29 posts tagged "J. Crew"
I’m getting into Memorial Weekend packing mode. Lucky for me, I’ll be spending the long weekend by the beach celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday. The schedule is packed with fun activities during the day and soirees at night. I’m searching for sunset party dresses as we speak—hopefully by Monday I’ll have some options on my radar. As of now, I want this palm tree T-shirt from Sundry for J.Crew. It’s the perfect thing to wear over bikinis and cutoffs at the beach. The best part is that it can be a city shirt, too—I’m going to pair it with a silk printed skirt.
Sundry for J.Crew T-shirt, $69, available at jcrew.com on May 21.
Is it just us or is everyone on vacation right now? If they aren’t already, nearly every friend, coworker, and family member seems to have a trip booked to Miami or St. Barts in the very near future. All we can say is…we want in. Before we know it, things will be crazy again with Resort collections, the Spring menswear shows, and everything else happening this summer. Now’s the time to unplug—preferably on a far-flung island where temperatures are a consistent 85 degrees. A few wardrobe updates are in order, of course, including a superluxe beach towel, a SPF-shielding (and cute!) rash guard, of-the-moment rainbow sunnies, and the perfect flat sandals. Consider this your new and much-improved packing list. Shop our must-have beach pieces by J.Crew, Gucci, and Barton Perreira, below.
1. J.Crew sailor-stripe rash guard, $78, available at jcrew.com
2. Barton Perreira Rio aviator sunglasses, $525, available at neimanmarcus.com
3. Gucci printed cotton beach towel, $295, available at net-a-porter.com
4. Ancient Greek Sandals Clio painted leather sandals, $240, available at net-a-porter.com
5. J.Crew string hipster, $40, available at jcrew.com
Something old, something new, something Bali, something blue. That was our takeaway from the Spring ’15 bridal collections presented in New York over the last few days. Despite the influx of new labels and big retailers (such as J.Crew and Anthropologie) entering the market in recent years, most women still want a traditional look for their big day, and so there was no shortage of white lace, tulle, beading, and couture-like embellishment on the runways. What has changed is the broader scope of nuptial ceremonies that designers are addressing.
“There are so many different kinds of weddings and so many different types of brides now,” said Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman backstage before her show. “You’ve got classic church weddings, town hall weddings, and destination weddings, but ultimately, the dress should still be beautiful. It should be romantic. It should be ethereal. It should make a bride feel like a princess or a queen for the day.” And so, Marchesa sent out a modern selection of cocktail and tea-length styles in addition to its more familiar confections. Oscar de la Renta also addressed the changing nature of weddings by featuring relatively casual looks, including a cotton eyelet bikini and matching pareo (accessorized with a floral head wreath and lei) that would be ideal for saying “I do” on a beach.
Vera Wang, meanwhile, went unconventional in a different way, debuting her new collection via a short film. No need to be a store buyer or a magazine editor to score a front-row seat. “The opportunity to create a visual and expressive experience of the clothes, as interpreted by my fashion vision, is a whole new way for me to communicate with not only brides, but women everywhere,” Wang said in a statement.
Earlier today, Gap Inc. announced the newest addition to its executive team at Banana Republic: New York-based designer Marissa Webb. In her role as creative director and executive vice president of design, Webb—who spent more than a decade at J.Crew before launching her eponymous label—will guide Banana Republic’s overall creative direction, as well as lead global product design for the men’s, women’s, and accessories departments. She will report to Jack Calhoun, the global president.
Over the past few seasons, Webb has become known for her high-low, edgy-tomboy sensibility (she did help craft that signature “J.Crew look,” after all), so we’re curious to see how she mixes things up at the mass retailer. “I’m thrilled to be joining the extremely passionate, talented design and creative teams at Banana Republic,” she said. “The brand has such a beautiful history, which I truly admire. This is an amazing opportunity for me to combine my unique vision with a brand that has such a strong legacy.”
Gap Inc. also intends to join M Webb LLC’s minority investors by investing in Webb’s label, which is available in more than thirty stores around the world. Calhoun will work as a strategic partner for Webb and will help her further develop her business.
Webb’s first collection for Banana Republic is expected to hit stores in the summer of 2015.
Neon has been “on trend” for a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that we saw a clear distinction between smart neon and rave-wear. If you aren’t heading to an electronic music festival but want to brighten up your summer wardrobe, opt for sleek, minimal shapes in super-saturated hues that beg for zero accouterments. Whether you go with a single flash of color on a pair of earrings or brights from top to toe—a look we loved at Sydney fashion week—the final result is clean, graphic, and, best of all, easy. Shop our favorite new neon pieces from Valentino, J.Crew, Dannijo, and more, below.
1. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi multicolor tile Shelton top, $625, avenue32.com
2. Dannijo Lizabeth crystal earrings, $605, mytheresa.com
3. Valentino floral lace skirt, $2,190, farfetch.com
4. J.Crew Kiki ballet flats, $150, jcrew.com
5. Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour small neon leather tote, $2,650, net-a-porter.com