First, my personal favorites from this rollout:
- Both colored versions of the Embroidered Tunic: the Embroidered Tunic in Chambray and Embroidered Tunic in Stripe. Both look interesting and very wearable. The embroidered pattern adds just the right amount of novelty. There's also a plain white version of the Embroidered Tunic.
- Similarly, I like the Embroidered Rope Tunic as well. This one is more of a beach cover-up with a longer length and sheer, intricately embroidered patches.
- Collection Cropped Pintuck Pant in Lemonade Print - Gorgeous. I love the shiny silk fabric and pretty, delicate, butterfly-wing print.
- Baracuta G9 Jacket - Baracuta is a heritage brand, but this jacket still looks sleek and modern here.
- Selena Dress in Silk Chiffon - I love the aquatic, Grecian goddess look of the Dusty Shale color.
Now, onto some trends in this collection:
- The big hit in this rollout has to be the highly-anticipated Sophia Webster for J.Crew capsule collection that was previewed at the Spring/Summer 2014 Presentation. I'm fond of the styles with bold, graphic, geometric prints and shapes. Hurry though, as this collaboration is selling out quickly!
- We have another lovely, painterly floral in the Cove Floral print. This print recalls the similar-toned Antique Floral from a few months ago, which was also frequently found in silk. This print also comes in a surf-inspired neoprene skirt and dress, two pants, a sleeveless top, and looks lovely and summery in swimwear.
- New Photo Floral pieces - we have a new yellow shade in the Photo Floral, which we've already seen rendered in a blue and green colorway (see below). In addition, there are some new grayscale items.
- The blue/green Photo Floral coloration mostly came out in the mid-April rollout two weeks ago.
- Two new tropical floral prints. I'm not exactly sure of their names as each piece in either print seems to go by a different name, so I'll just leave them here.
- Embroidered Floral - Almost eyelet-like, this fabric carries on J.Crew's love of twee, cartoon-like textured florals.
- Racer Tank Silhouettes - Very much in line with J.Crew's love of sleek and sporty. This is a silhouette for showing off your shoulders, or if you want something edgier than a standard tank top.
- Cap-Sleeve Tops - This cut goes the opposite direction from the racer tank for a laid-back, nonchalant look. Many of these styles are in silk for a luxe, elevated nonchalance.
- Lots more eyelet - It's now officially summer in the retail calendar, so we have eyelet of all persuasions, from rustic and girly to high fashion and conceptual. Don't forget the sleek dresses.
- Pull-on bottoms - Another component of J.Crew's sporty chic look, these pants and shorts may have elastic waistbands or drawstrings, but they can still come in fancy fabrics.
- Flounced-hem skirts and dresses - These pieces aren't afraid to go over the top with a girly flounced hem. Kind of like a peplum, but on the bottom. Also check out the skirt version of the Collection Eyelet Flounce Dress and the stripe version of the Flare Skirt in Super 120s.
- Matelassé - from the French word "to quilt," according to the website. This technique adds subtle texture to pieces in basic colors.
And finally, a few items worthy of special mention:
- Perfect Shirt in Honeypie Print - so cute! If you zoom in, you can see that the print is of hearts and bees.
- The Herringbone Linen collection - so sleek and sharp. And I love the graphic quality that tipping adds to a garment. Also comes in trousers.
- Bantu for J.Crew frog print swimwear - there are two different colorations here, the High Tide and the Stir It Up, and each comes in a specific cut. The print is positively Monet-like with the lily pads, and the frogs are delightful.
- Ratti Fish print swimwear - another delightful swimwear print. This seems to be a companion to the Ratti Regatta print from last summer. I find the fish to be hilarious.
That's it for me. How do you feel about these new arrivals? Anything you're liking? Did you happen to score any Sophia Webster items?