We don't need any more evidence beyond three of our favorite blonde beauties — Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, and Sienna Miller — sporting army green parkas to convince us that it might just be a necessary year-round closet staple. It plays down the femininity of a girly white dress, adds utilitarian coolness to a lbd, and looks boyishly sexy with jeans and a red lip. Here are our picks for parkas to carry you through the year.
If you already have an army jacket, Fab. If not, consider this J.Crew Boyfriend Fatigue Jacket ($111, originally $148). It's cool for so many reasons — the color, slight wrinkles, the pockets, the long fit. It would look superb over a leopard top. Urban safari, here you come. Make sure to enter SNOWMAN at checkout to receive the special discount!
Jenna Lyons, SVP of Design for J.Crew, presented her spring 2010 collection yesterday in New York at the company's downtown headquarters.
A mix of utilitarian sportswear and cheerful sequined separates, the spring line combined camouflaged military jackets and khaki anoraks with pastel ruffled mini skirts and paillette-covered tunics. There were pops of bright coral, mint green, and pale blue set against a neutral palette, most notably in a striped floral shift—which Lyons told us was created by cutting strips of the printed fabric and inserting thin silk georgette panels in between.
Accessories included gold and silver metallic desert boots and boat shoes, ecru lace-up Oxfords, and oversized leather handbags. Models were dripping in jewelry—an increasingly important category for J.Crew—sparkling in oversized crystal drop earrings, layered charm necklaces, and stacked jeweled cuffs.
Greeting guests in one of fall's most popular hooded army jackets, Lyons talked about reinventing sportswear and her dedication to optimistic clothing—for that (and for the price points) we are forever grateful.