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The Consort Is All Over This Fashion Thing

Hello-Hello, all.  The Consort skipping merrily mikeside to entertain you while The Lovely and Talented Princess gives back to the community.  Now that the Olympic Games are behind us we, as citizens of these United States, can go back to doing what we’ve done for years:  ignoring hockey.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love the game.  Any sport that sends élite athletes into a “time out” box when they’ve misbehaved must have something going for it.  But until hockey is televised in the USA on something other than a minor cable channel it is going to be an uphill struggle to build an audience.  I must add that the gold medal game between Canada and the USA was packed with sixty of the most heart stopping minutes I’ve enjoyed in sports in years.  But now we turn our attention to other matters of importance.  Like Fashion Week in Milan.

Green has always been one of my favorite colors and this creation from Krizia is… green.  I’m fascinated by the belt and boots.  Somewhere a fetishist is riveted by the photo.  The design is almost German Beerhall hostess gone preppy dominatrix.  Now that’s a combination you don’t see often.

You can’t go wrong with pink.  However, on anyone other than a size 2 this might look like an open parachute.  I’m a guy and kind of a linear thinker.  How does one sit gracefully in this dress?  When seated does it drape gently around the legs?  I can only hope so because the alternative is too frightening to consider.  The shoes?  Excellent!  The sabre purse is to die for.  The Princess happens to have some vintage purses in that style around the Prepatorium somewhere.  Time to move on…

Oh, my.   This poor young thing forgot to put on her dress.  You would think someone would have said something before she walked out in front of everybody.  Nice necklace, though.

Just the other day I mentioned to The Princess “I sure wish someone would update the burqa look” and now my wish has been granted.

This design from Meadham-Kirchhoff is sure to make the mullahs mad.  Or is it more an homage to Cher’s “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” period?  Quite frankly I’m a little confused about this but the black lace is giving me kind of a funny feeling, if you get my drift.

I’ve always been a big fan of shoulder pads in fashion.  Joan Crawford could pull off that look like a champion.  What would the 80’s have been without shoulder pads?  However, I’m not sure if adding swirls of fabric to the shoulders of this LBD is working for me.  Sometimes too much is just too much.  Structurally (and here’s a guy point of view) I’m not convinced this dress is capable of holding up to sudden rotations of the torso or strong trailing winds.

Enough of the dresses.  Let’s turn our limited attention span to footwear.

A suggestion.  When someone says they are going to walk the dog I recommend against impaling the poor beast on your foot.  These are wrong for so many reasons I don’t even know where to begin.

Photo by George Chinsee/WWD

I’ve always been a fan of Jimmy Choo.  Here’s a design that will appeal to the two-year old in all of us because it lights up when you walk.  Kind of like those cool little shoes that kids wear.  I love that.

Now I’m exhausted.  Combing through all the bad fashion shown at Milan takes a toll.  So I leave you today with reassurance that my lovely bride will return tomorrow.  Don’t forget to treat your waitperson right tonight because they’re working hard for you.  I’ll leave you with a little musical number from the widow Bono.  Good night, everybody!

Photo credits:  Krizia – Mauricio Miranda/WWD, Meadham Kirchhoff – Giovanni Giannoni/WWD, Hakan – Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

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Team USA’s “uber-preppy” Uniforms & Spring Fever

Hello-Hello and welcome to a sunny, shiny new week!

AP Photo/Robert Bukaty

Did everyone watch last night’s Closing Ceremony in Vancouver?  We have received a number of inquiries about Team USA’s Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms for the event.

Jasper Juinen/Getty

The photo of our Bronze-Medal team from short track skating helps show the look. Below (L) Apolo Ohno and Lindsey Vonn wait backstage before entering the stadium, on the right, Shani Davis.

This image from a previous post on the uniforms better shows the Shawl Collar Cardigan.

Polo Ralph Lauren

That item is now sold out in adult sizes, but if looking to put Muffy or Porter in one of the Closing Ceremony Cardigans, they are still available in Children’s sizes, as are the Opening Ceremony Puffer jackets. .

But if seeking most of the popular styles, including the hats for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, prepare for disappointment. Still available? Items like the Men’s Tie and Opening Ceremony Knit Sweater.

The Team USA Shop has just four women’s items remaining and the same in the Men’s department.

The uniforms from PRL and Nike have mostly been met with praise by the athletes.  Gold Medalist Hannah Kearney wrote about her Olympic experience for MTV:

“The 104 pieces of Team USA clothing and swag that we received from Nike and Ralph Lauren upon our arrival in Vancouver, along with an Olympic ring (which I paid good money to upgrade to white gold and diamonds), make excellent mementos.”

Not everyone is happy about the uniforms. According to this story in the Post, the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is upset with Ralph Lauren:

“… is being criticized for putting his oversize Polo logo on the chests of the US Olympic athletes instead of the stars and stripes.

Some of the 165,000 members of the patriotic Daughters of the American Revolution — who control some of the most exclusive country clubs in the nation — have even talked about organizing a ban on Polo merchandise in the pro shops in those clubs.”

This turns out to have been (essentially) a tempest in a teapot; a DAR spokesperson says there is no such boycott.  In this story Team USA receives high marks for the uniforms:

“The iconic American designer succeeded in creating an uber-preppy look during the opening ceremony…He went more “casual” than those of the Beijing games, if one’s definition of casual is the East-coast old money look.”

An interesting side note: many of the Polo Ralph Lauren uniform pieces were made in Vancouver. This Seattle Times story has more on that angle.

We thought Team Canada looked outstanding.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

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All weekend we have been readings friends’ Tweets and blogs and Facebook mentions about spring fever; we appreciate knowing we are not alone in our strong desire for warmer climes. (TPP is here on FB and here on Twitter.)

Nor do we harbor any intention of calming the fever, rather we hope to inflame it via some springy styles.

Tory Burch

Above, looks by Tory Burch from her new Garden Prints collection. The Camille Dress and Megane Cropped Pant are now available for pre-ordering.

While the dress wouldn’t do a thing for us, the pants are darling.  Below left, the Roscoe Jacket and on the right, the new Slip On Sneaker, with a touch of nautical style.

The Kids’ Simone Cardigan at Tory Burch looks great but we’re not sure if we like the Tunic quite as much.

We are waffling on it for reasons we can’t quite figure out…hhhm.

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Next, a look at some spring styles from Manolo Blahnik; on the left is the Gloton in polkadot (the designer’s favorite shoe for spring, according to Vogue.com) and on the right is the Pulque.

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We close with this Pretty in Pink & Green shower curtain, discovered over at the Pink & Green Scene.

With that sunny image we say goodbye until next time!

PHOTO CREDITS:

Shani Davis: REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Apolo Anton Ohno & Lindsey Vonn: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

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Friday Fun: Royals Watch Alice, Mad Man in Vancouver

Hello-Hello and welcome to some Friday Fun!

We have all sorts of bits and bytes to share today, we begin with a peek at the party across the pond for Alice in Wonderland.  When they say ‘Royal World Premiere’ they do mean Royal.

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We loved the gown worn by Mia Wasikowska.

Even the fans were all dolled up.

Claire R Greenway/Getty Images for Disney

It is beginning to look like we may actually have to toddle on over to a theater to enjoy the film in its best light.

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Next on the agenda, given any opportunity to post photos of Don Draper we continue our tradition of updating readers on Mad Men stars; Jon Hamm is in Vancouver enjoying the Olympics.

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Above he is seen at the US vs. Canada hockey game last weekend, having a bite of pizza with longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westveldt.

Bauer Griffin

We’re not clear which team he was pulling for.

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Next, a look at the latest collaborative collection from Louis Vuitton.

Courtesy Photo via StyleRumor.com

The limited edition line is called Cosmic Blossoms, done with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Some readers may recognize the artist’s name, this is one of many partnerships Mr. Murakami has done with Vuitton.

Courtesy photo via HighSnobiety.com

The advertising campaign features Daisy Lowe, with pieces in three rich shades that we adore. The bright pops of color look like Easter candy or ice cream sherbet.

Courtesy/StyleRumor.com

The Cosmic Blossom collection becomes available in Louis Vuitton stores beginning April 15.

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We also have a few more styles from New York Fashion Week we haven’t yet had time to share.

There is no way we could allow the Oscar de la Renta show to pass unnoticed, the man is genius.

There are many reasons we frequently refer to Mr. de la Renta as ‘the master’.  Among other things, the designer knows how to use color and texture.

He also knows how to make a woman look, and feel beautiful.

Lush, luxurious and lovely.

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Next, looks for a Lady:

Lady Gaga, that is.

The entertainer sought designs for her Monster Ball tour from both Prada and Armani; above are sketches for two styles from Armani.  Below we see the entertainer in her ‘Telephone’ video.

LadyGaga.com

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We do love a post by the folks at StyleFrizz, pointing out one of the hottest trends in wedding gowns:

Pockets.  More and more gowns are offering pockets.

The genesis of the StyleFrizz post is actually found in this post at the Austin Wedding Blog.

The J. Crew Genevieve silk radzimir gown also offers this handy helper (no pun intended).

J. Crew Genevieve

As does the very popular Alexa cotton Cady.

J. Crew Alexa

Many of Crew’s gown have pockets, a smart move on their part.

TP is hyper-sensitive to the issue, having wept more than a few tears of joy upon the occasion of her marriage to the Consort. If we’d only had pockets, sigh.

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We close with something provoking a little controversy:

Associated Press

You are looking at what’s left of the hair on speed skater Ryan Bradford’s head.  Evidently a small minority of people feel this is disrespectful to the American flag; as someone who might be considered hyper-sensitive to such things we disagree.  Another Team USA skater sort of tricked the athlete into the look; click here to see more about that.

On that note we say g’bye and share hopes everyone enjoys their weekend!

CREDITS:

Oscar de la Renta: George Chinsee/WWD

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Those Wacky Ice Dancers

Hello-Hello, happy middle-of-the-week to everyone!

Today’s topic is a bit out of character. We almost didn’t share it, fearing our cherished readers will think less of TP for posting such questionable fare. (Gasp.)

But the topic proved irresistible, we could not stop putting photos into the post; the Demonic Princess inside kept saying “more pictures, more pictures.”

Keep in mind before judging us too harshly, we did skate for years. And years. Rather serious stuff, at the ice rink at 5:30am for 90 minutes before going to school and then back to the rink for another 3 or 4 hours after school, more on weekends. We loved almost every minute of it, and share that background only to demonstrate we aren’t insensitive to many of the confounding and bizarre situations skaters confront.

More precisely, today’s focus is on those skating in the Ice Dancing genre. By its very nature this is not an activity best captured in still photos, let alone freeze frames taken from moving video.

It is those frozen moments that we look at today.

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Even when things are going according to plan it can appear otherwise.

Grigory Dukor/Reuters

Clearly female ice dancers are much stronger than they appear.

Grigory Dukor/Reuters

That photo above isn’t showing the only time this young lady has flung her partner about, here’s another example:

Grigory Dukor/Reuters

It seems the women are forever throwing the men around. Who knew?

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Frequently the costumes don’t help at all.

Grigory Duke/Reuters

Not. at. all.

Jerry Lampen/Reuters

They can be distracting.

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Sometimes it is the facial expressions.

Grigory Dukor/Reuters

The athletes just look…distressed.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Or disturbed.

Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Sometimes parts and pieces of the outfit become the enemy.

Junji Kurokawa

And then sometimes one encounters an image like this.

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And knows enough to say nothing at all.

But when things do go well…

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There is magic on the ice.

Jasper Juinen/Getty

And you see looks like this…

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Our hats are off to all of the competitors, just getting there is an enormous accomplishment.

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AUTHOR’S NOTE: A few of the photos are not from the Olympics, they are from qualifying events leading up to Vancouver.

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How It All Began & Meet the “Olympic It Couple”

Hello-Hello and welcome to another week.

We have been derelict in our duties vis-à-vis some recent bloggage mentions, and we need to get back on track. We begin with the always-delightful Queen Bee; she included us in her Sweet Heart tag and we completely spaced out doing as requested: sharing how we met The Consort and ended up marrying him. We shall attempt brevity here, as little seems less interesting than two old fogies.

Yours truly was living in Denver and working at the ABC affiliate; TC was in town for several weeks with several other gentlemen installing the spiffy new computer system we were getting in the newsroom. One Saturday we toddled on in to the station, hoping to catch up on paperwork. The Consort was there and started chatting us up; we had a very-casual-conversation (casual in the extreme) that somehow resulted in plans to get together later that evening.

A little background: The notion of TP going out with anyone of the male persuasion was major news. We had sworn off men. Forever.  The old “Bitter, party of one” cliché understated the reality in our case.  Clearly there was some kind of mental incapacitation at play here, causing us to even agree to anything like meeting someone outside of the workplace. It most assuredly was not a d-a-t-e.

But we acted like it was. Some long unused female mechanism kicked into high gear and we dashed home, proceeded to tell our best friend all about it, showered, dressed and then literally sat by the telephone, waiting for the call that would finalize the evening’s plans.  To put things in context, this was before call waiting was invented; we wouldn’t speak with anyone who called that evening lest we miss The Consort’s call.  You know what call we’re discussing here, of course: The. Call. That. Never. Came.

Seriously. He did not call.

You can imagine the level of frosty disdain we displayed toward him on Monday. A chill in the air? You could have made snow for the Winter Olympics from the deep freeze radiating off our colder-than-cold heart that day.  TC and his entire computer crew left town two days later; we had not spoken to each other. There was no discussion, no apology, no explanation, nada, zippo, zero, zilch.

However…

He did start sending cute little computer messages from New York. Again, this was back when instant messaging was new and oh-so-high-tech! (It also seemed like a safe distance as well. Not that it mattered. Cough-cough.) He would simply message little things like ‘hello,’ and ‘how are the computers working?’

We gradually upgraded to telephonic conversations, but only covering work-related issues. And then for some reason he called us at home (very, very scary) one night and we stayed on the phone for hours.  He called the next night, and the night after that and… yep. This went on for months until he actually came for a visit.

And as is often said, the rest is history. He is better than the best, but unfortunately, he can never live down standing me up for our first date non-date.

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Also today, a big Thank You to Sweet Home Amy for gracing us with the Sunshine Award.

Thank You Sweet Home Amy!

Once the Award is received the rules are as follows:

1. Post the logo on blog.
2. Pass the award on to 12 fellow bloggers.
3. Link to the nominees’ blogs so others can get to know them.
4. Let nominees know they have won this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person you received this award from.
In the that spirit we send this award on to:

There are simply scads of lovely bloggers we enjoy reading; given enough time our list would number in the hundreds.

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Finally today, we stoop to what could be a new low in our Winter Olympic coverage. It has nothing whatsoever to do with competition or uniforms or anything like that.

Getty Images

Yeppers, it has to do with off-the-ice activities. That would be skating Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek and gymnastic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin; the two are an item.  An LA Times blog has the story, originally confirmed by People magazine.

Some are referring to the duo as the “Olympic It Couple.” They first met in 2008 while taping the Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular for NBC.  This summer they attended the Espy Awards together.

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Both athletes have Twitter accounts, below is a Tweet from Mr. Lysacek following his big win:

“@NLiukin So glad you were there!!! XX”

And Ms. Liukin posted this Twitpic:

BTW, we can be located on Twitter here, and Facebook here.

On that romantic note we say G’bye until next time!

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