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Friday Fun of a Preppish Sort

Hello-Hello, happy (happyhappyhappy) Friday.

In the spirit of the weekend, we are going to enjoy some Friday Fun, beginning with Apartment Therapy’s look at Colorfully Preppy Rooms.  We love the way this room reminds one of striped grosgrain ribbon.

Domino via Apartment Therapy

From the story:

“Think crochet games, sailboat races, argyle sweaters, and Oxford shirts. Coordinated style with a crisp, refined edge — these are rooms that would do any Bunny or Chip proud!”

Desire to Inspire via Apartment Therapy

It is a fun read with lots to love, our favorite is the fifth room, “Reminiscent of a closet full of button-downs…”.

Apartment Therapy DC has another story we think readers will get a kick out of: The Color of Prep: Accessories in Pink, Green & Old Money

Writer Catrin Morris delves into just why pink and green are the colors associated with preps, and the way those colors are incorporated in home decor.  A group of home accessories is also featured, including that fabulous Cape Madras pillow above.

Apartment Therapy

We covet several items, including the madras plaid French Bull Salad Servers (pssst, they also come in pink) and the Thomas Paul Coaster set.

More from the story:

“Preppy homes are very traditional, old money affairs, full of antiques passed down from elite forefathers, faded oriental rugs, rustic and practical outdoorsy accessories. Sailing, camping and hunting motifs abound. Worn plaid throws rest upon faded leather Chesterfields. You get the picture.”

Also shown, Grosgrain Napkin Rings (we are lucky enough to have been given a set by a friend, they are wonderful) and some of our Lilly Pulitzer Melamine Plates.

We are more than flattered to be included in the story, and enjoy seeing a number of our virtual pals mentioned as well, Christian at Ivy Style, and Allie at Summer is a Verb.

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It looks like Brooks Brothers is extending its social media plans to include Twitter.  We have previously mentioned the retailer’s Facebook presence; the company is using that Facebook page to help select the design for its upcoming Twitter page.

Brooks Brothers

Click here for a better look at the three designs in the running.

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We turn to the Halloween weekend now, and begin with a member of the Anti-Prep contingent. We are fairly certain everyone would sleep better this evening if they only knew what ‘Snooki’ plans to wear.

Courtesy Image via WWD

As the sketch shows (?) it is a pickle-themed costume, we’re guessing perhaps there is a reason for this…Ms. Snooki likes pickles?

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Moving on, if we had been anywhere near the city last weekend, we would have headed straight to Tompkins Square Park for the annual Halloween Dog Parade, where we would have seen this.

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Not generally what one expects to see when combining pearls, fur and a Tiffany’s box. This next one could well be our favorite, Gracie the pug in her replica of Scarlett O’Hara’s legendary dress made from the family’s green velvet drapes.

Clearly Lady Gaga is going to be much-imitated this season.

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Mabel’s stab at the meat costume brings a smile, as does a Pomeranian dressed as Zorro, seen at a Philippines fundraiser.

Reuters

Whenever we see photos of this kind we stop and marvel at just how much our four-legged family members tolerate, and their infinite patience.  To see more pictures from the Tompkins Square Parade, click here.

With apologies for stooping to the dogs in costume level (dopey Princess), we hope everyone enjoys a happy and safe Halloween weekend!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Stacie Joy/Gothamist: Tompkins Square Parade

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More Preppy Love + an Item from our “It’s Just Not Done” Files

As more evidence surfaces of the ongoing explosion of Preppy Love, we thought it wise to share just one example rather than devoting another entire entire post to the topic. Perhaps the Midwest heat is making her highness a bit of a crankenstein, but devoting another entire post to that topic seemed a bit over the top…yes…no…perhaps?

At any rate, today we offer another preppy-oriented story, this one on madras originating, from the southwest region of this great nation, more specifically Phoenix. The Arizona Republic has a brief story on madras, “Mad for Plaid” by writers Erica Sagon and Melissa Magsaysay, offering some faboo looks that are light and airy and fun. The story has some great photos and links to a few of your favorite establishments. (The links you see below should take you directly to the item you are looking for as opposed to the store’s home page.)

Arizona Republic Mad for Plaid Story

Ann Taylor Loft Halter dress, Maxi Dress at Gap, Cape Madras mini at CapeMadras.com, Bracelets at Forever 21, and the “Lucaya” fabric espadrille is at J. Crew.

Arizona Republic Madras Story

In this photo, shorts are J. Crew, Aubrey wedges from Target, Shop Bop Shoshanna Bandeau Bikini Top and plaid Bow Brief (sold separately), Fossil belt at Macys, the navy and red madras bag with wooden handles is at Nordstrom (actually it’s on sale at 40% off), and Macy’s is showing the Dooney & Bourke Patchwork Madras Tote.

We *do* hope you enjoyed this. Especially as the next story may turn your stomach just a tad.

Paul Burrell Photo Courtesy Paul Burrell

Regular readers here at the Prepatorium know that we considerate it most inappropriate to single out individuals and hold them up for public ridicule, or excessively negative attention. Of course there are exceptions to the rule. (This comes as a surprise to you? Oh dear.) These would include some of our regular features, like “The Anti-Prep,” “Help Me Understand,” and “It Simply Isn’t Done,” among others. Today’s exception to the rule involves Paul Burrell, the rather jolly looking individual in the photo seen above. Looking at the picture just below you will likely remember him as the man who was Princess Diana’s former butler, continuing to make a fortune from her life and death in a most revolting manner.

Princess Diana & Paul Burrell

This weekend he manages to take that rather common term, ‘low-life’ (you’ll note I am having no difficulty using it) to a new low. Mr. Burrell will be selling jewelry “designed with the deceased Princess in mind” on a cable television channel, ShopNBC. Below are some images of the jewelry, followed by a story on this little endeavor as seen in Women’s Wear Daily. They wrote it so much better than I ever shall there is no point in excerpting it, so here it is right after the photo.

Paul Burrell Hideous Jewelry

“THE BUTLER DID IT: Paul Burrell is serving up jewels as part of his latest venture. The ex-butler of Diana Princess of Wales will launch a line of jewelry on Shop NBC this weekend inspired by the late icon’s taste in gems. Dubbed Effy Signature Range, the line will bow in the U.S. on Saturday. The television retailer has described the collection as “breathtaking, with regal appeal.” Burrell, who lives in Florida, will promote the line with a series of guest appearances on the channel prior to the launch. The former royal servant, who once described himself as the princess’ rock, is now less in demand in Britain, where news of his jewelry line has fueled Burrell’s infamy. The former servant has reportedly netted 10 million pounds, or $19.5 million, since Princess Diana’s death through the sale of his books, appearing in reality television shows and even launching a wine variety — Royal Butler Wine. Pieces in the jewelry line include an 18-karat Tri-Color 1.14-carat Diamond Flower Ring retailing at 860 pounds, or $1,699.95, and a white and rose gold 1.85-carat Diamond Flower Pendant with chain for 1,275 pounds, or $2,499.95. For those who can’t afford it, the wine is priced more modestly at approximately 6 pounds, or $11, a bottle.”

Now, there’s an interesting phenomenon on the site, perhaps because of the scathing ridicule NBC has exposed itself to with this business partnership: when one inputs the terms “Paul Burrell” or Princess Diana” into the ShopNBC search engine you receive a message indicating there are no matches. None. When one inputs “Effy Signature”, the name of the collection, then Voila! you can transport yourself to the collection.

There are some interesting side notes in the details accompanying the descriptions of the jewelry. For example:

A sample of this item was sent to an independent certified jewelry appraiser. Its replacement value was appraised at $1,800. Please note you will not receive a copy of the appraisal with your purchase. (Appraisal date: April/2008)

Paul Burrell

“Enjoy regal distinction with flashes of grand fascination.”

The Princess thought this was a bit odd, but then we have never purchased jewelry at ShopNBC so we could  be way off base. This would probably also fit into that “You can’t make this stuff up” category. Honestly.

Do enjoy your weekend. Here we are trying to sort out precisely how we shall avoid being a sad Princess yet again about the loss of yet another extraordinarily gifted individual, in this case, one whom we were blessed to spend a little time around. (Actually, she is simply crushed by the news.) Mr. Princess is in the same position and saddened as well. Sigh.


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When Madras is OK…and When It’s Not

It appears the Los Angeles Times has discovered madras. At the very least they have determined “Classic Madras Plaid Returns,” according to an interesting story in Sunday’s (May 4th) paper from Staff Writer Melissa Magsaysa.

MADRAS PLAID, the preppy staple, will always conjure images of clambakes on the Cape and touch football on Martha’s Vineyard. But this spring, the breezy fabric is having a fashion moment, turning up on everything from retro nerd, short sleeve men’s shirts to string bikinis.

Aside from referring to the fabric as a ‘staple’ (conjuring up all manner of dreadful images), the story does point out the number of “hip designers” using madras this spring, including Vivienne Westwood, and uber-chic French atelier APC, with founder Jean Touitou joined by designer Jessica Ogden for the Madras line.

However, as any to-the-manor-born Prep is aware, all madras is not created equal. Translated: just because it’s madras doesn’t mean it’s invited to the party. Take for example both the Kohl’s Periscope pastel madras shorts on the left and the Victoria’s Secret pair on the right. Both are wonderful for an infinite number of things, but neither are acceptable for Wednesday’s golf game at the Club. Not even close to scraping by for drinks at the 19th Hole in the Clubhouse afterwards.

Kohl\'s Periscope Girls Madras shorts

Victoria\'s Secret Green Madras shorts

It has nothing to do with the store of origin; these darling flip-flops, also from that wicked Victoria’s Secret, are absolutely ideal for making your way between the Ladies’ Locker Room and the pool at that same Country Club. And the bikini from French firm A.P.C., will look outstanding soaking up the sun at the pool at that same Club.

APC Madras Batching suit

Victroia\'s Secret Madras Flip Flops

Of course, you can’t go wrong with these darling madras shorts from Best & Co., available in Boys sizes, or J. Crew’s outstanding Weekender Bag.

Best & Co Boys Madras ShortsJ Crew preppy Madras Duffel Bag

But then again, the Cape Madras Mini-Mini Skirt at 12″ in length, won’t work for some of your more ‘serious’ social occasions. (Don’t even think about it for a League meeting.) In fact, it does remind The Princess of those long-ago mini-skirt debates. You know, the “No daughter of mine is leaving this house in a skirt that length!” conversations. The more conservative Chadwick’s Skirt will pass muster at most establishments, raising nary the disapproving eyebrow.

Cape Madras Mini Mini Skirt Chadwick\'s Madras Skirt

When all is said and done, decisions about where to wear the snazzy plaid comes down to one word: location, location, location.

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