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Inaugural Fashion Update: Jason Wu for Michelle Obama, More Malia & Sasha in J. Crew

Hello again… and aren’t we wacky this evening, with back-to-back posts on party frocks in our Nation’s Capital?!

Many readers will already know this, but for those with an interest, the gown selected by First Lady Michelle Obama for this evening’s Inaugural Balls is by Jason Wu.

Rick Wilking/Reuters

PHOTO: Rick Wilking/Reuters

The 26-year-old designer created a lush one-shouldered gown that was a mastery of draping.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

PHOTO: Brian Snyder/Reuters

A close-up provides a better look at the intricate detailing Mr. Wu is known for; the dress is covered in Swarovski crystals.

Jason Reed/Reuters

PHOTO: Jason Reed/Reuters

The Taiwanese-born designer is no stranger to celebrities; one fan is Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester, seen in September at Wu’s runway show.

Patrick McMullen

PHOTO: Patrick McMullan

Earlier this year Mrs. Obama wore the designer for an interview with Barbara Walters:

George Burns/ABC News/AP

PHOTO: George Burns/ABC News/AP

Below, the dress as seen on the runway for the Spring 2009 collection.  The raw silk print dress retails for approximately $3150, according to Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan at one of our favorite blogs, the WSJ’s Heard on the Runway.


PHOTO: Imaxtree

And we have a second look at Ms. Meester in a Jason Wu creation:

Courtesy Coolspotters.com

Courtesy Coolspotters.com

And that dress on the runway:

Don Ashby

PHOTO: Don Ashby

Another celebrity fan of Mr. Wu is 30 Rock star Katrina Bowden, seen below in a photo with the designer in Teen Vogue.

PHOTO: Teen Vogue

Let us not forget the dashing figure cut by the President:

Gary Hershorn/Reuters

PHOTO: Gary Hershorn/Reuters

As we first reported in this post last year, the President donned a single-button notch-lapel tuxedo by Hart Schaffner Marx. The Gold Trumpeter Tuxedo retails for $950.

Hart Schaffner Marx

Hart Schaffner Marx

As described on the company’s website:

Gold Trumpeter elevates the luxury of the Hart Schaffner Marx brand. World class piece goods are used exclusively in all Gold Trumpeter garments. Trim details such as wing facing in the coat and a gripper waistband are the hallmarks of the Gold Trumpeter garment. The Gold Trumpeter garment is available in both the Classic and Collection fit.”

At Nordstrom it is called the Capital Collection Gold Trumpeter Tuxedo, retailing at $895.

We are still seeking information to bring you on the gown worn by Vice-President Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden.

Gary Hershorn/Reuters

PHOTO: Gary Hershorn/Reuters

And we have a little more on the J. Crew ensembles worn by Malia and Sasha Obama earlier today, courtesy of the media mavens at that preppy retailer. All of the details one are available in this snooze news release.

“The Obamas continued to show their support for J.Crew at this morning’s Swearing-In, where the girls wore full looks from crewcuts by J.Crew and the new First Lady accessorized her outfit with classic olive green leather gloves from J.Crew. Malia featured a deep periwinkle blue coat, while her equally chic sister wore a deep coral dress under her sweet guava coat, vivid orange scarf and glove set, each tied with a velvet ribbon belt around the waist.”

Click on the link above for the entire text of the release; it does include details on additional items from J. Crew and Crewcuts worn by the First Family over the celebratory weekend.  That includes the Herbie Coats Sasha and Malia wore to the We are One concert on Sunday. The subhead on the release?


Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

The release also advises us that:

“… the girls kept warm in crewcuts by J.Crew wool pique Herbie coats, detailed with grosgrain piping and charmeuse linings. Sasha wore an ivory style with hammered brass buttons, while Malia wore a dove grey double cloth style with horn buttons.”

Sunday’s concert was noted for A-level entertainers like Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and U2.

One of the best-kept secrets of the entire gala was the presence of several A-list bloggers, including Nautical by Nature and the Landlocked Mermaid.  Sources tell us they both elected to maintain a low-key presence in efforts to discourage autograph seekers and hangers-on.  (Ssshhh – more on their perspectives in a later post.)

Back to the cute coats: we do not think you will locate the coats on the retailer’s website. And any references to them on shopping search engines have either been taken down, or carry addendum indicating the coat is “no longer available.” We did locate one image of the coat; it does not fully match the images seen in the photos:

This shot offers a better angle:

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Lest anyone be concerned the marketing minds at Crew are not seizing the moment:

Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

BTW, the marketing minds over at Barney’s wasted no time in adapting their front page as well, maximizing their connection with a now-famous designer they have supported for years, Isabel Toledo.

Courtesy Barneys

Courtesy Barneys

We’ll close with one last photo we thought was too cute…

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

We’ll be back with more, including the Princess Consort’s take on Jason Wu’s preppy aesthetic, including some pretty in pink confections from the runway. No to mention the divine finds at the Market in Chicago.


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Are These the Perfect Preppy Flats? That Cindy McCain Jewelry & the Preppy Word is Everywhere!



Because it is a Monday… and because the week ahead looks a tad treacherous… and because we are très triste about Paul Newman, we start with a pair of pink shoes to perk us up. Especially because of that dear man.

These are from Maloles and we pray everyone can see the grosgrain ribbon bows on the back. For those not familiar with the brand, the company is French, but we believe the shoes are made in Italy or Spain. This pair is available at Net-a-Porter. We think they are *very* close to being the perfect flat but for one shortcoming: the color is more salmon or coral than pink. Close. They are very, very close.

How do we feel about these for the little one? TP ranks them somewhere between “so-so” and “loathsome”. We are not however, anywhere near “deeply fond” of them for the young miss and we aren’t entirely clear why not. Perhaps it is because they look like something more appropriately worn by one of TP’s Madame Alexanders.

We have been queried of late about Cindy McCain’s jewelry, more specifically the rhinestone pins she is always seen wearing.

Justin Sullivan/Getty

Justin Sullivan/Getty

We apologize for not having better photos of the pins. One spells out “USMC” and the other “Navy,” representing the two lines of the service her sons serve in.

Jim Bourg/Reuters

Jim Bourg/Reuters

The pins are from one of the District’s more popular jewelers, certainly for this type of thing, Ann Hand.  Known for her patriotic jewelry, Ms. Hand’s creations have been worn by everyone from Betty Ford to Hillary Clinton.

The jeweler’s best-known piece is the Liberty Eagle brooch, seen below on the jeweler and in a close-up. The style is also offered in a plethora of other items, including earrings and cufflinks.

Ms. McCain has been seen occasionally wearing the “McCain 2008” pin created by Ms. Hand.

Outselling the McCain ’08 pin?  This candidate’s pin….

All of the candidate name pins are available at $45, quite a reasonable sum if one were to openly discuss that sort of thing. But that was before this particular item was introduced into the jeweler’s inventory:

We don’t know how popular the Biden pins are; the website shows a running tally on sales of all of these, but it seems to vary widely from the numbers shown in the windows of the physical stores. Naturally, there are many other opportunities to show your preferences.

If wearing your politics on your person isn’t your idea for proper costume jewelry, there are many other collections and media, including the Miss America line.

Ann Hand Miss America Pin

Ann Hand Miss America Pin

The Miss America Pave Crown pin shown above is available at $75; new items include the Glory brooch.

Ms. Hand also offers silk ties and scarves.

Ann Hand Silk Ties

Ann Hand Silk Ties

Next…. that preppy word is everywhere.

istockphoto image

istockphoto image

There are multiple recent uses of the word “preppy” we thought might interest readers. The first was in a Julie Salamon essay, Pink Shoes and Presidents:

Hillary Clinton had to justify sartorial as well as political decisions, while Barack Obama’s preppy anti-style is background, simply part of his general cool.

The piece looks at women in politics and their clothing, style, fashion, and asks: should it impact one’s vote? We found it good reading; it is on the WowoWow site. Of course, any opportunity to pop in and read everyone from Miss Manners to Liz Smith to Peggy Noonan is cause for us to toddle over!

The next reference is in a story in NY Magazine story this week, Yuppies in Eden:

“I looked up to see a young couple I myself would have characterized as “preppy” waiting to be seated. They looked as if they were visiting from the Upper East Side—all chinos and oxford cloth…. As a Williams alum, I knew all about preppies even before they’d gone mainstream with the publication of The Official Preppy Handbook in 1980. My younger brother, a Deerfield senior, was a preppy. Many of my classmates were preppies. But this yuppie thing was new to me.”

Our third reference is a term we’ve previously not seen, “Dungeon Prep,” used in reference to the runway show for Devastee, a French label. The review is brief and can be found on the Fashionista site along with photos of the Spring/Sumer 2009 collection.  We went to the line’s website; here are photos of their group for the Winter 2008/2009 group.

The name for the show was Embalming Party; regardless, we absolutely adore some of the pieces!

The fourth and final reference we mention today is not so whimsical. Not at all.  It is from Adam Bernstein’s obituary of Mr. Newman in the Washington Post.

“Brooding and sinewy, with luminous blue eyes and a husky voice, Newman resembled a preppy Greek God in his earliest screen roles.”

If he were to read this description, no doubt Mr. Newman would dismiss it out of hand as “nonsense” only he would use a more apt term we think.  “Resembled a what?! Oh horse—-!” He would far prefer a remembrance honoring the Hole in the Wall Camps. As noted on the Newman’s Own page:

Our company motto, “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good,” was Paul’s vision for Newman’s Own and it is a philosophy we are proud to continue.

Reuters/Warner Bros.

Reuters/Warner Bros.


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