Jenna Lyons is known to surprise. How else would the J.Crew president and creative director explain her penchant for the unexpected - menswear tailoring with feminine details, stripes with polka dots, florals with animal prints or neutrals and neons? But when visiting her Astor Place office, which just happens to be right upstairs from Stylelist, the mix-master said something truly bewildering: “T-shirts and I don’t really get along.” How could the purveyor of casual cool not look good in a t-shirt? She continued, while demonstratively gesturing with her hands, “I mean, we just don’t agree. Every time someone takes a picture of me in a t-shirt I’m like, ‘Why did I do that?' I love t-shirts; they just don’t love me. It’s very sad. I don’t have a great body for t-shirts.”
And this is the sort of Lyon-ess honesty we've come to know and love. Keep reading for other amazing anecdotes, beneath the pictures below, about Bill Cunningham, her high school style, and the origin of her office knickknacks.
All photos by Myra Iqbal.