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Is There A Downton Abbey Prequel In The Works? Also, Prep Style Onesies

Hello-Hello and welcome to a new week.

We’ve a few Bits and Bytes today, beginning with word about Downton Abbey.  More from the Arts Beat blog by the NY Times:

“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes is writing a prequel that recounts how the couple first met, the BBC reported Friday.

While currently writing in book form, Mr. Fellowes said at the Bafta Screenwriters’ Lecture series, a TV adaptation is expected.

Season 3 is already running in the UK, but the series doesn’t air in this country until Jan. 6. (If inclined to watch it now, just do a search for “Downton Season 3 streaming US”.)

Nick Briggs/ITV for “Masterpiece”

A BBC story offers more details about the possibility of a prequel, quoting Mr. Fellowes:

“I do actually have an idea of doing a prequel of the courtship of Robert and Cora, when all those American heiresses were arriving in London.

“They had a slightly troubled courtship, because she was in love with him before they married, as we know, and he married her entirely for her money,” said Fellowes…..

Mr. Fellowes also shared that younger actors would portray Lord and Lady Grantham, the roles now played by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern.  Should he follow through on the prequel idea, it wouldn’t be until the original Downton Abbey show ends. More from the BBC story:

The prequel may also provide an opportunity to take the drama to America, where Downton Abbey has proved equally popular – picking up an Emmy for Britain’s Dame Maggie Smith earlier this week.

This one could be entertaining.


Also today, a look at a brand we weren’t familiar with, the Chirp Shop.

The Chirp Shop

The company was founded by Adrienne Hofmann following a challenging shopping trip for 4 shower gifts, Adrienne couldn’t find anything she really liked for gifts.  The idea for onesies with collars was born and the company launched shortly after that shopping expedition.

The Chirp Shop

Ms. Hoffman knows her polo shirts, more from a story in the Litchfield County Times:

“I went to a prep school, it has been part of my life. I took that and tried to make it unique and jazz it up,” said Ms. Hofmann, who is a graduate of Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury and lives in the Naugatuck Valley.

Chirp began as a line centered on a basic staple in anyone’s wardrobe—the polo shirt—according to her Web site. The style is plain, simple, classic and clean.

The brand also offers a limited dress line, this is the Madras Chirp Dress.

The Chirp Shop

The pieces look darling, hopefully the Chirp Shop will thrive and grow.

That’s all for today, goodbye until next time!


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Gossip Guy Updates, Luxury Baby Clothes & An Homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Tuesday here at the Prepatorium.

We have multiple tidbits to share today, most are of the hit and split headline only variety, with apologies, we are pressed for time.

1) It isn’t only the summer solstice, today also brings something of a holiday for many:

Lilly Pulitzer

It’s National Wear Your Lilly Day, and regardless of the weather, Lilly Lovers everywhere were sporting the vibrant hues and prints.  Below, the understated elegance our pal Lisagh was going to be wearing.

Here’s a peek at all of the fun back at the Pink Palace (Lilly Pulitzer headquarters).

Via Lilly Pulitzer

2) This Saturday we enjoyed a story in the Journal looking at the increase in children’s clothing collections from luxury brands.  From Sameer Reddy’s story:

“With the launch of several children’s lines from mega fashion brands like Fendi, Lanvin and Gucci, however, parental projection is going to a new level, with mini-me’s dressed to impress rather than for recess.”

The piece is accompanied by a number of photos with fashion montages styled many ways, including “Preppy Baby” (L) and “Hippie Baby” (R).

F. Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal

It makes for an interesting read, one we happily recommend; click here for the entire story.

3) It’s Men’s Fashion Week again and there are reports Gossip Guy Chace Crawford walked the runway for Versace at yesterday’s show in Milan. As best we can tell he did *not* actually model for Versace but he did attend the show.

PHOTOS: Getty Images

4) Another Gossip Girl star, Penn Badgley, has been chosen for the lead in one of the upcoming films about musician Jeff Buckley, prompting rumors he may need to leave the show to accommodate the production schedule for the movie. (Gasp.)

5) Theminute-by-minute (almost) schedule for the Canadian portion of the upcoming Royal Tour in Canada is now available, click here to see the details.


What sounds like a must-see exhibit for anyone who is going to be in southern California is now open, “LBD (Little Black Dress) An Homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s” can be seen at the FIDM Museum.


The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising show isn’t huge, but looks at a subject matter near and dear to our heart, who doesn’t appreciate the beauty of a LBD … or several? Here is more from All the Rage:

“Standouts include Hubert de Givenchy’s line-for-line re-creation of the “Tiffany’s” dress (on loan from Hubert de Givenchy Couture) and glam takes on the staple from Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet, Valentina and L.A.-based designers Monique Lhuillier, Kevan Hall and Chan Luu.”

Kathryn Collings/MyStyle.com (R)

We hadn’t realized there were actually 4 of the Givenchy dresses made for Audrey Hepburn. The exhibit runs through August 13, and best of all, it is free.  For more you can also visit the FIDM Museum’s Shop page on Facebook.

Via FIDM Museum Shop Facebook Page

There is also more about the exhibit at the FIDM blog, it looks like a delightful way to spend one’s lunch hour!

On those lovely images we say goodbye until next time, may your day be as bright and filled with fun as the Lilly everyone is wearing.


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