09/12/2012 05:10 EDT | Updated 11/12/2012 05:12 EST

J. Crew - and its NY Fashion Week looks - are on the move

NEW YORK, N.Y. - J. Crew is sending its customer packing. At New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, the retailer presented a collection of upcoming styles that picked up influences from vacation spots around the world.

It was only natural to tap into the retailer's growing international presence, explained Tom Mora, women's vice-president of design, in a pre-show interview. "I always have her (the J. Crew customer) in my head, and she travels with me. I'm mostly taking her to warm places."

One print on a pajama-top dress featured the image of a hotel and its pool — probably Miami in the 1950s.

And there was pink, lots of it. A neon pink was the graffiti colour of a sweatshirt splashed with "darling" across the chest. There were metallic pink brocade shorts and a pair of pleated pants in pale pink embroidered with little black skunks.

Blues were the hues of the ocean, including a blue linen skirt with tiers of raffia fringe that mimicked the waves.

Mora said he aimed for saturated colours inspired by his old Time-Life books he recently rediscovered at his parents' house.

"I like those oversaturated colours blown up on prints. Time-Life books were like the original Instagram," Mora said.

Unlike most of the previews at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, J. Crew's weren't just for spring. Some outfits will be in stores earlier, Mora said, since it's a 12-month delivery schedule.