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Gwyneth is Selling Stuff on GOOP, And When Whales Go Bad

Hello-Hello, welcome to another wacky week here at the Prepatorium.

We begin today with something that mystifies us was a surprise, Gwyneth Paltrow is selling tee shirts.

Via GOOP.com

The tee only comes in white, it features grosgrain piping at the shoulder and side seams.

Via GOOP.com

The tee shirt is $90.

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Otherwise, it is just a plain ol’ white T-shirt that costs $90. As if Goop knew it was a boring and predictable choice, they tried to spruce up the product page with hot tips like, “This sophisticated embellishment to Kain’s trademark silhouette will wear well for day into night” and, “We like to wear ours untucked.”

This is not for those seeking a cotton tee, it is 100% modal (a form of rayon), and then there is the care of said tee, we go back to the product page:

Care instructions: Dry Clean or Machine Wash Cold Water, Dry Flat


The goop website recently underwent a major overhaul, one of the new features being introduced is an e-commerce element.  The tee is just the first of what apparently will be many products Ms. Paltrow is going to be marketing. When going to the site’s “About” page here is what one sees:

goop is a digital media and e-commerce company founded by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Each week, goop premieres one exclusive limited edition collaboration. Whether it’s a wardrobe staple, a home accessory, or a beauty must, we believe these are the curated essentials for you, your wardrobe and your home.

Knowing the immense following the actress enjoys, it’s likely she will do quite well in this arena.


Did you watch the Olympic Trials for the USA Gymnastics Team over the weekend?  It was a sea of red, white and blue when team members were announced.

USA Gymnastics Facebook

Gabby Douglas posted the highest two day score, earning an automatic place on the team.

USA Gymnastics Facebook

Below we see (left to right) team members Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross.

USA Gymnastics Facebook

It was a tough night for the 2008 Gold Medalist in the All-Around competition, Nastia Liukin, she took a tumble off the uneven bars during her routine, later announcing her retirement, using her Twitter feed to thank supporters

Nastia Liukin Twitter Feed

The athlete also shared this Instagram photo.


You can learn more at the USA Gymnastics website or Facebook page, the Games get underway with the Opening Ceremony July 27.


Finally today, visual demonstration of what we meant in the post title, “When Whales Go Bad”.

Thom Browne NY Facebook

Some readers may recognize the designer right away. For those unfamiliar with the outlandish apparel, we’re talking about someone we have excoriated relentlessly previously mentioned in this space, designer Thom Browne.  He also designs the Brooks Brothers Black Fleece collection.

His 2013 Resort collection for women showed similar patterns and motifs, but most pieces were done in a more subdued color palette, as shown at Moda Operandi.

Moda Operandi

From Moda Operandi:

For resort 2013, his classic shrunken shapes get a preppy twist with madras, pastels and a very deliberate play on the subculture’s current go-to animal prints (we aren’t talking leopard).

Little jackets stamped with whales that would bring all critter-wearing-preps in droves had they not been juxtaposed with their skeletal counterparts. That’s right: whale skeletons. It is fashion, after all.  Luckily, Thom Browne has a sense of humor that’s both dark and lovely — if the skeletons are too menacing, Browne’s collection also includes whale sequin appliques which are as striking as they are ironic.

The women’s Resort Collection is available for pre-order on Moda Operandi through midnight tonight, despite the nonsensical approach there are some exquisite pieces, you will need to look past some of the more outrageous designs.

Back to yesterday’s show, more from the On the Runway blog:

A Thom Browne show is a little like watching a long fuse crackle and burn toward a pile of dynamite — and then, pppfft, nothing. A dud.

On Sunday evening, in a palatial courtyard on the Left Bank, silver-painted models appeared in life-size Slinkies, each one covered in a skin of matte-silver fabric.

This photo from Mr. Browne’s Facebook page shows the silver slinkies:

Thom Browne Facebook

Back to Cathy Horyn:

The audience beamed as the models set off toward a square of grass, where shoes were arranged in a grid pattern. Each stepped into a pair. Then, on cue, their helical contraptions sank to the ground, revealing Mr. Browne’s short-pants suits in Easter-egg plaids, with whale and lobster motifs. The interest was very short-lived.

No one enjoys a good madras more than your faithful correspondent. And bright colors. And a critter or two.

Thom Browne Facebook

But in this case I’m thinking even the lobsters are a little mortified.

Thom Browne Facebook

Those feeling more positively about the collection will be able to purchase pieces starting this evening at 6pm, via Oki Ni.

With that we say “G’bye until next time!”


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Brooks Brothers for NBC, Sneak Peek at Lilly Pulitzer Perfume

Well if Friday hasn’t finally made its presence known at long last, at least that is the case here at Intergalactic Headquarters for the Preppy Princess. The prospect of some quiet time looks particularly appealing this weekend, although we’re not quite sure why this is the case.

But before we do anything else, we want to stop again and gaze for just a moment at the wonderfulness that was last evening’s gymnastics at the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing.

Nastia Liukin Team USA

Nastia Liukin Team USA

Shawn Johnson (Photo credit AFP/Getty)

Shawn Johnson, Team USA

Yang Yilin of China

Yang Yilin of China

Did it not seem as if they all had the ability to not just fly and spin and churn through mid-air, but now they have the capacity to stop time for a nano-second as they hang, suspended, by nothing but their skill, in the middle of nothing. And everything.

And then the waiting…..

And the waiting….

And even more waiting, perhaps especially difficult for such close, close friends…

Shawn Johnson (R) & Nastia Liukin embrace as Valeri Liukin looks on

Shawn Johnson (R) & Nastia Liukin embrace as Valeri Liukin looks on

And even harder for a Father and a Coach who was also an Olympic Gold medalist in gymnastics not so many years ago…

Valeri Liukin embraces daughter Nastia

Valeri Liukin embraces daughter Nastia

And then finally news of a Gold Medal 16 years, multiple citizenships and continents in the making. “Wow” does not begin to describe the magic these girls made in China last night.

Nastia Liukin, Team USA embraces her Father & Coach Valeri

Nastia Liukin, Team USA embraces her Father & Coach Valeri

Nastia Liukin (C), Shawn Johnson (R), Team USA & China's Yilin Yang (L)

Nastia Liukin (C), Shawn Johnson (R), Team USA & China

And afterwards, the stress, strain, aches and pains all rolled up into one day finally show just a little bit.

Nastia Liukin, Gold Medalist

Nastia Liukin, Gold Medalist

Silver medalist Shawn Johnson Team USA after Medal Ceremony

Silver medalist Shawn Johnson Team USA after Medal Ceremony

Good gravy… TP would be a gelatinous mass of nothingness on the floor. We did love that Miss Liukin’s mother finds it too stressful to watch and is most definitely *not* in the arena, requiring a phone call from Nastia as soon as results are known.

Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin Calls Mom

Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin Calls Mom

Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin (L), and Silver Medalist Shawn Johnson (R)

Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin (L), & Silver Medalist Shawn Johnson (R)

All too fun to watch and much too late for someone at our advanced age! And to think that Michael Phelp’s race isn’t until 10:10pm tonight Princess Time!

Speaking of beautiful, how lovely does this look? Yes, there was *finally* weather favorable to sailing today.

US in Star Class Competition

USA in Star Class Competition

Johnny Lovell, Charlie Ogletree Team USA in Tornado Class Sailing Competition

Johnny Lovell, Charlie Ogletree Team USA in Tornado Class Sailing Competition

+++++++++++++OTHER NEWS+++++++++++++++

Behold the new uniforms for the ubiquitous NBC pages, classic in style, created by Brooks Brothers. The Princess was amazed to read the uniforms were selected by viewers in an online poll.

Brooks Brothers NBC Page Uniforms

Brooks Brothers NBC Page Uniforms

We were also surprised to learn that former pages include Ted Koppel and Regis Philbin, who looks back fondly on his days in that position:

“I have very vivid memories of my page uniform,” Philbin told The Post. “I had just traded in my naval officer’s uniform – I was a lieutenant JG – for my page uniform, so I basically swapped one outfit for the other.

“And I thought the page uniform was pretty sharp. We used to have an inspection every day.”

Mr. Philbin says he likes the new grey plaid look. Not everyone is crazy about it, but TP likes them; the pages look more professional. And for the first time in NBC history, female pages can choose between a skirt and slacks. (Be still my beating heart.) We’re confident you find the new style superior to the outfit worn by these NBC ‘Guidettes’ as they surround an NBC Page in this 1960s photo. Personally, we favor the knee socks on the Guidettes.

NBC Page & 'Guidettes' circa the 60s

NBC Page & 'Guidettes'

BTW, did everyone receive this in their virtual inbox today from Brooks Brothers?

Not a bad look, is it?

Look what we found! Pictures of a pink furniture collection that was auctioned off last fall for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Initially when we saw the photo we thought it was dollhouse furniture, miniature replicas of classic pieces. MOMA has sold some of those mini-chairs for years and they are simply divine. But these are all full-size, quite real and that is pink leather you are looking at!

The collection included the classic Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen, just below….

Arne Jacobsen's Swan Chair

the Eames Chair, Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair and the Florence Knoll Bench seen below.

Florence Knoll Bench

Florence Knoll Bench

Florence Knoll Bench

Über-modern DWR (Design Within Reach) partnered with each company to make the auctions happen. That must have been a very cool endeavor, and loads of fun for a good cause, as all of the auctions were fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Of course, to find that one place besides DWR with the real deal, actual pieces from the fifties and sixties stop by our friends at MassModern and see what they have in stock, you never know what treasures you may discover!

And now word that Mrs. Fields has field Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Honestly. That just crossed our desk so we typed it like an automotan, in some sleeplike robotic fashion! Well, we’ll just leave it there as a warning to Cook that her weekly output in that department is going to be increased. Significantly. And it just can’t happen as we’re not prepared to deal with life sans these.

On a much brighter, and far more fun note (albeit entirely selfish), word today that Lilly Pulitzer is launching her new fragrance line. That is a lush and luscious look, isn’t it?

Lilly Pulitzer Fragrance Collection

Lilly Pulitzer Fragrance Collection

We can’t get too excited yet, as they don’t hit retailers until November. There are three different scents all launching at the same time, apparently an industry version of “That simply isn’t done” sort of thing, something TP found quite interesting. The three different scents are described in today’s WWD article:

Wink, a flirty floral named for one of Pulitzer’s favorite sayings (“wear pink and make the boys wink”); Squeeze, a reference to the juice stands at which Pulitzer began selling her first shifts to friends like Jackie Kennedy, and Beachy, inspired by Palm Beach.

Well, it all sounds like great fun to us and something to look forward to; naturally TP will keep you informed of any updates as soon as they happen. We’re off to a function… we hope you are about to embark on a splendid weekend!


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