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In an upbeat presentation, J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons started with a Hockney-inspired palette of neutrals with pops of neons. She applied this to looks rooted in counterpoint: whimsically ruffled and otherwise embellished pieces juxtaposed with boyish military-inspired outerwear. For the most part, the contradiction worked like a charm, even if one or two looks felt overstyled.

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Frank Muytjens’ men’s lineup offered classic pieces in unexpected combinations. A dinner jacket with satin lapels, for example, was shown with distressed jeans, and an oilcloth fireman’s jacket was paired with white jeans and a skinny tie. “We’re mixing dressy with utilitarian,” said Muytjens, J. Crew’s vice president of men’s design. “The inspirations are familiar but in a different context.”

On the financial front, J. Crew said Thursday its third-quarter profits would rise to 54 cents to 59 cents a diluted share, ahead of the 30 cents to 33 cents previously projected. The update drove J. Crew’s stock up 15.2 percent to $43.49 Thursday.

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