Unlike your typical Q&A, the interview we held with Lily & Migs was far less question/answer and more meandering, tangent after tangent, conversation. The best kind we might add. From discussing things like color palettes for fall, to Jenn’s reality TV debut, we (verbally) ran the gamut.
To give you all a little background, Jenn grew up in Houston and Lauren, Upstate New York. After graduating college, Jenn attended Columbia College in Chicago and Lauren studied at Fisher College in Boston, they found themselves interning, together, for Betsey Johnson. They immediately hit things off. Bonding over coffee (we can totally relate) to their “old age” in intern years, there was a connection from the start. Post Betsey Johnson internship, they decided they wanted to start a line of their own. Thus, the birth of Lily & Migs.
Lily & Migs in a nutshell: A women’s line with feminine, body conscious silhouettes.
The quote that best sums up their fall collection: “Your dress should be tight enough to show you’re a woman, but loose enough to show you’re a lady.” –Edith Head
Colors you can expect to see in their fall 2012 collection include hunter green, orange, teals and slate grays, as well as ruffle details and a lot of sheer layers. The silhouettes hold a certain structure, especially the strapless hunter green dress (which we adore), but maintain femininity through fabric choice and detail. If you can’t tell, we’re really looking forward to seeing this line in Cerato!
Interesting facts you may not know: According to Jenn, their collection happens in about one to two fittings, which in the fashion world is a fraction of what normally takes place (we were in awe over this!). Unlike your average designer, Jenn and Lauren don’t take themselves too seriously. They like to be goofy, relaxed and just go with the flow—and from what we can tell, it’s really working! However, don’t let this fool you, they work extremely hard and, as Jenn said several times throughout the interview, over plan everything. They also recently sent a dress to Blake Lively (we don’t mean to gossip, girl, but we’re totally impressed).
While they’ve only been around since 2008, (in the fashion world four years is more like eight), they’ve definitely proven themselves to be serious designers. Establishing Lily & Migs as a top designer in Boston was probably their biggest breakthrough, but they aren’t stopping there. Expanding their line to four collections per year is currently in the works and we’re thrilled. There can never be enough Lily & Migs in the fashion world!
And to keep you from the anticipation of whatever happened with Jenn and the reality TV bit we thought we should mention that she’ll most likely be featured on an episode of Chicagolicious (yes, a Chicago spinoff of Jerseylicious) due out this summer!
Get to know the designers:
Name: Jenn Barron
Favorite color: Several different shades of green. Chartreuse, Hunter, Olive, Jewel…
Teen crush: 1. Timothy Olyphant (maybe it’s my Texas background but he does make a Stetson look mighty fine!) 2. James Spader (thank you movies like The Secretary) 3. Jason Statham 4. Jennifer Connelly circa the 80′s (okay so girl crush only… don’t get any crazy ideas! I’m a married lady!) 5. Colin Farrell
Personal style: I would have to say classic with a bit of edge. I lean towards vintage inspired looks but refreshed. I LOVE vintage jewelry and pairing it with something more modern.
What are you currently reading?: Several things… If only I really had any time to read them! Omnivores Dilemma, Bringing up Bébé and Half Baked
The moment you knew you should be a designer: Well I had a sewing machine at 2yrs old I’m not sure I ever wanted to be anything else.
Your theme song: Oh wow. Not sure I should give you my real answer That song…. “Big Booty Hoes” by Notorious B.I.G. :) Yeah, now you know why I wasn’t sure if I should tell you or not!
An unforgettable moment: I have several I suppose. Non-fashion would have to be the day I gave birth to my daughter. If I go fashion related then there’s probably two significant moments. One being working backstage at the Betsey Johnson fashion show in NYC, if it had not been for that I’m not sure Lauren and I would have decided to go down this crazy road of creating a clothing line. Second would have to be completing our own show at Boston Fashion Week last October, it being the culmination of the last three years we have been working towards.
If you weren’t in fashion, you’d be…: I do most of our art direction and graphic design for our brand and really do enjoy it, so if I’m not designing and making fantastic clothing then I think that could satisfy my need for being creative.
Words of wisdom: Take one day at a time. Breathe deep. Only do things and have things that are truly important in your life. And remember if you are doing something you love then you won’t mind when it takes over your life
Name: Lauren Antos
Favorite color: Tie between hunter green and mustard
Teen crush: Kirk Cameron
Personal style: Laid back, comfortable chic with an edge; lots-o-chunky accessories
What are you currently reading?: The 3rd book in the Hunger Games series, Chariots of the Gods & about 5 random others.
The moment you knew you should be a designer: When calling Jenn for advice in regards to taking or turning down a Betsey Johnson NYC showroom position
Your theme song: “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
An unforgettable moment: Each day my two children were born.
If you weren’t in fashion, you’d be…: A female NFL commentator…or I’d like to think so.
Words of wisdom: Laugh when you can, apologize when you should & let go of what you can’t change.