Tag Archives: SJP

Party Frocks, Mad Men, & the Perils of 8 Inch Heels

Hello-Hello and Happy Monday!

Some may be starting the week with less rest than normal, we know loads of friends stayed up last evening to watch the goings-on at the Kodak Theatre.  As always, hits and misses littered the scene once all was said and done.

We loved the Marchesa gown Best Actress Sandra Bullock wore.

The fabric was exquisite, and Ms. Bullock wore the gown, it did not wear her.  We adored her comments on choosing The Dress:

“There are so many gorgeous dresses out there I couldn’t possibly predict the trends,” she said. “My stepdaughter picked out my dress yesterday.”

Cameron Diaz was stunning in Oscar de la Renta, we called it the Fairy Tale Princess dress.

Gabourey Sidibe was radiant in blue Marchesa.

We laughed (and agreed) with the Twitter comment asking how many Muppets had to die to create Zoe Saldana’s Givenchy Couture gown.

The top portion of the dress was simply breathtaking. If only the lower half carried out through the theme.

WWD’s post-mortem had an insightful thought on the styles seen last night:

“Some, though, seemed a bit overwhelmed by their looks. Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham looked less sexy than Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka.”

Of course, comportment always has a significant influence on any appearance. Below we see the darling bow on the Jenny Packham dress and Ms. Mirren’s oft-discussed tattoo.

We struggled with Sarah Jessica Parker’s look, it seemed to channel the sixties but appeared a beat off, whether it was the hair or eye makeup, we’re not sure.  More from Women’s Wear Daily on her gown:

“…donned a Chanel Haute Couture gown “that Mr. Lagerfeld so nicely made for me when I asked him,” was so in love with her dress “that I don’t want to give it back. I also don’t want to sit down, because the back is so beautiful.”

Fitting in one’s seat must have been challenging for some:

Donato Sardella/WWD

Tighter shots better show the diaphanous fabric used for Amanda Seyfried’s Armani Privé creation, as well as the Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

While some awarded Mariah Carey points for ‘most improved,’ the Valentino didn’t work for us. The diamonds were provided by Chopard.

One report speculated the entertainer may be “in a delicate condition” (our term) and also commented on the struggles this particular ensemble presented:

“Wearing extremely high eight inch heels… and a dress that prevented her from actually walking on her own, Carey was held up by her security guards.”

“I don’t think I can do this,” she whispered.”

Most were not fond of Charlize Theron’s Dior Couture dress,and one report referred to Virginia Madsen’s gown from Kevan Hall as being “Frumpytown”.

Some celebrities took advantage of an opportunity to wear more than one party frock; below we see Faith Hill with husband Tim McGraw at the Oscars in one dress and in another gown at the Vanity Fair party.

Not everyone received the “less is more” memo this year; Hilary Swank’s dress for the after parties was by Valentino.

Also seen at the Vanity Fair party, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and girlfriend Jennifer Westveldt.

Craig Barritt/Getty

Co-star Christina Hendricks attended along with Jennifer Hudson.

Others at the annual fundraiser for the AIDS Foundation included the Jonas Brothers….

Gus Ruelas/Reuters

Heidi Klum and Rachel Zoe…

.

Olympians Apolo Anton Ohno and Johnny Weir….

Refinery 29 has compiled some wonderful montages, including their “Most Divisive” list:

Refinery 29

There are scads of places to look at more fashion coverage, including the Refinery 29 post mentioned above, InStyle, FabSugar and WaPo’s story.

We were puzzled by an unusually cranky-looking George Clooney.

Perhaps he forgot the reminder posted for celebrities as they face the cameras.

Until next time!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • John Shearer/Getty
  • Jason Merritt/Getty
  • Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty
  • Frederick M. Brown/Getty
  • Amy Sancetta/AP

12 Comments

Filed under preppy

‘Pernicious Prep’ and Gossip Girls & Guys Hit the Shows

Happy Day everyone! The sun is bright & beautiful here at Intergalactic HQ for the Princess, it is just delightful!

First off, our Lilly Pulitzer Stationery Giveaway (featuring this Mix ‘n Match set) winner is Preppy Mama! We used Random.org to select the winner, congratulations to Preppy Mama!

We continue our Fashion Week coverage with the focus on those lines showing a preppy aesthetic. But before we even get to looks for fall, how about this look for right now from Boy by Band of Outsiders?! If the brand is not familiar and the name perhaps off-putting, be assured this is the women’s collection by Band of Outsiders, marked by tailored lines, flawless fabrics and attention to detail.

The Cropped Blazer with Grosgrain Binding is available online at Opening Ceremony, an outstanding retailer that did not have online shopping until this week. We are ever-so-pleased we can now graze and perhaps purchase at the website, although the majority of their wares are far too hip for TP.  They also do loads of collaborations, especially on footwear.

Last year the company collaborated with Sperry for distinctive Topsiders (Top-siders) and they are doing so again this year. In this post we talked about the line being named as “The Brand” for preppy attire by Complex.

Below, we shift to a Fall 2009 look.

In their review yesterday of the Band of Outsiders fall presentation at Fashion Week, Racked refer to it as “Pernicious Prep,” adding:

“…attendees found models posed in various tableaux vivants, all channeling naughty prep schoolboy/girl.”

Another style from the fall collection:

George Chinsee

PHOTO: George Chinsee

BTW (by the way), the shoes in the presentation were all Manolo Blahnik.  One more style below:

George Chinsee

PHOTO: George Chinsee

++++++++++++++++++++++++++

It was only a matter of time before we heard about Gossip Girl cast members in attendance at the shows. Chace Crawford was spotted at the Calvin Klein show; below, a look from the Men’s RTW Fall 2009 line.

Thomas Iannaccone

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone

WWD caught up with the actor before things got underway:

“Crawford…had the day off from taping “Gossip Girl,” pleaded ignorance about fashion even though the show is so stylish. “The fashion on the show is really for women,” he said.”

The star sat next to Jared Leto.

Getty Images

PHOTO: Getty Images

And the folks at The Cut also queried Mr. Crawford about his reaction to the show:

“”Favorite pieces? Uh, I like the solids, the grays,” he said. “I’m not that savvy with fashion.” He added that he feels “very weird” going to fashion shows. So why was he there? “They give me great clothes.” Touché.”

The show is now such a part of fashion culture that in their Band of Outsiders review, the writer at Racked refers to a model in the presentation as sporting “…what we like to call the “Chuck Bass lewd leer”.

Some in the fashion media are speculating about the ‘dueling Gossip Girls’ at Thursday’s Proenza Schouler show. The word is that Vogue‘s guest for the show is another G2 star, actress Blake Lively while Elle magazine is hosting Leighton Meester. We aren’t exactly anticipating any spat. Honestly.

Speaking of Vogue, editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and actress/designer Sarah Jessica Parker chatted up a storm at the Alexander Wang show.

Louis Lanzano/AP

PHOTO: Louis Lanzano/AP

In attendance at Herve Leger, actresses Lucy Liu and Mad Men star January Jones.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

PHOTO: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Here is another shot of Ms. Jones at the Leger show, and we think she almost looks like an entirely different person:

Steve Eichner

PHOTO: Steve Eichner

It matters not what angle the star is shot, for she is always lovely.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Time for us to toddle off to other duties, we shall close with a look at the new Samsonite Black Label group by Viktor and Rolf.

Courtesy Samsonite via Hypebeast

PHOTO: Courtesy Samsonite via Hypebeast

We can’t remember the last time we saw a bow on luggage! We also find the retro airplane print rather fetching.

Photos Courtesy Samsonite via Hypebeast

Photos Courtesy Samsonite via Hypebeast

Our thanks to Hypebeast for the story tip as well as the images.

Until next time dolls, may it be splendid and sunny wherever you are today!

6 Comments

Filed under Gossip Girl, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion

Steve & Barry’s Bankruptcy, Gucci Olympic Collection, 40 Pages of Barneys Shoes on Sale!

As everyone has been speculating, the Steve and Barry’s bankruptcy is official; the paperwork was filed today in Manhattan. As we first chatted about it back on May 5th, and then again just last week, the company’s ability to make a profit with clothing priced at $8.98 became questionable. As gas prices went north and the economy went south, so did Steve and Barrry’s business.

The company is known for its lines associated with celebrities like actress Sarah Jessica Parker, basketball stars Stephon Marbury and Ben Wallace, surfer Laird Hamilton, tennis star Venus Williams, a golf collection named after Bubba Watson and several others. As of this writing discussions continue as to what will happen to the stores; gift cards are being honored, returns are being accepted, etc. There is the very real possibility, if not the likelihood, the company will have to close the stores. We will keep you posted if anything substantive transpires.

Now we know that when you think Summer Olympics you think Gucci. It’s like macaroni and cheese… Gucci and Olympics. Olympics and Gucci. Totally. In fact, The Princess is anticipating several comments will come in that you don’t just think ‘Gucci,’ you think ‘Gucci Olympic Bicycle‘ don’t you? We thought so. To that end we give you the Gucci 2-2-2008 Bicycle.

We shall now remove the tongue firmly planted in our cheek. In case you somehow missed the announcement several months back, Gucci has created the “8-8-2008 Limited Edition” collection. Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini describes the bright red used for the special collection:

“Not only does red evoke happiness and celebration, two emotions that couldn’t be more appropriate to describe the excitement brought by the international sport games, but it also happens to be a very fashionable color for 2008…”

There is also the I-Gucci watch, seen to your left. It is the only item from the collection available to all; we point that out because the other items in the are only being sold in Hong Kong and mainland China.

The watch is offered in a number of variations, and is notable because it is the first digital watch Gucci has ever offered for sale. It is also available in a version with hands for those who prefer an analog world. (Is it our goofy brain or is the name sounding like an Apple product?) Click on the I-Gucci Watch link above if you are interested in more images and/or information about the piece.

There is also an amazing pair of sneakers in a vibrant array of colors, luggage, and a few other goodies.

Yesterday the Gucci Resort 2009 collection was shown and since we shared this Olympic group we thought we would do a little sneak peek at a few pieces from next years’ line. (A reminder these are not yet available for purchase.) Creative Director Frida Giannini is seen in the final photo, lower right.

Now we wouldn’t sleep tonight if we didn’t update you on a few opportunities to save a little $$$, even though we truly don’t believe in open discussions of the “M” topic. In addition to the additional price reductions, Needless Markup Neiman’s is also providing free shipping at any price. (Will wonders never cease?) The code for this amazing event is SHIPJUL.

If you have the time, the amount of shoes Barneys still has on sale is simply remarkable; there are 40 pages of shoes and boots marked down at Barneys! The Princess strongly urges you to check at least a few of these pages out if you are so inclined.

Banana Republic also has some fairly good markdowns and Ralph Lauren has an additional 25% off selected sale merchandise.

Terry de Havilland
Python platform wedge

4 Comments

Filed under preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle

Second Oops on SATC Sarah Jessica Parker Premiere Gown…and you *Won’t* Believe Who Actually Wore it First (Photographic evidence included!)

The Princess recognizes the following content has nothing whatsoever to do with the posts readers generally associate with this site. And we offer a sincere apology in advance for straying this far from our usual tone and tenor. However, after consuming your time with previous posts on this topic, we feel it only fair to provide what we fervently pray is the final update on this topic.

We speak of course about the Nina Ricci gown Sarah Jessica Parker wore to Thursday’s premiere of Sex and the City.. That it turned out was actually worn previously by socialite Lauren Santo Domingo, several weeks in fact before SJP donned it for her big day. Amazingly, it now turns out someone wore it before either Ms. Parker or Ms. Santo Domingo. Presumably the photograph below gives you some idea about whom we speak.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING INCLUDES CONTENT ABOUT LINDSAY LOHAN

Lindsay Lohan in Nina Ricci SATC Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker Gown

Yes, it is LiLo, Lindsay Lohan, in the same gown, this time it was worn as part of a cover story that ran in the March Harper’s Bazaar.

Lindsay Lohan in Nina Ricci SATC SJP Gown

This one leaves the editorial staff here at The Princess speechless. Completely.

Nina Ricci Gown #1 Lindsay Lohan Nina Ricci Gown #2 Lauren Santo DomingoNina Ricci Gown #3 SJP Sarah Jessica Parker

7 Comments

Filed under preppy

An Actual Preppy Link to Sex and the City! OMG!

Sex and the City Movie Logo

Let’s face it, there really hasn’t been significant preppy linkage to Sex and the City, other than the logo featuring a most luscious shade of pink. We have experienced important diplomatic overtures from high level community leaders like McMommy & MommyPie, but in terms of definitive linkage, it just wasn’t happening. Until now.

Ladies and gentleman, please turn your attention to Exhibit A, just below, and meet Megan. Megan Thompson to be more precise, of the Pretty in Pink blog, who describes herself as being “into all things pink, preppy, and southern!” Megan is featured in a story in today’s Memphis paper about the Sex and the City movie opening at theaters Friday.

The photo on the left is from the Commercial Appeal and the one on the right is from Megan’s blog. Now, the paper wanted to shoot Megan ‘blogging about fashion’ since that’s what Megan loves doing. Look carefully at those clothes behind Megan in her closet; we’re guessing at least 40% are pink or green or a blend of both!

Sex & the City Pretty in Pink Megan\'s Blog Picture

Stop by Megan’s blog if you have a minute – it’s fun reading and she has loads of great photos! Miss Megan, congrats on the newspaper article! You’re a star! (Actually, you already were.) So there you have it: at least one actual bond tying the online preppy community to the SATC movie! (Whew, here at the Preppy Planetorium we were so worried the movie opening would come… and go… and we would be failures at pinning down that missing link. What a relief.)

The Princess fervently hopes Miss Megan and everyone else has a blast at the movie this weekend! Enjoy!

Cosabella @ BareNecessities.com Ad for SATC Lingerie LineCosabella SATC Lingerie Sex and the City Line

Updating our story in April about Cosabella’s Sex and the City lingerie line, as you might guess, the merchandise is actually available now. Both Bare Necessities and Chic Mystique seem to be well-stocked with the light and lacy goodies.

Updating the big whineathon post we did on Sex and the City fashions, you may remember the following photograph from the film’s London premiere and our ensuing consternation regarding The Hat. (Yes, it was that bad, it merited its own title.)

SATC Sex and the City London Premiere sjp Sarah Jessica Parker hat

We openly acknowledged our ineptitude at comprehending and/or appreciating many of the ‘fashion looks’ shown in the television series and those ‘leaked’ from the film. We were relieved to hear from readers that we were not alone in our confusion, to say the least. Tonight we feel even better to learn that the movie’s Costume Designer, Patricia Field, was also confused by Sarah Jessica Parker’s selection of The Hat, created by Philip Treacy, a master of the genre. In an interview with New York magazine, here’s how things went:

NYMAG: Would you have done that?
“I didn’t understand it. I didn’t get the combination. Okay, it matched — so what else? I’m not going to lie, I didn’t get it at all.I didn’t understand it. I didn’t get the combination. Okay, it matched — so what else? I’m not going to lie, I didn’t get it at all.”

BTW, just a little aside here: did you know Patricia Field has a line for Payless Shoes? The Princess was completely unaware of this… we had no idea! But then, TP has been, and shall remain we fear, pretty much unaware of most that is considered hip and cool in contemporary culture. Sigh.

We leave you with a peek at some of the Patricia Field Payless line. The shoes and bags do have the most interesting names, like Socialite, and Heiress. Imagine that! And they are all very bright and shiny, definitely statement makers! Hubba-Hubba!

Patricia Field for Payless Heiress Pump Patricia Field for payless Tsarina Slide Shoe


6 Comments

Filed under preppy, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Updates

Help Me Understand #2: We Need Help with Sex and the City “Style”

If it’s May then it must be time for another installment of “Help Me Understand,” our little feature asking, well, “What were they thinking?” And it would hardly be an edition of HMU (Help Me Understand) if we did not start out with a little something from Alexander McQueen, and oh my gosh, what do we see…? Could it be…? A pair of …? A pair of outrageous shoes? The Princess is kicking off an edition of HMU with a pair of shoes. Be still my beating heart. And once again the lucky designer is Mr. McQueen, as we gaze upon something that appears to be an objet d’art, almost museum quality in its design, clearly more suited for display in such an establishment, most definitely not something to adorn anyone’s precious little tootsies. Honestly.

Allright, inhale. Exhale. Deep breathing. Okay, here we go. You see, The Princess does understand she is about to tread on hallowed, dare we say sacred ground, so please (puh-leeze) TP begs, no more email death threats? (We ask you to consider the possibility, merely the possibility, that the entire SATC wardrobe topic is being taken a tad too seriously if one’s blood pressure becomes that elevated?)

SATC SJP Hat SATC London Premiere NY Post SJP Outfit

Yes, today The Princess asks the question, “Help Me Understand the Sex and the City Fashion Disasters Designs,” as she is more-than-perplexed by the extraordinary fashions in the film, as well as some of those worn by the stars of the movie to its London premiere. For example, Sarah Jessica Parker was lovely in an Alexander McQueen dress and heels (you see, The Princess can be ‘fair and balanced’ on the topic of Mr. McQueen!) at the movie’s London premiere, but then there is the issue of the Philip Treacy hat. We are familiar with brilliant Treacy creations of the past, absolutely gorgeous designs. In fact he has designed some utterly divine handbags, very tailored, clean lines, structured, and yours truly is more than ga-ga over them. And we realize Ms. Parker was expected to “push the envelope” in her attire and accessories. But to be honest, The Princess’s immediate reaction was (and remains) no pun intended, what was up with that hat? However, in an effort to demonstrate equanimity we’ll accept this was the height of fashionable good taste and move on to the issue of style (there’s a liberal use of the word) in the film itself, where it would seem we encounter the following:

SATC Sex and the City Hideous Outfit #1Sex and the City Outfit #1

And thus the debate begins. The Princess has been blessed (or cursed) with substantial exposure to fashion over the years from ready to wear to couture, Tarjay to Barneys, American to European, all of it commencing at an early age, so she is not entirely without some background in the topic. And she is at a loss in comprehending the appeal of the garments seen above. Or below for that matter, other than to comment that when gazing upon the photo of the floral frock (below left) it looks like the designer took a tip from the Scarlett O’Hara School of Design: you remember, you rip the draperies off the wall and stitch up a little something. Except Katie Scarlett put together a lovely gown to wear to the local jail, while Carrie looks like she is wearing the sofa, or draperies. And up above, could we ask about the turquoise colored inner-tube-looking item? Is that technically an embellishment? An applique? What precisely is that? Pashmina on steroids? We are most confused by that. These unfortunate little numbers are not even flattering to Her Sexiness, IOMHO (In Our Most Humble Opinion), and SJP has a fabulous physique. Not that this was designed with you, or I, or Jane Q Public in mind, but can you imagine the ‘average’ female wearing this to, oh, say the Bridge Hampton Antique Show at the Historical Society in August? (Let us just utter our own little ‘OMG’ at the mere thought of that.) You know, your average Size 14 or so sort of shoehorned into this? This is not Yonkers and we don’t believe the cabbage patch fabric is a spandex blend, so let your imagine run rampant and you can see the horrors that might ensue. (We thought you might understand.)

SATC Sex and the City Hideous Dress #3

It does not appear that all apparel in the film is excessive, self-indulgent or wretched, as evidenced by ‘Samantha’s’ white Dior suit seen below. In fact, we adore the Oscar de la Renta polka dots for Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and her sweet little trench coat in pink. Is it possible the majority of the crimes against the Fashion Gods are worn primarily by Ms. Parker? Is this something The Princess would not even consider questioning if there were a vulcan mind-meld and she suddenly absorbed all knowledge of all things SATC? Our ignorance is obvious as you would expect at this point in the post, to be sure.

Ramey photo SATC Sex and the City Samantha White Dior suit SATC SEx and the City Charlotte Preggers Oscar Dress

In stark contrast, the party frocks at the Berlin premiere (seen below) looked just stunning, although Kim appears a bit out of step in the bright orange frock; something’s just not right with the draping on that garment. The to-die-for ensemble of course, is SJP’s Roger Vivier dress, shoes and clutch, it is truly the epitome of understated elegance. Now the word is that the shoes were adorned with 22K gold appliques; this is something we read in the ever-so-fabulous Fashion Week Daily.

In the interest of full disclosure TP does feel the need to reveal that she is something of a SJP fan, admiring of her capacity to rebound after being dropped by the Gap and create an astounding business with her Bitten clothing line. We hold no grudge against Ms. Parker whatsoever, let alone anyone in, or associated with, the film or television series. We just don’t understand all the hoo-ha, so to speak (that’s a highly technical term, hoo-ha) about the fashion in the series and the film.

Sex and the City Berlin Premiere

At this juncture TP must cease her comments on the SATC style topic, although she is more than eager to hear your opinions on this issue as she is most confused and would like to understand. We leave you with a shot from season 1 for your viewing pleasure.

SATC Sex and the City First Season one 1

5 Comments

Filed under Help Me Understand, preppy, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, The AntiPrep