J. Crew Spring 2014

Hello-Hello, and happy Monday.

As many readers know, Fashion Week wrapped up last Thursday. The dog and pony show is now off to London before heading to Milan and Paris. While it is a struggle to contemplate spring styles when we haven’t even officially hit fall, I thought a look at what J. Crew has planned for next year might to be fun.

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Women’s Wear Daily on what inspired the collection.

Choosing the beach as the theme of your spring collection is a no-brainer. J. Crew’s head of women’s design Tom Mora made it interesting by clashing two very different seaside cultures — laid-back California surf and turn-of-the-century times on the Venetian lido, where beachgoers “were very buttoned-up,” said Mora. “They would wear lace and eyelet, tailored linen blazers and nautical stripes.”

Crew does not do a runway show, rather a presentation. This year the company styled its presentation on a boardwalk; they used wood reclaimed from the Atlantic City, Coney Island and Rockaway Beach boardwalks destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

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J. Crew

The wood will then be recycled once again for other uses.

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As the Los Angeles Times noted, the look was “dressed up beach”.  The Style.com review offered similar sentiments:

….the signature J.Crew punchy aesthetic a soigné twist, with pieces like a trim floral neoprene skirt with a ruffle and articulating seams, or a ruffled white minidress of varied eyelets. The clothes weren’t fussy—that would be a breach of Crew protocol—but they did express some formality.

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J. Crew Courtesy Photos

Back to the WWD.com review:

Using both sides of that story gave him plenty to work with: the neon and Neoprene of the West Coast, as seen in pops of bright color and refined yet casual sport touches, such as a flippy scuba skirt, splatter-paint cargos and slim silk pants with multicolored stripes meant to look like the grain of a surfboard.

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J. Crew Courtesy Photos

The sequined or beaded sweatpants (?!) above left, with their elastic waistline are ghastly.

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J. Crew Courtesy Photos

As for the pair in the middle, add my whining voice to the chorus asking the obvious: “I would pay for paint-splattered pants because….?” Those two items are the poster children for why I rarely frequent the retailer.

Our pals across the pond will be getting their first J. Crew store in November, when the brand opens its first London shop. It is interesting to see a UK perspective via The Guardian.

For spring/summer 2014, shoppers can look forward to watercolour floral-printed neoprene skirts, paint-splattered camo trousers and sweet eyelet dresses.

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J. Crew Courtesy Photos

The capris upper left and dress on the right hold some appeal. (Although my immediate reaction upon seeing the frock was to think of the Target bullseye logo.)

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J. Crew Courtesy Photos

More from the Guardian‘s review:

J Crew’s USP is fashion nous mixed with accessibility – a relatively basic flowered T-shirt with high-waisted denim shorts, or a single-breasted navy blue blazer worn cape-style. It’s not the way the average shopper will do it, but chances are strong that said shopper, like the most label-conscious members of the fashion crowd, will find something to love.

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J. Crew Courtesy Photos

The jackets seen above are attractive.  A bit more from the Guardian piece (it quotes Tom Mora, mentioned up top in the WWD article):

Mora has spent plenty of time thinking about the differences between the UK and US customer. “The UK customer wants the sophisticated pieces from the collection,” he said. “It’s a good match because these are all things we’re already doing on a day-to-day basis.” In November, we’ll find out just how compatible it really is.

One of the highlights of the show for fashionistas was getting an early glimpse at the J. Crew’s collaboration with British footwear designer Sophia Webster. Below, Ms. Webster at the presentation.

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A look at some of her exquisitely designed shoes.

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J. Crew

The styles are unlikely to be seen on the feet of your faithful scribe, but I admire the design and craftsmanship involved in creating them. Below, some of the other accessories.

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J. Crew Courtesy Photos

Two more bags.

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J. Crew Courtesy Photos

This pattern is classic, shown off nicely on the bag.

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J. Crew Courtesy Photos

There were a very few pieces with promise hidden among the trendier, hipper styles J. Crew now offers.

With that, g’bye until next time, may your Monday be splendid!

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7 Responses to J. Crew Spring 2014

  1. Why does J.Crew have to make it so hard for me to spend my money there? The situation just keeps getting worse and worse.

  2. MCW

    Ugh. There is so much about this new J.Crew that I do not like. However, when I go into the store and see the items on normal people, not stick skinny models and the mannequins are not wearing 100 different patterns I tend to like what they have!

  3. I’m not a huge fan of J. Crew, which seems to leave me the odd man out among my peers at times. As you said there is a piece here and there with appeal, but not enough that I’ll head to their store and pay their prices!

  4. The last two photos, matching bag and shoes, are the only ones that caught my eye.

  5. PBChic

    There are many UK brands providing up-trend, perfectly tailored clothing for much less than the average JCrew item. Brits, like their US cousins, the WASPs, are thrifty, very knowledgeable about tailoring and quite practical; the country’s economic downturn forced these wise ethics on most everyone. JCrew is unlikely to impress starting with coral: the hue has been emphasized since Winter Holiday ’13. Conversely, the UK fashion scene has a lot to teach JCrew if they choose to drink at this wellspring where great design is translated to the consumer from Paris after hysterics and shock-value have been artfully edited out. JCrew could also pick up a few lessons on the fine art of monogramming. That would be all for the best. Mickey Drexler is a brilliant guy; my guess is JCrew is going to London for as much as London can offer as a cultural & design Petri dish as JCrew will receive in revenue. He has always used his employees & customers as his “eyes” & “ears”, maintaining a famous “open door” policy. If JCrew uses it’s presence in London the usual way, we will see a more fashion-forward, better-tailored, preppier JCrew in a few years. And that’s the really good news about JCrew opening in London. If you care for sequin-embellished clothing for Resort, check the thinning Clearance site at BodenUSA, they’ve still got some items left. There are lots of coral/khaki/tangerine things too.

  6. Sorry J Crew . . . the affair was exhilarating and expensive . . . sadly short lived.

  7. Misty

    Iiiiiicccckkkk I am not a fan. At all. Wow. Some of those items are plum fug!

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