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Jenna Lyons on Creating Natural Sexiness for J. Crew

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J. Crew's creative director Jenna Lyons has spoken on what she believes makes an outfit sexy. The designer reveals that she thinks the key to sexiness is about looking more human and "undone". She adds that when she's giving her pieces a sexy look, she aims for a natural approach and believes that "an element of imperfection" is what makes something more relaxed and therefore sexy. She explained: "There's sexiness in not trying to be sexy. Sexy for J. Crew is something more natural, not when everything is firing on all cylinders. There has to be something that’s a bit undone. You can’t have perfect hair, and clothes, and make-up - you need an element of imperfection to make you feel like there’s a person behind it all."

Jenna thinks that this is exactly what is missing from the red carpet, because she thinks celebrities often go too far to look flawless and it can get rid of that natural sexy vibe. She understands that celebrities can feel great pressure to be as close to perfect as possible but she thinks in the end it detracts from the end result: "I was talking to [Vogue editor] Anna Wintour about this when we were discussing the red carpets last year, both of us wanted to go and just mess people up a bit. Everyone was so perfect! Everyone’s tan and primped and coifed and there’s no ease. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be in that level of spotlight and to be photographed from every single angle while you’re talking and laughing and all these things. You’re so vulnerable!"

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