Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ~Coco Chanel
I can’t decide if the title of this post is dumb or not. Oh well. It’s Monday.
Banana Republic has announced that Michelle Smith, the lovely lady behind the label Milly (which I adore), has designed a limited-edition capsule collection inspired by “the summer sophistication of the Hamptons.”
The women’s collection is a natural extension for Milly, with the men’s styles representing Smith’s first foray into designing menswear.
“It’s a very positive, happy collection and I think the colors and patterns really capture the modern spirit of summer,” says Smith, who has a fondness for vintage-inspired prints and patterns.
The collection’s maxi dresses, mini skirts, and women’s shorts come in a rainbow of colors, including lime, coral, and navy. Meanwhile, its menswear features a lineup of striped and patterned separates, including polos, woven T-shirts, and shorts.
Clothes range in price from $45 to $175 for women and $24.50 to $64.50 for men; jewelry and accessories range from $39.50 for baubles to $130 for totes.
The collection launches at select Banana Republic retail locations worldwide and online in late May 2013.
May can’t come soon enough!
Once again, Banana Republic and “Mad Men” are teaming up to create a clothing collection. Their muse?
Megan’s wardrobe is largely the inspiration for the 50-piece collection −the third Banana has created in partnership with the show− that will be sold in select stores and on its website beginning March 1, 2013.
"Megan represents the young and modern," "Mad Men" Costume Designer Janie Bryant told WWD. “She really represents a changing of the times.”
Here’s a sketch of looks from the new collection:
Clothing prices will range from $49.50 to $140 for women and $44.50 to $375 for men. Accessories will cost between $29.50 and $128 for women and $45 and $69.50 for men.
Gah, I wish we didn’t have to wait so long!
Confession: When I’m watching “Mad Men” repeats on AMC and “March 25” flashes on the screen in red and black letters at the start of each commercial break, I smile. Every single time.
The show is one of my favorites because it has that rare combination of style and substance. If you’ve never watched, I highly suggest you do. You’ve got enough time to catch up before the new season starts!
And should you get so swept up in mid-century nostalgia that you feel the need to acquire ’60s-style fashions ASAP, check out Banana Republic’s “Mad Men”-esque spring capsule collection. It features more than 40 pieces of clothing and accessories −for men and women− inspired by country club scenes from the show.
It hits stores March 1− just in time for the Season 5 premiere. (This is the second collection designed by Banana in collaboration with “Mad Men” Costume Designer Janie Bryant. The first debuted in August 2010.)
The womenswear offers “ladylike pieces in brights and bolds, like sophisticated dresses in graphic florals and solids −including a cap-sleeve dress with reversible waist sash in lush cream and a cheery pink nip-waist dress− cardigans and feminine lace shell blouses and chic coral cropped capris,” according to Banana.
Meanwhile, the men’s collection offers “dapper dressing separates, including bright polos, bold checked woven shirts, argyle vests, and a sporty spring-weight navy blazer− sharp for the board room or the club lounge.”
Photos: AMC, Banana Republic
AMC and Banana Republic are repeating the popular “Mad Men” casting call, a contest where you can win a walk-on role in Season 5 of the Emmy award-winning series and a $1,000 Banana shopping spree.
All you have to do is submit a photo of yourself in your best ’60s-era garb, then spread the word, and ask friends and family to vote. The casting call began at 5 p.m. yesterday and runs through Sun., Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.
Even if you don’t enter the contest, it’s fun to check out the competitors and vote for your favorites. The winner is chosen by “Mad Men” Creator and Executive Producer Matthew Weiner.
Last year, nearly 10,000 people entered the contest and more than 7 million votes were cast to determine the finalists, according to Banana.
If I were to enter, I’d wear the black bouclé skirt suit I’ve instructed family members to bury me in should I meet my maker in the near future (yeah, I like it that much), a pillbox hat, and elbow-length gloves.
Learn more about the contest at the link.