Mad Men Season 5 Premiere Red Carpet

Posted on March 15, 2012

It’s opening night for the best-dressed cast in television, darlings. With some notable exceptions, of course.


Alison Brie in Emil Couture

Notable exception Number One. Actually, the dress is kind of cute, even if the collar and cuffs feel like a bit much. We think the shoes are just a little too on-point for the outfit and something with a little contrast and maybe color would have served it better. Everything north of her neck is bothering us.


Christopher Stanley

This is almost charmingly normal. He looks like your average businessman who accidentally wandered onto the red carpet – from a very windy day, judging by the hair.


Embeth Davidtz

It’s dramatic, but it looks kind of severe. A slightly higher hem and a lighter color on the nails would help.


Janie Bryant

 Love the dress; not in love with the shoes.


January Jones in Roland Mouret

She’s giving primo bitchface.

The dress is pretty weird but she’s coming close to pulling it off. We could do without the white flounces.


Jared Harris

 Great suit; dingy shoes.


Jay R. Ferguson

We almost didn’t recognize SCDP’s resident misogynist. It’s a serviceable look, but nothing to write home about. Jacket’s a bit snug.


Jessica Pare

 Fabulous. The bangles were a perfect touch.


John Slattery



Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt in Kate Spade

 He looks great. She does too, but the “green dress paired with gold shoes” trend must die soon.


Kiernan Shipka

 Adorable, although the top would work better if it had some color to it.


Rich Sommer and wife

 Also adorable.


Vincent Kartheiser

Nice suit. Now go take a bath and get those pants hemmed.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • I LOVE Allison Brie’s whole look. By the way, where is Peggy? Saving her for later?

    • crash1212

       I also love Allison’s look – tip to toe…wonder if we’ll be drummed out of the T & Lo commentariat! I also wondered where Petty and Joan were…I guess your comment is my comment. It’s like we’re related or something!

      • MichaelStrangeways

        Christina Hendricks is filming in London…and, assuming that Elizabeth Olsen must have a new gig as well.

      • MichaelStrangeways

        Christina Hendricks is filming in London…and, assuming that Elizabeth Olsen must have a new gig as well.

        • luciaphile

          She was in New Zealand a few days ago according to what they said at the PaleyFest panel.

    • Pannyx

      I’m in total agreement on this one.

    • littlelistmaker

      Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks weren’t at the premiere if I remember correctly.

    • TAGinMO

       I’m with Kate on this one, too. It’s sharp, unusual, and still flattering…and the hair and makeup fit perfectly with the overall look.

    • Libby Rhoman

      I love the dress and the shoes, but the hair and the handbag need a little more effort.

    • kingderella

       i love the look but i dont think it suits her. i see janelle monae, when shes feeling particularly feminine.

  • janedonuts

    Wish Jessica Pare had done something more interesting with the shoes. And someone tell Jennifer Westfeldt to stop pumping her lovely face full of weird goos! 

    • MissAnnieRN

      I know, I always feel bad for her when I see her.  She’s so pretty and she’s obviously had so much work done over the years.  I just want to hug her and tell her to stop, she’s beautiful the way she is and she doesn’t need to try to keep up with the whackjobs in Hollywood…..

  • Rich’s wife is “the lovely Virginia, and that she is.

    • Watts

       I started reading Rich’s blog way back in Mad Men’s first season and looking through the archives, this post made me envy the lovely Virginia her warm, funny, smart husband:  The picture with the cups sealed the deal.

    • DeborahLipp

       I was just about to say. (Look! Avatar twins!) The lovely Virginia must be nine feet tall, because Rich is a BIG man and her shoes aren’t even that high.

  • No! January! Bad girl! Go home and change. Do not pass go.

    I want to hang out with Rich and his wife.

    I’m so excited that Alison Brie is back on my TV (in Mad Men *and* Community) that I wouldn’t care if she showed up in a garbage bag, I would welcome her with open arms.

    • AudreysMom

      yep our boy from the midwest and his wife have smiles that say, ‘we just love people, love life and are darned happy to be here’ (because you know we don’t swear much around here)

    • BerlinerNYC

      Sharing the happiness about both of her shows returning. Did do a double-take at the garbage bag comment, since my first thought was “in a bag—like chopped into pieces, in a bag, on your doorstep??”, and then I realized the non-morbid thing that you actually meant. 🙂 Everyone watch Community tonight! Surely someone amongst the commentariat is a Nielsen houshold…

      • Amy Ellinger

        DVR’ing, then watching later tonight 🙂

      • One day I’ll be a nielsen household…. *Daydreams – edges get fuzzy* – Mom Firefly/Dollhouse/Freaks and Geeks/Wonderfalls is on tonight!  -Well we need to watch it we don’t want the best shows on TV to get canceled!

        • BerlinerNYC

          OMG yes. Throw in Pushing Daisies and maybe Samantha Who or Pepper Dennis, and we could totally have a viewing binge party; I’ll bring drinks and the Wonderfalls box set! 🙂 I actually WAS a Nielsen family with my grad school housemates for a 2-week (I think) period in the fall of 1995. We were completely shameless about filling out the viewing diary the way we wanted, adding comments about how we were so glad some show had a positive representation of an LGBT character, and we’d totally buy the products of the sponsors. It was silly and surely didn’t accomplish a thing, but we felt we’d done our little part. (I have no idea what show that would have been; I’m sure we didn’t actually watch it.)

      • Oh god, my mind just went to that very dark place….I didn’t even read it that way!

      • melizer

        If you have a TiVo, you’re counted anonymously (unless you opted out), but you have to watch your recording promptly.

        • BerlinerNYC

          Interesting. Does anyone still use TiVo? I know that was a thing 10 years ago, but everyone I know just uses a DVR from Time Warner or Comcast. I have wondered if they collect such data automatically (you would think they absolutely would, in order to monetize that valuable information and sell it to the TV networks).

          • LambeeBaby

             LOVE my TiVo! Can’t imagine living without it but, I have a tendency to think I can rewind my life and I haven’t found a way to do that yet:(

          • BerlinerNYC

            I wasn’t rich enough to buy one when they were new back in the 90s, and then by the time I had a grown-up job, the cable companies were offering DVR nearly for free. As far as I know, the only difference is that TiVo has that function where it suggests things for you to watch, which I find a little creepy (although I did love that article from 10 years ago, “My TiVo Thinks I’m Gay”). 🙂

    • kcarb1025

      ITA. January is only “coming close to pulling it off”, if by that one means, literally pulling it off her body. It’s dreadful!

  • Someone hand me a pair of scissors to cut that damn collar and cuffs off.

  • TropiCarla

    It’s official. I am in dire need of a refresher marathon. I had to google Davidtz.
    Thanks, boys.

    • I couldn’t remember for a minute either. BTW, Netflix is streaming the whole series. 

    • DeborahLipp

       She was in like 2 or 3 episodes of season 3 and none of season 4, so you are officially forgiven.

      • TropiCarla

        Absolution is so sweet. 🙂 Thank you, Deborah.

    • Glammie

      I figure this means we’ll see more of her this season.  She’s an established actress–has done film leads–so I figure MW has some sort of long-term storyline that will come out and take advantage of her and Jared Harris’ acting chops.  Otherwise why not give the part to someone cheaper?

      And, yes, Alison Brie’s dress is quirky–but I’ve grown fond of Trudy.  Her talking about her fondness for boxing and blood sports while massively pregnant kind of clinched the deal. It will be interesting to see what kind of mother she turns about to be compared to freezer-burn Betty.  

      • Elizabeth Norris

        I will forever love Trudy because of that insane frilly nightgown that she wore in one episode. I had to pause it so I could keep laughing and not miss anything.

      • Trudy is awesome, and an absolutely perfect match for Pete. I luff her.

        • Glammie

          She is–it’s kind of amazing because Pete has been such a little creep at various times.  I kind of wonder if Weiner and co. let Pete and Trudy evolve because Alison Brie’s so good.  Trudy started out as the obstacle between Pete and Peggy, but Pete and Trudy now stand on their own.  

          Though Pete *doesn’t* really deserve her, she’s good for him.  I’m glad she’s getting her baby.

          • melizer

            I love them but I think Trudy and Pete are an equal match in creep factor, except for the au pair incident. 

      • melizer

        I was rather hoping Lane was rid of that witch.

  • butterflysunita

    When I first saw January Jones, I thought that for some reason she was holding two white napkins.  

    • charlotte

       Perhaps it’s some sort of two-in-one so that she can hold her baby while wearing the dress and the baby spits on the napkin thingies.

  • halleygee

    January’s dress is weird AND ugly – I don’t know if anyone could pull that off! It is so surprising that she chose that, maybe it looks better in person….?
    John Slattery – love!

  • guestela

    Gah! Someone please give Embeth Davidtz a sandwich. At least in this photo, she looks like she’s wasting away.

    •  I thought she was that whacked out NJ housewife from a couple years back.  Not good.

    •  I thought she was that whacked out NJ housewife from a couple years back.  Not good.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    perhaps it’s just my monitor but the randomly placed “splotches” (are they diamond shapes?) on Janie Bryant’s dress are creating some very odd visual effects, one that looks decidedly like nip……

  • thepoptart

    Unrelated: My husband was once stuck at the St. Louis Airport for several hours and swears he was at the bar with Rich Sommer. I tried to convince him to go up and double-nerd with “bow ties are cool,” but he wouldn’t do it.

  • January Jones: I agree with you on the flounces – not good.  I’ll add that there may be one cut-out too many here too.

  • You chicos are loco–Embeth looks STUNNING.

    • bluefish

       I think she looks pretty terrific also. Love those shoes.

    • melizer

      Looks like Posh Spice’s mother.

  • The best dressed woman is not even on the show.  Even if the green and gold combo is old, Jennifer Westfeldt is pulling it off just fine.  There goes January again with her “anti-Betty” dresses.  

  • My only complaint: it took too long to scroll down to Slattery. 

    • laura512

      Would you have really stuck around for the whole thing if they led with him?  I didn’t think so.

  • SignLadyB

    I guess the questions about Vincent’s receding hairline are now answered–it’s true, not TV. And sorry about the comb over attempt. Otherwise, not sure who many of the people are–I’m not addicted enough to know the pros behind the scenes–but the stars look pretty good over all. Elisabeth? Where are you? Christine??

    • Unless it is shaved for the show, and they are still filming.

    • Look at closeups!  He has a small shock of hair about 1 in long that shows the shaved hair is growing out.  He’s trying to hide the 1in hair with the comb-over messy look.

      I feel really bad for the guy.  He has to do all this just so MW gets his “balding Pete”

  • OK, I’m officially starting to tingle in anticipation. I’ve been so annoyed with AMC and Matt Weiner for treating an award-winning show and its loyal fans so shabbily, but why punish myself for their avarice and stubbornness? Of course, I’ll be watching.

    • melizer

      Well, AMC wanted the show delayed until now for all their other shows, and Weiner objected, but the argument took so long, they got their way.

  • MzzPants

    Kartheiser needs to at least hire a handler for these events if he’s not going to stop living with the unkempt wild camel herd.

  • Patricia Biswanger

    Jon Hamm is wearing that adorable goofus face he did so well in “30 Rock” as Liz Lemon’s doctor boyfriend.

  • Patricia Biswanger

    From what I read, it wasn’t Weiner, it was AMC.  They wanted to shave a few minutes off the show so they could sell more ad time, and he wouldn’t do it.

    • bluefish

      I believe that Weiner fought pretty hard to not cut cast members and shorten episode lengths.  Stupid that he was backed into that kind of a corner.  Such a great show.

  • Farthingale

    Scroll January up so only her abdomen is showing. Those cutouts form a perfect jack-o-lantern template. Gah is right. And yes, totally dinner napkins. This looks like a Project Runway over-thought hot mess.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Vincent Kartheiser is how I imagine an American Robert Pattinson would look like. 

  • I turned my back & Kiernan Shipka got old enough for heels & makeup?

  • bluefish

    I love Kiernan — she looks so beautiful and chic.  Stunning young lady.  Also love Rich Sommer–beautiful smile.  I wish Bryan Batt were coming back to the show — would make my year to see the happy return of Sal.

    Poor January really really needs someone to help her get dressed.  Where does she come up with these ghastly, silly clothes?

  • First: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok. Now that I’ve got that out of my system:

    * I actually like Trudi’s ensemble, the cuffs being the possible exception.

    * Christopher Stanley is hot. Possibly hotter than Slattery? (ducking as things are thrown at me.)

    * Embeth!!!!!!!!!!!

    * Did Sally dye her roots black? Also, I’m sorry, that’s too much makeup for an 11-year-old.

    * I want to cut the bottom of Janie’s dress (weird pleated part).

     That is all.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Don’t like January Jones’ dress – the proportions are off, somehow, and the white at the bottom is not attractive.  Hair and makeup are perfect, tho.

    • She so rarely gets the hair and makeup right that it’s a relief when she does. She’s so beautiful and rarely lives up to that potential.

  • Jared Harris = LOVE

  • Whereas in art nothing worth doing can be done
    without genius, in science even a very moderate capacity can contribute
    to a supreme achievement.

  • alyce1213

    January Jones in a cut-out dress with hanging dinner napkins?  Please.
    If you cover her from the midriff down, she looks fantastic.
    I like her hair and her attitude.

  • newleaf1

    Once again, John Slattery FTW….

  • Embeth might not look so severe if there was anything filling that dress! Holy crow!
    Also, Vincent may look like that because he lives in a box in the woods. And that is not a joke.

  • cmb92191

    Kiernan looks wonderfully appropriate.  Just a touch of makeup and not 6 inch heels.  That is how my daughter would dress for events when she was 12.   So many 12 year old look like 24 year olds, so it is refreshing to see “normal” 12.
    Embeth looks divine!  So glad to see that she is getting more Mad Men storylines.  Jared Harris’ looks so thrilled to be there and his wife/gf looks happy.    Rich Sommer and wife. how I love them!  My friend met Rich Sommer on a train and said he was the nicest guy and very approachable.   Vince just needs to shave, get a bath and stop looking like Jacquain Phoenix or Matthew MChonoughey.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    but where are joan & peggy? do they get their own post[s]?

    it’s confounding that janie bryant dresses everyone else so spectacularly yet chose that length dress w/ those shoes. she’s easier to dress, i think, than a lot of them [joan & peggy, for two]. why did she do this to herself? so she wouldnt outshine the actors? but the dress is very commanding, the whole outfit’s just improperly appointed. strange. she must not see herself. if i sound mean, btw, i dont mean to. it makes me sad more than anything else. or frustrated. or somewhat empathetic. that sort of stuff.

    i like the first dress on the first person.

    i wouldve liked january jones’ dress if it came w/o napkins.

  • MilaXX

    The men did pretty good here. No horribly puddled pants or super wrinkly suits. The ladies however, all appear to need a bit of tweaking.
    Alison Brie – I like this look, but I wish she had worn a pair of red pumps instead.Embeth Davidtz – This pose & look feels a bit too tightly wound. Don’t care for the shoulder treatment.
    Janie Bryant – Great dress, wrong shoe.
    January Jones – I like this until we get about mid thigh. Had the white flouncy stuff on the skirt and the round toe shoe.
    Jared Harris’ date and Jessica Pare seem to be the best dressed of the ladies.
    Jennifer Westfeldt – Not liking that dress or the gold shoe with it. Shiny green Christmas towel.
    Kiernan Shipka – The top needs some color and she’s fair too young to be condemned to the silly putty shoe.
    Richard Sommer wife unfortunately looks like a bland accessory. 

    • melizer

      I think Slattery looks a wrinkled mess.  With the squint, you would believe you just roused him from a nap on the couch in his office after a 12-martini lunch.

  • littlelistmaker

    Jared Harris’ +1 (wife? girlfriend? date?) is really working that purple sequinned dress. 

  • Anathema_Device

    I really hate January’s dress. That is a garment in serious need of editing.

    Embeth’s shoes are a bad match for that dress. Too stumpifying.


    Alison Brie would have been my absolute win for this post if it weren’t for that horrifying hair.

  • bitchfacela

    LOL !

  • turtleemily

    but the “green dress paired with gold shoes” trend must die soon

    Maybe after St. Patrick’s Day?

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I totally want to steal Rich Sommer’s adorable dimples.  He would be really fun to tickle.

  • DCSheehan

    Rich Somer…swoon!  Wife, girlfriend?  She looks fantastic as well!

    January Jones, I do not understand why she is wearing – it looks like it was crafted from some seatbelts, black cloth and white napkins.

    As for Alison Brie, I’m kind of digging it. 

  • NurseEllen

    I love Allison Brie’s dress, it’s kind of a cross between go-go girl and Playboy bunny.  I think she looks totally cute.  The guys all look great.  January Jones…….I’m beginning to think she’s incapable of recognizing a flattering dress on her own.  She looks SO much better in costume.  Glad to see Janie found a good dress for herself!  The shoes don’t bother me so much.  Kiernan = adorable.  SO looking forward to 3/25!

  • Sophie Collier

    I get it!  I know why guys on the RC pose with their hands in their pockets!  They need clutches.  A clutch gives a gal something to do with her hands while standing and posing.  A lady can also put a hand on her hip and look sexy.  A guy tries that and he looks silly.  But to stand there with his hands hanging by his side feels too awkward.  So in the pockets they go.  I think they should all adopt the Prince Charles cuff-tug.  Or they should all invest in really awesome watches and pretend to be checking the time constantly.  

  • I LOVE Alison Brie!!!  And Vincent, sheesh, man, please don’t join the Russell Brand Club of Guys Who Look Like They Need a Shower!

  • norseofcourse

    Sommer and Slattery represent the yin and the yang of my taste in men.
    Can I have them both?

  • ccm800

    January Jaones looks like she is wearing a Home-Ec project. 

  • Rich Sommer is the cutest thing EVER! Kudos to his wife. I didn’t realize until right this very minute that Jay R. Ferguson (Stan Rizzo, resident misogynist) was the same kid who played Taylor Newton on Evening Shade in the 90s!! I had a total crush on him! He grew up nicely.

  • Every time Vincent Kartheiser grows a beard he looks like a teenage run-away who slept in a Greyhound station.

    • This is quite cleaned up for him, too. Oh Vinnie.

  • RWtD

    Kiernan is wearing way too much makeup. And that hair… no.

  • BrightsideSusan

    I don’t care about the clothes.  They got to see the show early?!

  • Anne Lucchesi

    Vincent Kartheiser could be Ralph Wiggum in the live-action Simpsons movie. That hair needs to go, NOW.

  • Haley Buchanan

    I’m pretty sure you two always use the word “adorable” to describe Rich Sommer, which is appropriate, because he’s always adorable!

  • samo_samo

    I think Alison Brie looks fantastic from head to toe. They all look pretty darn good. Can’t wait for the new season.

  • EEKstl

    Jon Hamm is of course beyond gorgeous but I gotta say it: John Slattery is one sexy guy. Love him in those Lincoln commercials (I mean it!). HATE the cutouts in JJ’s dress, but otherwise it’s working for me.

  • indigospade

    Vincent Kartheiser aint looking too good in that photo. awkward double chin, high hairline, flat hair, looking disheveled. and he’s one of those guys who can’t pull of scruff.

    Of course it is a bit of schadenfreude for me to see Conner of Angel looking like a mess

    • Caitl

      I understand! It took me about 3 seasons to stop expecting Pete to burst into some sort of furious martial arts sequence.

  • RzYoung

    Richard Sommer’s dimples!! 

  • bellafigura1

    I have no idea who Christopher Stanley is, but can I have him?  I keep hoping that’s the “older” types I’ll find on OKCupid, but, sadly no. He looks charming, yes.

    And January Jones, seriously, what is she always so cranky about?

  • random_poster

    I thought January Jones was holding a handkerchief in each hand until I read your comment about flounces on the dress.

  • Alison Brie – I’m getting “Top of Barbara Streisand’s iconic Oscar Pantsuit” here, I think that the oversized white cuffs are throwing the proportions off, and the hair — gah– “run to the drycleaner after yoga class” hair that is.
    January Jones — though I’m not minding the bandage bodice thing as much as I thought I would (it works on her), the “piece napkins into the hemline” detail just kills it for me.  WTH?

    Jessica Pare — agree totally, LBD perfection that is.

    Kiernan Shipka — I like this (even the pastel top), cute  and totally appropriate in all ways.

    Vincent Kartheiser — This would have also benefitted from a shave and a haircut.  Why do guys do this?  Please explain…

  • mommyca

    The back of JJ’s dress looks much better… also I love her nail polish matches the color on the “MAD” of “MADMEN”
    Jon Hamm’s skewed tie drives me nuts and I love little Kiernan…..
    so, I have a question: the picture is not here, but I saw a little blonde boy in the red carpet, he is definitely NOT Bobby, but if he is the littlest Draper (forgot his name), then how many years have passed? Because this boy looks like 4-5 years old….  the pic is in this slideshow:

  • kirkyo

    Rich Sommer is so fucking sexy and looking well fit.

  • Louise Bryan

    the “green dress paired with gold shoes” trend must die soon…..

    Maybe after St. Patrick’s Day.  Then everyone can go back to Lenten purple and black.

  • alyce1213

    No Lizzie?
    Too bad, I could have used a laugh today.

  • Hah, I didn’t know he had a blog. That entry is adorable.

  • miwome

    I love the color combination on Vincent Kartheiser.

    I feel very concerned about the fact that right now I can’t remember who half these people are. I’m going to have to watch the season finale again just to brush up. (DO YOU HEAR ME AMC? THIS IS WHY YOU CAN’T SLEEP ON YOUR MASSIVE HIT SERIES FOR EFFING YEARS.)

  • akprincess72

    Who made Janie Bryant’s dress????

  • SunKatt

    Jessica looks fabulous! Moreover, could the men think of anything else to where besides a “tie?” Oh, well, I’m still so excited for the season premiere! I signed up for HD free for life through DISH so I’m finally going to have Mad Men in HD! Several of my co-workers at DISH rave that the difference between regular standard def and High Def is incredible and that I’ll love the makeup and wardrobe of Mad Men even more in HD.

  • frankystein123

    Nicely done, as expected from the crew of Mad Men.

  • kalisa

    Do you think they all asked Janie to dress them?