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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Gabrielle Union teaching her family about beauty standards

Gabrielle Union is committed to teaching the boys in her family about beauty standards.The actress is stepmother to husband Dwyane Wade’s sons Zaire, 16, Zion, 11, and Xavier, four, while the basketball player’s nephew Dahveon also lives in the family …

Gabrielle Union is committed to teaching the boys in her family about beauty standards.

The actress is stepmother to husband Dwyane Wade’s sons Zaire, 16, Zion, 11, and Xavier, four, while the basketball player’s nephew Dahveon also lives in the family home.

Gabrielle is determined to educate the three eldest boys about the realities of colourism, and recently asked to see the Instagram profiles of the girls at school they had crushes on.

“Literally, probably about 10 girls I looked at had the same light skin, curly hair, tiny waist, butt, boobs – it was the same girl over and over again,” she said at Essence Festival’s AT&T Dream in Black Luncheon last weekend (07-08Jul18), as reported by Refinery29. “So I asked them to show me the most beautiful chocolate sister they’ve seen. They say there are none. I was like, ‘Why do they get exed out so fast?'”

The 45-year-old responded by showing the boys photos of American singer and actress Ryan Destiny, which prompted a very different reaction.

“They’re like, ‘Oh, she bad!’ But do you know how many Ryan Destinies there are?” Gabrielle asked. “I pull up every black model, women from all over the world, and they’re beautiful. But they don’t see the beauty unless it comes from an actress or a supermodel or a video vixen. They have to have somebody else tell them that a chocolate woman is attractive for them to believe it.”

The Girls Trip star pushed for diversity in the beauty industry by introducing Flawless, a line of hair-care products catered to people with textured hair, in 2017. However, she is sceptical of the increasing number of brands who support diversity rather than inclusion.

“To me, diversity is the seat at a table that is super tiny. Inclusion is letting you on the block and at the house – much less at the table,” she affirmed.

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Gabrielle Union thrilled with ‘fresh’ bob haircut

Gabrielle Union decided to lop off her long locks because she was ready for a “fresh and new” look.The Breaking In actress took to Instagram on Thursday (21Jun18) to upload a snap of her latest hairstyle, with the photograph depicting her with a chic l…

Gabrielle Union decided to lop off her long locks because she was ready for a “fresh and new” look.

The Breaking In actress took to Instagram on Thursday (21Jun18) to upload a snap of her latest hairstyle, with the photograph depicting her with a chic layered bob.

In the caption, Gabrielle explained that her look was “not a wig or a weave” and her longtime hairstylist Larry Sims has since divulged that the star had been wanting to experiment with her tresses for a while.

“Recently, Gabrielle was a little under the weather and is just coming out of it now. She said, ‘I want to feel new and fresh and do something we’ve never done before,'” he told Refinery29. “And she wanted to go short on her actual natural hair.”

Gabrielle appeared thrilled with her new cut, sharing a short video of her showing off her style and dancing around on her social media pages.

However, Larry made a point of noting to the 45-year-old that short hair would require regular trims and a different set of products.

“Slapping on a wig isn’t the same. A real cut requires maintenance and upkeep,” the hair expert explained, adding that his client wasn’t the slightest bit nervous. “We didn’t go super super short. It is a chop – like three inches – and she’s never had her hair hug the back of her neck, done with the razors. Even with that, she didn’t freak out. At all.”

In addition, Larry stated that he was inspired by images of people in Japan sporting razor cuts as well as supermodel Linda Evangelista’s signature style.

To keep the hairdo in tip-top condition, he applied some of the products from the Flawless by Gabrielle Union haircare line, including the Oil Treatment.

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Gabrielle Union fronting unretouched photo campaign to celebrate body confidence

Actress Gabrielle Union has encouraged fans to share their unedited swimsuit selfies online as part of a new charity push for body-positive brand Aerie. The Bad Boys II beauty took to Instagram on Monday night (11Jun18) to promote the American Eagle O…

Actress Gabrielle Union has encouraged fans to share their unedited swimsuit selfies online as part of a new charity push for body-positive brand Aerie.

The Bad Boys II beauty took to Instagram on Monday night (11Jun18) to promote the American Eagle Outfitters’ #AerieReal campaign, through which followers can help to raise up to $25,000 (£18,700) for the U.S. National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) simply by posting their natural snaps on social media.

“Love the swim you’re in!,” Gabrielle captioned a series of Instagram images, in which she poses make-up free in a high-cut black-and-white one-piece.

“Swimsuit season can trigger a lot of insecurities… cellulite, ingrown hairs, scars, body diversity, ageism, you name it!” she explained. “But it’s important to always embrace, own, and love every inch of yourself… imperfections and all! OWN what your mama gave ya (sic)!

“For every unretouched photo you share with #AerieREAL, @Aerie will donate $1 (up to $25K) to @NEDA.”

Gabrielle isn’t the only famous face to embrace the Aerie way of life – Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart has also uploaded a shot of herself sporting a low-cut green one-piece with a pair of denim shorts for the #AerieReal campaign.

“Some days are harder than others to accept your body for how it is,” she wrote beside the image. “The ‘ideal body’ is often presented to us as looking one particular way… but that’s a concept I hope to help change. There is not one shape that’s more beautiful than another. We should be exposed to all body types in advertising and media. That’s why I have so much appreciation for Aerie and their representation of all shapes and sizes in their campaigns.”

Lili’s post emerged days after facing her own body shaming experience online, after sparking speculation she was pregnant with boyfriend Cole Sprouse’s baby by displaying a slightly rounded stomach.

The 21-year-old quickly shot down the claims, insisting she had just been bloated at the time, and last week (ends08Jun18), she admitted the baby talk had been “really upsetting”.

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Prabal Gurung designs first Atelier collection

Prabal Gurung has added an atelier line to his offerings.Nepalese-American designer Gurung is a favorite among the A-list, and was the designer of choice for numerous celebrities at the 2018 Met Gala on Monday (07May18), including Gabrielle Union, Dian…

Prabal Gurung has added an atelier line to his offerings.

Nepalese-American designer Gurung is a favorite among the A-list, and was the designer of choice for numerous celebrities at the 2018 Met Gala on Monday (07May18), including Gabrielle Union, Diane Kruger, Ashley Graham and Hailee Steinfeld, who all stunned in Atelier Prabal Gurung.

“This has been building for a while,” Gurung told Vogue of his new venture. “We’ve always taken a couture approach to our (ready-to-wear) designs, and we make the majority of our collections in New York. I have a big private-client business, too, so we’ve been making custom, made-to-measure gowns for them.”

The designer made a total of eight gowns for the Met Gala, with Ming Xi, Eiza Gonzalez, Deepika Padukone and Hikari Mori also wearing the new pieces. All the dresses from his debut Atelier capsule are available now via trunk shows at Bergdorf Goodman and Moda Operandi.

Opting for bold shades of yellow, green and pink, among others, Gurung consulted with each star about her dress, which had to fit in with this year’s theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

Reflecting on the night, the designer shared: “It was a full-circle moment for me. I walked the carpet with Diane, and I was looking around (thinking about how I was) really bullied in my Catholic boy’s school. My escape was fashion and sketching, so to be at this Met Gala, it almost felt like the things I’d sketched had come to life and were walking right in front of me. It was surreal.”

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Jessica Alba sheds her ‘pregnancy hair’

New mum Jessica Alba has refreshed her look by chopping off her lacklustre “pregnancy hair”. The Fantastic Four beauty kicked off 2018 as a mother-of-three after giving birth to her son Hayes, and on Wednesday (07Mar18), she debuted her chic new cut o…

New mum Jessica Alba has refreshed her look by chopping off her lacklustre “pregnancy hair”.

The Fantastic Four beauty kicked off 2018 as a mother-of-three after giving birth to her son Hayes, and on Wednesday (07Mar18), she debuted her chic new cut online after turning to celebrity hairstylist Chad Wood to trim a few inches from her long, brunette locks.

Jessica shared before-and-after snaps side-by-side on Instagram and asked fans for feedback.

“This happened,” she captioned the post. “thx (thanks) @chadwoodhair for the awesome #haircut- it feels sooo good to shed the pregnancy hair. Whaddaya think (sic)?”

The actress was flooded with compliments from followers, who gave the star’s new cut a big thumbs up.

Jessica’s trip to the hair salon came shortly after pushing herself through her third workout session of the day in a bid to lose the pregnancy pounds and gear up for her acting return in the planned Bad Boys TV spin-off.

The 36-year-old, who is also mum to daughters Honor, nine, and Haven, six, posted a pair of photos with her sweaty workout buddies after their spin class, and wrote, “3rd workout of the day for me -man it was hard, but oh so good…”

Earlier in the day, Alba had also hit the gym with her Bad Boys co-star Gabrielle Union, who is known for her fit physique.

“I was feeling really good about myself until I saw this hottie come in here with all of her fashions and her abs and her dimples,” Jessica quipped in an Instagram Story video, as she turned the camera on Gabrielle, who was riding an exercise bike.

Alba is teaming the intense exercise sessions with a new healthy eating plan, thanks to “amazing nutritionist” Kelly LeVeque, to help her get back into tip-top shape.

“Starting today I’m going to make healthier food choices…,” she told fans in early February (18). “I just had a baby, and it’s hard to get back in the saddle, but I think it’s time.”

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