The Princess is Unhappy, More Inaugural Party Frock Sketches

Hello-Hello everyone… did we all enjoy a splendid beginning of the New Year? We certainly hope so, it seems everyone is more than ready to turn a corner, although just which corner to select is up for debate.

Unfortunately, TP is feeling completely distraught. Why? Perhaps the photo below will provide a clue.

PHOTO" Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

PHOTO" Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Non? Un autre….

Brendan Smialowski/Getty

PHOTO: Brendan Smialowski/Getty

Still not sure?

We are talking about the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington.  One of the better-kept secrets inside the beltway. It is a fabulous little establishment, of the sort commonly referred to as a boutique hotel.  Its location is nothing less than perfect. From one’s room you can gaze upon Lafayette Park, St. John’s or the White House, among other attractions. The obvious question: precisely how is this establishment causing TP such distress? To be fair, it isn’t the establishment, rather the change in administrations.

You see, most students return to school after the weekend. This includes two darling little girls who are in the process of relocating to the District, Sasha and Malia Obama.  Classes begin for them Monday at Sidwell Friends, and the family is temporarily moving into the Hotel to ensure the girls start their studies on time. Blair House, where the family might usually stay during the last weeks of the transition, is occupied until January 15.

It is really the only place we stayed when in town, unless we were attending a business convention of the sort requiring everyone be at “the official hotel.” (You know the usual suspects: the Mayflower, the Shoreham, etc.) We fear all the media attention and exposure will result in the Hotel becoming one of the latest “it” spots, and it shall be completely overrun with people. Perhaps we worry too much and all of the hubbub will amount to nothing?  Hopefully so. In the interim, we shall stop whining and discuss something more upbeat.

For example, the story serves as a reminder we haven’t shared all of the sketches submitted by designers for the Obama girls Inaugural apparel, like these two looks from Lucy Sykes:

Courtesy Lucy Sykes via WWD

Courtesy Lucy Sykes via WWD

Unfortunately, neither of these register at the Prepalicious level, IOHO, although we do like the little pearl studs.

Courtesy Lucy Sykes via WWD

Courtesy Lucy Sykes via WWD

They both appear almost run of the mill, a surprise coming from this designer, one of TP’s favorites for children’s apparel. The Bonnie Young creations are fun, and the jewel tones a good idea, sure to complement whatever color scheme is selected by their mother, Michelle Obama.

Courtesy Bonnie Young via WWD

Courtesy Bonnie Young via WWD

We really can’t offer an opinion on the Rodarte… everyone looks like an alien being, come for a visit with the earthlings, no?

Courtesy Rodarte via WWD

Courtesy Rodarte via WWD

Our final look today for the Obama girls comes from Eliza Gran, often featuring looks inspired by vintage creations. We promise to share more in our next post.

Courtesy Eliza Gran via WWD

Courtesy Eliza Gran via WWD

We are enamored of the style used for this sketch, complete with the crayon-style drawing and the inclusion of the “dog” in the lower right corner!

Also from Women’s Wear Daily, nominations for MVP, or “Most Visible Players” in their story “The Ubiquitors of 2008.”  WWD’s Eye column ranked a number of celebrities, primarily using their number of appearances on photo websites as a criteria.  Who’s Number One?

Scott Rudd

PHOTO: Scott Rudd

The column ranks the entire cast of Gossip Girl in first place; above, stars Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford, Blake Lively and Penn Badgley.

Steve Eichner

PHOTO: Steve Eichner

The feature shows more G2 photos, including a shot of off-screen couple Blake Lively & Penn Badgley, as well as Leighton Meester, another one of the show’s female leads.  (Please tell me us that isn’t a romper she is wearing…?!)

Kristen Somody Whalen

PHOTO: Kristen Somody Whalen

Here’s how the article ranked the individual stars:

THE CAST OF “GOSSIP GIRL”
The group of young hotties is thoroughly enjoying its newfound fame.
Total: 189 (combined)
Leighton Meester: 45
Chace Crawford: 34
Jessica Szohr: 33
Taylor Momsen: 22
Penn Badgley: 20
Ed Westwick: 18
Blake Lively: 17

We openly acknowledge still having no clue as to how the votes were tallied, but we somehow think it isn’t critical that we comprehend this part of the story.  And it is also time for our usual disclaimer explaining that somehow we have not watched an episode of Gossip Girl, but after all, we’re in a new year and anything can happen…

Others included in WWD’s list of MVPs include Brooke Shields, the Olsen twins, and Becky Newton of “Ugly Betty” fame.

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A reminder that nominations are still open for our own awards, 2008’s AntiPrep of the Year, along with the Preppiest Person of 2008. (This was a little something started in the Princess Consort’s post from New Year’s Day.) We thought Muffy Martini should get off the fence and let us know her true feelings instead of being so wishy-washy:

“Anti Prep goes to Paris. She is SIMPLY horrid.”

And Mrs. Newlywed offers a number of possibilities:

“Anti-Prep? Lindsay Lohan for sure.

Prep? This one is tougher, but I am going to go with Cynthia Rowley. I think she did a stellar job with her Target line, and while her fall line was somewhat questionable. She is consistently on top of preppy fashion.

I am sure there are more, but I wanted to pick someone unique…not one of the Gossip Girls…especially since I don’t know their names.”

Belle in Bloom also gives us some suggestions:

“I’ll have to agree with everyone on the anti-prep. Paris Hilton. yikes.

For preppiest…I just don’t know. I do love Anderson Cooper. Can’t wait to see who is picked. Fun.”

On that note, don’t be shy – share your thoughts! Grins and Giggles until next time, we hope you enjoy a stellar weekend!!

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10 responses to “The Princess is Unhappy, More Inaugural Party Frock Sketches

  1. I’m so terribly sorry you will be unable to stay in YOUR hotel! That’s frustrating, grr. I must say though, that I love the Rodarte “aliens” sketches. You’re hilarious. And while they do look rather extraterrestrial, I do enjoy their little outfits! And yes, I do believe that is a romper!

  2. I think you may be correct about your hotel. I mean the whole world is ga-ga over the Obama family so I would think they will want to stay in that hotel… hope we are wrong so your not inconvenienced in your fun times in DC 🙂 Afterall, it was yours first!!!! Right??? I mean really . . . xoxo

  3. My mom thinks it is so weird that the Blair House is “unavailable.” They have known someone would be moving in! I understand construction can be delayed (if that’s the problem) but come on! I’ve told her I will investigate when I am back in DC 😉

    PS- I understand how you feel about your special place changing. The Washington Hotel (best rooftop bar in DC and awesome view) is being remodeled and I have a feeling it just won’t be the same when it is redone 😦

  4. I heard the hotel was haunted….maybe this will keep the crowds away? I believe the 15th is the traditional date to move into the Blair House so please don’t be upset with the current First Family–blame the fancy private school for not changing the schedule 😉

    Am I horrible for not ever watching one ‘Gossip Girl’ show nor having a single desire to? I just don’t get it. At all.

  5. I am soooo sorry about your hotel!! I know how you fell, I felt the same way when one of the Olsen twins stated in Vanity Fair their favorite sneakers were Supergas!! Well any way at least Paris “Anti-Prep” Hilton is not staying there!!

  6. I think a part of me died a little inside when I saw the picture of Leighton in the Romper! Blair would never wear such a thing!

  7. I have something for you.
    ~Belle

  8. It is sad about the hotel. It never really dawned on me that now everyone will want to stay there. When we were there it was so lovely and quiet, we often wondered if anyone else was staying there. At least we can say we knew about it “before” 🙂

  9. Red & White Preppy

    Blahhh about the hotel situation. Hope you had a wonderful holiday season! Here’s to a FABulous 2009 for you 🙂

  10. TCP

    Am still mulling over my contenders for your contest…it seems that I can think of a million APs but have a much harder time with the PP.

    Cannot wait to find out what the Obama ladies will be wearing…do you know if there will be an announcement, or will we just have to wait for the big event?

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