Sunday, April 27, 2014

J.Crew May new arrivals

Hi, everyone. It's that time again! J.Crew added new arrivals to its website earlier this week, and I'm here to go through them with you. May is the first month of the Summer season, and there are some exciting things to discuss in this rollout!

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.

Embroidered Tunic in Chambray Embroidered Tunic in Stripe

- 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.

Embroidered Rope Tunic

- Collection Cropped Pintuck Pant in Lemonade Print - Gorgeous. I love the shiny silk fabric and pretty, delicate, butterfly-wing print.

Collection Cropped Pintuck Pant in Lemonade Print

- Baracuta G9 Jacket - Baracuta is a heritage brand, but this jacket still looks sleek and modern here.

Baracuta G9 Jacket

- Selena Dress in Silk Chiffon - I love the aquatic, Grecian goddess look of the Dusty Shale color.

Selena Dress in Silk Chiffon

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!

Sophia Webster™ for J.Crew Riko Pumps Sophia Webster™ for J.Crew Poppy Pumps
Sophia Webster™ for J.Crew Pippa Pumps Sophia Webster™ for J.Crew Lola Pumps

- 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.

Merino Silk-Panel Sweater in Cove Floral Collection Cove Floral Dress
Collection Eaton Boy Short in Cove Floral Cove Floral Bandeau Tank

- 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.

Popover in Photo Floral Photo Floral Triangle Halter Top
Blakely Printed Pumps Photo Floral Sweatshirt

- The blue/green Photo Floral coloration mostly came out in the mid-April rollout two weeks ago.

Photo Floral Dress Tap Short in Photo Floral
Patio Skirt in Photo Floral Photo Floral Underwire Tank

- 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.

Boy Shirt in Tropical Floral Collection Tropical Jacquard Short
Tap Short in Neon Coral Jacquard Collection Jacquard Pant in Neon Tropical Floral

- Embroidered Floral - Almost eyelet-like, this fabric carries on J.Crew's love of twee, cartoon-like textured florals.

Embroidered Floral Racer Top Embroidered Floral Racer Dress

- 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.

Racer Tank in Photo Floral Embroidered Floral Racer Top
Embroidered Floral Racer Dress Racer Tank

- 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.

Sleeveless Drapey Top Sleeveless Drapey Top in Cove Floral
Sleeveless Drapey Top in Photo Floral and Eyelet Luxe Silk Crepe Top

- 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.

Silk Eyelet Top Mixed Eyelet Top
Eyelet-Front Linen Tee Pleated Eyelet Skort

- 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.

Collection Track Pant in Cove Floral Collection Drapey Crepe Pant
Arrow Ikat Pull-On Pant Pull-On Matelasse Short

- 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.

Surf Skirt in Cove Floral Collection Eyelet Flounce Dress
Ruffle-Hem Dress in Stretch Cotton 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.

Mixed Matelassé Short Matelassé Drop-Waist Skirt
Matelassé Sheath Dress Pull-On Matelassé Short

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.

Perfect Shirt in Honeypie Print

Perfect Shirt in Honeypie Print

- The Herringbone Linen collection - so sleek and sharp. And I love the graphic quality that tipping adds to a garment. Also comes in trousers.

Herringbone Linen Jacket Herringbone Linen Dress
Pencil Skirt in Herringbone Linen Herringbone Linen Dress

- 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.

Bantu for J.Crew High Tide Bikini Top in Frog Print Bantu for J.Crew Stir It Up Bikini Top in Frog Print
Bantu for J.Crew High Tide Bikini Bottom in Frog Print Bantu for J.Crew Stir It Up Bikini Bottom in Frog Print

- 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.

Ratti Fish Underwire Top Ratti Fish Rash Guard
Ratti Fish Underwire Tank Ratti Fish Bikini

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?