J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons is one of our longtime much-agreed-upon style crushes. If we could all mix J. Crew with high fashion half as well as she does, the world would be a more colorful, impeccably dressed place. Bitch is magic. She also has some softly-spoken ties to the CFDA — it’s a fairly new tradition for each year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner creates a collaborative line with J. Crew, but it’s a damn good one we hope will continue — so it’s only natural that Ms. Lyons turned out for last night’s awards ceremony. Her signature masculine-feminine approach never fails (this is the woman who wore a white T-shirt over a ball gown to the Met Gala last year with aplomb) to make jaws drop, leaving everyone in the foreseeable radius wondering how she manages to be all at once preppy, chic, eccentric, and transcendentally can’t-put-your-finger-on-it cool. Or maybe that’s just me. (Solange ain’t half bad, either.)
Jenna Lyons is the president and creative director for J. Crew. She’s also sort of a walking, talking embodiment of the brand’s hip preppy vibe. In this video, a clip from the upcoming CNBC documentary, “J. Crew and the Man Who Dressed America,” Jenna talks about how the company must predict what trends will be popular more than a year out. She and J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler are largely credited with bringing the company back from the brink of failure, and “The Man Who Dressed America,” debuting May 24 chronicles the brand’s auspicious rise.
Cross your fingers — there’s a decent chance that, sometime in the next few weeks, J. Crew and CFDA/Vogue Fund Award winner Joseph Altuzarra (that’s him on the far right, pictured with J. Crew boss Jenna Lyons on the far left) will come forward with news of a collaboration. In fact, the designer might have gotten a little bit loose-lipped by discussing the collab at an event earlier this week. J. Crew has yet to make a formal announcement regarding the capsule collection, so I can’t imagine that they’re happy with Joseph’s decision to unceremoniously spill the beans. Regardless, Altuzarra will join the ranks of Prabal Gurung, jewelry designer Lulu Frost, and Manolo Blahnik, all of whom have collaborated with J. Crew in the past. As far as fast fashion collaborations go J. Crew is particularly high-end, so while the offerings will certainly be less pricy than the runway goods, they’re bound to cost a pretty penny. Still, I look forward to seeing the results and maybe picking up a couple of the pieces. [Racked]
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] Keep reading »
Until this week, Jenna Lyons was best known as the president and creative director of brilliant brand J. Crew. Her charming Brooklyn brownstone was featured on Oprah back in 2010, and countless times in the pages of style and interior design magazines since then. She was the subject of some controversy after a photo was published in the J. Crew catalogue of herself painting her young son’s toenails hot pink. In the past couple of days, though, Jenna’s life has been at its juiciest. A thinly veiled blind item was published that outed her as being in the middle of a divorce from her artist husband, Vincent Mazeau. Even better, this same scandalous item suggested that she was now having a lesbian affair with another woman in the fashion industry. This morning, Jenna’s love interest was revealed: Courtney Crangi, who is apparently the sister of a celebrity jeweler. I don’t have much of an opinion on this. If they’re happy, I’m happy, and happy for them. However, I doubt this will be the last we hear of Jenna and Courtney. This Halloween — and frankly, her style could be emulated any ol’ day — get your hands on Jenna’s fresh, masculine style at about 50 percent less than typical J. Crew prices. Keep reading »
So, apparently Frisky office style icon Jenna Lyons is getting divorced from hubby Vincent Mazeau, after 10 years of marriage — and is rumored to be in a relationship with a woman. Says the rumor mill, the woman Jenna’s in love with is apparently also in the fashion biz, though we’re not sure who it is. Either way, that lady’s pretty lucky — think of the access she now has to Jenna’s sure-to-be-incredible closet! [Page Six]
If the rumors are true, Jenna is not alone in discovering she has a love jones for the ladies after having relationships with me. Here are seven other famous women who were a little late to the Isle of Lesbos.
On yesterday’s show, Oprah learned about an assortment of dream jobs, including Jenna Lyon‘s position as J. Crew’s creative director. Not only does Jenna have an amazing career, but everything about her life is seemingly perfect, too. She calls a gorgeous Brooklyn townhouse home (bedroom-sized closet, of course), has a handsome husband and a cute kid, gets all the J. Crew clothes she wants, and somehow manages to get home by 6:30 p.m. every evening. Watch a day in her life above, but be prepared to feel some serious pangs of jealousy. [Oprah] Keep reading »
We’ve been a little bummed that we’re not obsessive enough to stay up all night in order to score pieces from Target’s recent designer collaborations, but J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons puts things in perspective. In an interview with Style.com, Jenna shared how she feels about designers doing “affordable” lines for mass retailers:
“What I appreciate about it is someone like Rodarte or Proenza Schouler maybe gets more mindshare from people who might not have known who they are. But I think it’s a little flash-in-the-pan, and the quality, a lot of times, is really not great. That, to me, is for the young little fashion girl who’s obsessed with Proenza and Rodarte and who can’t afford it. For someone who just wants to look good on a day-to-day basis, it’s not a strategy for how to dress.”
She makes a good point. Instead of racing to pick up pieces when Target, H&M, and other retailers join forces with high-end designers, we should focus on building a wardrobe without regard for whose name is on the tag. From now on, when the dress we’d been hoping to score sells out before we can snag one, we’ll just tell ourselves we aren’t looking for “flash in the pan” clothes. We want to develop our own style by purchasing quality items we love, rather than trying to pick up something that’s hot today but might not make it through one laundry cycle. [Style.com] Keep reading »