Hello-Hello, we are are efforting grace and calm as we whine and wail and rail approach a ridiculously overbooked somewhat busy day, so today’s post is shorter than most.
Like many of the fairer sex, when given the opportunity we cannot resist looking at wedding gowns, they are simply too wonderful to behold. We previously posted about the new J. Crew Bridal shop; today we have a more extensive look inside and more on the retailer’s collaboration with Miriam Haskell jewelry.
Tuesday’s party celebrating the store’s official opening brought out scads of notables, including Kate Spade with her daughter Frances, Martha Stewart Weddings’ editorial director Darcy Miller, and Crew’s Jenna Lyons.
On hand to cover the event, AOL’s Stylelist.com; here is a snippet of their story:
“J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons has done an about-face on wedding dresses.
The creative director, who got married years ago in a full-length, embroidered linen gown, would go a lot simpler if she did it again today.
“I’d probably wear the 18-inch feather skirt and a chambray shirt and loads of pearls,” she told StyleList at the opening of the J.Crew Bridal store on New York’s Madison Avenue at 66th Street, Tuesday evening.”
Ms. Lyons revealed the dress remains at the dry cleaners where it has been for six years. Here are more images from the StyleList story.
Appointments are required for the bridal salon, located on the first floor of the new boutique.
Shoppers interested in other merchandise are welcome to shop at their leisure without an appointment.
J. Crew’s new 769 Collection of party frocks and accessories is available only at the Bridal store.
There is also an elegant offering of basics, such as the firm’s cashmere sweaters.
Pieces from the Miriam Haskell collaborative collection of wedding jewelry are also displayed.
Below, two rings from the Miriam Haskell for J. Crew weddings collection.
Next, two pair of earrings from the Haskell collection.
We also have a few looks from J. Crew’s Fall 2010Wedding and Parties lineup.
Two more styles for the fall.
Finally, one more dress from the new store.
We have a rare and unusual event; today we award the official Seal of Prepaliciousness to an individual not generally associated with the prep life. Perhaps an even more amazing fact: we are naming a professional athlete as our recipient of the Seal.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga is our unusual choice for the honor.
Many may know why we are taking this extraordinary step. However, it is not because Mr. Galarraga threw a perfect game last night against the Cleveland Indians and had that extraordinary accomplishment stolen by an umpire’s bad call on what should have been the final out of the game.
For those not familiar with the inner workings of the game, this means there are no runs allowed.
27 men come to the plate, and 27 men leave without a hit. Nada, nothing, zero, zilch.
To understand the difficulty of attaining such perfection, it has only happened 20 times in the history of the game.
Mr. Galarraga successfully retired 26 hitters last night and was within one out of accomplishing the unthinkable; to see what happened, click here.
It was not to be, and sadly, no one feels worse than the umpire who admits he made a bad call. From a Detroit Free Press story:
“No, Jim Joyce said, “I did not get the call correct. I kicked the (expletive) out of it.” No, he would not blame his angle. (“I had a great angle on it.”). Or say it was close. (“I just missed the damn call.”)”
As mentioned, the Great Seal is not being awarded because of the athletic accomplishment; that’s not our focus here at the Prepatorium, at least not until they start playing in pink and green uniforms accented by Lilly prints. No, it is what Mr. Galarraga did not do that draws our admiration and respect.
He did not pout. He did not whine. He did not complain, nor did he talk about calling his agent or threaten to contact a lawyer to look into legal action or throw his glove or engage in any of the tantrum-type activities we have sadly seen with many athletes of late.
As a Free Press sports writer explains, Mr. Galarraga did quite the opposite.
“I told Galarraga that Joyce said he felt terrible, that he cost Galarraga a perfect game and that he was really beating himself up over it.
Galarraga did not hesitate.
“Tell him no problem,” Galarraga said. “I can go tell him.”
He smiled. “I should probably talk to him. It will be better.” And he did.”
The 28-year-old from Venezuela, who was pitching in the minor leagues two weeks ago, did something else:
“…. Galarraga said that he hugged Joyce and told him, “Nobody’s perfect.””
For that grace under pressure, we award Armando Galarraga the Seal of Prepaliciousness.
In our dreams should we behave with such elegance and dignity under that kind of pressure.
We kind of like the look. What do you think?
We just hope they can get the uniforms embroidered in time for this afternoon’s game. (Heh-heh-heh.)
Until next time, g’bye!