• Lauren duPont


    Photographed in New York, NY

    There are those that work to live and then those that live to work. Working socialite, Lauren duPont is most certainly the latter. She doesn’t have to work—she wants to. With stints as Vogue’s senior fashion editor and Ralph Lauren’s senior design director of accessories, duPont recently assumed the helm at Jack Rogers as creative director. She is one of a new generation of Park Avenue Princesses who not only have impeccable pedigrees, but high-flying careers, privileged lives, and demanding jobs. In the interest of full disclosure, I should add “zany personality” and “criminally charming.” She had me in stitches at “CLI—CK.”

    Jan 6, 2012 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Joey Dee left a comment on 1/12/2012 at 9:48 PM:

    I love white in the winter.

    Alysa left a comment on 1/12/2012 at 6:28 PM:

    It was so great to see you, Fred! Happy New Year!!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/11/2012 at 5:55 PM:

    @Lauren duPont—I still get a kick out of that entire rack of clothes it seems like we went through…good times!

    Lauren duPont left a comment on 1/11/2012 at 5:53 PM:

    Wonderful to have met you Fred!


  • Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

    Culture | Music & Books  

    It’s a side of Jacqueline (correctly pronounced Jack-uh-lean) Kennedy only family and friends knew. A voice so seldom heard, funny and inquisitive, clever and cutting.

    For the first time Americans are afforded the opportunity to hear the shy, quiet former first lady—in her own words—talk about her experiences campaigning with JFK, her frank feelings about the newsmakers of the day (including Martin Luther King Jr. and Charles de Gaulle), intimate thoughts on her marriage to Jack, and a behind-the-scenes look at life in the Kennedy White House in the recently released book Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.

    The book includes 8 1/2 hours of original audio. It’s a primary source oral history recorded only four months after her husband’s assassination in a series of interviews with friend and longtime Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. The tapes were kept under seal by the Kennedy Library for the past 47 years and reflects an era when the fascination with “Kennedy” was at its height.

    Nov 30, 2011 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    Iesha left a comment on 7/13/2014 at 11:01 PM:

    I believe what you posted made a lot of sense. But, think on this, suppose you added a little information? I mean, I don’t want to tell you how to run your blog, however suppose you added a title to possibly get a person’s attention? I mean Unabashedly Prep - CultureMusic & Books is kinda boring. You ought to peek at Yahoo’s front page and note how they write article titles to get viewers to click. You might add a related video or a picture or two to grab readers excited about everything’ve got to say. Just my opinion, it might make your posts a little bit more interesting.

    Rebecca left a comment on 12/14/2011 at 4:19 PM:

    I pre-ordered this as soon as I heard about it and it was well worth the purchase. What a fascinating insight into Camelot!


  • Brunch With Lilly Pulitzer


    It's no secret I flew down to Palm Beach last weekend for Lilly Pulitzer's birthday brunch (follow me on Twitter to keep up). The white tent affair was buzzing with lovely ladies in iconic pastel Lillys, Palm Beach gossip, and jazz music.  Kiel, Vickers, and I are seated at the table next to Lilly.  She is still exquisite at 80.  We meet, we pose for an onslaught of photos for the likes of Town & Country, we make small talk. She is as lovely as you have probably fantasized.  Though she hasn't helmed the eponymous brand since 1984, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau remains the Palm Beach darling the brand was built upon.

    After a spirited version of Happy Birthday (led by none other than Kiel), we're treated to a collection of rare and vintage Lillys at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History—a collection made in part by some of Mary Lane's own shifts (official Lilly ambassador and owner of the largest known collection of Lillys).  During the line's heyday, Pulitzer subtly placed her first name in many of her prints in order to establish authenticity amongst other designers following in her wake.  Look closely at the vintage prints below to see how sly "Lilly" was worked into her iconic designs. How many can you spot?

    Photographed in Boynton Beach, FL

    Nov 14, 2011 | Permalink (14) View/Leave Comments

    Austen left a comment on 11/30/2011 at 3:25 PM:

    this site is divine.

    emjkmj left a comment on 11/16/2011 at 7:06 AM:

    @AEV, You had to receive an invitation.  It was $75 per person and $750 for a table.  It was a charity/fund raising event for The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion in Boynton Beach.  If I knew you were going FEC, I would have dropped in.

    Nicki left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 7:36 PM:

    It is my understanding that her name is still found hidden in all of the prints, to this day.

    Carly left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 6:33 PM:

    You’re amazing.

    Tripp left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 3:09 PM:

    i am so jealous. i would kill to go to a society event honoring Lilly Pulitzer

    BAH left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 2:53 PM:

    That blue print in the first column, seventh row is from my vintage bathrobe that is in the exhibit. Wish I could have made it to the event on Saturday - I’ve met Lilly twice now because of the exhibit and she is an absolute doll!

    JRenee left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 1:38 PM:

    Love the copy! Any woman would be delighted to be called ‘exquisite.’ Looking forward to seeing more images from the event!

    Jennifer (SLPreppy) left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 1:24 PM:

    It was fabulous seeing and meeting you at the event, though I understand you missed Lindsey over a silly flat tire.  Glad you enjoyed your weekend in our lovely Palm Beaches.  Great collage of vintage Lilly.

    Shawn left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 12:39 PM:

    I haven’t looked into it recently, but you used to be able to buy yards of fabric directly from Lilly and take it to a tailor to make pants.  I personally hope you can, because the cut of their pants are way too wide.

    AEV left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 11:59 AM:

    Great fabrics. How do you know the Pulitzers?

    Barbara left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 9:25 AM:

    Thanks so much for coming and helping to make Lilly’s day. I know she loved meeting you and seeing the next generation of style setters. Great collage of prints!

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 8:34 AM:

    Classic! Love those prints.

    I too miss the Lilly Pulitzer men’s “stuff”, but I suspect LP designs are too “fruity” for today’s sensitive, insecure male.

    There was an LP event here in OC recenty, which sadly I couldn’t attend.

    Susan Partain Turner left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 7:26 AM:

    I love the collage of vintage and current fabrics,,,well done

    nl left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 1:48 AM:

    what ever happened to lilly’s men’s line? it’s been severely lacking in recent seasons!


  • 27th Annual Harriman Cup

    Top Drawer | Culture | Sports  

    It’s not even noon, and yet, half of the Long Island bound LIRR train is already lashed on mimosas and John Dalys. I’m getting there. We’re all hopping off at Old Westbury for the 27th Annual Harriman Cup, the alumni polo match between Yale and the University of Virginia. Founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of polo and supporting the collegiate polo programs of Yale and UVA, the event has raised over $600,000 for the schools’ undergrad teams.

    The match has since served as a last ditch effort for Yale and UVA alum alike—and any family and friends really—to celebrate summer’s end in patchwork madras, pastels, and penny loafers. The after party alone is worth the trip. A live band and dancing breaks out on the tented dance floor amidst hopes of meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right (now). Awards for best dressed, best hat, and best tailgate are doled out with tongue-in-cheek while UVA hoisted up the cup for the second year in a row, edging out Yale 6-5.

    Photographed in Old Westbury, NY

    *As always, most of these images can be shared via Tumblr at Collection by F.E. Castleberry.

    Oct 24, 2011 | Permalink (21) View/Leave Comments

    Ann left a comment on 11/23/2011 at 8:48 AM:

    Takes me back to college when I had time to play more and things were carefree, so fun!

    Trailer Trad left a comment on 11/1/2011 at 5:46 PM:

    Makes a Virginian proud.

    Rhon left a comment on 10/28/2011 at 7:01 PM:

    This looks like a picture-perfect time.

    ian left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 9:01 PM:

    Love the Bernese Mountain Dog. wonderful dogs, but very short lived due to horrendous health issues. Such a shame.

    Lee Anne left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 3:37 PM:

    This post is top notch. Such a lively, fun collection of photos that definitely captures the nature of sport. Keep up the excellent work!

    Amy left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 8:45 AM:

    The pretty lady in the yellow striped dress is just DARLING!

    scaleworm left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 1:18 AM:

    Great images, Really, just Great shots here! Well done!

    ian left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 5:03 PM:

    the woman with the dog has a heart-melting smile.

    Max left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 4:44 PM:

    Awesome set of pics.  As a general aside and correct me if I’m wrong - true prep style is casual, uncalculated, and effortless (i.e. “to the manor born, it’s just what you are”  and NOT studied… IMHO the aesthetic idea is very similar to the Italian notion of “sprezzatura”

    The girls…WOW.  Keep up the good work Fred, your blog rocks!

    A.U.G. left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 1:00 PM:

    I was here but unfortunately my means of chronicling (cell phone was not charged the night before).  -auniversitygent.blogspot.com

    Andy M. left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 9:36 AM:

    Phenomenal group of pictures Fred!  This is probably my favorite post of all time on here.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 8:13 AM:

    Superb collection of photos, FEC.

    I particularly like the shot of the blonde in the white trousers. Holy s*&$!! Please inform her that I’m single and strikingly good-looking. And, I live on the beach. ;-)

    Are you aspiring to be the Slim of our (decaying) times…?

    Tripp left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 7:45 PM:

    this looks like the best time ever. i want to be there. you really really captured the moment. i am so jealous

    Obadiah left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 7:02 PM:

    Richard of Wasp 101 informed us that Rugby has now provided you with a private plane and pilot. How was your luncheon at the cafe? Shall we look for their skull-and-bones logo on the dorsal fin?

    CHC left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 3:15 PM:

    I mean the blonde girls with the peace sign….

    CHC left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 3:13 PM:

    Nice pictures! I like this a lot! Especially the girls in floral print dresses…

    dam left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:57 PM:


    JIm Kelleth left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:30 PM:

    Re: The lady in the white trousers….  I’ll second that.

    cam left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:17 PM:

    now THIS is unabashedly prep!

    trip left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:00 PM:

    Wow, this may be one of the best series that you’ve done, Fred.

    Dan from England left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 11:43 AM:

    The rear view of the lady in the white trousers is very nice, could we also see a front view please ?


  • The Rugby Tweed Run 2011

    Top Drawer | Style | Culture  

    It’s a brisk Saturday morning on the corner of University Place and East 12th. A quintessential autumn day in New York is the backdrop for the first ever Rugby Tweed Run. It’s as if Mother Nature herself registered to cycle around the Big Apple (it’s been raining the last two days). Every rendition of tweed imaginable, and interpretations I didn’t even think possible, mingle about in a sea of browns, olives, and grays. The first group of riders take off amidst the quizzical expressions of tourists and on-lookers.

    Live music and dancing breaks out on the corner of Rugby’s flagship shop, tea by Jeeves and Jericho and biscuits by Woolmark are served up while ice cream by Van Leeuwen is handed out freely. Prizes for best dressed and best mustache were awarded while Murdock Barbers provided barber grooming and Brooks polishing for their beloved saddles.

    The Tweed Run began as a group bicycle ride through the center of London, where cyclists were expected to dress in traditional British cycling attire. Since its inaugural ride three years ago, various other tweed rides, adopting a similar format have popped in other cities including Chicago, Sydney, Tokyo, Boston Pescara (Italy), and Florence among others. Rugby not only designed a capsule collection for The Rugby Tweed Run but brought the metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style to New York.

    Photographed in New York, NY

    *As always, most of these images can be shared via Tumblr at Collection by F.E. Castleberry.

    Oct 17, 2011 | Permalink (31) View/Leave Comments

    caren left a comment on 1/7/2012 at 5:10 PM:

    Came across your post via Pinterest & am just mad about all the tweedy goodness here! Love the style.

    Jen Whalen left a comment on 11/10/2011 at 5:27 PM:


    New York Muhtari left a comment on 10/31/2011 at 7:55 AM:


    I was looking at the Rugby event photos and come across your website. I loved all your photos but I could not help but notice that we took similar shots. (yours are more beutiful I might add).


    josh left a comment on 10/27/2011 at 10:36 AM:

    I retract my earlier comment, I was being a snobby loser. these lads and ladies are just dressing up and having a good time together, and some of those outfits are spectacular

    Z. left a comment on 10/27/2011 at 2:52 AM:

    Nice blog.

    josh left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 2:44 PM:

    Love the tweed and wool sweaters, but I can’t help but feel this is just “steam punk” for hipsters

    Kayra Lee Velez left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 8:53 AM:

    What a great marriage of two things I really like! I’m a big supporter of inner-city cycling as a form of alternative commute, and I’m also a huge fan of preppy style! Great job capturing the event, Fred!

    Bevin Elias left a comment on 10/22/2011 at 9:02 AM:

    I am beyond upset I was out of town for this, It looks like stills of scenes of a great directed motion picture. Fred when you get tired of this I can’t wait for your documentaries it’s only right.

    kelvin left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 10:49 PM:

    Great pics. Sure looks like fun! Fashion.Nostalgia all rolled into one. Luv the last pic! Thx for sharing.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 9:31 PM:

    Very cool.


    Lydia left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 10:20 PM:


    Olivia left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 7:03 PM:

    Wow… I walk by Rugby every.single.day. and I can’t believe I wasn’t even remotely aware of this taking place! Shame on me.

    Awesome job as usual, Fred!

    cam left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 4:33 PM:

    Great coverage FEC. For those bashing a great charity event, maybe you should check out The Tweed Run website that FEC linked.

    khordkutta left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 3:06 PM:

    Looks like ALOT of fun.  some nicely dressed folks paying homage to a time period.  Especially dig the phot of the family,  Who Doesnt Like a party?!?!

    Tim left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 2:59 PM:

    very impressive shots and looks

    Preposity left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 12:00 PM:

    @DBCC the Run in Tweed Run is more akin to the ‘Cannonball Run’ as in a race or errand.
    The fact people are wearing tweed for cycling (plus fours etc) is due to the fact that this attire was traditional for cycling back when it was a modern fad

    James left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 11:56 AM:

    Amazing photos! I really wish that we did that in Denver.

    DBCC left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 11:24 AM:

    @FEC, as always, great photos.  I’m feeling a lot of these looks, especially the father wearing the scarf/ascot.  However, why was it called a Tweed “Run” when the participants were not running, they were cycling?  Lastly, seems forced to ride a bike in tweed, that’s what spandex is for.  Maybe a picnic or parade would have been more in line.

    KRH left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 8:51 AM:

    I miss NY. I miss no matter cooky or whacky and idea is, it is embraced by NYers in the attempt to experiment and accept the different and the unique.  People brought together, sharing a common interest and looking darn spiffy in the process!

    Makaga left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 8:38 AM:

    Thanks for the fun photos (and for the nice photo of me the moment after downing a sip from my friend’s flask!)

    Preposity left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 8:13 AM:

    So many great shots, lovely work as always. It’s such a delight to see so many in New York dressed in such a British way. Tweed all round :) Now I’m just waiting our turn here in London

    emjkmj left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 7:33 AM:

    Looks like it was a blast…  The DC Tweed Run from the photo’s I’ve seen in the past seems to be much more conservative.  The West Village was definitely representing here.

    Paul left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 7:03 AM:

    Your photos are absolutely amazing!

    bucephalus left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 6:52 AM:

    The nose ring guy has some great tweed on.

    James left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:33 PM:

    Great photos FEC. Almost transports me to another time, one in which I was not alive for. Wish I had been there just to witness it in person. Thanks for sharing.

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:27 PM:

    Nice pictures; I’ve always wanted to go to a Renaissance fair.

    y l hollander left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:17 PM:

    Tremendous photos. What a scene! I’m definitely living in the wrong city.

    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 9:06 PM:

    Epitome of cool.

    AEV left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 8:59 PM:

    Cool images, but this is totally lost on me as an event.

    meg left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 8:57 PM:

    I can’t decipher whether I just looked at an extremely preppy event or a hipster version of the Portobello Road scene in Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

    Chase left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 8:35 PM:

    Great photos Fred. I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of the Tweet run, but it seems like a lot of the participants pushed it up to 11 and it didn’t always work. Nonetheless, the event seemed like a lot of fun. Wish I’d been in NYC to participate.


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