31 posts tagged "J. Crew"
The Resort ’15 season is in full swing, and we’re already getting a sense of the top trends. From crisp shirting to eye-catching bomber jackets, our must-have list is steadily growing. Dior has been one of our favorite collections thus far. Raf Simons teamed Parisian chic with American practicality, structure with fluidity, and, most strikingly of all, florals with stripes. The clashing patterns looked fresh on otherwise spare silhouettes. Shop our favorite striped and floral pieces by Whit, J.Crew, Sophia Webster, and more, below.
1. Sunday Somewhere Soelae sunglasses, $240, available at shopbop.com
2. J.Crew Collection photo floral mirror pencil skirt, $228, available at jcrew.com
3. ASOS Dune statement clutch with chain strap, $162, available at asos.com
4. Sophia Webster Yaya sandals, $432, available at farfetch.com
5. Whit striped top, $288, available at madewell.com
Public School is coming to a mall near you. 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award winners Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne debut their J.Crew capsule collection today, alongside those from runners-up Juan Carlos Obando and Marc Alary. The trio of labels will enjoy mass-market exposure like CVFF honorees Pamela Love and The Elder Statesmen did before them.
The three decidedly disparate brands’ offerings are tied together by a theme that’s fittingly all-American for J.Crew’s customer: indigo. Per the Public School boys, “We spun that into looking at staple items that we would want the women in our lives to have.” The resulting wares fairly brim over with their brand of sporty, utilitarian cool, from tailored sweatpants to a color-blocked chambray shirt—pieces that bode well for their fledgling womenswear range. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Obando has given his after-hours opulence a daytime spin inspired by Barcelona—think tiered, flouncy skirts and a pussy-bow blouse. The former “really set the mood for the other pieces,” says Obando. Marc Alary interpreted his delicate, naturalistic baubles with help from a winged friend—and the Polar Vortex. “The theme was indigo, the color,” said the designer, “but when I did my research, I found a bird called the Indigo Bunting, which I found very cute, since my collection is strongly animal-inspired. [It] migrates and only arrives with the spring. We had such a terrible winter that it really resonated with me.”
Public School, Juan Carlos Obando, and Marc Alary’s collections are currently available for preorder on jcrew.com and will hit stores on June 16. Select pieces from the capsule appear above, and the designers’ sketches for the capsule debut here, exclusively on Style.com.
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.