NYFW Spring 2013: J.Crew’s Optimistic Turn

J.Crew’s Spring 2013 collection, as revealed earlier in the week at New York Fashion Week, has proven to be one that will have us pining away all winter for.  The dizzying array of happy prints and colors, paired with boy-meets-girl style will leave you wanting to bypass winter’s brooding looks in favor of the Crew’s preppy springtime’s optimism.

The collection’s palette was inspired by a childhood collection of 1960′s-70′s Time-Life nature and wildlife books that head womenswear designer Tom Mora unearthed from his parents’ home.  Calling the color scheme “Instagram-like,” Mora pointed out, “Back then, the saturated colors were considered state of the art; now they look like the filters we put on digital photos.”

And what fun little filters they are in all their neon-leather skirted and bright floral pant glory.  The collection also includes the staple white tunics and djellabas reminiscent of summer vacations, and a smattering of blue-hued tomboyish looks that J.Crew model Caroline Issa aptly calls “masculine tailoring with a dose of pretty.”

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