This is the mysterious black dress I saw in a J Crew b&m. It is currently not available in the Oct 2008 catalog or online.
ETA: This is the Madeline dress
I tried it on and the collar is great. The ruffles are done better this year than on last year’s sparkle phoebe blouse – maybe because the material on that blouse is lightweight. I didn’t try on last year’s Phoebe dress in wool. In this year’s design there is a square of material to go across the cleavage and operational buttons down the front of it. It’s set between the ruffles and it appears that you can see cleavage, but you can’t. It’s sexy in that regard. The fabric on this dress reminds me of the Super 120s wool. It’s lightweight, but feels strong — if you will — and I didn’t find it itchy at all.
You pull the dress over your head and there is a side zip. There are also the requisite pockets, as many of the newer dresses have. There are princess seams at the rear but not at the front. It may have taken away from the look of the dress to have seams running down the front but I felt like the dress is missing some shaping at the waist. Maybe I am supposed to be in a size 2, but I don’t think so.