Thursday, September 13, 2012

What I Binge-Watch: Mad Men


I love Mad Men.  I adore the costumes, the furniture, the office bar, the lobster-and-martini lunches, the hoop skirts, bouffants and shift dresses, the fedoras, the shag carpeting, the polyester leisure jackets, the couch naps, the incessant smoking, the ad pitches, the power plays, the title card, the production values, the spot-on dialogue, and the complex characters and storylines that have, to date, held me in rapt attention over five seasons.  As the cherry on top, and this is what sustains me in between the too-long season breaks, I love the glorious photo spreads in which the cast have participated, none more so than this Vanity Fair piece which appeared in the September 2009 issue, featuring the impossibly beautiful Drapers played by Jon Hamm and January Jones; the article was written by Bruce Handy, and the images were photographed by Annie Leibovitz and styled by Michael Roberts.