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Mad About Mad Men

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If you haven’t tuned in to Mad Men on AMC, you’re missing out.  Mad Men is set in the 1960’s at a fiercely competitive Madison Avenue advertising agency in New York City.  From the onset, one can’t help but be a little surprised by the dynamic of the men and women depicted during this era.  The men run around like dogs in heat and the secretaries are subjugated to sexual toys for their male counterpart’s amusement.  But it’s so much fun to watch!

While Mad Men is overtly politically incorrect by today’s standards, I’m fascinated by the complex characters, each of whom seems to be harboring an unethical secret of their own. 

Holding true to the time period, pregnant mothers are seen smoking and drinking, unseatbelted children climb from the back to front seats while their mother is driving and smoking cigarettes reign supreme.  It was this sort of behavior so acceptable to that era, that will have you asking yourself, “What are we doing now that will be considered so deplorable in 40 years?”  It certainly gets you thinking.

For the fashion lovers out there, you will not be disappointed.  Fantastic full skirts with petticoats, perfectly coiffured hair and sweater sets, all hide the dirty secrets that lie beneath; suffocating girdles, garters and the pointed bra.  And we complain about panty hose…

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Then there is the antithesis of the prim house wife and office girl; the bohemian artist…

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After one season, this show has already made a big impact on fashion.  Michael Kors unveiled his Mad Men inspired Fall line this week with the following looks.

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Don’t forget that if you are going to wear one of the above form fitting dresses like that little purple number, you must wear some sort of shapeware.  My only exception would be if you are a size 2 and are absolutely without cellulite.  Proper foundation will give you a killer, smooth silhouette.

If you haven’t caught an episode of this fantastic show yet, it’s not too late.  Season one is out on DVD (and On Demand for you Comcast subscribers) and Season 2 is now underway (you have only missed one new episode).  The show is on AMC on Sunday nights.

Light up a cigarette, pour yourself an Old Fashioned and enjoy!

 

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Flight of the Conchords

I’m not sure how many of you have seen this show before, but it’s just hysterical. The show Flight of the Conchords  follows the lives of two New Zealanders, living in New York, who are trying to break into the American music industry with their comedy singles.

The first video takes place in the middle of an attempted mugging.  The guys are asked for their valuables which includes a camera phone; a camera with a phone attached to it and their bikes. (Throughout the show they break out into song in response to a particular situation.)

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The second video is my favorite, please excuse the Spanish subtitles, this was the only version I could find from the show.

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Temperley London Named “Mercedes-Benz Presents” Designer

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News just in today that “Temperley London, the chic British fashion label headed by Alice Temperley, has been chosen as the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ designer for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Fall 2008 shows in New York City’s Bryant Park.”[PR Newswire]

The company was founded back in 2000 by Temperley and her husband Lars von Bennigsen, first launched during London Fashion Week in September 2000. According to Vogue Magazine “…Alice Temperley is the designer making the biggest waves in British fashion, in a very short time, Temperley has been able to build a business that rivals not only those of her more starry contemporaries but those of older more established houses as well.”

Temperley London also boasts a client list many designers would covet: Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Keira Knightley and the list goes on.

“Known for attention to detail and high quality, collections always stay true to the Temperley London philosophy of making timeless pieces for the wearer to look and feel beautiful rather than following trends purely for the sake of fashion. The company operates three stand alone stores in London, New York and Los Angeles, and Temperley London products are sold in more than 290 of the best boutiques and department stores across 35 countries as well as online.” [PR Newswire]

For more information about Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Fall 2008 Collections and for show schedules, consumers are invited to visit http://www.mbusa.com/runway.

Sources: PR Newswire, Temperley London
Photo: Net-a-Porter

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