We're slightly obsessed with Mad Men, the AMC drama that premiered this summer and quickly amassed a cult following. It centers around Sterling Cooper, a '60s Ad Agency in New York. The retro office is overrun with sexy secretaries, married men, and way too much scotch. Every Thursday, we swoon over Donald Draper, the company's creative director, who gallivants through the city conducting passionate affairs with a Greenwich Village bohemian and a 5th Avenue princess. We didn't even learn about the depressed wife and kids in suburbia until the end of the first hour. We do wonder how the well-suited men get any work done in their cloud of smoke and booze, but we're more interested in the amazing wardrobe. Our favorite character is the one with the best oufits, Joan. She's head secretary and mistress to the big boss, so naturally she gets the best clothes. Her two-sizes-too-small shift dresses come in every color, (the hot pink one was our favorite), and leave us wishing the show's costume designer, Katherine Jane Bryant, would set up shop in NYC. Apparently the fashion world is paying attention, too. Cathy Horyn referenced Mad Men yesterday as a possible influence in the spring '08 lingerie trend. We'd welcome garter belts coming into fashion, but maybe not bullet bras. --BRITT ABOUTALEB
Mad Men Style Recap, Episode 2
It's Christmas on Mad Men, and as this episode's title proclaims, "Christmas Comes But Once a Year." You'd expect everyone to be jolly with seasonal cheer, but this is Mad Men, so, naturally, everything takes a darker turn. Don spirals deeper into his alcoholism and depression, the former Draper residence gets egged, and the rest of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce works to deal with clients' requests and each other. The fashion on Mad Men is changing, and fast; women are leaving behind their New Look silhouettes for slimmer, shorter options, and men are experimenting more with suiting. Hair is higher and shorter, and large, statement jewelry plays a starring role. Everything is modernizing inside Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Everything except Don.