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The Hose Knows, Thomas Pink Loves the Ladies & More

Good Monday to all…we trust everyone enjoyed a pleasant weekend. Or, are a few others struggling with a touch of that flat, blah feeling…..? We hope not. The Princess openly admits to being afflicted with more than a touch of that syndrome, else this particular post might have been done in less than the current eight nine ten hours (and counting) we have been toiling away at it. That is more or less, with the emphasis most decidedly on more. (Well… surely we weren’t the only people in the western hemisphere who watched Smackdown Torrey Pines are we…? Waaahhh!!)

In an effort to perk things up a bit, there is nice news for a young designer that is also delightful news for those of us loving the lush-but-limited womenswear offerings from Thomas Pink: we’ll be seeing a new collection from designer Richard Nicoll, considered by some to be the “king of the blouse,” an appropriate moniker considering Pink’s rich heritage. The Richard Nicoll for Pink collection will include shirts and blouses as well as skirts and dresses. We share a small sample above; look for the collection at the end of August. Of course, since we are discussing a retailer, and with economic realities being what they are, we feel compelled to advise you of the ongoing SALE at Pink. (Although the offerings are quite limited, as in extremely limited: four polo shirts at last glance, but because sharing *is* caring…you know the rest.)

Now before we talk any more at all about shopping or any other frivolities, here is a troubling topic. And it is one that has The Princess more than a little mystified. It is a sensitive topic and one most certainly influenced by one’s generational status. And… are you sitting down? (You may want to have Nanny take the children outside.) Now we learn that Her Princess-ness is officially a Fashion Criminal. Pourquoi? The Hose Knows. The issue is addressed in a recent article in the Journal:

Yet the transition has highlighted a generational divide. For women who entered the work force before the 1990s, hose were considered as necessary as underwear. But many twentysomethings have never worn panty hose at all.

If you don’t favor reading the entire column, then do scan the memo from the President of a Kansas Credit Union updating that company’s Dress Code to cover this specific issue. And while we don’t favor anyone getting their whiskers in a wad, somewhere in the 8 (yes, can you imagine eight?) pages of intense, provocative, at times extremely emotional comments! Little did we know this one gets the blue blood in the veins to moving, sometimes outright boiling! Oh my!

Coincidentally, FashionJunkie also has a recent column on the topic, much shorter than the Journal story, perhaps a bit pithier.

“In my humble opinion, wearing nude hose – especially during summer months, is one of the worst fashion crimes you can commit.”

It is in the reading of the FashionJunkie column we discovered we had committed a crime; worse, we are probably more like a hardened criminal. We ask only that when they haul us off to prison we be allowed to take this month’s T&C (Town & Country) and Vanity Fair to the clink with us, ‘kay? More importantly, do they have special quarters for Royalty? What about the qaulity of the help?

In lighter news some may recall the Mad for Plaid portion of our post from last Friday; among many lovely items featured in a montage were a stunning Shoshanna Bandeau Bikini Top and plaid Bow Brief. Those fortunate enough to wear Shoshanna swimwear before know tops and bottoms are always sold separately (you can always spot the mind of a Nightingale alum at work – we love this entire line) so the resulting fit is as nature intended: perfect. The links we used connected to ShopBop, an outstanding retailer that The Princess adores. However. We have standards. And when it comes to your pocketbook, well… there are few retailers we double-dare-adore more than Nordstrom, especially when they have those same Shoshanna swim separates at vastly superior price points. Click here if you ‘heart’ the top. (Are we becoming hip, slick and cool with our lingo?)

And here for the bottom. And here for a link to Nordstrom’s current swimsuit SALE inventory for Women. The markdowns are equally healthy for Men, Young Men, Brass Plum and Children. BTW, have you noticed our new affectation (as if we need more), of using all CAPS when typing the word SALE? How bad is this on the Annoyance-o-Meter? Peaking in the Red Zone, or merely a pest? Okay, next on our hit parade:

It now seems every time we manage to navigate the path to our electronic inbox our good friends at J Crew have a new and different SALE offering. So if you still need just a skosh more for the initiation fee at the Club, or you don’t want to take out a second on the third (home-away-from-home, and trust us on this, you do not want to go down this road) here is one more way to save: spend $125 at J Crew and you receive 20% off your order! The ‘offer code’ is PRIVSALE. While neither the email nor the website specifically state this, it would appear this offer is applicable only to online sales as indicated by the presence of the ‘offer code.’ What is clear is that this is a “3 Day Only” sale, thus concluding Wednesday night at midnight by our math. But remember, we spent our career in TV precisely because we did not do math. At least not well. Let that serve as a warning. But don’t let a that offer keep you from enjoying what must be a more public offer:

Actually, J Crew could be moving right up there alongside Brooks Brothers in consistent use of email marketing, come to think about it. And yes, Brooks did send a new offer this week, basically amounting to “Cheap Shoes for All!” TP apologizes for using that hideous word, but other word applies? Hello?

And on this note we conclude the written portion of today’s post. We hope to do better tomorrow. Following are a few visual offerings enhanced by a bit of input from the Buffalo News.

From The Buffalo News:

When Russert’s father, Timothy J. Russert Sr., who was immortalized in “Big Russ/Father and Son: Lesson of Life,” learned his famous broadcasting son had died, the 83-year-old retired truck driver broke down in tears. His son’s death came at an especially heartbreaking time — two days before Father’s Day.

He was in the Orchard Park assisted living facility, where his son had helped him to move just a week ago.

“Big Russ knows his son died. He’s crying right now,” said Joseph Passafiume, the son of Jean Passafiume, Big Russ’ companion for three decades.

Mary Matalin, James Carville & Tim Russert

Nov. 26. 2007

 Mary Matalin & James Carville

June 15, 2008


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Unusual Sales at Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom; Shorts at J Crew, The Usual Sales at Vera Bradley, etc.

You are aware The Princess is loathe to discuss the “M” word (as you know, it’s just so crass and, well, common), but it seems that economic realities are forcing the issue, at least if we are to let you know about some unusual sales and higher-than-normal markdowns at a few of our favorite retailers. Let’s start with Brooks Brothers which has so many ‘specials’ running, it would be incredibly tedious to list them all, so here are a few highlights:

Online Only, Ending Sunday June 8 (until they extend it again…or not) markdowns to 60% Off, somewhat unusual for Brooks, LOADS of Father’s Day specials and Women’s Shoes & Handbags are 25% off.

One quick little promotional announcement from The Preppy Princess that is also of the saving variety, a reminder to use the code BLOGDEAL to receive 10% off the PreppyPrincess.com site until June 30, including these fab aprons (can you say great hostess gift?):

Over at Vera Bradley, that Sale continues as well, with 25% off Retiring Colors, and you know how quickly these can fly out the door. (Or off the site, so to speak.)

The Princess has always been partial to Capri Blue, and may snap up this little cosmetic case in that pattern. Or the Mesa Red eyeglass case? There are oodles of other sale items, including decorative accessories, lamps, and more soft goods like the microfiber lightweight luggage pieces, including this Garment Bag. There’s also tableware and stationery items, like the Citrus Loose Notes shown below.

One of the more unusual sales is found at Nordstrom, where there are two oddities from TP’s perspective. The first is that the Shoe Sale and Apparel Sale do not cross paths. As of now however, they do, which brings us to oddity number two, the amount of the discount or markdown: it is generally no more than 40%, but now it is 50% online & in store on select women’s apparel & shoes. More power to them. (In reality it would seem that it is more power to you and your Nordstrom card.)

The J Crew Sale continues apace with one addition: selected summer shorts are 25% off, please note this is online only. Now we thought we might take this opportunity to remind everyone the J Crew sale includes their absolutely to-die-for Crewcuts line for children and the Boys and Girls sizes as well.

Speaking about children’s clothing reminds TP that one of our favorites, Garnet Hill, is having their incredible Semi-Annual Kids’ Sale and Clearance. If you have shopped this before, then you already know. If not, then stop reading and get going, because the merchandise is better than top notch, the styles are beyond delightful and the prices are killer. There are several pages of Kids’ items below $10, always helpful for the pocketbook. Of course, The Princess is always helpless before a bucket hat, especially when it’s for a child and on sale for $6, and Alligator Sandals for Toddlers and Little Boys from ECCO are just too cute, not to mention good for their feet.

Moving away from the ‘standard’ or annual/semi-annual type sale to the rather unexpected, we move to the Neiman Marcus situation. Mind you, as we write this we are not complaining whatsoever about the opportunity to save a few pennies whilst making our contribution to the bigger economic picture, not at all. We just dislike an unhealthy economic outlook from a global perspective.

In a story published in yesterday’s Dallas Morning News, CEO Burt Tansky said that business was so rough last quarter Neiman’s did some unusual things, like extending markdowns from a “One Day Only” Men’s Sale into a second day. Ouch. And he also told the paper the company is buying less Fall merchandise, somewhat unusual in and of itself. But here’s what shoppers want to know: he also told the newspaper the store will be adding more sales in upcoming months, and they are going to have to be more promotional. “More Promotional” is code for sales, or more aggressive markdowns, or both and this is sounding like both to us. At any rate, their Designer Sale is in its ‘Final Days’ at 35% off, and at the Last Call Online Clearance the bargains continue with discounts up to 65%.

While we’re talking upper end department stores, how about Barneys? Yikes! This is unheard of!

Really. This just doesn’t happen. The Princess realizes that if you don’t have cause to follow the retail scene or shop here, this truly is one big yawn. Understood. However, it ceases to be a yawner when one gazes upon that hideous orange and realizes that Barneys is doing 40% markdowns, and then furthers gasps, saying, oh my, they’re including Men’s, Baby, Shoes, and Home! I mean, look at this darling little Malina dress for Infant Girls of some of the softest 100% cotton you will ever (I mean, ever) feel. There are some good to great deals on Men’s Zegna dress shirt, A couple of FYIs on the online sale: There is a lot of men’s merchandise, including a lot of Prada, Zegna, while we would recommend skipping the Home Gift section unless desperate as it is slim pickings – in store offerings are much better on that front from what we are hearing.

Additionally, there is a significant group of Women’s Sale Shoes, with something for everyone (trust The Princess on this), with a good number of Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Miu Miu, Lanvin (including the Satin and Flower Ballet Flat!), Marc by Marc Jacobs, CO-OP by Barneys New York, Robert Clergerie, Fendi, Chloe, Jil Sander, Derek Lam, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Michel Cazabat, Sigerson Morrison, and Henry Cuir. We show the Prada Degrade Ballet Flat way above on top, and the Sigerson Morrison Mirror Metallic Sandal, way above on bottom. Now here is what’s known as a tease: you may want to make particular note of the Sigerson Morrison sandal, as our next post will involve Sigerson Morrison and your favorite discount store. Yep. Promise. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle…um, never mind.

Essentially, everyone is having a sale, including Chanel, with their private sale running through tonight, and then their one-day public sale running tomorrow. Talbots has taken an additional 20% off their clearance merchandise online only, so click here if it tickles your fancy, although TP has found very little there of late to get excited about. Net-a-Porter continues their Spring ’08 Sale, with new reductions taken.

We start to wrap up with J. Press, continuing with their sale both online and in their stores, always worth a stop, and then we have Ann Taylor with a Deal of the Week with 25% off Select Pants & Capris Online Only, as well as their ongoing Clearance with prices starting at 19.99. Ann Taylor Loft is offering 30% off select dresses & skirts online only and also 25% off maternity + free returns; use code JUNEMOM for the free returns. Also at Ann Taylor Loft their Clearance continues with new markdowns as well as other deals too numerous to mention.

That is as many as we have time for…happy hunting!

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Mulberry Heads to the Hamptons & Brooks Brothers is Going Where?

Fans of the always chic Mulberry style will be able to enjoy it firsthand if they’re headed to the Hamptons. The company’s first ‘pop-up shop’ is opening this Saturday (the 24th) in East Hampton, and the British accessories firm says the shop will be open through the summer. The company will be showcasing some of its collaborative efforts with artists like Julie Verhoeven, who has designed a T-shirt line for Mulberry. A few of her creations for the firm are viewable below. The Hamptons shop will carry some of the standards you expect from this on-trend retailer, as well as exclusive items that were previously only available outside the US. Perhaps they’ll get a little welcome wagon Hamptons style from neighbors like Gucci and Ralph Lauren. BTW, if you know anyone who may be qualified to work at the upscale boutique, it appears they are still hiring from this posting on Craig’s List.

There’s word this week from ever-so-preppy Brooks Brothers, announcing their next store opening will be in La Jolla, sometime this fall. If memory serves me right, the closest one to La Jolla would be Fashion Valley in San Diego, so presumably the preppy shopper in the area will be pleased by the news. (The state is littered with has quite a few of the Brooks Brothers outlets, far outnumbering the regular ‘Retail’ stores by a good margin.) The new shop will be one of the retailer’s larger ‘Flagship’ stores, also enjoying nice neighbors like Banana Republic, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama.

The company is also moving ahead with its new Brooks Brothers Country Club concept store at Garden Walk in Anaheim, California.

Oh, and a quick reminder for folks in the city that the Chanel fine jewelry boutique on Madison reopened today, after a major overhaul.

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