Style maven and former Creative Director of one-time retail behemoth J.Crew, Jenna Lyons is one of the most ferociously well-dressed women on the planet. With signature specs and scraped back chignon, she's brought us crisp white shirts with full skirts, work-appropriate double denim, gloriously mismatched jacquards and proven that leopard 'is a neutral' - in other words, outfit inspo to last a lifetime. It follows that the interior design of her New York apartment is similarly enviable.
Thankfully, she's opened her doors to ELLE, as part of our new video series My Home, My Style, for a guided tour of the spacious SoHo loft, so that we might all learn a thing or two from its arrangement.
Starting in the bright living room, we browse a mantlepiece laden with impressive works of art; from a duo by minimalist sculptor Fred Sandback, to a set of pillowy blush lips by Karen Lyons and a Nymphenburg porcelain bird. Even the Heinz baked bean cans - which Lyons insists are props for lockdown home-exercise - seem well considered for the setting.
Lyons' bookshelves are something of a rotating exhibition, with tomes celebrating different artists on display, punctuated by charming personal effects, such as the pink nail varnish that sparked the 'toemageddon' crisis of 2011 (when Lyons was pictured painting her son's little piggies pink and the internet lost its mind), through to art projects by that same, now-teenage son Beckett. Even Lyons' more personal touches are of a different class to most, with a framed photograph of the time she met the Obamas and a gift from Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong'o nestled comfortably amongst others.
Beckoning us down a surprisingly capacious hallway (for a city comprised of matchbox residences), we enter the bedroom, meeting first a giant piece of work by German photographer Candida Höfer, before lusting over some Donald Judd-inspired gold custom bedside tables and swerving beyond them into the enormous marble ensuite of dreams, complete with Barber Wilsons gold faucets.
If all this hasn't whet your appetite to make it big and acquire a SoHo penthouse, the walk-in shoe wardrobe will. After nearly 30 years in the fashion industry, Lyons has amassed a shoe collection to make you squeal with delight. And, for a few minutes at least, as we hang out with her on the closet's love seat, you've a chance to share in the spoils of her career, from gold strappy Guccis to the results of a collab she did with Sophia Webster while at J.Crew.
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