Timelessness was the common thread throughout J. Crew’s spring lineup. Jenna Lyons revamped traditional Americana summer dressing with a playful twist — and the result was a youthful, upbeat collection.


For women’s wear, Lyons offered sun-drenched pastels mixed with pops of bright rainbow hues. The collection was all about fun, with Lyons giving a fashion-forward spin to the brand’s preppy heritage. For example, she took a basic striped maxi T-shirt dress and piled on chunky, floral neon jewelry. The classic Madras pattern was updated with clear sequins on a skirt for a casual take on night, and a gingham blazer was paired with little bejeweled shorts. A washed-out striped shirt was also teamed with a multicolored sequin maxiskirt — a quirky juxtaposition of dressy and casual.


The leisurely spirit continued in the men’s wear with slouchy, deconstructed suits, pleated linen shorts and oversize sweaters. Designer Frank Muytjens turned Thomas Mason shirt fabrics into ultralight blazers and added a graphic play with gingham shirts underneath, along with tuxedo scarves. Muytjens also offered up a similar twist with navy tropical wool suit fabrics that he used in Eisenhower and utility jackets. While J. Crew’s women’s wear has had its challenges of late, the men’s wear remains a solid staple for the company.