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When Pink Goes Wrong & What’s The Buzz?

Hello-Hello! We hope everyone is enjoying a lovely almost-officially-summer day, it is beautiful here at the Prepatorium!

We are brief with today’s post, too many commitments again, we shall have to initiate a serious chat with ourselves the Social Secretary.  So we have a series of images to share, all of them timely, all of them hopefully worthy of your time.

We begin with word of the Kate Spade Sale.

Although this is referred to as a ‘sample sale’ in the promotion, we are not using that moniker; as best we know it isn’t a true sample sale with sample merchandise. There are fabulous bargains to be found, and we adore Kate Spade, we just have a minor quarrel with terminology. Below we show two of the delightful deals, both qualify as Pretty in Pink goodies for the day.

However, we must now move on to what we’re terming a Pretty in Pink Tragedy, or “When Pink Goes Wrong”, taking place at today’s Royal Ascot, no less.

Stuart Wilson/Getty

Above we see television host Bear Grylls, in a rather unfortunate choice of colors.  Below, members of the Royal Family on their way to the event, looking rather more elegant.

Getty Images

Tomorrow’s post will feature scads more photo from Royal Ascot, always a delight for those of us fond of fashion.

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Next, a quick mention of an element of the FIFA World Cup that is definitely creating a buzz. (Pun intended.)

AFP/Getty via Wall Street Journal

Yes, it is the dreaded, despised, despicable, detested and disrespected vuvuzela, what we refer to as the soccer horn.  It seems some are bothered by the noise created by the device. The Journal ran a fabulous piece, “Should This Horn Be Banned?” in yesterday’s paper.  From that story:

“Is everyone already exasperated with the Infamous Plastic Horn of Distraction? WE SAID, IS EVERYONE ALREADY EXASPERATED WITH THE INFAMOUS PLASTIC HORN OF DISTRACTION?

There are reports that World Cup organizers are already considering a ban on the vuvuzela, the ubiquitous narrow instrument that’s making every contest in South Africa sound like a ferocious swarm of radioactive bees—or a Hollywood publicists’ luncheon.”

The world is certainly talking about them, below an image from the UK’s First Post.

First Post UK

The Telegraph also runs a series of Vuvuzela Photos of the Day, including this image demonstrating vuvuzela protocol, a solid primer on just when one should blow one’s vuvuzela.

The Telegraph

There are reports microphones are being changed by broadcasters overwhelmed by complaints, suggestions that they be banned, and overall unhappiness on the topic.  Below, a bit of this story from the LA Times:

“Host Broadcast Services, the company that provides the broadcast feed for the World Cup, has doubled its audio filters to reduce the constant blaring buzz of the controversial vuvuzelas.”

All of which have created the perfect storm, a situation The Consort is incapable of ignoring.

Image 'Enhancement' by The Consort

Possibly the first documented case of “Crimes Against Photoshop.”

We leave you with a final thought on the topic from the Wall Street Journal story mentioned above:

“Besides, who are we in the U.S. to complain about vuvuzelas? We gave the world Twitter and Ke$ha.”

Indeed.

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