I’m taking a brief break from my unexpected blog sabbattical (slaps knee) to mark this news.
Jenna Lyons, the current President and Creative Director of J. Crew is leaving the company after a whopping 26 years. In the world of fashion, that’s the equivalent of a century. When I heard the news, a large part of me wasn’t shocked in the least. I think too many surprises in this world have left me a little numb these days.
In general, I’m a fan of change because it’s the one thing that’s constant as a part of life. I think I’ve harbored a secret wish for Jenna to do something bold. Not have a vanity line, in the safe harbor of J. Crew. No. I wanted to see her truly step away, as she will do after December of this year. Why would or should any of us care about this news? Some are fascinated by the business aspect and speculate what the future looks like for J. Crew (and its staggering debt). I find it interesting how she’s being treated in some of the articles. I don’t really have enough words to articulate coherent thoughts at the moment, but if I did, I would address how differently the sexes are handled in the media…particularly in business. I care about the news because there have been some deep changes in staff — locally and at the higher level — in the past couple of years. I’m rooting for their success.
Jenna, not too many years ago. A fresh face, casual mom vs. the Jenna she’s evolved into.
Here’s another, older image of Jenna that many of us loved. Many a blog name were inspired by sequins and (fill in the blank). She looks so different now.
Me, a couple weeks ago at Hamilton in San Francisco. Yes, it’s an epic musical! I’m still listening to and singing the songs daily. I didn’t have time to agonize over what to wear or go shopping. My mom won tickets on a Monday and we were at the show the next day, on Tuesday. I remembered my green sequin pants in the closet. Set them up with a black top and felt fabulous. I received numerous compliments on the pants.
Wear your gear, ladies. When we do, it gives others the encouragement to wear theirs.
I wish the best for Jenna. It’s definitely the end of an era. I’m curious to see where both she and the brand are in a year from now. Shoooot….and me, too!
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