Cookie banner

This site uses cookies. Select "Block all non-essential cookies" to only allow cookies necessary to display content and enable core site features. Select "Accept all cookies" to also personalize your experience on the site with ads and partner content tailored to your interests, and to allow us to measure the effectiveness of our service.

To learn more, review our Cookie Policy, Privacy Notice and Terms of Use.

clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

J.Crew Makes Clothes People Want, and Fashion Is OK With That

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

Across the board, the fashion industry seems to be in agreement: J.Crew can really do no wrong. The retailer's unique balance of being extremely covetable at mall-friendly price points was best summed up in Fashionista's review of J.Crew's fall 2014 presentation, writing that it was "a preview of the things editors will actually be buying (rather than merely fantasizing about) next season."

Inspiration for the women's portion came from Berlin's Weimar Republic of the 1920s and 30s, lending dropped waists and deeper colors. didn't seem to mind the less-than-preppy direction, saying, "As every good painter knows, darker colors add dimension... Whatever moodiness was at work here was just an accent on the usual—and let's face it, essentially perfected—upbeat J.Crew look." WWD gushes that the mass retailer "continued to set the bar for brands classified as contemporary, commercial, approachable, accessibly priced—call them what you will—seeking to strike an aspirational tone."

Building on "that same eye-pleasing fusion of print, texture and casual/dressy," as Fashonista noted, WWD furthers that head of women's design Tom Mora "made a point of luxury with great shearling knits and leather work, but didn't abandon J. Crew's casual core: There were sweatshirts and denim, though a fancy bonded Japanese kind."


On the approachable-luxe note, reminds us that this is the retailer's second edition of collabing with shoe designer Sophia Webster, a pairing that "resulted in many cheerful pairs of spindly heels." Check out the collection in full for yourself here.
· All NYFW Fall 2014 posts [Racked]
· J. Crew Fall 2014: Still Sparkly, Colorful and Texturized [Racked]