Eva Mendes encourages daughters to be free with their clothes

Eva Mendes is happy to let her daughters pick out their own outfits.The actress and her long-term partner Ryan Gosling are parents to three-year-old Esmeralda and 22-month-old Amada. And despite their young ages, Eva lets her girls have total control o…

Eva Mendes is happy to let her daughters pick out their own outfits.

The actress and her long-term partner Ryan Gosling are parents to three-year-old Esmeralda and 22-month-old Amada. And despite their young ages, Eva lets her girls have total control over the clothes they want to wear.

“Thank God there’s no fashion talk. But I let them wear whatever they want,” she said in an interview with E! News. “They have the right… they want to wear jammies all day or if they want to go in a costume to the market, I let them do that stuff.

“I let them win that battle. That’s the easy one. I’m trying to get them to eat broccoli. That’s the one I want to win.”

The pair will no doubt ask their famous mum for style advice one day, as Eva heads up her own fashion line The Eva Mendes Collection for brand New York & Company.

On Monday (19Mar18), the 44-year-old beauty showed off her latest designs in New York. Explaining her new offerings consist of “everyday chic, easy, versatile, everyday pieces,” Eva unveiled graphic tees, dresses and ruffled maxi skirts.

And the Hitch star admitted that being a mother of two has influenced the design process.

“I’m still new to the game. I feel like in a way (being a mum) makes me care less because it prioritises everything obviously, but at the same time it makes me care more,” she explained. “Even though I have less time to think about what I’m wearing for my day or how to put something together, I think of it more in a sense of even if I’m not with my kids, I’m always representing them. It’s always on my mind.

“I’m somebody’s mother and I need to act accordingly. There’s an intense amount of pressure that I feel but it’s good pressure.”

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Miuccia Prada looks to reject ‘cliche’ with her clothes

Miuccia Prada is adamant the secret to her design success is avoiding trend-orientated clothes.Miuccia, who took over the family business in 1978, has always been at the forefront of fashion, preferring to think outside the box rather than try and emul…

Miuccia Prada is adamant the secret to her design success is avoiding trend-orientated clothes.

Miuccia, who took over the family business in 1978, has always been at the forefront of fashion, preferring to think outside the box rather than try and emulate current trends.

Reflecting on some of her favourite looks from over the years, the 68-year-old style trailblazer recreated key items for a new shoot with British Vogue using nylon gabardine, the material that became synonymous with the designer in the ’80s when she unveiled the now-iconic Prada nylon backpack.

“Actually, I think they are very contemporary,” she said of clothes she designed more than 20 years ago. “Many works of Prada don’t look old because it’s never a trend for a trend’s sake. It reflects aspects of people, personalities, and ideas. It’s more concept than trend.

“I do so much thinking. I doubt everything. That is the process of my job, the doubt, the discussion. You do something, maybe a camel coat, but how can a camel coat be against the notion of itself? It’s my way of working. Always trying to go against the rules, the cliche.”

Her forward thinking has ensured Prada has never gone out of style, and it’s a brand coveted by the likes of Eva Mendes, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon.

Miuccia is also keen to appeal to a younger audience but stops short of labelling the group “millennials”.

“When they talk about millennials, it’s because somebody wants to sell something to them, and I think it’s deeply disrespectful,” she mused. “(Selling is) definitely an important part of our job, but it’s not our instinct. Our instinct is just doing a good job, to respect people, to do something we think is meaningful.”

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