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.
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:
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 Crangi
…to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 85th Anniversary Celebration.
Jenna with another power lez, Hilary Rosen
In the past few months, she’s worn some inspired looks on the red carpet, from dressing up ripped denim:
To going boldly royal blue:
To donning a gorgeous velour burgundy jacket with nothing underneath.
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:
That kind of confidence has never looked so good. The Duchess of Cambridge agrees!