If there is anyone on your Christmas or Hanukkah list entranced by superstar Michael Phelps, you face no shortage of gift options. The Olympic Gold Medalist has been named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year; the magazine makes an ideal stocking stuffer. (BTW, if you are wondering what the athlete is holding on the SI cover, it is his Armani dinner jacket. His soaking wet, dripping, drenched dinner jacket.)
Below, a photo of Mr. Phelps with his swimming coach Bob Bowman, his mother Debbie and sister Hilary at the SI Sportsman of the Year dinner.
As an update, Michael’s mother continues her partnership with Chico’s; the Debbie Phelps Collection is still prominently featured on the retailer’s website, although the number of items in the collection seems diminished compared to previous levels.
The Olympic superstar’s new book “No Limits: The Will to Succeed” is out this Tuesday, an ideal gift for any Phelps Phans in your household.
And Mr. Phelps is among those featured by GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly) in their Men of the Year special issue.
Many preps will notice the star still wears his Lacoste Trucker hat, including this trip to visit children at New York’s Beth Israel Hospital on Tuesday. Most will also recognize the distinctive scarf, although we don’t believe Mr. Phelps has an endorsement arrangement with Burberry as he does with Lacoste.
Also in men’s fashion news, word today which firm President Elect Obama has selected to design his formalwear for the Inauguration. Chicago-based Hart Schaffner Marx is working on his custom-made tuxedo for the Inaugural balls. Apparently Mr. Obama has not purchased a new tuxedo in fifteen years. We doubt this will be the only addition to the formal apparel hanging in his new walk-in.
The President’s tuxedo will be a one-button notch-lapel style, it is being made by union employees, and the basic model retails for $895. One can look at all the particulars here on the Hart Schaffner Marx site; it is also available at Nordstrom. But what if extreme cold hits the nation’s Capitol? According to a story in WWD…
“Homi Patel, president, chairman and chief executive officer of parent Hartmarx Corp. said he is working with the President-elect’s staff to determine whether Obama will wear a suit with a topcoat to the inauguration ceremony.”
In the interest of full disclosure, we must acknowledge some favoritism toward the brand as the Princess Consort is quite fond of his suits from this retailer.
Two of our delightful readers share comments on their vastly differing experiences with J. Crew following their recent website meltdown. Miss La Belette Rouge, who first alerted us to the technical problems J. Crew was experiencing, tells us:
“I went to Jcrew yesterday and they adjusted my purchases and gave me the extra 20% off of the things I bought on black friday.”
While the always-wonderful Very Busy Mom with 4 says:
“I am having shipping issues with JCrew–they still have not sent out my stuff. I called and she made the comment that I put in the order on Nov.28 and and that was a Friday and there were no shipments Saturday or Sunday. So I asked about why it was not sent Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday…. She said it would be out today–it better be
Sorry I am still fuming…..”
Clearly J. Crew needs to make things right with all customers deliteriously impacted by the site malfunction. This is likely to take a substantial cash investment. As we shared in this post, the company has already spent more than $1,000,000 on “customer accommodations…. and appeasement” following this summer’s technical problems.
An early Christmas gift for Gossip Girl fans: Variety reports a spinoff of the über-hit series is in the works.
“…. sources say a televised “Gossip Girl” spinoff would not be “The It Girl,” nor would it focus on the character of Jenny Humphrey (the character spun off from the “Gossip Girl” books for “The It Girl”), played on TV by Taylor Momsen.“
The story also notes the spinoff is likely to focus on one of nine primary characters from the show now on the air.