J.Crew fall collection sends out a sporty vibe

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NEW YORK — J.Crew’s signature preppy chic style was once again palpable in the fall/winter 2014 men and women’s wear presented Tuesday at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

This time the emphasis was on the latter, as the bold colors and prints seen in some previous seasons gave way to monochramatic colors, ombre pieces and more simplistic patterns, including stripes and soft florals.

Several looks for men emphasized a laid-back yet polished vibe, such as drawstring pants paired with a turtle neck sweater and toggle coat. Both the men and women’s collections had a sporty vein running through them. The girly tomboy made an appearance, best epitomized by a women’s take on a tuxedo.

The collection also offered many of the trends that have had a strong presence on runways throughout the week, including cozy casual wear (sweaters and scarves), an earthy muted color palette made up predominantly of gray, beige, navy and maroon, and a dose of something sparkly.

Sara Bauknecht: sbauknecht@post-gazette.com or on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG. Blogs at www.post-gazette.com/stylebook.

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