Hello-Hello everyone, we are *so* excited here at the Prepatorium, it is truly luscious outside! We hope all our cherished readers are enjoying similar sunshiny circumstances wherever they may be spending the day!
We have previously mentioned the upcoming preppish docu-drama, NYC Prep. The show is likely to be a competitor for Gossip Girl fans, most readers are aware that show focuses on students at a fictional school.
NYC Prep premieres June 23, but Bravo aired a preview last week. In case you missed the preview but would still like to see it, here is a link; it is available online.
It shall be intriguing to watch the fashions worn by the students; below, Sebastian Oppenheim. According to the show’s brief online bio, his mother cuts his hair, demonstrating the prep frugality to which we are all accustomed.
The show’s official website doesn’t provide the identities of the schools attended by the show’s participants, not will Bravo acknowledge or verify the schools. However, their identities and locales are commonly known and have been for some time.
Mr. Oppenheim is a sophomore at the Ross School in East Hampton. This is not an old guard school (not at all, it is fairly new), nor is it in the city, but as far as we know it is one of the only (if not the only) private school in the Hamptons.
The other male student in the show is Peter “PC” Peterson.
Next, 15-year-old Taylor DiGiovanni:
Miss DiGiovanni goes to Stuyvesant, not considered a ‘prep school’ as far as we know, but perhaps we’re just not as plugged in to things as much as we used to be. Other schools attended by students seen in the show include Birch-Wathen-Lenox and Nightingale-Bamford. (The latter being the school Gossip Girl is hypothetically based on.)
In a post about the two different shows (G2 & NYC) on the WSJ’s Speakeasy pages, a Chapin alum explains that the show:
“…misses the whole point of the East Coast attitude towards money, which is that you don’t show it, you don’t talk about it. Living in LA now, I really see that contrast, and it’s huge.”
Ever-so-fun Preppy Handbook author Lisa Birnbach shares her thoughts on the ‘reality show’ in that same Journal post:
““The big hoax is the talent pool for this—no actual preppy kid would ever go to a casting call for something like this or want to be on a show like this at all—they present it as though all the people who go to these schools are from a certain world, and they’re not.””
Thank you. It makes our point perfectly.
Many Princess readers know the show is a fraud if the majority of students at these educational establishments are presented as being publicity-hungry like the teens in the show. Honestly, weren’t we were all taught the same mantra?
There are only three times a Lady’s name should be in the newspaper – upon the announcement of her birth, when she is married, and when she dies.
In these times, the practice is modified to accommodate some charitable and professional accomplishments, but honestly, discussing one’s financial situation, or being in an environment where it is a topic of discussion simply isn’t done.
Perhaps the biggest point of confusion for TP is probably going to be addressed in the actual show; this presumes we can bring ourselves to watch. But really, where are the teens’ parents? What are they thinking by allowing their children to participate in this?
That is all. For now.
For those interested in the goings-on at upper crust schools like those discussed above, this story about Miss Porter’s in the current issue of Vanity Fair is for you.
The lengthy article looks at legal action against the school initiated by the parents of a former student; a student who admits cheating on a test. We shall keep our opinions to ourself here, invoking the “if you haven’t anything nice to say” maxim.
A reminder about the Tory Burch sale currently underway at invite-only shopping site Rue La La. The sale ends June 17 at 11am; if you need an invite, just send us a quick email note. One caution: the site was down at different times today; it seems functional now, but be prepared.
Speaking of Tory Burch, we have a few looks from her Resort 2010 show last week:
Underwhelmed best describes our reaction.
That does it for us today dolls, we are a bit under the gun this week with a heavy volunteer schedule and a trip to see The Queen Mother at her Palace, how fun!