J. Crew

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In the world of Jenna Lyons, sparkles and prep abound, so it was no surprise to see plenty of pink, chambray, denim, and rhinestone-encrusted skirts, shirts, and dresses during J. Crew’s Fall/Winter 2015 presentation. Nodding to high fashion of the ’70s, however, the brand’s womenswear designer, Tom Mora, presented a drastic departure: various iterations of billowing, high-waisted trousers that dominated entire looks and assumed lives of their own. Not necessarily safe for suburbia, the pants echo Mora’s inspiration, which he found in the elegance often overlooked among the prevailing kitsch fashion of the ’70s. Turning through the pages of Checkered Past—Peter Schlesinger’s book that chronicles the looks of David Hockney, Paloma Picasso, Tina Chow, and other Londoners of the era—Mora channeled key elements, like sophisticated shapes and tasteful bright colors, throughout the collection. Our favorite look? A pristine white pantsuit onesie, complete with the label’s expert tailoring and a deep v neckline. 

For more from NYFW Fall/Winter 2015, click here.