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J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons Was the Rare Successful Designer-Street Style Star

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After 26 years at J. Crew — and nearly a decade at the helm of the brand — designer Jenna Lyons is stepping down as its creative director, as CEO Mickey Drexler revealed on Monday. Over the course of her tenure, Lyons became in many ways the aspirational figurehead of the very woman she designed for, broaching the divide between designer and street style star. (A tricky gap to cross, as Justin O’Shea recently learned.) She rolled up to the Met Gala flanked by Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham of Girls, each wearing a tuxedo; she appeared front-row at countless shows, from Altuzarra to Prabal Gurung, while also hosting her own presentations for J. Crew — often featuring non-model models. Her look, a little androgynous, often tended towards power suiting and polished trousers, topped off with her trademark dark-rimmed glasses and neat updo. On the occasion of Lyons’s departure from J. Crew, we look back on a few of her best street style moments at fashion week and beyond through the years.

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Jenna Lyons at Solange Knowles’s wedding in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2014.

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Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi at the Altuzarra Fall 2016 show at New York Fashion Week in New York, New York, February 2016.

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Jenna Lyons at Altuzarra Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week in New York, New York, September 2015.

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Jenna Lyons at Altuzarra Spring 2017 during New York Fashion Week in New York, New York, September 2016.

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Jenna Lyons at Prabal Gurung Spring 2015 during New York Fashion Week in New York, New York, September 2014.

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Jenna Lyons in New York, New York, April 2015.

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Jenna Lyons at Rag & Bone Spring 2015 during New York Fashion Week in New York, New York, September 2014.

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Jenna Lyons at Tim Coppens Fall 2015 during New York Fashion Week in New York, New York, February 2015.

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Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi at Altuzarra Fall 2017 during New York Fashion Week in New York, New York, February 2017.

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Jenna Lyons at Altuzarra Fall 2014 during New York Fashion Week in New York, New York, February 2014.