Madewell Makes It Work-------
“Madewell goes to work” was the inspiration for the retailer’s Fall collection, and the tableau at yesterday’s preview was very fitting: Mounted office chairs and mechanical desks made up the set pieces. But while the looks borrowed elements from professional menswear, like brogues turned into heels, the Madewell girl is no office drone. This fall she’ll be wearing nubby knits, wispy skirts, shirtdresses, and vintage-y denim flares. (And a few pieces we wouldn’t recommend for the conference room—the polka-dot pajama trousers, for one.) Outerwear was a particular standout, like a gray wool blanket poncho, and like its big sister J.Crew, Madewell is continuing to explore collaborations with outside labels. To wit: haircalf Dr. Martens, in the curious but curiously fab emerging print of the season, Dalmatian.