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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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**SPOILER ALERT** Olympics Opening Ceremony Coverage Special Edition

IT IS ONE BIG “WOW”

SPOILER ALERT

***Today’s post features photos and editorial copy of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies***

Hello, Happy Friday and welcome to a special edition of the Preppy Princess!

This will surprise no one that is a regular reader: The Princess Consort found multiple live feeds of the events going on over on the other side of the world. He also also took the “Sharing is Caring” sentiment to heart. Concentration is impossible. Therefore this post will be short and hopefully a bit better than bittersweet after yesterday‘s tirade measured comments about the air quality in Beijing. It will however, be about the Opening Ceremonies, so if that is something you don’t even want to hear about, you should skedaddle away until they have aired this evening.

First off, a few shots of the Ralph Lauren Olympic Summer Games Parade Uniform as worn today by our athletes in Beijing at the Opening Ceremonies.

Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay

Shortly after this international Parade of Athletes aired on the Consort’s computer in real time, we received email correspondence from Polo Ralph Lauren “Presenting the Official Parade Uniform of the 2008 US Olympic Team.” If interested in purchasing pieces from this Collection, you can head to the Polo site through the links in the previous sentence or use the USOC’s site for most of the Opening Ceremony items.

The Princess learned several lessons today whilst working:

1) Silly girl! Trying to sit and write a blog and conduct other business with the Opening Ceremonies going on one desk over is futile. Utterly pointless. Cease. The Preppy Princess will survive while for an hour until this ends, so stop. Now. Give it up and go watch. (Take Kleenex.)

2) As discussed on other blogs last night, for reasons unknown to us, human spectacles like the Opening Ceremonies provoke an emotional response. (Yes, I know, how very dreary.)

3) The US Team looks very sharp in their uniforms. As anticipated, the Ralph Lauren designs are stellar and the Chinese execution of them also outstanding. The caps, or berets, are a nice touch and not at all foppish as some feared.

Looking at each nation’s uniforms is a blood sport for some, but not TP. That however, does not prevent a running commentary on the looks worn by other countries, enhanced only by the fact these are being viewed on a 24″ inch iMac monitor, not a large television. Thoughts? Japanese-snappy. Argentina-casual. Great Britain-this one is a TBD, requiring further attention. Bolivia-elegant. France-disheveled. Canada-slightly wacky motif that needed better definition

Parade of Athletes - Japan

Parade of Athletes - Japan

Parade of Athletes - Argentina

Parade of Athletes - Argentina

Parade of Athletes - The UK

Parade of Athletes - Bolivia

Parade of Athletes - Bolivia

Parade of Athletes - France

Parade of Athletes - France

Parade of Athletes - Canada

Parade of Athletes - Canada

The NY Times Olympic Blog had some fabulous fashion commentary. We don’t have pix to pick up on their critiques of certain looks, so you will simply have to watch the television tonight or go hunting on the internet if you want photographic references to their commentary.

The Lithuanian team, led by flagbearer Sarunas Jasikevicius of the basketball team, is clad in shockingly lime-green polo shirts.

While some teams look like they have wilted a bit in the heat, the Spanish team, oh so colorful in their yellow and red suits, came in waving their Panama hats to the crowd.

Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol, however, is not waving but chatting on his cell phone.

The women of Hungary’s team are unfortunately dressed in skirts and jackets that appear to have been doused in splotches of red paint.

The Cuban team, always surprisingly large for such a small country, comes in wearing khaki suits, followed shortly by Burkina Faso athletes in pointy straw hats and Burundi women wearing grass headdresses and carrying spears.

It is a small miracle those got through security.

For more commentary, all of which is simply excellent, go to Lynn Zinser’s Olympic blog at the Times online site.

It seems no one can execute ceremonial occasions on a grand scale with the precision the Chinese can, with the possible exception of the Russians. Majestic barely describes some of this, and we only saw about forty-five minutes of the event.

(Yes, that was Kung-Fu in the photo above.) As we mentioned we really only viewed perhaps forty-five minutes or so of online 4″-frame-on-the-screen video and it was dazzling. We have elected not to show you more photos, of which there are hundreds, because they really would be “spoilers” in our humble opinion, detracting from one’s spontaneous reactions to the events as they unfold on NBC’s taped broadcast this evening.

We can tell you some of our favorite tennis players were on hand:

Parade of Athletes - Roger Federer Carries Swiss Flag

Roger Federer carries the Swiss Flag

Parade of Athletes - Rafael Nadal

Parade of Athletes - Rafael Nadal

Mr. Nadal looking slightly more relaxed than he when he was swarmed by media upon arriving at the Beijing airport; such a throng formed that some referred to it a stampede.

Truly one of the most emotional images of the day, and one part of the ceremony you probably want to be sure you’re watching, is the moment when Chinese flag bearer Yao Ming enters the stadium. Because Yao leads the athletes from the host nation, they are the last in the Parade of Athletes to make their entrance.

Parade of Athletes - China

Parade of Athletes - China

It becomes immediately evident he is accompanied by a child; it turns out the child is a nine-year-old boy who saved the lives of two classmates during the killer earthquake that rocked Sichuan province a few months back. When this giant of a man (he is 7′ 6″ tall) reaches down to take the child’s hand your heart may skip a beat in wonder at the sight.

And on that extraordinary image, we will leave you for the time being.

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Olympics Special Issue: What are they Wearing? Plus New Ralph Lauren Olympic & “Create Your Own Flag Polo”

Hello-hello and happy Thursday to everyone! The Princess remains flabbergasted by the fact the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympic Summer Games are tomorrow. Barely 18 hours away. And the summer went where…..?

Because TP has bored you to tears previously shared photos and information ad nauseum about the Ralph Lauren uniforms for the Olympics…

… we thought it might be fun to peek at some of the other uniforms being worn. However, before we do anything else, there are some recent additions to the Polo Ralph Lauren Olympic Games Collection online site that may appeal to you, including the new “Create Your Own Flag Polo.”

This process works almost identically to that used for simply ordering a standard “Create Your Own” product in any other group, be it an oxford shirt or a Men’s tie. Below are just a few of the flags offered; there are more than thirty that we counted available in this line.

Once again, these do not appear to be offered in Women’s sizes. Ahem. Apparently one must determine the closest approximation in a Men’s sizes, cross their fingers, and hope for the best. It’s somewhat challenging to “…Wear your pride in a style all your own..” if the shirt isn’t sized for the ‘fairer sex’ to start with. Harrumph. (Ooooh, did we just see Crankenstein Princess poking her nasty head out of her horrid little cave?!)

Another Ralph Lauren Olympics fashion update: it appears you can now purchase the same belt the US Team will wear with their uniforms for the Closing Ceremonies.

This is the red, white & blue striped grosgrain belt at Polo Ralph Lauren, and TP can’t actually tell if it is offered separately in both Men’s and Women’s sizing.

Recently introduced to the Ralph Lauren Men’s Olympic Games Collection is the Men’s Passport Polo, seen below. You can select from Japan, Russia, Great Britain or the United States for your shirt.

Our memory isn’t entirely clear, but we don’t believe we featured (or even mentioned) the Big Pony Flag Polo for Men in both the Slim and Classic fit; this is the one with the national flag on the back with the number ‘3’. One may select from several countries other than the USA, including two colors for England and one for the UK, Italy in both green and blue, Japan in Black, Korea in red, and others.

Now on to some uniforms. Let’s start with China’s outfits for the Opening Ceremonies. Oh my. Where does one start?

The uniforms were revealed last week, and met with an almost universally negative response; some of the harshest criticism coming from within China’s own borders. The colors mirror the country’s national colors; many are calling these the “tomato scrambled egg” uniform, referencing their likeness to the popular Chinese food dish. (See AP photo montage above.)

Yao Ming has been chosen as Flag Bearer for the host country, but still no word on who will light the torch. If Yao looks familiar, it’s because he plays in the NBA with the Houston Rockets. For those not familiar with Yao, this is a human being with an extraordinarily generous heart who has made substantial donations to multiple philanthropic endeavors. Most recently Yao gave a not-insignificant donation to assist with Chinese Earthquake relief. We are a bit confused because in the photo below Yao’s uniform is red with a white shirt, while in the other shots of the oh-so-bright uniforms the colors are obviously red with yellow. (Have you heard who has been selected as our flag bearer?)

Yao Ming, Chinese Flag Bearer

Yao Ming, Chinese Flag Bearer

Here are the USA Track & Field uniforms… how cool are these? Wow! As you can see from the swoosh, Nike is responsible for their creation, and they have that distinctive graphic look in a rich blue. Beneath, the Chinese Track and Field Team uniforms.

These days with the sneaker craze it’s simply not possible to talk about Olympic uniforms without looking at some of the shoes the athletes will be wearing. Behold the Nike Dunk Gyrizo Men’s BMX Shoe. Don’t tell anyone, especially not The Princess Consort, but we do lust after it. Ssshhh! Yes, I know it’s a little over the top, but the red, white and blue are appealing to my patriotic side. A shame it only comes in men’s sizes as best we can tell. Sigh.

Nike Dunk Gyrizo Men's BMX Shoe

Next we move on to the Team USA Basketball look.

US Men's Olympic Basketball Team

US Men's Olympic Basketball Team

This next shot doesn’t show us uniforms, but it does show the the US Women’s Olympic Basketball Team finish their huddle before practice Thursday in Beijing.

USA Women's Basketball Team

USA Women's Basketball Team

Here is a quick shot of the Australian Team’s Opening Ceremonies style with what appear to be classic lines, and heels for the women. Of course, heel height (or lack thereof) is always a topic for chatter during the evening whilst watching the Parade of Athletes.

Australian Uniforms

Below we have a shot of Team USA as they enter the Flag Raising Ceremony yesterday. Now despite all of the minders and ministrations and memos and scurrying about it seems someone participated in an event carrying an item clearly not from one of the major sponsors. Oh no! Did we all spot the errant Burberry bag? It appears to be what we call a messenger bag, possibly the Men’s Haymarket Messenger, if we’re not mistaken.

DANGER AHEAD – FAIR WARNING – PRINCESS SOAP BOX ALERT – FAIR WARNING – DANGER AHEAD

Stand back.

This is the part in those TV medical dramas where the paddles are applied to the victim’s chest and a matinee idol scans the room, then bellows authoritatively “Clear!”

The Princess is discreetly sharing that sentiment shrieking that very word now: C – L – E – A – R!

At the very least have Nanny remove the children from the room, then consider having that conversation with the teenagers about the hazards of speaking loudly in public. About political issues. And be advised The Princess is about to engage in the unthinkable here, at least it would be unthinkable at any social gathering we hosted, and that is how we view our little online get-togethers.

But honestly, things seem a wee bit out of control. We can natter on about uniforms and fashions and heels and colors and all of that; you know and I know it is intended to be nothing more than nonsensical fun.

However…if anyone still wants to criticize some members of the American cycling team for wearing their masks getting off the airplane, they might want to take a look at this shot from an ESPN reporter, taken Thursday, Beijing time:

ESPN Smog Photo Thursday

ESPN Smog Photo Thursday

Yet what did US officials do? It seems they helped the cyclists decide the air was not as bad as they thought it was and they Did. Not. Need. Those. Masks. Presumably that would make the apologizing for wearing them all the easier. Here’s a portion of the story’s coverage in the Times:

They were the first athletes at these Summer Games seen wearing masks publicly to combat the effects of pollution, and the sight of them drew considerable attention and criticism from United States Olympic officials.

This must be the USOC’s version of a wardrobe malfunction, or worse.

Granted, Tuesday’s air pollution was not as bad as it was in the photos of Thursday’s air seen here. TP asks the question: how bad is it supposed to be? We looked for a non-biased view in the matter and  selected a UK viewpoint from the Times (of London) in an online story yesterday about Tuesday’s incident. This is as best TP can calculate the International Dateline! (Oh where is The Consort when he is *really* needed? On the back nine, that is where.)

Four US Olympic cyclists who caused an outcry when they arrived at Beijing airport wearing smog masks have today apologised to Games organisers.

As the Chinese capital remains shrouded in smog today, Jim Scherr, the chief executive of the US Olympic Committee, revealed that the four had said sorry.

“It probably wasn’t the most opportune time for these athletes to wear these masks,” he said, adding they had written an apology to Beijing Olympic Organising Committee (BOCOG).

Here is another photo of the air quality from ESPN’s Arty Berko:

Here is a statement from an official with the Beijing Organizing Committee:

“We have all along said that it is not necessary for the athletes to wear masks because the air quality in Beijing has improved,” Sun said. “We have to explain that looks can be deceiving, and that it looks like fog, but actually the air quality is good.”

You know, I always feel so much better when someone else helps me grasp this sort of thing. TP is truly beginning to feel like she’d best have Cook mix up a Prozac Latte. (On the rocks. With one of those little umbrellas.) More from the NY Times.

“They told us that the Chinese were mad and that this is a politically charged issue, but we didn’t mean to offend anybody,” Friedman said. “When they handed us these masks, they never said, ‘Here they are, but don’t wear them.’ ”

If you really want to get your blood boiling, go to the USA Cycling home page to read the Statement from U.S. Cyclists Michael Friedman, Sarah Hammer, Bobby Lea and Jennie Reed. Seriously.

For a great perspective on an “average Joe” exercising in the air seen above, check Will Pavia’s story in the Times of London.

This is the Princess Consort stepping in to restore some semblance of order to this situation. It is rare to see The Princess so exercised. I happen to have a close chum marching in the Opening Ceremony Parade and I’ll get some back-channel information from him. Until then, I must apply a cold compress to my lovely bride’s forehead. Enough for now.

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