This week Frank Muytjens, head of menswear design at J.Crew, gives us a preview of his work for the tail end of the year in the form of a well styled lookbook. Nearing 30 years as an established label, J.Crew pride themselves on their level of craftsmanship – and it can be seen clearly in these basic but well executed designs.
Layers and denim are undeniably the key themes running throughout the collection, with denim jackets paired with finely tailored blazers and thick knitwear. The colours of choice are the obvious winter hues of black, grey and brown with occasional flourishes of green, orange and purple showcased through statement socks, chinos and jumpers – adding character to the looks and breaking up the monotony of individual outfits.
The current spring/summer trend of neck ties has definitely had an effect on the collection, with several featuring in the lookbook in a variety of subtle colours and patterns. The inclusion of said items proves that this is an accessories trend which seems here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Elegantly designed shoes are implemented to harmonise with the perfectly structured tailoring, whilst rugged boots are utilise in order to match the American work wear feel of a selection of ensembles. As well as the prominent neck ties, classic menswear accessories such as shoulder bags, pocket squares and belts were also catered for.
With nothing that could disappoint J.Crew fans, the whole collection seems to be in keeping with the brand’s signature style and is very likely to be the quality their followers have become accustomed to.