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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.

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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.

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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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Victoria’s Secret Pink Preppy Blazer, Thom Browne Show. Oh Dear….

Hello-hello and aren’t we dragging into the end of the week almost?!

We start with the much sought after blazer seen on model Chanel Iman (No, she is not supermodel Iman’s daughter, and aren’t we dopey for thinking she was!) several times this week: the Victoria’s Secret Pink® Prep Blazer, seen here in the ‘Preppy Navy’ colorway. It is also available in Heather Gray with navy trim; both are made of a cotton/polyester blend, the jacket is sized XS-L.

Although someone at our advanced age couldn’t possibly wear it, the blazer looks über-cute and we know so many of you would look darling wearing this.

We do have good news for Bloomies fans, with word of several new store openings. Bloomingdales is opening three of its little Mini-Bloomies as we call them, modeled after the SoHo store, but officially referred to in the snooze news release as SoHo-type stores. The lucky locales getting the new stores? Southern California of course, where the old Macy’s at Santa Monica Place will be relaunched as a new Bloomingdale’s, but also TP’s most favorite of places in this country, Georgetown.

Folks at Santa Monica Place are trying overhaul the mall, and we’re just not sure if it will embrace an upscale luxury shopping mecca. Perhaps our intrepid correspondents, like Miss Muffy Martini or the delightful Kate at Nautical by Nature can enlighten us, as we haven’t been there for several years. The existing Bloomingdale’s store there closes next February, and they’ll get to work on creating the new store. The good folks in the PR department are also counting the to-be-remodeled-and-expanded Westfield Valley emporium as a ‘new’ store. (That’s what we call “PR Math.”)

Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Westfield

And there is also the new Neiman’s that just opened in the valley at Westfield Topanga (seen above, this one is actually on the site of an old Nordies!), plus the new Nordstorm that just opened at the Oaks. My, one could shop until they drop! But then there is this….

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

And this…

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

Yes, these are as they appear, photos from the most bizarre showing at Fashion Week thus far into the runway shows. This is something The Princess doesn’t even know how to describe, menswear designer Thom Browne’s showing of his Spring 2009 Collection.

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

Regular readers know of our fondness for fashion writer extraordinaire Suzy Menkes; here we share some of her comments in yesterday’s story critiquing the show:

“The kindest thing to say about Thom Browne‘s menswear collection, which opened with hunky guys in polo shirts traced with blood red and knee-high socks patterned with tennis rackets, is that he let Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray go to his head.”

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

Ms. Menkes goes on to say:

“But Browne’s collection, fueled by his role as creative designer for the classic men’s store Brooks Brothers, seems to be more a shriek for a shrink than a coherent vision of a new man with a newly filled closet.”

Ms. Menkes’ column adds this final note:

“Was there anything to covet in this mix of overwrought tailoring, where a check shorts suit is decked out with formal shirt and necktie? Broken into individual pieces, a sharply cut blazer (even decorated with tennis racket emblems) was appealing. But most of this tennis court inspiration was far too literal to seem anything but a cry for a psych from a designer who could contribute so much to dressing the peacock male.”

The look generating the most comments was the tutu, as seen below. We found the expression on the model’s face most revealing; inside he must be saying “It’s a show, this is only a show, it’s not my closet.”

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

We found some insight in the Q&A session with Mr. Browne that Women’s Wear Daily posted:

Will we see guys in bridal tulle walking down the street?
I don’t know! It’s just fantasy.

How much of the show is wearable?
Eighty percent of what you see is what people are sold and what people will buy.

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

So jackets with tutus are the wave of the future?
The shape of the jacket without the tutu under it is most certainly a new shape that works really well.

When you sell it in stores, does it have a tutu?
I sell it both ways. It’s removable.

Thom Browne Spring Collection 2009

Thom Browne Spring Collection 2009

You had pants being worn hip-hop style with the boxers showing. How did the pants stay up?
They’re buttoned to the boxer. They’re sold that way … It’s a whole take on how kids wear their trousers down here. I always wondered how they kept it up, so I wanted to figure a way how I could give that to my guy.

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

Thom Browne Spring 2009 Collection

FRankly, we think the Thom Browne’s Men’s Tutu will become as ubiquitous as the Maria Sharapova Tuxedo dress for Wimbledon. Remember that one? Presumably some of this look will be carried over to Mr. Browne’s Spring & Summer 2009 collections for Brooks Brothers. Some of this aesthetic is evident in the Fall 2008 Black Fleece Collections for Women and Men currently in stores and also on line. Below, a few of this Fall’s looks for Men.

Some of the pieces in both Men and Womenswear are simply stunning and appear to be fabulous invetsments for the walk-in. But there are also many that will most likely be on sale at some point before the end of the year. Below, a few looks from the Black Fleece Women’s group this fall.

Last year’s pieces are on sale now, almost all with major markdowns in price.  Heaven knows what we’ll see from Mr. Browne for women come next Spring, but we will require the presence of another adult as we too terrified to look at it all alone…who knows what we’ll see!

Do tune in tomorrow for an early look at the Ralph Lauren Menwear Collection for Spring 2009. In our most humble of opinions you will like what you see.

EDITOR. NOTE: This version of the post has a corrected version of the first paragraph, rewritten to accurately reflect Chanel Iman’s biographical info.

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NYC Sweatshop Raid: You Might be Surprised What Companies are on the List & the Self-Vibrating Mascara (Honest.)

Greetings and good Thursday to all! FYI, the next tidbit has absolutely *nothing* to do whatsoever with anything preppy, particularly since most of us aren’t exactly laden down with makeup. However….

we didn’t say we never touch the stuff! This is on The Princess’s “we want to try so we’ll probably buy” (maybe!) list, if only for the fun factor. You’ve probably already heard about it, or one of its competitors: this version is the Estee Lauder TurboLash Vibrating Mascara. If you aren’t familiar with it, we’ll just let the ‘official description’ as posted on Sak’s page do the talking for us:

“Turbo-charged” motion mascara with auto-powered, vibrating brush gives you volume, length, curl and separation all at once. Gently vibrating LashSonic Brush with micro-pulse bristles continuously separates and saturates lashes. Find lashes you didn’t even know you had and coat them instantly and perfectly. The motion brush keeps lashes clump-free so you can reapply several coats, even refresh during the day. A worldwide first.

One quick tip: this has already sold out on the Estee Lauder site. The most you can do is sign up to be notified when it is back in stock, so if interested, your best bet may be a quick trip to your local department store. It does look entertaining, although we’re a bit unclear on the locating of lashes we never knew we had.

We’re a bit behind on this next item, so we’ll do just a quick note on a little brand extension from Harper’s Bazaar: the magazine is launching a new glossy called Runway Report, launching July 27. Don’t look for it every month though, as this one is designed to be a quarterly, so if you like it, your next fix will be three months away! As Editor Kristina O’Neill describes the $6.95 publication: “”We know our readers love clothes, and this is really a full report on what we saw at the shows, and what they are going to want to be wearing as soon as the weather cools.”

We move to not-such-fun news, reports of a raid on a Queens sweatshop manufacturing clothes under allegedly illegal conditions. Two factories were busted; the Times reports in their online coverage today they made clothes for Macy’s, Banana Republic and Victoria’s Secret. The retailers the factories manufactured for that WWD listed in their coverage include Macy’s private label brands Ultra Flirt and INC, Gap, Banana Republic, Express, Victoria’s Secret, Limited and Coldwater Creek. If true, the conditions workers toiled under are disgusting, and the elaborate plans used by factory owner/management to avoid being found out even worse.

Here are some reactions from the companies as reported by WWD:

Macy’s said the allegations represented a “serious violation” of the company’s code of conduct and that it has “begun our own internal investigation on this matter.”

Jeffrey Parisian, senior vice president of administration at Coldwater Creek Inc., said the company was also launching its own internal investigation and would cooperate with the Labor officials.

Dan Henkle, Gap Inc.’s senior vice president of social responsibility, said the company took the matter seriously and would be cooperating with the state’s Department of Labor. “At this time, we have no production in this factory in Queens and we are suspending any future production with this facility until this investigation is satisfactorily resolved,” said Henkle.

The Princess is wondering, “Dan, how about no manufacturing at any time in the future with this company? As in Never. Ever. Again. How is never for you?” If they did it once they’ll do it again. Why reward bad behavior? Honestly.

Now we’ll move on to something far more frivolous: the Toy Watch Company’s Neon Plasteramic Collection. How is that for a Prepalicious name? If you have seen this one you know what we are talking about, because you cannot easily forget it!

They are just too fun, and some predict, soon to be as popular as Ray-Bans.

We’re loving this Italian range watches, amusingly dubbed the Toy Watch which comes in blindingly bright selection of primary and fluro colors. So enamored are we that we’re predicting that the Toy Watch could be the new Rayban Wayfarer.

We’re not sure about that, but we do love them. The names of the colors are what grabbed us… after the eye-popping timepieces themselves grabbed our attention. With names like Plutonium Pink, Kryptonite Green, you know you need one. In addition to the wild ones, TP favors another (of course) in a slightly more demure color. “It’s ceramic…no it’s plastic…IT’S PLASTERAMIC!” as the site says; this is the Pink we find so appealing.

Is TP the only girl in the galaxy who hadn’t heard of these? Oh well. Once again, proof that we aren’t exactly fashion forward! May the rest of your day be delightful!


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When Madras is OK…and When It’s Not

It appears the Los Angeles Times has discovered madras. At the very least they have determined “Classic Madras Plaid Returns,” according to an interesting story in Sunday’s (May 4th) paper from Staff Writer Melissa Magsaysa.

MADRAS PLAID, the preppy staple, will always conjure images of clambakes on the Cape and touch football on Martha’s Vineyard. But this spring, the breezy fabric is having a fashion moment, turning up on everything from retro nerd, short sleeve men’s shirts to string bikinis.

Aside from referring to the fabric as a ‘staple’ (conjuring up all manner of dreadful images), the story does point out the number of “hip designers” using madras this spring, including Vivienne Westwood, and uber-chic French atelier APC, with founder Jean Touitou joined by designer Jessica Ogden for the Madras line.

However, as any to-the-manor-born Prep is aware, all madras is not created equal. Translated: just because it’s madras doesn’t mean it’s invited to the party. Take for example both the Kohl’s Periscope pastel madras shorts on the left and the Victoria’s Secret pair on the right. Both are wonderful for an infinite number of things, but neither are acceptable for Wednesday’s golf game at the Club. Not even close to scraping by for drinks at the 19th Hole in the Clubhouse afterwards.

Kohl\'s Periscope Girls Madras shorts

Victoria\'s Secret Green Madras shorts

It has nothing to do with the store of origin; these darling flip-flops, also from that wicked Victoria’s Secret, are absolutely ideal for making your way between the Ladies’ Locker Room and the pool at that same Country Club. And the bikini from French firm A.P.C., will look outstanding soaking up the sun at the pool at that same Club.

APC Madras Batching suit

Victroia\'s Secret Madras Flip Flops

Of course, you can’t go wrong with these darling madras shorts from Best & Co., available in Boys sizes, or J. Crew’s outstanding Weekender Bag.

Best & Co Boys Madras ShortsJ Crew preppy Madras Duffel Bag

But then again, the Cape Madras Mini-Mini Skirt at 12″ in length, won’t work for some of your more ‘serious’ social occasions. (Don’t even think about it for a League meeting.) In fact, it does remind The Princess of those long-ago mini-skirt debates. You know, the “No daughter of mine is leaving this house in a skirt that length!” conversations. The more conservative Chadwick’s Skirt will pass muster at most establishments, raising nary the disapproving eyebrow.

Cape Madras Mini Mini Skirt Chadwick\'s Madras Skirt

When all is said and done, decisions about where to wear the snazzy plaid comes down to one word: location, location, location.

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