Tiffany & Cartier for Sale at…Bluefly?!


Because we have an all-afternoon volunteer commitment, today shall be more photos and fabulosity!

We begin by fulfilling a promise we made yesterday: more pictures from Saturday’s Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic. On the left, Emily Mortimer; Alek Wek is on the right in the cheery yellow Zac Posen dress.


Kelly Klein wore Dolce & Gabbana; Chloe Sevigny was in Chloé.


It’s possible readers are more interested in pictures of these two gentlemen, but we think not. We’re quite sure you are operating on a higher plane, coming from a much more cerebral place…yes?

PHOTO: Steve Eichner/WWD


We move on to a rather amazing SOTT (Sign Of The Times): news that discount online shop Bluefly will be selling Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, and Cartier jewels. (Gasp! Oh, the horror!) However, it is not as if Bluefly shall be carrying new jewelry pieces on the site, nor shall they be regularly offering such upscale goodies as a matter of course. This story in today’s WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) explains:

“Bluefly has so far eschewed the private-sale format, but on June 8 will hold its first invitation-only, limited-time sale.”

“Prices are about 20 percent less than new. For example, an estate Cartier Love Bracelet will cost $3,080 rather than $3,850 at regular retail.”

We must confess our appreciation of the Love Bracelet; the Queen Mother still wears hers, acquired way back…well, just way back when.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Cartier via WWD

As noted, these are estate pieces, not brand new items coming directly from the jewelry stores themselves.

The sale is a joint effort with upscale estate jewelry wholesale firm Circa. (Come now, we’ve all noticed their ads in the Times discreetly offering ‘assistance’ in generating a little pocket change by liquidating those silly trinkets collecting dust at the estate. Oh, pshaw, admit it, you know you’ve secretly pondered the possibilities created by letting another generation ummm… experience the beauty of  Great-Grandmama’s pearls. And that monstrosity of a ring left from the wedding-that-wasn’t when that new-money-and-no-taste-man was chasing after Aunt Evangeline, you know the one with the 2.8 carat ruby absolutely laden with those garish diamonds?! Beyond Nouveau Gauche, it was an abomination – why not dispose of it? Good. At least we understand each other.)

And who might one see in the next sale of this kind at Bluefly?

“The next sale might feature the moderns David Yurman, Judith Ripka and John Hardy…”

(Pssst… again, that’s and their number is 877.876.5493. Not that you would ever consider calling them. Indeed.)


A few quick sales to share before we scoot:

That’s right, the Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale starts tomorrow!

Also, Polo Ralph Lauren is taking deeper discounts in their sale and clearance event.

We leave you with a darling shot of Daisy Duke’s darling godson, Baby Zeke, in his snappyseersucker sailor suit. Miss Daisy is clearly looking after his sartorial needs. (Heh-heh-heh.)
* (CEO) There is a price consciousness dictating shoppers’ purchases today unlike anything I have seen before. We’ve spent years building our brands to compete on quality, aspiration, and a unique store experience, not on price.
* There are also fashion headwinds. We are currently in a cycle that lacks a dominant trend in the female business. Trends that appear to have some traction are not the long-term trend of classic, casual, preppy all-American sportswear that is core to our heritage.
* As an update to our specific plans for new store openings in 2009, domestically in addition to the Hollister flagship in SoHo, we now expect to open 10 stores in 2009. This figure includes 2 abercrombie kids’ stores, 4 Hollister stores, 2 Gilly Hicks stores, and 2 outlet stores.

Prepalicious Things: Preppy Tretorn & Keds, Tory Burch, Bric’s Luggage, Paul Smith Tennies

It’s time for a little Spring and Summer fun! The Princess stumbled across some delightful goodies, like Tretorn’s Pink & White Sneakers at; that fabric actually looks like seersucker. TP considers feet shod in seersucker to be a grand idea for the upcoming season…yes? And if you are visiting Zappos, you simply must gaze at these fabulous Pro-Keds Royal Lo Madras for Men. Now, to be honest, we are not entirely positive TSU (The Spousal Unit) would be inclined to wear these, but we can always give it the old college try.

If you are still looking for summer dresses, here’s a Tory Burch that will be an outstanding choice for any number of events, whether you’re on the patio at Charley’s in Boston for lunch (on Newbury) or headed to the office with a sweater or jacket thrown over your shoulders.

Then we show a pair of our alltime favorite Bettye Mueller flats, these are from Revolve Clothing. I know what you are thinking, but you can never have too many pair of madras flats! Now, don’t you think every Princess should be entitled to at least one set of pink luggage in their lifetime? Of course. Especially if it’s Bric’s, which is so easy to take care of, made in Italy to be uber-durable. The top two images are pieces available at Bergdorf’s; the bottom photo is the company’s Sophia shopper, shown at; this is a piece The Princess highly recommends.

As long as we’re dealing in things we love, TP must share another pair of favorite tennies: the Hudson style from Paul Smith in the UK. (They are European sizing, but there’s a size conversion chart as an easy pop-up if you’re unsure on the sizes.) On this floral note, we toddle off and say have a splendid weekend!