oona does it!: domo arigato, mr romano.
when mena told me the band was getting back together for mad men, she suggested i do an ODI for it. maybe someone spiked her lavender soda, but she didn’t add and you should base it on the picnic blanket they use in season three. she just innocently said i should join. no eighties horrors. no six foot zippers. no crazy ODI challenge.
so i decided to make it hard on myself. y’all have trained me well.
ruggy, i said, said i, if you think about mad men, who would you say is the fifth beatle of the show? his immediate response was sal. SAL! salvatore romano! art director of all iterations of don’s agencies. i love sal. such an intricate character, played so very wonderfully by bryan batt. and italian! like me!
(yes, i am italian.)
i won’t give away too much about his story line, because i’m pretty sure that after all this homage going on at the sew weekly, those of you who don’t watch will want to take a peek. and his tale is just too good (which in mad men world means too desperately bad) to be spoiled. suffice it to say he’s a closeted gay man with a heart the size of new york city, living a lie in a world full of lies.
(no, i am not gay.)
i had several yards of some very lovely, very chic muted eggplant toned soft wool that i knew would be perfect for a vest combo (he is almost always in a three piece) but that just wasn’t floating my boat. my italian friend and i both look good in warm tones, and hey, sal is always hiding behind some neutral. i think that man would be rocking the loud prints daily if he could.
erm, no, not in a dress though. but he so wants a suit made up in a print from wifey’s dress. (that dress is gorgeous, by the way, the skirt is mainly ivory with a hint of the rose pattern cascading from the cinched waist– and their scenes in this episode are absolutely heart wrenching.) but evidence! his ties are usually bright and glorious. bright silk tie equals bright poly print dress. perfect logic. with that thin little tether of inspiration i threw 3 yards of fabric at my dress form and started draping. (draper. hehheh.)
it became a wiggle dress with a wide waistband, pleats at top, waist and hemline which of course you can’t see for the print. i knew this would happen but i did it anyway. self made bias tape around all the raw edges, including the hemline. the dress was finished last weekend and ready for write up… but i didn’t feel i’d risen to my own mena-fied challenge. where was the sal in this? so it sat forlorn on a hanger as i oohed and aahed over all of the contributor creations… the wonderful collar necklines… the accents at the neck… the bows and ties… and finally, way past the eleventh hour, i realized. THE TIE. (thanks sertyan, meg, sarah, barbara and bethany!)
the tie is totally fake. JUST LIKE THE LIE THAT SAL IS LIVING. I AM A GENIUS.
it’s currently clipped on with vintage pearl earrings. i may just keep it. i wish i could keep sal too… but, alas, if you don’t already know, read between the lines on that whole fifth beatle connection.