Jenna Lyons is the ultimate power lesbian

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The Duchess herself, Kate Middleton, came to America this week and met with many people. But none seemed to excite her as much as meeting Jenna Lyons.

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A huge fan of J.Crew, Kate was most likely talking fashion with Jenna, the out creative director behind the brand which has upped its game in the last few years under her care. J. Crew is no longer full of preppy basics; instead, they’ve added some edge to their (mostly) affordable and ultra-wearable looks, including recent collaborations with Public School and Comme de Garcon.

Jenna said she spoke with Kate only very briefly, telling Vanity Fair:

“My father’s British so I grew up going to England every summer and sometimes for Christmas. I will say, it feels very powerful [meeting Kate]. I can imagine for her, she’s just a normal person—but it doesn’t feel like that to me. She’s, in essence, a true version of a princess. She’s lovely, gracious. It was incredibly exciting. … Believe it or not, I was told she wore J. Crew jeans last night to the [NBA] game. I was so excited. You couldn’t tell, but that’s okay. At least I know that fact.”

Jenna is one of fashion’s It Women, and she’s been everywhere lately, from Solange‘s wedding in New Orleans….

Jenna with partner Courtney CrangiSolange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson - Wedding Day

Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson - Wedding Day

…to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 85th Anniversary Celebration.

Jenna with another power lez, Hilary RosenBloomberg Businessweek's 85th Anniversary Celebration - Inside

Bloomberg Businessweek's 85th Anniversary Celebration - Inside

In the past few months, she’s worn some inspired looks on the red carpet, from dressing up ripped denim:

Indochine's 30th Anniversary Party

To going boldly royal blue:

11th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards - Arrivals

To donning a gorgeous velour burgundy jacket with nothing underneath.

Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit At Cipriani Wall Street Powered By CIROC Vodka

Jenna Lyons takes risks, and it’s working not only for her, but for brand. (Her latest? Hiring a 4-year-old designer to create a new children’s line.) As she told British Elle recently, being different has always been a goal of hers:

“I don’t know where being an outcast hasn’t worked to someone’s advantage. Whatever lack of confidence or anxiety or ostracisation someone might feel, I think they can find a way to believe it’s the best thing for them in the end,. I know that might seem quite hard when you’re in it, but the people I’ve seen struggle the most have the golden ticket. People who have never felt that [they] are unable to manipulate or manage a bad time, those who don’t deal well with feedback or any kind of adversity, they struggle more than the person who’s been through something.”

That kind of confidence has never looked so good. The Duchess of Cambridge agrees!

 

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