Everyone in fashion knows Jenna Lyons beyond her post at J.Crew. Her revolutionary style and signature frames are indeed hard to miss. In fact, you may have already seen her on TV. She was a judge at Vogue's The Fashion Fund, and made an appearance in the show Girls as a GQ editor. Needless to say, she's as public of a figure as she was a revolutionary part of American brand J.Crew's creative force.
Unfortunately, after working for 26 years with the brand, Jenna is officially leaving her post as president and creative director. And according to reports, her positions have yet to be filled. Instead of hiring a new creative director, the company promoted Somsack Sikhounmuong from head of women's design to chief design officer. He will be taking Jenna's place at the creative helm, but will report to chairman and CEO Millard "Mickey" Drexler.
According to Business of Fashion, Jenna will remain a creative advisor to the brand until her contract expires December this year. Mickey Drexler himself did confirm that the decision for Jenna's exit was mutual. "It’s been a great run. There’s a lot of mutual respect between Jenna and me," he tells BoF. Her plans thereafter have not been confirmed.
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While many are fearful for the brand's future post-Jenna, we are looking forward to what she will bring to the table in the near future.