French Preppy Style (?) and Other Collaboration Updates

Hello, and welcome to a new week, we are blessed with another bright and beautiful day.

We begin with a quick look at J. Crew’s new capsule collection from Joseph Altuzarra, described by Crew as being inspired by “Brigitte Bardot in Saint-Tropez and French preppy style.” Here we see the designer with a model wearing pieces from the new line.

J. Crew Courtesy Photos via The NY Times

The collection launched online last week, today it arrives in stores, the Times’ T magazine has more on the collaboration:

This week, the preppy-classic brand introduced its latest combined effort––a seven-piece capsule from the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Joseph Altuzarra that includes a list of closet staples like denim bottoms, cashmere sweaters and crisp, gingham shirts ($85-$345).

The Patricia Dress is $145.

Joesph Altuzarra Facebook

Eric Wilson’s story in the Times offers this perspective:

It’s perhaps preppier than what you might expect from Mr. Altuzarra, based on his three-year-old label, but it’s certainly a French version of preppy. And, in a way, it’s a logical expression of the styles of both Mr. Altuzarra, who was raised in Paris, and J. Crew.

The Sabrina Dress is done in Thomas Mason® gingham, it is available in both dusty blue, shown in the first photo above, and navy, $228.

J. Crew

Also from the collection, the Odette Blouse, it comes in pink, navy and dusty blue, $228.

Joseph Altuzarra Facebook

In this photo we see the Manon Skirt, offered in Shadowy Blue and White, $168; also from the collection, the Corrine Espradrilles, they are available in Maraschino Cherry and Apricot Mist, $345 (ahem).

J. Crew/Joseph Altuzarra Facebook

There is a lot to like with the collaborative effort, although some prices are skewed to the higher end of the scale.

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Also today, two more brands that joined forces, Finnish textile house Marimekko and US sneaker manufacturer Converse.

Via Coolhunting

Full disclosure: yours truly is a little gaga when it comes to Marimekko, having been fortunate enough to be exposed to the fun fabrics as a wee prep, way back when. In the Dark Ages. You know.

Converse

There are seven styles of Chuck Taylors and four pair of Jack Purcells in the vibrant prints, they are an awful lot of fun.

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One last collection launch to share today, another with somewhat preppish lines.

Keds

These are styles from the Keds for Opening Ceremony line, more from the Keds’ website:

“…for the first time, our happy heritage goes head-to-toe, with the debut of Keds clothing for She and He. It’s feel-good-style- for life, play, and the passionate pursuit of happiness.”

Keds

Some of them look eminently wearable.

Keds for Opening Ceremony

This is one we wouldn’t mind seeing in person. Sadly, Opening Ceremony only has US stores in New York and Los Angeles at the moment.  Sigh.

11 Comments

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11 responses to “French Preppy Style (?) and Other Collaboration Updates

  1. I really love the Crew collaboration, and especially the espadrilles, but there is absolutely no way in hell I am paying over $350 (once you include tax and shipping) for shoes from J.Crew. I could get a pair and a half of Torys for that!

  2. MCW

    Love the Sabrina dress. Don’t love the prices!

  3. Cute shirt and dress! I’m a gingham freak!

  4. theenchantedhome

    Love the new collection, am a sucker for gingham anything and stripes that feel nautical…have to check it out. So out of the shopping loop…thanks for the heads up!! Have a fabulous day…and give Tilly a hug:)

  5. Oh, I like the striped dress!

  6. Princess Freckles

    Just adore the “French Preppy”! My two favorite things!

  7. Merry

    Well now I need to go to the Keds store soon. Love it!

  8. Loving the jcrew and the wedges…adorable!!

  9. I adore the jcrew collection and the wedges are so, so cute. Would be my “go to” shoe for the summer!!

  10. Love the look of that J. Crew collaboration, but I’m with Sarah – it ain’t happening at that price point. I’d very happily settle for a pair of those Marimekko Chucks instead.

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