Stylish with Jenna Lyons

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Edgy, fun design competition rewards creativity, gumption.

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Positive Messages

The series offers lots of apparel and home design styling tips. It highlights how creativity is important, but things like team work, understanding marketability, and other tactics are very important when breaking into the business. 

Positive Role Models

Jenna Lyons is firm about what she's looking for in a creative designer, but she also acts as a mentor to the job candidates. Job candidates are of various genders and are both White and Black. 

Violence

Disagreements happens, but the contestants are professional and there’s nothing violent. 

Sex

There are references to losing one’s virginity, condoms, and being someone’s lover. Women are shown in their underwear. 

Language

It contains strong language, ranging from words like "ass" to curses like "f--k."

Consumerism

The overall series is a promotional vehicle for Jenna Lyons’ new business. Fashion brands like J.Crew are referenced. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional champagne drinking is visible at social events. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stylish with Jenna Lyons is a fashion and design competition show that serves as a promotional vehicle for fashion designer and executive Jenna Lyons’ new business. There's mentions of design brands, like J. Crew, and some sexual innuendo, such as references to condoms and losing one's virginity. Women are shown in their underwear. Champagne is served and consumed at events, and strong language ranges from "ass" to "f--k." Despite some of the mildly edgy content, this fun series features lots of upbeat moments, positive mentoring, and endless design and styling tips that fashion lovers will enjoy. 

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What's the story?

STYLISH WITH JENNA LYONS stars fashion designer Jenna Lyons as she looks for the right staff for her new business venture. After leaving her post as the creative director of the J. Crew brand in 2017, Lyons began helping her friends restyle their homes. Hoping to turn this into a lucrative luxury brand and design business, she needs to hire the right staff to make the project successful. With her chief of staff Kyle DeFord, and chief of stylists Sarah Clary, a group of candidates are recruited to participate in a series of creative challenges to see if they have what it takes to join the team. The up-and-coming creatives who shine are allowed to help with a larger design project, but those who fail to impress must rethink and rework their approaches. In the end, Lyons hopes to invite at least one of them to be part of her new team. Throughout each episode, fashion, design, and styling tips are also offered.

Is it any good?

This upbeat unscripted series mixes creative design with elements of a reality competition to create a stylish viewing experience. Lyons, whose clients include Michelle Obama and Lupita Nyong’o, flaunts her expert fashion sense and gracious personality, and that of her two friends and chief staff members. But she also demonstrates how she uses her design savvy to re-imagine physical spaces, and she explores the different ways desired looks can be functional for everyday life. 

The designers are competitive, and they don’t often agree or work well together. But Lyons uses these opportunities to mentor up-and-coming designers by offering honest, but polite and constructive, feedback. And while things don’t always go according to plan, everyone is creative and talented enough to come up with solutions that lead to positive outcomes. Bottom line? If you like fashion and styling, Stylish with Jenna Lyons is a lighthearted and fun series to tune into. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kind of education and training designers usually need to be successful in the fashion industry. In addition to developing a unique aesthetic, what other things do they need to do to make their business marketable? 

  • Is Stylish with Jenna Lyons produced with the intent of helping people improve their own fashion sense and design style? Or is it just a promotional vehicle for Jenna Lyons’ business?

  • Are there other design shows you enjoy? What makes this one different? What are some of the qualities all these types of shows seem to have?

  • Creative job interview show has cursing, innuendo, brands.

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