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The Times Reviews True Prep, Mad About Emmy Party Frocks

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.”

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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.

Random House/Knopf

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.

Allure magazine via the Bellini Bunny

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“.

Apartment Therapy

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.

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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.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

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.

Chris Pizzello/AP

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.

Michael Buckner/Getty

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

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It’s Charming, That Snuggie Suit, & Sally Draper’s Dress

Hello-Hello and Happy Thursday!

The crush of business forces us to post only briefly today (and not at all yesterday, eek), so we jump right in chatting about a brand we like, Links of London.  Our fondness for the company might seem a touch odd if one is taking the company’s name literally, we really only haul out our cufflinks 10-12 times a year. And when we do sport french cuffs we do vintage linkage, circa the 1930s through the 1970s.

But L2 does offer items other than what the name implies, including some darling charms.  We like the Scooter charm (now only $32 on sale!) and adore the little Welly boot ($48), both in sterling silver and both very nice bargains at those prices.

One of the smartest things the company does online? They offer a ‘create your own charm bracelet‘ application and we only have one word for it: addictive.  You can imagine how much we love the Hot Pink Heart charm, today’s Pretty in Pink.

Links of London

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Many readers may already know this, but for those not yet aware, the M·A·C cosmetics collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer is now available in stores and online.

Courtesy MAC Cosmetics

As described on the MAC website:

“A collaboration that feels like the best tongue-in-chic resort retort delivers that joyously bright and refined Key West bloom: new floral patterned Pearlmatte Eye Shadow and Face Powder, plus all the retro-modern colour combinations that Lilly is famous for.”

Below we show the Lipgelées palette; from the left: Preppy, Lush & Bright, and Shift to Pink.

We did not show the Resort Life color in the swatches above, described as an “off-white with pink pearl,” but it is seen on the far left in the four-shot of the gelées:

MAC Cosmetics

These run $14, and like almost all items in the collection, they are limited editions. Neither the Pearlmatte Eyeshadow (L, $19.50) or Face Powder (R, $27) are for us, but they do look fun.

MAC Lilly Eye Shadow trio

There are loads of other goodies in the collection, be sure take a peek if only for the eye candy factor.

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Because we are completely delusional like to stay on top of all things Snuggie, we bring you the latest:

Courtesy JC Penney via Racked

Yes, it is the Snuggie Suit brought to you by JC Penney. Oops! It is the Snuggle Suit with an ‘l’, not an ‘i’.  (We dare not risk the wrath of the Snuggie pooh-bahs.)  Old news for those who follow TP on Twitter, the suit is currently on sale for $24.99, this ah, this item is also available in red and an oh-so-chic black.  For more on the Snuggie phenomenon, including the Snuggie vs. Slanket controversey (gasp!) click here.

(How did this Snuggie ‘coverage’ start? What does it have to do with anything remotely related to the Preppy Planet? Has TP gone off her meds, or just off her rocker?)

For those intrigued by “Seen on TV” products, the Times has a great story today about the way Consumer Reports perceives such merchandise.

“Among products the article says are not worth buying are the Snuggie, ShamWow, Debbie Meyer Green Bags for food storage, and the Garry Ultra Light vacuum, which testers said fell short of advertised claims and, even when they had some good attributes, were overpriced.

The only item that passed muster: the PedEgg, a foot file that traps shavings in a compartment and costs about $10.”

There you have it.

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And finally, word about pint-sized red carpet fashions for a Mad Men star.

Courtesy AMC-TV

Kiernan Shipka plays Sally Draper in the show and it seems the Young Miss is in need of a party dress or two for upcoming award shows. Below we see Kiernan with her mother, Betty Draper costar January Jones on the red carpet last August.

Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

One of our favorite bloggers, Robert Janjigian at the Palm Beach Daily Post, shared that Miss Shipka was recently seen shopping at Spring Flowers on Worth. Did the intrepid writer discover a dress choice?  He did.  Miss Shipka selected the Caroline by Fleurisse, in gunmetal gray as shown below.

Spring Flowers

The silk taffeta frock is available in a number of colors. Fleurisse is a private label from the owners of Spring Flowers, long an outstanding shopping spot for the little ones.

The snow is starting to fall here at the Prepatorium, so we leave you with a dose of bright and springy colors: our soon-to-be-available Lilly Pulitzer Luggage Tags.

Lilly Pulitzer at PreppyPrincess.com

Until next time, may everyone stay warm and snuggly!

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