The classic, tailored style of J. Crew made its debut in the Nation’s capital on September 3rd and I had the pleasure of having a first peak at all the beautiful fall fashions. Rich hues lined the sweater shelves, complimenting the various shades of denim – as well as offering the perfect colourful canvas to all the eye-catching accessories. Gems, metallics, and leather abounded.
Layering is still a key trend this season, and J. Crew is well versed in its language. Italian cashmere on top of silk blouses, decorated with bib necklaces – framed by bold hardware ladened bags, oh my! So many gorgeous styles to choose from throughout the collection. I instantly fell in love with their bright cobalt blue suede kitten heel. In my opinion, this is THE shoe to wear for fall.
During the press tour, we got the inside scoop on some of J.Crew’s latest and greatest items. The Italian-made shoes, new fragrances, and specialty denim are at the top of the must-have list. That doesn’t mean, you’ll be passing the men’s Japanese Selvege denim (for the Mister) and all the stylish accessories by – I mean, how could you?
Stepping over to the gentlemen’s section for a minute, elbow patches and suede boots caught my eye. Debonair style with the grounded man’s man ideals. Just the sort of thing my husband would flock to. The collection includes the Ludlow suit featuring bespoke details and fabric from Italian and English mills. I also noted the art work that accompanied such finery – elements from nature, such as birch logs and stones added a woodsy feeling and defined the retail environment as much more than just a mall store – more of a retail oasis!
Friendly staff warmed the atmosphere and made each member of the press feel welcomed and cared for. The in-sore stylists are there to make your shopping experience pleasant and successful. I got the distinct impression that J. Crew is passionate about wardrobe building and style definition. The quality of the pieces is on point and I would consider my purchases there as investment pieces that will go the distance. Available to you is J.Crew’s Very Personal Stylist special service – this complimentary service provides one-on-one style appointments with ther experts and is offered throughout the day, as well as before and after store hours; it is also available through jcrew.com.
As Ottawa bursts with long awaited fashion retail stores, make sure J. Crew is at the top of your shopping list. Peruse the store, feel the fabrics and see for yourself the timeless style that awaits. Whether you are a seasoned fashionista or looking for just the right pair of jeans – connect with a staff member to learn more about the collection. They have lots of knowledge about the pieces, current trends, and what makes each item unique – and of course, how to style them!
Not to be missed, J. Crew’s denim selection is extensive; the material and fit have been updated to offer arguably some of the best denim on the market. I am particularly taken with the broken-in boyfriend jean and the lookout high rise.
I encourage you to step into the new Ottawa J.Crew (located at the Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau Street) this season to check out the latest looks and meet the people who will happily outfit you from head to toe in fashion’s finest. Don’t be shy to ask them to open up the jewelry cabinet either to try on some gorgeous accessories!
A special thank you to J. Crew for the invitation to view the new store and collection – it was a delight to tour the stunning store, get up and close with the fashions, and learn more about the creative direction of J. Crew this season.
Happy shopping friends!