It was a quintessential 1960s house party last night as L.A. fashion insiders traveled back in time to an elegant home in residential Hancock Park to toast the second Banana Republic Mad Men collaboration, the eve before it hits stores nationwide.
Ever the charming hosts, costume designer Janie Bryant and brand creative director Simon Kneen warmly greet guests, many of whom donned fabulous Mad Men-inspired ensembles and bold red lips—a stylish salute to Bryant’s behind-the-scenes brilliance.
Bryant, taking a break from her many upcoming projects, including a vintage-inspired shapewear capsule collection for Maidenform's 90th anniversary, spokesperson gig with Downy Wrinkle Releaser, and fall handbag collection that she is tight-lipped about, did chat with us about the collab. “I have to admit, I am more excited about this second collection.” Bryant told us. “I love Banana Republic and Simon. Things keep growing and growing. I’m thrilled with how it’s working out. If we had different creative intentions, it wouldn’t be a good match. But truly, we’re so compatible. It’s been a beautiful partnership.”
Kneen gave a glowing report as well. “Janie is an absolute delight to work with—a true lady if there ever was one. She has such passion and talent; we really are similar in so many ways,” he gushed. “We have far too much fun together! A girl from the South and a boy from England…are you kidding me?” he said, nodding affectionately at the accomplished costume designer. As for his personal favorite piece from the collection? Kneen gestured towards a gorgeous fuschia taffeta party dress. The same design came in burgundy last fall and was a big hit with customers.
The house’s foyer served as the setting for a gaggle of posed models clad in country club-chic pieces from the collection. Think ladylike silk sheath dresses, cropped pants in pretty colors, feminine fabrics, and crisp tailored suiting for men. Meanwhile, caricature artists and lively piano music entertained guests all evening.
While scanning the crowd, we couldn’t help but notice a few fresh faces joining in on the retro fun. Turns out a smattering of New York-based bloggers were flown in on a branded Mad Men Virgin Atlantic flight (which included an in-flight fashion show) just for the event. To our disappointment, Don Draper wasn’t on it. Click through for a few photos of the event, including a closer look at the collection and the adorable Kiernan Shipka.