Hello-hello, we are clearly embarking upon another wild and wacky week here at the Prepatorium, how are things shaping up in your corner of the globe?
We begin with a look at one of the first big reviews for True Prep, this one from Janet Maslin in the Times. Ms. Maslin begins with a look back at the volume preceding True Prep, TOPH, along with another classic.
“But much of “The Official Preppy Handbook” just codified widely known information about high-WASP habits and affectations. (It also borrowed from “Take Ivy,” a 1965 style guide published in Japan.) Its original readers, whether they were knowing or curious, were apt to be of boarding-school age or a little older. Now they’re pushing 50.”
Above, that iconic cover of Take Ivy.
The review mentions some of the societal changes since TOPH was first published.
“Among the post-1980 phenomena with which “The Official Preppy Handbook” could not conjure are the Internet, the McMansion, the cellphone, synthetic fleece and the emergence of famous rehab facilities as today’s new boarding schools.”
Below, one of many illustrations in the book.
As mentioned in previous posts (here and here), the book includes many contemporary brands and companies. A few seen in the Casual Friday image shown above, LL Bean, Cole-Haan, and J. Crew (too much Crew); product mentions caught Ms. Maslin’s attention:
“Ms. Birnbach is best suited to the shopping guide and flagrant product plugs that are a large part of this book’s raison d’être.”
Overall Ms. Maslin’s review is positive, with appreciation for the book’s humorous style and efforts to update common topics. Click here to read the review in its entirety.
Also of note, this month’s Allure features a True Prep tie-in piece, our thanks to the Bellini Bunny for showcasing it on her blog. The story contrasts popular styles of today with styles back in 1980 when TOPH was published.
For example, “Beauty Icons then” include Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, “Now” it is Gwyneth Paltrow. (Ahem.)
Also meriting a visit, Apartment Therapy’s “Waspy Whimsey“.
Guerrin Gardner and Mat Sanders put together a wonderful styleboard inspired by the book.
For anyone interested in the schedule with dates and times for True Prep Book Tour events, click here; the link takes you to a page with all that info and more, The Consort the IT department put it together for the site.
We quickly revisit some of last night’s fashionable (or not) moments at the Emmys. Below, three stars of Mad Men, January Jones in Atelier Versace, Elizabeth Moss in Donna Karan, and Christina Hendricks in Zac Posen.
Below, Sally Draper actress Kiernan Shipka at the event.
Here are a few of the Mad Men, along with the show’s producer, Matt Weiner.
Actor Jon Hamm and longtime partner Jennifer Westveldt both wore Armani for the big do, while Tina Fey opted for a stunning Oscar de la Renta gown.
Perhaps the most unusual dress was worn by Rita Wilson, seen here with husband Tom Hanks.
The dress and shoes were both from the Prada runway show, we don’t know who did the handbag.
We generally adore Ms. Wilson’s style selections, but this one just didn’t work; it was a classic case of the dress wearing her, not the other way around.
Actress Claire Danes was a knockout in Armani.
We leave you with two more images from last night’s festivities.
Until next time!
ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:
- AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
- Frazer Harrison/Getty
- Jason Merritt/Getty