In stores today, the seven-piece collection that up-and-comer Joseph Altuzarra designed for J.Crew (as the latest winner of a prize given annually by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine) infuses a bit of French flavor into the chain’s trademark preppy aesthetic. Altuzarra, who was raised in Paris, was inspired by Brigitte Bardot and St. Tropez when conceptualizing the line, which features items like mariner-striped tops and dresses and a classic gingham sundress. The designer emphasized that the clothes should reflect his own signature aesthetic, as well as J.Crew’s, adding,
“I thought about things my customer would want to buy, and wear with pieces of mine that she already had.”
In addition to J.Crew’s online outpost, the clothes will be available at the chain’s 91 Fifth Avenue location in New York on Monday.