WBEZ | J. Crew http://www.wbez.org/tags/j-crew Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Speculating why these J.Crew items are on sale http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-01-24/speculating-why-these-jcrew-items-are-sale-95766 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-24/petite farrow trouser.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-24/liberty dandy ruffle.jpg" title="Liberty dandie ruffle french tank"></p><p><a href="http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Navigation/Sale/AllProducts/PRDOVR%7E34183/99102187505/ENE%7E1+2+3+22+4294967294+20%7E540%7E%7E20+17%7E90%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E/34183.jsp"> </a><a href="http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Navigation/Sale/AllProducts/PRDOVR%7E34183/99102187505/ENE%7E1+2+3+22+4294967294+20%7E540%7E%7E20+17%7E90%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E/34183.jsp">This is pretty</a>, in theory, but it also looks like a pillowcase, or rather, a swimsuit by Laura Ashley. Add the fact that white is a difficult color for many women to pull off in terms of swimwear and it’s unsurprising that many women passed this item up.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-24/petite farrow trouser.jpg" title="Petite Farrow trouser"></p><p>Watch any episode of <em>What Not to Wear</em> and you’ll see, hammered home again and again: <a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_special_sizes/petite/pants/PRDOVR%7E50984/99102478785/ENE%7E1+2+3+22+4294967294+20%7E450%7E%7E20+17%7E90%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E/50984.jsp">NO PLEATED PANTS</a>. Pleated pants are every woman’s enemy, unless you’re one of those types who is so thin you can afford to wear purposefully unflattering clothes just to demonstrate how skinny you are (“I’m so thin I can wear pleated pants and not look awful!”) These are described as “liberally pleated” which means “liberally marked-down.”&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-24/amory floral hipster.jpg" title="Amory floral foldover knot hipster"></p><p style="text-align: left;">Let’s face it, the vast majority of women can’t pull <a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/catalogjcrewcomexclusives/swim/PRDOVR%7E35874/99102220371/ENE%7E1+2+3+22+4294967294+20%7E360%7E%7E20+17%7E90%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E/35874.jsp">these off</a>, with myself taking up spots #1-#5 on that list. If you can rock these, good for you: now you can pick up several pairs at $5 each.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-24/blanket poncho.jpg" title=""></p><p style="text-align: left;">Nobody wants to <a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/jcrewcollection/tops/PRDOVR%7E49062/99102441101/ENE%7E1+2+3+22+4294967294+20%7E360%7E%7E20+17%7E90%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E/49062.jsp">look like a horse</a>--even a warm horse.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-24/lightweight leather short.jpg" title=""></p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Navigation/Sale/AllProducts/PRDOVR%7E45198/99102381026/ENE%7E1+2+3+22+4294967294+20%7E360%7E%7E20+17%7E90%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E/45198.jsp">Leather shorts</a>! For when you want to look like you have a plastic bag cinched around your waist, sweat dripping down your thighs for all to see.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-24/layer tulle paget skirt.jpg" title=""></p><p style="text-align: left;">This is one of <a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/weddingsandparties/forthebride/PRDOVR%7E30208/99102107620/ENE%7E1+2+3+22+4294967294+20%7E360%7E%7E20+17%7E90%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E/30208.jsp">those items</a> that I think would be really fun to try on and twirl around in. It’s lovely, in theory. But look at the beautiful model they have wearing it. See the look on her face? That’s what she thinks of how the professionals at J.Crew suggest styling this skirt. This skirt is also from the weddings collection, and just from a bridal standpoint, I think a lot of soon-to-be-brides would be turned off by the idea of shopping for a “wedding top.” Or “wedding t-shirt.”&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-24/goat suede slouch pant.jpg" title=""></p><p style="text-align: left;"><br> <a href="http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Navigation/Sale/AllProducts/PRDOVR%7E49989/99102459776/ENE%7E1+2+3+22+4294967294+20%7E180%7E%7E20+17%7E90%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E%7E/49989.jsp">Leather sweatpants</a> with the words “goat” and “slouch” in the name. What could make a lady feel more elegant? Paying $800 for them, perchance?</p></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-01-24/speculating-why-these-jcrew-items-are-sale-95766 Examining the history of controversial advertisments http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-21/examining-history-controversial-advertisments-85487 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-21/J crew.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A recent ad in a J. Crew catalog showed the company’s president painting her son’s toenails. Some claim the ad doesn’t just sell clothes but promotes a subversive social agenda.<br> <br> But controversial ads are nothing new. To find out more about why advertisers still try to push people's buttons, Eight Forty-Eight turned to Joe Marconi, a Professor in the College of Communication at DePaul University. He's the author of the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Shock-Marketing-Advertising-Influence-Family/dp/1566250811" target="_blank"><em>Shock Marketing: Advertising, Influence and Family Values</em></a>. His most recent book is <em>Crisis Marketing: When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies.</em></p><p><em>Music Button: Gutbucket, "Tryst 'n Shout", from the CD Flock, (Cuneiform)</em></p><p><strong>For more on advertising, listen to the <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/ageofpersuasion/">CBC’s Age of Persuasion</a> Saturday mornings at 6:30am on WBEZ.</strong></p></p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-21/examining-history-controversial-advertisments-85487