'Mad Men' costumes get Emmy snub
In this image released by PBS, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, left, and Zoe Boyle as Lavinia Swire are shown in a scene from the second season of "Downton Abbey." The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
Is it time to trade polished sheaths and all-business suits for lace gowns and tweed jodhpurs?
"Mad Men," with its influential '60s style, was overlooked for an Emmy Award nomination on Thursday for costume design for the first time in its five-year run. And while fans expressed shock about the snub, the fashion world has already embraced another nominee: "Downton Abbey."
In this image released by PBS, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora is shown in a scene from the second season of "Downton Abbey." The series received an Emmy nomination on Thursday, July 19, 2012 for costume design. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
Episodes of "Boardwalk Empire," ''The Borgias," ''Game of Thrones" and "Once Upon a Time" also received nominations, but the likelihood of the masses finding their closets influenced by medieval Italians or mythical adventurers seems slim.
The British aristocracy of the early 1900s featured in "Downton Abbey," however, is already making its mark.
Ralph Lauren paid homage to the show in the preview of his fall collection earlier this year, with models walking down the runway to the soundtrack. Expect more glamorous and embellished looks inspired by the show to take over store racks over the next few weeks, says Brooke Jaffe, director of fashion accessories at Bloomingdale's. "There is a return to opulence," Jaffe says.
FILE - This Feb. 16, 2012 file photo shows fashion from the Fall 2012 collection of Ralph Lauren in New York. The preview of Ralph Lauren's fall collection, held earlier this year, paid homage to "Downton Abbey", with models walking down the runway to the music of the show. Lauren had he was inspired by “the heritage and romance of England.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, file)
Stylist George Kotsiopolous, co-host for E!'s "Fashion Police," noted that gentlemanly looks, for men and women, come from the "Downton Abbey" pre-World War I period. "Designers are influenced by the same things as stylists: movies, TV, music, art — whatever is the zeitgeist," he says.