The fifth season of "Mad Men" is still weeks away, but there’s plenty of fashion-related merchandise branded with the show’s signature 1960s aesthetic to whet the appetites of fans eagerly anticipating its return.
Estee Lauder recently released a limited edition blush and lipstick, both housed in dainty gold cases inspired by actual Estee Lauder products from the 1960s. And Wednesday night marked Banana Republic’s Spring 2012 Mad Men collection, the second designed by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen and Emmy Award winning "Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant.
Guests gathered at the Hancock Park home of Kiernan Shipka (a.k.a. Sally Draper,) to see the clothes displayed on a tableau of models. The tailored silhouettes and polished look of the line, which was inspired by the show’s country-club scenes, is not unlike the fall collection -- in fact, according to Kneen, several popular pieces from the fall line were brought back and done in brighter colors and with lighter details. A sand-colored, sleeveless, body-skimming dress with a polka-dot sash is the spring version of last season’s best-selling LBD with lace at the neckline. Accessories such as sunglasses, frame bags and kitten heels are also back, but in spring hues like beige and tortoise. Girly white eyelet dresses (like the one Shipka wore to the event) are on trend for spring and come at a much easier price point than the Louis Vuitton version.
But it was the menswear that seemed to be the big hit of the evening. Fitted polo shirts paired with slim seersucker pants and light-colored suits, tailored to fit like Don Draper’s, drew some comments from the crowd. Several people pointed and nodded at the sharp-looking suits, with one guest saying, “Janie really knows how to dress a man.”
-- Melissa Magsaysay
Top photo: The Banana Republic Mad Men spring 2012 collection. Credit: Banana Republic
Lower photo: Janie Bryant, Kiernan Shipka, Amy Smart and Simon Kneen. Credit: Banana Republic