The overriding idea for our latest Fashion Week collection was to put a contemporary twist on our heritage. Frank took some of our classics that date back to the '80s—like a rugby shirt and those woodland animals that pop up on ties and shirts that we call “critters”—and then combined them with some contemporary looks, like wide-leg pants, raw denim and technical athletic wear. It’s heritage rebooted.
When it came to styling this modern J.Crew guy, Frank looked back to his own roots as a New Wave art school kid in early ‘80s Holland. “The whole idea behind these looks is to capture that moment when a young man knows he’ll have to wear a suit some day, and he’s all right with that, but he’s going to play around with it first,” Frank said. “He might wear a tuxedo shirt, but he’ll leave the cuffs undone.” It was all about toying with (and redefining) menswear codes: mixing high and low, traditional and irreverent. As Frank summed up the collection: “Young or old, creative or buttoned down, everyone can express their personality through what they wear and how they make it their own.”
Instead of collegiate American critters like anchors and whales, Frank took inspiration from the British countryside and featured hares, badgers, foxes and hunting scenes across the collection.