• Alixe Laughlin

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    Earlier this month I was on assignment for Matchbook magazine photographing Alixe Laughlin’s Upper East Side apartment. She credits her exciting job at Quadrille Couture, along with her childhood playgrounds in the Bahamas and East Hampton, for much of her apartment’s vibrant palette. Read the entire interview in Matchbook's third issue for Laughlin’s top decor destinations, style icons and inspiration in pulling together her modern prep sanctuary.

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Mar 31, 2011 | Permalink (16) View/Leave Comments

    Halina left a comment on 8/11/2013 at 8:28 AM:

    Alixe, if you are who i think you are then i looked after you for a while when you were just a few months old. Your mother is Brooke?? If so, please give my regards to your mum, dad and grandparents. All delightful people. Halina x

    Campbell left a comment on 4/3/2011 at 11:42 PM:

    I love a creative and tasteful use of a director’s chair, á la the one in the corner =)

    Christopher left a comment on 4/1/2011 at 2:13 PM:

    These are great however I really would enjoy a cape house photo shoot.

    Jen left a comment on 4/1/2011 at 11:20 AM:

    You can get that Holly Golightly sleep mask at www.fredflare.com - here’s a direct link! http://bit.ly/e0nrz1 It looks exactly like the one from Breakfast at Tiffany’s but w/o the earplugs!

    Kate left a comment on 4/1/2011 at 11:14 AM:

    you can get that eye mask here: http://www.fredflare.com/customer/product.php?productid=2683&cat=277. I LOVE IT!

    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 4/1/2011 at 1:56 AM:

    I see a bit of a prep influence, a touch of the sea, the directors chair and she is cute.  I think it’s great for the city life and someone in their twenties. 
    Prep decor is usually tons of hand me down stuff at that age though. Stuff from the summer home thrown together with things from the big house, a worn oriental, an antique here and there mixed with some chrome and glass-danish modern. Something is always broken or loose, a table leg, theire’s dust about..“damn maid”, maybe some taxidermy that brother brought as a joke, prep stuff like that.
    Cute though, really cute going on.

    SouthernGent left a comment on 4/1/2011 at 12:18 AM:

    Such a beautiful young woman and a beautiful apartment. I need her to decorate my dorm!!

    Joey Dee left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 9:49 PM:

    This young woman is beautiful, and her apartment suggests that she has a great personality!

    Tito left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 8:39 PM:

    Wow I’m interested on her, she’s so HOT!
    My man FEC good post.

    John H. left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 3:57 PM:

    @Dan—High Five 1000 x Over

    Joy left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 3:31 PM:

    She has the Breakfast at Tiffany eye mask - I have been looking for that for ages now. Jealous!

    Val left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 2:33 PM:

    Love it! I just read the third issue… Didn’t realize you were apart of the Matchbook team… Great!

    AEV left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 2:13 PM:

    Absoluetly love it….great inspiration.

    dan left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 10:29 AM:

    Oh I think it looks fantastic…and she’s beautiful as well.

    BJP left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 10:28 AM:

    Great apartment. Bold combinations of Asian, Caribbean, and east coast prep influence.

    Rake left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 9:42 AM:

    I think her apartment looks great.


  • Cover-up

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    Photographed at The Breakers on Palm Beach, FL (enlarge)

    Noteworthy: Hermes silk scarf, Stephen Bonanno Palm Beach Classic sandal.

    Mar 30, 2011 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    Buggy left a comment on 1/30/2014 at 3:19 PM:

    For any of you interested in the story behind Stephen Bonanno Sandals (now Palm Beach Sandals) versus Jack Rogers, I just posted a blog with all the details & history behind our beloved sandals! Hope this helps!


    AWKeller left a comment on 4/12/2011 at 11:36 AM:

    @kate spade:  In response to your question about the difference between Bonnano sandals and Jack Rogers, the answer is that the Bonnano company is an old guard Palm Beach sandalmaker while Jack is more widely available on sites like piperlime.  Very, very old school types from the island refer to Bonnanos as “Luigis” because he would custom build the navajo sandals for customers’ feet.  The last time I stopped in to C. Orrico for my Bonnano fix, they were labeled Monica Bonnano for the younger generation now at the helm of the company.  The sandals are lovely and well crafted.  I do own some Jacks (I couldn’t resist the Nantucket Red pair from Murray’s), and I like them as well.  Bonnanos just make me feel (a little) less removed from home.

    Elizabeth H. left a comment on 4/10/2011 at 10:15 AM:

    Love the fresh twist on the classic Hermes scarf.

    Appb left a comment on 4/7/2011 at 9:45 AM:

    In fact, this young lady does live on PB and she does drive a convertible.  Thus, she wears a scarf to hold her hair back and to keep the sun from burning the top of her head.  When you leave your poolside to hop in the car and meet a friend for
    A quick bite of lunch, you just grab your purse and go…go…go:)  Trust me, this young lady is the queen of PB vintage and could have “prepped” you to the point of nausea had she actually planned a photo shoot.  What you see is a typical PB teen hanging with a friend at the Breakers!

    RowBoat left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 4:14 PM:

    Maybe it’s because I have basically the same outfit packed for my Florida trip this weekend, but I for one love this (Vintage D&B instead of LV, but love hers also). Looking preppy pool/oceanside can be difficult, most of the time you’re wearing nothing but a bathing suit, but this girl does it beautiful. I love the scarf! They are often underrated and overlooked, but they do such a great job covering hair that may not look as good post-swim as it did pre-swim. Thanks so much for this!

    Wednesday Adams left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 8:01 PM:

    Wow is that really Kate Spade!?  Figures she would check out this blog.  I heard KJP is also a frequenter.  Amazing

    kate spade left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 5:38 PM:

    FEC, pardon my ignorance, but can you please explain the difference (if any) between Stephen Bonannos and Jack Rogers?
    Much appreciated.

    D. Green left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 2:47 PM:

    Are you in New York now?  I thought I may have recognized you on the street yesterday.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 12:09 PM:

    What baffles is that in FL, why would one go to a pool unless they were in say, Gainesville? Other than that, and the scarf, she’s appropriate.

    Palmer Woodrow left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 11:32 AM:

    This girl is definitely eye candy. I just hate the giant LV logo bags. But if she is happy, then good for her. The Breakers beach club and pool area has so many spectacular spots for photographs, trying to understand the significance of this spot. Did she pass you and was simply asked to stop for a photo? Regardless, thanks for sharing.

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 11:00 AM:

    The girl looks good - the speedy bag is an icon, and every preppy girl has that outfit in her closet.  My concern is that there are about 50 spots on the grounds of The Breakers that would have resulted in a more interesting picture.


  • (Back) Pocket Square

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    Photographed in Palm Beach, FL

    Noteworthy: Wayfarers, needlepoint belt, little to no break in chinos, monogram placement at bottom of ribcage, pocket square in back pocket.

    Mar 29, 2011 | Permalink (29) View/Leave Comments

    Meaghan H. left a comment on 4/4/2011 at 12:10 AM:

    Absolutely love this look.  Classically clean-cut and preppy.  Love the ribcage monogram, I’ve never seen it before but love it.

    Julio B. left a comment on 4/1/2011 at 11:12 AM:


    According to Alan Flusser, a style icon for dressing the man. The monogram idea came from gentlemen sending their shirts to the laundry cleaners and making sure shirts wouldn’t get lost or swapped.  Later around the 50’s it became a stamp for the Riviera Club men for example. The monogram basically became a slight small and simple indication for the refined man and showed personality. Now the way this Gent has his is perfect. The monogram is small and lowered below his breast pocket as almost unnoticed…PERFECT!

    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 4/1/2011 at 1:45 AM:

    In my family, my father always said the monogram started back at school so that when shirts were sent out for cleaning they came back to the right boy. My mother said they were just “whimsical” and then she asked “why do ask suck silly questions, monograms just are”.
    The model looks great, really great.

    Julio B. left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 4:51 PM:

    Great shot! What I really love about this pic is that every piece this gent is wearing is perfectly tailored, that’s why the pic looks so flawless. Like many Style gurus say ‘’ Honor thy Tailor’’  I’m from Miami ‘‘Grove’’ area and its impossible to find a good tailor in Florida!!! :/

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 1:36 PM:

    Also - one of the things that makes this photo nice is how the yellow of the pants and the awning play off each other.  That, and this appears to be a genuine street style shot.

    chris W. left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 1:11 PM:

    @ Fred; Extend your holiday? ;) Ha. Thanks for the reply.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 11:43 AM:

    @Tad Allagash—With the monogram drawing enough attention to itself (when visible) as it is, my preference is plain block lettering in order to play it down.  Diamond is an option I like as well.

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 11:04 AM:

    Huge fan of the rib monogram. Monogram on the cuff is beyond tacky, though sadly common.  Is there a preference here for block lettering, fishtail or diamond?

    robdarko left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 10:53 AM:

    F.E.C., your active participation, on this post, with your guests has been wonderful read. 

    Back Pocket Square is the standard.  Is the shirt BB OCBD?  I ask because the collar roll is perfect.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 1:45 AM:

    @Chris W.—Almost everyone I photograph are at the very least acquaintances while some are friends.  The people of Palm Beach you have seen this week thus far are the exception.  In the cases I did meet them, I only did so for a couple minutes.  Palm Beach is one of those towns I could literally spend an entire day in and shoot street style all day…there is that much inspiring material there.

    chris W. left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 10:18 PM:

    Hi Fred, hope you don’t mind me asking but do you personally know each person you photograph, or do you ever stop people at random and ask to take their photograph? Just curious. I mean, I see some faces resurface, but I don’t believe I’ve seen this gent before.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 5:35 PM:

    @ FEC & Lindsey, noted. This maybe the reason i have been waiting for to get to the East Coast. On your next return to FL Fred, check out The Met in Sarasota! Its the best kept local secret!

    Lindsey left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 3:56 PM:

    Joey Dee, the thrift stores on Palm Beach are amazing! There are several notable “thrift” shops adjacent to Worth Avenue that are flooded with fantastic finds.
    Love his look and Palm Beach.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 3:35 PM:

    @Joey Dee—I had every intention of stopping into Fiore, a fine menswear consignment shop, but couldn’t get to it before closing.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 3:32 PM:

    How are the thrift shops in Palm Beach ?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 3:22 PM:

    @Rake—Their purpose??? I use my pocket all the time when not wearing a jacket for business cards, pens, notes, whatever have you.  I strongly believe in function informing form…for me, the pocket is functional.

    Rake left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 3:15 PM:

    @FEC - I’m New England born and bred - I understand that historically OCBD’s have had pockets, just don’t see that they serve any purpose. FYI, the brooks OCBD pocket may easily be removed if one isn’t having their shirts made.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 3:08 PM:

    @Rake—Judging by your name, you would have no use for a pocket on a shirt; however, around these parts, most American sportswear shirting is equipped with a pocket—especially button down oxford cloth.

    chris W. left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 3:04 PM:

    I like everything about this look! I disagree that he looks “too boxy”. I think that the stronger the jawline, the better. His hair really brings his facial shape out and to that I give a thumbs up.

    Rake left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 2:31 PM:

    @Dex - why would a shirt have a pocket, or a logo?

    FWIW, my shirts are monogrammed inside, where the label would be. I don’t “get” visible monograms really, but prefer the ribcage if necessary - mine are there in case of a mixup with at dry cleaners…

    Matt G. left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 2:17 PM:

    Love the pocket square look, I wonder if he got it where I get all mine - http://www.dressedbycc.com/mens/pocket-squares-collection.html

    Should that woman be walking on the finely groomed landscape….?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 2:05 PM:

    @BJP—Try it once and see what you think.  I would certainly agree that on the cuff is too brazen.

    @DEX—These are all street looks from Palm Beach.  As I mentioned before, placing your monogram at the bottom of the ribcage works with a pocketed shirt as well.  I would argue that it would work with a logo as well since most logos are implemented in lieu of a pocket.  Just use the same color thread as the logo.

    BJP left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:58 PM:

    @FEC and @Rake, I will trust you gents on this one. Truthfully, it is unfamiliar to me… but I could see it being a very subtle addition.

    DEX left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:52 PM:

    That place looks amazing, are these all street looks from Palm Beach? Interested to hear more on sonhouse’s question on whether a ribcage monogram would work for a pocketed shirt as well. If the shirt has a logo should you forego the monogram if the shirt has a logo or just move it off the torso to the cuff or sleeve?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:51 PM:

    @sonhouse—Monogram at the rib cage has been around for some time.  The placement works if the shirt has a pocket as well.  It’s the only place I opt for a monogram on shirting.

    @BJP—You seem like a discreet gentleman.  The ribcage placement for a monogram is certainly the most discreet as it is imperceptible when wearing a jacket.

    MB left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:41 PM:

    Handkerchief code?

    sonhouse left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:22 PM:

    Monogram at the rib cage?  I’ve never seen this before.  It looks amazing.  I have some Johnston Murphy’s that are almost identical.  His are a bit more broken in.  Would this monogram placement work if the shirt had a pocket?  I suspect not

    BJP left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:03 PM:

    Solid. Monograms are tricky for me. Ocassionally on the breast, rarely on the cuff, and probably never for me on the rib cage. Overall, he looks great.

    Rake left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:02 PM:

    If one MUST have a monogram visible, the lower ribcage is the place to do it. Good look!


  • Radio Flyer

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    Photographed in Palm Beach, FL (enlarge)

    Noteworthy: Tropical floral print shift dress—the women's Palm Beach uniform.

    Mar 28, 2011 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    Chad Landon left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 12:35 AM:

    Love the shot… My friend’s condo is a block away from where this was taken and have spent many weekends here. Palm Beach is one of my favorite places…

    Victoria left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 12:56 AM:

    So Palm Beach preppy. I love it.

    Raphael Potts left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 12:38 AM:

    that child has the life

    Steffie left a comment on 3/28/2011 at 10:09 PM:

    I love the recent crop of female outfits! Keep them coming.

    Tito left a comment on 3/28/2011 at 9:12 PM:

    That’s a beautiful dress, and those espadrilles with the tone calf are the finishing touches!
    A ponytail would’ve been better, and of curse with the proper hair dye. good job FEC!

    The Untidy Pilgrim left a comment on 3/28/2011 at 8:05 PM:

    If this is what women in Palm Beach wear to take their kids on a walk, I’m moving to Palm Beach.

    HLN left a comment on 3/28/2011 at 7:46 PM:

    That kid is living the life! Beautiful snapshot (as always)

    Timothy left a comment on 3/28/2011 at 7:08 PM:

    This is DEFinitely preppy. Just in Palm Beach not Nantucket. Beautiful shot! Love the espadrilles.


  • Anchors Aweigh

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    Photographed in Miami Beach, FL (enlarge)

    Noteworthy: Kiel James Patrick rope bracelet, velvet Prince Albert slipper.

    Mar 25, 2011 | Permalink (14) View/Leave Comments

    Bill Smith left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 7:26 PM:

    The model’s pretty eyes and smile got my attention.

    Pat Furey left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 4:17 PM:

    Wherever you happen to find these women, please let me know. Brilliant.

    Julio B. left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:42 AM:

    I like it! It’s not your average prepster look. This look is more of a prep with an edge.

    I approve!

    HLN left a comment on 3/28/2011 at 7:55 PM:

    I love how you expose the modern prep aesthetic in this photograph. I also like the way she used an actual rope as a makeshift belt to complement the nautical theme of her dress, and I might be getting a little jealous of your photography skills.

    M left a comment on 3/28/2011 at 5:01 PM:

    Provided her personality matched that charming smile, she’d be more than welcome at my cabana. I don’t think black velvet holds up well in sun, sand or surf however.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 3/28/2011 at 2:52 PM:

    This young woman would look good in a potato sack. It may not be by the book snobbery, but it is definately inspired by being by the water.
    On the brand however, anyone with any clothing experience retail, buying, etc knows that the surf skate brands are the ones who push the edges, and the higher fasion world tailor and refine it. Love the photo.

    j.Carlos left a comment on 3/28/2011 at 9:15 AM:

    preciosos slippers como su dueña

    john left a comment on 3/27/2011 at 7:12 PM:

    who is looking at her slippers anyway?

    M.D. Cooley left a comment on 3/26/2011 at 7:46 PM:

    Most gorgeous girl thats ever been on U.P. Kudos.

    Howie left a comment on 3/26/2011 at 4:26 PM:

    Love the shot FEC. The girl is gorgeous and the dress, while not necessarily “classically prep”, is fun and whimsical, two elements which are fundamentally preppy in my opinion.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/26/2011 at 11:08 AM:


    Annabel left a comment on 3/26/2011 at 11:00 AM:

    Where is her dress from?

    John H. left a comment on 3/26/2011 at 8:50 AM:

    Photographing beautiful people all the time must be a tough job, she looks amazing, great job!

    BVA left a comment on 3/26/2011 at 8:03 AM:

    Gorgeous. On a sidenote, I’m insanely jealous of your preppy spring break in Miami. :) Hope you guys have a great time FEC!


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