I love that post with Anna and Don. Anyone who says Don is a "bad" person obviously never paid attention to his interaction with Anna. To say he doesn't respect women (which I have heard a lot from people) completely ignores his relationships with her, Joan, and Peggy.
Costume Queen Janie Bryant Spills On Her Secret Vintage Spots!
The Way We Wore vintage boutique.
Like everyone and their mothers, we’re in such awe of how the characters and garb flow so seamlessly on the show. Do you consciously try to evoke symbolism into each persona by using color, textures, etc.? "Absolutely. Color is one of the most immediate ways for the audience to connect with a character, and create an association with their personality."
Are there any statement pieces you’d like to see more often? "For women, a sleek pencil skirt. It’s a sexy separate that can create an instant polished silhouette and pairs well with boots, pumps, sweaters, jackets and blouses. For men, a great tailored suit never fails to make a man look better! A good man in a great suit can be hard to find."
On a practical note, how do you keep your vintage finds from experiencing easy wear-and-tear? Any tips? "I’m actually working on a fabric care guide for Downy Wrinkle Releaser right now! It has all my best tips and tricks for fabric care. Definitely keep an eye out for it next month."
Janie’s Vintage Gems: ”The Way We Wore is absolutely amazing. Owner Doris Raymond has an unparalleled historic mind for fashion.” The Way We Wore, 334 S La Brea Avenue (Between West Third Street and West Fourth Street); 323-937-0878.
"I love my Playclothes! They have such an extensive range in their store.” Playclothes, 3100 W Magnolia Boulevard (At North Fairview Street); 818-557-8447.
“My mom and I love Treasure Island in Naples, Florida. It’s in a strip mall, and sounds like the corniest place ever, but I find the most incredible fur pieces there. If you want to buy vintage fur, go to Florida, ha!” Treasure Island, 950 Central Avenue, Naples, FL (At Ninth Street); 239-434-7684.
What do you think is the best way to incorporate vintage into your wardrobe without looking too costume-y? "You know what’s really fun, is to get a great vintage blouse of the period, with some pin tucks or ruffles, and wear them with skinny jeans or a curve-defining pencil skirt. Definitely if you buy something, a piece from the period, I always say mix it with very contemporary pieces—whether it be a modern platform shoe, skinny jeans or high-waisted trouser jeans. I’m a strong believer in mixing a lot of pieces."
What character do you relate to most in personality and style? "I’m a little bit of all of them, but probaly most like a combination of Jane Sterling, Betty Francis, and Rachel Menken."
Who was your style icon as a kid? "My grandmother, her name was Etoille Estelle Lillard, so she was ‘Double Star Lillard,’ which I loved. She was from the South where they couldn’t really pronounce her name, so they always called her ‘Et-oh-lee.’ She was an amazing amazing designer and seamstress herself. And she had an apron for every event that matched every dress—she had cocktail aprons and everyday aprons, and she designed and built her own clothes. She was just such a lady."
Janie’s Vintage Gems: “I’ve found some of my all-time favorite pieces at Shareen. It’s worth the hunt!” Shareen Vintage, 1721 North Spring Street (At Baker Street); 323-276-6226.
“If you’re ever in New York, make sure to stop by the Salvation Army on 46th between 11th and 12th streets. Three times a year they have a fur and leather sale, and you can get the most amazing things. Those are definitely my best vintage finds.” Salvation Army, 536 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036 (At 11th Street); 212-757-2311.
“I love the great finds at Ragg Mopp Vintage in Silver Lake, and the area is filled with unique eateries for a fun bite before or after your vintage jaunt.” Ragg Mopp Vintage, 3816 West Sunset Boulevard (Between Hyperion and Lucile Avenues); 323-666-0550.
Costume design is very much backstage work, but you’ve brought so much recognition to the craft through the show. Do you like being in the spotlight? What advice would you give to someone wanting to break into the industry? "I have never thought of costume design as being backstage, quite the opposite actually. Costumes are what the audience sees. Costumes inform the actor and the audience of who the character is. And as far as being in the spotlight, yes I love it. I love the fact that people are so excited about the wardrobe of Mad Men, and that my work is appreciated and recognized.
My advice? Follow your dreams to find the career that makes you happy. When you find it, give it your best and enjoy it!”
“The Paper Bag Princess is the best vintage couture and contemporary resale shop in Los Angeles. And their Excalibur jewelry selection is a total must!” The Paper Bag Princess, 8818 Olympic Boulevard (Near South Robertson Boulevard); 310-385-9036.
”Decades has amazing finds—Cameron Silver’s shop makes my list!” Decades, 8214 ½ Melrose Avenue (Between La Cienega Boulevard and North Crescent Heights Boulevard); 323-655-0223.
The Banana Republic store.
What does the future hold for you? Any fun new collabs in the works? "I have enjoyed working on my Banana Republic + Mad Men Collection that was released this past August. I love working with Maidenform Intimate Apparel, and I am excited about the development of the Fabric Care Guide I am working on with Downy Wrinkle Releaser. But, after the fifth season of Mad Menwraps, I’d definitely love to exploremy own line of Janie Bryant apparel and accessories.”
Any hints you can give us about the new season, debuting in March? "Ahhhhh! I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you!"
Mad Men Scoop: Jon Hamm on Season 5 Premiere, Peggy and... The Muppets
Anyone who has ever caught a glimpse of Mad Men knows that alcohol plays an important role in the series, especially with Don.
“I think he has a dangerous relationship with alcohol that a lot of creative people have. And fill in the blank with either alcohol or whatever. It’s a depressant, yet it uninhibits you creatively. It’s a fine line and Don has crossed it many times… [but] Don recognized that and seems to have backed away from the edge a bit.”
Draper, of course, also loves women. In the season four finale, we were left with the indelible image of Don in bed with his brand new twenty-something fiancé, Megan. She’s sleeping on his chest and he turns and stares out the window thoughtfully. When prodded about just what Draper may have been pondering at that moment, Hamm slyly avoided the question.
“Yes, he was in fact thinking of something,” the actor admitted.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed in Draper with the way season four ended. I kept asking myself how it is that Don is so creative with his work, but ends up seemingly moving backwards in his personal life, becoming engaged to his secretary in record time. Responded Hamm to this quasi paradox:
“Don makes his money and his livelihood on being creatively ahead of the curve, and finding out what makes people tick. And what happens when you get older? And there’s another generation of people coming up right behind you who are out-moving you and out-thinking you? What happens to a creative person? Don is getting older. It’s not The Simpsons where everyone stays the same age 20 years in. People age and we try and depict that realistically.”
I wasn’t the only one who had a problem with Don marrying his secretary. Fresh from finding out her pitch to Topaz saved their failing agency, Peggy rushes in to tell Don of her victory, expecting her news to be the top story.
And then she finds out Don is getting married. To his secretary. Hamm spoke about the importance of Peggy and her relationship with Don:
“I think in the world of the show we see the office through Peggy’s eyes. She’s the new girl and we see her from her very first day… And we’ve watched through over 50 episodes of television her grow and become more confident and we’ve watched Don alternately shout at her and correct her and not be very nice to her but also be profoundly nice to her…
"I think Peggy is very important to Don. And I think you saw at the end of season three, when the firm blows up and they have to start all over again, he says ‘If you leave, I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to hire you back.’ And I think that sums up relationship that Don and Peggy have.”
As far as Peggy’s opinion affecting Don’s impending nuptials? Hamm remained mum, but did offer a rare tease into what we may see this spring:
“We’ll see. Certainly something [is] explored in season five. We don’t really know. And I’ll be as honest as I can, but Peggy and Don are very close. And Peggy has opinions and Don has opinions.”
Mad Men has been off the air forever, of course, but finally returns on March 25 with a two-hour premiere titled “A Little Kiss.” Would Hamm satiate our curiosity with a few spoilers? Gladly…
“It takes place on ice. With several musical numbers. And The Muppets.”
Do we know that Betty's baby is a *new* baby??? Or is it possible to entertain the thought that there are flashback scenes going on again? I really wouldn't put it past Mr. Weiner to do that either.
As per usual, we really don’t know much of anything, no. But January worked right up until giving birth in mid-September… And unless my memory serves me wrong, they started filming in early August. That would be a lot of flashback scenes!
So this is a post that has been a long time coming, ever since I started tracking the Betty Draper tag basically and was exposed to a whole new level of vitriol that I didn’t think a fandom - whom I always used to consider pretty classy - was capable of. I’ve compiled the most ridiculous…
Mad Men's notoriously tight-lipped creator,Matthew Weiner, is actually talking about the AMC drama’s March 25 two-hour premiere. “It’s called ‘A Little Kiss,’” Matt reveals. “I like the title to have some kind of synergy with the show so it will pique your interest.” Consider us piqued! Assuming that Jon Hamm's Don Draper is one half of the titular kiss (I know that's a big assumption), who might be on the receiving end? Perhaps new fiancée Megan (Jessica Paré)? What about ex Betty (January Jones)?
"Who says Megan’s even going to be part of Don’s life?" says Weiner. "He may be back with Betty. One of my favorite scenes from [last season’s finale] was when Betty offered herself to him again. And let’s face it — those two look really good together."
Unfortunately, when I recently bumped into January, she told me she couldn’t recall having shot a single kiss in the new season. Damn, guess we’ll just have to watch.
Just read a blurb in Entertainment Weekly about the return of Mad Men. Matt Weiner says the show will jump forward in time, and that Don’s decision to propose to Meghan has an effect on the others in the office. It’s something Weiner “plays on.” So, perhaps this is the source of Don’s alienation this year…making decisions that alienate him within the office, which hasn’t happened too much (sans the “We Quit Tobacco” ad of last year).