Did J.Crew Style Guru Jenna Lyons Just Come Out of the Closet?

At the Glamour Women of the Year awards, J. Crew's Jenna Lyons thanked her girlfriend, jewelry executive Courtney Crangi, by name during her acceptance speech. This was Lyons' first public acknowledgement of the relationship since she split from her husband last year. "Nothing worth having is easy," said Lyons in her speech, before thanking her son, Beckett, "for reminding me that the world revolves around him every day," and "Courtney, who has shown me new love." Coming out of the closet at an awards show: so hot ever since Jodie did it. [Fashionista]


Proenza Schouler is also exploring Web art in this new video (like, most recently, Rihanna , Azealia Banks , and Prada ). [Fashionista ]
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  • Nina Garcia has been promoted to creative director of Marie Claire. [@HearstCorp]
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    "I have so much respect for John [Galliano]‘s technical skill and the fantasy, it's just something that I don't find relevant now, especially when it restricts a woman, because in every other area they have so much freedom."

    [Vogue Australia, via Fashionista]

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  • Burberry's Christopher Bailey delivered a speech at the event where the winners were announced and related this anecdote about Donna Karan:

    "When I was at the Royal College of Art I met this incredible person: Donna Karan. She completely seduced me with the way she sees the world. She stripped naked within about three minutes of meeting, and tried on all my things. That was one of my first big wake up calls to how nutty — and how brilliant this industry is."

    [Racked]

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  • Chanel is holding its métiers d'art show in Scotland's Linlithgow Castle. [Telegraph]
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  • Salvatore Ferragamo's net profits rose year-on-year by 8.1%, to $108.4 million. [WWD]