Last season, Banana Republic did a promotional campaign featuring Mad Men. This season, they are taking it a step further and collaborating with costume designer Janie Bryant to release a limited edition collection inspired by the show. The collection will be in stores and online in August. Here are some of my favorite pieces, head over to NY Mag's "The Cut" Blog for the full slideshow.
I really like the collection. I've seen some comment that it is a little boring, but it's not supposed to be a literal interpretation of the most dramatic looks from the show show. The point is to incorporate some of the vintage style into a modern work and evening wardrobe. Of course, if you're the type that wears full vintage head to toe, this may not be the collection for you. But for the regular BR customer, it is a change of pace without deviating too far from their tried and true work staples. If I were small enough to fit into Banana clothing (size 16 is still a little ways off for me), I would definitely wear some of these pieces in my upcoming life as a teacher.
The most exciting thing about the collection is actually the Menswear. It really translates the look of the show into modern wearable suiting. I also love the accessories and vests. I've specifically had calls for BR asking about three-piece suits, and it looks like those men are in luck this season.
What do you think of the collection? Are you inspired by the show to bring more vintage elegance to your dressing?