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20 posts tagged "Mad Men"

With Costume Jewels, Faux Is Fab

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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.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

January Heats Up; Anna Dello Russo: The Early Years; Gemma Ward At Sea; And More…

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January Jones’ first campaign for Versace has leaked, and she’s no repressed housewife here. The woman best known as Mrs. Betty Draper Francis was shot by Mario Testino in nothing but a bag and a pair of shoes. “I am always on the lookout for the next Versace blonde,” Donatella Versace told WWD. “She is chic and elegant but deeply sensual, too.” Sterling Cooper is reportedly scrambling to pick up the Versace account for next season. [WWD]

Speaking of spokesmodels: If you’ve ever wanted to see an 18-year-old Anna Dello Russo in an Italian TV ad for ricotta cheese, well, here you go. (And kudos on your ultra-specific, exquisite tastes.) [Fashionista]

The trailer for the latest in the seemingly endless Pirates of the Caribbean series is out, with Johnny Depp once again leading the charge as a Keef-inspired pirate. But this time around, we’re just as interested in Gemma Ward, who has a cameo as a man-eating (figuratively, we think) mermaid. Check her out at 1:52 and 2:07. [Fashionologie]

The outdoorsmen trend in menswear has made for a lot of hunting jackets designed by guys who don’t know a rifle from a raffle. But Alabama-based Billy Reid ain’t one of ‘em—as this video shot by Gilt Manual attests, he knows his way around his firearms. [Gilt Manual]

Photo: Mario Testino/Courtesy of Versace

St.-Trop. To MePa, Copping Chez Coco, Versace Keeps Up With The Jones, And More…

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It never goes far out of style, but Saint-Tropez enjoyed a renewed moment in the sun this past Resort season, when Karl Lagerfeld led the troops there for his collection presentation. Didn’t make it? Neither did Jeffrey Kalinsky, owner of New York and Atlanta’s Jeffrey boutiques—so Chanel is setting up a six-week pop-up shop modeled on St.-Trop’s Café Sénéquier at his Meatpacking District store. Cheaper than a flight! (But with what you’re likely to spend there, maybe not by much.) [WWD]

Like Coco Rocha’s New York apartment? It can be yours. The model’s pad is on the market—it was recently dropped to a mere $1.59 million—so she and new husband James Conran can move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. [NYT]

Get a sneak peek of Valentino’s capsule collection for the Gap, created to celebrate the American retailer’s debut in Italy. But if you want it, get ready to travel—it will be available only in Milan, Paris, and London. [Telegraph]

The new face of Versace: Betty Draper—uh, we mean January Jones. Donatella Versace has tapped the Mad Men star for her latest campaign. Close watchers shouldn’t be too surprised: Jones has favored Versace dresses for months now, and showed up at the label’s Spring ’11 show in Milan (left, with Allegra Versace). [WWD]

Lanvin x H&M hit stores this weekend, and the crowds, predictably, went wild. Reports are coming in from all over of endless lines and pre-dawn queuing-up: By 6 a.m., there were reportedly already 100 people waiting outside a San Diego H&M. [Racked]

And Thanksgiving is this week, which means Black Friday—the discount-shopping day that occasionally leads to sprees—is just five days away. Saturday Night Live offered a parodic take on discount mania starring a Four Loko-addled Anne Hathaway; here’s hoping it remains a cautionary fable, rather than a reality. [Hulu]

Photo: Alice Bensi / GoRunway.com

In A Pickle, A New Report On Retail’s Heavy Hitters, Kate To The Stage, And More…

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Because—sigh—we’re still interested in such things despite our better judgment, we must dutifully report that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is dressing up as a sexy pickle for Halloween. (She has an avowed appetite for the things.) Our suggestion for next year: turnip. [WWD]

A new feature on the financial-management site Mint.com allows users to see the average amount spent at various stores nationwide, based, it says, “on data aggregated anonymously from over 4 million Mint.com users.” The top shop for clothes/accessories/jewelry in New York? Prada, with an average per-visit spend of $639.87. [Data.Mint.com via Fashionista]

Kate Moss, who is no stranger to a microphone—she’s been guesting on albums and warbling for as long as she’s been dating rockers—took to the stage in Qatar, where she belted out Gershwin’s “Summertime” to an appreciative crowd. [Page Six]

And he may be a fictional character, but that’s not stopping him from releasing a book of his wit and wisdom. Sterling’s Gold by Mad Men‘s Roger Sterling—a.k.a. silver fox John Slattery—comes out mid-November. In recent episodes of the show, Sterling’s been shown struggling to complete it; looks like he’s just about wrapped it up. [Arts Beat]

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Men World

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Mad Men returns this Sunday on AMC, and to celebrate the much-anticipated return of Don, Betty, and their martini-swilling cohorts, AMC and Banana Republic hosted a splashy Hollywood premiere last night at Mann’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. After a word from creator Matthew Weiner—no cell phones and no giving away plotlines; “I really don’t want to see it on the front page of The New York Times,” he explained—the lights dimmed and we were in Mad world. And after the credits rolled and the guests headed for the Chateau Marmont for the after-party, we still were. There were all the period touches: cigarette girls, a jazz quartet, and, of course, stiff martinis. The only slightly jarring bit was the cast—Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks (in Dolce & Gabbana), and Elisabeth Moss (in Oscar de la Renta)—stripped of their sixties accoutrements, appearing in twenty-first-century dress. But then, show-vs.-life confusion is par for the course. “People sometimes come up to me and say, ‘you’re so much prettier in real life,’ ” said Moss, who plays no-nonsense career girl Peggy Olson.”I’m not really sure how to take that, so I just politely say thank you.”

The following afternoon, Mad Men mania continued: Banana Republic hosted a lunch at the Sunset Tower Hotel in honor of a video blog collaboration between its creative director, Simon Kneen, and the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryant. The short videos, which feature Kneen and Bryant chewing the sartorial fat and discovering a shared love of menswear, will go up on AMC’s Web site this Sunday. They’re part of BR’s “Mad About Style” campaign, which includes a casting-call opportunity for customers to win a walk-on part on the show. Over chicken paillard and watermelon sorbet, Bryant revealed that some of the Mad Men wardrobe pieces are actually direct hand-me-downs from her mother and grandmother. She also attempted—without much success, as it turned out—to single out her favorite character to dress. “Rachel Menken. I also loved Bobbie Barrett. And Trudy, Joan, and Peggy. And of course Betty. Oh, don’t make me choose!”

Photo: Jeff Vespa / WireImage / Getty Images