The happy-to-dark nature of Mad Men‘s lastest episode (season six, episode five, “The Flood”)—which told the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination through the reactions of the characters—was as much reflected in the scenes and dialogue as it was in the clothing. “It was a big episode for costume design,” costume designer Janie Bryant (shown inset) told InStyle.com. “The colors reflect the mood of the show. It changes from the colors in the beginning [like Peggy in sunny yellow while shopping for an apartment] to the dark palette after the assassination. It’s like life. One moment you think everything is beautiful and cheery and sunny, and there are moments in everyone’s life that something sad and dark happens. I wanted to evoke that darkness for all of the characters.” And she did just that—just after the bad news was delivered, the bright palette seen at the formal awards ceremony turned dark and mournful. Click the photo to learn more.
Katy Perry, January Jones, Jennifer Morrison and More Support the Children’s Defense Fund, Plus More Parties!Apr 11, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
Coach threw a party last night in Santa Monica, and for a great cause! Hosts J.J. Abrams, Katie McGrath, and Bryan Burk took the reigns for the 3rd Annual Coach Evening of Cocktails and Shopping, which raised money for the Children’s Defense Fund, a national organization that works to encourage the United States to improve their policies and programs for children. Jennifer Morrison, January Jones, Katy Perry (in Thakoon), Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Chris Pine were just a few of the stars who mingled, sipped beverages, and shopped Coach’s latest collection at Abrams’ Bad Robot Production Studios, where the fete was held. Click the photo to see more star-filled parties!
“It was so crazy!” Mad Men’s costume designer Janie Bryant said of the hair makeover Betty Francis (January Jones) debuted on last night’s season six premiere. It’s a sentiment the fans felt, too—we were as surprised as her husband to see her “Elizabeth Taylor” look!—which is why we found out how the costumes played into this transition moment. “Because she walked in with a new hair color, I put her in a color she’s never worn before,” Bryant said of the vintage berry suit worn by the character. “I bought the suit couple years ago and was waiting for the right moment, for the right character to be able to wear it. This was the perfect moment. It still tells the story of Betty being the politician’s wife, but it’s a shift for her.” So, does this mean more looks like this to come? Perhaps: “It’s interesting to just play with being able to try different colors for her costumes,” Bryant noted.
Click through the gallery for more behind-the-scenes scoop on Mad Men’s costumes.
The team behind Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is back! Mad Men made its much-awaited return to AMC last night with season six’s two-hour premiere, and today, we turned to the show’s costume designer Janie Bryant (shown inset) to get all the details on how she represented the storyline through the wardrobe. “It’s always the most important to stay true to the integrity of the characters,” Bryant said of her sixth season. “I keep in mind that some change with the times, like Megan with her floppy hat and Joan with her purple suit, and also, not everybody changes, like Don.” Click through the gallery to get more insider scoop and learn how she took the cast of characters from the shores of Hawaii to the streets of New York City.
Are you a Megan, Betty, or Joan? It’s time to find out! Season 6 of Mad Men premieres tonight on AMC, and while we’re excited to spend some quality time with Don Draper, we’re even more eager to see the hair, makeup, and wardrobe choices Jessica Paré, January Jones and Christina Hendricks will showcase on-screen. To celebrate, consider giving yourself a Mad Men-inspired makeover by trying on each star’s hairstyle in our Hollywood Makeover Tool! You’ll be able to see yourself in Megan’s sable strands, Betty’s blonde bob, or Joan’s trademark auburn hue, minus the salon visit. Simply upload your picture, then share your makeover with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to let them know you’ll be watching. Click the box below to start, and catch the season 6 premiere of Mad Men tonight at 9/8 c on AMC!
Our favorite looks this week—pulled from our Look of the Day section—boasted a particularly American red, white, and blue palette as worn to movie premieres (and one late-night visit). Thandie Newton premiered Rogue in a beaded dress, Diane Kruger screened The Host in a white Carven top and a coral Vanessa Bruno skirt, Selena Gomez visited David Letterman in lace Emilio Pucci, Rosario Dawson opened Trance in a ruby Jenny Packham gown, and January Jones celebrated season 6 of Mad Men in baby blue Jonathan Saunders. Who had your favorite look this week? Tell us in the poll below! More
Get your pout ready for spring with bright lips. It’s a go-to look stars and designers love: InStyle cover girl Jessica Alba adored neon coral, Mad Men star January Jones sported bright red, and Jason Wu’s spring 2013 runway models all donned a blend of vivid magenta and pink. And we’ve got exclusive details on how you can get seven colorful kissers for yourself, straight from the makeup artists who created them. Click through the gallery to learn how to make them your own—one sunny look for each day of the week!
Hollywood’s brightest stars and indie film’s freshest faces hit Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, and in between the screenings and parties, some of our favorite actors—like Naomi Watts and January Jones—warmed up at InStyle‘s photo studio, hosted by the Grey Goose Blue Door. Kate Bosworth swung through with the cast of Big Sur, a film directed by her partner, Michael Polish. “This year, I’m with the love of my life,” she told InStyle of her festival experience. “It’s wonderful to wake up in the morning with not only your artistic partner but your lover and tackle the day. I’m so proud of the film and I’m so proud of him and I’m so proud of what we did together that it’s a wonderful experience to be here.” Click through the gallery to see six never-before-seen photos from inside the studio, and then flip to page 133 of InStyle‘s brand-new April issue—or download it to your iPad, Nook, or Droid tablet—to see even more beautiful snaps by celebrity photographer Eric Ray Davidson.
— Reported by Sharon Clott, Karen Levy, and Sharon Steel