J. Crew’s “Glamorous Prep” (Ahem) for Fall, Hermès on the Beach

Hello-Hello, thank heaven it is Thursday!

As always by this day of the week, it seems we have accumulated many little bits of information we think you might enjoy, so we begin right away, today’s first topic is J. Crew’s Fall collection.  Yes, we know, spring has yet to arrive in many parts of the globe, including here at The Prepatorium, and most of us have minimal interest in looking at fall clothing. However, we feel an obligation to share at least some of the line in our never-ending efforts to keep you apprised of notable events on Planet Prep.

The Crew presentation was Tuesday, accompanied by cocktails and canapés.

J. Crew Courtesy Photo via FashionEtc.

Fashionista refers to it as “glamorous prep”.

For fall, Jenna Lyons, Marissa Webb, and the rest of the J.Crew women’s collection team chose a decidedly preppy look. “Of course they did!” you might say. But it was prep in the way we like to think of it: buttoned up with a bit of quirk and glamor for good measure. There were geeky platform loafers in lavender satin, sky blue cropped trousers, and a fit and flare trench that is sure to become a wardrobe staple for many.”

Courtesy Photos via FabSugar Australia

From FabSugar Australia:

“The US brand’s styling is always on the money, and the Winter line up was no exception with buttoned up blouses providing a preppy base for snappy layering, head to toe tonal ensembles, and a clever mash-up of leopard print, brocade, chambray and sequins. In short, we’ll have one of everything!”

More styles.

J. Crew Courtesy Photos

From WWD’s review:

“The silhouettes were classic, with tailored full-leg trousers and cigarette pants worn with a cashmere V-neck or a vest and simple white shirt. Webb punched up neutrals with bold magenta, green and sherbet orange, often putting the brights on the bottoms for a change.”

Courtesy Image via FashionEtc.

From Refinery 29’s review:

From flares to ankle grazers, we are loving all the deep purple and pink pants that are mixed with jewel- and neutral-toned tops and sweater. Mid-length to long flowing skirts and a maxi sequined dress in a cranberry color that is just to-die-for round out this collection of luxe-looking items that will be staples in every girl’s wardrobe. Even the most notorious lady in black won’t be able to resist these bold hues!

Hmmmm. There some items with tremendous potential, the silk brocade pants lower right could be smashing for the holidays with the right top and accessories.

Courtesy Photos

But then there are things we don’t understand, like the slouchy (comfy looking) chinos in the second photo, and this is ignorance on our part, but how do those differ from mom jeans? (No snark, we genuinely don’t know the difference.) Below, another look via HuffPo.

Via Huffington Post

Below left, the rose and red dress looks like it may be in a satin fabric, a lush and pretty feel for the holidays.  But does anyone else think it looks totally like it belongs at Talbots?

Courtesy Photos

To see all of the images, pop over to Fashionista or Fashionologie.


We dedicate our next portion of the post to the inimitable Summer is a Verb, she is fond of (perhaps more appropriately referred to as a connoisseur?) the classic and coveted Hermès bracelets.


To say we are also fond of the bangles would be an understatement, we do love the bright enamel coloring and designs.  Here is why we dedicated this portion of the post to Miss Summer is a Verb, for she really needs to be on hand for the next one of these:

Jason Loucas/The Australian

This year the Hermès Australia Beach party featured bangles big enough to walk through!

Via Style Me Romy

Now may be the time to start wangling for an invite to next year’s beach bash.


We leave you with two quick notes, the first merely an update on a sister publication that is finally launched, What Kate Wore, where, as time permits, we shall attempt to offer coverage of Miss Middleton’s sartorial selections.


WKW is also on Facebook, as well as Twitter and Tumblr.  However, all that folderol is merely an amusement. Our first love is, and always shall be, The Preppy Princess. 🙂


Much more importantly, our second closing item involves marking the significance of the day, it is a date on the calendar we wait for with impatience.  Every year it finally arrives and we sit with big silly smiles, gazing at the television.

Opening Day

The day brings optimism and hopes that this will be The Year. There is magic in the air.



Filed under preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Royal Wedding

14 responses to “J. Crew’s “Glamorous Prep” (Ahem) for Fall, Hermès on the Beach

  1. Oh to live an Hermes kind of life. It’s so happy (constant theme here, hmmm).

    JCrew .. I want to love it but it’s not easy. The clothes are a distinctive department store kind of fit which is different than an indie boutique fit. The fabrics are crisp and pretty but don’t lie right. The stores seem like good tries rather than hitting it and I think that it’s perhaps having a midlife crisis, caught between Americana (good) values and simple odes to American sportswear and a desire to become a Fashion House. The photos are spectacular and there is a customer but …

  2. Love the navy pants (tho’ they’re eating the model’s feet/shoes, which I really hate–cannot a stylist have a pair of pants hemmed?) with the button down and the short sweater combo.

    The slouchy pants differ from mom jeans in that they’re low waisted and they have a low rise. I like ’em!

    Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I don’t think I see a single ruffle. How utterly refreshing.

    I can’t wear a bangle bracelet. They fall off my hands and my chicken bone wrists.

  3. Oh! Pardon the multiple comments here, but I wonder if Jenna and J. Crew haven’t been able to move their overpriced, non-brand-stable wacky items that she’s been all about the past 18 months (harem pants, anyone?) and thus the return to a tiny smidge of normal clothes. Seems a concession to where their bread is truly buttered. I might have to rethink my J. Crew breakup. Might accept a date for coffee with the brand soon.

  4. OK..here I go…loving all the looks for J Crew fall, exactly as I like to dress, classic, tailored timeless clothing but all with twist. Love the pops of colors with the traditional lines. Love Hermes anything but their enameled bracelets are always so chic and can add such pizzazz to even the simpliest of outfits..that Hermes beach party looks like my kinda beach party..wow~!
    Last that picture of the little boy waiting for opening day at I presume Yankee stadium? is too cute for words…kind of brings you back to another time, when life was simple and calm….I long for those times in our mad world that we live in today! Great post as always!!

  5. Love those giant Hermes bracelets. What a fun event!

    Hooray for opening day! I went to a spring training game for the Braves a few weeks ago and it was so much fun 🙂

  6. Oh yes! Play Ball!! And we can wear our j. crew chinos to the game 😉 xoxo

  7. Why am I the only one in the blogosphere who doesn’t like J. Crew?

  8. Amy

    Opening Day! Yay! Go Tigers! 🙂 I hope to get to a Dodgers or Angels game when the Tigers are in town. I have a jersey and everything!

  9. How do I get invited to that beach party?! Love the giant bangles!

  10. I’m so confused about J Crew. First J Crew is preppy, then Jenna Lyons says the company is not, and now J Crew produces a preppy fall line. I’m just as lost as I was when I first saw heels with fluorescent socks in the catalog. Haha!

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  11. Totally understand Madeleine’s point of view and don’t rely on J. Crew for my important staples for all those reasons, but I already see many pieces I’m considering to add to fall wardrobe. And what can I say – does Hermes ever do anything that isn’t perfect?!

  12. nice to finally see things I want from J Crew again!!!

  13. Ahhh, YEAH! Think it’s too piggy to ask the Easter Bunny, who’s already bringing me a new car, to add a couple of these monsters to be ‘roided basket? 🙂

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