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J.Crew

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New York: For the first time ever, J.Crew took their S/S 12 collection to the tents at Lincoln Center, and everyone from major magazine editors to a very pregnant Beyonce stopped by to check it out. Inspired by Fairfield Porter, a 20th Century American artist known for Realism and portraits that revealed surprises in ordinary life, the collection was heavy on pop colors and a mix of tailored and active influences. Porter’s “East Coast sensibility” and “rough and unfinished” textures translated into a reliable assortment of American sportswear. The company also took the opportunity to provide a preview of its new, upper-end Wallace & Barnes offering. The tight collection of limited edition iconic utility jackets, denim jeans and jackets, as well as accessories, are all vintage inspired and will be housed separately in-store with its own distinct signage. Head of men’s design Frank Muytjens continually works towards an effortless-chic aesthetic, and with posh parkas layered over blazers and a stellar lineup of casual suiting, consider it mission accomplished.  —Michael Fisher

Silhouette: Mid-century tailored

Color: Inky blues / Bottle green / Orange / Yellow / Navy / Mint / Red / Pink / Khaki / Grey

Key Items: Parkas / Shawl collar sweater / Striped knits / Tailored shorts / Overdyed blazers and shorts / Field jacket / Slim two-button suits / Patchwork jackets

Materials: Wax-coated cotton / Nylon / Cotton chino / Worsted “sharkskin” wool / Denim

Details + Trim: Contrast lining on shorts / Paint splatter on shorts / Over-dyed techniques / Extended collar tabs on jackets / Drawstrings and snaps on parkas / Brass buttons / Cargo pockets

Accessories + Footwear: Canvas + leather work bags / Repp ties (woven and knit) / Summer scarves and neckerchiefs / Suede boat shoes by Quoddy / Penny loafers and Oxfords by Alden

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