Thursday, May 31, 2012

Style Crush: Lynn Yaeger

portrait by Dietmar Busse

Blogging, writing, painting...for me these three actions stimulate many of the same synapses. In this instance I'm speaking of the connective spark between one act and the next. Every time I work on a new painting my mind gets crowded with images of what the next painting in the series will be. 
So it was with my first edition of Style Crush, when I profiled Aaron Ruell. I'd been wanting to share my love for his style for a long time, and naturally, in the process of writing his profile my mind was filled with images of my very next Crush who would appear here. And that is none other than one of my ALL TIME favorite peeps! Lynn Yaeger, aka Baby Lynnie. I have been a scratch that...obsessed with Lynn for well over 15 years. Stretching back to when we had our furniture line...which I have mentioned was highly inspired by fashion, Lynn was always on my radar. I had photos of her all over my giant inspiration wall. I love her antique boudoir porcelain doll like style.
Her cupid's bow lips...the way she gets extra bang out of that same lipstick...using it to dot her adorable cheeks with a bit of "rouge". And her chosen silhouette, to say that I have worn nearly that same silhouette forever might just be an understatement.   

Lynn Yaeger is a contributing fashion editor to and a contributing writer to Vogue. And for thirty years she was a fashion reporter for The Village Voice. You've probably seen her unforgettable face on tv whenever there's an in depth report from New York's Fashion Week. 
When she writes about or talks about fashion I know exactly what she means. It feels like she's been peeking inside my brain. And it's this synergy that Lynn has with all sorts of creative types that has made her an icon in the field. She can see the "story" in a collection or even a single dress. And for me, in fashion, in painting, it's all about the story. The who, what, where, when and why.
And even though she can be very specific, this doesn't translate to rigidity...actually, it's the complete opposite. A dress or an accessory may speak something very specific to her, but that doesn't mean she thinks it should say the same thing to you. If she was to have one rule of fashion, she'd say "there are no rules."
You just have to adore Baby Lynnie.
xo Jenny  


  1. OK.. I admit, I have lived under a rock my whole life.. I have never heard of her until this moment.. but she looks like she is a fun and eccentric person! very artsy fartsy.. my favorite type of persons!
    so thanks for the little lesson, Now I know who Lynn yaeger is!
    have a great weekend

  2. Saw her last March in Paris after Fashion week at the bi-annual Ham Faire flea market. Our guide had interviewed with her before and went to talk to her. She said that her first meeting with Lynne went like this, LY - "tell me why I should give you 15 minutes of my time for an interview?" She is a character.

  3. Thanks for sharing!! I have never heard of her before!! Hope your day has been lovely! xo Heather

  4. @Vivian Oh she is a total riot! If you have a sec..just look for vids of her on are bound to find some gems! :) xo

  5. @donna baker Ohh my gosh that made me totally laugh out loud!! haha..what a riot!! She is a cartoon! Is it crazy that I want to see here mad, mega happy, confused, bored...etc...I want the reality show!! :) Thanks for sharing that!! :) xo

  6. @vintage grey Thanks for visiting! :) She is just such a character..I've been keeping tabs on her for years! I really hope to bump into her one day..sooner than later! :) Have a great weekend!

  7. @vintage grey Thanks for visiting! :) She is just such a character..I've been keeping tabs on her for years! I really hope to bump into her one day..sooner than later! :) Have a great weekend!

  8. oh god! i love her so much! she is so comfortable in her own skin and just marches to her own little beat. i respect people like that sooo much! so glad you posted this!


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