I remember when the Preppy Handbook came out in the early 1980′s. I was and am a huge lover of all things preppy. This was the decade of Reagan and the Yuppy — the young urban professional. The Preppy Handbook was originally meant to make fun of the WASPy preppy lifestyle in the same way as the Smirnoff’s viral Tea Partay video which I adore. I am still hoping that Smirnoff comes out with one for their peach flavor with the video set in the South. The handbook later turned out to be a guide for all those who aspired to such a lifestyle.
I’m very excited that after thirty years, they are coming out with a revised addition. The sequel called True Prep: It’s a Whole New Old World
is a collaberation between Lisa Birnbach, author of the Preppy Handbook and Chip Kidd, who originally connected with Birnbach on Facebook. True Prep won’t just cover WASP’s. It will be much more inclusive and diverse, highlighting both the gay and black preppy lifestyle. Michelle Obama is covered in the book, which will also address new luxe preppy brands — think Kate Spade and Tory Burch. The book will also talk about new technology such as texting and social media. I look forward to its release on September 7th, 2010. I can’t wait to read it!
- Miss A