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When Duct Tape is Preppy

Hello-Hello, and Happy New Year!

Today we look at something that is more mainstream than I thought, duct tape. Yes, duct tape. Your faithful scribe knew it was kind of cool, for lack of a better term, but didn’t fully realize the scope of its popularity until reading this story in the Times:

Indeed, duct tape fashion skews toward a younger demographic….customers in the duct tape “fashion market” (as opposed to the “repair market”) are predominantly teenage girls — including Teresa Scanlan, 18, the reigning Miss America, who lists making things out of duct tape as one of her interests. “I’ve made a duct tape skirt, shorts, a couple shirts and a dress is my next project,” Ms. Scanlan said. “You know how they ask you what three things you’d want on a desert island? I’d only want one thing: duct tape. It’s all you need.”

Hmmm, under these terms the Prepatorium would be be a house divided, we’re definitely the ‘fashion market’ while The Consort would be the ‘repair market’.  Today’s Pretty in Pink has to be the boots, however uncomfortable they may be.

NY Times

While wasting time researching the post we discovered all manner of duct tape.

Tape Brothers

We even discovered tote bags made of the stuff, including pink and green, as well as a monogrammed bag.

CraftsbyBev on etsy

Kate Murphy’s story also references those duct tape proms you may have heard about:

Lindsay Ashby, 19, a University of Louisville freshman, won last year’s Stuck at Prom contest by using 57 rolls of duct tape to completely cover and embellish a dress she bought at Goodwill.

Yes, there are pink and green duct tape prom dresses.

Via OddityCentral.com

There’s no shortage of options in pink, including argyle and paisley.

Via TapeBrothers.com

But it’s not all about the pink and green, a quick tour of etsy reveals just how broad the appeal is; take a look at this Tory Burch inspired handbag.

ElevenPeacocks on etsy

There are damask-like offerings, including a wallet from Junior Duck.

JuniorDuck on etsy

You can also buy officially licensed tape in your college colors. I’m sure the reason I couldn’t find any tape for Big Ten schools is because of a glitch or oversight on my part. Here is a sampling of what’s available.


Fortunately the folks at Tape Brothers stock a broad selection of schools. (Translation: TQM’s alma mater, along with ancestral outposts.)

One can even find duct tape jewelry on etsy.

QuietMischief on etsy.com

Who knew?


The ring shown above allows us to segue right into another jewelry topic, we want to publicly congratulate Wendy Brandes, a friend and amazing jewelry designer/creator.  Wendy has been named as a finalist for the FGI Rising Star awards, a *very* big deal. She is gifted at both design and execution, here are a few of Wendy’s pieces.

Wendy Brandes Jewelry

Wendy also does a lot of custom work, including bridal jewelry.

Via Wendy Brandes Facebook page

How many ways can you say gorgeous?! The Awards are January 26, we’re crossing fingers and toes for Wendy.


A reminder for anyone still in need of a 2012 Calendar, we do have some snappy options in the shoppe, including Susan Wallace Barnes, Lilly Pulitzer and our very own Desktop Calendar, done with the ever-so-talented Preppy Ladybug.


The Ladybug also designed coordinating personalized address labels and stationery using her themes from the Calendar, they start at just $4.50 for address the labels.

On those fun images we say g’bye until next time!


Filed under Argyle, preppy, Pretty in Pink

Target’s Next Designers, Tiffany’s Mint Julep & Preppy Sales

Hello-Hello and Happy April 15th!  Quite.

There is simply too much going on here at Princess Intergalactic HQ for a proper post, so we shall share a few bits and bytes we hope hold some appeal for our treasured readers.

First, news of Target’s next design partnerships; Gaby Basora will be doing a group for the retailer’s GO International collection.  Ms. Basora is best known for her Tucker collection, a brand previously mentioned in this space.  Below we show the Pink Wavy Princess Dress (L) and Tulip Bottom Skirt with shirred waist (R), both from the Tucker line.

Ms. Basora’s collection will be available beginning September 10.

WWD also has word on the next jewelry partnership at Targét, it is with Temple St. Clair.  Below, two examples of Ms. St. Clair’s current work (not the Target collection).

This collection launches at most Target stores and online August 29.  We are excited to see both groups.

Speaking of jewels, we must congratulate our friend Miss Wendy, her earrings will soon be seen in the upcoming Sex and the City 2 movie!

Here is a better look:

Courtesy Wendy Brandes

Congratulations to Miss Wendy! The film premieres May 27.


In other fashion collaboration news, WWD reports that J. Crew is doing a denim line for men:

“The retailer has collaborated with Japanese selvedge denim label Warehouse on an exclusive men’s style that will sell for $300 on its Web site, and at its Men’s Shop and Liquor Store locations….”

Crew is also continuing its recently introduced partnership with Levi’s.


So much for that hypothetical end to conspicuous consumption, behold the “world’s most expensive Mint Julep”:

Courtesy Photo via Luxist

Tiffany has partnered with Woodford (the bourbon folks) to create a mere 73 cups like the one seen above. Jared Paul Stern at Luxist has more:

“Only 73 of the sterling silver cups will be available at $1,000 apiece; purchasers will be served a julep in the cup at Churchill Downs on Derby Day, May 1st. Proceeds from the cups will benefit The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes & Obesity Center.”

If interested in your own Julep, just click here for more information.


We have a number of Sales and Savings we thought we should share:

  • Brooks Brothers is promoting the Clearance Event with “up to 50% off”.
  • Ann Taylor offers an extra 25% off sale merchandise, use promo code SALE25 at checkout to receive the discount
  • J. Crew is promoting its Spring Sale
  • Land’s End offers 25% off regular priced items and free shipping beginning tomorrow through the 19th
  • Banana Republic takes 25% off all regular priced merchandise through the 18th, use promo code TAXBREAK25


A quick Pretty in Pink we couldn’t resist from our friends at the Pink and Green Scene:

via Pink & Green Scene

The Pink and Green Petal knobs are available at the always-fabulous Layla Grace.


In our post yesterday we nattered on about wedding gowns and Bridal Fashion Week. We close today with images from another fashion show held this week:

Afton Almaraz/AP

Above we see Schultzy, a West Highland terrier, modeling his bridal best during the “Last Bark for Bryant Park” fashion show.  This was the second year for the show, put on by FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) students, consisting only of garments fashioned for the four-legged family member.

Afton Almaraz/AP

We’re thinking we may need to share more from this show in tomorrow’s post….oui?

Until then, may everyone’s day be pink, green and beautiful!


Filed under Collaborations, preppy, Preppy Fashion, Sales & Savings

Next Target Designer & Another Argyle Adventure

Hello-Hello and Happy Spring Fever! It is so fantabulous we are officially decreeing today as…..

… Prepalicious, the feeling is utter bliss here at the Prepatorium; we hope the same can be said for your corner of the globe.

We start with news of the next designer collaboration for Target. The Boutique will offer another jewelry line, this one in tandem with the oh-so-wonderful Anna Sheffield, perhaps better known to some readers as the designer of Bing-Bang jewelry.

Courtesy S. Varady/Hungry Elephant

Courtesy Anna Sheffield via Hungry Elephant/S. Varady

The Anna Sheffield for Target Collection launches August 30; it will be online and in stores through December 30.  Last year the designer teamed up with Urban Outfitters for a line. Below, a cuff currently in the Bing-Bang group.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Bing-Bang Courtesy Photo via WWD

Additionally, Miss Sheffield’s Hobo Bag was featured last year on Gossip Girl.


In addition to her own website, Ms. Sheffield’s work is available at Intermix, Shopbop and other retailers.

Speaking of Gossip Girl… we have a few updates for readers, starting with news that actress Leighton Meester has officially signed a record deal, with an album release expected this fall. We are more-than-tardy mentioning a fashion spread featuring Ms. Meester in the NY Times magazine.

Courtesy NY Times

PHOTO: Terry Richardson/NY Times

The Moment blog also has a story with the 23-year-old that fans may enjoy reading.

People has an interesting online update pegged to Monday’s return of Michele Trachtenberg’s character (Georgina Chapman) to the UES. One thing addressed in the story is what seems to be finds an incredibly high rate of intra-cast romantic relationships:

““I haven’t tasted or drank the love potion yet because I’m actually not dating anyone from the set,” Trachtenberg jokingly said. “But we all roll up with Red Bull in the morning, so maybe there is something in there.”

“With Ed Westwick dating Jessica Szohr, Leighton Meester meeting boyfriend Sebastian Stan on the set and lovebirds Blake Lively and Penn Badgley still going strong, Trachtenberg admits it’s usually only a matter of time before costars hook up.”

Of course.


Just to prove we retain our capacity to cope with late-breaking news, we offer the latest for your consideration:

PHOTO: Andrew Milligan/AP

PHOTO: Andrew Milligan/AP

There is more in this article from The Daily Mail. Oh, what exactly does this have to do with preppiness, other than the possibility that is a Burberry scarf? Nothing.  Not a thing, dolls, we apologize.

There you have it.


We have an interesting Argyle Update today, if only because of the individual sporting the argyle:

PHOTO: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

PHOTO: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Yesterday First Lady Michelle Obama was wearing another Junya Watanabe argyle cardigan. Does it look familiar? Readers may recall Mrs. Obama in another colorful sweater by the designer during the G2 trip to Europe in early April; if not, this post may be of assistance.


The designer is no stranger to argyle, it is one of the reasons we are drawn to his creations. Below, a vest from this spring’s Comme des Garcon collection for Colette.  But prepettes also know it’s not exactly Brooks Brothers standard issue.

Courtesy Junya Watanabe via Hypebeast

Courtesy Junya Watanabe via Hypebeast.com

Again the First Lady looks beautiful. We love the bright colors in her cardigan. However (you just knew this was coming) we are simply never going to adapt to daytime sequins despite intense counseling from the Fashion Herald and Wendy. We’re constitutionally incapable. It Just. Will. Not. Happen.


We close today with a look at some of Kenneth Paul Block’s amazing fashion illustrations. First, “Babe Paley in Mainbocher and Amanda Burden in Sarni

PHOTO: Courteasy Kenneth Paul Block via WWD

PHOTO: Courtesy Kenneth Paul Block via WWD

Next, Ungaro Dress, today’s Pretty in Pink:

"Ungaro Dress"

Courtesy Kenneth Paul Block via WWD

Mr. Block created magnificent drawings for W and WWD as the principle in-house illustrator for Fairchild Publications, frequently using members of the ‘jet set’ as subjects. Below, Jackie Kennedy Onassis in a Valentino jumpsuit.


Courtesy Kenneth Paul Block via WWD

The artist also did numerous illustrations for upscale retailers like Bonwit Teller, Bloomingdale’s  and Bergdorf’s. In March Mr. Block donated almost 1900 drawings to the MFA in Boston.  For a real treat, pop over to the Museum’s Textile and Fashion Arts Facebook page and gaze upon the fabulosity. One can also check out Drawing Art: The Fashion of Kenneth Paul Block at their local library or consider adding it to their personal library.

Mr. Block passed away last week; he was 84.


Filed under Argyle, Gossip Girl, Obama Fashion & Politics, Prepalicious, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Preppy People, Pretty in Pink