To continue recognizing the personal style of the brand’s customers, J. Crew once again tapped friends of the house, artists, stylists, employees and family, for its women’s and men’s fall presentation.

“It’s a mix of old school and new school,” is how women’s wear designer Somsack Sikhounmuong explained his approach to the season. Traditional fabrics, motifs and silhouettes were revisited to create contemporary clothes suited to a realistic urban wardrobe. A classic kilt skirt was updated with romantic tulle insets; a plaid fabric was crafted into an asymmetric ruffled skirt, while a Fair Isle sweater was tucked into a ball skirt. The classic, white cotton shirt was redesigned with buttons on a shoulder, and military jackets and cargo pants were paired with lace tops, as well as chic velvet blazers. There was something quintessentially American-preppy in a look featuring a rugby shirt worn with a wool jacket and a satin flared skirt. A tuxedo jacket worn over a strapless jumpsuit was a chic-and-sleek evening option.

Men’s designer Frank Muytjens pulled off a little “heritage reboot” in the collection, bringing back classic J. Crew favorites such as chinos, rugby shirts and critter patterns on ties and shirts, but modernizing them with updated silhouettes and details. What he called “a play on proportion” was evident in the wide-leg jeans and a baggier chino. Also new were rinsed carpenter pants in denim and the popular Ludlow suit modernized with a wider lapel. In designing the men’s wear, Muytjens thought of the young guy who has an appreciation for men’s wear but isn’t quite ready to jump into his father’s navy blue pinstripe suit. Instead, he opted for a tuxedo shirt that was customized with a fabric border by Atelier & Repairs that he paired with a shawl-collar cardigan and J. Crew moccasins. “The young guy is growing up and knows he eventually will have to wear suits, but for now he just wants to have fun.” And with this collection, he has plenty of options.

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