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The Stars come out for Tennis, Nastia, Maria & Dara do Fashion Week

How about that tennis yesterday?!

Unusual as it was to have a Monday Men’s final at the US Open, things at Flushing Meadows were up and running smoothly well before yesterday’s 5pm match between defending champion Roger Federer and challenger Andy Murray. Crooner Harrick Connick Jr. helped get things underway by singing the national anthem, and onlookers included everyone from actress Natalie Portman….

…to Ralph and Ricki Lauren, who are seated behind singer Tony Bennett….

A rather fierce-looking Oscar de la Renta (during Fashion Week no less!) as well as Tom Brokaw & Star Jones.

As well as Melania and Donald Trump. It would appear the Donald would like young Baron Trump to observe the basic rules of good conduct whilst watching the match… or something. Perhaps a bit much to ask of someone that age, hmmm?

Honestly. Then we have actress Anne Hathaway and Ms. Jones again….

Along with Tobey Maguire, Jennifer Meyer, Marisol Thomas, and Rob Thomas (above), and Regis Philbin with his wife Joy, seen below.

Once again Mr. Federer prevailed. In rather short order we might add.

Season saved.

We don’t believe we have ever (neverever) seen Mr. Federer look happier.

Just plain out pleased, able to enjoy the moment.

And then it is time to make the rounds.

Chris Trotman/Getty Images for the USTA

Chris Trotman/Getty Images for the USTA

Chris Trotman/Getty Images for the USTA

Chris Trotman/Getty Images for the USTA

Chris Trotman/Getty Images for the USTA

More than one online publication or commentator used the word ‘preppy’ in referring to Mr. Federer today, and we would concur, his look certainly supports that descriptor, and not for the first time. BTW, for any fans wanting a red hat very similar to the one he wears, they are still available at his online shop, with a few other items, tee-shirts, calendars and the like.

We move on to other stars on another stage altogether now, and of course we’re talking about Fashion Week, Day Six.

Remember the post when we mentioned that ace Maria Sharapova had invited Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin to the Peter Som show? Well, here they are last night, in front row seats, as promised. You see actresses Kate Mara and Elizabeth Banks on their left, and all are quite intent upon seeing the show. How tiny does young Nastia look in comparison to the others?!

It seemed utterly appropriate for Ms. Liukin to be in a gold dress; she looked radiant.

Nastia wasn’t the only Olympian at the shows. In fact Olympic swimmer Dara Torres actually walked for designer Charles Nolan. The 41-year-old Olympic swimmer modeled two different looks, the first a vintage-inspired swimsuit and the second a black wrap dress.

The four-time Olympian carried her daughter Tessa for her first turn around the room during the show at the designer’s studio in Chelsea. What an outstanding idea, and not the first time non-professional models have been used by the designer. As a blog post from the style writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer put it:

“Nolan’s show is always enjoyable, thanks in part to his commitment to the inclusion of “real” people along with models on the runway. This season’s batch included a holistic healer, a grandmother, a ferry boat captain, and oh yeah, a 12-time Olympic medalist.”

We do love many of Nolan’s styles, but it’s possible we love his sketches even more:

PHOTO CREDITS: Matthew Stockman/Getty, Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty, Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG, Nick Laham/Getty, Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images, REUTERS/Shaun Best, Chris McGrath/AFP/Getty Images

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Brooks Brothers Buh-Bye to Thom? (+ Preppy Updates from CFDA Party)

Thom Browne 2008 Line

Much as The Princess loves successful business ventures, many readers know she hasn’t exactly been all rah-rah about the Thom Browne for Black Fleece Collection at Brooks Brothers. There is now scuttlebutt that the partnership may be near its end; the rumors come via New York magazine reporting what the New York Post is reporting. Of course it is in amongst their ever-so-naughty Page Six gossip items, so do consider the source. All of this is rather reminiscent of the original ‘Party Line’ phone services of the “olden days.” Stand by for more as it develops.

Mr. Browne by the way, is a 2006 winner of a CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Award, relevant to the rest of this post. The look above is from the designer’s Fall 2008 line. TP is presuming we won’t be seeing this one at Brooks.

One designer we always enjoy seeing more of is Tory Burch, a big winner at Monday’s Annual CFDA Awards, named as Accessory Designer of the Year, seen below in one of her own designs.

Tory Burch at CFDA Awards

A huge favorite of prepsters everywhere this Spring is Cynthia Rowley’s Whim Collection for Target; Ms. Rowley was among those in attendance at the bash Monday evening, seen here in a gown of her design. Of course, another favorite is Ralph Lauren of Polo Ralph Lauren fame, seen here with his wife, Ricki Lauren.

Cynthia Rowley at CFDA Awards Ralph & Ricky Lauren at CFDA Awards

Never known as a slave to fashion, NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg was honored for his longtime support of Fashion Week; long a favorite of The Princess, the Mayor has been ribbed on more than one occasion about this issue. In a lavender bow tie, the Mayor added some levity to the evening, joking that he would have worn something more stylish, but “my skinny jeans are at the cleaners, and my gladiator sandals are being resoled.” Exactly.

Carolina Herrera

The Princess was most excited to learn the industry was honoring Carolina Herrera with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Perpetually elegant, always tasteful and forever a classic, Ms. Herrera is one of The Princess’s heroines. (And it’s not just because she puts pockets in garments, although we have long believed that to be a big plus!) Ms. Herrera was also a 2004 CFDA winner, named Womenswear Designer of the Year.

Other attendees at the Monday night gala included socialite Lauren Santo Domingo. Yes, that Lauren Santo Domingo; we are including her because, among other reasons, we don’t want the woman to be forever associated with That Dress as we now refer to it.

Lauren Santo Domingo at CFDA awards

After waxing très pathétique about Yves Saint Laurent in Monday’s post, we thought the topic did warrant a follow-up of a more appropriate (read that ‘less emotional’) nature, not to mention the preceding CFDA coverage. The President of the industry group is Diane von Furstenberg, who made a last-minute wardrobe change, donning vintage YSL.

Diane von Furstenberg at CFDA Awards in Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent

Also honoring YSL’s creation of the tuxedo for women, Ashley Olson in Calvin Klein eveningwear separates.

Asley Olson in Calvin Klein at CFDA Awards YSL Tribute

The Princess hopes everyone is enjoying a fantabulous Thursday and looking forward to splendid weekend plans.

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