J.Crew unveils its fall 2014 line and Elie Tahari celebrates 40 years of design at Fashion Week. Jessica Abo filed the following report.
For fall 2014 J.Crew is all about prints, cozy layers, lots of structured silhouettes and pops of color.
Despite the similar styles the men’s and women’s looks are actually designed by different teams.
Those behind the looks say it is always exciting to see the two collections come together.
“Our woman is really well-traveled, smart. She just loves clothes, she loves color, she loves texture, she loves quality and so we always try to give her those things, done in a new way every season,” said J.Crew womenswear designer Tom Mora.
“My guy, I think, is confident, he's into clothes but he maybe doesn't want to be seen from 10 blocks away so he likes quality. He cares about details. He wants to look put-together, but not in a very obvious way,” said J.Crew menswear designer Frank Muytjens.
“We don't do collections together as far as color or theme, but every season they end up looking fantastic together,” said Mora.
At Elie Tahari, the designer is celebrating his 40th anniversary in the business with friends and a layered look for fall.
“I love him because he's self made, he's the American dream and he makes clothes that are beautiful and wearable,” said TV’s Joan Rivers.
When most people think of Elie Tahari, they think of his humble roots. Tahari moved to the Big Apple in the early 70's and slept in Central Park before landing on his feet. When it came time to design this collection, he was inspired by his own story, calling this a ray of light through the darkness.
“It's a lot of layering, a lot of warm, soft cashmere feeling, things to keep us warm in layering pieces,” said Tahari.
Tahari says he hopes this collection brings lots of light into his customers’ lives.
“That's what so special about this company. It's not just about clothes. It's about his love for people and his love for making a difference in the world so I've really attached myself to him as a person and with that grew a love for his brand,” said Jets wide receiver David Nelson.
“Bringing the darkness into light, bringing to light. It's 40 years, 40 more years of more amazing things are I'm sure about to come,” said Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella.