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I don’t know if it was the fabulous pair of Tom Ford Cat Eye sunglasses I purchased on my recent trip to NYC…
Â ….or the fact that I am catching up on past seasons of Mad Men (thank you, Netflix)…
…but I am all of a sudden inspired by anything Mid-Century Modern. Â Whether it be fashion or interior design, I am loving this particular era as well as the clean lines, classic appeal and simplistic form that goes along with it.
One of my favorite things about the 1960’s era in which Mad Men is set is that the design was simple and the colors were bold. Â This was a time when “Modern” was still fresh and new, but a little more progressed than its early years. Â Therefore, some of my recent fashion and furnishing finds have obviously been influenced by the Mad Men era.
First, the interiors:
Just in case you don’t know – the star of the show is the dashing Don Draper. Â While Draper’s home (this is a photo of the space before his wife, Betty, hired a designer in a later season) was a mix of styles, the angular sectional and throw pillows are quintessential of the era. Â Draper’s office from Sterling Cooper, however, is a beautiful example of early Mid-Century Modern.
Check out some current installations that pay homage to this era…
Now, for the fashion:
The above collage shows Joan Harris (nÃ©e Holloway), the curvy, Monroe-esque vixen of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices, Don Draper, the mysterious yet charming leading man, and Elizabeth “Betty” Draper, the archetypal frustrated housewife of the 60’s.
The fashion of the era was stunning and extremely similar to the interiors – simple designs that hinted at the structure beneath and bold color. Â Women were seen with bold patterned accessories and modest hemlines. Â Men donned sleek tailored jackets and narrow lapels with skinny ties thanks to the Italian influence.
Here are a few of today’s inspired pieces…Â Â
John Galliano, Fall 2012
Oscar de la Renta, Resort 2013Â Â
Â J Crew
Oscar de la Renta, Resort 2013
Â Dolce & Gabbana, Fall 2012Â
Â Banana Republic