Jenna Lyons, J.Crew's stylish (and, these days, ubiquitous) president and executive creative director, recently broke from prepping the label's Fall 2012 womens- and menswear presentation to dish about her personal style and what it was like to serve as a judge with Anna Wintour for the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund.
First things first: what are Lyons' wardrobe must-haves? Her basics, of course -- a navy blazer, crisp white shirt and favorite pair of studded high heels. She's also crazy for sequins, a fact that becomes apparent when perusing J.Crew's fall offerings.
Adorably, the 42-year-old designer mom shares her love of spangled fashion with her son. The tot helps her plan her daily outfit. "It starts with my son, who loves my shoes, and I have a lot of them. So we've developed a tradition where he picks out the shoes. But I have to rotate them, otherwise he'd pick out the same high heel sparkly shoes every time because he loves them. So I rotate them, he picks out the shoes and then I work from there."
On the CFDA: "I was incredibly intimidated to be sitting on a board with Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg," Lyons admits, but goes on to tell how welcome she felt, and how educational the experience turned out to be. "I've taken a really different route. I work for a pretty large company and to be able to see what these young designers are going through and to be in a position to help them . . . it's really rewarding."