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“This is NOT Jersey Shore. It’s classier, smarter”

Hello and welcome to a Wednesday here at the Prepatorium, where we share an item we think will provide a modicum of entertainment.

Apparently a reality TV show based in the Hamptons is in the works, this story in Curbed notes that “nothing says classy like a Hamptons-based reality show”:

Now, we didn’t think it possible to assemble a more detestable group than that of The Jersey Shore, but it looks like that’s the goal here. Read it and weep (for humanity):

A prestigious NYC production company is planning to shoot a reality TV show about The Hamptons this summer. We are partnering with a major television network to bring the fun, drama, and ups and down of summer in the Hamptons to a national audience. We are assembling a diverse group of people who are from the area or who will be spending the summer in The Hamptons.

The Curbed story is illustrated with a great graphic.

Curbed.com

East Hampton Patch notes in its story:

The shoot is planned from July 1 to Aug. 31. East Hampton Town Clerk Fred Overton said no one has applied for a film permit yet, but they have until seven days before the first day of shooting to do so. If the shoot is taking place exclusively on private property, a permit will not be required.

Back to the actual ad:

Do you like to have fun, enjoy the limelight, have goals…. like starting a business or engaging in a new job, winning a surf competition… like to party, know the scene, are new to the scene, have boyfriend/ girlfriend problems, work hard to be able to afford a great lifestyle, don’t work at all because Daddy pays for everything, or just simply has a lot of charisma and want a shot at being on TV? Then be in touch!

This is NOT Jersey Shore. It’s classier, smarter. It’s The Hamptons, after all. Age range 21 – 30.

Thank heaven it’s NOT.

Of course, this isn’t the first time efforts were made to launch a reality show in this locale, here is a snippet from a reality ad of two years ago:

“If you are  21 to 35 years old and considered by others to be a TRUE “socialite” then our casting team wants to hear from you ASAP.  You must come from prominent family and have ties to the Hamptons.  Especially interested in those with a privileged lifestyle and a boarding school background.  Are you the first one to be invited to all the best parties and charity events?”

There’s nothing like looking at reality tv casting calls to restore your faith in America, here is an ad trying to cast a new show called “The Staff,” they’re looking for pool men, housekeepers, nannies, gardeners, estate managers with these qualifications:

  • Do you have loads of personality and love to gossip?
  • Do you think some of the people you work for are ridiculous in how they treat their family or run their house?
  • Are you good at what you do and not afraid to talk back to your boss?

Naturally all of the employees participating in this show will be able to keep their jobs, regardless of what they say about their employers. Really.

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of a show following this particular plotline before:

Big Frame Productions is doing an open call looking for strippers ages 18 – 28 for make-over show. Looking to upgrade their life.

It’s good to see casting calls for topics that are woefully undercovered, this show is seeking:

“…couples trying to save their relationship. Couples should be outgoing, no holds bar type personalities who are willing to open up about their relationship troubles on camera.”

Here’s the part from that couples ad that should answer any questions anyone has about the ‘reality’ of reality tv:

If you and your significant other have acting experience, that is a plus. Your relationship doesn’t have to be in major trouble. You just have to have the ability to play up the issues you do have.

Nothing says reality like professional actors.

You find so many unexplored topics on these reality casting sites, why has no one focused on this theme before?

Will you or anyone you know stop at nothing to meet pro athletes, and date them? Is it a weekly thing to go bars and events to meet athletes?

If that doesn’t ring your bells, the one for “Grossest Person in America” is arguably the most revolting thing we’ve read this week.

  • Do they cough or sneeze and not cover themselves?
  • Do they refuse to do laundry, clean the bathroom, or clean up after themselves?
  • Are they Rude? Crude? Or just plain Gross?

Here’s my personal favorite, I’m guessing you will like it too: “CASTING: MIDWESTERN GIRLS FOR NEW REALITY TV SHOW”:

  • Are you an outdoorsy chick who is also a major girly girl?
  • Do you wear stilettos and drive an ATV?
  • Do you and your friends hunt all day and party all night?

A major television production company is looking for a group of friends to follow in a brand new TV show. If you throw epic parties, always have boy drama and know your way around the woods then we want to hear from you! We are looking for those girls that everyone knows and everyone wants to be. Let’s show the world how real Midwesterners party!

What do you think, should I apply? (I know you all harbor an image of your trusty scribe careening around in an ATV, hunting all day and then partying all night. Admit it, that’s what you think.) Heh, heh, heh.

We leave you with a little something to make you smile, a few of the images that have popped up showcasing The Leg.

Via The Daily Mail

Until next time, may your reality be fabulous.

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Finally, An Answer to the ‘Lauren Lauren’ Issue

Hello-Hello, welcome to an absolutely gorgeous day here at the Prepatorium.

We have loads of little bits and bytes to share, beginning with one of our very favorite summer events, Oscar de la Renta’s annual Ladies of the Lake party. Women’s Wear Daily has the story.

Drew Altizer/WWD

Guests are ferried to the party by boat, the function is a fundraiser for the League to Save Lake Tahoe.  A fashion show accompanies the luncheon, Mr. de la Renta’s 2012 resort collection was shown, it is the designer’s 11th year of involvement with the event.

Can you envision a lovelier spot for such a delightful celebration?

Drew Altizer/WWD

Guests looked bright and summery in myriad of styles, including designs from the host (L) and Kate Spade (R).

Drew Altizer/WWD

Because your faithful correspondent remains partial to the classic wooden boats of her youth, stunning Chris-Craft and Century vessels, we share a look at this Thunderbird creation ferrying guests to the party in 2008.

Women's Wear Daily

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Next, an item that qualifies in a couple of categories, certainly it is an Anti-Prep update as it involves the individual known as ‘Snooki.’

Michele Cross/MTV

But it is also a “Help Me Understand,” perhaps even a sign the end is nigh, look at this headline from MediaPost: “Ratings Extraordinary For “Jersey Shore’s” Worry-Free TV”. Here is more from the MediaPost article.

There is a remarkable Situation brewing with MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” Forget about cable, the addictive series is now posting ratings that place it among the highest-rated series in all of TV. It’s beating the likes of “Survivor” and “Modern Family” in the ratings networks generally care most about.

Clearly there is something we are not comprehending about the show. Do you watch? What is it we’re missing?

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Our next tidbit proves we aren’t afraid to tackle the tough topics. Nay-nay, not us, we’ll take any risk and dig deep to get you the facts, gathering information that makes it easier for you to sleep at night.  Here is the proof of those unceasing efforts, an answer to the question hotly debated for many months in this very space:

Lauren Bush & David Lauren To Marry In September, Bride Will Become Lauren Bush Lauren

That headline comes via the Huffington Post in a story about the couple’s upcoming wedding.  That story cites a Page Six piece yesterday on this weekend’s party for the couple.

Lauren Bush and David Lauren celebrated their engagement in style at the Water Mill estate of Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney. FEED Projects founder Bush and Lauren, son of Ralph Lauren, were toasted by party guests — beautifully decked out according to the white dress code — including Ralph, Ricky, Dylan and Andrew Lauren, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Amanda Hearst, Lauren’s siblings Ashley and Pierce Bush, Nacho Figueras and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Lauren’s proud mom, Sharon Bush, wished the couple “many grandchildren.” The September wedding will be at the Lauren ranch in Telluride

Below we show Miss Bush in June with some of her FEED Project bags, her company works in partnership with the UN’s World Food Programme.

Jemal Countess/Getty Images

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Finally today, a ‘heads-up’ about an approaching Sales and Savings opportunity.  This Friday flash sale site Rue La La will feature discounts on Lilly Pulitzer clothing.

Via Rue Lala

For those unfamiliar with Rue La La, it is one of those ubiquitous ‘members only’ sites (ahem) offering discounted merchandise for limited periods of time.  In this case the sale begins Friday at 11am EDT, 8am PDT.  (If in need of an invitation, just click here.) As always with these, it is good to be prepared to shop *the moment* the sale starts, things do sell out very quickly.

Goodby until next time!

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Brooks Brothers Online Outlet & “High Society”

Hello-Hello, welcome to a Wednesday.

In honor of the warming temps here at the Prepatorium we share a few looks from the Brooks Brothers spring/summer collection.

This seems to be the navy sleeveless wrap dress in the photo on the right.

Brooks Brothers

The images immediately below are all clickable if any of the styles are intriguing.

We do like most of the madras pieces shown for men.

The Black Fleece items are always… interesting. The spring styles seem much more wearable than Thom Browne’s previous collections.

Certain motifs work better on the ladies than they do on the gentlemen.

Indeed.

Perhaps of greater interest, word the retailer will be offering merchandise in a new format; more from a late February WWD story:

“eBay also is creating an online outlet mall for the U.S. with some well-known retail and apparel brands. Lord & Taylor’s outlet division is already on board and Brooks Brothers will be added next month.”

This one may hold promise for those seeking outlet mall price point without having to make a trip to said outlet.We’ll let you know when the site is live.

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Next on today’s agenda: High Society. We are not talking about this version.

We refer to this incarnation.

Courtesy the CW

Debuting a week from tonight, the show is launching on the CW; the network’s blog describes the program:

“HIGH SOCIETY follows Tinsley Mortimer, New York’s most talked-about “Park Avenue Princess,” as she and her circle of often-controversial friends circulate through New York’s most prestigious black-tie affairs, outrageous parties and fashion exclusives, with never-before-seen access from behind the velvet rope.”

Or, as the New York Tix blog says:

““Jersey Shore,” look behind you. “The Real World,” step up the pace. “Dancing with the Stars,” watch your step. A new breed of reality show is coming to town, and it’s the New York bluebloods who will be in the spotlight. And no, it’s not “Gossip Girl”: This is the real deal.
Premiering March 10 on the CW, “High Society” looks at the infighting, cat-fighting and general, well, fighting, of a group of upper-crust society ladies.”

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We close with two more quick items. First, yet another in the ever-growing list of Gossip Girl magazine covers, this time Jessica Szohr showcases the April issue of Lucky.

Lucky Magazine

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Second, a sorta’-kinda’-maybe-not-really Pretty in Pink.  Meet the Christian Louboutin Barbie 2.0. (That’s our name for it.)

Net-a-Porter

The official title is Dolly Forever Barbie, we love the miniature shoes that come with the doll.

But the life-size version is much more fun.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Until next time!

PHOTO CREDIT:

George Chinsee/Brooks Brothers Spring Collection

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