Mad Men blasted back on TV last night with a special two hour season premiere that asked more questions than it answered. Many spoilers are coming this way, so avert your eyes if you've yet to see it.
In episodes one and two, we see Betty go through a startling transformation, Megan become the stereotype of a soap opera star, Sally toughen up, and Peggy ease into her role as the "Don" of Cutler Gleason & Chaough. Guest appearances by Roger's two ex-wives, Mona and Jane, really up the fashion game for this episode.
Click through to see all the memorable outfits the cast is wearing as the new season kicks off into 1968.
Don in Hawaii Oh Don. In between reading The Inferno and eating pork, Don grabs a drink at the bar in Hawaii in a pale beige blazer and blue hawaiian shirt. His Hawaii wardrobe is very similar to his California wardrobe, which we've seen on visits to Anna Draper's house, with lots pale colors and hints of blue.
Megan in Hawaii So much purple and so many psychedelic prints. Purple is not a color oft seen on the women of Mad Men; when worn it usually signals a departure. Remember Betty's lilac full skirted dress from Gene's first birthday party, the first confrontation and affirmation of the divorce between Betty and Don? Or Peggy's eggplant purple dress when she told Don she was leaving SCDP? Seeing Megan in a wardrobe of violets may look happy, but it's foreshadowing the growing rift between her and Don.
Megan in New York Based on Megan's New York wardrobe it's obvious she's a budding soap opera star – her wardrobe is just as tacky and cheesy as the show she acts in (probably). Returning from Hawaii in December, she's wearing a leopard short coat and matching fur hat. She looks like Fran Drescher in The Nanny more than ever now. Later she's in an ivory turtleneck with a shift dress over it, very similar to the turtleneck/dress combo in a shade of light pink she wore the day she quit Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in Season Five. Hmmm... foreshadowing?
Betty Betty has fully transformed into her matronly phase. She's not taking her "reducing" very well, and wears a series of pastel looks in textured fabrics, some adorned with a bow, others topped off with a headscarf. Who knows what her hang up with Sandy is (and the rape joke she made to Henry?!); maybe all the insecurities will wash away with her new brunette 'do? It seems like she's trying to appear like a more powerful version of herself; she's wearing a ruby red suit, the boldest color she's worn in a long while.
Sally Sally is now 14, in high school, and keen on the orange sweater cardigans. All her outfits this episode have neck details, from high, ruffled turtlenecks, to intarsia trim, to Peter Pan lace collars. Not totally sure what to make of that. We could get really morbid in that both Don's brother and Lane hung themselves, and Mad Men is contrasting Sally's vitality with their deaths, but, you know, I think that might be a stretch, even for us. [Ed. note: Yes, Steff, I think it's a stretch.]
Peggy We're not even going to talk about Abe's moustache. Peggy continues her navy, burgundy, and beige streak into Season Six. She goes from cutesy (hat, plaid scarf, and knee highs) to business (navy dress with green buttons) to somewhere in between in a beige sweater under a brown plaid jumper. That's pretty similar to what Megan was wearing earlier in the episode when she leaves for work. Throughout all her outfit changes, Peggy's pearl ball earrings remain a constant.
Joan Joan makes but one appearance in the episode, which shocked not only us, but Peggy and her gossip buddy Stan who remarked that is was odd Joan skipped Roger's mother's funeral. Seen here for her SCDP publicity portrait Joan wears a purple vest over a ruffled shirt. Seeing as we're reading purple as the color of departure, I guess this could signal her separation from Roger. All I really know for sure is there better be more Joan in episode three.
Roger, Don, and Pete in the office Roger is channeling the captain of a booze cruise in a navy double-breasted blazer, grey paisley tie, and sideburns. How did it come to this, Rog? We'll forgive him, because later on Roger returns to his three-piece suited glory and all is right in the world. Well, except for the death of his mother, his shoe shiner, and his therapy sessions not going so well.
Don looks just as good as always. How it is that season after season Don manages to be impervious to trends in his grey suit, white shirt, black tie combo? We know Don is the stone cold fox hero, but at some point he's destined to make a fashion faux pas worse than that blue Hawaiian shirt.
Pete has adopted a weird reinterpretation of Roger's three-piece suit, his in grey suit with a blue tie and pocket square. His sideburns are ridiculous and he's got a bit of a five o'clock shadow going on. I thought his new apartment in the city would mean he would look less scraggly, but it seems not.
Stan, Ginsberg, and the copywriters There is some serious porn star facial hair in the SCDP copywriters' room. Ginsberg is channeling Ron Jeremy's long hair and 'stache, Stan is functioning as the precursor for today's hipster bear, and also in the room are two new characters: A lady (the new Peggy?) in a blue dress and another man in khakis, a brown blazer, and what looks like an under-chin goatee.
Jane Sterling & Mona Sterling at Roger's Mother's Funeral Nobody dresses as insane as Jane Sterling. She shows up to Roger's mother's funeral in a long-sleeved, black minidress with white satin trim, gigantic black hat with a mink puff, and black tights. Also in attendance is Mona, Roger's first wife, in a black sheath, black cardigan, double strand pearls, and a hat with net veil. Roger's women have great taste in hats and pearls.
Don & Megan on New Year's Eve Just in case you didn't get the memo that Don and Megan aren't on the same page any more, take a look at their New Year's Eve outfits. Megan is wearing a bejeweled silver jumpsuit and Don is wearing a farmer-plaid sport coat.
Sylvia Rosen Don is sleeping with the lady downstairs and that lady is Lindsay Weir Sylvia Rosen. Freaks and Geeks references aside, it's clear their tryst has been going on for a while--enough for her to recommend a book like Dante's Inferno to him--and they are both fully aware that it's not the best idea. Nevertheless, Sylvia looks bomb in a black cocktail dress with sheet top and two dangling necklaces.