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When Being a Princess Goes Bad, Kate Spade Sample Sale,

Hello-Hello everyone!

Today’s post is an exercise in what we refer to as pre-blogging, written in advance of a heavy schedule; we expect we shall be winging our way to The Queen Mother’s as you read this.

Readers can probably guess our reaction to this title for a column in Friday’s Journal:

Bringing Up Princess: Turning Girls Into Narcissists

Immediately our hackles went up as we said to ourselves, “Now wait just one minute.” But upon reading Megan Basham’s column, we find ourselves in agreement with much of her perspective.

“…little to do with indulging sweet princess fantasies and everything to do with catering to over-indulged princess egos.”

Naturally, invoking an anti-prep increased our comfort level:

“Take the popular tween retailer Justice. At malls nationwide, it carries multiple “Princess” tops and accessories that look a lot more like Paris Hilton’s attire than Snow White’s.”

For more on the “trickle-down narcissism” column click here.

One request: let’s not throw the Princess out with the tiara, so to speak?

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We have an update on tennis fashion just in time for Wimbledon, direct from our favorite tennis blog, Down the Line Tennis.

Scottish star Andy Murray‘s is expected to wear the ensemble shown above, all classic pieces by Fred Perry, one of Mr. Murray’s sponsors. The look is meant to emulate the styles worn by Mr. Perry in the 1930’s when he won Wimbledon.

A timeless style, and one we adore.  Some say the look is part of a greater campaign to help the sometimes-surly Murray move beyond his anti-English image.

Those interested in something for off-the-court wear may find the company’s accessories appealing, including the Tipped Webbing Belt.

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Many readers may already be aware there has been significant speculation as to whether or not Rafael Nadal would play in this year’s tournament; that conversation ended yesterday when he began practicing on one of the famed grass courts.

PHOTO: Bertrand Guy/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Bertrand Guy/AFP/Getty

We are still fond of last year’s look as seen above, the shocking pink and gray. Not that we pay any attention to that.  (Actually, we’re such an old fuddy-duddy we still think white is a good color for tennis apparel.)

It does not appear we will see Roger Federer in his famous cardigan again, the one prompting our original Preppy vs. Pirate post.

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We confess we don’t yet know what Mr. Federer is sporting for a signature look this year.

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A quick Sales & Savings note: fly to the Kate Spade Sample Online Sale:

Fiscally-friendly bargains abound, like the Jitney Cashmere Sweater is now $88. The original price was $295.

The sale ends the 19th.

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For today’s Pretty in Pink we offer Blake Lively at Monday night’s big do, the CFDA Fashion Awards.

PHOTO: Eric Thayer/Reuters

PHOTO: Eric Thayer/Reuters

The Gossip Girl star was wearing Michael Kors.  Also in attendance, Andrew Lauren, Dylan Lauren and David Lauren.

PHOTO: Steve Eichner/WWD

PHOTO: Steve Eichner/WWD

The whole clan was on hand, including Ralph Lauren and Ricky Lauren; he took home the Most Popular vote award, the first time the award has been made.

PHOTO: Larry Busacca/Getty

PHOTO: Larry Busacca/Getty

Comedienne Tracey Ullman was the emcee/host for the evening’s festivities; she had a few tongue-in-cheek comments on Michelle Obama’s penchant for apparel from a certain retailer:

““In the short time her husband has been in office, she has already done a tremendous amount to promote the American fashion designers, especially J. Crew,” Ullman crowed. “Is J. here tonight? Mr. Crew? How about Mrs. Crew? Any of the Crew kids? Oh come on, you’d think that they’d be here tonight to show support for J.”

The Ullman quote is courtesy of this story in today’s WWD.  Another designer and retailer of a preppish nature, Tory Burch, wore her own design for the gala.

PHOTO Steve Eichner/WWD

PHOTO Steve Eichner/WWD

Lauren Santo Domingo also wore Michael Kors.

PHOTO Steve Eichner/WWD

PHOTO Steve Eichner/WWD

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Tomorrow’s post will feature loads of looks from this year’s Royal Ascot. Below, the Queen and Prince Philip on their way to the event yesterday.

Getty Images

Getty Images

Until next time, enjoy your day dollfaces!

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French Open Blues, Longchamp is Pretty in Pink & Rafa Nadal…Preppy?

Hello-Hello, and happy first week of June! Yippee!

Has everyone been watching the goings-on at Roland Garros? Some amazing things, we must say, and not all of them involving the actual play, although we were stunned to see the early ouster of Rafael Nadal. No, we’re talking once again about the fashions at this year’s French Open, and feeling like we didn’t get the blue memo.

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Above left, Roger Federer and on the right, Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic. Below, we see Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka (R) and Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic.

PHOTO: Jacques de Marthon/AFP/Getty

Also in blue tones with teal and turquoise, Maria Sharapova.

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PHOTO: Jacques de Marthon/AFP/Getty

Is it just us, or does this style almost make Ms. Sharapova look matronly? A difficult thing to achieve given the tennis star’s natural beauty.  Below, Roumania’s Sorana Cirstea sports similar colors.

PHOTO: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

Two more in blue, Juan Martin del Porto of Argentina (L) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France.

PHOTO: Ryan Pierse/Getty

PHOTO: Ryan Pierse/Getty

If blue isn’t your hue, then there is always our favorite color: pink! Below, superstar Rafa Nadal.

PHOTO: Ryan Pierse/Getty

PHOTO: Ryan Pierse/Getty

The Nike Bold Open tennis polo Mr. Nadal is wearing is available online.

The Spanish heartthrob was also in pink for the news conference following his loss to Sweden’s Robin Soderling. In fact, we’ll just declare that both of the pink tops qualify as today’s Pretty in Pink.

PHOTO: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty

Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova was in the pink as well, paired with black.

PHOTO: Jacques de Marathon/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Jacques de Marathon/AFP/Getty

Next, China’s Na Li in what is rapidly becoming a popular combination, hot pink and orange (or a peachy salmon/coral).

PHOTO: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty

Serena Williams donned a similar orange offset by dark gray.

PHOTO: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

Those mourning Mr. Nadal’s status may wish to turn their attention to this story from the June issue of Vogue.

PHOTO: Bruce Weber for Vogue

PHOTO: Bruce Weber for Vogue

Renowned photographer Bruce Weber did the photos for the story.

PHOTO: Bruce Weber for Vogue

PHOTO: Bruce Weber for Vogue

In the photo directly above Mr. Nadal is in a Nike shirt and Tommy Hilfiger khakis, the white linen suit in the first image is Ralph Lauren Purple Label.

As always, for the true insider’s scoop on all the tennis happenings, toddle over to see Rich at Down the Line Tennis, as he seems to know simply everything that’s happening on the circuit.

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Frequent Princess readers know how serious we are about protecting their pocketbooks, ever-vigilant in our search for fiscally-friendly opportunities to invest in our economy.  Here are a few:

Is everyone familiar with The Laundress? If not, trust TP when she says it is a fabulous line, one we greatly admire.

To receive 20% off all purchases through June 30th, use promo code INSTYLE09 at checkout.

Also offering a 20% discount, the funseekers at one of our online faves, Fred Flare.  Really, where else does one find upscale accessories like this?

FredFlare.com

FredFlare.com

The bacon bandage is one of this spring’s must-haves, to ensure you receive the 20% discount use the same promo code at checkout, INSTYLE09.

Who says we don’t have an eye to the elegant, the refined, the timeless classics, hmmm?

Speaking of same, the Designer Sale at Saks continues apace, and here is another Pretty in Pink offering:

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The Longchamp X-Light Nylon Tote is an excellent buy dolls, at $269; the original price was $385.  To receive free shipping at Saks (no wretched minimum purchase foo-foo to cope with either) use promo code SAKSSHIP9 at checkout.

We leave you with just a few photos from this weekend’s Veuve Clicquot second annual Manhattan Polo Classic. We begin with David Lauren (L) and Nacho Figuera.

PHOTO: Steve Eichner

PHOTO: Steve Eichner

Next, Byrdie Bell.

PHOTO: Steve Eichner

PHOTO: Steve Eichner

And HRH Prince Harry of Wales.

PHOTO: Steve Eichner for WWD

PHOTO: Steve Eichner for WWD

We shall share more tomorrow.  Promise.

On that chipper note, we say ‘ta until next time!

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U.S. Open and Convention Styles, La Wintour and Martha do Queens, People Magazine Covers

Hello-hello and happy late Monday evening, at least here on the east coast it is ‘late’ at 9pm EDT, what we used to refer to as ‘civilized time’ back when we lived on the west coast. BTW, that term makes absolutely no one happy, is meant to offend no one, but manages to upset just about everyone, so we don’t use it very often for precisely those reasons.

Are you ready for some tennis? We most assuredly are, much more eager to partake of this than politics, we must admit. We’ll start with the weekend’s runup to the US Open, the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and here are a few quick hits of the happenings. What fun to see US Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist Cullen Jones with Ana Ivanovic on the left (photo by Jennifer Pottheiser) and then the one that has us wishing we were a fly on the grandstand… or something like that, Rafa and Roger, just a couple of guys on the job. Chatting. About guy stuff. You know.

Jennifer Pottheiser

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

And how about those immense, oversized tennis balls they had for the event? They looked very cool.

REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Photo: REUTERS/Joshua Lott

REUTERS/Joshua Lott

REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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And parties, oh yes, there have been parties! On the left a photo from Heineken’s Player Party; it wouldn’t be the Open without pictures of Maria, even if she isn’t playing. Or even staying.

La Sharapova has let it be known that she would like (very much so if you please) to attend the Vera Wang and the Peter Som shows at Fashion Week. And the houses would be insane not to invite her, she is stunning and generates great publicity. But no, she had no intention of attending, or watching, or anything really to do with the Open. As she told the NY Observer, “To be honest, the day I got injured was the day that I was like, I’m not even sure who’s playing.” To be honest, if that was how we earned our living, we’re not sure how interested we would be either, although we might make an effort to be a tad more diplomatic in letting people know of our diminished interest.

Then there was the Nike store opening party in Soho, attracting athletes, entertainers, sports stars of the non-athletic nature, Hollywood types, you name it and they might have been there. (And even if they weren’t, they may still say they were.) It had to be fun just to see Spike Lee and Roger Federer almost looking like buddies. BTW, Spike said he would be at the Open almost every day, but at last sighting he was in Denver at The Convention, but then, there is a lot of Open left to be played.

Patrick McMullan

Photo: Patrick McMullan

On the left, Roger & Serena at the Nike store opening party. Originally scheduled to open on 8.8.08 to coincide with the Olympics getting underway, that didn’t happen, nor did it seem to matter.

This is not just your run of the mill Nike store, but a Nike Sportswear store, and evidently there is a big difference. According to the media info from Nike, “The stand-alone shop will be the only location globally to carry the complete NSW collection and seasonal 21 Mercer products.” (The store is on Mercer Street.) That sounds quite impressive.

There were other parties in the city over the weekend. Men’s Vogue did the cool thing and hosted a fundraiser for James Blake to benefit the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund. Below left, Blake and Jay Fielden, the Arts Editor at Men’s Vogue’s, and below right, musician John Mayer, trying on watches at the party. Perhaps he can find one telling him it’s time to take his meds…yes? (Good idea? Or bad, bad Princess?)

Everything did get going today, and yes, there was tennis played. But tonight was the more formal kickoff with Mayor Bloomberg and lots of festivities as it is the 40th Anniversary of the Open.

And yes, Anna and Martha were in the house, Forest Whitaker was at the podium….

And when everything was kicked off by Mayor Bloomberg, one thing TP loved was the beauty shot that shows the Unisphere. You see, we have special memories of that Unisphere… we were very, very little, but we have special memories of that beautiful globe.

Much as there are so many other great players and matches, and yesofcourse we are going to watch as many as we can, it comes down to one thing: Roger and Rafa. The preppy vs. the Pirate. We loved the way Will Leitch (whom we absolutely adore) wrote about the whole thing in a post on the Magazine’s website:

“He beat Federer in the French Open for the third straight year, won that Wimbledon, took over his No. 1 world ranking, and, for good measure, won a gold medal in Beijing. Meanwhile, Federer was looking more mortal than ever. Not only was Nadal beating him on a non-clay court (finally): Federer lost to James-freaking-Blake in the Olympics.

Theoretically speaking, if there were ever a time to remind the world that he’s Roger Federer, dammit, this would be it; Wimbledon has the tradition, but the U.S. Open is where stars are made.”

Okay…enough tennis and now onto the next topic….

Gary Caskey/UPI/Landov
Photo: Gary Caskey/UPI/Landov

Our email just ‘pinged’ indicating something new just hit the electronic in-box. It turns out to be an “urgent,” or ‘news alert’ from Women’s Wear Daily on what Michelle Obama will be wearing tonight when she addresses the convention, and word is that it will be Maria Pinto again, the Chicago-based designer Ms. Obama has favored previously.

According to WWD, the word is that The Dress, and yes, we think it deserves to be in caps as a proper title of something, will be:

“Pinto said the dress Obama is planning to wear is a turquoise blue, three-quarter-sleeve sheath-like, fitted, Fifties-inspired style in double-faced wool. But, as like any woman, Obama could change her mind at the last minute.”

You may recognize the first high-profile Pinto dress worn by Ms. Obama from June 3, the night the Senator claimed victory in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Jason Reed/Reuters
Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters

And one of our favorite quotes from Michelle Obama?

“I have some high-end stuff – I work with a great designer in Chicago, Maria Pinto – but I got this dress at this store that it’s all black and white stuff … You put a little pin on it and you’ve got something going on.”

That kind of showed TP something when it came to the potential First Lady and where her head is when it comes to fashion. Not everyone needs to be as relentlessly obsessed even moderately interested, as we are. Here are a couple more Pinto pixs, things we love from the designer’s Fall 08 Accessory line, both pieces far more suited to a winter Bridal event than anything TP would be wearing, but so lovely we had to share them.

Now since we’re all (well, okay, not all) thinking conventions and politics, we thought we would update things for everyone who’s been awake at night wondering how Angelina Jolie is leaning, compliments of a story for Daily Variety:

“In June, when Entertainment Weekly asked her whether she talked politics with Clint Eastwood, a longtime Republican, on the set of the upcoming movie, “The Changeling,” she said, “Actually, we don’t disagree as much as you’d think. I think people assume I’m a Democrat. But I’m registered independent and I’m still undecided. So I’m looking at McCain as well as Obama.”

Moloshok/Landov; Kempin/FilmMagic; Reed/Landov
Photos: Moloshok/Landov; Kempin/FilmMagic; Reed/Landov

Jolie’s father, Jon Voight, has endorsed McCain and recently wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times highly critical of Obama.

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Courtesy: Wilshire & Washington

Reports tonight from various sources that two mega-acts will be rocking and rolling in Denver come Thursday night for Senator Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the convention. The Rocky Mountain News reports:

“The Jersey boys are coming, and we ain’t talking about Frankie Valli. The Boss and Bon Jovi are ready to perform.

Multiple sources confirmed to the Rocky that Jon Bon Jovi will fly in to perform two acoustic songs before Sen. Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech at Invesco Field on Thursday. After the speech, Bruce Springsteen (photo at left) will close out the night, presumably solo acoustic (E Street Band member Nils Lofgren told the Rocky last week that the band wouldn’t be with Springsteen in Denver).”

The Princess called Denver home for more than 17 years, and has sources *but everywhere* telling her all about the goings-on, the galas and get-togethers, the parties and premieres, the meetings-made- to-look-like-parties and the security. Oh my. The. Security. Ohmygoodnessitiseverywheresecurity.

And she thought she had dealt with security. You know, the White House type, the military type, the Papal visit type, the run of the mill disaster type. Not. At. All. A few years out of the business and it is really quite a far more serious and in many respects, a somewhat ugly business now, where the worst must be thought of everyone in order to protect the someones and the everyones. We aren’t sorry to be out of that fray and watching it from home for a change, we must admit.

It’s time for a little update on the People cover featuring Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and their twins. The Princess mistakenly thought perhaps people were bored to tears by all the Brad and Angelina baby hoo-hah and media circus, and might elect not to invest in the magazine’s ‘Special Double Issue‘ featuring the twins or the Hello magazine issue, should you be on the other side of the pond. Silly, silly Princess. What was she thinking?!

It turns out this was the biggest seller in seven years, the fourth biggest seller of all time! So there, Miss Princess! Only issues covering Sept. 11th, Princess Diana’s death and John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death sold more at the newsstand. It’s interesting that death seems to push us toward purchasing People magazine. I wonder if it does the same for other newsweeklies, or other ‘celebrity/personality driven’ titles?

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