24 posts tagged "Jenna Lyons"
The world—or at least, the conservative-columnist world—was up in arms last month when Jenna Lyons admitted in an otherwise innocuous J.Crew spread that she sometimes paints her son’s toenails pink. Cue the fire and brimstone—and a new coinage, “Toemaggedon,” to boot. Amid all the controversy, Lyons and company have remained sanely mum on the issue, but last night’s Parsons’ graduate show, we couldn’t help but bring it up. “Saturday morning play time with a 4-year-old turns into Toemageddon. It’s crazy, just crazy,” Lyons said. “What’s so funny is he was in the room when the Toemageddon thing was reported and he’s just like, ‘Look, Mommy, it’s me on TV.’ In the end , it was fun.” We had to ask: Is the now-famous tot suddenly in high demand? “No, the offers aren’t pouring in for modeling contracts or acting careers or anything,” Lyons assured us.
Friday evening isn’t a time you’d usually find students milling about their school auditorium—at least not of their own volition. But for a chat between Parsons dean of fashion Simon Collins, J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, and Derek Lam, fashion design majors happily packed the house. The two Parsons alums met as freshman on the first day of school as the incoming class of 1990. “You were so chic the first day of school. I’ll never forget it, you were wearing this handmade leather jacket. It was so annoying!” Lyons said with a laugh. The leather jacket, Lam took the opportunity to inform her, was Comme des Garçons.
Lyons, who confessed that she was “not a very confident girl” growing up in L.A., found her own path in the big city. (She also got a taste of the wider world. “I never met a gay man until I moved to New York,” she revealed.) Lyons eventually landed an internship with Donna Karan on Seventh Avenue before finding her way to J.Crew. And Lam, also a West Coast transplant (he grew up in San Francisco), took off with a brief stint at Geoffrey Beene and then an extended tenure at Michael Kors. Though after 20 years, could another move be on the horizon? “I would love to go back to school,” Lam told us after the discussion. “I actually studied writing before I went to Parsons, so I’d go back for journalism. Maybe I’ll be a fashion writer!” Sounds good to us—send those pitches our way.
Want to see the villa the Seven Easy Pieces built? Until you’re invited for a weekend away at Donna Karan’s Zen manse in Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos (above), at least there’s American Fashion Designers at Home, the CFDA and Assouline’s new coffee-table tome dedicated to the world of fashion designers’ interiors. The book offers a peek behind the lintels of 115 designers, including (in addition to Karan’s Caribbean getaway) Oscar de la Renta’s Connecticut estate; Ralph Lauren’s RRL Ranch in Telluride, Colorado; and Jenna Lyons’ Park Slope, Brooklyn brownstone. Francisco Costa (arm-in-arm with Bianca Jagger), Peter Som, Robert Geller, and Yigal Azrouël all came to take a look and raise a glass at the book’s launch party at the St. Regis last night. What’s the appeal of such voyeurism? “You get to see their creativity on a different level,” said CFDA executive director Steven Kolb, whose favorite shot is the Polaroid Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg took of troll dolls lined up along a ledge in his L.A. apartment. (It was the book’s author, Rima Suqi’s pick, too.) Costa, discussing his own minimalist Murray Hill, NYC flat, agreed. “The thing about decorating is it’s livable art,” he said. “Clothes are so temporary, and the home is a different approach. You’re very selective about finding that one thing you love that will last.”
In a way, it was their sense of smell that brought Christiane Amanpour, Thom Browne, Derek Lam, and WSJ.‘s Deborah Needleman together last night. British fragrance house Jo Malone organized an intimate dinner party at Peels for fans of the brand that turned out to be a stimulating potpourri of editors, thread-makers, and interior designers—the sort of affair that had J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons sitting next to Malcolm Gladwell.
The upstairs room at Taavo Somer’s new East Village outpost didn’t smell like anything in particular. If it were Chris Benz’s studio, we learned, there would have been strong notes of mint and basil. “I have millions of scented candles,” the designer explained, “and I drive people crazy because I’m always like, ‘why aren’t the candles lit?’” Philip Crangi did him one better: “I have patchouli and sandalwood from this one incense factory in India that’s been making incense for, like, 800 years,” he said.
Just before tucking into his swordfish steak, Jonathan Adler (pictured, center, with Philip Crangi and Simon Doonan) mentioned that he’d written the bulk of his two upcoming books in rooms redolent of fresh tomato. The home-design maestro knows whereof he speaks, of course. “I’m a purveyor, and a member of the decorative fragrance community. We’re a very private community,” Adler deadpanned. “We gather and sniff.”
David LaChapelle has his own way of doing an art opening. Last night at Paul Kasmin Gallery, for the vernissage of his American Jesus show, he had cameos from Julian Schnabel and Lenny Kravitz (pictured above, with LaChapelle) and a crowd of people photographing him as he danced—in a white caftan, no less. As it happened, there was a Jersey Shore party going on at the same time next door at Marquee—”probably a metaphor for my life,” LaChapelle shrugged.
That life is a busy one at the moment, with Chelsea the latest stop on the attention-getting show’s world tour. The abridged American Jesus exhibition at Paul Kasmin puts extra focus on three photos depicting the late Michael Jackson (well, a lookalike) as Christ and features a striking image of Naomi Campbell as Cleopatra. A broadly expanded version of the show opens at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art later this month. “It’s going to go on until people don’t want to see it any more, I guess,” LaChapelle said at the Standard’s High Line Room, where he was joined by the likes of Cynthia Rowley and Rory Tahari for the post-opening dinner. Speaking of going on, so did the party—the LaChapelle crew adjourned upstairs to the Boom Boom Room for some postprandial dancing, where they mixed with the likes of Yigal Azrouël and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons. It was the last Boom, so to speak—the final late night of BBR revelry before the space is reborn as a private club after the summer. LaChapelle’s own take on resurrection? “I believe that there’s more to me than what’s contained between my hat and my shoes,” he said.
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