1960’s metallic evening coat and dress set

This dress and evening coat set looks like it’s been charged by lightning in silver, white, and complements of icy blue.  It brings to mind a lot of impactful words, like “zing” and “zap” and any other space-age lingo you want to use.  I had to share this because it’s just so dynamic…and shiny.  This is a really good example of what metallic fabrics could be in eveningwear in the 1960’s.  But it doesn’t stop at the structural evening coat!  Oh no!  You can leave the dazzling coat at the coat check and make a completely different impression in the scoop-necked, low-backed fitted dress.  When I saw this, I pictured one of those very smooth 60’s updos the women in movies and TV shows (yes, including Mad Men) always somehow seem to have, and then the makeup emphasizes the eyes more than the lips.  Who needs bright lipstick?  It cannot possibly compete with this dress! (NOTE:  Jacket view only.  Click here for other views.)

As much as this dress has going on with it, rest assured that the dress does not wear you; rather,  you coexist with it in a vibrant, electric harmony.

Decorated 1960’s Italian resort sandals

There’s something about shoes that allows the wearer to be sporting an understated outfit until you see something like this.  I’m calling this “part shoe, part chandelier” – but only in the best possible way.  These strappy white sandals are fairly minimalistic so as not to compete with the “crystals” in blue, clear-white, and a shade of orange that reminds me of a hot climate.  Will we see something like this soon on Mad Men?  Very possibly!  The pairing possibilities with these are many, but that’s up to you.  Click here for more details and views!

Vintage green and yellow plaid summer dress

The first thing to pop into my mind when I saw this was, “Oh, citrus colors!  How summery!”  Then I saw the cut and fabric was convinced of the bloggability of this piece.  The colors are classic and now – greens can easily be found in fashion as far away as Berlin – and this is the quintessential early 60’s summer dress, complete with a self belt with a little self bow, all in a slightly nubby fabric.  Added bonus:  If you identify with the style of Peggy Olson of Mad Men, this dress may make your day.  Click here for more details.

SKU #24701

Lemon-yellow polka dot Jantzen pants

Some of our readers may remember the song about the itsy-bitsy-teenie-weenie yellow polka-dot bikini (and if not, it’s worth looking up on Youtube).   What does that really have to do with this?   We’ll tell you.  These vibrant polyester pants were made by the Jantzen company.  Yes, the people with the swimwear.  Bright yellow keeps coming back; it’s one of the first colorful signs of summer, and we thought the texture of the polka-dotted fabric adds a lot of interest, with the white knocking the yellow back and punching the piece up…at the same time!  Click here for more details.

SKU #19798

Madly Stylish Men

The men of Mad Men. The tall, dark, handsome and dangerously slick men of Mad Men. How I haven’t serenaded this subject yet is beyond me. I’m blaming weak office coffee and gray skies. My first disclaimer is that I have only of recent become chained to the laptop, watching one precious episode at a time. Currently at the beginning of season 3, I am way behind. But that’s okay. More to look forward to before I’ve fully caught up to where the rest of the world is. My second disclaimer is feeling overwhelmed in thinking about composing a blog entry to cover these men. So I’ll just jump in.

The show’s portrayal of professional men working in an advertising company in the early 60’s (the show starts in 1959) is genius. It’s been written, blogged, tweeted and talked about ad nauseam by now. But that’s okay too. It’s well deserving of all chit chat. Head costume mistress Janie Bryant does the most cohesive job finding and putting together picture perfect power suits for the Manhattan boys. Maybe that’s it; they work in the heart of New York City, where all stylish gems are born and prosper. And I have to assume all the dark liquor sipping and cigarette sucking add to the allure altogether.

The two main office objects are Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and silver fox Roger Sterling (John Slattery). There are others, not to be ignored, but for the purpose of this blog, Draper and Sterling are the fashion focus. Both men are slyly intelligent, hard-working and ride slippery slopes when it comes to the ladies. Exquisitely tailored suits are their daily wares and according to Bryant, the decision to dress them in a sleek and masculine color palette of grays is conscious. Sterling has more trinkets to his look; watch fobs and handkerchiefs. This is to help convey his senior to Draper as well as his ability to dress with expensive flair, due to his deeper pockets. Both don conservative ties, but Sterling wears the true 3-piece suit, which includes the matching vest.

Tailored mens clothing is, in itself, an art that is coveted by those who care. Made-to-measure houses are hard to find and I distinctly remember that while living in New York for a brief time, alteration shops were much more prevalent than here on the West coast. There is something deliciously sexy about a man who takes the care to have his jackets and slacks fit perfectly. There are many lessons from the 1960’s which we have learned to steer away from but maybe playing dress up is one worth passing on to the aught generations.

Below, snap shots of Hamm and Slattery, followed by our offerings. I feel inclined to do a follow-up post regarding top designers who have fallen under the Mad Men spell and created modern interpretations for their 2010/2011 lines…