February 1, 2018 • Behind The Scenes, Reese Witherspoon Style

6 Quick Questions With Reese Witherspoon and Ava Phillippe

The Draper James Spring 2018 collection is here, and there are so many reasons to be excited about it.

It’s filled with the special details you love (lace, embellishments, stripes) complemented by more pieces you can wear every day. You’ll find dainty hearts, feminine bows, and the most flattering silhouettes. Plus, this collection features both our founder and creative director, Reese Witherspoon, and her daughter, Ava Phillippe.

We were just thrilled to have the two of them together to shoot some of the Spring styles and feature their first interview together on the Love, Reese blog.

Read on to hear what Reese and Ava have to say about our newest collection, working together on set, and their special relationship as mother and daughter.

Besides looks, how do you think Ava has taken after you?

Reese Witherspoon: I think the way Ava and I are most alike is our strong opinions and our empathy. From the time that she could speak, Ava has always had her own ideas, and I love to watch her express herself.

She also cares deeply about her family and the world around her. She frequently educates me on news stories and issues young women are facing.

How has your mom influenced your personal style?  

Ava Phillippe: The best thing about how my mom has influenced my style is that, while I do take her advice, it’s still my own. She and I agree on a lot of what’s “fashionable,” but we have different taste, and she’s really respectful of my personality as I express it through clothes.

I think as a teenager, it’s important to have both guidance and freedom in finding your style, and my mom is really good at balancing that.

What excites you the most about the Draper James Spring collection?

Reese Witherspoon: The Draper James Spring collection is all about the expression of LOVE. The heart on your sleeve top makes me smile. I feel like I always wear my heart on my sleeve.

There are so many different kinds of loving relationships… it doesn’t always have to be romantic love! Spring is a time to celebrate all the love you have in your life.

Why did you pick these Draper James styles to wear for the Spring shoot? 

Ava Phillippe: I think these styles are cute and easy to wear. I like to dress pretty casual most of the time, and I think the heart tee is an easy thing to throw on with jeans or a skirt. And the pink lace dress is a step up for a cute brunch or daytime party.

What was your favorite part about having Ava on set with you?

Reese Witherspoon: I thought it might be fun to focus on Mother/Daughter love this Spring. There is nothing like the love I have for my daughter. We share every emotion with each other, our hopes, and dreams… We can talk for hours!!

Ava and I also share clothes sometimes, and it makes me so happy to see how she expresses her own personal style with each outfit she creates. She is cutting her own creative path in this world, and I could not be prouder of her.

What was your favorite part about being on set with your mom?

Ava Phillippe: I love being around my mom, and this shoot was an opportunity to have fun and support her work as a female entrepreneur.

She also brings a lot of comfort and positive energy with her to work, and I think it’s inspiring to see her personal relationships with everybody on set. I had a great time being a part of the shoot with the bonus of having even more mother/daughter pictures!

For more behind-the-scenes fun, check out our video with Reese and Ava.

Shop the entire Draper James Spring collection here.