How do you get that dream life in New York City with a fabulous life in fashion? Hint: It’s not on Craigslist. You’ve got to make it yourself.
That’s what we’ve learned from meeting Target’s guest stylist for April Jenné Lombardo, a creator in every sense of the word.
As global fashion director for the W Hotels and founder of The Terminal Presents, an agency that concocts collaborations between fashion, art and music brands, she’s built a life on her ability to imagine new possibilities. Imagine: an alternative New York Fashion Week runway show. Imagine: raising three kids in Manhattan.
At 34, Jenné Lombardo has done it all.
Her playful personal style reflects the inspired world she’s created for herself. Jenné joined us on the Chelsea set wearing an elegant lace turban offset with rainbow-colored bracelets (“My kids would kill me if I ever took these off,” she divulged).
When we asked what fueled her creativity, we found that this industry insider grew up in Cleveland, without any access to fashion.
“When you’re limited, it breeds creativity,” she explained. “I would literally read every page of Sassy magazine and try to create outfits at thrift stores. I had to be creative in order to be fashionable at an affordable price point.”
Jenné counts French songstress Françoise Hardy, South African rapper Yolandi of Die Antwoord, singing sensation M.I.A, and groundbreaking rap icons Salt-N-Pepa as her style muses. “There’s a little bit of them in everything I wear.”
That explains the eclectic mix of looks Jenné put together for Target Style’s Tumblr, On the Dot. “I’m a sponge,” she said as she styled shorts over another pair of shorts. “I collect content and people. I’m continually inspired by things around me. I couldn’t have done anything without my relationships. Every single person that I’ve met has been part of my collective.”
Want more? See Jenné’s must haves and styling tips on On the Dot.