Are These the Perfect Preppy Flats? That Cindy McCain Jewelry & the Preppy Word is Everywhere!

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Reuters

Because it is a Monday… and because the week ahead looks a tad treacherous… and because we are très triste about Paul Newman, we start with a pair of pink shoes to perk us up. Especially because of that dear man.

These are from Maloles and we pray everyone can see the grosgrain ribbon bows on the back. For those not familiar with the brand, the company is French, but we believe the shoes are made in Italy or Spain. This pair is available at Net-a-Porter. We think they are *very* close to being the perfect flat but for one shortcoming: the color is more salmon or coral than pink. Close. They are very, very close.

How do we feel about these for the little one? TP ranks them somewhere between “so-so” and “loathsome”. We are not however, anywhere near “deeply fond” of them for the young miss and we aren’t entirely clear why not. Perhaps it is because they look like something more appropriately worn by one of TP’s Madame Alexanders.

We have been queried of late about Cindy McCain’s jewelry, more specifically the rhinestone pins she is always seen wearing.

Justin Sullivan/Getty

Justin Sullivan/Getty

We apologize for not having better photos of the pins. One spells out “USMC” and the other “Navy,” representing the two lines of the service her sons serve in.

Jim Bourg/Reuters

Jim Bourg/Reuters

The pins are from one of the District’s more popular jewelers, certainly for this type of thing, Ann Hand.  Known for her patriotic jewelry, Ms. Hand’s creations have been worn by everyone from Betty Ford to Hillary Clinton.

The jeweler’s best-known piece is the Liberty Eagle brooch, seen below on the jeweler and in a close-up. The style is also offered in a plethora of other items, including earrings and cufflinks.

Ms. McCain has been seen occasionally wearing the “McCain 2008” pin created by Ms. Hand.

Outselling the McCain ’08 pin?  This candidate’s pin….

All of the candidate name pins are available at $45, quite a reasonable sum if one were to openly discuss that sort of thing. But that was before this particular item was introduced into the jeweler’s inventory:

We don’t know how popular the Biden pins are; the website shows a running tally on sales of all of these, but it seems to vary widely from the numbers shown in the windows of the physical stores. Naturally, there are many other opportunities to show your preferences.

If wearing your politics on your person isn’t your idea for proper costume jewelry, there are many other collections and media, including the Miss America line.

Ann Hand Miss America Pin

Ann Hand Miss America Pin

The Miss America Pave Crown pin shown above is available at $75; new items include the Glory brooch.

Ms. Hand also offers silk ties and scarves.

Ann Hand Silk Ties

Ann Hand Silk Ties

Next…. that preppy word is everywhere.

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istockphoto image

There are multiple recent uses of the word “preppy” we thought might interest readers. The first was in a Julie Salamon essay, Pink Shoes and Presidents:

Hillary Clinton had to justify sartorial as well as political decisions, while Barack Obama’s preppy anti-style is background, simply part of his general cool.

The piece looks at women in politics and their clothing, style, fashion, and asks: should it impact one’s vote? We found it good reading; it is on the WowoWow site. Of course, any opportunity to pop in and read everyone from Miss Manners to Liz Smith to Peggy Noonan is cause for us to toddle over!

The next reference is in a story in NY Magazine story this week, Yuppies in Eden:

“I looked up to see a young couple I myself would have characterized as “preppy” waiting to be seated. They looked as if they were visiting from the Upper East Side—all chinos and oxford cloth…. As a Williams alum, I knew all about preppies even before they’d gone mainstream with the publication of The Official Preppy Handbook in 1980. My younger brother, a Deerfield senior, was a preppy. Many of my classmates were preppies. But this yuppie thing was new to me.”

Our third reference is a term we’ve previously not seen, “Dungeon Prep,” used in reference to the runway show for Devastee, a French label. The review is brief and can be found on the Fashionista site along with photos of the Spring/Sumer 2009 collection.  We went to the line’s website; here are photos of their group for the Winter 2008/2009 group.

The name for the show was Embalming Party; regardless, we absolutely adore some of the pieces!

The fourth and final reference we mention today is not so whimsical. Not at all.  It is from Adam Bernstein’s obituary of Mr. Newman in the Washington Post.

“Brooding and sinewy, with luminous blue eyes and a husky voice, Newman resembled a preppy Greek God in his earliest screen roles.”

If he were to read this description, no doubt Mr. Newman would dismiss it out of hand as “nonsense” only he would use a more apt term we think.  “Resembled a what?! Oh horse—-!” He would far prefer a remembrance honoring the Hole in the Wall Camps. As noted on the Newman’s Own page:

Our company motto, “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good,” was Paul’s vision for Newman’s Own and it is a philosophy we are proud to continue.

Reuters/Warner Bros.

Reuters/Warner Bros.

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9 responses to “Are These the Perfect Preppy Flats? That Cindy McCain Jewelry & the Preppy Word is Everywhere!

  1. Your post is just chock-full of good things! The flats are ferosh, the little shoes remind me of Samantha of American Girl fame, Cindy McCain is a goddess in green, and that Jay McInerney story tickled me too. WHat a fun read, thank you!

  2. I had wanted more information about Cindy’s jewelry- thank you for this! I have never heard of Ann Hand- I will have to look at her line!

    xoxo,
    Muffy

  3. Paul Newman is so beautiful.. such a nice tribute you gave him… he will be missed xo

  4. Those flats are adorable. I love the back!

  5. Very nice tribute to Mr. Newman. He certainly will be missed.

    That being said, now that I’ve almost recovered from the “Dungeon Prep” reference, those flats are indeed heavenly. Alas, I can’t pull off the salmon, but I will keep an eye on this line.

    Without getting into politics, I find Senator Obama being credited “preppy anti-style” most entertaining . . . you know, because that other major presidential candidate is so often seen sporting trendy pleather leggings and Ray-Bans . . .

  6. Those flats look awesome–wish I weren’t so darn short. I look silly in flats.
    Great tribute to Paul Newman!

  7. I kinda like those baby booties.

  8. I was so sorry to hear about Paul Newman’s passing. He was such a gentleman.

    I agree with Lauren, the shoes do remind me of Samantha from American Girl. Samantha was one of my favorite childhood dolls but I never liked those shoes.

    I hope you have a nice week!

  9. Well, gee thanks. Because of you, I just put an Ann Hand pin on the credit card. ARMY because of my son. You should get a commission.

    Adorable flats………..

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