For a while now, specialty retailer J.Crew has had a lock on how modern-day gents dress, and judging by last week’s F/W 10 men’s presentation it hasn’t lost its grip or sense of economy. The brand didn’t reach for effect with a subdued palette of grays, military greens and oatmeal, but hit all the right notes for the season, from its casual-meets-tailored styling to the down vests, inky denims and pocketed cardies/knits. “I think our guy appreciates the references we use because he is slightly familiar with them, but the way we put looks together is how you make it exciting again,” said men’s designer Frank Muytjens on fall. “I think we will get a little bit more sophisticated and precise, still looking at the past, but just more cleaned up.”

—Tim Yap