The new J.Crew men’s catalog arrived in the mail this weekend. Their fall schtick is “artists in their studios” modeling J.Crew. The cover of the catalog is Ryan McGinness, aka the King of Day-Glo, being worn by an ill-fitting white shirt. As a premise it promised to at least be pleasurably awkward, so I flipped my catalog open. Only to be greeted, on page 26, by Vito Acconci.
Vito Acconci in J Crew
I knew that he’d been doing architecture in recent years, but seriously– the guy who did Seed Bed is modeling in J.Crew? Do they know about that? The interview with him was maybe the best part:
J.Crew: IS THERE ANY ONE PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Shoes. Because, wherever I am, I need to be sure I can get somewhere else.
J.Crew: WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHILE YOU HAD YOUR PORTRAIT TAKEN FOR J.CREW?
I must have been saying to myself something like, “I’m not myself. But who am I then?”
The world in which we are living is now comprised of a new reality. Thank you for this, October J. Crew catalog.