Monday, July 4, 2011

Banana Republic's Mad Men Collection

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?


  1. Very interesting. I love vintage, but never feel like I could personally pull it off. Know what I mean?

    Visiting from FF&P!

  2. I'm sure you could pull it off, but there's no need to force yourself into a trend that doesn't feel comfortable to you. That's what I like about this collection, it's not too costume-y.

  3. Oooo I love it! So elegant! I will definitely be looking for this...

  4. I had no idea about this collection! I absolutely *love* Mad Men (and am super sad we have to wait so long for a new season ). I think this collection is elegant and very wearable!

    Visiting from from FF&P! :)

  5. hmmmm.... I dont think I can pull it off! popping over from Flip Flops and Pearls!

  6. I love this! Those designs remind me so much of my mom back in the day! I totally have some of her old patterns too that are very similar.
    Thanks for linking up to SWW!

  7. I would totally buy items from this collection! Super cute!

    Thanks for visiting my guest post on Blonde Episodes :)

  8. Oh my gosh, I love every piece! Great post! I miss Mad Men. March is too far away.

    (I'm finally following you! The followers widget was down forever.)

  9. i love that orange and gray dress! SWOON!!!!

    you know, between mad men and kate middleton, maybe we'll get to start dressing like ladies again!!!