NEW YORK -- J. Crew’s menswear collection had a dressy and decidedly slim, trim bad-boy British feel to it, and for good reason.
Inspiration: Frank Muytjens, head of men’s design for J. Crew, told us he’d been inspired by the '60s-era portrait photography of David Bailey – particularly one of actor Michael Caine taken in 1965.
“It’s an image that’s been resonating with me for a long time,” Muytjens said. “He’s just standing there with a cigarette dangling from his lips. There’s something gentlemanly but dark about it, like he’s just about ready to do something but you don’t know what.”
The Look: “A visit to the Welsh countryside and a day-trip to Oxford,” as Muytjens describes it, the collection included Harris tweed suits (in herringbone and Black Watch plaid versions) dark denim, chunky but stylish boots that looked more than capable of transitioning from the rain-soaked Welsh countryside to the streets of London, and a range of toasty layering pieces and outerwear options including all kinds of cableknits, cardigan and Fair Isle sweaters, oilcloth coats, cashmere topcoats, puffy parkas and rubberized raincoats accessorized with jaunty patterned scarves.
The Verdict: A J. Crew collection with a touch of British bad-boy? Please sir, may we have another?