I’ve just gotten an eyeful of the color promo stills from Season 6, and I am so buzzed! Props to Janie Bryant for her perfectly targeted 60’s fashion (again) in these stills. As fashion speaks volumes about the characters, I see the women advancing in power and the men just standing still, merely by the cut of their wardrobes. I’m sure the first few pictures of the party scene is purely promotional, (as in years past) and not likely to be an actual scene in the series, but it sure makes for exciting speculation. What’s your take on these swinging looks?
FAMILY GROUP SHOT Well, this is awkward. Henry and Betty are hating this. Bobby and Sally look like bored little wedding attendants, and poor little Gene wants to go home. Megan looks uncomfortable too, but Don is oblivious. Betty’s lost her weight, but the back ruffles draw attention away from her front, perhaps she is still self-conscious of her waistline here. Although the gown has a floral print, its colors still have an icy edge. However, Megan’s pale gray-blue gown gives a new Ice Queen persona, complete with silver icicles circling her neck and waist and dangling from her ears. Could she be cooling to Don?
BERT, PETER, JOAN, DON & ROGER The male partners come to hail Queen Joan, and she loves it. All four men have worn these same tuxes for years, why change now? However, Pete and Roger are slightly breaking the Madison Ave mold with their swinging longer sideburns. I wonder if Roger has a joint hidden in his pocket?
TRUDY AND PETE Trudy is keeping up appearances,in her perfect Jackie Kennedy sheath and long gloves. But they’re not dancing close together like the other couples — there’s tension there. Maybe she found out about Beth, but she doesn’t want to shatter the illusion of their perfect little family.
JOAN ALONE She is a goddess, even posing by a Greek style doorway. Yet as gorgeous as she is, she’s looking just a little frumpy here, and almost a little desperate. I’m sure it’s no mistake that one’s eye is drawn straight to the tasseled badge over her left breast, dangling like a pastie. Joan is now ‘a certain age’ and she’s fighting it with her best Elizabeth Taylor drag; she’s even dripping with diamonds like La Liz.
We saw Peggy break out of her school-girl uniform doldrums at the end of last season, but this gown, though boldly red and sleeveless, harkens back to her safe little Peter Pan collars. Maybe it’s a sign that she’s still getting used to being on her own (hey, where’s Abe?)
At least two of these guys don’t want to be here. Harry does these things all the time in Hollywood, and he looks and feels the sharp-shooter. Stan is itching to get out of this rented tux, and although he has that rebellious bushy beard, in this outfit he looks reminiscent of a southern gentleman gambler (I think he and Bert should play cards) The beard looks great, though, and much less tamed than Paul Kinsey’s. Michael’s Colonel Sander’s string tie would work better with Stan, but his mod, embossed velvet tux jacket is right in tune with 1968. Ken is still Ken, with slightly wider lapels, probably owns the tux.
Don pulls Megan away to a more private spot. Yeah, they’re still in love, baby, blah, blah, blah…I suspect we’ll still see how much this season, but I still think he’ll stray.
Joan stays true to her wiggly dresses, but the frump is edging out her style. Somehow, I can see this dress as being brick red and harvest gold, but we’ll have to see if she actually wears this. She’s looking a little tired of the sexy masquerade, and beginning to show her ‘middle age’ of (about) 39 now. No matter. She’s a Partner, and I suspect the initials of the company are now SCDH, unless Pete weaseled into Lane’s place.
Now this is more like the new Peggy we’ve come to expect. I’m guessing this dress is blue with a red diamond print, and the neck buttons draw you to her face. Peggy’s new power colors, no more gold. She’s come a long way, Baby.
Megan is on fashion target for the late sixties. I’m pretty sure this dress is a mini, and I bet the print is in greens and golds. Her hair is out of her face and forces you to look into her huge eyes. Her sunburst ring emulates her brightness, Megan is an actress on top of her world, you’d noticed that big ring first over her wedding ring, and that’s just how she wants it.
The bitch is back! Betty nearly fell into the pit of full frumpiness last season as she ballooned to a plus size, complete with pom-pom fringe on her floral housecoat, but now she’s sleek, this time with ruffles up the front, which she could never wear last season. I bet this is a bright yellow or even white dress — she is reborn as The Politician’s Wife she wanted to be.
Sally is easing into puberty, with a slight figure under her girly lace bib, but she’s so ready to rebel. She clings to the signature gold locket from her Dad, I wonder if she’ll end up living with Don and friendly Megan?
Who is Donald Draper? Fashion-wise, pretty much the same man we met 5 years ago. His ties are a touch wider, but his hair is forever Brylcreem’d. His hat’s in the car, which he’ll always wear. He’s not bending to change, and this could be a bad year for him.