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Damsels in Distress and “A Song of Preppy”

Hello-Hello, welcome to a post on something generating a bit of chatter, Whit Stillman’s new film.

First, some background for those saying “Whit who?”.  Many will recognize Mr. Stillman’s work, he wrote and directed the 1990 film Metropolitan.

Criterion Collection via IMDB

A refresher on that movie from Alessandra Stanley’s Times review, it also offers some insight into the indie filmmaker’s oeuvre:

Gauzily set in Park Avenue apartments and debutante balls sometime in the recent past, the movie follows a tightly-knit group of young men and women who assemble, in black tie and evening dress, at ”afterparties,” usually to contemplate their fate as a caste.

”The common image of divorce and decadent behavior being prevalent among New York social types is not really accurate,” Charles, the group’s moralist, played by Taylor Nichols, says. He adds, thoughtfully, ”That’s more Southampton.”

That was the first of a ‘preppy trilogy,’ it was followed with Barcelona in 1994 and The Last Days of Disco with Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in 1998.

Via IMDB

Mr. Stillman now returns with a new film, Damsels in Distress.

Sony Pictures

The Times recently profiled the writer/director and his new film in “Whit Stillman and the Song of Preppy,” the story shares this about the plot:

Damsels in Distress” follows four college girls, Heather, Lily, Rose and Violet, as they grapple with problems ranging from love troubles to toxic frat-house odors and suicide attempts by education majors who insist on throwing themselves off two-story buildings. (“If they can’t even destroy themselves, how are they going to teach America’s youth?” Rose asks.)

Last Monday there was a screening of the movie in Tribeca, this story in The Times has more:

…screening at the Tribeca Grand felt as much like a boarding school graduation as a play for publicity by the Cinema Society, the evening’s host. But then, when the creator of a film credits his godfather, an Ivy League professor, for coining the term WASP, what else to expect?

At the screening we see (left to right) Megalyn Echikunwoke, Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Carrie MacLemore, Analeigh Tipton and Billy Magnussen.

Erin Baiano for The New York Times

Back to Bob Morris’s story about the screening:

Even the corporate sponsors were old-school: Town & Country magazine and Brooks Brothers. And the very young and adorable cast seemed to be on their very best behavior as they arrived, walking stiffly as if in charm school or the Easter Parade.

Below, we see Patrick Fugit and Megalyn Echikunwoke at the party following the screening.

Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com via Interview Magazine

Also in attendance, actors Billy Magnussen and Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford.

Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com via Interview Magazine

Others from the Gossip Girl cast included Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle, on the right we see Ryan Metcalf and Adam Brody.

Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan.com via Interview

Here we see Mr. Stillman at work on the set.

Sony Pictures via Indie Wire

Chip Brown’s Song of Preppy article is an excellent read, nicely synthesizing the filmmaker’s background and its impact on his work.

Stillman remains as adept at confounding expectations as he was in 1969, when, a Harvard freshman, he escorted a debutante to the Junior Assemblies ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York with a Students for a Democratic Society button tucked under the lapel of his white-tie-and-tails.

… wry self-deprecation is one of the hallmarks of the well-bred WASP, and Stillman is a museum-quality specimen. Even in unbuttoned Los Angeles, Stillman adheres to the preppy uniform of loafers, jacket and tie.

To read Mr. Brown’s entire profile on Mr. Stillman, click here.  We’ll also have more tomorrow or Monday, including a Preppie Style Guide from the Harvard grad.

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Happy Preppy & The Non-Airhead Heiress

Hello-Hello and happy Thursday, it’s a bright and beautiful spring day here at the Prepatorium.

Today we look at a new collection from style whiz and author Annie Selke. Some readers may recall us chatting about Ms. Selke in this post, we were talking about her book, Fresh American Spaces.

Annie Selke/FreshAmerican.com

The book offered perspective on five different styles.

"Graphic Traffic" at Pine Cone Hill

Ms. Selke is more-than-talented, running (among other entities) Pine Cone Hill, purveyor of lovely goods for the home. Above and below we show pieces from her Graphic Traffic line in the “Melody” pattern.

Pine Cone Hill

One of the five styles outlined in her book is “Happy Preppy,” and now there is a Pine Cone Hill collection with that name. Below, the “Tweetie” design.

Pine Cone Hill

Next, products splashed with the bright colors of the “Mia” print.

Pine Cone Hill

Items in “Twiggie” and “Cubix“.

Pine Cone Hill

The collection is available online at Pine Cone Hill, below we see Twiggie table linens.

Twiggie

It is also carried by Gracious Home; good news for those in the city, Gracious Home just opened a Pine Cone Hill ‘shop within a shop” at its Upper West Side store.

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Also today, a spot of idle gossip an interesting piece in The Times, No Misbehaving for This Heiress” profiles Amanda Hearst.

Ms. Hearst, 28, has never been the kind of airhead heiress or celebutante who gets in trouble. In addition to being self-deprecating, she is cautious around the news media and careful not to push her luck, name or looks in an age when society girls without TV deals or brands to promote are rare.

The story by Bob Morris made for a refreshing read, you can imagine how your faithful scribe reacted to this line:

“Whenever the subject of doing reality television comes up, I immediately disregard it, because most people don’t come off well, and it’s embarrassing,” she said.

That prompted an inappropriately loud bellow elicited a discreet “hallelujah” here in the Corner Condo.

G’bye until next time!

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Now, Now, Now… Can’t We all Play Nice? Apparently Not.

Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday!

Spat: a brief, petty quarrel or dispute

War –  noun, often attributive

b : a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end

We have updates to two previous stories today, beginning with that Martha Stewart and Macy’s spat war. Some may recall that Martha Stewart recently announced the sale of part of her company to Penney’s, despite the fact she sells her products at Macy’s, a Penney’s competitor.

Macy's

Of course, part of the deal is that Penney’s will sell Martha’s merchandise, the retailer has said it will open hundreds of mini Martha Stewart boutiques inside its stores. As one might expect, Macy’s is not amused. Here’s more from Business Week:

“Macy’s sued in January to stop New York-based Martha Stewart Living from executing an agreement to sell merchandise in J.C. Penney Co. stores.

Ouch.  Then it really gets nasty, with Martha’s lawyers saying that Macy’s is “essentially holding Macy’s hostage,” alleging:

“…the retailer has stocked and priced Martha Stewart products in a manner that favors Macy’s own private-label brands.

Business Week has a good story on the dispute, including predictions this will be settled out of court.

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Our other business battle is also a followup, this one is about the new C. Wonder stores.

Via Design Wire

The first store opened in Soho, since our post three more stores have opened, in Westchester, Paramus and Garden City.

Via

The Post reports Ms. Burch isn’t happy about the new stores her husband has opened.

A source close to the situation told us, “She is demanding Chris Burch shut down C. Wonder. The famously calm ice queen has lost her cool. She is furious and claims he has directly copied her business plan.”

While no lawsuit has been filed as yet, the source adds, “They are negotiating through lawyers. While Chris set up Tory Burch, his new stuff is identical and a third of the price. She wants him off the board of her company and for C. Wonder to close.”

Below, jewelry at C. Wonder.

Deidre Schoo for The New York Times

The Critical Shopper column in The Times on the store was titled “At C. Wonder, Something Feels Familiar“:

“Now the Burch brand is facing a puzzling retail riposte from her ex-husband, J. Christopher Burch, a venture capitalist who helped found her company and is still a chairman of its board…. he is opening a series of stores named C. Wonder that mirror Tory’s preppy style: go-to-hell colors, nautical flourishes, trim but conservative cuts. It’s unclear whether this is an amicable homage or a hostile takeover.”

Here is a side-by-side look at the two logos:

Logos from Facebook via The Daily Mail

The couple was married for ten years, 1996-2006.

Wire Image via The Daily Mail

More from the Alexandra Jacobs Critical Shopper column:

Maybe it’s a sign that the former missus has arrived, since Mr. Burch is also cheerfully knocking off Chanel, Goyard and Kate Spade — and those were just the influences I clocked in the foremost right quadrant of his new flagship on Spring.

Even the Daily Mail has written about it:

The venture capitalist has chosen an emblem that some see as being almost identical to his ex-wife’s now famous mirror image T’s.

Others like PR guru Kelly Cutrone, who is working with Mr Burch on a collection, argues that a man who has helped launch nearly 50 brands is fashion savvy enough to take credit for his own look.
Hmmmm. We need your thoughts ladies… is it too close for comfort?
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We leave you with a quick Sales & Savings Opportunity, a quick mention of about bargains at Bean, the company is doing a ‘Secret Sale’ this weekend, taking 20% off regular *and* sale prices. That make something on sale like the LL Bean Maine Isle flip flops $15.99, as opposed to $24.95.

LL Bean

The deal is good at both LL Bean and LL bean Signature line, use promo code FEB20 to receive the discount.

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2012 Preppiest Colleges (Ahem) and We’ve Gone to the Dogs

Hello-Hello, welcome to a Wednesday.

It’s that time again, the Huffington Post has announced its list of the “Preppiest Colleges in the US,” here is more from the story:

Being a preppy person isn’t all about knowing how to sail and wearing sailing clothes. Anyone in the world can be preppy, if they just want to try it!

(Is it just me, or does this conjure up images of an unruly gang of little children following a leader as he/she exhorts, “C’mon everyone, let’s all go be preppy!”…?)

Back to The List, here it is, each school name is followed by a snippet from the story:

  1. Georgetown: “Backpacks are a faux pas and socks are rarely worn, because obviously they’d look silly with your Sperry Top Siders and short shorts.”
  2. University of Virginia: “At a school that refers to the quad as “the Lawn,” it’s no surprise that many of the frat and sorority houses are situated along “Rugby Road.” The school isn’t lacking in Southern tradition (students joke that UVA’s mantra is “guys in ties, girls in pearls”).”
  3. Boston College: “Even the east coast sports-bro website, Barstool Sports, thinks Boston College is a bit too preppy.”
  4. Wheaton: “”Wheaties” commonly hang around Harvard and Brown on weekends decked out in green and pink apparel and Bermuda bags.”
  5. Cornell: It’s the school that educated Andy Bernard from the Office; ever heard of it? Blogs about Cornell will give you free SWAG if you leave “preppy comments” or tweets.
  6. Ohio State: “Even that bastion of preppiness Brooks Brothers is making a line of Ohio State clothes. (O’s on the cufflinks) Gawker has said (snarkily)that Ohio State was “infested by unbearably-preppy” kids.”
  7. Alabama: Urban Dictionary talks about the Southern Preppies in Alabama wearing Patagonia, Lacoste and Brooks Brothers — which, by the way, also has a University of Alabama line.

Here at the Prepatorium the most surprising thing about the story was in the ‘Bama description:

“For those Alabama fans feeling like they don’t look enough like a prep in their U of A gear, PreppyPrincess.com has you covered with a line of aprons, tote bags, and cloth napkins.”

Eek! Our thanks to the kind folks at HuffPo for the mention. 🙂

It would simply be easier to list name the school from the 2011 roster that were is also named this year, there is only one: Virginia. However, in the interest of providing context, here are the 2011 schools not making the 2012 list.

  1. Sewanee
  2. Miami University (of Ohio)
  3. College of Charleston
  4. Davidson
  5. St. Lawrence University
  6. Bowdoin
  7. Claremont McKenna

As always, the comments are more-than-interesting. Click here for the post in its entirety, scroll way down for comments.

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Also today, another annual endeavor, our glance at the goings-on at Madison Square Garden, we’re talking about this year’s  Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

We begin with a group shot as the Beagles do their thing in the ring.

AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Wild Rose, right?

AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

There’s always a reminder of that old adage about dogs looking like owners…or something.

Michael Nagle/Getty Images

(That’s actually a woman named Grace Forester, from a TV show called “Doggie Moms,” she is holding two pooches at the pre-Westminster Fashion Show at Hotel Pennsylvania.)

Back to our point: it isn’t easy being beautiful. Below, Bentley’s coiffure is kept pretty while he waits his turn in the show ring.

AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary

Ever fell like the day was a total waste of hair spray? How would you like to be a Komondorok? (In reality, this is precisely how this breed’s coat should look.)

Getty Images

The Consort: “That’s a heap of hair.”

Getty Images

Maybe life is easier if there just isn’t as much hair to worry about.

AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary

In some cases the dog is almost as big as the handler, as with Nikki, the Old English Sheepdog seen below left. On the right we show Ian, a Dalmatian, in honor of Karky and Kermit, and Uncle Bruce.

Getty Images/Associated Press

In honor of the inimitable Muffy Martini (actually, in honor of Bitsy and Bandit) we show Cinders, a wirehaired dachshund who was the big winner in the hound group. That photo on the right isn’t nearly as bad as it might appear, the handler is actually reacting after the group judge awarded Cinders that title.

Associated Press

Sometimes it’s tough on the humans too.

AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary

And you thought it was easy on the handlers?

AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

This year’s big winner is Malachy, a Pekingese, taking the Best in Show title.

AFP

At times it’s hard to keep your cool.

AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary

It’s obvious what Manchester wants to know: “Where’s Tilly?”

AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

Why, she’s still waiting for her invitation, that’s where she is.

She waits, and she waits, and it never comes.

Sigh.

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Preppy Interior Design and Jack Rogers Giveaway Winner!

Hello-Hello, welcome to a Monday. We have lots going on here at the Prepatorium so today we are brief, there are a few tidbits we wanted to share.

We begin with a delightful piece The Washingtonian did on interior designer Kelley Proxmire.  The magazine’s story is titled “Get the Look: Preppy in Pink—and Yellow, it looks at how the interior designer turned “…a Rhode Island summer home into an unabashedly preppy slice of paradise. ”

Neil Alexander/The Washingtonian

The decor is more than appealing.

Neil Alexander/The Washingtonian

From the story:

But it’s small touches like colored piping and monogrammed pillows that pull the whole look together. We asked Washington’s queen of prep to share her tips for creating a room Lilly Pulitzer herself would envy.

Neil Alexander/The Washingtonian

Writer Samantha Miller asked Ms. Proxmire about ‘preppy decor’ in the article:

The trend incorporates a lot of color. Most of the fabrics are bold, geometric patterns, often including stripes of all sizes. In addition to using primary colors, preppy decor can include bold versions of pastels—like hot pink, golden yellow, or lime green.

The yellow hues make the palette bright and sunny, yet they are restrained enough to keep the decor from being garish or overpowering.

Neil Alexander/The Washingtonian

Another snippet from the story :

What advice do you have for those looking to incorporate the trend into their own home?

Go slowly, and don’t go overboard. Preppy colors and designs can be added by way of accent pillows, lampshades, wall mirror frames, or even table linens. Select a few strong accents and then add more preppy pieces as needed.

That makes a lot of sense, although I am guessing it is easier said than done.

Neil Alexander/The Washingtonian

Ms. Proxmire has additional photos of the project on her website.

Kelley Interior Design

I enjoyed the article, including Ms. Proxmire’s thoughts on pink, click here to read the piece in its entirety.  There is also a slide show of ‘preppy home products’ accompanying the story.

Via The Washingtonian

Above we show the Ooh La La striped armchair from Pottery Barn Teen and the Bungalow 5 Jacqui Table at Layla Grayce.

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Next…..

Random.org

…the lucky winner of a pair of the Jack Rogers Navajos from the College Colors collection is Kimberly B., she commented that her favorite style of Jacks is the Georgica Python. Our thanks to Alysa and Diego at Jack Rogers for their gracious assistance in sponsoring the contest! (Kimberly, if you could email me skelley@PreppyPrincess.com, we’ll get you connected with the good folks at Jack Rogers.)

Finally today, at the risk of over-sharing, I want to send out a special thank you to the Preppy Post Grad, she has done a wonderful series of interviews with bloggers, including the one and only Carly of College Prepster renown, and Sarah Beth of the Greek Girl Shop, and today’s post is an interview she did with…me. (Blushing.) Thank you Miss PPG!

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The Birds, Bugs, Fish & Fowl on Your Chest + Jason Wu Targét Update

Hello-Hello, and happy middle of the week.

Today we share a story from last fall about logos on polo shirts, obviously it is a topic we have nattered on about relentlessly occasionally mentioned in this space. More from Charleston’s Gazette-Mail:

“Polo shirt” has become a standard name — like “T-shirt” or “khakis” — to describe a knit shirt.

But after recent visits to my college-age children in Alabama and Virginia, I’ve learned there’s a zoo full of animals adorning the chests of students on campuses throughout the South.

Part of the article examines the broad (growing ever-broader) variety of logos now adorning the ubiquitous shirts. The story is illustrated with this graphic, showing just some of the many icons now besmirching seen on the shirts. (In reality, some of the icons are pretty darn cute. I still prefer mine sans logo, but that fish is darling.)

W. Virginia Gazette-Mail

For those not familiar with each and every logo shown in the illustration, here is a quick rundown, beginning with Psycho Bunny (a Consort fave)…

Psycho Bunny

Southern Proper

Southern Proper

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Vineyard Vines

Vineyard Vines

Southern Point

Southern Point

Southern Tide

Southern Tide

Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren

Southern Marsh

Southern Marsh

And Eddie Bauer.

Eddie Bauer

The writer, Sara Busse, brings up a little family history in the article.

My dad, far from preppy and not a golfer or a tennis player, wore the little penguin shirts (by Munsingwear) around the house on Saturdays. Now Brad Pitt wears them. Dad was cool. Go figure.

Here is a 1970s era shirt like the one Ms. Busse describes.

Vendetta Vintage

But back to the present.

Look for Southern Proper’s Labrador retriever, or Southern Point’s German shorthaired pointer. These will set you back $75 or so. If you like bigger dogs, Southern Dignity is set to launch a Great Dane-embroidered shirt just in time for Christmas.

We did not see a Great Dane on Southern Dignity’s site, perhaps we overlooked it. (Who knew so many brands started with the word Southern?!)

A brand that certainly would have fit on the list would be Loggerhead Apparel.

Loggerhead Apparel

For a more in-depth look at the history of the shirt itself, Ivy Style offers ‘Le Crocodile: How Lacoste Became the Preppy Polo of Choice and Kyoto Maiko has a post on the topic as well.

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We were familiar with most of the brands discussed in that graphic up above, but always enjoy learning about new companies.  Here is a name that was new to us, Mahi Gold, offering styles ideal for wearing “from the boat to the beach to the deck to the bar.” Below, the Seaview Shift in both aqua and pink, the Claire dress, and on the far right, the Coastline Dress.

Mahi Gold

The company was started by brother and sister Michael and Becky Gorman, we like knowing the collection is Made in the USA. Another plus – everything is crafted of soft (but durable) organic cotton with a touch of Lycra for stretch (and comfort). They even have dresses available for your little one, below we show the Seaview Shift Dress for Girls and Toddlers.

Mahi Gold

To see a list of stores where you can buy Mahi Gold products, click here.

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Our other item today, a reminder about Sunday’s launch of the Jason Wu for Target collection.

Jason Wu for Target

Because the much-buzzed-about collection is only being carried in ‘select stores,’ Targét has even created a a Facebook page listing stores by zip code that will carry the line.

Jason Wu for Target

Target’s online photos are delightful.

Jason Wu for Target

Last week the company celebrated with a big do, below we see Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz in pieces from the line.

Getty Images for Target via The Daily Mail

There are reports pieces from the collection are already on eBay. We aren’t even going to look, and hope to find a little something when the line is for sale this Sunday.  (For a peek at our post showing most of the collection, click here.)

A quick reminder about our Jack Rogers Giveaway, if you haven’t already entered, scoot on over and do just that, entries close at midnight on Friday.

Goodbye until next time!

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