Jessica Alba puts together mood boards for press tour looks

Jessica Alba puts together detailed mood boards for each of her press tour looks.The actress/entrepreneur always pulls out all of the stops when stepping out on the red carpet, and has most recently been appearing on the circuit to promote her TV show …

Jessica Alba puts together detailed mood boards for each of her press tour looks.

The actress/entrepreneur always pulls out all of the stops when stepping out on the red carpet, and has most recently been appearing on the circuit to promote her TV show L.A.’s Finest, in which she stars opposite Gabrielle Union.

Even though doing interviews and press conferences can mean very long days, Jessica has now shared that she puts a lot of effort into her outfits for such events.

“Frankly, doing the 14, 16, and 18 hours days and the 12 hours of press is not very glamorous, but when I go on press tours, for me, it’s a time to dress up and (experience) the fantasy, glamorous side of entertainment,” she told Elle.com. “I’ll put together a Pinterest board of movie stars who inspire me. I’ll put together muses and fashions of that time and then hair and make-up and then I’ll collaborate with the make-up artists and the hairdresser to bring it to life.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Jessica reflected on some of her looks for big events, and noted that she did her own styling and make-up during the early days of her career.

The mother-of-three pinpointed a lack of eyebrow pencil and the use of lime green eyeshadow in the late 1990s and early 2000s as key errors, while she explained that her Marilyn Monroe-inspired bright blonde makeover in the mid-2000s was due to hair damage.

“I could have done better! You know what happened is my hair was so blonde, and it was so broken that I cut it all off to start all over. I should’ve just had my tape-ins. I felt like with the blonde it looked better long than short on me-especially with that baby face,” the 38-year-old smiled.

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Gabrielle Union’s baby clothing line inspired by her daughter

Gabrielle Union’s new baby fashion line is inspired by her five-month-old daughter Kaavia.The She’s All That star will release the Kaavi James by Gabrielle Union capsule collection exclusively through New York & Company on Monday (06May19). Speaking to…

Gabrielle Union’s new baby fashion line is inspired by her five-month-old daughter Kaavia.

The She’s All That star will release the Kaavi James by Gabrielle Union capsule collection exclusively through New York & Company on Monday (06May19).

Speaking to WWD, the actress explained that the latest project felt like a “natural progression” and a reflection of where she is in her life right now.

“My collection is inspired by my daughter, Kaavia,” she confessed. “I wanted to create a baby collection because it was a natural progression where I am in my life now, and it has always been important to me to make sure that the collections that I design reflect a part of me and are true to what I think many women can relate to.”

The line features fleecy pants and coveralls, cotton-printed dresses, T-shirts and onesies available in sizes ranging between 0 to 24 months. There is also a sweater set that features Kaavi’s dog, Tre.

The 46-year-old went on to reflect on the similarities between the new line and her existing womenswear range, and shared that both projects were created to offer clothes that are stylish, affordable and accessible to everyone.

“My women’s wear clothing objective has always been to empower women and now I’m thinking about those exact same women with babies that are doing it all and want to dress their children in affordable, comfortable clothes,” the America’s Got Talent judge stated. “I wanted to create pieces that are all-inclusive – that both girls and boys could wear – and that were fun.”

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Gabrielle Union feared she was too old to snag fashion gigs

Gabrielle Union was convinced she had missed her chance to front the fashion campaign of her dreams with New York & Company.The 46 year old actress, who has been snagging screen gigs since she the late ’90s, thought she had reached her heyday in the st…

Gabrielle Union was convinced she had missed her chance to front the fashion campaign of her dreams with New York & Company.

The 46 year old actress, who has been snagging screen gigs since she the late ’90s, thought she had reached her heyday in the style industry, admitting she was surprised when the brand bosses asked her to become an ambassador.

“The CEO of New York & Company came to me and was like, ‘We are looking for a new brand ambassador. We would love to create a Gabrielle Union line and would love for you to be the face of the 7th Avenue (collection),” she said on the latest episode of the Variety podcast Strictly Business. “I was sort of in disbelief… we’re not supposed to be getting these offers. I’m not supposed to be having this career resurgence, my value isn’t supposed to be this high.”

The Bring It On star thought that she was too old to bag an opportunity to create her own fashion line in her forties.

“They tell you that after 26, ‘Honey, hang it up,’” she explained. “Get prepared to play long suffering mothers who set up jokes and you don’t get to be a star. You’re past the ingenue stage.

“Your best days are behind you as a brand ambassador unless you can sell bleach. They don’t ever position it (age) as being in a position of power.”

Gabrielle launched her first line with New York & Company in 2017 and her latest collection dropped in January (19).

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Gabrielle Union honours Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter

Gabrielle Union led a touching tribute to Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter during the Black Design Collective on Sunday (14Apr19). The actress honoured the Oscar winner during the event at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising i…

Gabrielle Union led a touching tribute to Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter during the Black Design Collective on Sunday (14Apr19).

The actress honoured the Oscar winner during the event at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, during which Carter’s career achievements on over 50 films was highlighted.

Union, who worked with Carter on her TV series Being Mary Jane, praised her passion and nurturing presence on set.

“Every fitting I’ve ever had with Ruth was in her home,” she said from the stage. “She welcomes us in. She makes us feel protected. She literally gives us wings so we can all fly. Who really is doing that? She made Mary Jane a fashion icon. That wasn’t me, Mary Jane would have been in some basketball shorts. That was Ruth.”

The star also shared how her New York & Company clothing line was inspired by her collaboration with Carter on the series.

“New York & Company was like Being Mary Jane,” she shared. “I wanted to create a line inspired by Mary Jane. Well, you don’t get inspired by Mary Jane without Ruth E. Carter.”

The gathering marked the first event for the new organisation, launched to fight inequality in the fashion world – and Union insisted Carter was the perfect honouree: “She doesn’t talk about it (equality). She is about it,” the actress said. “So all of us in here who get that baton passed to us, the Black Design Collective, that’s what this is about.

“It’s not about talking about diversity and inclusion. It’s not about begging somebody for scraps at their d**n table. It’s about saying, ‘I don’t need your table in your whack a** house. I’ll build my own house…'”

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Gabrielle Union calls out lack of hairstylists able to style black actors’ hair

Gabrielle Union has called out hairstylists working in Hollywood who have no idea how to style black hair.Following on from model Olivia Anakwe speaking out against “texture discrimination” in an Instagram post, after a fashion brand failed to hire a b…

Gabrielle Union has called out hairstylists working in Hollywood who have no idea how to style black hair.

Following on from model Olivia Anakwe speaking out against “texture discrimination” in an Instagram post, after a fashion brand failed to hire a backstage hairstylist with knowledge of styling textured hair despite booking her to wear cornrows during a Paris Fashion Week show, a chorus of African-American actors, including Gabrielle, Insecure actress and writer Natasha Rothwell and Community star Yvette Nicole Brown, also shared their frustrations.

“The pressure to “just be happy they picked you & you got a job, don’t ask for the SAME things every other actor/model gets on GP…” Listen, if u stay quiet, u WILL have bald spots, hair damage, look NUTS (tho they will tell u its cuuuuuuuuute),” the Bring It On star tweeted.

She also drew attention to the difficulties that black hair stylists face with getting into the industry.

“What alot of non-industry folks don’t realize is that u can’t just use ur normal hairstylists/barbers/makeup artists on a union job (most jobs are union) Those artists HAVE to be IN THE UNION & getting them in has NEVER been easy or smooth. Ever. Like never,” she shared.

“PSA: If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair,” tweeted Love, Simon actress Natasha. “Not someone who’s “comfortable with it” but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types. Congratulations on advancing to the next level of inclusion!”

And actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen, who played Black Manta in Aquaman, sympathised with Olivia after she shared she was “ignored” and “forgotten” by stylists backstage, explaining the issue affects many black actors in Hollywood as well.

“100% of Black Actor/Actress I’ve spoken to on this topic face the same thing in film and television,” he said. “Hair Stylists in our industry should have proper training, AND be able to show proof. Too often they begin to ‘figure it out’ the second we sit in the chair.”

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Gabrielle Union inspired by love of art for latest New York & Company campaign

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 (30Ja…

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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Gabrielle Union claps back at ‘dress your age’ diss

Gabrielle Union fired back at an Instagram follower who suggested she “dressed her age”.The 46-year-old actress is known for showcasing her stunning figure in sexy ensembles, and recently courted attention in a black dress and sneakers combination….

Gabrielle Union fired back at an Instagram follower who suggested she “dressed her age”.

The 46-year-old actress is known for showcasing her stunning figure in sexy ensembles, and recently courted attention in a black dress and sneakers combination. While many fans approved of the look, others turned up their nose at it, with one commenting: “Can you dress your age please.”

The remark caused Gabrielle to see red, and the screen star sarcastically replied: “Oh I’d loooove to hear what you think is age appropriate. Please gimme allll the age appropriate fashion advise (sic) I didn’t know I needed in my life.”

In her original upload, new mum Gabrielle, who welcomed daughter Kaavia last month (Nov18) with husband Dwyane Wade via surrogate, got reflective about the end of 2018 and the start of a new year.

“All my unfinished work/projects from 2018 looking at me as I prepare my vision board for 2019 like… And a glimpse of my upcoming @nyandcompany eat/pray/love/travel/chill collection available next week! Sneakers by @lining.official,” she wrote.

The Being Mary Jane star has been working with retail brand New York & Company since August 2017.

She signed a multi-year contract with the company, which also has Eve Mendes on its roster, explaining at the time that she was keen to create an affordable fashion line.

“I wanted to offer on-trend fashion at affordable prices. That’s the bottom line,” she told WWD, explaining the price plan came into action after she was asked about her own outfits, only to tell others the pieces were extremely expensive.

“In that moment you say the price, you’re an a*shole. There’s got to be a way of creating fly, dope, on-trend, fashion-forward pieces for a much lower price, and that was my goal.”

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Danielle Brooks teams with Fashion To Figure on holiday collection 

Danielle Brooks has partnered with plus-size brand Fashion To Figure on a holiday collection. The Orange Is the New Black actress is no stranger to the world of fashion, having previously created a line for Universal Standard and appeared in campaigns…

Danielle Brooks has partnered with plus-size brand Fashion To Figure on a holiday collection. 

The Orange Is the New Black actress is no stranger to the world of fashion, having previously created a line for Universal Standard and appeared in campaigns for Christian Siriano and Lane Bryant.

Now, Danielle has been tapped to front the marketing imagery for Fashion To Figure, the label owned by U.S. clothing retailer New York & Company, and stars in the photos alongside other curvy women.

“I am so proud to be associated with a brand that embraces diversity, celebrates inclusivity, offers great fashion at amazing value and supports causes that are important to us,” she said in a statement.

In the imagery, Danielle poses up a storm in items including a bronze sequin minidress, a teal velvet dress with gold buttons attached to the front, a rainbow stripe sequin shirt, and a black and white faux fur jacket.

The Danielle Brooks x FTF Holiday Collection also includes a mix of evening gowns, casual separates, and party dresses.

“The holidays are an important time for all of us to celebrate togetherness and the different families we develop over time. I love the spirit and confidence of Fashion To Figure’s holiday concept as it really reflects the idea that we are all a part of something magical this time of year,” the 29-year-old added.

Items are priced from $32.95 to $69.95 (£25 – £55). In addition to the campaign, bosses at Fashion To Figure have announced that they will be partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of their Season of Giving initiative.

Danielle’s line comes shortly after Gabrielle Union unveiled her #AllTogetherNow campaign for New York & Company, in which she and her real-life pals including Raven Goodwin, Ajiona Alexus, Essence Atkins and Valarie Pettiford sport Christmas-inspired outfits such as playful red dresses, silver sequin numbers and white jumpsuits.

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Ashley Graham responds to Kendall Jenner’s divisive modelling comments

Ashley Graham has responded to controversial comments Kendall Jenner recently made about modelling.In August (18), Kendall was the target of online backlash after an interview with Love magazine was published in which she claimed that she was “super se…

Ashley Graham has responded to controversial comments Kendall Jenner recently made about modelling.

In August (18), Kendall was the target of online backlash after an interview with Love magazine was published in which she claimed that she was “super selective” about runway gigs and would never be able to do “30 shows a season or whatever the f**k those girls do”.

The 22-year-old later claimed her words were “taken out of context” and she has “immeasurable” respect for her peers, and now plus-size star Ashley has weighed in on the topic.

“Well, lucky for her! Because I’ve never been… that’s so lucky,” she smiled during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday night (18Oct18) after a caller asked what she thought of Kendall “cherry picking” her modelling jobs. “These t*ts and a*s have just had to fight through and break down barriers every day.”

During the show, Ashley took part in a segment called Spill the Positivi-Tea, in which she was asked to share compliments about celebrities.

She described Gabrielle Union as an “awesome mom and wife”, deemed Karlie Kloss to be “Kloss-y bossy” and dubbed Chrissy Teigen to “truly be your drinking friend”. The 30-year-old then noted that Gigi Hadid is the “hardest working woman” in the fashion game, and when queried over Kendall, she stated nicely, “She’s in the demand, honey!”

After the late-night programme aired, Ashley took part in another interview with host Andy, where she was asked if she preferred appearing in Maroon 5’s Girls Like You video or playing Joe Jonas’ love interest in the clip for his band DNCE’s song Toothbrush.

“When I had to do the sexual chemistry moment, it was definitely Joe,” she laughed. “It was fun.”

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Gabrielle Union hopes to end textured hair horror stories with Flawless products

Gabrielle Union is determined to help black women avoid hair disasters with her new product line.The Bad Boys II star launched her own haircare collection, Flawless, last year (17) in a bid to offer more variety for women with textured or curly locks, …

Gabrielle Union is determined to help black women avoid hair disasters with her new product line.

The Bad Boys II star launched her own haircare collection, Flawless, last year (17) in a bid to offer more variety for women with textured or curly locks, and now she’s out to educate stylists on what to do when they have thick-haired clients in their chair.

“For me, my revelation (to start Flawless) came from my experience in Hollywood hair chairs, and being forced to sit in the chair of people who have no idea or understanding of how to style, manage, and maintain healthy textured hair,” she explained to InStyle magazine ahead of a speech at the #BlogHer Creators Summit in New York City this week (ends10Aug18). “Any textured-haired celebrity you could talk to is going to have multiple horror stories of being forced to sit in the chairs of people who not only don’t have the products, but also don’t have the know-how, and no one is feeling the need to rectify this.”

Although Gabrielle acknowledges there are products for textured hair on the market, the star is dismayed that much of what is available is relegated to drug stores or obscure beauty shops – and she wants women of colour to have more mainstream items to choose from.

“Like a lot of things in the world, we tend to centre whiteness in every narrative and industry,” she said. “The needs of the textured hair community are generally never centred in any discussion. I think that the textured hair community is still growing, and we’re very vocal about our need for products that are effective, but aren’t harmful to the environment or to our hair – whether it’s chemically straightened, natural, or curly.”

Entrepreneurial Gabrielle also thinks ignoring the textured hair market is bad business.

“There’s haircare and then there’s black or textured haircare,” she explained. “If you look at women with textured hair on a global scale, there are billions of us. So, to ignore billions of people and their needs is outrageous. And, from a business standpoint, it’s terrible business to ignore billions of people with very specific hair needs.”

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