I can’t make up my mind whether it’s the stunning photography from Tom Munro, the gorgeous colour bright prints and mod styling from Mad Men’s costume designer Janie Bryant, or the effortless way the model is wearing the clothes, but the new Collection of Mad Men at Banana Republic has got me, it’s really got me going. I just want to stick on some classic 60’s rock album, bouffant my hair up and get the moped out.
But enough of these cliches, Banana Republic have hit in a real winner this time, with their third collection of the Mad Men range, but I’m telling you, you’d better hurry if you want to get your mitts on this lot. It’s a limited edition collection again, and horror of horrors, it looks like my favourite green dress has already sold out!
The clothing collection is based on the hugely successful U.S. TV show Mad Men, a drama set in the 1960’s at an advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City. The series focuses on the head of the firm Sterling Cooper – Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, and the people in his life, both professionally and privately.
What has made the show such a successful is in no small part down to the costume design, and in fact, the lady responsible for the costume design for the show, Janie Bryant, won the Best Costume Design for Period or Fantasy TV Series for Mad Men in 2009.
Banana Republic was established in 1978, where it was one of the first retail stores to employ exotic themed decor in its shops, and often featured real elements such as landrovers, jeeps and plant material, as well as the atmospheric elements such as water, fog and steam. In 1983, it was acquired by Gap, Inc. who restyled it as a more mainstream brand, rather than an exotic travelers type of retailer.
In more recent years, the eccentric parts of the store have been gradually phased out, and the store has concentrated on featuring their own branded collections, such as BR Monogram, Edition by Banana Republic and Heritage, and have included some designer collections from Luxe Leisure, Trina Turk, Anna Karenina and of course Mad Men.
In the latest Mad Men Collection, there are around 26 items in the women’s section, which range from shirt and shift dresses from £75, crew neck tops from £45, sleeveless textured shell tops from £49.50, cropped pants from £59.50, and a selection of accessories, which include necklaces, bracelets and earrings, starting from around £30, scarves and clutch bags at £65.
In the men’s section you’ve only got about 10 items so far, but there are slimfit shirts from £49.50, tailored slim pants from £65, straw fedoras at £25, textured zip cardigans at £59.50 and fitted blazers priced at £150.00.
Although the items in this range are priced at a little over typical high street stores, we think that for the quality, the design and the stand alone original styling, they are a real bargain. You are getting a classic look with a modern print, a piece that will get a lot of wardrobe use, and I bet a huge amount of compliments.
Here’s my favourite green dress, sold out already :(
Definitely a winning capsule collection.
See bananarepublic.gap.co.uk for more details and how to buy.
All pictures courtesy Banana Republic/Tom Munro