Friday, April 2, 2010

J.Crew's Fall Preview Is Here!

Summer hasn't even started yet, but Fall is already here & making quite the impression! Well, Fall fashion that is. ;) J.Crew has already tweeted several images from their newest collection (click here to view some images).

To make it a bit easier to track all the places that are covering the latest J.Crew Fall 2010 Preview (with images & write-ups)...

For the ladies, check out:
  • "Thanks!" to Tabitha, Suzy, & S (in this post) for sharing:
    Habitually Chic blog (click here)
  • "Thanks!" to Stephanie for sharing:
    Fashionista (click here)
  • "Thanks!" to Amanda (in this post), GingerSnap & Zebra Crossing, for sharing:
    Style.com (click here)
  • "Thanks!" to Leigh, as well as S (in this post), for sharing:
    NY Mag's The Cut (click here)
  • "Thanks!" to S (in this post) for sharing:
    InStyle's What's Right Now (click here)
  • NBC New York's The Thread (click here)
  • StyleList (click here)
  • Black Book Mag (click here)
For the gentlemen, check out:
  • "Thanks!" to Quiet Nights, Quiet Stars (in this post) for sharing: Pursuit Aesthetic blog (click here)
  • "Thanks!" again to Quiet Nights, Quiet Stars (in this post) for sharing: Secret Forts blog (click here)
Also, "thanks!" to kitsmommy (in this post) who let us know that Vogue (click here) has some images and a write up about the latest collection.
Little Edie Beale, Campfires, and Minimalism: First Look at J.Crew Fall
By Florence Kane
April 2, 2010

“It’s like if Little Edie Beale enlists in the army,” says J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons. She’s just phoned Vogue from Milk Studios a few hours before the brand’s fall collection previews there to fill us in on her latest looks. “There’s a slightly utilitarian feel—a little military, but more ‘young girl goes to camp for the first time.’ ” And to emphasize the Grey Gardens–gathers–round–the–campfire theme, the models will even have twigs in their hair, Lyons reveals.

The fall collection, of course, embodies J.Crew’s romantic-preppy (think rosette-decorated tees and the perfect boyfriend khakis) look we all know and love. But we’re curious: How can a J.Crew shopper reconcile the label’s sometimes-more-is-more aesthetic with the new minimalism, fashion’s latest favorite word? “For the sake of our customers, we wouldn’t want to change all of the sudden,” Lyons explains. But those who are interested in a J.Crew spin on the new spareness should take a peek, Lyons suggests, at fall’s simple plaid poncho or its cocoon coat. “That one creates a very fluid shape,” she says. “It’s not about being roughed up a bit or vintage-y.” Or the little shearling jacket. “That one is all about texture. It has not a single detail on it—not even a closure. It speaks for itself.” See below for our favorite fall J.Crew looks—minimalist or not!
W-o-w! J.Crew is getting a lot of press for this upcoming collection.

What are your thoughts? Has your opinion on the upcoming line changed? Are you looking forward to the Fall Collection?

80 comments:

  1. Boy that was fast! We haven't staretd summer yet.. My head is spinning.

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  2. There were a few other images posted on Vogue yesterday. I see a coat and sweater I must have, but the overall look is even more "homeless chic" than last year. I'll be passing on copying J Crew's styling, thank you very much.

    http://www.vogue.com/voguedaily/

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  3. Not loving it-- why the grunge look??

    The models look like they are the cast of Les Miserables...

    And why do the models all look pissed??

    JCrew, what happened???

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  4. My opinion is the same as when I first saw the Spring preview, hate it, but I keep on finding items to buy from the Spring collection so maybe this will be the case come Fall.

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  5. I realize that these sessions are more conceptual than real life wearable. Still, I didn't see a single skirt or trouser I could wear to work. Frankly, most of those would not fit into my non-work life either. What is with all the short short skirts? I hope that the individual items like blouses and sweaters look better in the catalogue. For now, I see nothing I would like and fall is usually the season I get most excited about.

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  7. Ha ha, the other JCAs are hilarious, but I totally agree. The first things that caught my eye are the blanket-as-shawl-cape and the giant furry vests over wool jackets.
    Um, I know layering is a big fashion thing, but REALLY?!

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  8. I agree with Dessert Flower in that most of this is conceptual; however, I have bought so much less from JCrew in the past year and a half. Unlike casual-crew I don't keep finding things to buy from the spring line. I really miss the pretty spring skirts JCrew used to sell. Would buy a lot! Glad I bought multiples when they had cute ones! I bought yellow, white and blue all in one style one year that stil look and wear great. At the time it seemed a bit overboard but now I am super happy:)

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  9. umm, JL, that pink jacket is creating a rather unfortunate bustline (read: that of a 75 year old lady).

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  10. I actually like a lot of the pieces, especially the plaid poncho.

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  11. Do you think the models are sad because they use to get to wear cute, preppy clothes and now they have to wear work boots with blankets draped around them? This looks brutal.

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  12. Oh, I see what all you see, but I got a teeny bit excited when I saw all the pretty dainty sequins...

    Here's the issue, though. I bet every one of those pretty sequined pieces will be collection only and range between 200 and 1800 dollars!

    Well, I guess I have enough sequins in my closet already...I mean really, should I even be looking at any other items bejeweled? LOL. :)

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  13. ARL--agree with your post! So very sad to see these items as I cannot even come close to calling some of them clothes! (as I don't wear my blanket outside unless I am sick and running to the mailbox) That cape/poncho/whatever thing is terrible. I own a beautiful wool cape and a cute Calvin Klein ponch from 4 years ago but that is ridiculous!

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  14. It totally reminds me of the 90s era grunge-chic fashions. One girl is wearing boots reminiscent of Doc Martens with a skirt. Not a trend I want to repeat! But I don't want to sound too negative. I felt the same way about the Spring preview, but once the actual clothes were released on the website and in-store, they looked much different and better. I agree with Desert Flower that this is probably a more conceptual look than real-life. Will be interested to see how these looks play out in the fall!

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  15. I always like sneak peeks but honestly cannot get excited for fall yet. I'm still hoping for some great summer pieces from JC (although I'm prepared for a let down). I've been looking elsewhere for cute tops that aren't silk and frilly. Hopefully I'll find other stores to love in case fall is a let down too. Thanks for the post!

    I hate to poke fun at people but...look at the Silky linen slouchy pant on Jenna Lyons in the photo on the Habitually Chic blog. NO thanks to that look. (I like them for slouching around the house but not how JC intended for them to be worn.)

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  16. On second look, after seeing the up-close photos of the models, I agree with some of you...many of the individual items (not just the sequined ones) are very pretty, too! :) You have to look VERY closely, but they are there and I have a feeling I will be doing a preorder or two.

    This whole shoot reminds me of Chloe Sevigny and I adore her and often like her kind of edgy style, so maybe Jenna was inspired by her and we will see her modelling in their fall catalog (which would be AWESOME)! :)

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  18. Kendra, you're awesome - I saw the pic and was coming in here to say the exact same thing about Les Miz!

    "Two...four...six...oh...ONE!"

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  19. Hmm...I think my wallet will be happy in the Fall! I like some of the individual pieces, but they're buried under all that layering!! I do not like overall styling that JC has done recently, but I'll try to reserve judgment til they hit the website and I can see each piece better.

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  20. As usual the guys stuff looks waaaay better!

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  21. Anyone else waiting for Mary Poppins and some chimney sweepers to fall out of the sky?

    *scratches head*

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  22. Count me in for that big poufy skirt in the second picture - it's just what I've been looking for :-D

    The pictures don't make me swoon, but then it's hard to get too good of a grasp just from that preview. I'll probably find something I like - I have a tremendous weakness for tweed.

    I've wondered for years why fashion dictates models must look sulky/angry/vapid. I think it's such a stupid way to sell a product. One of the many reasons I used to love j.crew catalogues was the smiling models - never better done, of course, than by the lovely Vanessa while in Paris. Her vivacity made me want the clothes even more.

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  23. All I have to say after looking at these images...."huh?"

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  24. I swear to god, if the JCAs ever created a mock catalog... "this season we were inspired by 90s grunge rock, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, and that neighbor of ours who sometimes checks her mail with a blanket wrapped around her... we're absolutely OBSESSED with sparkly things of any shape or size so we're gluing Italian sequins (can't tell you where we got them, or we'd be arrested) on everything, one speck at a time... and those pouts on our models? They're real. Because nothing sucks worse than breaking in a new pair of Docs."

    Thanks for the laughs!

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  25. There are a few individual pieces that caught my eye--the pink tweed pencil, the brown tweed jacket, the lace-up pinkish shoes--but I'm over the clunky jewelry and the military trend. But like others, when I first saw the Spring line I was completely turned off, but away from all that hectic styling I've found a few pieces I love. I hope that happens in the Fall.

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  26. I too am not enjoying the styling and overall look of the Fall collection. But I said the same thing when we saw the first looks from the Spring collection and yet I keep buying and buying... The key is to just unearth what I am sure are the more classic pieces and cuts from underneath the layers and layers of whatever is going on in these pics. Like I spy an olive green short Grecian pleated dress that must make it into my closet.

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  27. Rae you are hysterical!!!!

    I am super glad vogue actually called them on the minimalism trend and why they were having none of it. and jenna's response was ridiculous - we can't change too fast because our customers wouldn't like it! HELLO!!??!! as the above attests, we would LOVE for you to take off half of the crap you have piled on each model. and the outfit still wouldn't be minimalist!

    Although I agree with everyone and really don't like this, I said the same thing about the spring preview and am still finding plenty to buy. So I think, for me anyway, it's more about disliking the styling than the items themselves. but we'll see!

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  28. Kitsmommy, that is a fantastic description! "homeless chic". I thought of the depression years... but strangely I liked the concept.

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  29. Its a pity that the styling or overstyling is hiding the clothes. I bet there are great pieces but I wouldn't give them a second look based on this. It used to be I could turn to JCrew to think of an inventive way to style but this is just too much.

    These are clothes that are supposed to appeal to the masses. Perhaps keep this styling relegated to the Collection pieces but not sure how this would entice me to run to a store? Perhaps this is the direction they want to go but I am sad to see it.

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  30. Looks like it's all about legwear, broaches, and furry stuff. Hmmmm.

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  31. I saw a tweed jacket I know I will be coveting, like La Belle Helene, I have a special weakness for tweed.
    The look is a bit over-layered, but I love some of the brown/green shades... more big necklaces, which I apparently love as I just this week ordered several at those killer final sale prices.
    Rae you are killin' me!

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  32. My biggest issue with the Crew right now is that they are in a rut. We had the sequined cami last year. We had the super short shirred skirt and the short wool shorts over patterned tights. We had the piled on layers. I feel like this is mostly last fall's big rollout done in new (but still bland) colors.

    I just looks dirty and mismatched. It is the look of someone randomly shopping in a thrift store and buying what they can and wearing it all at once. Hence "homeless chic."

    I will look at next fall's pencils and shirts for some basics, but I am over too short skirts and dingy pieces. I did grunge once and am not going there again.

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  33. I really like the brown tweed jacket, and the sequins! But, I just don't get where they are going with the styling... I would never walk out of the house looking like that! I wish they would remember who they are catering to... everyday, normal people looking for clasic style! Why not create outfits that are inspiring, that we can actually pull off... and furthermore, actually want to!

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  34. More photos of the Men's F/W 2010 collection at The Pursuit Aesthetic:

    http://thepursuitaesthetic.com/2010/04/02/j-crew-fall-2010-mens-collection/

    Looks like another solid effort in their current direction of Americana/Vintage workwear. Specifically, I'm digging the tweedy speckled blazers. I've see this type of fabric in movies from the 40's but rarely in modern suiting. I also like that pleated pocket cardigan with the taped packet. It's very close to the yellowy khaki used in WWII uniforms by the USA.

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  35. kendra, the models are p.o.ed because they're hongray!!! And kinda dirty looking, and their bad posture makes for backaches. Poor things.

    Although I like some of the fabrics, the tights, and the overall fall-appropriate colors, it looks pretty thrown together. First we got tacklebox jewelry, now fabric store clearance chic? I don't know what I got more laughs out of, the models' styling or that dumpy, trendwhoring crapfest Jenna had on.

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  36. Can't do the Army Chic look, but can find some pieces that are interesting. Generally, I like boyish looks adapted in women's cuts. But I'm almost beginning to wonder why JCrew can't do what Barney's does and just put a single piece on a mannequin and call it a day....

    I'm more and more drawn to the men's pieces...I think it's because there is an interesting mix of textures without it being wonky.

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  37. A lot of the clothes and styling reminds me of Audrey Tautou in the movie 'Coco before Chanel' ..... she even wears a navy horizontal-strips top in the movie...the JCrew version is the vintage bandeau top in the current season..

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  38. I was told once that the best models look anonymous and that is why they don't smile. You want people to focus on the product and not the person, although being human we naturally look at a face. A smile communicates familiarity and your focus then shifts to the person. After viewing the pix you should be able to pick the garments, but not the models, out of a lineup. I'm not saying this is a fact, just what I was told by someone working in the business.

    Add me to the list of tweed and good pencil skirt lovers. If you look past the styling there are some individual pieces that have promise. The color forecast for fall is supposed to be more purples and blues so we will see some of that I hope. Tired of too many neutrals and warms that do not work for me.

    Quiet Nights, Quiet Stars, thanks for sharing the mens pix. It looks like my husband's closet, just slightly updated. The classic formula works for the mens line.

    None of those three women look good in the photo tastymoog posted. L-R: flared Mom jeans, gramdma in pyjamas and overdone head-to-toe safari in the city. Is that a turquoise *sweat band*?! WTH It looks like some kind of retro/dress-up party. :P

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  39. I like some of the satin shoes and think I will be wearing them with jeans this winter. And the men's collection is so lovely. My oldest will be a senior this fall and it's time for him to start dressing nicely, and I know where I will be shopping for back to school.

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  40. And more (larger) photos of the Men's F/W 2010 collection at Secret Forts:

    http://secretforts.blogspot.com/2010/04/dark-stormy-night-jcrew-fall-10-preview.html

    I've been looking for a vintagey field jacket and like the looks of JC's. Lots of pockets, zip up hood, storm placket, nice!

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_mfMRTBDpgkM/S7WMOtEE2WI/AAAAAAAALRc/kAY12cHHdaM/s1600/IMG_1671.JPG

    I only hope it comes in an olive colorway as well.

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  41. The shoot is artistic, very bohemian. Though the styling isn't much my taste, I'll admit to liking what i see -- the tweed, the fur jacket (though i could never pull it off), the hippie looking dress, the sequins, and hats. I'm looking forward to more from the summer collection and will be keeping tabs on the fall.

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  42. fall! i absolutely love the fall/winter catalogs, every year. but i can't make heads or tails of the pieces separately in the bizarre-o preview pics. the colors look good... some variations of olive and perhaps bronzed twig? looking forward to deep colors. i look awful in pastels. :p

    i do love the "cocoon" style coat-i purchased a tweedy gray one from madewell in 08 and i LOVE it.

    referencing gray gardens... i don't like it. their story is so fascinating but completely heartbreaking. being the dork i am, i actually teared up during the broadway musical. i just do not feel inspired by the way the ladies dressed because it came from such a troubled place.

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  43. Thank you for the laughs JCAs!

    I like the colors and some of the vintage looking pieces (not sure about the price tag though) but don't like the over-layered look. One model even looks like a bear with the oversize jacket.

    It's too early for me to get excited about fall when I've got a whole long summer waiting for me. ;-)

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  44. ughhhhhhh......I miss old J.Crew! Of course, it will be displayed as more wearable in the catalog, right? RIGHT? Yeah, can't wear short skirts. Sometimes I feel like J.Crew is going in the direction of 21 year olds. I'm not ready for Ann Taylor or Talbots! I'm still young (but not 21 year old mini skirt young - not sure that would translate well to chasing a toddler all over the park).

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  45. Fall Clothing is my favorite! I usually love JCrews over the top styling, but even this is too much for me. It really has zero to do with reality. i"m sure there are cool pieces under all that, but I think they have jumped the shark with the styling aspect.

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  46. I didn't see any pencil skirts in the preview pics. Did I miss something? I only saw short short minis (although I liked the fabrics) and a puffy looking short skirt. I hope there is at least one fabulous new pencil skirt for fall.

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  47. Crazy and impractical pieces/styling aside (hi ginormous fur vest and plaid cape, I'm looking at you), I actually like the concept of the shoot...it has this very interesting Depression era period vibe -- homeless waifs mixing with fallen from grace starlets and whatnot -- and I'm a sucker for period. Doesn't convince me to buy anything though but I'm enjoying the photos from a purely aesthetic point of view :).

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  48. I feel like I just had a torrid, 18-month affair with JC that ended this morning because I felt jerked around and disappointed by their order-fulfillment problems. Now I see these photos and wish I could still arrange a couple quickies. I will be doing my best to find love elsewhere though--where I feel appreciated.

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  49. Little Edie Beale in the Army? Yikes!

    Actually saw a couple of independent pieces that I might like, but overall, I'm a little worried.

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  50. *lol* Oh yeah...this is like a tech rehearsal for "Les Miz in the Grey Gardens" with a little Nipsey Russell, Tin Man in The Wiz (the chick in the blazer w/the crap stuck all over it). On the one hand, some of these styles are recycled repeats. On the other hand, I spy one or two interesting things.

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  52. gem twin, I so agree with you. In fact, on my day off, I spent a couple hours getting "re-acquainted" with some "lost loves" like Ann Taylor and Banana R. I have said before that the whole customer service piece must be completely grounded or people do begin to feel "jerked around". After reading about all the preferred customer perks, I felt a little glum. I am all about rewarding your best customers, but let us know what we have to do to get there? J. Crew is not a boutique and has really turned itself into a flagship on many levels, so how about a point system or multi-level reward program? There are basic marketing practices I feel they are amiss. I too, like many of you spend lots 'o dollars and would be nice to come to "expect" great service from the B&M and to online with consistent product fulfillment, pricing, etc. So anyways, I was less than inspired with their Fall preview...I wish they would stop focusing on these Collection type pieces trying to launch themselves into the designer stratosphere and return to the modern, classic with an edge reality that most of us live in and have come to love with JC. I don't personally think it is doing well for them. I am a marketer so am pretty sure it is appealing to someone out there, but I feel CONFUSED and perhaps a "little" frustrated and ready for some fresh air. J. Crew, please win me back...my love is waning!! I love all my fellow JCA's comments!

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  53. Oh Dear. Is this Jenna's take on the Great Recession?? We want beautiful clothes, not homeless rags.

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  54. I don't see anything that stands out. Okay, maybe one necklace, but it's hard to tell. I agree that the skirts are too short! I just can't wear a skirt that short!

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  55. I'm with Slastena and jcrewphd...I just find the whole business depressing. I know that's not entirely J Crew's fault - the entire industry does rollouts a season before Mother Nature's ready. But honestly, I got a pedicure today, am totally psyched at the mere prospect of having my feet see the light of day, let alone arms and other parts, and then I have to look at drab gray, brown, and a "pop" of burnt sienna?? No thank you. Let me enjoy the mere anticipation of a temperature above 63.
    In other news - got my Mickey bag today! I wasn't expecting one given how long ago other JCAs posted about receiving their totes. And I've never gotten extras like coupons in catalogs or souped up rewards cards before like some other folks. But I have to say I did feel a little more appreciated. Damn that Crewlade. So strong, so very very strong.

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  56. I guess I am in the minority - but I really LOVE it. Not necessarily I would wear things like that, but the feel and some of the items you can peek are exactly what I've been looking for. I love JCrew for keeping their preppy aesthetic and meshing it with the current trends - and am SOO excited I'll be working next fall!

    the Vogue piece shows some of the problems, though - are they trying to be high fashion, a better qualify/better designed H&M? Fast fashion for women with a wardrobe of Phillip Lim? Or are they a mass retailer and a brand appealing to wide swaths of people in varying stages of life/career? I think articulating a space in-between these two is where they're going. Just thought it odd they were asked about the minimalism - like they should be following trends rather than interpreting them within their own framework.

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  57. Sherbie,
    ITA. It's been unusually warm here the past three days, warm enough to go barelegged for the first time since October - and so I don't care what fall holds fashion-wise right now. ... I am also, however, since I did look at these pics, wondering about the pink tweed pencil skirt mentioned - I can't see it either. And I love pencil skirts as much as I love tweed, so a tweed pencil skirt should have set my radar off. Can anyone tell which picture it's in? Thanks.

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  58. OT and sorry if this is a repeat but did anyone else receive a reusable tote from J.Crew? I got one in the mail today with a "note" from Mickey: We thought of you and wanted to end you our new reusable tote (featuring hand sketched designs straight from one of our designers). Jut a little way of saying thank you...

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  59. I’m going to go ahead and say it. WOOT! Everything looks sooo cozy and muted and tweedy (minus the baby polar bear vest)! It reminds me of TOAST. And I can smell a sweet smelling fog descending over me now.

    It's kind of interesting to read some of these comments about how jcrew is alienating their base and turning its back on preppy classics. I have never thought of jcrew as a particularly accessible brand. And this has nothing to do with arguing for so-called trends. I don’t see anything particularly trendy about this collection. Maybe because I've been told I dress like a homeless person all my life. It also doesn’t have anything to do with changes in prices or quality, which are criticisms I can understand making. But for those who were relegated to shopping at lowly thrift stores to cultivate this image, they can now buy it in a nice pretty package already styled for them without the grandma smell.

    Seriously, lighten up it's just fashion.

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  60. Looks like I'm in the minority here, but I love it! A lot of the styling is over-the-top, but that's pretty standard for fashion shows and collection presentations. I wouldn't wear everything all at once, the way the models are, but I'm already very intrigued by several of the pieces. It all looks very cozy!

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  61. I really like the collection. It reminds me of the roaring 20's. I could see a woman wearing one of the ensembles to a jazz club. Love the colors, layers, & textures. I'm looking forward to seeing the collection this fall!

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  62. A - while I get what you're saying, I'll play devil's advocate for you on the other side. This isn't fashion, it's mass merchandising that should appeal to the widest possible audience.

    I personally don't mind the looks at all. What I'm concerned about is that none of it fits into my life. At least at first glance. I work in a professional office 50 to 60 hours a week. I have long relied on J. Crew for great basics and lots of punches of color and style to add into my professional wardrobe. I can't go to work looking like an haute homeless person. So I look at these vignettes and do not see any possible purchases. If I were looking at the LaCroix lookbook I would expect that. For a mall brand, that's bad.

    It has only been in the last couple years that J. Crew has given us these overly stylized previews that we have to mentally pick apart in order to picture any of the clothes indiviually or on us. The styling is interesting, I like it the way I like reading Vogue and seeing the fabulous layouts. But I don't buy the things I see in Vogue. They don't suit my life or fit my budget.

    I could be wrong, but I think that's what some people here are reacting to.

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  63. At first glance, I'm really not a fan of this fall collection. Where are the pencil skirts and the new fall blazers? The cute cardigans? Maybe they're there and I just can't see them under all the shaggy fur vests and boxy ponchos...ugh. J.Crew used to be synonymous with classic, preppy chic styles - what happened???

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  64. There's a bracelet with multiple strands of metal links in one of the pictures (is you enlarge). I know I saw it on ebay a couple of nights ago. There were at least 2 of them. I checked high and low last night, and they're gone.

    Has anyone ever noticed pieces from a shoot showing up on ebay before? Wonder why they pulled them?

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  65. I'm in love with Celine's minimalist Fall line. Would that J Crew took some inspiration from her..

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  66. Desert Flower- I agree with you in terms of work wardrobe and office wear. I used to make more purchases from JCrew in the past. I'm hoping this fall there will be some lovely isolated pieces I can work in. What I'm overwhelmed with is the sense that this is how I've sort of always wanted to dress... preppy but a little boho, with boyish touches worked in.

    Also - for those who want to see more pieces, style.com has a slideshow of 30 looks! here is the link slideshow

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  67. Amanda

    I can't thank you enough. I'm can see saving my pennies until I can pre-order. The bags, the shoes and a few of the clothes! And once again, they've shown us how to carry-over some of the pieces from other seasons.

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  68. Amanda: Thank you. Those 30 looks were a lot of fun to look at. A lot of the individual pieces actually remind me of J. Crew circa 1994. I owned a pair of wool tapered leg ankle pants in a muted army green color that I wore into the ground. It looks like I might finally be able to replace the pair!

    The styling is a bit much on a few of the looks, for sure, but a couple of the looks are very pretty.

    Concerned a bit about the models, though. Don't know if it is their makeup, but a few of them look very sickly...like sunken cheekbones, paper-thin legs, sad eyes, etc.

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  69. Amanda, why did you post that link to the slideshow?! Now that I can see the individual pieces better I now see SEVERAL things my closet will definitely want. My closet thanks you. My wallet does not. Ha ha. And judging from the slideshow pics, I stand by my need for that olive green dress. Though it looks to be on the too short side but I don't care. I must have it.

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  70. I think I will find plenty of stuff to spend my money on in the fall. The shoes! Maybe a fuzzy bag? I will hug it and squeeze it and name it George.

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  71. Amanda, thanks for posting the link. It's so much easier to see the looks now - and easier to see some looks that I like. Of course, the styling is over the top. Do people really go out wearing 4-7 layers on top? I have yet to see anyone wearing that many layers. :) I like some of the jackets and some sweaters have possibilty. It will be easier to tell when they're not covered. I still like some of the jewelry and the shoes, oh, the shoes! :)

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  72. Yes, Amanda, thanks for posting that link. That's much better for making out individual pieces. One observation: I hate shorts over tights, but what looks even worse are tights worn with shorts with pockets that hang below the hem. Donnez moi un break, jcrew! Also wondering if the bride is getting married in Kabul? But am getting tingly looking at some of the tweed offerings, hee hee.

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  73. Oh my goodness, have no idea why my particularly long reply to your post hit twice! Sorry Alexis!

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  74. oh, that brown checked jacket, #8 and #14 in Habitually Chic's photos, sends me. And it's nothing like what J. Crew has had for quite a while. I just hope it's not a super-expensive collection piece! I'll start saving now if it's under $250. (hint, hint)

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  75. OT...I'm pulling out my clothes for spring and am having trouble updating them. I made a major style change and 2003-04 JC preppy isn't fitting in so well.

    Any tips for updating "JC Vintage"?

    Thanks

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  76. I'm already trying mixing in different tops and pants, but I'm having a "culture clash"

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  77. Netdeva - you could always put them on the weekly exchange, I'm sure there are JCA's that would love some pre-2007 pieces. ;)

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  78. I'm not sure about the individual items, but I love the browns and olive greens.

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  79. OT, but Talbots fall lookbook is also available online:

    http://www1.talbots.com/online/ecatalog/catalog.jsp?sku=2010FallLookBook

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  80. Silver lining -- I want everything in the Talbots catalog, especially the leopard sheath, leopard coat, and leather pencil skirt. Granted, I can't wear all of them together. But they make amazing pieces. This is what grown up glamour looks like.

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