J. Crew combines preppy look and Fashion Week glam

CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- J. Crew merged its preppy reputation with the glamour of New York Fashion Week with the brand's fall men's and women's collection that debuted Tuesday in the tents at Lincoln Center.

"Women emotionally gravitate toward different things," J. Crew's head women's designer Tom Mota said. "One woman is going to go for the beaded dress and someone else will be, 'What an amazing striped T-shirt.'"

The eye-catching collection included both of the above, pairing the prep and the posh together. One model wore a heather gray and white turtleneck sweater with a sparkly silver knee-length pencil skirt. Another model wore a white dress shirt with a sapphire blue sparkly knee-length tank dress.

The extremes mirror the many different types of women who shop and wear the label, available at malls across America. The brand is known for its printed pants. This fall look for a tan pair with small sparkly ribbons.

A goal was to take American classics, like peacoats and toggle coats, and give them a twist in either fabric or texture, Mota said.

"That was the keystone to the collection," Mota said.

The women's collection included a brown python pencil skirt and a gray and white python print on a long chiffon dress with a men's coat.

"We always sort of like to play with that feminine masculine thing," Mora said. "Having a full men's collection it really allows us to do that, lots of inspiration."

That men's collection had the classic J. Crew look, lots of clean suits and cardigan sweaters. Designers did bring the colored jeans trend from womenswear into the menswear. There were jeans for men in orange, purple and bright blue. Men's pants were cuffed at the ankles.

Male models also wore thin sleek scarves tied closely around their necks.


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