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Party Frocks, or When Bad Dresses Happen to Good People

Hello-Hello and welcome to a Monday. Most. Assuredly. A. Monday.

However, it could be worse, so we moved ourself to the NWZ (No Whine Zone).  How about we chat about party frocks instead of weather, shall we? (Of course you know right where this is going, no surprises here.)

Of course – last night’s Golden Globes!  But first and foremost, we do have something for our Help Us Understand category: can someone, anyone, help us understand how event planners responsible for the Red Carpet portion of last night’s festivities did not order a tarp? No one at the Hilton thought it a good idea to have a Plan B? Perhaps a tent? Anything? Below, Jessica Lange arrives amid a sea of umbrellas.

Danny Moloshok

We understand the sun was out most of the day, but as Women’s Wear Daily put it:

“…stars running for cover and publicists unfurling umbrellas as they tried to salvage the red carpet photo opportunities. (Although rain was predicted for over a week, producers decided not to tent the hundred foot long red carpet at the Beverly Hilton hotel.)

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Look what it did to Gabourey Sidibe’s lush green gown by Kevan Hall:

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As George Clooney said:

“We’re idiots standing in the rain out here.”

Of course we were delighted to see our beloved Mad Men take home an award for best Drama.

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Some were surprised to see Don Draper Jon Hamm sporting a look considered ‘bohemian’ and probably not allowed at any ad agency in the early sixities.

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Mr. Hamm is seen with his wife, Jennifer Westfeldt.

Regular readers know how highly we think of Mad Men’s Joan Holloway Christina Hendricks, but we were not fond of the garment created for her by Christian Siriano.

But Ms. Hendricks’ hair and makeup were nothing short of spectacular.

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As The Consort said, “She looks like porcelain, doesn’t she?”

We are on the fence about the Lanvin dress Betty Draper January Jones chose for the evening:

Tyler Boye for WWD

There’s no waffling on where we are with that headband — it did not work with the dress (too much going on) and detracted from Ms. Jones’ stunning looks.  We thought it was sweet her father was her escort for the evening, he looked just happy as a clam.

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In our “was this really necessary?” category, Jennifer Anniston:

Much as we adore Valentino, it seems the actress could do with a “less is more” refresher class.

We were also happy to see another favorite win, Julianna Margulies took home the Best Actress in a Television Drama award for her starring role in The Good Wife. More good news for the show, CBS has ordered a second season of episodes for the hit Tuesday night series.

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This is going to sound awful, but as soon as we saw darling Jayma Mays in this gown we thought about spider webs.

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The folks at PopWrap make the point well that in this case, it wasn’t Pretty in Pink:

WireImage via PopWrap

From their post on Globes fashion:

“The night’s least flattering shade turned a duo of dresses, and the divine women wearing them, into prom night casualties. We’ve come to expect much better from both Diane Kruger and Lauren Graham!”

And is there any point in us commenting on this young heartthrob’s spiky do?

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For those keeping score, Mr. Lautner was in Calvin Klein Collection. Also in attendance and presenting an award, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford.

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Ummm… he looks rather dashing, no?

Victoria Beckham’s growing emphasis on elegant lines is evident in the dress selected by Courteney Cox-Arquette:

We believe it is dress #48 in the current collection.

This is a very busy time for folks in the entertainment industry with the Critics’ Choice awards on Friday. Below we see Marion Cotillard wearing Christian Dior at last night (L), the French actress also wore Dior at Friday’s gala (R).

A few questionable designs made their way to last night’s after-party, beginning with Ashley Olsen, in a dress from Erdem.

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Regular readers can guess what The Consort said as soon as he saw Malin Akerman: “oh, she got it at the drive-through car wash!”

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Generally Vanessa Hudgens looks lovely, but not last night in this Alberta Ferretti

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Another not-quite-right look from Valentino on Amanda Seyfried:

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There you have it.


We leave you with a little something to brighten a rather dull and dreary day:

Leather Prince at etsy

This is the Umi Whale key fob from the Leather Prince on etsy.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have him swimming around your palace?

Until next time dollfaces, g’bye!


Filed under Gossip Girl, Help Me Understand, preppy

Brooks Brothers Gift Catalog, Zac in Black Fleece, a New Anti-Prep


Has everyone received their Brooks Brothers Holiday 2008 gift catalog?

Brooks Brothers Holiday Gift Book 2008

Brooks Brothers Holiday Gift Book 2008

There really are some lovely items included in this year’s selections. If you didn’t receive the catalog yet, or don’t want to wait until yours arrives, click here to look at the goodies online.

Have you been wondering which younger stars are fond of Brooks Brothers?  (Just one more example of how The Princess is looking after readers, worrying about this sort of thing so you don’t have to! Heh-heh-heh.)

It seems that Zac Efron, star of the hit movie High School Musical 3 is a fan of the Brooks Brothers Black Fleece line TP has been known to excoriate relentlessly at any given opportunity ruminate about on rare occasion. The actor was photographed on the red carpet in the White Oxford Button Down shirt and something Brooks calls the Black Fleece Charcoal Thornproof Wool Patch Pocket Jacket, but we cannot find head nor hair of that item anyplace.

Peter Kramer/AP

PHOTO: Peter Kramer/AP

The young actor wore the pieces Tuesday evening at an event called the Us Hot Hollywood Party (?), whatever that may be. Evidently our invitation was somehow misplaced in transit and while we are crushed to have missed (ahem) this particular function, we will soldier on.  Somehow.  Above, Mr. Efron with co-star and off-screen significant other, Vanessa Hudgens.

Also at the function, Penn Badgley of Gossip Girl…..

Wire Images

PHOTO: Wire Images

And his co-star and off-screen romantic interest, Blake Lively.

Scott Wintrow/Getty

PHOTO: Scott Wintrow/Getty

Here we come to a most unattractive aspect of Hollywood’s conspicuous consumption: the “Swag Bags.”  For example, here is a photo from the “Celebrity Swag Suite” at the Hot Hollywood Party described above.

The Cobra Snake

PHOTO: The Cobra Snake

Here, Vanessa Hudgens shilling for Neutrogena, a co-sponsor of the swag suite.

Donald Bowers/Getty

PHOTO: Donald Bowers/Getty

Gifts, goodies, giveaways, by whatever name you call it, it is a vulgar practice that really needs to be abolished. The tease for this portion of the Us story reads:

“See what Vanessa Hudgens and Whitney Port scored at the Us Hot Hollywood Party”

Is there anyone who thinks any of these individuals needs another cell phone?

The Cobra Snake

PHOTO: The Cobra Snake

We all know TP is a raging capitalist.  But really, are there not people who are far more in need of a turtleneck sweater or a telephone than the celebrities seen here? Most readers are familiar with gift bags from our time planning charitable functions; it is a common practice.  That is far different from the sort of thing seen here. We understand companies like Neutrogena and Blackberry pay a great deal of money to sponsor such giveaways, to be included in gift suites and gift bags. We know the benefits of a product being seen in the “right hands.”

But really, enough is enough. Actually, in this case, it is too much.  We now declare the gratuitous and coarse displays of over-the-top Swag bags and suites to officially be on the Anti-prep list. There you have it.

To end things on a  slightly more upbeat note, we offer today’s Pretty in Pink.  Here is the Bookster Made-to-Order Show Jumping Jacket in a color we just adore.

Hand-crafted of lightweight wool, this beauty is available in a number of bright and vibrant colors.  One note: this was shown to us by a friend, it is on eBay, so it is not offered by a retailer or firm we can vouch for personally.  We are sure the vendor is more than reputable but feel obligated to provide this caveat.

We say ‘Ta for now; we hope you enjoy a stellar rest of today and a superlative Friday!


Filed under Gossip Girl, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Pretty in Pink, The AntiPrep