The Met Ball Part Two

an inside view of the fashion-filled night at
the 2012 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum
Clockwise from top left: Jenna and head women’s designer Tom Mora (who wore the Ludlow tuxedo) get ready together at her apartment.

“I carried a J.Crew clutch (the contents of which included reading glasses, phone, keys, $20, license and credit card—and a tube of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar).” —Jenna

Jenna—dressed in a tailored J.Crew denim jacket, a skirt of her own design and pink suede Manolo Blahnik pumps—gets a helping hand in the bow department from Tom.

Jenna and her tablemate Solange Knowles (dressed in Rachel Roy) strike a pose.

A look from the costume display.

Jenna’s rings by jewelry designer Eva Fehren.

The Making of a Met Ball Outfit

our creative director, Jenna Lyons, shares the inspiration behind her
outfit for the 2012 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum
Jenna and head women’s designer Tom Mora walk the red carpet
Pink Lady: “I felt I had to do something in shocking pink because that’s what Schiaparelli is known for. I sketched the design for this skirt on the back of a piece of paper during a meeting one day about two weeks before the ball. Honda, our patternmaker, draped and stitched the satin right here in the office.”

Shock Factor: “There’s a peplum underneath because I wanted that articulated silhouette I had seen on the pages of Schiaparelli’s Shocking Life. The bow at the waist has wire in it to hold its shape and keep it nice and stiff.”
Above: Jenna’s design sketch; Shocking Life by Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli.
Below: details from a Schiaparelli design from spring 1947.
Denim Diehard: “I didn’t want to wear duchesse silk satin with something sparkly or pearls. I am who I am—so I took it down a notch with denim. We pulled a J.Crew jean jacket and then had it fit and re-tailored to raise the waistband. I’m also not really wearing a shirt underneath—the collar and cuffs were custom-made by my custom shirtmaker and were stitched into the jacket.”

Fashion Week: Backstage

behind-the-scenes pics taken moments before
presenting our men’s spring collection
Want more? Check out our Facebook page for all the backstage shots.

End-of-Summer Playlist

our top tunes for savoring the last days of summer
1. Frank, men’s designer: “Rosemary” by Scott Walker
2. Jenna, creative director: “I’ve Been Thinking” by Handsome Boy Modeling School,
featuring Cat Power
3. Marissa, women’s designer: “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
4. Tom, wedding designer: “Metronomy” by The Look
5. Jack, men’s stylist: “African Lady” by Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers
6. Laura, crewcuts designer: “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO

(post by Matt Pastorius, photo by Katie Boiano)

End-of-Summer Reading List

we keep spotting the DODOcase™ for Kindle
peeking out of bags and desk drawers at the office,
so we asked around to find out what everyone’s
reading right now
Frank, men’s designer: Just Kids, by Patti Smith
Jenna, creative director: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
Jenny, crewcuts designer: The Pun Also Rises, by John Pollack
Tom, wedding designer: Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
Jack, men’s stylist: Paul’s Boutique (33 1/3), by Dan LeRoy
Marissa, women’s designer: Life, by Keith Richards

Summer Style Icons

We asked a few of our insiders who their
style icons are, plus how they’re channeling
them with our warm-weather items
1. Frank, our in-the-know head of men’s design
“Alain Delon in Purple Noon…hands down!”
A long-sleeve indigo-stripe crewneck

2. Jenna, our always-chic creative director
Slim Keith
J.Crew gladiator sandals and a café capri in bright red with a crisp shirt

3. Gayle, our superstylist extraordinaire
Lauren Hutton
—A crisp white J.Crew perfect shirt with oversize vintage Levi’s®

4. Jack, our do-it-all men’s stylist
David Byrne
—“White on white on white!”

5. Jenny, our head crewcuts design whiz
“Audrey Hepburn in her polka-dot bikini”
J.Crew’s high-waisted polka-dot bikini with matching halter top and a men’s blue oxford shirt

(image credits: 1, 2, 4, 5)

Caught on Camera

check out all of Jenna’s polaroids and
the behind-the-scenes video on jcrew.com

J.Crew Goes To Italy Part III

At Thomas Mason®: spools of super-refined thread. The finer the thread, the higher the thread count of the finished fabric—and the harder it is to make, because delicate thread is more prone to snapping, which can ruin the entire bolt.
1. It all starts with a single thread—and each one has to be hand fed into the loom before weaving can commence.
2. A hand-tied knot keeps loomed threads from unraveling.
3. A sampling of finished goods.

Check out the video and stay tuned for part 3!


At Thomas Mason®: spools of super-refined thread. The finer the thread, the higher the thread count of the finished fabric—and the harder it is to make, because delicate thread is more prone to snapping, which can ruin the entire bolt.1. It all starts with a single thread—and each one has to be hand fed into the loom before weaving can commence. 2. A hand-tied knot keeps loomed threads from unraveling. 3. A sampling of finished goods.
 
Check out the video and stay tuned for part 3!
At Thomas Mason®: spools of super-refined thread. The finer the thread, the higher the thread count of the finished fabric—and the harder it is to make, because delicate thread is more prone to snapping, which can ruin the entire bolt.1. It all starts with a single thread—and each one has to be hand fed into the loom before weaving can commence. 2. A hand-tied knot keeps loomed threads from unraveling. 3. A sampling of finished goods.
 
Check out the video and stay tuned for part 3!

J.Crew Goes To Italy Part II

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