I was just down at the popular Cliff Walk here in Newport and lamenting the change of seasons that’s in the air. That line from “The Great Gatsby” popped into my head, the one about wishing you could reach out and grab onto summer and keep it just a bit longer. But the seasons come and go in their eternal cycle, and that applies to us here at Ivy Style. Themes from recent posts include the grey-flannel Madison Avenue look revered by Japan’s Tailor Caid, as well as the new brochure by J. Press, which for decades has made its New York home on or around Madison Avenue. And then this morning someone left a comment on an old post about a Mad Magazine spoof of the Madison Avenue advertising industry during the Ivy heyday, which was portrayed so brilliantly in the TV series “Mad Men.” The commenter said to be sure and check out another Mad spoof from 1960 called “My Fair Ad-Man.” And so here we are at the beginning of fall — cue “Autumn In New York” — with a series of posts on a perennial theme.
The Mad comic is based on the Broadway musical “My Fair Lady” — the film hadn’t been made yet — and features characters based on Charles Laughton, Cary Grant in “North By Northwest,” and what looks like Frank Sinatra, perhaps from “Guys and Dolls,” presented here as a Greenwich Village beatnik who gets scrubbed and stuffed into a grey flannel suit with a patch chest pocket. Head over to this beatnik site for a high-res version of the comic when you need a chuckle or two.
This post is dedicated to longtime Madison Avenue working stiff and Broadway musical fan Richard Press. I can practically here him singing the comic’s lampoon lyrics from here. After all, I’ve grown accustomed to his voice. — CC