Sunday, July 17, 2011


Garment Center, NYC

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

Polished, grown-up, mix and match, stylish tailored basics in bold color options---value priced, well made...

A few thoughts on Lands" End Women's Fall 2011.
Wrap belted camel  tone wool peacoat and Argyle Sweater Knit -can't go wrong atop chinos, jeans or offices skirts.
three button on sleeve-solid buttons sewn on so as not to fall off

It's not so much a re-invention at this label, season after after season. It's more about updating or filling in the apparel items--- they'll probably do just fine for Fall through Spring-  (depending where one lives...)---year after year, without dating.
Peacoats in terrific color options-our fav, this pink hued orange. Bright and well matched with the paisley scarf


As with the LANDS' END CANVAS Collections for men and women, the themes are similar---sweaters, woven shirts, chinos, and woolen outerwear----sized for the grown-ups----meaning a slightly fuller cut.

Luxe wool blend toggle coat feels like cashmere-well lined ($299)

Classic plaid lining in a toggle coat

Car length and longer Reefer Coats----in a pleasing pinky and orange tones as well as the neutrals---with striped linings, fyi-makes them so special, inside and out. With collars up or down, versatile outerwear.

Lining is perfectly sewn in

Weekend wear  is pulled together with this tabbed sleeve sweatshirt material (fleece)---that layers well

Crew Neck Knit Sweater to wear layered or by itself

Crisp side sash---very chic white shirt---Flattering---the cuffs are amazing

Tabbed cuffs detail

Menswear inspired shirts-great breadth of colors- button downs but easy care too  

Drawstring Anorak paired with this Orange plaid shirt-sleeves rolled up, belted---practical polish

Army Green jacket works with all shades just about

Chambray Dress with Camel Brown belt -a nod to western wear but not costume-ish---with tuxedo pleats that are flattering

Ease of Sweater Dresses-comfy and work appropriate---in a pretty peacock blue

Shawl collar double knit jacket -comfortable and pulled together

Diamond pattern quilted jacket-water resistant

Soft jackets as easy to wear as any hoodie

CHINOS---trouser style---fits differently than the LE Canvas versions---for women---the rises are higher (waistbands)...with built in boot cut, wide and straight leg.



Riding Boots: with a stretchy calf extension AND also in extended calf sizes

FLATS: Cute best sellers in a wide range of colors---ballet flats with details like buckles, grosgrain ribbon trims...

Square toe driving mocs- boat shoe inspired slip-on-with contrast stitching, nautical grommets originally there to drain the water out

Smooth leather clogs with sticky rubber outsoles

Scarves in as many patterns as these crew neck sweaters

Canvas tote with nautical navy trim-staple

Ribbed Hemmed-Knit wool caps with Fair Isle style patterns

Leather trim school bag---=with outside buckled pockets ---contrast stitching---an heirloom that's been in style for decades