Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Jenna Lyons at the Met

Every once in awhile, J.Crew's 770 blog offers really interesting insight into their inner workings. Their "The Making of a Met Ball Outfit" post is one of them:
Jenna and head women’s designer Tom Mora walk the red carpet
Pink Lady: “I felt I had to do something in shocking pink because that’s what Schiaparelli is known for. I sketched the design for this skirt on the back of a piece of paper during a meeting one day about two weeks before the ball. Honda, our patternmaker, draped and stitched the satin right here in the office.”

Shock Factor: “There’s a peplum underneath because I wanted that articulated silhouette I had seen on the pages of Schiaparelli’s Shocking Life. The bow at the waist has wire in it to hold its shape and keep it nice and stiff.”

Denim Diehard: “I didn’t want to wear duchesse silk satin with something sparkly or pearls. I am who I am—so I took it down a notch with denim. We pulled a J.Crew jean jacket and then had it fit and re-tailored to raise the waistband. I’m also not really wearing a shirt underneath—the collar and cuffs were custom-made by my custom shirtmaker and were stitched into the jacket.”
What are your thoughts on Jenna Lyons outfit? Do you like the pairing of satin with denim?

17 comments:

  1. Not the biggest fan of the outfit herself but it's very "her". I love the explanation of the thought process behind the outfit though - thank you for sharing!

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  2. I like this outfit on her and laughed at the line "I am who I am."

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  3. No. It not the least bit flattering - on her or anyone else.

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  4. The idea of sewing cuffs and a collar onto a denim jacket is rather cool IMO. I've seen it done with button-on pieces on a sweater but never a jean jacket. You would have to keep it buttoned but I'd wear something like that.

    Wondering why did she take a coworker and not her gal pal to the event. None of my business of course, just wondering aloud.

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  5. That's Jenna. I loved her hair for this event. My only wish is that she would visit Nordstrom for a bra fitting. It would bump up her outfits. Literally.

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    1. Yes, please, a little support would be uplifting.

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  6. Finally - she goes out without her hideous glasses! She looks sooo much better. I love the bright skirt. Outfit is very Jenna.

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  7. I have another photo of Jenna from this event that I shared in this post a couple months ago. Even though I'm not a fan of her outfit combo, I do think that Jenna herself looks beautiful.

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  8. I am just envious that she has a custom shirt maker:)

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  9. I do like it -- on her. I would never wear it in a million years though, lol. And if I did, the skirt would have to be cut down to be a mini and I wouldn't wear the jacket as a shirt, but left as a jacket and thown on over a white or black tank. But I'm boring, and that's why I don't have her job, LOL.

    I also like that she thoughtfully chose the bright pink as a nod to Schiaparelli.

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  10. Call me a traditionalist (or just old, or lame), but I think denim is too casual a fabric for the Met Ball. She says "I'm me" as a way to explain her non-satin fabric choice, but did she have to go with the other extreme?

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  11. I"m not that impresssed. I understand her nod to Schiaparelli pink but she would be turning over in her elegant grace if she saw this paired with denim as trying to pass off as a ball gown. Call me old school but there is a time and place for a certain amount of sartorial respect and the Met Ball is one of them, Besides, she has anything at her disposal- why go to such lenghts? She has the bearing and stature for almost anything but this is a definite miss. At least she left her costumey glasses at home. THey have been around too long- I see them on middle school girls now- time for a new trend!!

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  12. this is very her - it is true to her style. if she had switched to another dressier blouse i think it would have been perfect for the occasion.

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  13. This outfit made several worst lists and I agree. I like her style during "less-formal" events but she seems to always miss the mark at the Met balls. Last year her sweater and long skirt ensemble was shapeless and boring. This year she tried a more structured look but the outfit is ill-fitting. A close look of her outfit shows the jacket is too tight & almost gapping while the skirt made her hips look wide. I would never have guessed this was custom-made at all because of the bad fit.

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  14. I love it and would wear it everywhere (like I do all my clothes)

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  15. Personally, I love it. Love her nod to Schiaparelli pink, love the fit of the skirt on her. The interior peplum gives her more of a figure, instead of being straight up and down.

    I love that she is always wearing a JCrew piece, even if it was highly retailored. Love that she left the glasses at home, her hair and makeup are fab, she looks gorgeous.

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