The second Mad Men for Banana Republic collection launches online and in stores today, but eager fans fêted the launch at parties across Canada and the US last night. Since I was such a fan of the last collection, I dragged my mom out in the slush to attend the Yorkdale party. I knew from the last collection that prime styles and sizes tend to sell out quick, so I wanted to get my paws on the hot pink Betty dress that I’d been coveting for summer weddings.
I tried on the Betty dress ($150) and Joan sheath ($150). Much to my dismay, the ads had left out the fact that the Betty dress is super-poufy. While the V-neck and nipped waist were flattering (and in my signature colour), the extra half-foot added to either hip was not. I had a lot more luck with the Joan sheath, although I had to try it in a size up. I found the obi-style belt a little thick, but I’ve found myself considering a trip back to Banana to pick it up. I guess the better dress choice should have been obvious from the start – I’m much more of a Joan than a Betty.
Unfortunately, this coral Draper dress ($130) wasn’t available in store last night. I’ll be braving the crowds to get this in my size after work today, since it seems like the perfect cut and colour for the ceremony portion of all the summer weddings I have. If it’s anything like the lace dress I picked up in both colours last year, I know I’ll wear it all summer long.
The best part of the evening, bar none, were the makeup touch-ups provided by Ronnie Tremblay from MAC. She managed to get my eyeliner-fearing mother into her chair and we both emerged with the most gorgeous retro liner imaginable. She also touched up my lipstick with expert precision, painting them with cult-classic Russian Red.
She contoured and brightened my eyes with a mix of bisque, coral and taupe shades, and used Cook MAC Fluidline in Wholesome to give me the perfect retro liner.
Ronnie’s tip for perfect winged liner: Start from the outside and work your way in with tiny strokes (and a thin brush). The reasoning: when you start from the inside, you often misjudge how far the line should go.
Russian Red was my first red lipstick, and after last night I’ll definitely be stopping into MAC to pick up another tube. Wholesome is also on my to-purchase list – would you believe it’s not black?
Will you be picking up any of the pieces from the second Mad Men collection? How do you feel about retro-inspired makeup? Let me know!