Going to see the J.Crew presentation first thing in the morning is a guilty pleasure akin to eating candy for breakfast. (For the record, I ate a chocolate truffle for breakfast--so it was doubly guilty for me.)
J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler recently responded to some criticism from a customer who felt the brand was forgetting its core shopper, that it had gotten too "fashion-y". "[S]ome of the styling had perhaps strayed too far,” Drexler admitted, responding to said customer within 24-hours.
For spring 2014, J.Crew struck the right balance. There was plenty of that loud, quirky mix-and-match style that's become such a J.Crew hallmark in recent years, but there were also simpler, more pared down looks. So next to a model wearing a lacy tutu skirt paired with a graphic tee that read "Aloha" was a simpler, less Carrie Bradshaw-gone-surfing look: blue and white striped trousers worn with a white tunic. And while the bold surfer style prints and graphic tees (in addition to that "Aloha" tee there was one that read "Oui Mon Cheri" and another that read "Tres Bien") were fun eye candy, I preferred the quieter looks: A peach tweed top paired with matching perforated leather shorts; a cropped navy blue sweater worn with a white eyelet lace skirt; and a loose white football jersey tee worn with paint-splattered boyfriend jeans.
Of course, every look received a healthy dose of quirk thanks to Sophia Webster, the It-shoe designer from London J.Crew tapped for a spring collaboration. I'd place an order for a pair of these heels as soon as your spring "Style Guide" arrives--they're sure to sell out fast.