J Crew's Jenna Lyons takes inspiration from HERSELF for latest collection… and the fashion pack can't get enough of it
J Crew boss Millard 'Mickey' Drexler once asked his team how they proposed to get more women dressing like the brand's creative director Jenna Lyons.
If the label's presentation at New York Fashion Week today was anything to go by, they seem to have found the answer.
Everything, from the flashes of neon to that signature mish-mash of sequins, tweeds and silks paid tribute to Ms Lyons' own signature style.
Signature style: J Crew creative director Jenna Lyons (left) took a creative lead from her own day-to-day look for the label's fall/winter collection. One of the models (right) even looked like her
One model even looked much like the designer herself, with a pulled-back ponytail and dark-framed glasses.
Though guests included Kelly Bensimon and the ever-flamboyant Anna Dello Russo, Ms Lyons, who wore a pair of printed trousers from the collection on show, was unarguably the woman of the hour.
It is little surprise. Ms Lyons is
unique in her ability to tread that careful balance between remaining
true to the preppy, classic J Crew signature, and injecting enough new
season flair to make a shopper want to invest time and time again. As a
designer, she is a retailer's dream come true.
Mish-mash: Contrasting prints, colours and textures are a hallmark of the J Crew aesthetic, and next season will be no different. A shimmering pink skirt, worn with a fuchsia-and-burgundy knit was a highlight (centre)
Modern must-haves: Ms Lyons is unique in her ability to remain true to the preppy, classic J Crew signature, while injecting enough new season flair to make a shopper want to invest time and time again
As always, there were plenty of bright hues. A shimmering pink skirt, worn with a fuchsia-and-burgundy knit was a highlight, though a yellow swing coat and a long neon orange T-shirt dress also added pops of colour.
Skirts fell below-the-knee and trousers, as modelled by Ms Lyons herself, came in a slim-fitting ankle-grazing form – a length that draws particular attention to one's footwear.
This design feature may well have had a
purpose, as it seems footwear will be a big story for J Crew next
season, thanks to a collaboration with Manolo Blahnik.
Woman of the hour: Even Kelly Bensimon (left) was thrilled by the chance to meet Ms Lyons
Trade title WWD announced the news today via its Twitter feed. It read: 'J. Crew is doing a Manolo collaboration for fall, to be sold online.'
The shoes in the show today, it seems, were not the results of Mr Blahnik's work. But they promise to be well worth waiting for – Ms Lyons herself has waited over two years for such an opportunity.
She told Fashionista.com in 2010: 'What we’d really like to do, especially for women’s, is a shoe collaboration where we maybe go to someone like Manolo Blahnik or Christian Louboutin.'
Congratulations, Jenna – your wish has been granted. And it promises to make our footwear dreams come true too.