As soon as we ascend the steps of Lynette Nylander’s Bedford-Stuyvesant building (a stately brownstone amongst other historical residences) and step inside her pre-war apartment, it feels as though a ball of energy has unexpectedly engulfed us. From the shock of her ruby-red velvet couch to Nylander herself, ricocheting back and forth from her kitchen to her bedroom, testing out different tops and earring combinations for her first look, the scene is hectic but filled with an intriguing mix of color, pattern, and texture. Plus some really, really good shoes.
The writer and vice president of content for Alexander Wang gives us free rein to explore her eclectic closet, where long-sleeve prairie dresses mingle alongside lace-accented slips, and many a psychedelic print (often in the form of a mesh turtleneck or Dior saddlebag accent) peek out from the rack. Designers from Jacquemus to Marques’Almeida share space with London staples like Molly Goddard and Ashley Williams, along with indie New York darlings such as Maryam Nassir Zadeh.
“Fashion is very of-the-moment,” she explains after changing into a voluminous Simone Rocha dress and Supreme sneakers. “I think that’s really important to mark the sign of the times. It’s how we’ve been able to define so many different genres throughout history—by what people were wearing.”
Her bright London accent carries from her spare bedroom, where a selection of particularly dreamy Saks Potts coats awaits (she explains that she’s friendly with the designers, hence her burgeoning collection), and stretches to her expansive living room windows, filling us in on her favorite lighting designer and encouraging us to eat more Skittles from her current stash. We happily oblige before discussing the merits of bucket hats—she’s a fan and has even consulted on a new collection from Madeline Poole.
Nylander’s ongoing list of creative projects seems so endless that we wonder how she manages to get it all done and still help run one of New York’s fashion powerhouses. But, like a perfectly styled outfit, we soon understand that she has a gift for putting everything together in a way that is uniquely hers. It just works. And with that realization, we’re back on the Brooklyn sidewalk, looking up where to buy our first bucket hat.