First, CFDA winner Billy Reid presented a menswear collection infused with the designer's signature southern hospitality. Now, J.Crew presents the second limited-edition collection of the three prizewinners, Prabal Gurung -- whose ladylike dresses, skirts and blouses blend seamlessly into J.Crew's aesthetic. (Eddie Borgo, a young jewelry designer will be featured next.)
The garments -- which cost less than Gurung's runways looks, but hit a bit high for typical J.Crew wares -- are a combination of the designer's wholesome shapes and the retailer's new approach to prep. An asymmetrical, crisp white blazer features an unassuming bow, and a pair of tuxedo trousers get revamped with ankle ties.
One motif that can't be missed -- the voluminous "exploding bow" that finds itself on dresses and blouses. Says the up-and-coming designer, whose creations have been worn by Michelle Obama in the past, "If you look closely it's a little bit off kilter, which gives it that lived-in quality that's so important." And what do you pair with such a bold top? Gurung suggests to J.Crew customers either a simple pencil skirt or cinched with an old, weathered belt and a pair of wide-leg, really worn-in jeans. "It makes such a strong statement, it needs that balance."
Make sure to head over to JCrew.com to learn more about the Singapore-born rising star. His mood board provides insight into his east-meets-west style along with a list of things that make him happy. (Included, but not limited to: 4:58 a.m. in NYC, high-top sneakers, dancing and the color red)
Love the capsule collection as much as we do? Hurry to your local J.Crew ASAP -- some designs are so limited that only 50 pieces were created!