First, my personal favorites from this rollout:
- Collection Gilded Brocade Short - Loooove the rich, evocative palmette pattern on this fabric. The warm, punchy colors are fairly unique for J.Crew's brocades, and we haven't seen anything like this from their shorts. Since I love both shorts and shiny fabrics (I now have two of such items!), this item went straight to the top of my list.
- Collection Linen-Silk Dress - So elegant. The architectural lines and volume remind me of the Origami Dress, which has been a perennial item for a few years now.
- Linen Cardigan - I love the marled texture of the fabric and the relaxed shape. I have a few novelty-color linen cardigans and their texture adds so much character to a simple outfit.
Now, onto some trends in this collection:
- One thing you notice immediately about this rollout is the warm color palette the standout pieces come in. In contrast to the blues and greens from previous months, April brings sunny corals, oranges, and yellows.
- The Pink Floral/Blue Floral is one of the recurring prints in this rollout and is quite the eye-catcher with its large scale and outgoing blooms. It comes in two shades: pink and blue, which are named separately, but we've actually seen this print before in another color (see below)! I like the prettiness and illustration quality of the print.
And remember the Lucie Printed Leather Slingback Flats and Falsetto Printed Leather Pumps from earlier in the spring?
- The Gilded Brocade fabric is a stunner and really stands out for its rich colors and unique motif. Just looking at these pieces makes me want to travel someplace sunny and tropical . . .
- Pink Geo carries on J.Crew's use of tile motifs in a playful diffusion of pinks and oranges. I like the balanced look from the symmetry of stripes in the skirt and shirtdress.
- Seersucker makes its debut for the year, including in a two-tone colorblock version!
- And for another interesting take on seersucker, the Seersucker Eyelet fabric makes circular cutouts of a plain seersucker fabric.
- Lots of sheer raglan sleeves in a variety of fabrics -- mesh, eyelet, lace -- for a sporty take that combines the trends of shoulder detailing and novelty lace yokes and panels.
- Floral appliques - in case you want your spring blossoms to pop even more, these pieces feature 3-D floral details (which seem to be a J.Crew favorite) in a childlike, but self-consciously so, style.
And if you're not quite ready for your florals to literally go off the page, there's a crocheted option:
- Lace stripes add a dainty touch to preppy pieces in sunny shades of cotton piqué.
And remember this silk version of the lace-stripe skirt from a few months ago?
- Back-tie ribbons adorn a few pieces in this rollout and lend a sweet, youthful girliness.
- Some encore uses of previously debuted fabrics:
- The Collection Basketweave Dress . . .
uses the same textured basketweave cotton as the Collection Basket-Weave Toggle Coat.
uses the same fabric and/or clustered jewel arrangement as the Collection Jeweled Shantung Pencil Skirt and the Collection Jeweled Boyfriend Tee.
revisit the Trellis Floral print.
And finally, a few pieces or motifs worthy of special mention:
- Collection Embellished Merino Shell - Wow, I just . . . wow. I can't see that this piece is supposed to fit into the Moroccan theme from the fall/winter that has also lingered on into recent months, so I guess you're just supposed to take this piece for the ornate jaw-dropper it is.
- Collection Neon Dot Jacquard Short - Also unlike anything else in this rollout. The dots are quite fun and delightful, and the colors perfectly encapsulate the color scheme for this month. I wonder if we won't be seeing more of this fabric?
- Collection Stripe Python Jacket - Another jaw-dropper, and with a price to match.
- Collection Eyelet Jumpsuit - I think I'll go ahead and be secretly jealous of anyone who can -- and lives in the right kind of place to -- pull off a pink eyelet jumpsuit. It actually looks quite good as styled on the model.
That's it for me. What are your thoughts on these new arrivals?