Magic Knickers & Bingo Wings-Who Knew?

Hello-Hello and welcome to a Thursday here at the Prepatorium!

We begin with what may be a surprising admission: we are actually looking forward to the big event this weekend for fashionistas, the Red Carpet at the Oscars. (Although we are terribly worried for our friends in New York and hope you are able to see the show. ABC and Cablevision really need to play nice with one another, honestly.)

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Our friends at the Telegraph have a stellar piece on avoiding Red Carpet disasters.

Getty Images & Rex via the Telegraph

The Telegraph cites Beyoncé Knowles, Sophia Loren and Miley Cyrus as the Worst Dressed at last year’s event.  One advisory, the story does flirt with a verboten topic, a lady’s unmentionables. (Gasp.)

4. Underwear

It must match, first rule of play. And if you’re resorting to “magic knickers”, “Spanx” or any “lose-a-size” wonders, make sure your dress is sufficiently opaque or in a heavy fabric which will not disclose what lies beneath.”

What a marvelous term, “Magic Knickers”.  Below we offer gowns/personalities making most lists of Oscar fashion disasters:

Splash News

Oooh, we had forgotten how unfortunate that garment was on Ms. Paltrow.  Next, a fire engine red fashion faux pas.

And then there was this, we can’t share the word that always comes to mind upon seeing the gown. (The word isn’t about Ms. Kidman mind you, it is the dress.)

Splash News


Another term we hadn’t previously heard: “Bingo Wings”.

5. Arm yourself!

With a little tulle or chiffon “shrug”. It’s a Dame Helen Mirren style secret and your “bingo wings” will remain yours.

We’re thinking this is the sort of accessory discussed in Rule #5.

Frazer Harrison/Getty

There are sure to be more hits and misses this weekend, we are eager to see who is wearing whom. (For a gallery of previous red carpet styles, click here.)


The Academy Awards offers an audience many advertisers covet; Penney’s is taking advantage of this, launching a new image campaign.

JC Penney

The retailer is also using the broadcast to officially kickoff OlsenBoye, the line from the Olsen twins. Click here for a previous post with more on the collection.

Courtesy JC Penney


We close with an early look at the Liberty of London for Target line, due in stores and online March 14.

Courtesy photo via Catwalk Queen

The retailer has a splendid interactive feature online showcasing Liberty prints, anyone can pick a pattern and download it for use as a screensaver or desktop wallpaper.


Here are a few more images from the always-on-top-of-all-things-fashion Catwalk Queen.

In this next image we see pieces from the home collection including a lamp, bedding and candles.


More from the line.

Courtesy Photo via Glamnest

We could be mistaken, but we recall reading that some items, like the gardening tools, are only going to be available online.  We think the Queen Mother might find the gloves appealing.

We’ll make the planter today’s Pretty in Pink.

Courtesy Image via Glamnest

At only $9.99 it’s also pretty nice on the pocketbook.  Another item on its way to your local Targét, a Liberty print bicycle.


As an FYI, the colors are much richer (and in many cases brighter) than our images show. Having returned less than an hour ago from a little jaunt to our local Target, we can report that banners promoting the line are in place all over the store.  The collection includes products in every category, from clothing to accessories to home goods, it is a very important launch for one of our favorite places.

G’bye until next time!


Filed under preppy, Pretty in Pink

6 responses to “Magic Knickers & Bingo Wings-Who Knew?

  1. Joan Rivers probably wanted to match the red carpet so that she’d be disguised and it would be harder for the celebs to run away from her!



  2. I so want to be able to purchase some of the LofL from Target. Hope they have enough merchandise!!

    Love this post!! xoxo

  3. I was in Beverly Hills today and I was at least 20 personal assistants running around with bags filled with dresses, shoes and accessories. I had to stop myself from asking which star they were shopping for. I wonder if there were magic knickers in any of those bags.;-)

  4. kate

    The bike is available on right now. It’s a different pattern though.

  5. Would you believe we cannot watch the Oscars on TV tonight because of a major dispute between Channel 7 and Cabelvision, our cable provider? Everyone on Long Island is going nuts! Thank you for your nice comment about TV Art – I so appreciate every single comment I get – when I get one – LOL!

  6. Preppy14

    So glad you take the time to post every day!
    Great blog!

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