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“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.”
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.”
“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.)
We have a few quick SOTTs (Signs of the Times) to share:
- It’s official, American Eagle is closing all 28 of its poorly performing Martin and Osa stores.
- Stationery and gift retailer Swoozie’s has filed bankruptcy but hopes to keep most stores operational. In looking for recent updates we noticed the last time Swoozie’s Twitter account was active was Feb. 3, the company’s Facebook page is more current. We wish them the best, we always enjoyed a trip to Swoozie’s.
We are intrigued by a line from across the pond, Polistas.
We enjoyed bouncing about the Polistas website.
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?
We close with a bit of retail bliss:
The clothes are also easy on the eyes, as is the footwear.
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.
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