"Little" Edie Beale would be so proud.
Jackie O's quirky reclusive cousin, whose piled-on style and anything-goes fashion sense was immortalized in two "Grey Gardens" documentaries, an HBO biopic, and a Broadway musical, is serving as the inspiration for J.Crew's Fall 2010 collection.
"This is all about Edie Beale-goes-to-Girl Scout camp," J.Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons tells StyleList. "There's a bit of that grandma-chic that we always draw from. There are elements borrowed from the boys, but we decided she's at Girl Scout camp."
The collection is, as usual, item-driven with great jackets -- particularly a boxy cropped one -- and vests leading the way. Of course, there is sparkle in the form of sequined T-shirts and skirts, and a new, super-featherweight lamé Jacquard tank. Trousers are full and cinched with belts, and there is a healthy representation of shorts.
The predominant tone in the presentation was olive. "I'm olive obsessed," Lyons says. "My olive fixation goes back to wanting to touch on the military moment."
The Girl Scout influence also extends to accessories, hair, and makeup. "We let her earn brooches instead of badges," says Lyons. The models had a barely made-up but slightly flushed look and kind of brilliant braided bed head.
"I first learned to do a fishtail braid at Girl Scout camp," she says, adding that for the models, "We took the idea that you slept in it for three days and got twigs and flowers in your hair."
Fellow designer Phillip Lim, a friend of Lyons's, came out to show his support and check out the collection. His take? "It's so evolved," he gushes to StyleList.
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