” Rain Boot is just what the weatherman ordered! Especially when Bloomies has it on sale and in the pink houndstooth or the purple and pink spatters. (Our name.)

And let us not forget that Juicy Couture is finally open on Fifth! The new flagship store opened yesterday (the cross is 52nd Street) and it looks like lots of fun.

WWD/Kyle Erickson

WWD/Kyle Ericksen

Complete with tracksuit bar…

WWD/Kyle Ericksen

WWD/Kyle Ericksen

And Juicy Couture Kids…

WWD/Kyle Ericksen

WWD/Kyle Ericksen

We do hope these brighten your day!

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Everyone Discovers Preppy! From Barneys to the Miami Herald (Complete with a ‘How-To’ Guide)

It has come to our attention recently that everyone… simply everyone… has discovered or re-discovered ‘preppy’. The list is endless. Tonight we’ll share a few of those who are talking preppy, starting with the advertisement below, compliments of our good friends over at Barneys.

The above is but one example of the many emails in today’s cyber inbox admonishing us ‘don’t forget’ this Sunday; you are probably seeing loads of them as well. Now, in terms of being a ‘Preppy Dad,” Daddy most definitely qualified. But even if he we were still with us (sigh…), some of today’s ‘preppy’ styles might be a tough sell.

Psycho Bunny Short Sleeve Polo Psycho Bunny Short Sleeve Polo at Barneys

For example, at Barneys, suggesting a snappy pair of Trovata Raft Shorts in Madras could be a push, or the Psycho Bunny Short Sleeve Polo? Not happening. Now on a personal level, we do find the polos quite a bit of fun. In fact, The Princess *so* loves the name of this line she sometimes wonders how things would be if she were the zippier sounding ‘PreppyPsychoPrincess’ instead of just plain old PreppyPrincess… hhmm. Perhaps we’d best move on….

To the Miami Herald’s article on preppy style, complete with instructions, “How to be preppy: The style makes a comeback.” Herald writer Enrique Fernandez authored the story, saying the “classic American style is enjoying a renaissance.” Indeed. Fernandez references the popularity of the 80’s looks made popular by Armani, Versace and other highly tailored lines, but tells us that “classic American style is enjoying a renaissance.”

J Press Handout photos of Shirts

Photos used in the Herald story appear to be ‘handouts’ (meaning the paper did not take the photos; they were provided by an outside source), as in this case: the pictures above are from J Press and the shots below are compliments of Brooks Brothers.

Brooks Brothers LookBrooks Brothers

The story carries a primer on textiles: madras, seersucker and khaki, and the point is repeatedly made that traditional styles were ‘out of fashion’ a number of times, for varying lengths of times.

During the countercultural ’60s, the peacock ’70s, the power ’80s and ’90s, preppy style not only fell out of favor but also had dorky connotations. Now, fashionable men are rushing back to trad, while its steadfast adherents argue passionately online about what a J Press ”Burlington Knot” tie means. The braided belt, once considered the height of preppy obnoxiousness, gets a display in GQ (last month, it was the deck shoe).

The Princess is nonplussed. She doesn’t remember those times and when queried, Mr. Princess didn’t remember them either. It would have been best had we not raised the topic with him; it proved to be a little unsettling. “What precisely went out of style?” and “Do they mean to say it was ‘out’ when I wore it at the Club or the cottage or at the office, or are they saying it was out all the time?” are the sort of questions being asked here at the Prepatorium. I know, I know. But then when reading the portion of the Herald article shown above with the ‘dorky connotation’ reference, he said, “gosh, I really feel nothing but sadness for the ink-stained wretch who wrote this story.” Oh my.

Dum spiro, spero, right? Yes, so how about a story from the Argus-Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota? The story, Pretty in patchwork starts out by saying, “If you’re mad about plaid, you’re not alone this season” and extols the virtues of madras. The majority of the items in the article are sadly, not pictured, but TP put her detective skills to work and thinks she knows which $17.99 Merona shorts in madras the writer is referring to at Target.

Target Merona Madras shortsMerona Madras shorts at Target

(Just one little FYI to the Madras Pooh-bahs at the Boutique: there are only two reviews of the shorts online and they clearly come from fans, but they are not very sounding very fan-like about the quality of the shorts.)

We’ll leave our little preppy overload for the time being; we wouldn’t want anyone getting cross-eyed on madras and seersucker. Besides, we just have one more tidbit to leave you with at this hour. Late word tonight from Caroline Tell at WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) that some Secret Service agents were positively melting in the beastly temperatures today outside a certain 7th Avenue business establishment. Why were they hovering for so long, you may ask?

Cindy McCain at Oscar de la Renta Showroom

Can you say Cindy McCain pays a visit to the Oscar de la Renta showroom? As Ms. Tell so deftly describes things in the story:

With two beige Suburbans and a team of sweltering Secret Service in tow, Cindy McCain paid a visit to Oscar de la Renta’s showroom this afternoon to peruse Washington’s favorite designer’s rack of White House-worthy clothes. How long exactly had the potential First Lady been shopping?

“Waaayy too long,” replied one of her fully dressed security agents, who was posted in the New York heat outside 550 Seventh Avenue, moving only to wipe the sweat from his Ray-Bans.

And there you have it.

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