A Manly Take on Fashion Week & Another Gossip Girl Preppy Look

Hello-Hello and Happy Friday! The Princess is ever-so-pleased to welcome a weekend after playing catch-up most of the week from our mini-vacation.

We are most assuredly ready for some Friday Fun. With that pleasant prospect in mind we start with a quick hit we would almost consider “must reading” for its entertainment value: Time magazine’s column on Fashion Week. A sample:

[F]ashion shows are the most serious events in the entire world. Nobody in the audience smiles or talks; the models look like they’re on the Bataan death march; and people slowly, lifelessly clap at the end. I’ve been to political panels, criminal trials, locker rooms of playoff losers, graduate English classes and the Ron Paul convention, and I’ve never seen people take themselves quite this seriously.”

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG

The writer is the talented Joel Stein who may need his own bodyguard after writing this:

“Vogue editor Anna Wintour, whom I vaguely knew as the lady who wears Prada and is remarkably similar to the Devil, has two bodyguards–that’s how serious fashion is. I’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, and you know who had bodyguards? Nobody.”

Fashion Week is too fun

If already planning to visit the Time site, one might want to read their review of the new Candace Bushnell novel “One Fifth Avenue,” a title we have mentioned in previous posts.

Already talking about fashion does allow us to segue right into our next topic, an interesting quote from this week’s Gossip Girl as uttered by the character Blair:

“Are those Tory Burch’s last-season flats?”

We presume it was spoken in horror (oh the shame of wearing last season’s styles) but were also pondering the fact that prior to this primetime hit it is difficult to conceive of dialogue written that specifically about a designer, or playing a role of this importance in a plotline. (Full disclosure: TP did not watch the show but simply saw the quote so many places we felt compelled to share it with those who are fans.)

So, in our apparently never-ending “How to Dress Like Gossip Girl” category we have four quick pieces from a wonderful column by The Chic Spy. The primary style statement is the Sonia Rykiel blazer. Cropped shorter than what one is likely to find at Brooks Brothers, and with oversized (the Queen Mother’s translation: loud) buttons, the double-breasted blazer is available at Net-a-Porter.

The other important piece is one that would send TP into a Logophobic coma were it not for the smelling salts, the the Burberry wraparound check kilt, complete with fringe, brass pin and double side buckles. The kilt, made in Scotland, has a velcro closure inside the waist. Velcro. Indeed.

Should the look be one that you find appealing, the skirt is available in an almost identical style in Girl’s Sizes 2-14 on the Burberry website.

The Spy also showcases Nanette Lepore pumps and the Be & D “Kan Kan Tote” available for pre-order on the website. If that brand sounds familiar, it may be you are remembering Be and Steve’s insanely popular Garbo handbag from last year. And if not a G2 fan, stop by and visit The Spy for some simply delightful reading.

On the topic of reading, here is one addition to the Fall reading list you may enjoy, definitely a ‘must’ for us: Valentino: Themes and Variations by Pamela Golbin.

Themes and Variations" by Pamela Golbin

The book was released earlier this month and it looks just stunning and with Rizzoli as the publisher you know the quality will be top-notch.

Do enjoy!

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10 responses to “A Manly Take on Fashion Week & Another Gossip Girl Preppy Look

  1. Oh, TP, how I mourn the logo-fication of Burberry’s signature plaid. I absolutely love(d) it on its own merits, but who can wear it now that teenaged starlets (accidentally typed “scarlets”, as in “letter” which might be telling) are running aroud in loathsome be-logoed miniskirts? I still break out my Burberry scarf on the two days of winter we get here, just because I love it so, but it is indeed a bittersweet affair.

    By the way, I spilled my latte laughing at your, er, feminine product comment. Thank you for understanding!

    Have a splendiferous, relaxing weekend.

  2. Why, darling, your pictures of Miss Wintour are beautiful. You always seem to find the most precious pictures off of the internet. My google skills must be lacking.

    That said I am, of course, one of Miss Wintour’s biggest fans. The woman gave have 100 bodyguards if she wishes.

    Have a great weekend. I believe I will be picking up a few more things at the Preppy Princess store today or tomorrow…Christmas season is quickly upon us!

  3. I can’t help it, I love that burberry kilt. It’s a shame we’re loath to wear that plaid after the gross abundance of it in the past!

  4. I LOVE Joel Stein. I think he is one of the funniest smart guys of our generation (OK, he’s probably barely 30 and I’m 35 but whatever). Anna Wintour always looks like she has a stick up her arse.

  5. Lovely post.

    That book sounds exciting!

  6. Preppy Princess!
    I just linked to you!! Thank you for your sweet comment. This is a great post. As far as the Reva Flat going out of style… It if is a classic, which it is, it is here to stay— wearing my purple ones as we speak xoxo

  7. Hello Preppy Princess,

    J’adore your blog. I want to say thanks for the mention and to let you know I absolutely love the preppy look, it’s so classic, refined, and of course, chic.

    Chicly Yours,
    The Chic Spy

  8. I had no idea Gossip Girl was so popular–yes i do live in a cave; it’s called small town Texas 🙂
    The book looks good 🙂

  9. Gossip girl is what gets me through each and every Monday.

    And it’s not just the scandal (which is great)- but the clothes. Check out my boss on polyvore.com on my blog- a lot of people are doing clothes mashups on the site.

  10. I must say, I really enjoy your blog and observations. As a man who loves traditional style for men and women, it’s clear to me that it works best when invented by the wearer for the wearer…the Proles who copy from tv will never understand what they’re doing.

    The best thing about NYC is seeing the amazing style of women on the street. Usually in their 40s and 50s, they exude confidence, classic style and a sexiness that is not hammer like but soft and sophisticated. It rarely has anything to do with money. Although, I’m sure it helps.

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