L-A: Mad Men is into it’s third or fourth episode and everyone’s mostly a-twitter about it. Mad Men style. Mad Men drinks. Mad Men theme parties. (I’m guilty of two of three). The questions like: You work in an ad agency, are you like Don Draper? (answer: not even remotely. I’m possibly a junior Ken Cosgrove, if you replace science fiction stories with a blog).
I’ve been thinking about the show’s style a little harder than I have in the past because over at You Know You Love Fashion, we’ve started recapping what they wore on the show. And then there’s the usual emails in my inbox about the Banana Republic collection.
But here’s the thing: while I still enjoy the story (aside from Don Draper being a d-bag), I’m not really enjoying the fashions. Remember this?
I was all over that shizz. (Sidenote: what the hell is going on with Peggy’s hair in that photo? And whatever happened to Sal Romano?) Everything seemed so classy and tailored and early 60s glamorous. Now?
Even dressed up Joan is kind of ennnh compared to what she used to be.
And how can we forget, Fat Betty?
What. is. that. top? It’s like a bouquet threw up on her.
None of that is an inspiration. Joan is matronly, Betty has abandoned being chic and sad for just plain sad, and Peggy…well…Peggy never did really get it, did she?
And with all of that going on in the season, it leaves me wondering what the inspiration was for the new Banana Republic collection.
Where are they even getting this inspiration from? The colours? The dress that they’ve got for Betty really isn’t what Betty is wearing these days. And the Draper dresses? Well, if they’re looking to the new Mrs. Draper for inspiration, they’ve missed the mark on that one. Because check Megan out.
That is not a girl who is pretty, Sunday school lace dresses.
So who is Janie Bryant channeling in that collection? (Frankly, it looks like normal Banana Republic to me, not a special collection). My guess?
Think I’m crazy? Well, it’s the tie up blouse and florals that make me think that:
The cute dresses we saw earlier? Not so much inspired by Betty, but by Don’s ex-lover:
Too bad she got smoked during Don’s fever dream. I don’t think we’ll be seeing her and her cute dresses for awhile.
I think the problem here is that we’ve hit the awkward years. It’s not the early 1960s we all dug in the past four seasons. It’s the latter half of 1966 and we’re on the slippery slope to the 1970s. And for all of us who blog about fashion, I really hope the series wrap up before then. Because as much as I enjoy the stories, I don’t need Peggy working the bell bottoms or Don Draper in a leisure suit (last night’s plaid dinner jackets were bad enough).
p.s. regardless of whether you agree with me, you should check out the Mad Men recaps on YKYLF. They’re written by Jill, Ann, our L.A. friend Amanda, and me (plus others. But I mention these names because you already know them and Amanda also has a fashion blog). So you kind of have an idea of what to expect (answer: more awesome).