Fox talked to the two designers for J Crew about the Fall 2015 collections for men and women. Frank Muytjens is the lead menswear designer, and Tom Mora is the lead on womenswear.
Mora said, "The inspiration for the season was Peter Schlesinger's book 'Checkered Past.' He was an artist that arrived in London in the late 60's, and in the 60's and 70's he photographed his good friends - people like David Hockney, Paloma Picasso, Eric Boman, Cecil Beaton. They were all people who were in fashion, art. What was incredible about them was they all had really unique individual style. It was actually super classic and elegant. That was really helpful in the color, the texture and the silhouettes of the collection."
Muytjens said he was inspired by both Montgomery Clift and a trip to the south of England, "I went to visit this army navy vintage show and they had all those vintage army tents.. to see all those different shapes of tents together.. all the different greens, sages, browns and khakis.. that was amazing. That became a big inspiration point.
Muytjens pointed to sherling coats as an important look for Fall. He also said J Crew has updated the traditional cargo pant with a cuff and a skinnier silhouette.
Mora says sherling coats were important for women too, but he was especially excited about a new look for women's pants, "What's really cool are these super, super wide-leg pants which we've done in cashmere and in Italian flannel."
And of course pops of color remain a cornerstone for J Crew along with its trademark mix of formal and casual. Sales have slowed recently, but new styles and new stores in Paris, London and Williamsburg may help give the brand a boost.