A New Member Named to the AntiPrep Wall of Shame


How happy are we all that it is Friday? Really a very silly sentiment, particularly when one considers the holiday-shortened week, honestly.

This is definitely a “when it rains it pours,” situation; we go weeks without any Gossip Girl news and then suddenly it seems we have almost-daily happenings! Today we share updates on two of the show’s more notable stars, seen Wednesday at the gala hosted by Valentino at Château de Wideville, the retired designer’s home.  Women’s Wear Daily covered the festivities, below we see their photo of Blake Lively with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Stephane Feugere/WWD

The party is the traditional conclusion for Paris couture week, and as one can see, the Château is an inspired location for the gathering.

Stephane Feugere/WWD

Another G2 star, Leighton Meester, is seen at the party with designer Marc Jacobs.

Stephane Feugere/WWD

We love this image of Lee Radziwill on the left; on the right we see Jane Fonda with the host.

Definitely the place to be for the fashion crowd on Wednesday night.

One other Gossipy note, the show continues shooting in Paris for the new season, below we see both Ms. Lively and Ms. Meester on the set.

Via Celebrity-Gossip.net


Our other television related item involves Mad Men‘s costume designer, Janie Bryant and her upcoming clothing collection for QVC.

The line won’t be available until the end of September, but Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.) had courtesy images of several styles, including the two above.  We like the coat on the left (and actually have a very similar vintage piece) but feel lukewarm on the other items.


Next, our first look at the Keds – Gap collaboration, below we see the Womens’ styles.

Courtesy Photo via StyleList.com

The Mens’ collection features neutrals in cotton canvas.

Courtesy Photo via StyleList.com


Vera Bradley fans will be happy to learn the company is now offering backgrounds for one’s phone, iPad or desktop.


Click here to see the offerings.


We do have news of a new AntiPrep. Can you guess who or what or why?

Bruce Weber for Abercrombie via Fashionista.com

Word that Abercrombie and Fitch is bringing back its catalog prompts the addition to the AntiPrep Wall of Shame.

The company announced last week that its racy catalog, gone for the last seven years, is returning this month. Fashionista has the story, and some photos: “Exclusive: Inside the New (and Very Naked) A&F Quarterly“. The picture shown above is about the only one safe enough for today’s post.

Other news about the retailer concerns bugs, more specifically bedbugs.  Last week an infestation of the creepy critters closed both a Hollister store and an Abercrombie in the city.

Image via Racked.com

The witty minds at Racked came up with the image seen above, we couldn’t resist sharing it.  Both stores have since reopened, but NY magazine asks if the Hollister problem is really solved in this interview with an expert on the topic:

We also just learned that Abercrombie on the Seaport has bedbugs, too. What does that say about the problem?
The worst-case scenario is one of their warehouses had it. And if that’s the case, that’s frightening, you know what I mean? Because you’re not just talking about a few stores anymore. But I think it’s actually really scary that it’s more than one location. They have so many employees at Hollister and we don’t know whether any of them have it at home or not.”

Absolutely. Hideous.


We leave you something a tad more upbeat.



That is a Timex Design Your Own watch created by yours truly for today’s Pretty In Pink; click on the link to go make your own. Our thanks to the folks at High Snobette for the tip!

With that we bid adieu until next week, may everyone enjoy a splendid summer weekend!


Filed under Collaborations, Friday Fun, Gossip Girl, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, Pretty in Pink, Sales & Savings, The AntiPrep

14 responses to “A New Member Named to the AntiPrep Wall of Shame

  1. A & F clearly stands for Appalling and Fiasco. And that’s before I even think about the bedbugs. Terrifying. Apparently their marketing thinks this new vulgar catalogue will boost sales???

    Have a great weekend, TP!! xoxo

  2. MCW

    I live about 3 blocks from that Hollister store. Thank god I never go in the place!!!!
    My roomie and I know walk on the other side of the street and avoid anyone with their bags! Ugh…

  3. OMG, does that girl in the A&F ad have a thong on? Tasteless!

  4. Collen read my mind. OH MY!! A&F is at it again. So glad the daughter doesn’t wear A&F and we can skip by the store.

    TP: Thank you so much for your comment on my blog today. I did a polyvore contest about a year ago and then didn’t play with it much. I kept seeing polyvore images on other blogs and kept playing with it. As you can tell, I am obsessed.

    I hope you have a stellar weekend as well!

  5. MRM

    Good Lord. The return of the A&F catalog? I think I just vomited in my mouth.

  6. VickyM

    So embarrassing!

  7. kiki

    i think hollister and A&F have it out for me. anytime i venture to the mall, which is a rare occurence, both stores intoxicate me with hideous colognes as i pass by. i spend the rest of the time at the mall trying to walk a straight line. can’t believe i used to shop at A&F in my younger years. i went there for madras. shudder to think. ugh. loving that pic of Blake and Gwynnie. have a great weekend.

  8. KK

    Oooh love the photo of Gwen and Blake! Stunning.

  9. Bedbugs at A&F – gross! I can remember the days when they sold nice, perfectly preppy cable-knit sweaters – now, like Kiki, I can’t even walk by the store without feeling nauseous from all that cologne!

  10. Jerilyn

    So glad I found you – scrolling thru your blog makes we want to shop and buy cute stuff! Those Lilly iPhone covers are adorable! Subscibing to your RSS feed and adding you to my blogroll!

  11. Ew! I didn’t know that about AF. So gross. On a more sunshiney note- I LOVE Leighton Meester 🙂 Great post! Thank you!

  12. Thanks for the sweet comments. =)

    I can remember actually getting the A&F Quarterly when I was in college…it actually introduced me to some great bands through its CD reviews. I can’t even imagine buying a copy now…I haven’t been in an A&F store in a couple years, though with every closet purge, I do end up hanging on to a couple of their old button-ups & pairs of cotton shorts for running.

    I know sex sells, but…just…yuck. & the bedbugs…even yuckier.

  13. I am old enough to remember when A&F was classy. Ugh, that makes me feel really old.

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