Jenna Lyons, president and creative director of J Crew is the force behind the rapid sales rise at the North American brand. Rising through the ranks since graduating at age 21 from Parson’s School of Design in New York, the 44 year old is a high profile woman in consumer fashion; one of only three on Time Magazine’s 2013 top 100 most influential people list.
Jenna Lyons; president and creative director of J Crew
Five years ago on Monday, October 27, 2008 Michelle Obama appeared on The Tonight Show in a complete J Crew outfit. Drawn on her shopping habits she replied,”When you don’t have time, you’ve got to click.”
Michelle Obama wearing J Crew on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
On April 1, 2009 Michelle wore J Crew’s Crystal constellation cardigan and the Dazzling-dots pencil skirt in mint green whilst joining Sarah Brown for a meeting at Charing Cross in London.
Michelle Obama in mint green J Crew in London in 2009. (image Getty)
The 30 year old brand started out as a mail order specialist and runs 249 stores in North America. The long awaited opening of the Regent street store brings the mismatched, masculine meets feminine style of Lyons to central London. Expect to pay up to 40% more than in North America. Layering is key to the J Crew look with oversized statement necklaces and bejewelled cuffs to finish off an outfit.
Lyons manages the branding of the clothes and stores.
Jenna has been in the press for her relationship with girlfriend Courtney Crangi after a very public divorce from husband, Vincent Mazeau. Her style is central to the brand’s transformation and success.
Jenna wearing a pink maxi skirt and denim jacket at the Costume Institute Gala in 2012.
J Crew opened a menswear store at 38 Lamb’s Conduit on 10th October 2013. The Flagship store opens at 165, Regent Street, W1 on Friday. J Crew’s Chairman and CEO, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, called it “an important flagship location on arguably one of the most important streets in one of the most important locations in the world”.
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Paris holds a special place in my heart. The annual Lycée book haul can prove less than glamorous unless combined with a brief visit to some favourite shops and stops. Journey with me.
A central place to stay.
Beauty boost from Sephora
Louis Vuitton – Champs Elysees
Lunch at Cafe de Flore
Lycée book shop done. Tuileries garden.
Shakespeare and Company
A walk along the river.
Sunset on the Seine
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The ordinary sweater has morphed into the trophy knit. This season’s most coveted sweater is Givenchy’s Bambi Knit.
Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci
This status buy has drummed up waiting lists normally reserved for It-bags; the sky high price tags ensuring they remain sartorial trophies.
With this season’s focus on day wear, team your sweater with a swishy skirt for work or dress it down with favourite jeans for the weekend.
Cable knit Oaktree
Photo Jay Ahr
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Fifteen years after its first foray into China, French Department store Galeries Lafayette is officially reopening in Beijing tomorrow. The chain opened a store in Beijing in 1997 but closed a year later as the market was not mature enough. Thierry Vannier, director of the international department says “we are planning to open 16 outlets in China in the coming 5 years.” Hong Kong based I.T. limited owns a 50% stake in the new store. The store is about half the size of the boulevard Haussman store in Paris, in the 9th arrondissement.
Galeries Lafayette Paris Flagship on Haussman.
Theophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened the store in a small haberdasher’s in 1895 on the corner of rue La Fayette and Chaussee d’Antin. A year later they purchased the entire building at No 1 rue La Fayette. In 1905 they expanded by aquiring no 38, 40 and 42, boulevard Haussman as well as no 15 rue de la Chaussee d’Antin.
The store’s unique Belle Epoque architecture by Georges Chedanne features an ornate coloured glass dome and Art Nouveau staircase. (Photo worklondonstyle)
The store is a Paris heritage site. The company also owns stores in New York, Berlin, Dubai, Casablanca And Jakarta.
Lafayette Homme connects to the Coupole through a covered passegeway. (Photo worklondonstyle)
Vice and Virtue! To buy or not to buy?
My favourite spot in Galeries Lafayette Paris – the view of the rooftops from the book store window.
The new Beijing store is located in the Xidan commercial district and comprises 47,000 sqm floor space, located over 6 floors.
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British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, today confirmed that Kate Moss has accepted a position of contributing editor at Vogue. Shulman praised her “undoubtedly brilliant sense of style, depth of fashion knowledge, and understanding of what makes a wonderful image.” In 2005 Kate guest edited an edition of French Vogue.
Kate has graced the cover of British Vogue 33 times.
Kate on the cover of Vogue
Last week Topshop CEO Sir Phillip Green announced that Kate would collaborate on a new collection available in April 2014.
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Shares in Burberry fell nearly 5% as boss Angela Ahrendts announced her departure from the fashion house to join Apple as senior vice-president of retail and online stores. In 2012 she became the first woman to top the FTSE-100 pay league with a pay package of £16.9 million. She joined Burberry in 2006.
Ahrendts will be replaced by Christopher Bailey in mid-2014 who will be joint creative head and CEO.
Burberry announced half- year sales of £1.03 billion; up 14%.
Burberry at London Fashion Week
The Ahrendts – Bailey team turned Burberry into Britain’s top luxury brand.
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Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon’s autobiography, In Her Shoes, went on sale in London today. She speaks candidly about the struggles she faced on her way to the top.
Tamara is launching her new ready-to-wear collection at Harrods in November. It will include handbags and shoes. The collection which mirrors her own style, will also be available at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and online at Net-A-Porter.
With this collection she aims to do “a monthly fashion drop”, solving the problem of having to buy clothes in the wrong season.
She says, “I don’t know any woman who wants to buy her winter coat in July” Hers will be available in September.
Coat from The Tamara Mellon Debut Collection.
Photo Rex Features
Tamara received an OBE for services to the fashion industry in 2010.
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