Last fall, Madewell's head designer Joyce Lee took inspiration from Georgia O'Keeffe, letting the artist's languid florals and pastel palette dictate the collection. But for this year's cold-weather range, Lee's shifted her focus to different set of female muses: Ali MacGraw, Jane Birkin and Annie Hall. Fictional or not, these women were influencers long before social media, and the ensembles they wore over 30 year ago are still referenced heavily today.
Hall's feminine-yet-scruffy, thrown-together look is the jumping-off point for fall. See the high-waisted corduroy trousers in a tomboyish silhouette, styled with checked blazers and flannels in the lookbook.
To counter the menswear leanings of the '70s film character, Lee is also offering up a luxurious vintage-inspired shearling flight jacket and a plaid long belted coat, both of which speak to Birkin's cool, city-chic style. McGraw's bohemian influence and love of textiles is felt in a sumptuous, velvety corduroy puffer that comes in a golden Mumbai floral pattern.
In the lookbook, which you can browse in the gallery below, fall layering and pattern mixing are big ideas for the season, as is colorful corduroy and classic prints. Denim takes a bit of a backseat, appearing only twice as a jacket and contrast-stitch retro jumpsuit. Rest assured, there will be heaps of denim of all makes and models coming out later: In a statement from the brand, it promises a fall selection that contains a myriad of leg shapes and washes from light washed distressed boy jeans to dark wash, tapered skinny flares.
And, as in previous years, J. Crew's younger, denim-centric sister brand is offering an exclusive look at the new collection to Madewell Insiders first, where they can then purchase the not-yet-launched pieces from the lookbook directly through the site. The full fall collection will be rolling out to all customers over the next few months.
Browse Madewell's Fall 2019 collection in the gallery below.