Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Mad Men seems to have taken home another trophy, this time at the 12th annual Art Directors Guild Awards.

— Excellence in Production Design for an Episode of a Single Camera Television Series: “Mad Men” — Episode 9 “Shoot”. Dan Bishop, production designer.

No doubt, this is the kind of kudos we expected all along. When I first started watching, what I told people was that at the very least the production, filming, set design/dressing would get props. Not that those elements are least.

I just re-watched Shoot the other day. Stunning.

SO not to beat a dead Weiner horse, but he spoke extensively about the episode. I asked him (I actually never finished my long and wind-y question, because he jumped right in, and Janet Maslin interrupted, and I interjected into her interruption, and herds of antelope and kittens were running wild in the streets) about his themes, like birds and trains, and he picked up the bird talk and ran with it.

First he mentioned that the new testament considered birds to be good symbol. (more…)

AMC’s Mad Men blog did a fashion write-up about New York’s “Fashion Week” (last week) and the Mad Men tie-in.

Psyche! I was planning just such a write-up and got super busy.

An interesting thing is that writing about Mad Men fashion has been going on for a while—definitely since before Fashion Week.

Here’s GQ in January, talking about the power of the structured steel-gray business suit, with a breathtaking slideshow of Jon Hamm as accompaniment.

Hamm, as usual, has insight to spare in the interview:

“Don Draper is my father,” Hamm, 36, tells me over breakfast in Los Feliz, California, where he lives. “My dad was that guy. He was that guy living the American Dream in 1960s America. He owned a trucking company in St. Louis. Everyone in town knew him. He was the life of the party. But there was an incredible sadness inside him, too. Unfortunately, he died when I was 20, so I never got to know him man-to-man. Draper is my attempt to know him better.”

It’s not just the suit, of course, it’s the hair:

Hamm is adjusting to being recognized in public. “Brylcreem tends to make the difference. If I have it in, it happens. If not, I can usually slip in and out.”

As for Fashion Week, Judy Licht writes:

Everybody is craving comfort clothes. No, not the soft stuff you wear on the weekends. We mean the kind that reminds everyone of the late fifties and the early sixties, the last time, it seems, when everything was truly right with the world. The last age of innocence. With an economy that seems scary, but still a bit of an enigma; an election that for the first time in decades seems to be providing an unknown factor (i.e., choices), everyone wants it to be simple again. And then, along comes the breakout hit TV series Mad Men on AMC (full disclosure…owned by my parent company, Rainbow Media) It has had a big impact on the design community.

Not only has Mad Men…provided this inspiration, the designer Michael Kors cites the works of film director Alfred Hitchcock.

Which is interesting, considering the strong relationship between Mad Men and Hitchcock, which we’ve discussed before.

Licht writes about women’s fashions as well as men’s, but it’s clearly the men’s fashion that’s the big Mad Men news.

Here’s another great quote about the Michael Kors collection:

Earlier in the day, Michael Kors caught the most celebrities yet at his show in Bryant Park. Sigourney Weaver, Eva Longoria Parker, Debra Messing, Natasha Richardson, Donald and Melania Trump, and Ellen Pompeo sat front-row for his men’s and women’s collections. Called the “Reel Life,” the show’s backdrop was a live feed of the mountain of cameras at the runway’s end, highlighting the Us Weekly-ready looks worn by models with Amy Winehouse-inspired hair trailed by Dick Tracy-looking fellows in grey suits straight out of AMC’s Mad Men. “Hitchcock was on my mind,” the designer and Project Runway judge told us backstage. “I’d like to think of it as if Kim Novak and Amy Winehouse became roommates and decided to share clothes.”