Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Last evening, J. Crew presented their Fall '11 collections at the wonderfully chosen Industria Studios on Washington. The first time presenting both men's and women's together, it was yet another home run for the J Crew team. While I loved the women's looks(as usual, wonderfully put together), here, we'll have a good look at the men's side of the room.
For Fall, Frank and his team took notes from the work of iconic photographer and social reformer Lewis Hine(you may be most familiar with the Walkmen's cover for 'Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone'). Fall is always exciting for heftier fabrics and layering, something J. Crew does extremely well. As always so well styled, Frank and the team has taken rustic and functional work wear fabrics, using them in more formal and classic pieces. Harris tweed and covert twills. Buckle-back, wider legged trousers. Variations and combinations in navy and denim dressed up. Fair Isle knits. Sturdy totes and handsome scarfs, wool plaids and indigos. Waxed canvas and wool cruisers. Tough quilted work inspired vests and jackets. A stand out pop of red by way of a great anorak beneath a Harris Tweed sports coat. Super sharp footwear by Crockett & Jones and Alden. Hefty yet refined wool outerwear; functional trenches, Great Coats and the classic and oft revisited Pea Coat. Suiting(a recent strong suit of theirs. No pun intended) in J.Crew's well cut, trim and tailored silhouettes. Strong knits. Stronger raw selvedge denim. Ivory and whites for Fall in knits, chinos and denim.
Frank and the talented bunch he's got with him have again, and in commanding fashion, presented yet another focused, functional and refined collection that, although not even summer yet, has me looking forward to Fall with all it's hearty fabrics and layering. J. Crew has again done what they've been doing well for some time now; presenting classic pieces refined and updated. Mixing textures. Attention to detail. Not overly complicated, yet extremely well considered, modern and thoroughly wearable. A huge congrats to Frank and Co. for yet another great collection.
Event images, mine. Thanks to Shawn at J. Crew for the photos of individual looks.