We’ve made no secret of our blind love for J.Crew. And now creative director Jenna Lyons has upped the ante through her collaboration with jewelry designer and CFDA nominee Dana Lorenz of Fenton/Fallon.
I don’t do dainty, ladylike accessories. The chunkier and more hardware the better. So when Fenton/Fallon introduced huge tangled chains mixed in with Swarovski crystals, I was besotted. It is not jewelry for the meek. I held my breath and wondered how true to the original the J. Crew line would be.
After first checking out the Fenton/Fallon merch on the J.Crew Web site, I went to the flagship store in Rockefeller Center and grabbed the first salesgirl I saw. She had no clue what or where the Fenton/Fallon jewelry was. After a brief moment of panic on my part, a manager quickly brought me over to the jewelry case. All seven pieces were some variation on the twisted chain pieces and “needle” motif that Dana does for her main lines.
The prices ranged from $95 (for the Carrington chain bracelet which I swooped in and bought immediately) to $295 for the Carrington center fringe and crystal bow necklaces. The pieces are hefty, look much more expensive than they are, and are definitely not just watered down versions of the originals. I went home and ended up ordering the Carrington chain and needle necklace online. My one complaint is that it was delivered crammed into a too-small jewelry box, and one of the rhinestone chains was broken.
I found a similar chain necklace in the Fenton/Fallon boutique in NYC. It looked almost identical to my $195 J.Crew version, but without the “needles” and about three times the scale. It was enormous, and cost $290.
The pricing for the more expensive Fenton line runs from $300-$1000, while the Fallon line runs about $60-$350. So the J.Crew version straddles those two price points, and really is a stylistic mash-up of both lines.
I haven’t gotten so many compliments on a piece of jewelry in a long time. Let’s hope this collaboration is long and fruitful.