Ann Taylor & J. Crew for Spring 2011

It is a grand start to a new week, we are grateful to be blessed with another spot of Indian summer, and wish our friends experiencing the snow this morning could share the same!

Gazing out across the lawn moat at the delightful vistas makes it even more difficult to think about fashion for next spring, but that is what we have on tap today.  Below, a look at Ann Taylor for next spring.

Courtesy Images via Nitrolicious

Here are more styles via WWD.

Steve Eichner/WWD

The palette showcases a lot of neutrals.

From the brief review in Women’s Wear Daily

“… hit upon the current trends, including “the new neutrals” — olive and khaki, as well as leopard, which is now considered a heritage motif and will be reinterpreted every season — a black-and-white series of tailored pieces and blouses, and finally, a more casual group of stripes and florals.”

Steve Eichner/WWD

The always-on-top-of-things Nitrolicious has images of the entire line.

The looks are strong, most with Ann Taylor’s clean lines.

Courtesy Image via Nitrolicious

We can see why some find the retailer’s inventory similar to that found at Talbots.

Courtesy Image via Nitrolicious

Pop over to Nitrolicious if interested in seeing the full lookbook.


Friday we promised to share better images of next spring’s J. Crew collection as soon as they were available, so here we go.

This group also offers lots of neutrals.

From Style’s review of the collection.

“The crisp white shorts suit at the beginning of the lineup… was notably devoid of the brooches and boutonnieres that decorated last season’s tailoring, and it looked smarter for it.”

Below, three of our least favorite ensembles, although we suspect the one-shouldered dress on the far left may be far more attractive in person.

More pops of color.

Back to the Style review:

“A tee, button-down, and paper bag-waist shorts combo came in three different shades of hot pink, and an acid yellow gingham shirt was paired with a straw-colored vest and a blush-toned maxi skirt.”

And what did Style say bout TP’s least-favorite look, seen below left?

“The studded cotton sweater worn with chartreuse duchesse satin evening shorts is destined to be an editor favorite…”

On the right, the one top we truly covet.

There are sure to be more serviceable pieces than it may initially appear; the lace overlay jacket on the left and the canvas skirt are two such items.

But then there are these…

The collection again showcases Jenna Lyons’ influence and direction, not a plus IOHO, but a style many shoppers seem to favor.


Also, an update on the Lanvin loves H&M collection we chatted about here. US and Canadian shoppers get a crack at the line on November 20, three days before the rest of the world, Luxuo has a look at the full range of merchandise for women and men.


We have something new added to the shop we think readers might enjoy:

The Personalized Phone cases come from the stylish folks at Clairebella, and they are offered for a variety of phones, including the iPhone 3 and 4, as well as the BlackBerry Bold and Curve models.

The variety of patterns and colors offered is healthy, providing lots of ways to prettify your phone!  (We know there is  huge demand for Droid cases as well, and are working to see what the possibility is for covers to fit that model as well.)

With that good news we must fly out the door!



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5 responses to “Ann Taylor & J. Crew for Spring 2011

  1. I see a few good pieces in the Crew collection. I see lots to love at Ann Taylor. I do have to say that I find the hairstyles of the jCrew models to be a little on the Mental-institution chic side of things. That is some crazy hair styling!

  2. LOVE the iphone covers! Adding it to my christmas list!

  3. I love the new iPhone cases! Now I just need to tell Santa. 😉

    I hope that you are doing well! This was a great post! As usual, I love your perspective!

  4. Love the Lanvin pieces at H&M and the phone covers. Not crazy at all with the new JCrew look. Maybe it will need to grow on me.

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