La La Anthony is set to appear as guest judge on Project Runway for the unconventional challenge where the designers have to make garments out of Christmas items. And while she admits she’d use garland for a chic top or skirt, the actress was “blown away” with the designers’ creations.
La La opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her son Kiyan and “trying to explain to him why a 5-year-old will not be getting an iPhone 5 for Christmas.” The La La’s Full Court Wedding star goes on to talk about balancing her career and family life with husband, NBA star Carmelo Anthony, and her new clothing line.
CBS: How do you juggle your busy career and motherhood?
LA: “The thing is, I kind of just take it day by day. I also started to be okay with knowing that there are going to be days where you can’t get everything done. We’re our own worst critics – we beat ourselves up when we can’t finish it all in one day.
As a mom, a wife, and a businesswoman, it is unrealistic that you can finish it all in one day. So I’ve become okay with that and I kind of just take it day by day and try to get the important things done. It is definitely a constant juggling and balancing act, but I couldn’t even see it any other way.”
CBS: How is your son, Kiyan, doing? What is he into?
LA: “Kiyan is doing great. We’re here in Los Angeles now and he’s with me getting ready for the holidays. I’m trying to explain to him why a 5-year-old will not be getting an iPhone 5 for Christmas. We’re having those conversations right now, because when he wrote his list to Santa, his No. 1 thing was an iPhone 5. I don’t know where my child gets these ideas [laughs].”
CBS: Have you ever considered doing your own fashion line?
LA: “It’s funny you ask that. I just did a deal with Shopbop.com for a clothing line called 5th & Mercer that my stylist and I collaborated together on. Actually, our first piece goes on sale tomorrow on Shopbop.com. We started with a simple jumper just to kind of ease our way into it and see how it does and take it from there. I’m very, very excited about this clothing collaboration with Shopbop.”
CBS: What was the inspiration behind 5th & Mercer?
LA: “The inspiration, the name itself, tells a lot about it — 5th & Mercer is Fifth Ave. and Mercer in New York City. Fifth Ave., you know, is super high end. Mercer is considered more edgy, downtown chic. I feel like my stylist and my clothing line are the perfect marriage between the two: high-end yet edgy, downtown chic. That’s how we came up with the name and that’s exactly what the clothing line embodies.
Even with the one jumper that we’re going to start selling tomorrow on Shopbob, we’ve already had Kelly Rowland wear it as well as Gabrielle Union, and I also just sent Kim Kardashian hers the other day. She’s going to wear it. So many people love it and are starting to wear it, which is kind of awesome.”
CBS: Tell us about being a guest judge on this season of Project Runway: All Stars.
LA: “I’m into fashion, I love fashion, I love clothes, I love the show. So when I was asked, I was just honored because being able to see people be so creative and bring ideas to life is still so fascinating to me. I was happy to be a part of it, but I guess I would just say it was my love for fashion.”
CBS: What Christmas materials would you have chosen to make a look out of?
LA: “I think I would probably choose garland, because obviously you could make maybe a cool skirt or a cool top. Garland is what I would first go for, and you can get it in different colors to kind of mix it up. But there’s no denying that making anything out of Christmas supplies and ornaments is very difficult and I was just blown away by what these designers were able to do.”
CBS: Were you a fan of Project Runway before becoming a judge?
LA: “Yes, I was such a fan of Project Runway, Project Runway: All Stars. I was excited to be a part of it and excited that people respect my opinion when it comes to fashion. That’s what was really cool to me.”
CBS: After being a fan for so many years, what was it like being a judge on the show?
LA: “It was really fun, but at the same time you want to be honest with people. What I like to say is being honest doesn’t mean that you have to be mean. A lot of times when people get on these judges panels, they just want to be mean and be so hard on people.
All people want is your honesty and if you’re honest it doesn’t mean you have to be mean about it. I really enjoyed being honest and positive with my thoughts while giving these designers encouragement, because it takes a lot of guts to do what they’re doing.”