banana republic’s complete mad men collection

starting august 11th, banana republic stores in north america and online will be carrying the mad men capsule collection created by the show’s costume designer, janie bryant.  but banana republic facebook fans can order from the collection one day earlier on august 10th.

the collection was supposed to coincide with the long-awaited return of mad men the television show on amc and even though the season premiere has been pushed back to next year, the 65-piece line for men and women is coming out anyway.

the women’s collection features trench coats, high-waisted skirts, 60’s-style dresses, and leopard print pumps; while the men’s collection includes everything from suits and pocket squares to money clips and knitted sweaters.

as much as i enjoy the 60’s style and mad men, i’m a little under whelmed with the line…what do you think?  although i think i have to have the pussy-bow blouse because it looks a lot like the mango one i’ve been wanting since i saw it worn by olivia palermo:

i actually love everything about this outfit and love her style.

more on national geographic’s up project

as a follow up to my previous post, now with video coverage and more photos:

how hard can it be? recreating pixar’s up

if you know me at all, you probably know that i love animation and once (and maybe still do) wanted to be an animator professionally.  this has led to a most-of-my-life-long dream to work at pixar.  these days i’m thinking i’m not cut out to be an animator, but i’d still like to work in marketing/pr for pixar, but i’m getting side-tracked.

one of the most beautiful images from pixar’s long award-winning film legacy is the pastel-colored house propelled by rainbow-colored balloons against a blue sky and puffy white clouds from their 2009 hit up.

as much as i enjoyed the movie, i dismissed the idea as being realistically impossible and childish fancy.  but the national geographic channel has replicated it–successfully!

seriously…how freaking cool is this?!

a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of los angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted.

using 300 helium-filled weather balloons, the lightweight building reached an altitude of more than 3000 meters and remained in the air for about an hour.

the filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new national geographic channel series called “how hard can it be?”, which will premiere in fall 2011.

i wonder if they’re going to attempt doing such complex and expensive feats throughout the show.  i must say this is definitely a good way to generate publicity and pique interest in the show.

if they want to create a functioning wall-e, i’d be happy to take him after the show.