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  • Mad Men: It's Groovy Fashion Time


    The sixth season of Mad Men premieres this Sunday on AMC and we're eager to watch how the women of the show---Peggy, Joan, Betty, Megan and pre-teen Sally---take to late 1960's fashion. We're used to them wearing dresses that were fitted and flattering, but now they're stepping into the Mod part of the decade and none of them exactly look like Twiggy. The New York Daily News writes about dressing the characters in the styles of the period in a recent article:

    “It was a very challenging decade,” [Tim] Gunn explained of the season-six ensembles. “There was never before a decade like the ’60s and hasn’t been one since. ‘Mad Men’ style was how we ushered in the ’60s and we ushered it out with hippiedom. Between those two polarities, there were the miniskirt, Yves Saint Laurent’s clear vinyl dress, the paper dress, the bikini — it was almost impossible to shock people.” He added, “It was a time that was so schizophrenic and challenging to decide who you are.” (NY Daily News)

    Twiggy, 1968 Twiggy, 1968

    So far, Mad Men fashions have inspired countless numbers of home sewers to re-create the dresses and outfits worn by their favorite characters. We can't help wondering if the blogosphere will embrace Mad Men Mod as much as it has the early sixties fashions, but Mood Fabrics has lots of mod and groovy fabrics in our two stores and online just in case. For example, there's this pink pop floral brocade, this pink-and-brown bold geometric jersey knit, and this Marc Jacobs retro-floral silk charmeuse; in our NYC store we found these fabrics:

    swatch 60s Late 1960's-style fabrics found at Mood NYC. Tons more where these came from, and in our LA store too.
    A search for "Simplicity patterns 1968" turned up these groovy dress patterns. A search for "Simplicity patterns 1968" turned up these groovy dress patterns.

    Will you be watching Mad Men this Sunday? Could late 1960's fashions serve as your next design inspiration? Let us know here!

  • Fall Inspired Fashion

    Fashion has never been this magnetic or omnipresent as it is this fall. The old is new again and television shows are influencing fashion’s biggest designers this season. With all of this amazing clothing creeping up on us all, it’s hard to imagine a time when color was non-existent and some looks did not look wearable. This fall, fashion lovers all over the world should anticipate every day wear that is beautiful, bright, retro and comfortable. Fall seems to be the greatest season to be involved in fashion.
    Mad Men

    Mad Men

    The MOD look is back in style. The clothes and the style of the 60’s has once again graced the runways and entered into the department stores. Mad Men, a popular television show is the big influence behind the MOD style this season. Tailored suits and dresses, opaque stockings and more attention to detail are being seen on the streets and in the collections of designers such as, Victoria Beckham, Bottega Venta and Marni. In addition to the beautiful dresses and suits that can be worn inside and outside of the office, bell bottoms and bug-eyed sunglasses are also making a comeback. The sunglasses that Jackie O made famous are all the rage for the Fall 2011 season. The bell bottom style has been seen on the runways and on the streets. This trend has been seen worn with a statement heel and a pretty tunic. Designers are putting a modern update to these classic styles.
    Jackie O Sunglasses

    Jackie O Sunglasses

    Colors and every day wear has been a prominent sight on many runways. Designers are realizing that clothing that can be worn straight from the runway is the most important thing to fashion lovers. Many runways, such as Jason Wu showcased simple yet glamorous sweaters, skinny-legged pants and statement clutches. The emergence of more color has pleased many people as well. Colors from every spectrum of the rainbow have been seen in a variety of fall styles. Yellow has been the prominent color of the season, being seen in the collections of many popular designers.

    Jason Wu Fall 2011 Collection

    The fall season can say hello to the reemergence of the Victorian era. Long, flowing A-line dresses are making a comeback this season, as well as high-heeled laced up booties. In addition to the stylish Victorian clothing, cameo necklaces which were very popular in the past have been seen on many models. Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen has combined pleated collars and flowing gowns together, to create a modern version of this old style. Fashion this season is proving to be very stylish and very exciting.
    Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

    Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

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