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Top 5 Reasons to Wear Black and White May 22 2015

1.  The color combo is timeless. Need proof? These images of Dorothy Dandridge from the 1950s, Julia Roberts in 2001, and Reese Witherspoon this year don't lie.

    

2. Chic, funky, classic, no matter your style, you can pull it off.

3. Black and white is one of the biggest fashion trends this spring and summer. Need style tips? Try very graphic pieces to emphasize the stark contrast between ebony and ivory. Another style tip: Accent the black and white with bold colors.


4. Sporty minimalism is also, ahem, on track to be a style, ahem, winner this year and black and white in a track pant is a perfect pairing.


5. Black and white = flawless, every time.

 

 


    Photo Shoot Fun March 29 2015

         

    We had our second photo shoot this weekend and, once again, I owe a huge thank you to dear friends Ling and Chadwick for doing it all: photo shoot setup, photography work and everything needed for both. This time, the lovely Caitlin joined in on the fun.

         

    As for what we shot, you'll see the new clothes on the site soon. I know I've been teasing the process on Instagram for a while now, but I promise new clothes will be posted soon and I can't wait to share them with you! I love them all so much and can't wait to wear them myself.

    The inspiration and design process is different for each of the new upcoming items:

    • The first item I made was a jumpsuit. But not just any jumpsuit - the bottoms zip off, leaving behind a sleeveless top to wear any way you wish. I got the idea first a few years ago when I saw a very cool jumpsuit online. Inspired, I sketched something slightly different for myself but never made it. Then, this winter, a friend who had just given birth to twins invited a few ladies to her mother's place for a girls' night. My friend looked fabulous, chic and comfortable in a black jumpsuit. That reminded me of what I had sketched years before. With some new thinking, I came up with the version that will be for sale soon: comfortable enough for day, chic enough for night, with a cool gold and black, graphic print, cowl neck, sleeveless top and long, black, wide-leg bottoms.
    • The second piece of clothing is a dress that I designed a while ago but held off on making until now. I wanted a number that could work in a variety of settings, and with a little bit of sex appeal. What I designed is a comfortably chic, loose-fitting dress with a trompe l'oeuil print on the front, outlining a woman's shape without revealing anything. I chose these colors because I'm a fan of basic black and white, but I also love a bright coral or pink and that works so well with black and white. And pockets! Man, do I love pockets!
    • The hoodie was the third thing I made. It was an evolution of an idea that started out as a raglan-sleeve, pseudo kimono style top. I still may make something like that but what I ended up designing and making came at the end of a very loooooong evolution. I thought about making another vest, then I thought about adding a hood, and then that was that. I like it when color and print can surprise you so I wanted this cozy vest in my favorite neutral - gray - to have an oversize hoodie with a surprising lining. I first debated a fantastic print but nothing jumped out at me. And then I went back to one of my favorite pairings, gray and yellow, and voila. I can't wait to pair this with a never-basic white tank and white jeans this summer.
    • And lastly comes this awesome sleeveless top made of indigo chambray cotton. When I was starting this clothing line, I got some advice from a few women, makers themselves, who also had been through the maternity wear gambit. They all agreed on one thing - I needed to have something for nursing mothers too. Over the past several months, I wondered how I could make a nursing top that fit the aesthetic of the store and could be something that any woman would want to wear. A few designs played out in my head but then I settled on this one, a shirt with zipper detailing in all the right places in a style that I want to wear, like, right now.

    The great thing about all of these is that you needn't be pregnant or nursing to wear any of them. They stand on their own and are great additions to any woman's wardrobe this spring and summer. And, as I said before, I love them all!

     


    New Year, New Goals January 24 2015

    My goal for 2014 was to get the clothing line started. My goal for 2015 is to expand what I've started, offering more styles, colors and designs.

    In flipping through my sketchbook, I see so many fun designs I can't wait to get started on, including color schemes inspired by one of my favorite cities, New Orleans, a bright dress perfect for spring and summer, tops for nursing women, and some seriously cozy pants that will look great with sneakers, flats or platform shoes when the weather warms up.

    And new this year is the Mitton & La Boss set up as I'm in the process of switching studios, seen in this picture.

    So stay tuned for so much more to come from Mitton & La Boss in 2015!