Deliciously chic with a modern take on the cool polish and panache of the 1960s era, Banana Republic’s “Mad Men” inspired collection of classy, dress-up American sportswear is just what we’ve all been craving… that, and the next season of the AMC hit series, but we’ll have to wait until early 2012 for that.
Inspired by the effortlessly elegant retro fashions of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series, the “Mad Men” series-inspired collection is a designed by Banana Republic in collaboration with the show’s Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer Janie Bryant, a union which has resulted in nearly 65 garments and accessories for women and men, embodying the style tenets of the era.
“Working with Janie to gain a true understanding of the ‘Mad Men’ look and feel was a delight,” says Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen. “Janie was instrumental in helping us achieve the series aesthetic and standard of authenticity with this capsule collection, offering sketches, her own inspirations and actual artifacts from the production set to help inspire the ‘Mad Men’ within all of us.”
For we Mad Women, the women’s pieces are clean and modern whilst lady-like, including the stylish utility of trench coats, tailored dresses to flatter every figure. Sexy secretary staples like high-waisted skirts, silk tie-neck blouses,and statement accessories including print scarves and leopard print pump heels add an extra punch to the mostly neutral collection which hovers in beautiful fabrics in shades of gray and black with the occasional welcome splash of blue, plum, gold, magenta, orange and rouge.
This impressive “grown-up” collection has been crafted through the Banana Republic lens of affordable fashion and noticeable quality; women’s apparel and accessory pieces priced between $40 and $250.
“Collaborating with Simon and his team to design this collection was an experience I’ll never forget,” says legendary Costume Designer Janie Bryant. “It’s so rewarding to help create a collection that will allow fans of the series to channel their own ‘Mad Men’ style and take home fashionable items that are modern, not costume.”