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Les Bal de Debutantes & Hollywood Preppy?

Hello-Hello, welcome to another wacky Wednesday here at the Prepatorium. How wacky? This should give you an idea.

The Prepatorium

The tree in this photo is normally vertical.

The Preptorium

Harrumph. (In reality it is very pretty, we aren’t complaining at all.)

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Next on the hit parade, a brief look at last weekend’s Bal des Debutantes at the Crillon.

The Daily Mail

Among those officially being launched into society, Sarah Margaret Qualley, seen below with her mother, actress and model Andi MacDowell.

The Daily Mail

The annual gala was Saturday, held at the Crillon, as the event name suggests. Tallulah Belle Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, is another young lady who made her debut. Below we share a twitter photo of the three Willis sisters, from left to right: Rumer, Tallulah and Scout Willis posted by Rumer Willis.

Rumer, Tallulah and Scout Willis via Twitter

Here is a more formal reminder of the event, this is Sarah Margaret Qualley’s official portrait, she wore a gown by Elie Saab Haute Couture.

Marc Piasecki-FilmMagic via Fashion Magazine

A total of 23 young ladies were part of Saturday’s presentation.

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Also today, a look at what some might call “Hollywood Preppy”.

Reel Art Press

The topic is examined in a new book, Hollywood and the Ivy Look, more from this story:

In the decade between 1955 and 1965 a coterie of discerning Hollywood hipsters appropriated the incomparable Ivy League clothing of America’s East coast elite. These West Coast actors elevated the Ivy look to the height of cool and defined a quintessentially American male dress code for a new generation of movie audiences.

The new book looks like it would be a wonderful read, certainly ideal on the coffee table, great for kicking off cocktail party conversation.

mptvimages.com via The Sabotage Times

We know someone who might think the photo of Paul Newman is well worth the purchase price for the entire book. More on the new tome from its publishers, Reel Art Press.

From the button-down hip of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Anthony Perkins to the preppy sensibilities of Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman; the understated but carefully selected components of the Ivy look didn’t shout ‘look at me’ but instead gave off an image of approachable correctness and laid back confidence.

Much as I adore Sidney Poitier, I am struggling with that particular version of pink and green.

The Kobal Collection-Warner Bos(L)/Photofest (R) via The Sabotage Times

Robert Redford and Montgomery Clift.

The Kobal Collection-Paramount (L)/

The book is available in the US via Amazon.

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One quick Sales & Saving Opportunity to share, tomorrow flash sale site Gilt.com is featuring Kate Spade throughout the site, here is more from a news release about the event:

“kate spade new york will completely take over the site offering products for women, accessories, beauty, men (Jack Spade), home and stationary, including the Adeline Adeline kate spade Bicycle collaboration and an exclusive first look at the kate spade new york 2012 resort collection. Gilt will be offering the collection to our members before it is available anywhere else!”

The sale begins at noon tomorrow (Thursday), it runs through midnight, Monday, Dec. 5th.  For anyone not yet a Gilt member, we have been asked to suggest this link for you to sign up.

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Our Christmas idea for today is from Smathers & Branson.

Smathers & Branson

Needlepoint ornaments are cute as can be, and if you aren’t into making them yourself, the good folks at Smathers & Branson offer a nice selection for your tree, door handle, whatnot.  (My fave is the sailboat.)

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“The Princess Principle”, Blake Lively Gets Carried Away & Petunia the Preppy Pig

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Thursday here in the corner condo at the Prepatorium, where we are buried in work, so today’s nattering on post is ever-so-short.

Today we share news of multiple Princess appearances that we thought you might enjoy, beginning with Her Serene Highness, Charlene of Monaco. She and Prince Albert have been on this side of the pond, below left we see them at the Princess Grace Awards gala Monday and the opening of the “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess” exhibition in Toronto last night.

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The Awards honor emerging talents in the arts, including film, dance and theater. Below we see the Monaco royals with Dame Julie Andrews, who received special honors, and Anne Hathaway, both of whom actually played princesses on the big screen.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The exhibit in Toronto doesn’t open to the public until tomorrow, but it looks impressive.

John Rieti/CBC

That exhibit features many of the late Princess’s original dresses, including a special look at her wedding gown.

John Rieti/CBC (L) & AFP/Getty (R) via CBC

How dreamy would this one be to visit in person? Field trip anyone?

Also out and about yesterday, the former Kate Middleton, now formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge.

© UNICEF 2011/Jan Grarup

She and Prince William were in Copenhagen, hoping to draw attention to the crisis in East Africa. They joined Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary for a visit to UNICEF‘s warehouse, it is the organization’s supply chain headquarters.

© UNICEF 2011/Jan Grarup

The couple is taking a page from the Brangelina playbook as noted by Lisa on Twitter yesterday.

EastAfricaCrisis.org

Their capacity to do good by shining a light on specific causes and needs is substantial, their first such endeavor is the East Africa Crisis, where malnutrition and starvation have reached epic levels. (If interested in more on the visit, our sister blog is What Kate Wore.)

We leave this segment with a snippet of a piece in the Times last month, “The Princess Principle

Every woman has had a princess moment in her life. But even if most of us have put away our tiaras, we still want to feel like princesses, or even queens, when we get dressed.

The piece by Jessica Michault was written in conjunction with fashion week, but it certainly has merit for many, no? Is the “Princess Principle” something that rings true, or is it passé in this day and age, simply not realistic in the hectic, crazy-busy real world?

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Our final tidbit involves Christian Louboutin and Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, below we see her being carried by the shoe maestro at Tuesday’s party. (Note the rather… ah, ‘strategically placed’ handbag. Yikes!)

Splash/The Daily Mail

That was at was the big do at Barneys celebrating the shoe designer’s 20th anniversary and book launch.  Below, the limited edition pump being sold exclusively at Barneys, the ‘Highness 160’. (We are trying to stick with that royals theme, after all.)

Barneys New York

It is a very limited edition indeed, only twenty pair are being sold. If interested, hold onto your pocketbooks, they are $3995.

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We leave you with a seasonal item from an upcoming holiday; meet Petunia, I am calling her the ‘preppy glass pig.’

Artful Home

Petunia is just one of many handmade glass Christmas ornaments at Artful Home, we may showcase others moving forward. Doesn’t everyone need a pink and green pig? 🙂

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Talbots Spring 2011 & Some Serious Tiffany Blue

Hello-Hello, happy Wednesday! Here at the Prepatorium we almost hear faint echos of “There’s Got to be a Morning After,” a comment made without a red, blue or purple influence, merely a means of saying we need to look at something lighter and brighter today, oui?

Fitting nicely in that category, the Talbots collection for Spring 2011.  We begin with two looks we love, both with an appealing and easy elegance.

Two ensembles that are a little too figure-hugging for this decrepit old woman. (Heh, heh, heh.)

Style has more on what inspired the designs in their story on the collection:

“… the 1950’s and the spiritual setting was Paris, so the silhouette is hourglass and the palette is macaroon bright.”

That Parisian influence is seen in almost every look.

We do note the fifties figure referenced, but not the “macaroon bright’ palette, at least we don’t see it in the images shown online. There are a lot of muted colors and hues.

The Style article touches on the retailer’s continued efforts at overhauling the brand, its image and its merchandise.

“But not to worry, Talbots has no intention of alienating its core audience. The classic blazer, cardigan, and white shirt are all still here, but with updated, “Grandma, can I borrow this?” fits.”

From comments left after previous posts about Talbots we know some readers are enjoying the new look, but others are not; here are two looks we aren’t crazy about.

They aren’t hideosities, just not for us. Back to the collection.

More nipped in waists and full skirts.

Cropped dress pants appear to be with us for many seasons to come.

The style on the left is pure Betty Draper, and the sheath on the right might also work in that capacity.

We are guessing that many of the fabrics used are better appreciated in person, silks and tweeds with a lush feel that feel better in the hand than they appear online.  While more than fond of basics in neutral tones, the lack of bright colors that really pop is disheartening. To see all of the images at Style, click here.

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Next on our list of less intense topics, football players and fashion.  Below left we see Calvin Pace and on the right, D’Brickshaw Ferguson (who looks enormous) from the New York Jets, they promenaded down the runway as a fundraiser at Saks for the Jets Foundation.

Also looking stylish, Jim Leonard (L) and Kris Jenkins (R), the latter appearing even larger than Mr. Ferguson, if that is possible.

Women’s Wear Daily reports Mr. Jenkins’ custom-made sport coat was a 62 long.

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Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany is almost as famous for its robin’s egg Tiffany Blue® as it is for its jewelry.  Every year the firm hosts a “Blue Book Gala,” where it showcases new merchandise. So how does one decorate for the event? Of course.

Tiffany & Co.

On hand for the gala, actress Byrdie Bell, adorned with (what else?) Tiffany jewels.

Tiffany & Co.

The company has posted a Facebook photo album with pictures of the event, should you be interested in seeing more images.

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A few Pretty in Pink and Green goodies round out today’s fun and frivolity beginning with a sign of the season, the Lilly Pulitzer Christmas Ornament ($48) at Splash of Pink.

Splash of Pink

We also have Lilly Ornaments ($17.50) at The Princess.

The Preppy Princess

One of the niftiest totes we have seen for next spring is from Balenciaga.

Balenciaga via The Purse Blog

A little pink and green is always good for the soul.

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One final note that *is* election-related, but we promise it falls in the fun and lighthearted category.  It involves yesterday’s post and this photo.

Via Standpoint Magazine

Do you see all of the literature stacked on the table? A comment on the post shares more:

“OMG. I am so excited to read this post today. The second picture down…yeah, I created that poster, brochure, and book. I never saw this photo before. Thanks for sharing!”

Kathleen at “Leggings are NOT Pants” shared that tidbit, very cool IOHO, and another great demonstration of why we so love the interwebs.

Goodbye until next time!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • George Chinsee/WWD: Jets Fundraiser

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