24 posts tagged "Jenna Lyons"
The J.Crew campaign to dress every girl, every day, soldiers on, and the retailer’s first bridal boutique—which launched with a packed opening party last night—makes a strong case that the wedding day should be no exception. But no need to tell that to brand acolytes, who’ve been booking appointments with the store’s bridal consultants since long before it opened: Label brass said that more than 350 appointments were already on the books, clear through until fall. (They were quick to note that there will be some leeway to squeeze a few more in, for those who didn’t schedule seasons in advance.)
The bi-level space on Madison Avenue marks the first time the quickly-growing J.Crew bridal collection, which launched in 2004 with three styles, is available all in one, bricks-and-mortar location, and despite the neighborhood, dress prices start around $300. It also marks the debut of the new 769 cocktail collection, which will be mostly exclusive to the store. Though designed by the bridal team, head of wedding design Tom Mora is quick to note that it’s all-occasion cocktail fare, not just bridesmaid frocks. (A full rack of black dresses, not to mention a mannequin in sequined harem pants, bears him out.) The downstairs, appointment-only bridal salon can accommodate a blushing bride-to-be and scores of family and friends, while upstairs, buyers can pick up nuptial accessories (collaborative and exclusive pieces from Lulu Frost, Miriam Haskell, Fenton/Fallon, and Albertus Swanepoel) and a few honeymoon necessities like Cosabella lingerie and Histoire de Parfums scents, too. Executive creative director Jenna Lyons mused on a timeless truth of aisle-walkers: As much as things change, girls still want to be married in pretty dresses. And come August, their fiancés will have a haven of their own nearby. The next men’s store, a version of the Tribeca Liquor Store shop adapted to its uptown environs, will open a few blocks north later this summer.
769 Madison Avenue, NYC, www.jcrew.com.
Still waiting on that invite to Donna Karan’s Parrot Cay home? Here’s what you’re missing (pictured)—plus peeks inside the digs of Jenna Lyons, Ralph Rucci, and more American fashion designers. [WWD]
Or maybe you’re looking to get on Brian Atwood’s good side? Give him a Muji pen—or a pair of Naked & Famous jeans, Tom Ford specs, or any other of his ten must-have products. [GQ]
After the weekend’s none-too-favorable New York Times Magazine profile of M.I.A., the singer has posted the “truff”—an audio file of her interview with writer Lynn Hirschberg, plus a new song for good measure. [NEET Recordings]
Lily Cole finished up her end-of-year exams at Cambridge and looked “relieved,” reports British Vogue. Phew! [Vogue U.K.]
And sad news from the weekend: Sculptor and feminist icon Louise Bourgeois passed away on Monday at the age of 98. [NYT]
When you need a favor, it helps to have friends in high places. Or, in the case of Jenna Lyons, to be a friend in a high place. Several months ago, Lyons, the creative director of J.Crew, was trying (and failing) to track down a few pieces of Fenton/Fallon jewelry, a problem with no real solution until she ran into Fenton/Fallon designer Dana Lorenz (pictured, with Lyons) at a dinner. “It was a party hosted by Maria Cornejo,” Lorenz recalled last night the Soho J.Crew store. “I remember, I was wearing a chambray shirt with paint all over it, because I hadn’t expected to be able to make it. Anyway,” Lorenz continued, “Jenna told me that she was looking for these pieces, and they were all sold out. I offered to make them up for her, as a favor.” Lyons decided that the real favor Lorenz could do for her was to join the J.Crew fold for a season. The Fenton/Fallon for J. Crew collection is on the sales floor now; Lorenz describes the range as a “mash-up” of her two brands. “It’s a little less statement-y than Fenton, a little more statement-y than Fallon,” Lorenz said, “and I’m kind of loving the contrast with the preppy little blazers and things.” Prices start at $95 for the Carrington chain bracelet, below.