“Power for me is when someone actually changes things, changes the way you think about something,” the J. Crew creative director told THR on the red carpet at the Four Seasons bash on Wednesday night.
“Stephen Colbert has a tremendous amount of power,” Lyons said of the upcoming Late Show host. “He took the idea of politics and demystified it, and made it fun and engaging and still a kind of satire.” She also named Anna Wintour for expanding the limits of fashion media. “[She] made it more than a magazine, and made it a whole world with the Met Ball and the Vogue Fashion Fund.”
When asked about the differences between the L.A. and New York power-dressing, the West Coast native admitted, “I did not own a wool coat, I did not own a wool sweater until I moved to New York,” and that the definition of strong look is different in NYC. “They like individualistic glamour. I think in L.A. there’s definitely a little more of a traditional way that people look. I was not blonde, I did not have a bathing suit body and I always felt a little out of place. I think here it’s a little easier to be who you are.”
Lyons made her comments at a bash celebrating THR‘s 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media list.
Click here for a glimpse inside the party.
And read surprising moments from the bash here, for an account of Alec Baldwin cordially chatting up Megyn Kelly, and Patrick Stewart posing with John Oliver.