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Betty's father is far from lucid, but when he screamed, "You can't trust a man who has no people!" it felt like a moment of chilling clarity, especially for those viewers like me, who think Mad Men is more like Lost than we ever expected. From a fashion standpoint, it's curious too, because not only are Don's people nowhere to be seen but his style is practically invisible.
Oh sure, Don Draper has a lot of finesse and a great Look -- a credit to the excellent actor Jon Hamm. But his hair? It's always the same length with the same comb-through crackle. His suit? It's always the same cut. His tie? It's always the same kind of skinny. And it's deliberately to ruffle and unsettle us, because everyone around Don is constantly changing their clothes:
Betty's visual vocabulary is making a quick sprint to into technicolor frustration. Peggy's flirting with a way out of schoolgirl and a path up to something sexier, and also smarter. Joan's silhouette is no longer shocking and feels even a bit more restrained; even her colors have toned down. And it's not just the women. Peter Campbell's outfits have gotten increasingly foppier, from tweedy last season to two fruits short of a salad. Harry's bohemian cravings likewise damn him to accessories like wimpy scarves and rolled corduroy slacks that undermine his very cool sojourn down South this episode. Even Roger Sterling's color palette cooled and lightened, which makes sense.
But Don is always Don, and in that way, it's phenomenal. His shape and his style are so solid, we can count on them every week. But the things inside his head? So unpredictable. Probably dangerous, too. It's always the quiet ones (okay, the ones with the quiet wardrobes)...
Meanwhile, totally changing the subject: Are any of you dressing up as a Mad Man for Halloween? I think I'm going as Nancy Drew, but if I had more guts, I'd go as Joan, though I'd have to pad my bottom...