SHOPPING NEWS: Eva Mendes teams with New York & Company for new collection

Eva Mendes has always been on my personal best-dressed list since she first began making the rounds at major red-carpet events.  She had this chic yet sexy and confident style about her—a sophisticated feminine swagger.

I’ve always picture Eva as that girlfriend with the perfect closet. Everything she puts on just looks great on her. Not only does she know how to dress for her body type but Eva has an innate style sense that can’t be taught.  Ok, so not all us are blessed with the ability to step into our closet and walk out a style icon, but thanks to Ms. Mendes and New York & Company, at least we can look like we did.

Back in February of this year, Ms. Mendes announced that she was collaborating with the affordable fashion retailer on a new collection. On Wednesday, Eva debuted the vintage-inspired line at store’s flagship in New York City.

Recently, Eva Mendes recently spoke about her foray into fashion design. “The challenging part of this process was knowing that I had women, especially my sisters, counting on me to make them look good,” Mendes tells the Huffington Post. “I take this very seriously … I can’t wait to get feedback from women about what works for them and what doesn’t. I hope I don’t disappoint them!”

Full of stylishly flirty pieces, the Eva Mendes Collection features dresses, skirts, blouses and accessories with an ultra femme feel. And every piece is under $100 (except for the coat which comes in soft pink ad camel). The collection launched on Thursday (September 19th– this blogger’s birthday). Many of the pieces are already sold out. Shop the collection here.

For the line’s launch on Wednesday, Eva Mendes wore a white draped bodysuit, black brocade pencil skirt and necklace.
Eva’s favorite dress from the collection is this front tunic style that is priced at $69.95. “I adore this dress,” she said, in the collection notes. “The silhouette is simple, flattering, and feminine.” It’s my favorite too…bought one for myself as a pre-birthday gift.
Another super cute piece that can be paired with jeans, slacks or a skirt…this polka-dot printed blouse for $49.95

This isn’t the first venture into the design world for Mendes. She launched a home décor line, Vida, with her former beau George Augusto.  In 2008, Eva launched a line of bed linens with Macy’s. She later teamed again with Macy’s to launch a line of dinnerware in 2010.

Want learn more about Eva Mendes’ inspiration behind the line and see more of the collection, check out this video from New York & Company.

RED CARPET STYLE: 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

During awards season, another weekend means another awards show. This past weekend, Hollywood feted their shining stars at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

So who scored big in the style department?

There were a few “blue belles” making grand entrances in navy including Amanda Seyfried in Zac Posen, Nicole Kidman in Vivienne Westwood and Jennifer Lawrence (now infamous) and Marion Cotillard both in Dior Couture.

Looking chic and sophisticated in classic black were Claire Danes in Givenchy, Naya Rivera in Donna Karan Atelier and making an artistic statement on the carpet, January Jones in Prabal Gurung.

Someone once said a redhead shouldn’t wear red. We’re glad the ginger haired Jessica Chastain didn’t take that advice. She looked ravishing in a red Alexander McQueen.

Kerry Washington (in Rodarte) and Sofia Vegara in Donna Karan were beautiful in winter white.

Other red carpet notables… Viola Davis in a teal Monique Lhuillier and Olympic Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas in a cute blue cocktail dress.

Amanda Seyfried in Zac Posen (Getty Images)
Amanda Seyfried in Zac Posen (Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman in Vivienne Westwood (Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman in Vivienne Westwood (Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence in the infamous Dior Couture gown (Getty Images)
Marion Cotillard in Dior Couture (Getty Images)
Claire Danes in Givenchy (Getty Images)
Naya Rivera in Donna Karan Atelier (Getty Images)
January Jones in Prabal Gurung (Getty Images)
Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen (Getty Images)
Kerry Washington in Rodarte (Getty Images)
Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan (Getty Images)
Viola Davis in Monique Lhuillier (Getty Images)
Gabrielle Douglas (Getty Images)

AWARDS STYLE: 2013 People’s Choice Awards

Last night’s People’s Choice Awards served as the official kick-off to the 2013 Awards season. It also gave us a glimpse of possible trends for this year’s red carpet fashion.

So what were some of the popular trends from last night?

White proved to be the most popular color last night eclipsing traditional black and the recent trend of brighter palettes. Notable standouts included Taylor Swift in a beautiful Ralph Lauren gown with a deep plunging neckline, Morena Baccarin in Donna Karan Atelier, Regina King and Nikki Deloach.

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Taylor Swift in Ralph Lauren (Courtesy of Getty Images/Huffington Post)
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Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence in Valentino Couture (Courtesy of Getty Images/Huffington Post)
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Regina King (Courtesy of Getty Images/Huffington Post)

 

Valentino was also a popular choice at this year’s awards with the Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence and Katy Perry opting for the famed fashion houses creations.

For more images and my full commentary on the red carpet fashion from the 2013 People’s Choice Awards, check out my article on the Examiner.