Insta-Critic: J.Crew Brings the Sun to Winter

J.Crew brought color to winter (as J.Crew is wont to do) on a day when everyone needs it. (Seriously, February, please end)! And we’re not talking like, “color for winter,” but bright, saturated, full-on color. Sunny yellow, and super-feminine pink with majestic purples made winter seem slightly more bearable in a way we’ve come to expect from Jenna Lyons & co.


A pop of yellow for an otherwise bleh day. Thanks, @jcrew. #NYFW (Photo by @goingtocarolina)

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Yellow fur-lining makes dreaming of sunny days a little easier.

Pop of yellow on this grey day @jcrew #cfdanyfw #smartwaterInspired

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New combinations: pale pinks + bright yellows

Earth tones at #JCrew. #nyfw

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Note that fluffy coats are going nowhere

It doesn't get cooler @jcrew #nyfw

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Also trending: the knotted waist

13 Perfect Sweaters to Hide Your Thanksgiving Food Baby

Josilyn (DNA) photographed by Adeline Mai for this story. Styling: Alyssa Shapiro

As cooler temperatures arrive, I immediately find myself hoarding sweaters as though I’ve never seen one before…there are so. many. good. ones. If I could wear all of these tomorrow, I would.


jcrew shearling

The kind of sweater your older relatives might not get, but you won’t care because you will be happily caressing your own shearling-covered self all night long.


shosh sweater

I’m gonna go ahead and dub this the “eating all night bc IDGAF sweater” because its silhouette, when on, is a beautiful flow-y thing that widens around the midsection. Also: pockets for an added bonus, and it’s a perfect autumn hue.


shopbop fluff

This glorified ball of fluff will be in the mail to me by the time I publish this post. And that’s all I’ve got about that.


acne turtle

The ways I love Acne are beyond my counting abilities and this high-fashion teenage ninja turtle sweater is no exception. And, it’s most definitely something grandma can get behind.


ryan roche

One of this year’s CFDA runners-up, Ryan Roche is majorly girl-crushable. This knit, in her beloved pink hue, is 100% cashmere and hand-knit in Nepal.



The kind of sweater you’ll wear to Thanksgiving by default because you haven’t taken it off in 10 days.



A knit for the sophisticate in all of us.


the row

The Row brings their usual luxury in the form of this cable turtleneck in cashmere/silk.



If the conversation grows tense, you can always turn the topic of conversation back to your own sweater.



This chunky boucle wool looks almost like shearling and will make you feel like you brought a blanket to the table.


zara 2

Zara brings us more affordable cashmere in the prettiest seasonless blue.




Another perfect autumnal hue, though you may wanna scrunch up those sleeves before serving any spoonfuls of gravy.



For the trendy-prepster who feels nostalgic for pep rallies when visiting home.

Happy shopping Thanksgiving.

A Simple Act Made Very Chic by Prospector Co.

Being that I grew up on this strange island called Manhattan, I have never come into contact with Southern charm. Or I should say, I hadn’t experienced it properly until I met Kyle Hinton, founder of Prospector Co. Kyle is handsome, interesting, and founded a line of lovely, simple, natural grooming products, and he did so with his mama’s help. Heart melting stuff.

Prospector Co. is equally as charming as its founder.


What began as (and still is) a store in Savannah, Georgia, with a core line of men’s shaving essentials has blossomed into a line available at top taste-making stores like J.Crew and Barney’s. The products aim to be multi-purpose, also, now that the line has expanded, catering to the unique, differing needs of men’s skin vs. women’s skin. Many products are unisex. Take one of the brand’s staples, the all-purpose “dirt”, which has no fewer than four purposes; it can be used as dry shampoo, as a sort of skin matte-ifying powder, a pore clarifying facial wash and a body cleanser.


The products are also “free of unnecessary additives, artificial fragrances or colorings, using quality, naturally-derived ingredients with discerning scent and archival influence,” says Kyle. Rather, the fragrances are the byproduct of both Hinton and his mother, who had an aromatherapy-based product line when Kyle was young, and now inspires Prospector’s products.


All this, plus the minimalist, apothecary-inspired packaging makes for a brand that I would want all up in any boyfriend’s bathroom, but has also, since I came upon it just a few weeks ago, made the mundane task of leg-shaving an infinitely more pleasant–and dare I say glamorous?–experience. Ladies, see for yourself with the new core women’s products here, and men, I envy your more extensive selection. You may want to fill up your cart.

Should you be in Savannah, skip the internet entirely (after this article, of course) and head to 320 West Broughton Street.

How to Be Jenna Lyons — Starting with the Impeccable Lipstick

Whether or not you consider J.Crew’s modern-tomboy-with-a-dash-of-sequins-and-glam aesthetic to be in tune with you own, I think we can all agree that there’s something endlessly chic about those perfectly put together, un-fussy dream girls in their catalogs (and on spokesmodel executive creative director Jenna Lyons).

While J.Crew has made small entrees into the beauty world, none has been quite as custom as the new six-piece lipstick collection from the artist who does the looks himself, Troi Ollivierre. 

Aside from the J.Crew associations, Ollivierre notes what makes the look special. Of the looks he creates for J.Crew he told T Magazine, “Even when we add a pop of color to the lips, we try to keep it looking clean. I felt like a lot of the matte colors on the market tended to be dry and heavy, so I wanted to create a highly saturated, pigmented, matte, luxe lipstick that is moisturizing and feels weightless.” So his offerings will focus on just that–bright mattes that while saturated and colorful, still feel fresh and clean.


The collection will begin with six shades. Four colors are available for preorder on Olliverre’s site, while two will be sold exclusively at J.Crew.

J.Crew Goes to Brooklyn

New Yorkers depending on the oft-malfunctioning L train will no longer have to commute to get the latest from the brilliant mind of Jenna Lyons. And why would they want to, thanks to all the unique design features at the new location.

J.Crew’s newest storefront opened today Williamsburg, a neighborhood becoming more of a shopping/eating/etc. destination by the second. J.Crew went full artistic-collaboration to make the store uniquely Brooklyn. The details are high-brow and in abundance: the women’s entry is a digital mural by Brooklyn artist Naomi Reis while the men’s is a custom “living wall” of plants and greens. Even the fitting room curtains are elevated–customized from moving blankets.

Live in the area? Run, don’t walk to 234 Wythe–food carts and special offers like a limited edition Greg LeMarche for J.Crew tote bag are up for grabs all weekend long.​


Images courtesy of J.Crew

J.Crew Celebrates Two Original Shorts By Casey Neistat with Jenna Lyons, Karlie Kloss, Nick Wooster, And More

The scene at Neuehouse’s library was packed for the private screening of award-winning filmmaker Casey Neistat’s latest short films. J.Crew’s Executive Creative Director Jenna Lyons and Head of Men’s Design Frank Muytjens took center stage as flashing cameras glistened and cocktails flowed endlessly.

J.Crew’s new Ludlow Traveler Suit was the belle of the ball in Neistat’s custom made for J.Crew short “Travel With Style” highlighting the fact that the high performance suit traveled 11,000 miles with Casey — it seems like you could wear this suit doing a triathlon! Also screening was Neistat’s short “My Kid and Me” which captured real life moments with Casey and his son.

Guest including Karlie Kloss, Nick Wooster, Cynthia Rowley, Bill Powers, Misha Nonoo and Tali Lennox munched on truffle grill cheeses and bags of freshly popped popcorn. As this was a movie screening, the stock of candy was the perfect fix for that sweet tooth in-between cocktails.

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.55.04 PMCynthia Rowley and Karlie Kloss

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.55.27 PMNick Wooster

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.55.45 PMAshley Smith

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.54.45 PMCasey Neistat

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STYLE SCOOP: Mick Jagger On L’Wren Scott, A Rockefeller Goes Spanish, Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist

Important: Studio Garance Doré discusses the best croissant in the city.

ITG interviews Queen Bey’s makeup artist of ten years. To Francesca Tolot we say, “teach us and we will follow!”

Mick Jagger has released a statement about the death of his girlfriend, designer L’Wren Scott. It begins, “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.” Read the rest here.

Moda Operandi’s Indre Rockefeller has left the company to become Delpozo’s U.S. President. Turnover at Moda is pretty high when you consider that Taylor Tomasi Hill and Aslaug Magnusdottir have both also left in the past year.

Thanks to New York’s Dover Street Market, Giambattista Valli is heading our way. The retailer will host a pop up from March 28-April 22.

Is a J.Crew IPO more likely now that Fast Retailing has backed out of negotiations?


#NYFW: Tuesday in Review

J.Crew went to its roots for spring 2014. A schoolboy blazer here, a printed pant there. The J.Crew DNA was definitely present, though the styling was more toned down – safer – than it’s been recently, and a little more straightforward.  The best parts were the Sophia Webster shoes that’ll be available at J.Crew come spring.

For spring, the Rodarte woman takes her cues from the ‘80s and good old rock ‘n’ roll. The Mulleavy sisters went wild with the animal prints, throwing zebra, leopard, and even a scorpion in for good measure. Fringe and grommets finalized the ‘80s reference, while bra tops gave good East L.A. chola girl. In a (hyphenated) word: ‘80s-urban-rocker. Wearable? Depends on your occupation. 


The ever beautiful and sophisticated Oscar de la Renta started his show out with a stately opera coat and black and white gingham separates that evolved into lots of lace. Voluminous blouses held the Flamenco dancer influence that was echoed in the hair. 

No one else at the New York shows has ordered such an elegant updo, accentuated by an enamel floral pin. Ultimately the show developed into an explosion of florals: floral embroidery, florals over Swiss dots, and this coral number:


Wes Gordon showed his collection in action on the runway for the first time this season. His sleek yet still relaxed silhouettes echoed ‘90s simplicity, where a sharp execution did that easy-wearing thing we’re all striving for these days. Cool pairings of lace-trimmed tees and an airy hounds tooth skirt were just as covetable as the tissue weight knits over Swiss dot dresses. Slip dresses boasted slightly more structure than their forbearers. 


We got the ‘90s feel but with updated fabrics and even more flattering cuts.

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J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons Insists She’s A Fashion “Outsider”

I don’t believe it for a second.

I love me some Jenna Lyons. J.Crew is a brand I actually shop at, now that she’s the creative director, instead of a brand that embodies the worst of Westport, Connecticut. Perhaps she’s just being humble, but I guffawed reading the New York Times Styles profile in Lyons in which she says about herself:

“I am totally an outsider. I am so not an insider, and that is O.K. I might feel like one in very particular moments. But I don’t feel the same pressure I did when I was young to be part of the club. I’m not one of the cool kids, and that is totally fine.”

Sure, maybe she doesn’t feel like a cool kids. But cool kids get awarded Glamour’s Woman Of The Year Award alongside Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Cool kids are photographed with Iris Apfel and Solange Knowles. Cool kids are the ones who inspire a small army of catalog models who dress just like her. Cool kids create clothes worn by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Well, the Times does describe her as "pathologically modest." 

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