J.Crew Tries Mixed-Up Florals and Smart Suiting for Spring

Tom Mora found inspiration in nature photography from old issues of Time-Life.

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J.Crew—under the direction of new womenswear' designer Tom Mora and longtime creative director Jenna Lyons—has the fashion world eating out the palm of its hand. And the spring '13 collection only deepened our infatuation: stripey tuxedo trousers? Check. Slouchy pajama tops? Check? Floral-printed suits? Double check.
The collection—which was inspired by old Time-Life nature books—struck a perfect balance between eccentric (mixed up prints, bold neon hues) and pared-down chic.
While we're extra keen on the cotton floral-printed suits, preppy printed separates—the kind that made J.Crew a favorite among yacht clubbers and preppy college students in its early days—have their own appeal, like these coral and baby pink trousers, which were paired with a simple pink tee.
Bermuda shorts—which also turned up on Peter Som's catwalk—appear to be trending for spring '13, but J.Crew may have turned in our favorite iteration of the look with these silky palm-printed shorts with a comfy drawstring waist.
The statement trouser has become a signature of J.Crew's catalogue. These bright green palazzo pants with a flowery print were pitch perfect with a stripey tee and faded denim jacket.
Understated basics like this crisp white suit were dressed down with more casual pieces like a funky printed parasol tee.
There were also plenty of accessories to get excited about: a lemon-yellow "edie" satchel featured a luxe python texture.
Jenna Lyons was an early adopter of the mixed-print trend, and she and Tom Mora continued to experiment with the look for spring '13, pairing a bold pink pencil skirt with a subtle skirt slit with a flowery green oxford.
The collection was not short of prints, patterns and color.
Considering the extent of their jewelry collection, J.Crew was wise to show spring looks with glitzy "arm parties," which consisted of sparkly deco baubles along with woven sailing rope bracelets and lanyards.
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