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Maria Sharapova & Gymnast Nastia Liukin Front Row, Anna Wintour & Sarah Jessica Parker Throw a Party

Well, it is a Friday.

And that means NY Fashion Week is kicking off, with more parties, functions and events that any human can possibly attend. And that’s before we even talk about the actual runway shows! TP is not at all disappointed to be passing on the big do this time around, and if pushed, would acknowledge a slight sense of relief at this fact. PreppyPrincess.com is consuming all our time and energies when we aren’t fulfilling social, charitable or familial obligations, which is as it should be.

Above we have a couple of advance sketches from designers, including a ‘nature-inspired sleeveless dress’ from Tracy Reese, and an enchanting floral halter “diary dress” designed by Wenlan Chia for Twinkle. The latter link is a delightful little site full of surprises and information in addition to the fabulous clothes, incuding the 2008 Holiday Collection. If interested, there is a great blog or running commentary that even has pictures of the models they selected for their show, some fun behind-the-scenes stuff for Fashionistas.

And should you fancy Tracy Reese, there is a quite substantial sale underway if you care to shop online. For example, the Flared Skirt with Pockets in Marine is discounted 60%, as is the Large Tote in its vivid turquoise and green tones (and lots of other goodies!).

While celebrities have always been a part of Fashion Week, this year there will be even more athletes and sports celebrities also in attendance. Tennis star Maria Sharapova invited Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin to attend the Peter Som show with her, something the teenage gymnast is very excited about. But that isn’t the only show for Nastia; she is also going to Isaac Mizrahi and Cole Haan. Below, Ms. Sharapova at the Valentino Couture show in Paris this July.

Photo by Eric Ryan/Getty Images

Photo by Eric Ryan/Getty Images

Here, a photo of Nastia in Beijing, wearing all of the medals she won at the Summer Games, followed by a promotional partnership benefiting the Susan G. Komen Fund.

The talented teen has been hyper-busy since returning from the Beijing Summer Games, inking sponsorship deals, making appearances and trying to relax. She is already working with Vanilla Star Jeans to launch Nastia Liukin Gold tops and bottoms in time for the holiday selling period, and hopes to do some designing herself. She is signed with Cover Girl Cosmetics, Adidas, AT&T, and a host of other companies. The Texas superstar is slated for an appearance of Gossip Girl. And then there is the Wheaties box….

One reason the Vanilla Star Folks are pleased to be partnering with the gymnast is explained in a MediaPost story:

“…Liukin embodies the brand’s “anti-jean” philosophy by opposing the trend of exploiting young teens’ bodies in its ads. “We always try to find personalities that our core Vanilla Star customer is attracted to and will set a good example…”

The company’s slogans are “Smart girls rock,” and “Live the dream.” And don’t we find that refreshing, albeit somewhat ironic, as the Fashion Week celebration of the “You can never be too thin…” philosophy gets underway.

Below we simply had to include what is arguably TP’s alltime favorite photo of Miss Liukin, taken at the Liukin’s training facility in northern Texas before the Games. We love the sensation of floating, weighlessness, as it appears she is simply suspended in air, all symmetry and lines, grace and strength, captured in this one shot.

As far as runway shows go, one of the first this weekend is Lacoste, at 10am Saturday, in the tents at Bryant Park seen below. Others we have an interest in are Carolina Herrera on Monday morning, the edgy Z Zegna and Ports 1961 are both Monday afternoon, Monique Lhuillier Tuesday morning, Milly and Oscar de la Renta both next Wednesday, plus Ralph Lauren on Friday morning. And that’s a very disciplined and highly edited list from the Princess!

Above, a shot of the tents in Bryant Park as preparations turn into realities, with shows starting today. Unfortunately the area stands to get as much as 4-6″ of rain from Hurricane Hannah, and that could be a challenge. Here’s something of a hot ticket, depending upon one’s political persuasion and capacity to donate their way into the party….

The Runway to Change party is Tuesday night, co-hosted by Le Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker; it will be held at desinger Charles Nolan’s studio. There is a *long* list of “Participating Designers” on the invitation, including Beyonce, Vera Wang, Russell Simmons, Zac Posen, Jay-Z, Juicy Couture, Isaac Mizrahi, and many more.

For those who are interested, don’t forget that Monday’s season opener for Oprah features 150 Olympic athletes and others, including Debbie Phelps accompanying Michael Phelps. Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots:

Chicago Tribune photo by Michael Tercha

Chicago Tribune photo by Michael Tercha

Chicago Tribune photo by Michael Tercha

Above we see Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, Olympic gold medalists in volleyball, arriving at Millenium Park for the shoot. Below, the family that fights together stay together…or something like that, here are Steve, Mark and Diana Lopez, Olympic taekwondo medalists, followed by members of our Gymnastics team, also all medalists.

Chicago Tribune photo by Michael Tercha

Chicago Tribune photo by Michael Tercha

Tribune photo by Michael Tercha

Tribune photo by Michael Tercha

May everyone enjoy an absolutely divine weekend free of stress and nasty weather!

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Brooks Brothers for NBC, Sneak Peek at Lilly Pulitzer Perfume

Well if Friday hasn’t finally made its presence known at long last, at least that is the case here at Intergalactic Headquarters for the Preppy Princess. The prospect of some quiet time looks particularly appealing this weekend, although we’re not quite sure why this is the case.

But before we do anything else, we want to stop again and gaze for just a moment at the wonderfulness that was last evening’s gymnastics at the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing.

Nastia Liukin Team USA

Nastia Liukin Team USA

Shawn Johnson (Photo credit AFP/Getty)

Shawn Johnson, Team USA

Yang Yilin of China

Yang Yilin of China

Did it not seem as if they all had the ability to not just fly and spin and churn through mid-air, but now they have the capacity to stop time for a nano-second as they hang, suspended, by nothing but their skill, in the middle of nothing. And everything.

And then the waiting…..

And the waiting….

And even more waiting, perhaps especially difficult for such close, close friends…

Shawn Johnson (R) & Nastia Liukin embrace as Valeri Liukin looks on

Shawn Johnson (R) & Nastia Liukin embrace as Valeri Liukin looks on

And even harder for a Father and a Coach who was also an Olympic Gold medalist in gymnastics not so many years ago…

Valeri Liukin embraces daughter Nastia

Valeri Liukin embraces daughter Nastia

And then finally news of a Gold Medal 16 years, multiple citizenships and continents in the making. “Wow” does not begin to describe the magic these girls made in China last night.

Nastia Liukin, Team USA embraces her Father & Coach Valeri

Nastia Liukin, Team USA embraces her Father & Coach Valeri

Nastia Liukin (C), Shawn Johnson (R), Team USA & China's Yilin Yang (L)

Nastia Liukin (C), Shawn Johnson (R), Team USA & China

And afterwards, the stress, strain, aches and pains all rolled up into one day finally show just a little bit.

Nastia Liukin, Gold Medalist

Nastia Liukin, Gold Medalist

Silver medalist Shawn Johnson Team USA after Medal Ceremony

Silver medalist Shawn Johnson Team USA after Medal Ceremony

Good gravy… TP would be a gelatinous mass of nothingness on the floor. We did love that Miss Liukin’s mother finds it too stressful to watch and is most definitely *not* in the arena, requiring a phone call from Nastia as soon as results are known.

Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin Calls Mom

Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin Calls Mom

Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin (L), and Silver Medalist Shawn Johnson (R)

Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin (L), & Silver Medalist Shawn Johnson (R)

All too fun to watch and much too late for someone at our advanced age! And to think that Michael Phelp’s race isn’t until 10:10pm tonight Princess Time!

Speaking of beautiful, how lovely does this look? Yes, there was *finally* weather favorable to sailing today.

US in Star Class Competition

USA in Star Class Competition

Johnny Lovell, Charlie Ogletree Team USA in Tornado Class Sailing Competition

Johnny Lovell, Charlie Ogletree Team USA in Tornado Class Sailing Competition

+++++++++++++OTHER NEWS+++++++++++++++

Behold the new uniforms for the ubiquitous NBC pages, classic in style, created by Brooks Brothers. The Princess was amazed to read the uniforms were selected by viewers in an online poll.

Brooks Brothers NBC Page Uniforms

Brooks Brothers NBC Page Uniforms

We were also surprised to learn that former pages include Ted Koppel and Regis Philbin, who looks back fondly on his days in that position:

“I have very vivid memories of my page uniform,” Philbin told The Post. “I had just traded in my naval officer’s uniform – I was a lieutenant JG – for my page uniform, so I basically swapped one outfit for the other.

“And I thought the page uniform was pretty sharp. We used to have an inspection every day.”

Mr. Philbin says he likes the new grey plaid look. Not everyone is crazy about it, but TP likes them; the pages look more professional. And for the first time in NBC history, female pages can choose between a skirt and slacks. (Be still my beating heart.) We’re confident you find the new style superior to the outfit worn by these NBC ‘Guidettes’ as they surround an NBC Page in this 1960s photo. Personally, we favor the knee socks on the Guidettes.

NBC Page & 'Guidettes' circa the 60s

NBC Page & 'Guidettes'

BTW, did everyone receive this in their virtual inbox today from Brooks Brothers?

Not a bad look, is it?

Look what we found! Pictures of a pink furniture collection that was auctioned off last fall for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Initially when we saw the photo we thought it was dollhouse furniture, miniature replicas of classic pieces. MOMA has sold some of those mini-chairs for years and they are simply divine. But these are all full-size, quite real and that is pink leather you are looking at!

The collection included the classic Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen, just below….

Arne Jacobsen's Swan Chair

the Eames Chair, Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair and the Florence Knoll Bench seen below.

Florence Knoll Bench

Florence Knoll Bench

Florence Knoll Bench

Über-modern DWR (Design Within Reach) partnered with each company to make the auctions happen. That must have been a very cool endeavor, and loads of fun for a good cause, as all of the auctions were fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Of course, to find that one place besides DWR with the real deal, actual pieces from the fifties and sixties stop by our friends at MassModern and see what they have in stock, you never know what treasures you may discover!

And now word that Mrs. Fields has field Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Honestly. That just crossed our desk so we typed it like an automotan, in some sleeplike robotic fashion! Well, we’ll just leave it there as a warning to Cook that her weekly output in that department is going to be increased. Significantly. And it just can’t happen as we’re not prepared to deal with life sans these.

On a much brighter, and far more fun note (albeit entirely selfish), word today that Lilly Pulitzer is launching her new fragrance line. That is a lush and luscious look, isn’t it?

Lilly Pulitzer Fragrance Collection

Lilly Pulitzer Fragrance Collection

We can’t get too excited yet, as they don’t hit retailers until November. There are three different scents all launching at the same time, apparently an industry version of “That simply isn’t done” sort of thing, something TP found quite interesting. The three different scents are described in today’s WWD article:

Wink, a flirty floral named for one of Pulitzer’s favorite sayings (“wear pink and make the boys wink”); Squeeze, a reference to the juice stands at which Pulitzer began selling her first shifts to friends like Jackie Kennedy, and Beachy, inspired by Palm Beach.

Well, it all sounds like great fun to us and something to look forward to; naturally TP will keep you informed of any updates as soon as they happen. We’re off to a function… we hope you are about to embark on a splendid weekend!

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