J.Crew Fall 2012 Review


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Looks from J.Crew's Fall 2012 Collection

SHOW: J.Crew (See the full collection.)

ACCESSORIES: Python and crocodile bags, neon envelope clutches, oversized shearling bags, Manolo Blahnik pumps

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: J.Crew upped the ante with luxurious materials and Jenna Lyon's signature mix-it-up styling.

Last year was J.Crew’s first official New York Fashion Week outing, and it would be no exaggeration to call it a grand success—Beyoncé showed up. But this season, with no Bey or baby Blue in sight and the excitement of a debut presentation worn off, would the brand maintain its buzz? In a word: yes.

With the exception of Anna Dello Russo, people don’t dress in head-to-toe looks anymore, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Jenna Lyons may have had something to do with that. J. Crew is all about the mix: a casual sweatshirt with leopard jacquard trousers, a chunky cable-knit sweater embellished with sparkling bugle beads, a tee in a sequined chevron pattern.

This season, there were pieces that seemed more luxe than in the past, like a glossy python-print pencil skirt and rich bordeaux moto jacket, along with playful pieces like khaki trousers with a tiny sequined bow pattern and a silk sweatshirt screened with a graphic floral print.

Accessories were also strong, with ladylike bags in exotic skins and an oversized shearling envelope clutch that may as well be street style catnip. The pièce de résistance? A collection of colorful, ladylike pumps by Manolo Blahnik.

No, it’s not sold in Bergdorfs, but in malls nationwide. But if you didn’t think J.Crew deserves a spot a New York Fashion Week, think again.