Behind The Seams with Lianca Lyons of Style Network’s “Kimora: House of Fab.”
Just on the heels of a successful first season I sat down for a "Behind the Seams" chat with Lianca Lyons of Kimora's House of Fab. Known as the "Kimora Whisperer", she is the calm that settles the storms of fashion frenzies. Never compromising her faith or her job she sought to find the balance of giving her personal self while in a professional environment. Lyons was conscious of the fact that she is the kind of woman young ladies climbing the corporate ladder look up to. I say kudos Lianca, for every wardrobe malfunction, time crunched, budget pinching snafoo that was solved with grace and the perfect facial expression to punctuate it.
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Name: Lianca Lyons, @LiancaLyons
Profession/ Career/ Position: Senior Marketing Manager / Kimora Whisperer
Company: JustFab Shoes
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
What was your childhood dream? To be a superstar. I’m a singer. I always knew I was a star. I was just waiting to be discovered!
Favorite place to shop? Europe. But it isn’t the shopping. It’s wearing the clothes in the states and replying to a compliment, “oh, I got it in Europe…” PRICELESS.
What was your biggest fashion faux paux? OMG. Madonna/Punky Brewster inspired attire in elementary school in the early 80’s. Then fast forward to high school/early college. My sister once told me that my closet looked like a boys closet and his girlfriend came to visit every once and a while.
How would you describe the evolution of your style? During the Obama campaign 2008, I was truly inspired by Michelle Obama. She always dressed classy chic. I was graduating from business school and I saw how the world’s view on the Black woman was changing. Everybody wanted to hire a “Michelle Obama”. Although unemployment was at an all time high and the recession was hitting its stride, I knew it was my opportunity to seize the moment and soar to new heights as an intelligent, savvy, beautiful black woman with classy chic style. I’ve based my entire wardrobe around this ideology.
Favorite color? Tiffany Blue, it represents timeless class.
Favorite Shape? Heart, I’m a lover, not a fighter.
Favorite Flower? Over sized white roses, they will never clash!
If you had to wear one item, everyday for the rest of your life what would it be? Sunglasses, hiding flaws while still looking chic and fab!
Your personal style icon? Diana Ross, Kerri Washington, Solange Knowles, Tracee Ellis Ross
How old were you when you received your first designer piece? 5 years old. My Godmother was a fashion model and she bought me a baby Louis Vuitton Speedy, a Guess watch, and a rabbit fur coat. I still have them ALL!
Dresses or Jeans? DRESSES!
Boots or Heels? HEELS! The higher the better!
A typical day of work? I go to a Pilates class at 6AM three times a week. Once I arrive at the office, we have a 15 min. morning team meeting to discuss daily to-dos. I usually have at least 1 -2 meetings a day to go over various upcoming projects (photo shoots, merchandising issues, production meetings, castings) A LOT of emails, waiting on responses to emails and planning. As a producer, you can never plan enough!
A perfect day? Being surrounded by LOVE. My work family, my REAL family, God’s Love, Self Love, True Love. It doesn’t matter. It’s all a perfect love.
I can’t leave home without my? iPhone. Life changer. And if I text you and it pops up green, I totally judge…LOL
What makes you stop and say thank you? Being in the presence of The Lord. There is nothing like it.
What’s the best thing about your job? Having the respect of my superiors, my peers, and my team. I’ve been blessed with opportunities as a result of my loyalty, dedication, and hard work to JustFab. The best thing about my job is that those work ethics NEVER goes unnoticed.
What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever been given? Learn how to bullshit. If you don’t know something, bullshit your way through. They will never know the difference. By whom? My first boss.
What's one of the biggest challenges? Sometimes I feel like I work in politics not fashion. Being the middle person to navigate through the political waters can be wearing on me because I'm a people pleaser and I want everyone to be happy. But, in a corporate environment, happiness isn't always important. Providing the absolute best for your customer is what is key. With that said I'm the person that has to communicate the good and the bad. Learning ways to communicate in a politically correct manner is challenging to say the least.
What's next? I want to be an on camera executive producer creating motivating and inspiring programming for women around the world. I want to change lives, maybe in a funny way, or an emotional way. I just want to be an inspiration to the world. I'm trying to be the change I want to see.
What’s something you wish your mom told you about life, that life ended up teaching you?
All men aren’t worth your love. But GOD is
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