Hi everyone! J.Crew just added the March new arrivals to its website a few days ago, which include a number of fun prints seen in the Spring/Summer 2014 presentation, and I'm here to discuss some thoughts on them.
First up, my personal favorites from this rollout:
- Merino Zip-Shoulder Sweater - I love how the clean, laid-back silhouette is combined with edgy zipper details (I'm a big fan of exposed zippers). The olive color is sleek in an urban, utilitarian way to me, and I'm also liking the Heather Oatmeal Stone.
- Diamond Ikat Short - I'm big on novelty shorts and like to collect interesting prints when I come across them, so this may just have to be on my list!
- Silk Dash-Dot Blouse - This blouse has a sweetness that's also a tad rustic, and conjures up the image of an English cottage in the countryside.
- Collection Pyramid Brocade Short - Another pair of standout shorts. Bonus points for being a shiny, dressy fabric, which I can't get enough of!
Now, onto some trends in this collection:
- There are quite a few recurring prints in this rollout. One of the most striking is the Cubist Print -- perhaps something appropriate for going to a modern art museum (or just looking like one!). Also comes in a short-sleeve tee, short-sleeve blouse, long caftan, minaudiere, and assorted swimwear.
- The Windowpane Floral print is likewise graphic and geometric, with a good dose of floral print thrown in and the cool, breezy spring shades we've seen in recent rollouts. Also comes in a tank top and scarf, and a floral-less cashmere sweater.
- Diamond Ikat is my favorite of the new prints with its fun global aesthetic. The black and white coloring makes such a busy print wearable and chic, and it comes in a few very wearable silhouettes.
- Lattice Medallion continues J.Crew's love of tile and foulard patterns seen in recent months and years (I'm a sucker for the shiny pants) and works surprisingly well as swimwear. Comes in 12 other items as well as a few shoes.
- Overblown Floral - This print features a color scheme that roughly mirrors that of the Cubist Print, and I can't help likewise feeling a modernist tone here, invoking perhaps a modernist waterfront home in a tropical locale.
- Photo Lace - This print combines the appearance of lace with a hue that invokes the jungle. I'm glad to see another lush print rendered in a shiny fabric. Also comes in pumps.
- Lots of other geometric grid- and tile-like prints aside from the recurring ones mentioned above.
- Mixed prints - J.Crew has been fond of mixing prints in outfits for a while now, but here we see several prints, often floral, combined in the same garment, frequently a take on the peasant top. We saw earlier versions of the items below in February's renditions of the peasant top, pleated top, and two cropped jackets.
- Contrast back panels - J.Crew has done contrast front panels a-plenty in recent years and is now playing with novelty back panels in fun, lighthearted tees for the warmer months.
- Cotton and linen spring coats - J.Crew is known for its winter coats, but it's also giving us plenty of options now that it's no longer the cold season. I like the variety of styles here -- you won't have to settle for a standard spring trench to have a polished outer layer.
- Styles that recall recent items - Perhaps J.Crew wants to give us another chance on popular items that we missed out on, or maybe these are just trends they plan on working with for more than one season, but for whatever reason, there are a lot of lookalikes in this rollout! (New items are on the left, old items on the right.)
And finally, a few pieces (or motifs) worthy of special mention.
- Collection Paillette Necklace Top and Collection Stripe Paillette Dress - Preppy with a sophisticated, glam punch. I've been on the fence about the built-in necklace pieces of late, but I'm really liking how the embellishments look on the stripes on these items, despite being into neither stripes nor this style of necklaces.
- Puff-Sleeve Blazer in Stretchy Cotton and Puff-Sleeve Dress in Super 120s - Charming in such a very retro (or even vintage) way.
- Collection Beaded Linen Dress - I like the lush, ornate beading on a warm-weather dress.
- Strapless Stripe Silk Dupioni Dress - It looks like a striped beach hat!
- Linen Embroidered Bird Tee - A bird sitting on a reverse-trompe l'oeil pocket, and complete with a speech bubble -- how delightful!
Phew, that's all from me for now. What about you? Did you like any of the trends? Will you be putting anything on your wishlist?