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A new Anti-prep, Estee Lauder at Wal-mart, Vuitton Watches

Hello-hello! And aren’t we feeling more positive about that pesky little financial crisis. Hhhmm, it must all be taken care of apparently…

AP Photo/Richard Drew

AP Photo/Richard Drew

Lots of these faces all over the place Monday, including most of the overseas markets….

Oh…it’s not all taken care of?  We shouldn’t toddle over and visit our friends at the bank to apply for an unsecured loan? Oh. How dreary. And as you can see, not everyone was happy Monday.

Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty

Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty

These gentlemen are described as:

A group of unemployed financial businessmen perform for money on Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange…”

In case this isn’t already evident, ‘Fair Warning’ to readers: it is possible, perhaps even likely, The Princess is feeling a tad snarky today. Oh my!

snarky

Pronunciation: \ˈsnär-kē\
Function: adjective
Etymology: dialect snark to annoy, perhaps alteration of snark to irritate
1 : crotchety, snappish
2 : sarcastic, impertinent, or irreverent in tone or manner <snarky lyrics>
snark·i·ly \-kə-lē\ adverb

It has been some time since we shared any new nominations to the AntiPrep Hall of Shame, but with so many suggestions coming in we are concerned about a backup.  Therefore we reveal our newest member: Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth.

AP Photo/Matt Sayles

AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Yes, that Omarosa.  As a contestant on the first season of NBC’s The Apprentice she was loathed by most; she returned for the Celebrity Apprentice edition. This is a woman who has taken self-promotion to new levels.  Tomorrow Ms. Manigault-Stallworth’s book is released, entitled “The Bitch Switch: Knowing How To Turn It On and Off.”  Really. We couldn’t possibly make this up, not on our best day.

The publisher, Phoenix Books, describes the book:

“From Omarosa, reality star, global television personality, and the prime-time woman you love to hate, comes The Bitch Switch, the smart and bitingly honest must-read for every woman who aspires to succeed in relationships, in business, and at home.”

According to People magazine, Donald Trump wasn’t the first person to fire her:

“The former political appointee—who spoke glowingly of her White House days—was banished from four jobs in two years with the Clinton Administration. At her last one, “she was asked to leave as quickly as possible, she was so disruptive,” says Cheryl Shavers, the former Under Secretary for Technology at the Commerce Department, where Omarosa worked several weeks in 2000.”

If you are not yet familiar with the AntiPrep, it can be either ‘things’ like these, or humanoid, like our HOS members Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. More than anything it is gauche if not outright crass or vulgar, and frequently involves extraordinary levels of self-promotion.

Every day for a week we have been meaning to post this.  We promptly forget about it until the next day when it is once again the most-emailed story on WWD (Women’s Wear Daily online, subscription required) and we say, “Gosh Princess, you really should share this, everyone else seems to find it fascinating.”

Courtesy Estee Lauder

Courtesy Estee Lauder

‘This’ is news that Estee Lauder is going mass-market, introducing three different perfumes at Walmart in December before starting sales at other discounters like Target and Kohl’s.  How upset do insiders think the department stores will be? Not very.

“Decades ago, news of a Wal-Mart tie-up would have rattled the chandeliers in the company’s Fifth Avenue headquarters. But now the move could be interpreted as merely reflecting the broad evolution in the market and at Lauder…”

Each of the three scents is named for a gem: Blue Opal, Purple Diamond, and Ruby. They will be packaged as eau de toilette sprays and sell for $17 and $25.  Now on to our next topic.

In the “Life Just Isn’t Fair” category, word today the curvaceous Christina Hendricks isn’t able to borrow designer duds the way more petite stars can.  Ms. Hendricks plays the role of Office Manager Joan Holloway on hit show Mad Men; the Post featured her on the cover of Page Six Magazine this week. Apparently one isn’t necessarily rewarded for being shapely:

“No one will send me dresses,” she says. “Designers loan size 2 or 4 samples to actresses, but I’m not that size. It’s like I’m a freak because I’m curvy and I can’t squeeze into those things. I’ve had some problems with that.”

'Joan Holloway' Mad Men on amc.tv

As regular readers know, TP is so enamored of the show her social secretary knows to plan Sunday evening activities around it, most unusual for the Princess household. A little secret: TP even follows characters from the show on Twitter.  If anyone missed last night’s episode, be advised things became quite cryptic at the close of the show, perhaps related to these two? (Laura Ramsey plays ‘Joy’ with no last name & ‘Don Draper’ is played by Jon Hamm.)

Mad Men on amc.tv

Mad Men on amc.tv

Next, word that luxury superpower LVMH (think of brands like Vuitton, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs) had a smashing third quarter, despite many other retailing groups performing poorly. The only downside seemed to be Vuitton watches, causing one stock investment analyst to say:

“Sales of watches did not slow down, but collapsed…”

Louis Vuitton Bijoux

Louis Vuitton Bijoux

Some blamed the decline on Tag Heuer’s watches, which are considered the lower end of the company’s brand spectrum. We must admit we did not contribute to any horological growth for any company, anywhere.

Happy day everyone!

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Kristin Davis Collection, More Politics and Fashion: White House Goes Pink!

Hello and happy-happy to everyone! We can use a little happy, don’t you think?
Ktisten Davis Collection at Belk

Kristin Davis Collection at Belk

Above, Sex and the City star Kristin Davis looks very happy in a still from the promotional campaign for her new line of clothing at Belk. Below, Ms. Davis watches the first public showing of the line.

kd

The line made its debut at the end of September; by now, all of the stores should be fully stocked, along with the website. (As an aside, Belk has overhauled the site and it is vastly improved with loads more stock!) The Charlotte newspaper has a good story on the line, with solid background and details.

“The line is a reflection of her ‘Sex and the City’ character, Charlotte Ross, as well as her Southern roots, with a prim, preppy look.”

We couldn’t locate either this specific handbag or shoe online but there are a number of Kristin Davis handbags here, as well as several pair of shoes from the collection here.

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It promises to be another wicked week on Planet Politics; this week the final Presidential Debate is held at Hofstra University on Long Island.  There continues to be lots of commentary on the styles worn by all of the candidates and their spouses, with the strongest focus remaining on Cindy McCain, Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin.

Ms. Palin’s eyeglasses continue to be one of the most-discussed topics in this forum, otherwise known as Kazuo Kawasaki frame model 704. The illustration below by Peter Arkle demonstrates why TP so loves the Times (New York); this article takes a look at those glasses, in depth.

Peter Arkle Illustration, Photos by Getty

Peter Arkle Illustration, Photos by Getty

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Has anyone read the new (and unauthorized) Michelle Obama biography simply called “Michelle: A Biographyby Washington Post Magazine writer Liza Mundy?

From Time’s review of the book today:

“Michelle is an unauthorized biography — Mundy’s experience interviewing the Obamas occurred in 2007 in the course of reporting for an article — and it’s obvious. The sympathetic, at times fawning, book relies heavily on sources several circles outward from those who actually know Michelle. The end result is a book that reveals little about Michelle Obama not already in the public domain.”

We did not realize it was released last week and have added it to the already much-too-long-list of books we want to read.  We shall never catch up. Sigh. If you are on the site and want to read an interesting piece by Curtis Sittenfeld on “What Michelle Obama Brings to the White House.” Yes, that Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Amerian Wife. (Be advised, Ms. Sittenfeld is not non-partisan and has been clear about her pro-Obama sentiments.)

Lest we become too serious about things, let us make a note about one of our more infamous Anti-Preps, Paris Hilton. Harper’s Bazaar has a rather brilliant piece with Ms. Hilton as President in the November issue, complete with the White House in a color we can all get behind:

Bazaar

Bazaar November 2008

When asked about the people she would appoint to her cabinet Ms. Hilton had this response:

“I won’t have a cabinet; I will have a closet. A giant walk-in closet with all styles of advisers, like Michael Kors, Kanye West, Diane von Furstenberg, Naughty by Nature, Stephen Hawking, Madonna, Karl Lagerfeld, and, of course, Tinkerbell.”

In both photos Ms. Hilton wears Kenneth Jay Lane necklaces, and the oversized brooch below is Chanel.

Harper's Bazaar November, 2008

Harper's Bazaar November 2008

Here’s a wish that everyone enjoys a simply splendid week!

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Hottest Bachelors: Preppy Gossip Guys, James Blake, SATC and Patricia Field on HSN

Yesterday’s blog readers were subjected to the most dreadful discussion of Paris Hilton’s hair extensions and their ‘hotness.’ The conversation then took a turn for the worse, degenerating to the The Princess’s ‘unhotness.’ Let us just say that if you were waffling between reading the rest of this or heading out to the Nantucket Film Festival (now through the 22nd), we would strongly urge you to attend the Festival. A choice between the Phillip Lim store opening in West Hollywood or plodding through this? Not even a conversation; Lim, hands down. Trust TP when she tells you this is gonna’ go south in a hurry.

You were warned. We now turn to Hottest Bachelors 2008 as determined by People magazine. More accurately, we glance at the ‘preppy’ elements in the ‘Hottest’ group, commencing with this unfortunate trio from Gossip Girls.

The stars of Gossip Girl  Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford

BTW, if you would like to cast your vote in an online poll at the People magazine website on which of the three Gossip Guys you would like to date, here’s where you need to be. And if that feels good, you can do the same thing for Hills heartthrobs (we cannot believe we just wrote that) Stephen Colletti and Brody Jenner.

James Blake

Another preppy on People’s oh-so-hot list is tennis star James Blake (IV), whose story is really more like a made-for-TV movie. Blake went to high school in Fairfield (CT) and attended Harvard before joining the tennis circuit, and did he run into some rugged times. In an effort to raise the tone of today’s post, we point out that Blake co-authored a biography that is supposed to be very, very good. And we do know his journey has been nothing short of remarkable.

James Blake Book

Moving away from the tennis court and into the retail world, we offer a reminder:

Charles Tyrwhitt Sale

As you may recall reading here in a previous post, The Princess and The Princess Consort (aka The Spousal Unit) are both *huge* fans of British shirtmaker Charles Tyrwhitt for their incredible fabrics, fine designs and outstanding attention to detail. They too are having a semi-annual sale of some kind and it is well worth your time should you choose to pop in.

Finally, for those unable to find enough goodies from Sex and the City designer Patricia Field, stand by for more. The has made a deal with HSN (the Home Shopping Network), for a collection of sportswear, dresses, denim and accessories. A *very* big launch is expected; the line will sell for five days straight, starting on Sept. 23. New York Fashion Week will be used as a springboard to showcase merchandise that week just prior to the the launch. Word is that Field’s famous Flower Dress will be available to HSN shoppers along with many new designs.

Flower Dress


Patricia Field Coke Bottles

Above you see the limited edition colorful Coke bottles designed by Field, below, a few looks from the upcoming HSN group.

HSN Patricia Field DressHSN Patricia Field Dress

The Princess may be a bit out of touch the next day or two. It is more than likely time to say goodbye to the family pet, a thought we’re struggling to get our minds around as her deterioration was extraordinarily rapid. Tomorrow brings with it the potential for a big, bad, owie.

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Top Ten ‘Social Status’ Brands – Is Yours on the List? And an Anti-Prep Update

Recently The Spousal Unit indicated that at times The Princess might be a bit… well, a tad ‘snarky’ in her posts. Snarky? SNARKY? Moi? Feeling the need to defend my good name and reputation, it became obvious that some research was in order. Below we offer partial results for perusal at your leisure.

snarky

Pronunciation: \ˈsnär-kē\
Function: adjective
Etymology: dialect snark to annoy, perhaps alteration of snark to irritate
1 : crotchety, snappish
2 : sarcastic, impertinent, or irreverent in tone or manner <snarky lyrics>
snark·i·ly \-kə-lē\ adverb

We were delighted to find a wealth of information on the topic, with page after page of definitions, discussion and even some debate; it was really quite educational. Frankly, our favorite part of the research involved learning that snark may also be used as an adverb. Right now I’m trying to think of a way to insert it into conversation that way. How do you feel about Snarkalicious…? Oh, TSU was spot on, as always.

Let’s start with an Anti-Prep Update. This was, quite frankly, impossible to resist. As some may already know, Paris is beyond über Anti-Prep. She actually transcends the category, surpassed only by Kim Kardashian and possibly Perez Hilton. And maybe a few others. At any rate, we present Exhibit A, a heartfelt statement from Ms. Hilton on the home page of her hair extensions site, viewable here:

Everyone should get the chance to be me. That’s why I created the world’s hottest hair extensions. Choose from ten fabulous shades and you will be a clip away from hotness.

Paris Hilton

If we had only known that everyone should have that chance. To be her. Darn it. Once again our unhotness has been exposed in all of its stark, naked horror for everyone to see. And I had no idea I had the chance to be her. No. Idea. At All.

Well, chin up, shoulders back and all that, for here at the Prepatorium we do not let little tragedies like this derail us; we move on. We stated we would be discussing the Top Social Status Brands and we will proceed to do precisely that, hotness-like hair extensions or not. Harumph.

This particular list comes as the result of extensive research done by the Luxury Institute, and The Princess is more than gratified to see who is at the top of The List. You may well recognize The Knot clutches below from the Number One brand.

Bottega Veneta Knot Clutches

The Institute polled 1600 individuals with a minimum annual income of $150,000 for the survey, and Bottega Veneta took the top spot. In a story about the poll, Luxury Institute CEO Milton Pedraza notes “Bottega is subtle and inconspicuous — and paradoxically has gotten some press for this…You know it if you’re in the know. It’s for people who aren’t looking to impress others.” Below we show a look from their Fall/Winter 2008 apparel line.

Bottega Veneta Fall Line

Valentino follows in second place, then Prada (landing page at Neimans seen below)

Prada at neiman Marcus

Then Chanel, followed by Hermes in fifth place.

Chanel Logo

Giorgio Armani was in sixth place, then we have Versace (that is a dress from the 2008/2009 Versace Resort line below),

Versace Resort Look

then Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. And there you have the top ten from the list.

Vuitton Bag at eLuxury

BTW, if you were wondering who Anna Wintour might fancy come this fall’s election, here’s a clue: she had quite a role at last night’s fundraiser for prospective First Lady Michelle Obama, at a Manhattan gallery. (Wintour is the oh-so-powerful Editor at Vogue magazine and hypothetically the role model for Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Anna Wintour

Judging from the list of attendees at the function it was quite the place to be.Remember our mentions of Lauren Santo Domingo in previous posts? She was also at last night’s festivities at the Chelsea gallery in a divine Oscar de la Renta frock along with Spike Lee, designers Monique Lhuillier, Georgina Chapman and Nicole Miller. (You know, the Nina Ricci-SJP-SATC-Premiere-Dress-from-You-Know-Where-Nightmare that Lauren wore first?)

Lauren Santo Domingo Michelle Obama Fundraiser 6/17/2008

Speaking of Sex and the City, Cynthia Nixon also attended, wearing Calvin Klein Collection. Others in attendance included Lebron James and his girlfriend, and you could see Zac Posen’s “Yes We Can, Obama 08” t-shirt beneath his blazer. Many thanks to Fashion Week Daily for the fab photos!

Cynthia Nixon Calvin Klein Michelle Obama Fundraiser

Lebron James at Obama fundraiser



Zac Posen at Obama fundraiser

Mizrahi & Andre Leon Talley at Obama Fundraiser

We close with this absolutely delightful image from the good folks at Barneys. It was part of an email from them several days ago; looking at it keeps bringing a smile to my face. On an afternoon when some whimsy seems like a good idea, we’ll just leave things here and say “Au revoir.” (It is linked if you feel compelled to click!)

Barneys Louboutin shoes

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The Anti-Prep x 2 (A Hilton Sister and…?)

Nicky Hilton

And we always thought Paris was bad. Bu then we saw Nicky’s “Ten Style Rules” on the Glam blog. Actually, to be fair, we were doing quite well reading the list, surprised to see several of Nicky’s Rules were actually in sync with many of The Princess’s. Among those we agree upon? Always have a good black pump in the closet & Don’t get carried away with each season’s ‘It’ Bag. But then we were horrified to see Number Four: “Wear your jewelry during the day. Its ALWAYS ok to wear diamonds.” Hello? Diamonds before five in the evening? Sigh. We do remember having the topic explained quite clearly at an early age. “No lady wears diamonds before 5 with the exception of those in her engagement and/or wedding rings.” End of conversation.

Steve Madden Bukled Horror #1 Steve Madden Bukled White

Then we simply had to share this. (Talk about being horrified!) It stands a solid chance of earning inclusion in this year’s Top 10 Anti-Prep Collection Items. These are compliments of Steve Madden. And we thought he had disappeared. This would be the Steve Madden Bukled in the Multi-Color and White models. At the risk of disappointing some of you *terribly* The Princess must advise you they are only available for pre-ordering at this time. They are NFS (Not for Sale) until June 29th. And to make it worse, they are a copy of a Balenciaga style, as seen here. If you are going to do something hideous, shouldn’t it be original?

We are now speechless.

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The AntiPrep – Today’s Photos

Paris hilton hits Turkey #2

Are words really necessary here? If there is any better visual explanation of someone who is most definitely not ‘preppy,’ we’ve yet to see it. The first picture is Ms. Hilton’s arrival in Turkey for her duties as a judge in the Miss Turkey pageant. Apparently her arrival at the airport caused quite the stir, with photographers so frenzied some were injured in their efforts to procure pictures for our viewing. Perhaps hazardous duty pay is needed for these poor souls. (I guess words really *were* needed. Hhhmm.)

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