Sunday, August 22, 2010

I love Watching Mad Men! Do you?

The Mad Men Fashion File - Has Peggy Finally Found Her Style Groove?

Here is a bit of interesting reading from the AMC Newsletter
about Peggy...I think my favorite character.
Much like Mad Men itself, Don Draper may have started a trend: After his Blue Period earlier this season, the whole office took to wearing his chosen color. Peggy discarded her silk necktie for an indigo vest, Joan got it wrapped around her curves, Dr. Faye Miller sported it twice, and Pete Campbell took the phrase "blue blood" to a whole new level with his first ensemble: a bold cobalt blazer, accented with a skinny blue-slashed tie. "I know you're all slaves to Draper," says Ken Cosgrove at his lunch with Pete, and, at least in the wardrobe sense, that seems to be true.

But how can we focus on the office when Peggy goes to a downtown art party? Now she's wearing a striped long-sleeve shirt, her hair is mod, and she's sporting lip gloss. Wait... Has Peggy finally found her style groove? Fingers crossed, because, in the words of Rachel Zoe, she is shutting it down in that outfit. Peggy's horizontal stripes reference the French trend popular with American girls of the time. The look -- specifically the nautical striped tee -- is actually coming back in a major way. You can get a striped top like Peggy's at Lands' End or Ann Taylor -- and if you choose one with a boatneck, instead of Peggy's turtleneck, you'll make your neck look longer.

One more thing about the party scene: Did you notice Joyce's white leather jacket? She's a foil for California Stephanie's "carefree girl in white pants," but, at the same time, she's just another version of the youthquake, and the turquoise necklace she wore under her blazer in the elevator could just as easily have been worn over one of Stephanie's Tees.

Peggy's style mold continues to shatter in her next scene, when she wears something so thoroughly modern it makes me giddy. Sure, it's bright blue (she does worship Don, after all), but, aside from that, this piece is totally new for us. It's got a sharp geometric collar and an A-line skirt that hints at Betsey Johnson's designs for the Manhattan boutique Paraphernalia. And you guessed it: That store opened in 1965. (Fashion goddess Amy Larocca wrote about it for New York Magazine, if you want some extra inspiration.)

Peggy's outfits in this episode almost make Trudy Campbell look -- dare we say it? -- conventional. But costume designer Janie Bryant does something neat with Trudy in her first scene. She's wearing a dress with a very traditional, very feminine silhouette, but it's covered in a crazy clashing pattern. It's a neat reference to Trudy's essence: She's forward thinking and fun, but, deep down, she's thrilled to fill the traditional roles of wife and (expecting) mother.

Speaking of traditional roles, there was something amazing about the last scene at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. A glass door separates Peggy and Peter Campbell, whose suit had changed from blue to brown to black throughout the episode. Pete literally joins a pack of suits in the office, while Peggy is on the other side with peers in colorful scarves and oversize corduroy blazers. It's a beautiful moment, not only because of the characters' wrought personal history but also because -- let's face it -- the gap between the establishment and the counterculture will soon be way bigger than a glass door.

Did you cry at the end of the episode? I did. The sight of the old married couple passing Don's solitary apartment made me weep. But the man who wanted the pears was wearing an old nubby sweater, loose pants, and shuffling boat shoes, the same thing my grandfather (who also lived in New York City) wore. Maybe even in the fashion world, some things never change

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Why Old Time? The Documentary

I love to peruse You Tube for vintage movies and clips to show you here, but I ran acros this title "Why Old Time" that really intrigued me. This looks like an interesting and entertaining documentary.

Why Old Time? This is a nice little trailer of the Movie.

From their site: We began with a simple question: why Old Time?

What we have found is that Old Time music just isn't a sound. It's a lifestyle. It's living history. And it's the musicians drive it ever forward while preserving an untarnished musical tradition.

In the summer of 2008, Horse Archer Productions announced a full length documentary called Why Old Time? In this film, we explore the beauty and art of Old Time music and demonstrate why this particular type of roots music holds such power.

Want more info? Here's the website to the movie :

Monday, August 9, 2010

1940's Fashion Show!

Since I have been posting alot more vintage clothing to My Attic's Charms, I thought it would be fun to see a 40's fashion show...whaddya think?

Check out my latest clothing here: My Attic's Wardrobe
My "Movie Star" dress here is just one of the lucious vintage goodies there!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

This is a collection of absolutely wonderful photos published in the Denver Post of images from the 30's and 40's

Well worth the look.! Enjoy

Use this link....

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943