J. CREW’S NEW LOOK: J. Crew has published what it’s calling “an exclusive edition” for spring that is currently being sent to consumers. The 75-page edition, which uses heavier paper with a matte finish, features the breadth of J. Crew’s offerings, some of which are not included in its mail-order catalog. Called “Some Things,” the catalog is spare and features lifestyle photography with only a few fashion looks per page and lots of white space. Apparel and accessories are classified into such groups as “Some Things Sheer,” “Some Things Hula,” “Some Things in Summer Suede” and “Some Things that Flip.” In the back, there’s a buying guide. In a departure from traditional catalog selling, there’s no mail-in order card. Instead, shoppers are encouraged to order by phone or at its Web site, jcrew.com.
Trudy Sullivan, president of J. Crew Group, said, “We view Some Things as an effective way to address the fact that we are a multi-channel brand and create synergy between the three distribution channels: retail, mail order and online. In addition to offering our Bath and Body line, currently available only at J. Crew stores and online, and retail-only exclusives, Some Things also features a sneak preview at our new line of children’s clothing, about to be launched in select markets and at jcrew.com in late March.”
GIORGIO, GIORGIO: For Giorgio Armani fans out there, Armani will not only be profiled in a documentary on the Bravo Film and Arts Network March 14 at 10 p.m., as reported, but he’s also the subject of an A&E “Biography” program that airs March 20 at 8 p.m.
The “Biography” show is a chronological history from Armani’s childhood until today, and includes archival footage and photographs of his early years, his family, early collections and runway shows and celebrities who wear his clothes on-screen and off.
ROBERTS TO MODE: Madelyn Alpert Roberts has been named publisher of Mode. She succeeds Tracey Franklin, who left the magazine. Most recently, Roberts was publisher of McCall’s.
STYLE SAVVY: The New Yorker will reprise its extremely popular New Yorker Festival, slated for May 18 through May 20. One of the ticketed events that’s open to the public is a “Style Panel,” slated to feature Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Andree Putman and Anne Hollander. It will be moderated by Judith Thurman.
In addition, The New Yorker comes out Monday with its “Style Section” that includes a sketchbook of the recent shows, reviews by Thurman and a showcase of Hedi Slimane, written by Hilton Als and photographed by Richard Avedon.