J.Crew's Jenna Lyons has become a street-style star. The photographers chase after her the same way they track supermodels and billionaire socialites. Her influential preppy-eclectic style was reflected at the brand's Fall presentation: loads of colors, loads of prints, loads of textures. Tom Mora, the new head women's designer, said the focus was on head-to-toe dressing. The snake-print top paired with the snake-print long skirt was one of the presentation's most directional looks, along with a pink schoolboy blazer worn as a suit with matching pants. But offbeat, mix-and-match layering still rules here.
Among the most winning combinations were a red, navy, and camel abstracted Fair Isle sweater tucked into a slim python pencil skirt, and an ivory Aran sweater embroidered with silver bugle beads that was teamed with a bordeaux leather dirndl. (We prefer our layers on the light side, so we were less inclined to be won over by an outfit that combined an Eisenhower jacket with a hacking jacket with a striped sweater with a button-down, and that was just above the waist.)
Lyons has turned statement pants into a growth market for J.Crew, and we clocked plenty more on the model platform at today's packed presentation. Sequin bows appliquéd on Italian flannel might be a step too far, but not so the paisleys and the foulard prints.
May we make a suggestion to team Mickey Drexler and Jenna Lyons, though? Find a new show space. The venue and the format are no match for the crowds anxious to see what you do next.