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.
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.
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.
Also from the collection, the Odette Blouse, it comes in pink, navy and dusty blue, $228.
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).
There is a lot to like with the collaborative effort, although some prices are skewed to the higher end of the scale.
Also today, two more brands that joined forces, Finnish textile house Marimekko and US sneaker manufacturer Converse.
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.
There are seven styles of Chuck Taylors and four pair of Jack Purcells in the vibrant prints, they are an awful lot of fun.
One last collection launch to share today, another with somewhat preppish lines.
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.”
Some of them look eminently wearable.
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.