August 23 2014

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25 posts tagged "Jenna Lyons"

The Gaga Family Fashion Venture, A Geriatric Style Starlet, And More…


Lady Gaga and her sister are discussing launching their own “relatively normal and wearable” line of clothing. They have the classic styles of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Katharine Hepburn in mind as inspirations, but we can be sure it will come with a twist of Gaga. [Grazia Daily]

Fashion’s newest, oldest pop star: 90-year-old Iris Apfel. “I’m a geriatric starlet, my dear, don’t you know,” she tells The New York Times. She has long been in the fashion mix, but Apfel has recently become the centerpiece of a fashion advertising campaign, a coffee-table book, and several museum exhibitions. [NYT]

Alexa Chung is joining Heidi Klum on Lifetime. The Lagerfeld muse will host a show, reportedly called 24-Hour Catwalk, where designers will compete against each other. A familiar concept, no? [Page Six]

J.Crew is expanding sales to the U.K. Jenna Lyons says that the focus has been on U.S. expansion, but they are set to launch a “Brit-accessible e-commerce site” and hope to launch stores across the pond soon. [Vogue U.K.]

Toemageddon Update: Lyons Fils Speaks!


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.

Photo: Neil Rasmus /

Derek Lam’s Plan B?


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.

Photo: Marty Heitner/Courtesy of Parsons

Where They Hang Their Hat
(After They’ve Designed It)


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.”

Photo: Courtesy of Assouline

Olfactory Verve


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.”

Photo: Mimi Ritzen Crawford / Courtesy of Jo Malone