19 posts tagged "Mad Men"
Prada’s Spring collections exist, which is reason enough—when you’re Prada, at least—to commission Rem Koolhaas’ AMO to make this video, Prada Real Fantasies. (Video Fashion Week envy, perhaps?) I may be especially susceptible to its charms, as I’ve been having a real fantasy about those jogging pants. The beginning gives me shades of the Mad Men title sequence, but that part may be just me.
Helen Gurley Brown, who edited Cosmopolitan magazine for three decades beginning in the sixties, died this morning. Gurley Brown was famous for her tenure at Cosmo, and it was there that she changed the face of magazines with candor and frankness, especially where sex was concerned; according to the media columnist Jeff Bercovici, “Every time you go past a newsstand, you’re looking at her work.” But magazine editing was her second or even third act. She also penned the historic (and at the time, scandalous) guidebook Sex and the Single Girl in 1962, and before that, rose from the secretarial ranks to become a hugely successful female copywriter at the ad agency Foote, Cone & Belding. (Shades of Mad Men‘s Peggy Olson.) Still, it’s her influence on the magazine industry that earned her the most lasting praise. It was the subject of the 2009 biography Bad Girls Go Everywhere, and as recently as this month, fodder for The New York Times‘ exploration “How Cosmo Conquered the World,” as “the patron saint of Cosmopolitan‘s sex-centric brand of female empowerment.”
The early sixties were a favorite reference point on the Fall runways, and as Fashionista recently pointed out, that’s led to an abundance of mod-themed editorials in the new September magazines. It’s worth adding that our culture’s current fascination with the youthquake years goes way beyond fashion. There’s Mad Men, of course, which is finally, officially beginning to produce its fifth season, but next month sees the release of two more decade-specific shows: Pan Am, starring Christina Ricci as a jet-age stewardess, and The Playboy Club, featuring twenty-first-century pinup Amber Heard as a Bunny at the original Chicago club. (Talk about male wish fulfillment!) Then there’s the big screen—and no, we’re not talking about the rumored fourth Austin Powers film. We’ll Take Manhattan is scheduled to come out next year and tells the tale of photographer David Bailey and model Jean Shrimpton’s era-defining fling. We know just the thing to wear to the premiere: a black and white fur coat from Christopher Bailey’s Shrimpton-inspired Burberry Prorsum collection.
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“It’s not cheap,” Decades proprietor Cameron Silver said at the Crosby Hotel. “That’s the amazing thing about costume jewelry. I rejected it for years at first because I thought, ‘Who wants to spend $2,000 on a glass necklace?’ It requires education. It’s the design, the final product, that is incredibly valuable.” The retailer (and soon-to-be Bravo reality TV star) has since swung to the other side, so much so that Silver was even talking men’s costume pieces. But he was in like-minded company last night: Silver joined fellow panelists Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant, Candy Pratts Price, and Miriam Haskell president Gabrielle Fialkoff in a CFDA-sponsored discussion on the heritage and business of costume jewelry.
Moderated by Town & Country accessories director Stellene Volandes, the conversation steered from a beginner’s history lesson (Coco Chanel and Miriam Haskell were chummy costume jewelry colleagues) to the modern-day obsession with celebrity (Michelle Obama created an online ordering frenzy for the Miriam Haskell chandelier earrings she wore to the State Dinner this past March). Bryant, for one, was well accustomed to celebrities and the role costume jewelry can play. “For Joan, she has this pen necklace and I think of it as her sword,” the costume designer said of the character the actress Christina Hendricks plays in Mad Men. “It’s funny because Christina never wants to part with it. The actress can become attached to the jewelry, too.”
A tip for the AMC show’s many fashion followers: Bryant found the signature piece in an unlikely “dirty little tin of jewelry at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.” And despite delays and some nail-biting negotiations, it looks like there were will be plenty of episodes with vintage finds ahead. “I was never worried,” Bryant told Style.com post-discussion, about the show being renewed for Season 5. “I had faith.”