Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic
Thursday, April 1, 2010
When I was asked if I would like to attend the private preview of J.Crew's fall collections, you know that my answer was an emphatic yes! As much as I wanted to see what I will be buying from J.Crew this fall (we'll get to that in the next post), I was more excited to see what the male models would look like wearing what regular men will be buying this fall! And they definitely didn't disappoint as you can see by my photos! I was also able to speak with Frank Muytjens, the head of men's design for J.Crew, about what inspired him for fall 2010. He said that he was very inspired by artists and their studios including Achille Castiglioni whose studio he toured in Milan. Also, the sculptures by Brancusi that mix different materials such as smooth marble and rough concrete. I happened to notice an accent while speaking with Frank and it turns out that he's Dutch. I asked being Dutch influences his work and he said that it did because he didn't grow up on the East Coast wearing preppy clothing, therefore, he looks at the style from a distance. As preppy as J.Crew seems, the slimmer cuts and chicer styles do seem to have a European influence. There was of course, lots of tweeds and fabulous new suits for fall but also some luxurious leather bags from Wexler & Co. and cool shoes from Russell Moccasin Co. It may just be starting to feel like spring in New York but at least we know when the weather turns again, we can look forward to a very chic fall!