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Springtime at J. Crew was all about contrasts and closet-raiding. Blazers were slouchy and tailored in the men’s wear tradition, while vintage-inspired jacquards and diaphanous details came out of grandmother’s wardrobe. Likewise for the muted palette of mint greens and nudes — “old-school makeup colors,” as creative director Jenna Lyons called them — that was a soft counterpoint to the label’s signature saturated hues. Meanwhile, Madewell’s workwear heritage merged with a Mediterranean influence. Denim, sturdy and well worn, as in the new “ex-boyfriend” jeans, was paired with airy knits and breezy bohemian scarves.

This story first appeared in the October 29, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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