Every time I screen cap these pictures of Pam in her pretty dresses, I find myself shaking my head and saying "Oh, Pammy, Pammy, Pammy. Ugh. If only you knew what's coming." She's totally the tragic hero here. It's just heartbreaking to see how sweet she is, how loyal, how forgiving--and to know what's in store. I just want to say RUN PAMMY RUN! Look at her sweeeeeeet face! And just know what shit storm is coming! I can't STAND IT.
So in episode 7: AKA Top Shelf Perverts, Pam gets to wear a very nice coat as well as what looks like perhaps a solid navy wrap dress? The collar and what can be seen of the V are definitely blue. So I'm going to take a guess say this is a solid DVF--maybe similar to the "Jeanne Two Matte Jersey" dress?
The coat is very cool with lots of silver zipper details on the lapels and cuffs. Color is like a denim-grayish-teal with a linen texture? Neat coat. Wouldn't mind having one. No idea what it is. No real desire to try and track it down. Clothes are so hard to find--but if anyone out there can ID it, please send me a note and I'll credit you.
The only other outfit we see Pam in this episode is a recycled dress from waaaay back in episode 1. And I'm so delighted that the costume director (is that a thing? I don't know clothes, hence the hilarity that I'm even attempting this) is allowing her character to re-wear items just like a normal person would. I mean, clearly Pam has hit the DVF bandwagon hard, but it's nice to know that she has favorites. I'm not gonna lie, the diamond pattern Tallulah dress looks outstanding on Pam.
For the win!
And that, my friends, is all we see Pam in, in episode 7: Top Shelf Perverts.
In episode 6: AKA You're a Winner--Pam has two outfits, a sleeveless top and then later, another DVF wrap dress. The sleeveless top is only just glimpsed in the snuggly car ride that she shares with Jeri. I'm thinking it may very well be DVF, but there's not much to see:
My best guesses here are either a sleeveless tank or dress. And I can't find anything at all definitive--there's just not enough picture for details. So, based off of what I think is mostly black or dark grey dress background, plus abstract splashes of reds and pinks I've found these two MAYBE close tos, but neither make me totally happy. I think the tank is closer--but neither of these pics have what I think I'm seeing--which is more red elements? But who knows. Maybe someone out there knows? You can drop me a line.
Later in episode 6, Pam sports a DVF Julian Two wrap dress that I've sometimes read referred to as "floral shadow." It's a nice bright orange dress with what look like stylized white leaves with a trace of shadowy outline around each one.
Pam has a really cool dress in episode of Jessica Jones (AKA 99 Friends), but it's yet another shitty day for Pam. First Jessica burst into Jeri's office again, upsetting a delicate legal negotiation--and then she insult's our girl Pam by saying she "couldn't hear her" over her print. Rude, Jessica. Pam's pissed.
Near the middle/end of the ep, we see the dress again. I love it:
A limited Pop Edition, Floral Pop:
In between appearances of the Floral Pop dress, we're treated to Snow Bunny Pam:
In episode 2, AKA Crush Syndrome, Pam's only in one scene--the beginning of the end. She interrupts a meeting between Jeri and Jessica to inform Jeri that she has to call her wife...because she knows. Geez. Poor Pam.
The dress has a pretty white and green polka dot pattern. It's the Jilda by DVF:
And that's it in episode 2 AKA Crush Syndrome for Pam and her amazing wrap dresses.
I don't usually try to ID clothes, because I'm not well versed in that area. But even I can tell a Diane von Furstenberg dress when I see one, or in this case, like a dozen.
God bless you Pam. Here are all your DVF dresses in episode one:
AKA Ladies Night:
When we first see Pammy, she's at the reception desk, showing an impressive amount of clev. Get it, Pam. The dress is a Tallulah diamond wrap pattern, with red cuffs and hem. Very pretty.
When next we see Pam, she's romancing Jeri Hogarth, her boss--and clearly the two ladies have an established, intimate relationship.
Pam's dress has a dark background, with a very pretty floral pattern all over--and a square/geometric pattern around the v-neck. The dress is the Tallulah floral pattern with geometric trim:
Pam's last DVF dress in episode 1 is a black and pink geometric print. It's also the dress that we, the viewers, see Pam realize that Jeri's not quite as free as she may have lead Pam to believe. Pam witnesses Jeri kissing her wife and it seems pretty clear to me that Jeri has yet to break the news that she wants a divorce. Pam realizes this as well, quickly going from a delighted smile, to a shocked stare, then awkward exit. Ouch, Pam. But so much worse is yet to come for you.
The dress is clearly the Zoe, pink geometric pattern, but I can't find a version online anywhere with the v-neck that Pam's sporting. Makes me wonder if the dress was altered for Susie's character? Most of Pam's dresses have a plunging neckline--and I'm thinking the costumer gave this one a similar treatment? Super cute dress either way. Up close the pattern's really lovely.
While watching Madam Secretary the other night, I recognized two sets of glasses on display in her kitchen. As an aside, I love the color blocking in this kitchen and throughout the house of blues and greens.
So, a couple screen grabs to show what caught my attention, then the reveal:
In 1st season and this early 2nd, the blue/green color play is evident--and I really dig the cool blues, grays (?) and greens of the McCord family dishes.
There are some short clear glasses with a silver rim--and frankly they could be one of several different designs--but if I really started to search for them, I'd look from the 50s-early 70s, since that seems to be what populates much of the kitchen. You can spend a lot or a little on glasses just like these, so pick your poison.
In the center are some stemmed goblets. These have a frosted band decorated with a stylized wheat pattern. These are non other than the Libbey "gray wheat" or sometimes "silver wheat" glasses. This pattern was used on several different styles of glasses (Libbey is prolific). Here's a picture of the pattern:
I was just suuuper drunk when I took this picture. Sorry--I actually just found this pic online and thought it was great. Here's a far better one that features the pattern nicely, as well as a small juice glass in this range too:
You can find these all over Etsy and Ebay--from good deals to skin-flaying expensive, so shop with discretion. There are many patterns similar to this--I'm a bit more partial to the leaf version--and there's a really lovely simple clear goblet with silver rim by Libbey that's very modern and sleek.
Finally, my FAVORITE because I love crazy Jasperware and its many imitations--the tall sage-green glasses, with white trees are the "Hellenic" pattern by Jeannette Glass Co. The McCord's are in the "wedgwood" green, but the same pattern also comes in a wedgwood blue (think Robin's Egg--it's amazing) and in this blue it's called: "Grecian." There are a few variations on this pattern that are all kind of fantastic. If you like that sort of thing. And I do. The one I'm especially fond of is called "Corinthian" and though not featured in the McCord kitchen, it's got a great pattern & comes in an odd greenish-navy color that's kind of amazing.
comparison of green Hellenic (as seen on Madam Secretary) and blue Grecian
These Hellenic glasses are available in several sizes (the ones in the show are the tall 16oz versions, sometimes called iced-tea glasses)--and have a few funky metal bar sets with a variety of caddy designs that are a hoot. One important thing: the 22 carat gold rim wears off easily with rough treatment. You'll find many such glasses for sale missing most or all of their gold rim--so keep an eye out for the bling--and for the love of God, hand wash these gently and protect that pretty rim. These are also all over Etsy and Ebay, very easy to pick up whatever color and pattern you're drawn to.
There are other blurry glasses that look awfully era-similar. I just haven't gone back through season 1 to see if I can find better grabs. Seems the McCord's either have a thing for 60s drinkware or inherited some of grandma's more groovy glasses.
The McCord's have a lot of "vintage" items in their kitchen. I hesitate to say this, because I grew up with a lot of the stuff they have on set, in my parents' real-life kitchen.
That bright yellow carafe, for instance. When we lived in Denmark, we had one in red. It was made by Erik Magnussen. You may find these online or in various shops in 'vintage' condition and provenance--but they are still produced today, via Stelton, the original 1960's Danish design house. Of course, now they're available in many trendy colors:
I have a soft spot in my heart for the shiny, candy apple reds and bright glossy whites and banana yellows from my childhood.
Perhaps a re-watch of season 1 will shed light on what precisely these yellow stacking bowls (?) are that you can barely make out in the glass cupboard?
They could certainly be ceramic bowls similar to the blue ones (to the right). But based upon all the vintage 50s & 60s goodies littered throughout the kitchen, I really hope that they're either Rosti Denmark stacking bowls (yellow's a near perfect match to the Stelton thermal carafe) or maybe even Massimo Vignelli's "Heller" dishes. Which we also had growing up. Ingrid Ltd Chicago was a knock-off of the Hellerware; there's a chance it could be that too. But I sure do like to hope it's the Rosti--for the Danish connection.
Damn. Sheila Bock is responsible for the set dressing for Madam Secretary. She is doing a stellar job. I'm excited to re-watch season 1 home scenes--cupboard contents have moved a lot--and some things may be easier to spot in earlier seasons.
Until then, I'm going to be keeping an eye out for any kitchen scene to see what other gems are lurking.
Though probably none of the above, here are the dishes mentioned (and my hold-out hope is for the Rosti!):
For frak's sake, I've never seen anyone change lamps this much, yet leave the same two damned coffee table books out in two years!
SERIOUSLY. Change the coffee table. WHO changes lamps and vases like this, yet leaves two large, cumbersome art books out that long?
Details, details, details...
Let's get on with it. I noticed that in order to torture me, the set dressers have yet again swapped out lamps in Sharon's living room. Gone are the rectangular shell/mother of pearl-ish lamps that used to flank her couch, and in are two metal and glass lamps, with round shades. My personal preference with all things Sharon is the more angular and pointy--but as they continue to soften the character, so apparently must the lamps also round out.
Here's a couple screen grabs from Season 3, episode 17 that I thought really showed the lamps well and in detail:
Sorry for the terrible picture of you, Jack. Face-plants are never pretty.
Bonus shot is Sharon's little black swan sculpture peeking out from behind the lamp.
And you can find this lamp at Lamps Plus (and probably elsewhere, but lampsplus.com is pretty ubiquitous). It's called the Alcazar and apparently has mercury glass in it also, which is trendy now and pretty.
"Alcazar" brass pattern lamp with mercury glass.
And as lamps go, this isn't terrible expensive--ringing in at around $70.00.
So, you want a little piece of Sharon Raydor style in your home, this lamp is pretty, trendy--both because of that metal pattern and the mercury glass.
Mercury glass is having a bit of a resurgence. I'm always happy when it does--it's such a pretty glass finish.
Again, I found this easily at Lamps Plus--but I'm sure you can probably track this baby down at a few other online and brick & mortar stores.