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J. Crew Goes To Italy; Jenna Lyons Talks Shoes, Gelato & Lipstick (VIDEO)

So deep is our crush on Jenna Lyons and J. Crew catalogs that we wanted to share this charming mini-documentary they made with "Unzipped" and "Seamless" director Douglas Keeve.

We love Florence, where Jenna and head womenswear designer Marissa Webb travel to make shoes. We also love that Jenna appears to get claustrophobic, New York-style, in the tiny Italian elevator, and that they are delivered the shoes (which we also love) over delicious-looking pasta. And we especially love that Marissa is wearing their trademark bright lipstick the whole time.

Watch here, and scroll down to read the questions we emailed Jenna.

HuffPost Style: What was the best thing you ate in Italy?

Jenna Lyons: Aside from the gelato, the cappuccino and the pasta?! It's like picking my favorite child.

The truffle risotto at the Villa d'Este...actually everything at the Villa d'Este. It was pretty incredible on all fronts.

Buca Mario which is a tiny mom & pop restaurant in Florence...they had the most amazing roasted potatoes with rosemary. (We actually filmed part of the film in there [where] Marissa modeled the shoes.)

Nociola gelato (which is hazelnut & pistachio) at this little gelato place next to our shoe factory in Florence.

HuffPost Style: What was an inspiring look you saw in Florence that you don't see all over New York?

Jenna Lyons: Honestly, what resonated most to me during the trip was the reason why one has to come to Italy to find the level of quality, the craftsman ship and history of craftsmanship. This doesn't exist anywhere else.

A couple of fashion items that stood out for me:
Return of the kitten heel and the pointy toe
Fun happy colored shoes
Shoe booties

HuffPost Style: Totally off-topic, but when did you start wearing bright lipstick?

Jenna Lyons: Isn't it so great? There is something about reds and oranges that are more yellow [than] blue that I love.

Gayle, our head women's stylist always has the boldest colors -- whether it's an orange, red or a coral. We do what we love in the catalog as well as on

As we start to infuse more color combinations, when it comes to makeup, less is more. Beautiful clean fresh, bare, dewy skin, nothing on [the] eye, brushed browns and a flash of color on the lips. It looks great on the everyone. This real pop is a dense pigment color - always spare application b/c of color's intensity, so it looks dapped on.

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