We'd argue that J. Crew has cornered the market for All-American outfitting. And that being said, it's only fitting that the wearable brand would work with up-and-coming designers. Hence the shop's latest endeavor with the three finalists from the annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, which rewards emerging designers with monetary support to help launch their lines to a wider audience.
Joseph Altuzarra won this year's prize, and, along with other perks, that means his seven-piece capsule collection for the shop was released first. It's currently available at J. Crew's online shop -- as well as its flagship store in New York -- and proves a great opportunity to pick up pieces from this soon-to-be-huge designer, with prices ranging from $85 for a top to $345 for a pair of wedges. Mini-lines from runners-up Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind will be released in the same fashion May 17 and June 14. respectively.
Inspired by Jane Seberg in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, the collection is full of stripes and has a distinctly Parisian elevated casual simplicity. But, as it goes with diffusion lines, some of it we love, some of it we hate, and some of it leaves us puzzled.
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The Good Patricia Top : A lovely lightweight poolside coverup with nautical navy stripes. Count us in. (left) Sabrina Dress: We can picture taking this delightful sun dress on a leisurely stroll down a cobblestone street. Sigh. (top right) Odette Blouse: With long shirttails and a tie-front waist, this gingham shirt screams Brigitte Bardot. (bottom right)
The Bad Corinne Espadrille: While this shoe is technically wearable (even cute!), we can already smell the sweaty feet that would result from this suede loafer-espadrille hybrid. No, thanks.
The Ugly Serge Sweater: No, we aren't going to shovel out $295 for a sweater with fabricated holes -- even if its namesake is that of our all-time favorite Frenchman, Monsieur Gainsbourg.