To mark the release of their new denim range J Crew brought in retail director at Harper’s Bazaar Jo Glynn-Smith to host an evening of shopping. We grabbed 5 minutes with her to get her take on the changing landscape in women’s fashion.
If you could give fashion advice in one sentence or word what would you say?
What fashion trend do you wish would go away?
Commercialism. For example the Moschino collection with the McDonald’s signs…I hate that. I don’ like that, I wish that would go away.
What would you like to see come back?
I think we’ve got them all at the moment. We’ve got 70s, 80s, 90.s I mean the Victoriana’s been around quite a lot – big fan of that. Trend that should come back…I can’t think of one. Not grunge! I can’t think of one that should come back. I like looking forward. I quite like the amalgamation of the decades and the fact that I can be a bit 70s one day and the next day I can be a bit monochrome, a bit 90s, I quite like that – I love the choice that we’ve got now that’s awesome.
I also love the fact that there’s a load of flat shoes around which is great for me for work, but I love a heel so you have a choice, its not so set, its not so strict.
I was explaining to a friend the other day that when we look back at all the decades we can see something that stands out as iconic and that is definitive to that decade be it the platform and flares of the 70s, neon and big hair of the 80s, but now it seems anything goes. What would you say defines this decade?
I don’t know – choice. I quite like the fact that the working woman is redefining how we dress, because we’ve got so many women working now, that’s changing the way we think about work wear, and I think in the finance industry it’s a bit grey now and people are not quite sure. When I went into the city recently and was a panel I was shocked by how people were dressing, they don’t really know how to, because digital coming in, and less client facing, and more hours.
Cover Image credit: Harper’s Bazaar