Whether you know it or not, Jenna Lyons dresses everyone in your office—from the intern to the CEO. She dresses your girlfriend, your mom and even the Obamas. The bespectacled, leggy scion of style moved to New York as a Parsons student and rose to become president and creative director of Broadway-based J.Crew. Ms. Lyons, with CEO Mickey Drexler, redefined J.Crew’s style, transforming the mall staple into a fashion-forward, covetable brand. (Under her reign, J.Crew now shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.)
Ms. Lyons’s own personal style (giant glasses and quirky, menswear-influenced suits) has transformed American women’s workwear: think mannish plaid pants and cheetah cardigans. And her former Park Slope townhouse still inspires national shelter envy (those black bedroom walls and that yellow couch!). Ms. Lyons’s taste affects everything, from her J.Crew newsletters and catalogs to her interior design to her street style. And women everywhere follow.