With final episodes beginning on April 5, we must reluctantly accept that it is the end of an era. For over seven years, Mad Men has fascinated the nation as it impeccably captures the 1960’s known for its three-martini lunch, endless cigarette smoking, and complex cultural and political changes.
The iconic sixties transcend time, with design, fashion, and cocktails that still remain popular today. Explore the things that make us mad about Mad Men.
Mid-Century Modern Living
The Wolff Residence by John Lautner, FAIA 1961.
Where nature and architecture combine to create a timeless mid-century modern home. Architect John Lautner often stated this home was his finest homage to mentor Frank Lloyd Wright. Strategically nestled in the Hollywood Hills, enjoy dramatic city and ocean views from almost every living area. Complete, with a large eucalyptus tree growing inside, this property is seamlessly integrated into its natural environment. Expressive engineering, walls of glass, and the use of stone and other natural materials capture the essence of 1960’s design. Just picture Don Draper going through an existential crisis in the poolside lounge chair, and you would swear you were on the set of Mad Man.
From tight-fitting suits to retro patterns, Mad Man has shaped the obsession of 60’s inspired fashions. Find out how to get the signature look of your favorite character.
Channel your inner Don Draper with a tailored grey men’s skinny suit. Complete the look with a crisp white shirt and pocket square. Now go out and conquer the ad world.
Roger Sterling is known for his immaculate suits, usually sporting a preppy three-piece style—perfect for a board meeting or drinks at the country club.
Get your glam on with this Betty Francis(Draper) inspired look. Pair an elegant cocktail dress with loose curls and fantastic chunky jewelry. Tip: For a real stand-out look, find a dress with a rich fabric and full skirt.
From secretary to soap opera star, Megan Draper has experienced a wardrobe transformation, now embodying the epitome of bohemian 60’s style. Try a bold pattern with a messy hairdo or braid, and you’re ready for an outdoor summer party.
Joan Harris certainly knows how to spice up office attire. Get her bombshell look with bright wrap dress that accentuates your curves. Don’t’ forget to emphasize those lashes and lips!
As Mad Men popularized the cocktail culture, it’s only fitting to include our favorite cocktail recipes inspired by the show. Try one of these options, next time you’re discussing business over a liquid lunch.
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon water
2 dashes angostura bitters
1 slice orange rind
2 ounces Canadian Club whiskey
1 maraschino cherry
In an old-fashioned glass, muddle the sugar, water, bitters, and orange rind together until the sugar has dissolved. Fill the glass with ice, add the whiskey, and garnish with the cherry. Serve with a cocktail straw.
3 parts Stolichnaya 80
2 parts lime juice
1 part simple syrup
Shake and pour into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with lime.
Dry Gin Martini
2 parts Plymouth Gin
3/4 parts Dry vermouth
Lemon zest twist or green olive (to garnish)
Shake ingredients with ice and pour into a very chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with either a lemon twist or an olive.
Recipes courtesy of Divine Caroline.
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