The Mad Men Barbie Collection, “Future Prep”

Hello-Hello, happy rainy day! Yes, we are so gaga over the warmer weather we are happy about the rain, it is so much nicer than the snow!

We start with absolutely delightful news: the folks at Mattel have made our favorite Mad Men characters into Barbie dolls. As the Guardian put it:

“It is a move that would have the male denizens of Sterling Cooper reaching for their whiskey and cigarettes. Don Draper, a symbol of pre-sexual revolution male values from the hit TV show Mad Men, is to be made into a Barbie doll.”

Courtesy Photo via NYTimes.com

We think Joan Holloway and Betty Draper look simply smashing, their hair and makeup are captured perfectly, although Joan is nowhere near as curvaceous as on the show.

Unfortunately Don Draper and Roger Sterling aren’t as easy to depict, especially their clothing, an element key to the show’s success and cult following. Their suits just don’t translate well, they are not as well-tailored. Here is a comparison:

But then, these are merely 11-inch dolls, oui?

More on the wardrobe selections from amc’s Mad Men blog:

“Don Draper wears his classic, polished red-lined suit and comes accessorized with a hat, overcoat and brief case; Betty Draper’s classic look is captured with unparalleled detail, from her faux pearl necklace to her pumps; Joan Holloway looks chic in a purple skirt suit and perfectly styled coif with her staple accessory – a pen necklace; and Roger Sterling is looking dapper in his monogrammed shirt.”

Stuart Elliott’s column in today’s Times is excellent, loaded with interesting background on the Mattel deal and addressing almost every question that sprang to mind, including these:

“The dolls come with period accessories like hats, overcoats, pearls and padded undergarments, but no cigarettes, ashtrays, martini glasses or cocktail shakers.”

The dolls launch in July at a retail of $74.95, they will be available at the Barbie Collector site. (We apologize to our Facebook and Twitter friends for repeating this item, as we did Tweet and put the photo up on the Princess FB fan page as soon as we heard about the dolls, we simply couldn’t wait.)

We’re thinking a few bloggy friends may contemplate bringing Don home. So to speak. (You know who you are.)

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We have a few quick SOTTs (Signs of the Times) to share:

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We are intrigued by a line from across the pond, Polistas.

Courtesy Polistas

Described by Luxist as “… the first true polo lifestyle brand made for polo players by polo players…”, the company is now launching a Polo Dress.

Courtesy Polistas via Luxist

We enjoyed bouncing about the Polistas website.

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We close with a few more looks from Paris Fashion Week, beginning with the Balenciaga fall collection, characterized by at least one trade magazine as “future prep”.

We are guessing the crewneck sweaters from designer Nicolas Ghesquiere contributed significantly to this appellation.

While there was some lovely pink and green in the collection we wouldn’t exactly refer to it as preppish. But doesn’t it look pretty, like candy, or Easter eggs?

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We close with a bit of retail bliss:

Jason Squires/Getty Images for Sperry

Remember when we chatted about Sperry opening retail stores in select locations?  The Kansas City store celebrated its grand opening on Saturday and the liquid refreshments look dreamy.

Jason Squires/Getty Images for Sperry

The clothes are also easy on the eyes, as is the footwear.

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If interested in the company’s 75th Anniversary CVOs seen above right, they are now available online.  We initially stumbled on the party pix while gathering the info for today’s Pretty in Pink, the Seasonal Bahama.

Sperry Top-sider

We shall pray to the retail Pooh-bahs for a Sperry store in our corner of the globe someday.

Until next time dollfaces, grins and giggles!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Balenciaga: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD
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11 Comments

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11 responses to “The Mad Men Barbie Collection, “Future Prep”

  1. Suburban Princess

    Ohhhh I am in preppy heaven looking at those beautiful Sperrys!!!! YUM!
    I am currently wishing for more Tretorn retail locations *sigh*

  2. LPC

    Those sweaters are gorgeous.

  3. Oh, I do love it! I am awaiting the Sugar Daddy Ken which I posted about. Mattel has gone over the top with their adult line of collectibles. Love the new Sperry emphasis too. Do keep us informed. 🙂 xoxo

  4. Amy

    Those Mad Men Barbies are delightful!

    I’m sad about Martin & Osa closing, I liked that store!

    Love the Sperry’s, wishing a store would open close to me soon!!

  5. Well, well, look at Don Draper. So, how wonderful is Mattel! I agree – Betty and Joan are the best. But really TP, there is no way to replicate Don or Roger, is there?? 🙂 Hate to hear that news about Swoozies. And Sperry gets an A+ from me!!

  6. Karen

    Oh my goodness, I love the Mad Men barbies! Those are great.

  7. The mad men stores are to die for!! And I LOVE Sperry. My sister got her first pair for Christmas 😉 Hope you’re well! xoe

  8. Love the Barbie’s, just love them. I hope Swoozie’s doesn’t close ‘cuz I kind of like that store! Also, love the Sperry and have my eyes on a pair:)

  9. Too funny about the Mad Men dolls! I love the Sperry topsiders so pretty! Have a wonderful Thursday!

  10. Ohh I really wish they had made Joan more curvaceous. 🙂

  11. Cindi

    I have to have those Top-Siders, OMG! They’re gorgeous!

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