“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”—Sophia Loren (via ninagarcia)
“I don’t want to hear about the endless struggles to keep sex exciting, or the work it takes to plan a date night. I want to hear that you guys watch every episode of The Bachelorette together in secret shame, or that one got the other hooked on Breaking Bad and if either watches it without the other, they’re dead meat. I want to see you guys high-five each other like teammates on a recreational softball team you both do for fun. I want to hear about it because I know it’s possible, and because I want it for myself.”—Mindy Kaling on how “Married People Need to Step it Up” (via rufustfirefly)
“[J.Crew is] having a hard time remembering that the rollneck sweater customer is what drives their revenue. The Fashion Week stuff is all fluff. Think about Ralph Lauren. Sure, he shows at Fashion Week and dresses some celebs and whatnot. However, his money comes from selling polo shirts at Belk’s in Arkansas,” said one J.Crew consultant, speaking on condition of anonymity, citing the company’s “crazy non-disclosure agreement.”
“The sort of ‘celeb factor’ of Jenna Lyons is a large part of what’s driving their rise in credibility. However, they’re in danger of alienating their loyal customers who think it’s audacious to charge $750 for a sequined skirt.”
I used to love J.Crew and still turn to it for certain basics (denim, swimsuits), but the quality of its products is abysmal. Buttons pop off, construction feels flimsy, and the silhouettes—so trim and perfect in the catalog—better resemble potato sacks in real life. When nearly half a floor at their Fifth Avenue flagship is devoted to crowded racks (and racks and racks) of discounted merchandise going for twenty percent off retail—including those “coveted” Collection garments that we now see regularly in Vogue—something is up. It is difficult to find value in those much-bemoaned retail prices when I know that if I wait a few weeks, all the neon cashmere and sequined khaki trousers will be relegated to Final Sale.
That brings up another point: J.Crew’s schtick is old. Bedazzled striped tees with chambray and silk do not feel fresh anymore. There is nothing innovative about pairing torn jeans with heels. Yes, Lyons has a fantastic eye and style for miles, but her aesthetic broke ground in 2008. Four years later, not much has changed. If the brand’s options are well-made basics that transcend (and defy) high fashion or trendy crap, I’d rather have the former. Wouldn’t you?
Giving applause over here…JCrew has disappointed me since 2006ish, I’ve moved on…
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I do not doubt for a second that those involved in KONY 2012 have great intentions, nor…
And here’s another side to the Kony 2012 campaign…it’s good to see a full spectrum of opinions! Now it’s back to regularly scheduled pretty interiors.