Hello-Hello, and happy new week to everyone. I hope you enjoyed a stellar weekend, whether you were tailgating or trying to get things done around the house, it certainly felt like fall here at the Prepatorium.
Today we have a very quick tidbit off the top, and then we’ll chat about another of those wacky “You’re A Prep” lists. The news item involves Miley Cyrus, she of the vulgar online and on-air performances.
Miley Cyrus’s crude dance at the MTV Video Music Awards has cost her the coveted cover slot on American Vogue.
The 20-year-old, right, was photographed for the December issue as editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had been eager to champion her as a new fashion icon.
Below we see Ms. Wintour at the Victoria Beckham runway show yesterday. On her right, David Beckham and daughter Harper. Also seen in the photo, Hamish Bowles on Ms. Wintour’s left. (If interested in learning more about Mr. Bowles, click here to read the profile that ran in the Times this weekend.)
Back to the Daily Mail story:
But she soon changed her mind after witnessing the singer perform her overtly sexual routine in latex bra and knickers. ‘Anna found the whole thing distasteful,’ a source says. ‘She decided, based on Miley’s performance, to take the cover in a different direction.’
It’s unlikely Ms. Wintour’s change of mind will have any impact on the entertainer’s behavior.
On to our list from the Huffington Post. “12 Signs That You’re A Prep” is written by Christine Nunn, author of our recently profiled “New Preppy Cookbook.” (Our post on the cookbook may be found here.) From the HuffPo piece:
Rule. noun \ˈrül\: a prescribed guide for conduct or action
While the Prep craze of the big 80s has long since passed, preps, classic and modern remain everywhere. And, preps live life a certain way, and follow certain tribal rituals. A few include:
The first item on the list makes perfect sense: monograms.
Do monogram where ever possible. On stationary, a signet ring, napkins, family silver, your LL bean tote bag, hand towels, or on the cuff of your oxford cloth shirt. Monograms represent your initials and can have two or three letters. A traditional three-letter monogram has the initial of the individual’s surname [last name] larger and in the center. When monogramming, I generally prefer the three-letter version in script; it feels more composed. If you don’t have a third initial, in the name of balance – consider making one up.
Yours truly is in sync with Ms. Nunn on that one, although we can’t join in the monogram everything trend. (Trend…or craze?)
Monograms on things like this? In a word, “no.” More specifically, “never.”
Another of the signs is one near and dear to yours truly, suffering as I do from logophobia of the worst kind. A portion of the prose on this topic from the list:
Skip all these crazy logos appearing on clothing and accessories (Dear Coach, please take note. And Mr. Lauren, please shrink the polo player back to an appropriate size.)
Exhibit A comes from this year’s US Open uniforms, this is the Men’ official Fullzip Ball Boy Jacket.
Another from the list:
Travel frequently. Most preps get their first dose of independent travel during college: road trips, spring break (typically not in Ft. Lauderdale), and junior year abroad. Preps travel smart, visiting with friends for a night or two, not over packing, and generally using their miles to upgrade from the insanity that is cabin class and to get the free drinks. Classic destinations include: Bermuda, Bar Harbor, Nantucket, Chatham, Newport, Palm Beach and Amelia Island. Aspen, Vermont, and Tahoe are fabulous for skiing. If you are swishing abroad, consider Chamonix.
This one is fun.
A martini is made with gin. If vodka is being poured into a martini glass with an olive and a hint of vermouth, well, that is called a Vodka Martini. If you are pouring Chambord, vanilla vodka, pineapple juice into a martini glass you are having a vodka cocktail, not a martini, so please, don’t ask for a French Martini. It just isn’t right, Buffy.
This one is feeling very old-school, but I like it. Obviously it doesn’t mean one shouldn’t order the cocktail of their choice, it’s just that some of us probably won’t think of it as a martini.
Other signs include “Be Sporty” and “Be a Spectator,” and one or two that might surprise you. Your trusty scribe disagrees with one, thinking times have changed, perhaps you will be able to guess which one. It’s a fun read, to see the list in its entirety, click here.