Seeing Double At NYFW: Jenna Lyons As Muse

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Okay, the jig is up: the mastermind behind J. Crew’s consistent cool and bonafide style savant, Jenna Lyons, is fully aware that her look has become iconic. Why else would the creative director and president of the celebrated American company have sent a veritable mini-me boasting her own trademark groomed hair, thick dark-rimmed glasses, and orange-red lips down the runway at her own presentation? That’s right: one of the models from yesterday’s J. Crew show bore more than a passing resemblance to Jenna, though she insists it wasn’t intentional. I, for one, am totally in love with Lyons’ chic aesthetic, and I would gladly be her fashion lemming any day. Considering similar fashions were spotted on the Marc by Marc Jacobs runway as well, I’m definitely not the only one who worships at Jenna’s altar. What’s appealing about her approach is that, despite the covetable wardrobe and charmed life, it’s utterly accessible — you, too, can channel Jenna by making just a few simple alterations to your regular look. [Fashionista]

Masculine/Feminine: Jenna’s tall, boyish frame makes it easy for her to carry off masculine shapes with aplomb, but many of the silhouettes she chooses can be interpreted to look good on anyone. A cropped (but not midriff-baring!) sweater offset by a pair of high-waisted slim pants tapered to the ankle and a pair of show-stopping heels is casual, comfortable, and foolproof. Jenna chooses her pieces wisely: the demure sweater in a neutral color keeps the attention on her floral pants, a trend that must be treated delicately. She does it just right with the black-and-white print, which keeps the garment from becoming too loud, and the satin T-straps in a springtime aquamarine add a punchy, modern pop of color.

Unfussy Makeup: Jenna rarely strays from her beauty standard, and for good reason — it’s uncomplicated, it looks great on her, and it perfectly complements her upscale, preppy-goes-fashion style. Of course, she’s rarely seen without her thick, square tortoiseshell glasses, which bring an edgy intellectual feel to any look. She keeps her skin natural and never looks as if she’s laid on a heavy makeup base, with very tidy hair (or at least the look of it) side-parted and pulled back into a low-hanging ponytail or bun. A bit of brown liner on the upper lashline defines eyes to keep them from disappearing into the face, but the focus is on the vivid lipstick that bridges the gap between an elegant red and a louder coral. Poppy King created a mimic of the shade for J. Crew, which can be purchased on their website, but there are a number of great orange-red lipsticks out there. Some favorites are MAC Lady Danger ($14.50), NARS Heat Wave ($24), and Revlon Matte Really Red ($6.39).

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