In past, I have regarded J Crew garments
as reliable, affordable, Ivy League type campus wear-
nostalgic of my collegiate years-
no longer is this the case!
In recent years, the clothing label has made a meteoric ascent
into the stratosphere of fashion worthy inspired dress.
This is due, in no small measure,
to the on-course style direction of creative head- Jenna Lyons.
(image from vogue.co.uk):
Creative Head, J Crew
Ms. Lyons assumed leadership of the label in 2008.
As a woman with her own strong dress aesthetics:
quirky, androgynous and a love obsession with sequins-
she promptly proceeded to transform the label into in her own image
and with tremendous success!
As with the label she now heads, Ms. Lyons herself is a story of transformation.
Born with incontinentia pigmenti, a genetic skin disorder
which presents with uneven pigment, teeth and hair lost-
Ms. Lyons, teased unmercifully as a child
never felt herself to be beautiful.
She found beauty in the things around her
and the art and fashion design she created:
“I searched for ways to make things more beautiful and surrounded myself with beautiful things because I didn’t feel that in myself … I felt a huge drive to make clothes that everybody could have because I felt ostracized by that world of beauty and fashion.” (quote from fast.company.com)
Today, standing at a model-esque height with body and style verve to match-
Ms. Lyons embodies the new J Crew woman.
She is what she purports:
intelligent, savvy, witty, confident, distinctive
and looking fabulous in the process.
(images from style.com):
The ensemble- layer by layer:
baby blue board room collared shirt (unbuttoned low)
denim jacket, black / white stole scarf, graphic print skirt
and the shoes! – pointed, bronzed stiletto heels with tassel adornments
Jumper: oversized, pouch pocket, grey turtle neck with drawstring to waist
Skirt: pink / grey patterned, knit, mini
Top: sporty, drawstring hood, oversized, dusty pink
Skirt: multi-coloured, flirty, twirly
White jumpsuit is a suit – in – one
Stand out yellow
Browns, patterns, animal prints, textural
Denim, layered, masculine vibe
Sequins, yes please.
According to Ms. Lyons (a bit tongue in cheek, but not really)-
“Sequins are the new black!”
(quote from guardian.com)
(t) jacket with knitted sleeves; extreme – wide leg, patterned trousers
(b) roll-neck jumper; solid grey, extreme-wide leg trousers with front pleating
Peach-hue, leather skirt with a kick
Dress high / low combo
High (night life inspired): flash of gold outfit
Low (nod to day wear): khaki green, fur trimmed hooded parka