February 15, 2009 New York
As always, there were quirky takes on preppy staples, including an evening skirt done up in coppery sequins and paired with a charmeuse tee, an anorak of color-blocked sheared mink, and a blazer paired with a strapless peplum dress. These had less of a deliberate "granny's attic" quality than they had in the past, and more straightforward confidence. They were "designed," the J.Crew alum said, for people "to buy" (in other words, specifically with an eye toward what pieces had sold best in recent seasons). Are you listening, Michelle Obama?