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Pretty in pink: Why Houstonians are bound to love J.Crew's new collection

Pretty in pink: Why Houstonians are bound to love J.Crew collection

J Crew fall 2016 collection women
J.Crew pink yeti coat, berry tweed blazer, tile-print pajama tunic, French powder blue chino, leopard lace-ups. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
J Crew fall 2016 collection men
J. Crew brushed fuzzy Fair Isle sweater, dark forest single-pleated dress pant, triple Black Watch patched cashmere scarf. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
J Crew fall 2016 collection women
J.Crew dark berry blazer and matching trouser, chianti argyle sweater, Drake’schianti pheasant silk skirt ,s atin colorblock heels. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
J Crew fall 2016 collection men
J Crew exploded plaid horse blanket overshirt, Wallace & Barnes Guernsey sweate,  Ludlow corduroy suit pant, Alden for J.Crew Indy 405 boots. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
J Crew fall 2016 collection women
J.Crew brushed herringbone peacoat in berry, pale rosa long cable sweater, satin flamenco skirt in cotton candy, printed clutch, velvet heels. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
J Crew fall 2016 collection men look 11
J.Crew bushed fuzzy off-white crewneck sweater, salt-and-pepper tweed pleated trouser, tweed bucket hat, silk foulard patchwork tuxedo scar,  Onitsuka Tiger GSM sneakers. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
J Crew fall 2016 collection women
J. Crew dark cloud cropped cable sweater, striped button-up shirt, Dijon trouser, acid rose shopper, Inky purple lace-up ballet flats. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
J Crew fall 2016 collection women
J.Crew Rosa cable sweater, cat-on-cat shirt, sea chrysanthemum skirt, cap-toe slides with ankle wrap. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
J Crew fall 2016 collection men look 5
J.Crew persimmon Wallace & Barnes Shetland cable turtleneck, Wallace & Barnes raw indigo selvedge jean, lambswool Fair Isle handknit beanie, Wallace & Barnes Byrd boots in brick. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
J Crew fall 2016 collection women look 6
J.Crew jungle cat coat, cat-on-cat pajamas, velvet loafers. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
J Crew fall 2016 collection women
J Crew fall 2016 collection men
J Crew fall 2016 collection women
J Crew fall 2016 collection men
J Crew fall 2016 collection women
J Crew fall 2016 collection men look 11
J Crew fall 2016 collection women
J Crew fall 2016 collection women
J Crew fall 2016 collection men look 5
J Crew fall 2016 collection women look 6

What: Presentation of J.Crew fall collection.

Where: Spring Street Studios during New York Fashion Week.

The look for women: Designers often present drab dark-shaded looks for fall/winter that turn off the Texas customer who is used to lots of bright colors all year long. But new J.Crew womenswear designer Somsack Sikhounmuong is taking a different tack with a fun, colorful collection featuring 31 shades, from hot pink pantsuits and faux fur coats to chrysanthemum print skirts and handbags, along with leopard print coats and pink-and-green cat print trousers and matching tops.

The collection mixes the bright colors with more Old School tweeds and classically tailored maritime peacoats and suits for a look that combines a girly sensibility with a boyish attitude.

The look for men: The menswear collection, designed by Frank Muytjens, is a bit more traditional, with fall colors of beige, tan, rust, burgundy and brown. But the collection has a more relaxed silhouette, mixing formal and casual styles, like a poplin pajama pant worn with a tuxedo jacket or lambswool horse blanket jacket paired with a foulard silk scarf. And there are plenty of attractive brushed fuzzy crewneck sweaters to ward off the chill.

Muytjens said he was inspired a Lisette Model photograph taken of a man sitting on the Promenade des Anglais in an elegant topcoat worn with sneakers. Though it was taken in 1937, Muytjens found it incredibly modern and up-to-date.

The most refreshing thing we found about the collection if that a couple of male models with thinning hair and gray in their beards were featured at the presentation and in the J.Crew look book of fall styles. In a fashion world that dwells on youth, it's nice to see a brand believe that its clothes can look just as good on a more mature customer.