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Preppy GOOP, & Brooks Brothers Bonanza

Greetings and salutations from the sometimes strange land of the Preppy Princess, where today we start with GOOP.  Surprisingly, this is not a Princess cooking tragedy resulting from an experiment in the kitchen on Cook’s night off.  Rather, it is a website from über-preppy Gwenyth Paltrow. (Spence, three years.)

The GOOP site is being launched the same week as Ms. Paltrow’s cooking show on PBS with CelebeChef Mario Batali, “Spain… on the Road Again“.

Photo Frappe Inc./Courtesy of Public Television Series "Spain ... On the Road Again"

Photo Frappe Inc./Courtesy of Public Television Series "Spain... on the Road Again"

GOOP still appears to be under construction, but in copy on the site Ms. Paltrow explains that while she has made mistakes over the years, she has also learned things and would like to share some of them with readers.

“I want to nourish what is real, and I want to do it without wasting time. I love to travel, to cook, to eat, to take care of my body and mind, to work hard,” she notes on the site. “I love being a mother who has to overcome my bad qualities to be a good mother. I love being in spaces that are clean and nice.”

Not shared is any info on the heels worn by Ms. Paltrow to the PBS show’s premiere Sunday night in New York. British tabloid the Sun is claiming the shoes worn by the star were studded with real diamonds on the heels. Please, please, someone tell TP this isn’t true.

In the “Thank God it’s Over” department we take a quick peek at the newly renovated Saks in Boston.  If you are going to be in Back Bay, this is worth the visit, although at times it *is* far easier to navigate to Natick where one can do both Nordstrom and Needless Markup Neimans without the parking issues at The Pru.

The Meghan Jones photos above show off the new and improved look, with the second photo featuring the Swarovski crystals above the escalator in the store.

Wasn’t it divine to learn that one of the few things we try and watch on television, Mad Men, won an Emmy as Best Drama Series? Oddly enough we actually remembered to watch Sunday evening (a rare occurrence) but naturally found ourselves switching between amc and ESPN in order to see the Yankees’ last game at Yankee Stadium. And how does one prepare to attend the Emmy Awards?

Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times

Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times

If you are actor Bryan Batt (he plays Salvatore Romano, Sterling Cooper’s art director), with a glass of scotch in hand while having your eyebrows plucked. Mr. Batt said he would be wearing a Thom Browne tuxedo from Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece collection to the show on Sunday.  Below, a photo of the actor in a scene with Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olsen.

But it turns out Mr. Batt was only one of many gentlemen clad in Brooks eveningwear. Others included Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report and Rick Schroeder of A&E’s sci-fi series The Andromeda Strain. Mr. Colbert is seen below with fellow comedian Daily Show host Jon Stewart.

Others from the Mad Men cast expected to be in Brooks included Robert Morse who plays Bertram Cooper, one of ad agency Sterling Cooper’s founders.

In the picture just below there are four Mad Men cast members and all four are wearing Brooks Brothers:

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Aaron Staton far left, who plays Account Executive Ken Cosgrove

Michael Gladis, second left in the photo above; Paul Kinsey is his character’s name…

Mr. Batt whom we have already shown in character, and then Rich Sommer, seen far right in the four-shot in his role as Harry Crane, a Media Buyer.

This does not include at least four other men who work on the hit show behind the scenes who were also expected to be in Brooks Brothers Sunday evening.  If the fashions of the era interest you, amc-tv has a weekly Mad Men fashion blog, and there is also a good read, Mad Men Fashion: Then & Now on Black Book Magazine’s site.

The sense that all manner of things are going on simply because one is away from home is accentuated by the lack of that portable office created by a laptop. Imagine our dismay during our long weekend to find the wireless not working!

It must explain our missing the news of “The Carrie Diaries,” from SATC (Sex and the City) author Candace Bushnell. It seems we shall have the opportunity to learn all about a teenage Carrie Bradshaw, that character made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City. Ms. Bushnell has a new contract with publisher Harper Collins for not one, but two books, on Carrie’s life before Sex and the City. A comment attributed to the author from the news release:

“Carrie in high school did not follow the crowd—she led it. It was there that she began observing and commenting on the social scene.”

Both books are due out in 2010, and will be published as “teen novels.” Some readers may recall our previous mention of something due out much sooner from Ms. Bushnell, One Fifth Avenue. It was released yesterday.

Following closely on the heels of this story is more discussion of the possibility of another Sex and the City film, conversation spurred as a result of the movie’s release on DVD.


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A Shocker: The Face “Too Famous” for Burberry & Who is Hiring Gwyneth Now?

Burberry Beat ad Agyness DeynAgyness Deyn Cover of June Vogue British

B urberry Print ad Agyness Deyn

This seems very odd: it was only last evening I was mentioning to TSU (The Spousal Unit) that I could not imagine Burberry continuing indefinitely with uber-face Agyness Deyn, she was simply everywhere. You just can’t have that without accompanying dilution of the brand. You may recognize the suddenly-supermodel, not only pushing Burberry’s Beat perfume (above on left), but also prominently showcased in the majority of their campaigns (also seen above, big group shot) both print and video. Scads of articles both on and offline quote sources within the company as saying that photographer Mario Testino was most displeased with Ms. Deyn’s high profile. The UK’s Metro reported Aggy’s sudden drop from Mr. Testino’s most-favored-model list on Sunday; US publications were quick to pick up on the news.

Agyness Deyn Armani Gown ad Agyness Deyn Armani Phone B&W print campaign ad

Not only was she Burberry’s primary face, she was also Armani’s, as seen in the black and white ads above, including the campaign for the Armani phone. I beg your pardon? You missed the news that there was an Armani phone? Oh dear. Because TP is really all about you – and because we realize how *very* important the right telephone can be, here is a link to said phone. (How sick am I?) In addition to Burberry, Ms. Deyn was or is the ‘It’ girl for Reebok, Hugo Boss, and for Dior’s New Look collection by Giles Deacon. In all fairness to Ms. Deyn it must be noted that Mr. Testino is a brilliant photographer, he is also well-known within the industry for his ego. Very well-known.

Gwyneth Paltrow ad campaign Tod\'s Gwyneth Paltwo Cannes Chanel Blue Gown

Lest anyone think we were unfairly picking on Gwyneth Paltrow in the post about her hideous shoes, here’s a tidbit about the born-and-bred prep: she is the new face for Tod’s, the upscale ltalian leather goods company. The announcement was made in Cannes; Ms. Paltrow is there for the Annual Film Fest where she has a film making its debut. (Actually, who isn’t in Cannes this week, except perhaps yours truly?) The film is four minutes in length and it premiered yesterday. The movie is about Tod’s. The entire film. All. 4. minutes. On its home page the Festival de Cannes describes itself as “the most important film event in the world.” You won’t get any argument from The Princess on that. Not a word.

Now getting back to the print campaign featuring Ms. Paltrow, who do you think shot that? Mario Testino.

(The Princess is unsure who shoots the Estee Lauder Pleasures ads, seen below.)

Gwyneth Paltrow Pleasures Life is Sweet


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