J.Crew Menswear – Text by Jonathan Shia
J.Crew’s menswear designer Frank Muytjens went through a Blue Period of sorts for Fall 2012, with the color appearing in his clean-cut pieces in shades ranging from eye-popping electric to rich royal to dark navy. The look was laid-back and relaxed, offering just the right upgrades on casual, accessible pieces like toggle coats and striped sweaters that J.Crew does best. The pieces might not have been the week’s most advanced, but it was hard to argue with a collection that looked so clean and felt so right.
J.Crew Womenswear – Text by Janelle Okwodu
The Lyons look is still de rigueur for J.Crew: new womenswear designer Tom Mora may be at the helm, but Jenna’s kooky prep look dominated the fall presentation. Models in saturated color and clashing prints preened for a packed house at Lincoln Center. Accessories took center stage, with unexpectedly luxurious textures like fur, snakeskin and croc showing up on satchels and heels. Retro touches are a big part of what makes J.Crew so popular and the fall collection didn’t disappoint: cat-eye sunglasses and a slew of tweed jackets that looked lifted from grandma’s closet were standouts. Detractors may say it is more of the same, but when the formula works this well, slight updates serve as innovation.