Banana Republic ‘Mad Men’ Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on February 23, 2012

David Gandy and Shalom Harlow get their genetically superior Don and Joan on for the Banana Republic Mad Men Spring collection.

“Banana Republic, the brand focused on workplace style, and AMC are proud to announce an encore installment to the acclaimed Banana Republic ‘Mad Men’ capsule, which launches exclusively at Banana Republic North America retail locations and online at beginning March 1, 2012, building up to the season five premiere of “Mad Men” on AMC on Sunday, March 25 at 9:00 p.m. EDT/CDT.”


The clothes look really great, but we have to laugh. When the last season ended a year ago, we were well past the early ’60s and when the new season starts, we’ll be entrenched in the late ’60s, but here’s another “Mad Men” collection of early ’60s looks. Not that we blame BR; that mid-Century coolness is a great fit for their brand and these styles are classics. But we wonder if some of the, shall we say, excesses of late ’60s style will have the renaissance that the Camelot-era styles have had in the wake of the show’s success. We’re thinking no.

And Gandy looks like a gay porn version of Don Draper here. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you, just that the various bulges are jarring on someone who looks so much like the character.

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  • MK03

    Oh look, Banana Republic actually tried this time. 

  • andcoh

    I feel like the women’s line looks really cheap.  I shop there for most of my work clothes because I am a tall, thin man and they actually sell things (online) that fit me.  And I’ll consider some of this.

  • Malice Grant

    Oh, how I wish they’d actually included the implied cigarette in her hand for the shot in the floral pattered dress. Just for a little brand fuckery, if nothing else. 

    • marjzilla

      I thought there was one at first.  I had to stare at it really hard to see that it was just the background design that lined up right above her thumb.  

  • That floral dress is cute, possibly too cute. Love the shoes too.

  • While I love all the ladies looks, those cigarette pants are not made for most women.  I love the tops, and really love the last dress. And the male model. Is he for sale too?

    • You know, I would think the same way, but I bought a pair of pants designed by Janie Bryant for QVC (yeah, I know), straight legs, fairly high waist and side zipper, and they are really flattering on me. These might be cut a little differently, but they may be worth trying.

      • You may be right on that. Perhaps I should have said cigarette pants by Banana Republic. I have wider-than-most hips, so it takes a special pair of pants to hide them, not put them on display.

  • Definitely not complaining about any Draper bulges (model or Hamm).

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Your mind is in the gutter!  I only say this because you posted it first.

      • Derek_anny

        “We are all of us in the gutter.  Some merely look to the stars.”

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Moose knuckle. Most of these looks are more Betty than Joan. Hot pink and neutrals? I feel so excluded.

    • I figured she was supposed to be the new Mrs. Draper, she of the French Extraction.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        agreed, tho French Canadian non?…interesting they used Canadian Shalom as the model too 🙂

      • schadenfreudelicious

        agreed, tho French Canadian non?…interesting they used Canadian Shalom as the model too 🙂

      • mountainFashionista

        I can only see Rachel Menken here…

      • Orange Girl

        agreed. thats Megan, not Joan.

      • Orange Girl

        agreed. thats Megan, not Joan.

    • Lexie

       Agreed! I am envious of all the blondes and brunettes with medium to dark skin who can rock all those neons, whites, and such. As a pale ginger, I am forever cursed 🙁

  • I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying a pair of those tri-toned pumps (in case y’all were wondering).

    • kimmeister

      I’ll be in line right next to you.

  • CQAussie

    Loving the dresses here and the purses!  Plus the shoes.  Then again, I basically live on the BR website =)

  • I just seriously doubt many guys are going to buy the polo shirt. 

    • formerlyAnon

      I know guys who’ll buy it, but they’ll wear it looser.

    • jblaked

      I’m gonna be all over that polo shirt.  But I always wear my clothes too tight.

  • mommyca

    I think people still identify the show with the early ’60s, since it is so far what they have seen, so from that point of view, the collection makes sense…. also, it is not known what point in time the new season will start, so it’s kind of safe for BR to keep it in the styles we know and love from the gang…. Anyways, I think I can only do the shoes and the flowery cardigan…. (the shoes are actually from their work styles, which launched a few weeks ago).

    • Marcie Trevino

       Where can I find the shoes? I couldn’t find them on BR’s site.

  • I really like the cream dress with the polka dots. 

  • The white dress is gorgeous. 

  • serenitynow02

    If they had Hamm wearing this stuff, then we’d really have something to talk about; he has some experience with bulges….

  • fnarf

    Those look mid-late sixties to me. Not everybody was a hippie. Non-counterculture men didn’t start freaking out sartorially until the early seventies, when the Plaid Plague swept over the nation.

  • I want that last dress. Yes, it looks like original Barbie but I want it anyway.

  • MilaXX

    I like that pump she is wearing more than I like the clothes. Also for the makeup junkies, Estee Lauder is also launching a Mad Men line.

    • fashionablylate

      Oooh, might have to pick up that lipstick.

  • Chaiaiai

    This collection should have come out LAST year, BR.  But can we talk about how FABULOUS Shalom is!!!!  One of my faves!

    • fashionablylate

      Oh yeah, she looks amazing and is working it like the pro she is, great shots!

  • I thought everything was hideous and had an insane crotch except the last dress, which was decent. Just horrible. At least I got to look at David Gandy.

  • Hardly noticed the clothes, I was too busy looking at Shalom Harlow and wondering how old she is.  It catches me so off guard when they use a model who isn’t practically prepubescent.

    • guestela

      Holy cow, you’re right. She’s my age! Wow. And a lot older than he is — refreshing.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Hmmm, maybe I should raise my inseam a couple extra inches too for the bulge effect…that is “workplace style” after all, no?

  • EditKitten

    Anyone else annoyed by her hair? I “get” the style, but it looks like shit on Shalom.

  • um, wtf did she do to her face?  implants???? eye lift??? what is it???   home girl is looking a step away from Faye Dunaway.  

  • TheOtherChristina

    Wow. I cannot recall ever seeing an ad campaign with such ill-fitting and sloppily constructed clothing. Seriously, I know BR isn’t a luxury brand but their clothes usually look much tidier than this.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Considering the Man On The Street pics you guys have run on Jon Hamm, I’d say the bulges are mostly accurate.  Speaking of, we need new Hamm Candy Pix soon.

  • umeboshi

    what is this instagram shit? show me the clothes, not some blown-out overexposed phantasm, BR. not interested.

  • Kyle Crawford

    Do we know what year it will be when MM starts back???  What year did it end.. gosh, I cant even remember…. 

  • DaringMiss

    I am traumatized by the Pink Pants CamelToe.

    And I am totally drooling over the white dress, but I will not wear the polka dotted belt.

    • random_poster

      Yes!  I’ve never seen an ad campaign where the pants feature the crotch area of both genders quite like this one does. 

  • Emanuel Iuhas

    It looks pretty cool!

  • I’m sorry to judge but Shalom Harlow has the be one of the stupidest names I’ve heard in a while. It’s distracting me from the clothes.

  • Judy_J

    I was wondering about that myself…about the early ’60’s looks as opposed to the mid to late ’60’s looks.  I’m hoping for lots of Mary Quant and Carnaby Street this season!

  • MrsBug

    OMG, I must have that first dress!

  • MzzPants

    Got to have that pink floral dress for summer.  Too bad BR doesn’t sell my size bracket.

  • The early 1960s were not all about the beige, especially not in casualwear.

  • judybrowni

    Genetically superior to Don Draper!

    I think not.

  • I wish I had a figure that was suited to that white dress with the bow, I am in LOVE.

  • tallgirl1204

    “But we wonder if some of the, shall we say, excesses of late ’60s style will have the renaissance that the Camelot-era styles have had in the wake of the show’s success. We’re thinking no”

    Mondo’s winning look last week on PR screamed late 60s Liz Taylor to me– I think that if they go with the caftans and flowy stuff, the Mad Men styles could well continue to be seen ofver the next few years…

  • Can they stop this? NONE of this looks good. NONE OF IT!

  • formerlyAnon

    That first photo: He looks just like my dad & uncles on vacation. Probably going out for a restaurant meal with the relatives. That’s oddly jarring, somehow.

  • PastryGoddess

    This has Mrs O written all over it.  The top Shalom is wearing in the first pic.  That pink dress. Those pants on the way to Camp David.  That white top

  • This woman looks SO much like my older sister in 1965, the year she graduated from high school.  Same hair and attitude.  The had the sheaths and capris and cardigans.  It’s kinda creepy for me…

  • DeborahLipp

    That ain’t Don and Joan, that’s Don and Megan.

    It’d be nice if they carried plus-sized, because I’d KILL in that floral. That floral was made for me, but it will never realize its destiny.

  • nancymae

    What happened to Shalom? Is this a case of photoshop madness or is her head really disproportionately via a vis her neck? I like the collection but her neck is creeping me out a bit.

    • rawrgrowlrawr

       Yeah, something looks off. She is clearly a beautiful woman, but her face looks a bit…bulgy? I don’t know.

  • Kate4queen

    That is a beautiful man… and I like the clothes too. 🙂

  • CassandraMortmain

    The menswear is so much better than the clothes for women, which all look pretty cheap and flimsy, even in the photos.  I do love those tri-tone pumps, though. 

  • gabbilevy

    I adore the dress I bought from the first MM/BR collection–the navy and black houndstooth dress–which feels very luxe and looks great on. Not loving what I’ve seen of this “encore” so far. Too bad. 

  • Cautia

    Save for the lack of bowtie that’s exactly how they dress Blaine on Glee.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    since the show is so very stylistically accurate, particularly for a televised representation of a time not that far removed from the present i imagine what they will do w/ the late 60s will be commensurate. so, i’m thinking, what theyll do is present not the excesses of the period [which were worn by, as they now say, outliers] but those excesses reined in for the corporate everyday world. which will be interesting & unusual to see. so often costumers go overboard & put long fringed vests on secretaries, say, something i doubt will be done here.

    i wonder how that will effect the way used clothes are marketed. i used to absolutely hoot when things i understood were worn by peoples mothers or the junior high age kids of those mothers were tagged hippie on someplace like ebay or etsy. i’m curious to see how, or even if, this will change things.

  • granddelusion

    I’ve never sign camel toe on a man before.

  • Oh look! It’s Austin’s outfit from a couple of weeks ago! I’m snoozing. I will admit to  loving the return of the mid-century stuff but wasn’t that four years ago now? One needs to move on no? Now it just looks tired and Ann Taylor.

  • I can’t shop at Banana Republic, ever since their actions during the Banana Revolution.

  • Alisa Rivera

    just that the various bulges are jarring on someone who looks so much like the character.

    Have you seen Jon Hamm on the red carpet? Just sayin’

  • CozyCat

    Isn’t the cigarette pants look Austin’s design on PR from a couple of weeks ago?

  • LaVonne Ellis

    Excesses of the late 60s – what do you mean? My headbands, paisleys and fringes were quite stylish.

  • Why does Shalom look old here?

    •  That’s exactly what I was thinking!!  She cannot be as old as she looks, no?  She looks like Khloe Kardashian and that’s not good! What happened? Cigarettes??

  • I hope this collection isn’t crazy vanity sized.  I had major issues with fit last time.  Ended up with shoes, but holy mackerel was everything else BIG! I mean, are THESE cigarette pants?

  • quiltrx

    I’d give anything to have the figure to wear the dress with the taupe polka-dot belt!

  • miwome

    Where is Shalom Harlow’s neck?! WHERE IS IT?

  • Wow, and I don’t really even know style but that was my first take, as well. That this was Mad Men retro and that I would assume the styles on the series will be a good deal more mid 60’s–mini skirts, Nehru jackets–that Mondrain that whoever it was showed the other day that was totally wack for the event. Of course it will be office acceptable–probably no go-go boots in the office– but . . . yeah, no.

  • bitterk

    Nice collection but feels a little 2 years late

  • harleydear

    They may be trying to sell Camelot, but in those hot pink pants, Shalom is 100% camel-toe. (Too crass?)