Mad for Mod

Banana Republic and Estée Lauder are teaming up to promote a new season (and a new decade) of Mad Men, which premieres on April 7th.
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Say hello to the Swingin’ Sixties, characterized by psychedelic prints, bright colors, and funky patterns – all with a modern twist. Mod has never looked so…well, modern. This is Estée Lauder’s second time collaborating with the Emmy award-winning television show for a limited edition collection. Staying true to the spirit of the sixties, the collection artfully features a floral paisley print on white enamel, with turquoise, navy, yellow, and gold accents. Interestingly enough, the compact case, lipstick case, and product cartons are exact replicas of actual designs from Estée Lauder’s Sixties era collections. The 2013 Estée Lauder Mad Men collection includes: Pink Paisley Nail Lacquer ($24), Light Snow See-Thru Blush ($50), and the Pinkadelic Rich, Rich Lipstick ($30). Subtle hues of pastel pink run rampant, which is characteristic of the au nautrel look during the advent of the hippie generation.

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From the Banana Republic Mad Men women’s collection, my favorite look includes: a white sheath dress ($140), a coral silk scarf ($49.50), a gold and navy bracelet ($45), and tan ballet heels ($128). Sheath dresses are extremely versatile because they are one of the few pieces that you can transition from work to play in without feeling too over- or under- dressed. Recently with this transitional weather, I’ve been obsessed with the French silk scarfs look because they are practical yet chic, so I’m quite excited to see more of it in mainstream fashion. Same thing goes for ballet heels, a step up from ballet flats, both literally and figuratively. What makes this mod-inspired collection so seamless is the fact that it looks so modern. It’s both easy and difficult to make that fashion connection, which I think will certainly contribute to its popularity.
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For Banana Republic men’s fashion, my favorite Mad Men inspired looks include: a tailored-fit, two-button, navy suit jacket ($375); striped skinny tie ($69.50); a white, tailored, slim fit, collared shirt ($79.50); and a straw fedora ($45). What I love about the tailored suit and collared shirt combo is that it looks handsome both with tie and without. That said, there is just something incredibly enchanting about a clean-cut and well-dressed man in a tailored suit. This collection does just that and suavely tops it off with a fedora, at that. The skinny tie is a clear play on recent trends, which I believe will be receptive from BR men. Again, this outfit is something that is work appropriate, but also more than acceptable for a night on the town. Now, if men only dressed like this all the time…
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The Mad Men collection is available now both in stores and online at Banana Republic. I am so excited about this collaboration and look forward to trying on the collection in person. The sixties-inspired bright colors and novel prints are quite fitting for spring. Not only that, but it also brings back an era of class and sophistication, something that society today is lacking in. Let’s bring back the Mad Men era, one well-dressed woman (or man!) at a time.

Best,
Phoebe

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