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Les Bal de Debutantes & Hollywood Preppy?

Hello-Hello, welcome to another wacky Wednesday here at the Prepatorium. How wacky? This should give you an idea.

The Prepatorium

The tree in this photo is normally vertical.

The Preptorium

Harrumph. (In reality it is very pretty, we aren’t complaining at all.)


Next on the hit parade, a brief look at last weekend’s Bal des Debutantes at the Crillon.

The Daily Mail

Among those officially being launched into society, Sarah Margaret Qualley, seen below with her mother, actress and model Andi MacDowell.

The Daily Mail

The annual gala was Saturday, held at the Crillon, as the event name suggests. Tallulah Belle Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, is another young lady who made her debut. Below we share a twitter photo of the three Willis sisters, from left to right: Rumer, Tallulah and Scout Willis posted by Rumer Willis.

Rumer, Tallulah and Scout Willis via Twitter

Here is a more formal reminder of the event, this is Sarah Margaret Qualley’s official portrait, she wore a gown by Elie Saab Haute Couture.

Marc Piasecki-FilmMagic via Fashion Magazine

A total of 23 young ladies were part of Saturday’s presentation.


Also today, a look at what some might call “Hollywood Preppy”.

Reel Art Press

The topic is examined in a new book, Hollywood and the Ivy Look, more from this story:

In the decade between 1955 and 1965 a coterie of discerning Hollywood hipsters appropriated the incomparable Ivy League clothing of America’s East coast elite. These West Coast actors elevated the Ivy look to the height of cool and defined a quintessentially American male dress code for a new generation of movie audiences.

The new book looks like it would be a wonderful read, certainly ideal on the coffee table, great for kicking off cocktail party conversation.

mptvimages.com via The Sabotage Times

We know someone who might think the photo of Paul Newman is well worth the purchase price for the entire book. More on the new tome from its publishers, Reel Art Press.

From the button-down hip of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Anthony Perkins to the preppy sensibilities of Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman; the understated but carefully selected components of the Ivy look didn’t shout ‘look at me’ but instead gave off an image of approachable correctness and laid back confidence.

Much as I adore Sidney Poitier, I am struggling with that particular version of pink and green.

The Kobal Collection-Warner Bos(L)/Photofest (R) via The Sabotage Times

Robert Redford and Montgomery Clift.

The Kobal Collection-Paramount (L)/

The book is available in the US via Amazon.


One quick Sales & Saving Opportunity to share, tomorrow flash sale site Gilt.com is featuring Kate Spade throughout the site, here is more from a news release about the event:

“kate spade new york will completely take over the site offering products for women, accessories, beauty, men (Jack Spade), home and stationary, including the Adeline Adeline kate spade Bicycle collaboration and an exclusive first look at the kate spade new york 2012 resort collection. Gilt will be offering the collection to our members before it is available anywhere else!”

The sale begins at noon tomorrow (Thursday), it runs through midnight, Monday, Dec. 5th.  For anyone not yet a Gilt member, we have been asked to suggest this link for you to sign up.


Our Christmas idea for today is from Smathers & Branson.

Smathers & Branson

Needlepoint ornaments are cute as can be, and if you aren’t into making them yourself, the good folks at Smathers & Branson offer a nice selection for your tree, door handle, whatnot.  (My fave is the sailboat.)


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Chanel Couture, LL Bean Signature & Kate Spade Spring, That Girl Scout Cookie Quiz

Hello-Hello, we must begin with a tip of the hat to our friends being battered by this insanity.

Matt Rourke/AP

Above, Philadelphia digs out. Again. And below, while we generally eschew the word, traffic jams in the nation’s capitol last night can only be described as “epic”.

Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post

It is especially challenging for a locale already coping with overburdened roads, let alone a place where the average *total* snowfall is 12 – 14 inches.

Washington wasn’t alone, you know it is wacky when Saks has to post this on its Twitter page:

Saks via Twitter

No wonder they opened late, here is how Fifth Avenue looked this morning.

Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty

And Park Avenue.

Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty

We wish all of you confronting the just-plain-tedious weather could be someplace like this instead.

Via Travel in Style

But only if you take us with you.


As mentioned earlier this week, Paris Couture Week is underway, showcasing what some refer to as “the most expensive dresses in the world”.  There were some rather fascinating aspects of yesterday’s Chanel show:

Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty

The Guardian has more:

“…the show opened with Stella Tennant, a 40-year-old model with whom Lagerfeld has a longstanding friendship, and closed with 46-year-old Kristen McMenamy…”

Isn’t that a lovely thing to see for some of us approaching a certain age all of us. Some reviews noted the lack of pink styles, but the color was present, albeit in a more pastel tone.

The line’s signature tweed was seen in many pieces.

There were also floaty, frothy styles.

Some looked almost other-worldly.

Again, the attention to detail is extraordinary.

Those interested in seeing the entire show online, click here.

Via Chanel

Elsewhere in Paris, creations at Elie Saab (L) and Valentino (R) shows were equally stunning.


In an effort to keep spirits up despite the snow, cold, sleet and altogether-too-dreary weather we share more spring and summer fashions; below, LL Bean Signature.

LL Bean Signature

But that footwear seen above? On the dock? We think not.

LL Bean Signature

Bean is posting photos on its Signature FB page, but there are already spring pieces up on its website. We like the Silk Dress and Belted Twill Jacket.

Two more looks from Bean’s trendier line. (Is that an oxymoron?)

And one more.

LL Bean Signature


A few more quick spring hits, the first via Kate Spade.

Kate Spade

These qualify as Pretty in Pink (and Green).

Kate Spade

Two more bags, both fun and perky.

Kate Spade

Our final spring styles, these are from Jaeger’s spring and summer line.

Courtesy Images via Catwalk Queen


One quick news headline about two of our favorite brands, Brooks Brothers and Nordstorm. By the fall you will be able to purchase Brooks merchandise at Nordstrom. including the men’s and women’s lines, along with the new Fleece collection for children. Our pal Christian over at Ivy Style broke the news late last night, this is sure to be welcome news for many.


We leave you with a mention of Girl Scout Cookies and a little quiz we flunked earlier today.

Wall Street Journal

The quiz is an online component accompanying this story in the Journal about the possibility that the Scouts may cut back on the variety of cookies they offer. The idea of the quiz is to match up the name of the cookie with the appropriate photo. It took your faithful correspondent more than 21 moves to accomplish the task. However, another resident of the Prepatorium managed to accomplish this in only 13 moves.

There you have it.


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  • Francois Mori/AFP
  • Gianni Pucci/GoRunway.com
  • Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
  • Benoit Tessier/Reuters


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