Actress Gabrielle Union drew on her love of art when it came to her latest line for New York & Company.
The 46 year old, who has been collaborating with the label since 2017, unveiled the spring collection she developed with the brand this week (30Jan19), and the colourful pieces are a reflection of her personal style and passions.
“With trying to push the boundaries a little bit, I wanted to do a collection that was inspired by a lot of art,” she tells People. “My husband (Dwyane Wade) and I are budding art collectors, and we are so inspired by all the different kinds of art that we see all over the world. I wanted to use that as an inspiration and jumping off point for this collection with the really bold prints and the colours and the textures. That’s really much a part of our home and our life and what inspires us.”
Union proudly reveals the looks she creates have evolved as she’s become stronger as a woman, and she has been grateful to bosses at the clothing company for being so collaborative for each venture.
“Every collection gets stronger and stronger, and I feel more and more confident to really reveal more of myself and my interests, and they roll with me,” Union says. “It’s super collaborative – it’s very much my vision and what I wear and what I’m inspired by. My world, as it ebbs and flows and changes.”
The new capsule range features laid back activewear, professional attire, and looks that are perfect for a night out, all evoking Union’s style, which she describes as “evolving, mildly edgy and comfortable”.
The former Being Mary Jane cast member, who welcomed daughter Kaavia with Wade via a surrogate in November (18), also had busy working mothers in mind when coming up with looks for the collection, and wanted to ensure that everyday women found the items accessible.
“I want to be fly, I want to be able to put on clothes by myself,” she says. “I know a lot of times we’re getting dressed by ourselves, we don’t have a team of people. I need to be able to get dressed, look fly and be comfortable and not feel like my clothes are attacking me as I’m with her (daughter), as I’m at work. I need to be able to have transitional clothing that can go from day-to-night. It needs to be able to be wiped off, like spit up that comes right off, and clothes that I can throw in the washing machine.”
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