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.