53 responses

  1. little augury
    November 1, 2010

    It is so true, fashion calls at all ages, I do like that dress. Reggie will be besotted no doubt, though when I saw him last week, He had Nothing to say about my Vanessa Bruno frocks, nor the 25 year old Chanel bag I drug out of the ark! it may have been a bit drear. Bravo for wearing the pumps, though I have some evil peds for the Moschino devils I wore that evening. Have a great jaunt and go easy on the guys.

  2. Deja Pseu
    November 1, 2010

    See, this is what Fashion should be about. Those pieces of our dreams, that fit like a dream, and satisfy. Congratulations on both the dress and sweater.

  3. Class factotum
    November 1, 2010

    Love the skirt and want to see the dress on! It does look shapeless on the hanger, but the human body can do marvelous things to enhance fabric.

  4. Marcela
    November 1, 2010

    I absolutely adore that dress and I am sure it looks great on you. I also like all the other pieces of clothing you bought, but that dress…ahh that's the stuff dreams are made of ;)

  5. SewingLibrarian
    November 1, 2010

    You will look wonderful! And bully for you for eschewing the bare-legged look. That dress and those shoes need the polish of very sheer nude hose, IMHO. Have a good time!

  6. La Belette Rouge
    November 1, 2010

    I know it is early on a Monday to be coveting but that is what I am doing. I can tell you if there were links available that at this very moment I would be buying that Tahari skirt and Theory sweater. And you have motivated me to squirrel away my cash to get a Prada dress of my own. I am MAD for that dress. Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!
    p.s. I have a JCrew dress that was clearly copy-catting this Prada dress. That doesn't stop me from wanting the REAL thing.

  7. mise
    November 1, 2010

    I read through this hoping and hoping that you'd find it and buy it, and when I saw Abe I knew it was a good deal. Someone so gracefully suave will manage to sell it to her, I prayed. And a crumb-catcher: only Prada could pull off such superbly practical ridiculousness. You'll look a million dollars, or the proportion therof that's a dignified sum for a WASP.

  8. Muffy
    November 1, 2010

    Wow. Unbelievably fabulous. Gorgeous dress. Wear it in good health! "You're worth it"

  9. Patsy
    November 1, 2010

    Oh! Gorgeous! Heads will turn, whispers will follow you. Lucky Reggie & ADG!

  10. hostess of the humble bungalow
    November 1, 2010

    I think you are channeling divine Skye Chic here…
    and I am a tad green sitting in the wings with enourmous envy.

    I believe in living out your dreams…and applaud your action in achieving what is within your means…alas, miles from mine…so I will live vicariously here and swoon just a bit…

  11. Susan Tiner
    November 1, 2010

    I love the dress! It would be wonderful to see a photo of you in it.

  12. agirl
    November 1, 2010

    I need to spend some time with Abe.

  13. Northmoon
    November 1, 2010

    I too share your dream purchase vicariously. Hope you feel like you can conquer the world when you wear your gorgeous dress.

  14. metscan
    November 1, 2010

    Oh my, the dress definitely is your dress! Wonderful. And you bought all the rest too? Everything goes well with everything. Lucky you! Enjoy : )

  15. Hill House Ramblings
    November 1, 2010

    Ohhh that dress. I bet you'll look smashing in it. (I quite like the coat version as well.)
    Have fun!


  16. Blighty
    November 1, 2010

    wow, you have marvellous taste, loved the pencil skirt and then the dress, superb! And those Louboutins! And very impressed at all the research and groundwork that went on! xx

  17. rb
    November 1, 2010

    I am so, so, so very envious that you have both the funds AND the figure to wear that dress. I have walked by the Prada store many times and it has never even once occurred to me that I might walk in!

  18. Belle de Ville
    November 1, 2010

    I love that Prada dress…you will be turning heads in New York!

  19. materfamilias
    November 1, 2010

    That dress is wonderful — and those shoes, that cardigan, will make an impeccable combination with it. Impunity indeed!

  20. Annabel Manners
    November 1, 2010

    Divine, divine, divine. This is how every dress should perform – as though it was tailored expressly for you and delivers precisely what you were searching for. You'll look and feel fabulous in it!

  21. The Preppy Princess
    November 1, 2010

    Über-elegant – you are going to be that and more. It is one stunning dress, and the pumps are perfect. Maxminimus and Reggie are two lucky guys to be 'making the scene' with you!

    Call me crazy, but I think the pursuit of the pieces contributes significantly to how they'll feel on.

    Love this story Miss LPC, good on you.

  22. Sensible Footwear
    November 1, 2010

    Nice work LPC!

  23. Town and Country Mom
    November 1, 2010

    I have no doubt you will be perfectly stunning in this ensemble. And I love the pencil skirt, too–something about structuring ikat really appeals to me. And I know you're a grown-up and everything, but it can be pretty cold in Atlanta in November. Most likely you'll get glorious fall, though, which will be perfect for the peanut and the Prada.

  24. Velvet Over Steel
    November 1, 2010

    Great picks!! I really, really like that dress! Learned awhile back that if I try on more modern stuff that most of the time it looks great and nothing like I inagined. So now I at least try things on. I have some really cute 'clearance' pieces that are actually 'in'! lol

    Great post! Following and will be back!!
    ~ Coreen

  25. the gardeners cottage
    November 1, 2010

    omg i so wanted to see you in that dress. it's fabulous and so are you. killer combo i'm sure, i just wanted to see it!!!!!

    and those tweed trousers. yum.


  26. Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle
    November 1, 2010

    I highly approve of your Prada decision. It's always so hard to understand why designer pieces justify the price until you try them on. The patterns have been worked to hang just so and I'll be it makes you look stunning!


  27. Miss Janey
    November 1, 2010

    Miss J LOVES that dress. Had she seen it in NYC, it would be hanging in her closet at this moment.

    She's wearing the Elie Tahari tank that matches Privelge's skirt…

  28. LPC
    November 1, 2010

    little augury – A meeting of such great import occurred and there is no record? Or perhaps I missed the telling? Oh silly Privilege surely nothing could have been more fun than that read. But Reggie! Reggie! No word on the frock and bag. I declare that I shall chide him

    Deja – I knew you would understand. Well said.

    Class – I took the skirt back. You would approve of my frugality:). The dress, luckily, is not shapeless. If I can prevail on Reggie's partner, Boy Fenwick, he of the golden camera, I shall bring back a picture of me in the dress and show it to all of you. It's the least I can do.

    Marcela – Thank you. That's why I took the other stuff back.

    Sewing – Perfect. I will tell myself it's polish I am after, not just blister buffers and warm shins.

    La Belette – Then I won't tell you I had links in there to both Tahari and Theory…. If I could have found a copycat I would have bought it instead. I think.

    mise – Oh Abe was exactly that. Perfect description. He was elegantly suave and still nice. Rare in a person. I hope to look like a million dollars and if not, then feel like it anyway.

  29. LPC
    November 1, 2010

    Muffy – Thank you. Especially for the good health wish.

    Patsy – And if not I will just pretend it's happening:).

    Hostess – Thank you. I am honored that you'd envy me.

    Susan – I will see what the evening produces in the way of photography.

    agirl – Oh yes. And I think he'd be a kick to have a drink with. Apparently he is a student at the Fashion Institute.

    Northmoon – I wanted to share it. I wanted it to be sort of a group experience.

    Mette – I bought the rest. But after the dress, I brought all the rest of it back. I may not need the dress but I REALLY don't need the dress and skirt and pants and sweater:).

  30. Anonymous
    November 1, 2010

    It's perfect and I am sure you looked smashing! I savored every word of your description and delighted in the visuals you created in my head. I do, however take exception about wooly tights.
    artsy cousin

  31. LPC
    November 1, 2010

    Hill House – Thank you. I tried on a coat-version, but it was too fancy for the life I read now. I might wear it to a grand benefit, where everyone else was in long and black.

    Blighty – Thank you! I returned the other stuff – not even delirium could warrant all those clothes. And the research, well, that's what happens when one misplaces one's job:).

    rb – You know what? That place is DAUNTING! My mother always said one should not feel one has to dress to shop, but I confess I dressed to walk in there.

    Belle – Well thank you! I plan to wear it also to the Lavish! conference. With photo opps…

    Mater – Thank you so much. Impunity and delirium at once…

    Annabel – I know! Why don't more clothes do this for us?

    TPP – Max and Reg are good sports to put up with all this girly fuss, don't you think?:). And I agree, the pursuit, the formation of desire, does make the eventual wearing much more satisfying.

  32. LPC
    November 1, 2010

    Sensible – Thank you very much.

    Town and Country Mom – Yes, I liked the skirt too. But the thin sweater over it came dangerously close to revealing the same middle age pudge that the dress so gloriously conceals. If it's cold in Atlanta in December (it's December) I will just put my coat on over. Right? Right?

    Velvet – Thank you. So nice to see you here. It's very hard to shop well without trying things on unless you are buying something you've bought before.

    Janet – The tweed trousers were pretty delicious. But one must draw the line somewhere.

    Mary Jo – It did hang Just So and I felt stunning. I'm still 54, of course, but I don't expect a dress to change that. I think:).

    Miss J – You have the thank that matches the skirt? You lucky devil you. Thank you for your approval of my purchase.

    Madeline – Maybe it's only Miuccia, then, who wanted the dress to be worn that way.

  33. julia::ordinarysaturdays
    November 1, 2010

    I like those colors. Especially the tweed pants. The dress is wonderful, I hope you have a great time wearing it.

  34. Sydney Shop Girl
    November 1, 2010

    I love the dress!

    SSG xxx

  35. Barbara
    November 2, 2010

    Can't wait to read about your meetup with
    Maximum and RD. Beautiful dress, pants and cardi classy. Of course.

  36. Genuine Lustre
    November 2, 2010

    Just snagged a new cardigan myself! Drat.

  37. Duchesse
    November 2, 2010

    Pretty dress and you're so happy! Wish you had not returned skirt and pants, IMO you can wear them lots of places you would not wear the dress. In for a penny, in for a pound: get the skirt and pants too!

  38. metscan
    November 2, 2010

    I could well have acted in a similar way; I mean choosing the best article and hurrying to take the rest back. My hb hates something like this. He says, what is bought, is bought, so I won´t always tell him everything. My latest flop was that I bought booties, took them back and exchanged them to a Louboutin evening clutch+ a Marni T ( soft wool ). Today I took the Louboutin clutch back, traded it to a gray ( ! ) Marni sweater+ a matching beanie ( yes, a beanie again). I wished the shop owner a Happy New Year, and told her not to let me in before that date ; )!

  39. Summer is a Verb
    November 2, 2010

    Grrrrreat…THAT's the bar your setting for a meet with Max! Prada and Loubs? Sigh…I fold…XXOO

  40. Pigtown-Design
    November 2, 2010

    holy crap! you are going to have such fun with the guys. max had dinner with us in baltimore last week and thank god he took the train up! i think that there were no less than 15 gins between us all! i know you will love max… and reggie, too! (I just don't know reggie)

  41. Pam
    November 2, 2010


  42. DocP
    November 3, 2010

    I'm a bit late to this thread. I would love to know why it is always a dress that provokes this kind of desire even though I live in suits. With trousers.

  43. Miss Cavendish
    November 5, 2010

    Am imagining the utter pleasure of walking into Prada and leaving with a dress and cardigan. Bliss.

  44. Mardel
    November 5, 2010

    Oh that dress is divine! Good for you.

    The last time I was in San Francisco that very same Abe brought me water and convinced me that a particular jacket was so perfectly me that I must take it home. He was right. I still adore it and feel fabulous dressed up or down.

  45. LPC
    November 5, 2010

    Julia – Thank you.

    SSG – Thank you.

    Barbara – Thanks. I'm looking forward to the meet up. Anyone else in New York?

    Genuine Lustre – Just what I said:).

    Duchesse – But sometimes out for a pound means hold onto those pennies…

    Mette – I rarely return things, in fact, but with the dress in hand the skirt and sweater would never have seen the light of day. If the shopkeeper doesn't mind, I don't think there is any harm in your back and forth.

  46. LPC
    November 5, 2010

    Summer – Your athletic spirit is always there, ready to rise to the occasion. Fierce. Love it.

    Pigtown – Oh lord. My liver may not survive. But I am sure it will be worth it.

    Pam – Thank you.

    DocP – I've been thinking about your comment. I remember, the first navy pants suit I bought, the first really nice one, I felt the same way. It was by Vestimenta.

    Miss Cavendish – If I could have bottled the feeling for sale, I'd be able to buy 100 more dresses just like that.

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