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Wednesday, December 12th 2012

The 5th & Mercer Jumpsuit: Exclusive Interview with La La Anthony

Above: La La Anthony. Below: The 5th & Mercer jumpsuit designed in collaboration with her stylist, Jason Bolden.

La La Anthony’s resume is long—it includes work in radio, TV, film, theater, and production—and today, La La’s adding one more to her list of accomplishments: Designer. The actress/lifestyle guru/mom to son Kiyan has created a classic, versatile jumpsuit (available exclusively at Shopbop) with her stylist, Jason Bolden. We talked with La La about her foray into the world of fashion design.

SHOPBOP: Your background includes stints in radio, TV, film, theater, and production. What made you decide to add fashion design to your already impressive resume?
LA LA ANTHONY: My stylist and were just thinking, you know, why not try it and see what happens? We started with this jumpsuit, and we got so much amazing feedback. Fashion has always been in sync with who I am, so it’s not that far-fetched that I would do something like this.

SB: Your career got its start in radio and on MTV. How does this musical background influence your creativity?
LA: I’m around artists all day long—some of my best friends are in the music industry or are artists in some way—so I get to see all the hottest stuff: what people are wearing, what people are brave enough to wear, what I would wear, what I wouldn’t wear. It’s inspiring being at the forefront of it.

SB: Tell us a little about the 5th & Mercer jumpsuit you designed with Jason Bolden, exclusively for Shopbop.
LA: Jason Bolden is my stylist, and we came up with the design together. I’m such a huge fan of jumpsuits—I wear them all the time. I wanted to create a sexy style that can be dressed up or dressed down, which is how we came up with the idea.

SB: And the name “5th & Mercer.” What’s the story there?
LA: The name 5th & Mercer encapsulates everything that we are, with 5th Avenue being super high end and Mercer Street being edgy and chic. The idea was to make the two worlds collide, just like my personal style.

SB: How do you wear the jumpsuit?
LA: I’ve worn it a million times! Sometimes I wear it with a belt to create a cinched waist, sometimes I do a more relaxed look, and sometimes I style it super sexy. The front is cut low. You can close it up if you don’t want to reveal too much, but you can leave it open if you’re going for a sexier look. In just one simple jumpsuit, there are so many ways to wear it to fit the occasion or how you’re feeling that day.

SB: Thinking about your own personal style and how it’s evolved over the years, do you have any advice for women trying to find their fashion niche?
LA: My advice is don’t be afraid to try new things and step outside your comfort zone, because that’s where you’ll find some of your best moments. We play it safe a lot, everyone does that. But when I stepped out of that safe zone and started taking chances, I started finding what I really liked and what really suited me. And you also have to remember, not everyone’s going to like what you wear. It’s about how you feel in it. You can’t dress for other people. You have to dress for yourself and how it makes you feel.

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