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WIN THIS DRESS! The Best Dressed Betty at the We Miss Mad Men! fashion event will win this dress from Hallelu Boutique! Courtesy photo.

We Miss Mad Men!
Hilton Garden Inn at Mayfaire
June 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Free! Appetizers, bevs and prizes!

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WIN THIS DRESS! The Best Dressed Betty at the We Miss Mad Men! fashion event will win this dress from Hallelu Boutique! Courtesy photo.

Cocktail dresses, mod shifts and pencil skirts; pill-box hats, evening gloves and feminine clutches. Dapper suits and sleek hairdos. “Mad Men” set the fashion world on fire after its debut season in 2007. Now, four years later, folks are pining for its return on AMC; however, fans have a bit more waiting to do, seeing as the new season will not premiere until 2012.

Luckily for Wilmingtonian fans, “Style Girl” Jess James adores the show. In honor of its many fashionable characters, from Betty to Joan, Don to Pete, and everyone in between, James is hosting a “We Miss Mad Men!” event on Friday, June 30, at the Hilton Garden Inn at Mayfaire.

“This event idea has been on my mind since March,” James says. “I thought it would be a good fit for the Hilton Garden Inn. They approached me about producing an event to treat their corporate clients, and from there, I decided to make it a public affair.”

However, James’ affinity for the series began during its premiere in July 2007. “I produced a ‘Mad Men’ fashion show with Port City Eye Associates and Island Passage,” she says, “and styled a ‘Mad Men’-inspired fashion spread in ‘Focus on the Coast.’”

Appropriately so, James is a “Mad Men” fashion guru. She suggests finding inspiration from the show’s timeline, the era of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. “We’re hoping to see women in wiggle dresses, full circle skirts, pussy bow blouses, beehives and cat-eye glasses,” James says. “For the guys, maybe some sharp suits and skinny ties!”

Guests choosing to channel their inner Peggy and Roger will be given the chance to win Best Dressed, as well as some extraordinary prizes to complement the victory. Rivaling twice a month’s rent, some of the awards include vintage green glass and rhinestone drop earrings (previously owned by the very first Miss West Virginia) from Deanne Karnes of Precious Gems; a retro-inspired lingerie set from The Bra Shoppe; Ray Ban Clubmaster’s from Port City Eye; a J.Fold leather wallet from Bloke; and a $100 gift certificate to spend at The Eclectic, among a number of other items.

The event will also feature many activities, as well as beverages and light bites, among socializing. Plus, folks will be able to shop for many of the looks given to the winners of the contest. “We are hosting two vendors from Charleston: Candy Shop Vintage (amazing costume jewelry) and Je Modiste Hats,” James says.

“Mad Men” lookalike models will sashay through the crowds, all of whom are sure to be living it large in the photo booth, located on site in The Eclectic Lounge. Live music from Zach Hanner’s band, Parlor Tricks, will play, too. Perhaps the most exciting news is that this event is free and open to the public. Doors at the Hilton Garden Inn open at 5:30 p.m.; the party ends at 8:30 p.m.

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