I'm sure many of our loyal readers were missing this week's Mad Men Style Recap, but due to the demands of fashion week, I missed the episode and still haven't watched it. This just means that Sunday's recap will be twice as nice. To compensate for the lack of Mad Men during fashion week, I sat down with Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant at the QVC pop-up store. Janie was promoting her aptly titled QVC line, Janie Bryant MOD, and had been perkily signing tees and chatting up loyal fans. Janie's QVC line is just everything I'd hoped it would be: Tons of faux leopard in the form of hats, capelets, and bags, charming necklaces that do double duty with detachable brooches, and stunning nail polish colors. Inspired by the '50s and '60s, vintage Vogues, and the timelessness of true movie stars, the collection has the elegant touches every modern girl's wardrobe needs.
If you are as obsessed with Mad Men as I am (which is a lot), then you know that Janie Bryant is the genius behind the costumes on the show. As the costume designer she sketches and plans costume ideas for each character, from Don to Trudy, some of which are custom made and others which are reworked from vintage pieces. I met with Janie just before the season finale to find out how she works her magic on Mad Men and get the scoop on all the best outfits of the season. Fashionista: What types of reference images do you use to inspire your designs? Vintage magazines? Classic films?
Did you guys watch the Mad Men season five premiere last night? In the hubbub surrounding the premiere, we spoke to Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant. While Janie was hush-hush on any spoilers, sartorial or otherwise regarding season five, she did dish about her new collaboration with Maidenform on a shape wear collection for the modern woman. We figure Janie has all the credentials to know what undergarments make women look best--after all, she spends her days outfitting January Jones and Christina Hendricks in period lingerie to give them perfect 1960s curves. After seeing Janie's Maidenform collection it's pretty obvious that this is the kind of shapewear you're not embarassed to wear in front of your boyfriend. No Bridget Jones granny panties here. And after seeing last night's episode, and we're talking about that particularly steamy scene between Don and Megan, lingerie should figure prominently during season five, too. Fashionista: What makes shape wear an important addition to a modern woman's wardrobe?