Hello-Hello and Happy Wednesday!
How is everyone doing? Here at the Prepatorium we are clawing our way back to health (a tad overly dramatic, don’t you think?!) but the absentee rate at several local school districts is at 30 – 32%. Ouch.
We start with a look at a new collection from one of our faves, LL Bean.
The company’s new Signature line was revealed to fashion writers last week.
We have more details from this story in WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.):
“…200-piece collection, split evenly between men’s and women’s, is clearly indebted to Bean’s past but the line marches into new territory with items like relaxed cotton suits and washed oxford dress shirts for him, and wrap dresses and sandal cork wedges for her.”
The company is engaged in a number of initiatives to broaden their appeal; some readers may recall this August post chatting about the return of Bean’s classic Norwegian sweater. Here are more looks from the new collection:
More from the WWD story:
“Carleton pulled in diverse bits of Americana, from the Forties, via Hepburn-style denim pants and jacket, to the early Eighties, by way of bleached plaid shirts and ringer polos. The influence of WASP casual also abounds in the oxford cloth dress shirt, madras blazer, sun-bleached knits, and leather moccasins.”
We have previously talked up award-winning designer Alex Carleton, occasionally featuring pieces from his Rogues Gallery line; Mr. Carleton was hired by Bean to oversee this collection. Below, styles from Rogues Gallery demonstrates why he was the perfect choice for the Signature line.
He also designed for LL Bean before moving on to create the Rogues Gallery line. Simply put, Mr. Carleton gets it – the lifestyle, the look, the legitimacy we all demand. Below we see Mr. Carleton and a model at the press debut of the collection.
A number of looks for women:
The reaction from Style.com:
“Fittingly, the look ran from rugged (plaid button-downs, khakis) to more feminine (ditsy floral shirts, preppy striped knits, a little madras dress). There were also great accessories in leather carryalls, oversize totes, and cute macramé belts with tortoise buckles.”
Glam’s take on the new line:
“…a line of easy breezy separates that college prepsters and beach bound fashionistas will be coveting…”
This one has the potential for the Official Seal of Prepaliciousness. The collection officially launches in March, you may want to bookmark this site for future reference.
Reclining while recovering has allowed us to spend more time than usual browsing that unholy pile our carefully curated collection of magazines. While doing so yesterday we fell upon this photo in Elle. Recognizing every single reader may have long ago seen (or perhaps posted) this image, we still felt compelled to share the pink and green fun.
We have word a few Sales & Savings opportunities, beginning with the J. Crew Fall Sale.
Use promo code FRIENDS at checkout to receive 25% off most merchandise.
Recently we mentioned the newest version of the Armani phone; in the interest of equal time here is the new Dior phone. If planning on one of these for a stocking stuffer you will need to make choices: color, plating and the recipient’s preference for sapphires or diamonds.
Don’t dawdle, they become available in December and it is possible they will go quickly. Indeed.
We close with these images accompanying Refinery 29′s story on four-legged beasts taking jobs away from human models – oh no!
It’s all about the ties. Absolutely it is.
Silly Tilly was feeling somewhat left out. We explained we knew there would be scads of opportunities in her future once she is out of her collar.
That made her feel much better and she returned to her normal state.
She does love her sleep. (She loves her blue binky and burrows into it before sleeping. It is like watching a big blue mushroom move about the floor. She is truly an amazing creature.)
Until next time dollfaces, may you and those you love stay healthy!