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J. Crew hosted a sneak preview at its fall 2011 collections last night at New York's Industria Studios—and even though we know that the pieces aren't slated to hit stores until August, we want them. Right now. Check out our gallery of womenswear, above—a collection that featured brilliant but subdued use of bright colors (almost Technicolor, really), color blocking, bold contrasting stripes, and smart tailored outerwear (including longer capes, which we love).
Key looks for the fall men's collection drew inspiration from photographs by the iconic Lewis Hine, an early-20th century photographer and sociologist best known for his images of steelworkers, child laborers, and the efforts of the Red Cross during World War I and the Great Depression. The J. Crew men's collection draws elements from the functional, rustic, and hefty fabrications in Hine's photos and translates them into modern Harris tweeds, covert twills, buckle back pants, denim, and tailoring for fall.