We caught up with Frank Muytjens just after the J.Crew Fall-Winter 2015 presentation to hear what was on his mind while creating all of next season’s gear. Here’s what he had to say about his inspiration, grooming, and what you should look out for next season
GQ: What’s the vibe you’re feeling for Fall-Winter ’15. Where is your head at?
Frank Muytjens: I wanted a lot of texture and was inspired by army and navy surplus items that I saw at a vintage army show in the south of England. Every detail on the pieces was considered for function and to have genuine purpose. We also have a lot of newness with our outerwear, we have a lot of topcoats this season that are a bit slouchier, longer, with dropped shoulders.
Are there any pieces in the collection that you’re particularly proud of?
My favorite look is the wool Snorkel jacket with faux fur hood. We made it with exaggerated proportions but it’s still very functional and a great overcoat.
Is there anything that you’ve done with this collection that we haven’t seen before—something unexpected?
We like to say menswear is an evolution not a revolution, so as with our past collections, we have small tweaks and some changes with styling. Most of the looks use a tuxedo scarf as an accessory, we have some deeper V-neck lines on sweaters. We want all of our pieces to be able to transition each year without being too trendy.
What’s your idea for how the guys are presented, grooming-wise?
I like their hair to look clean but not too clean cut. Refined, but rugged.
Any particular materials that are important to this season?
We have a few shearling coats. Also the topcoat fabrics are my favorites, we used plush, nubby, washed wools that have texture but are still comfortable.
Anything else you feel our readers should know about J. Crew now?
We are showing these great bags, backpacks, and messenger bags made of modern nylon materials in nice bright colors. We also have a double breasted suit being shown which we’ve had in the past, but we updated a bit for this show and are giving it some more love—I wanted it to be young and edgy. Also the chunky turtlenecks and sweaters are great.
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