‘Vogue’ and Jenna Lyons Toast the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award Recipients
Locanda Verde. April 11, 2012. By Andrea Mazandi
Where are you living now that you sold your brownstone?
“My situation didn’t allow me a lot of lead time before I decided to move, so this place is a rental. The interior is actually pretty cool; I’m living in the original old American Express building. I’m still looking for someplace to buy.”
Have you ever won something exciting at another point in your life?
“In high school I was voted class secretary, and that was a pretty exciting win for me!”
Who was the first person you told when you found out you’d been nominated for a CFDA award?
“I told our intern, who was in the room with me.”
I heard you make regular announcements over the P.A. system at J.Crew.
“I find it’s the best way to share information when I travel worldwide. I call in regularly, wherever I am in the world, in the U.S. or from the stores I visit. I say whatever’s on my mind.”
What does your husband think about you being a fashion icon?
“He gets so much more of a kick out of this than I do. I think it’s crazy, because I’m not doing anything differently than I’ve done for the last 70 years. And now all of sudden they carry on like I invented penicillin.”
Carine Roitfeld is starting her own magazine. Would you ever do that?
“No, absolutely not. I think having a clothing line is hard enough, and magazines look really tough, too, so doing both sounds like a nightmare.”
Have you been practicing a CFDA acceptance speech?
“No, not at all. Should I? I used to be a filmmaker, and when I was a kid I used to practice Oscar speeches. But I’ve never practiced a CFDA acceptance speech.”
If you were to launch your own magazine, what would it look like?
“I would do a magazine about owls called Hoot, because I collect owls and I’m obsessed with owls. I would probably not do a print edition, though. It would probably just be online.”
—ANDREW ROSEN (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Do you ever fantasize about a career change?
“I keep thinking, am I going to be a florist? Or do I want to open a bookstore? The fashion time span is so short compared to the human life span that I think we have to consider multiple careers.”
Have you won any major prizes for non-fashion things before?
“When I was in college, I sang a cappella, and I won Best Soloist of the Northeast at an a cappella competition. It was a big deal for me. I sang ‘Goodnight Moon’ by Shivaree. It was super nineties.”