Jessica Alba presenting her Jessica Alba x DL1961 collaboration in New York City on Tuesday.
Jessica Alba is a champion of the environment, female entrepreneurship, and all around kick-assery—but her latest cause is something especially close to our hearts: Butts.
Yes, the Dark Angel herself (who arguably has one of Hollywood's best posteriors), has partnered with denim brand DL1961 on a line of jeans with the sole aim of boosting your booty. Why, you might ask? It is, after all, a bit of a specific category.
"Because boobs come and go, but butts are always in," declared an enthusiastic Alba, as she presented her line to Glamour on Tuesday in New York City. "They're always important...and these jeans will give you that perfect apple—or peach!"
It's not surprising that Alba chose jeans as her first foray in to fashion design—after all, she's pretty much always photographed wearing some form of denim. Her goal was to create high-waisted jeans that actually flatter—and don't venture into "mom jeans" territory. "I wanted to have high-waisted jeans that look really good on all different kinds of bodies," she said. "I wanted it to be kind of tighter in the thigh, but I didn't want the booty to be pressed down. I also wanted it to be nipped in at the waist, and the pockets in the back to be tilted in a V-shape, to give you that great round, curved butt." In turn, the jeans have a contour affect, giving the illusion of height and a smaller waist and thighs.
In addition to several straight-leg styles, Alba also presented a drop-crotch chino style, an all-in-one flight suit, boyfriend jeans, and flares. What's great about the line, besides its unique derriere-enhancing properties, is that it's designed to wear from work to play, and most styles don't feature holes, whiskers, or other denim details that make the jeans look more casual. "Everything is designed to wear to work...or to the airport," she half-joked.
But let's get back to the juicy stuff (get it?) and hear Alba's truly awesome opinions on all things booty: "The butt's always been celebrated," she mused. "I don't know one man that isn't into booty. And I feel like women, more often than not, women like their butts and it's more accepted [to have a big butt]."
And eeks, what if you have a flat tush? "If you don't necessarily have a booty, these jeans will make you look like you have a bigger one," she says. "Which is nice."
Oh, and will someone text Sir-Mix-A-Lot and let him know that all his dreams came true? Thanks.
Check out the our favorite looks from the 10-piece fall 2016 line here and all the booty boosting goodness. The line will retail from $188 to $898 (the highest price point is for leather, but most styles are priced closer to $188) at DL1961.com, as well as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Shopbop, and Bloomingdales beginning in August.
Just when you thought a bra was a bra, the world's been introduced to a new creation that doubles as a weapon of sorts. Booby Trap Bras' "Just in Case" sports bra includes "a knife sheath" sewn into the front so that women can take a thin weapon along with them at all times (another style created in the same vein packs a tube of pepper spray in between both breasts). The push to design the product is, as you'd expect, an unnerving one.
"I walked around thinking life was all rainbows and butterflies until I was jumped out at on a local running trail. I was in active wear and had no form of protection on me," founder Jennifer Cutrona wrote, explaining to her local Texas news station that the harrowing experience led directly to her going home and modifying her own bra. "I got away from the guy, but was extremely upset at how oblivious I had been to this possibility." While the bras were born from a need of females exercising alone, they can be worn anywhere and offer protection whether you're jogging in the woods or not (consider the woman who says she's been made to feel safer when walking in a parking lot after late work shifts).
Neither the knife nor the pepper spray are meant to seriously injure an attacker; rather, it's about protection that'll allow you to scare off a would-be bad guy or buy time to get out of harm's way. "I was not trying to come up with something that would kill," Cutrona explained, "just something that would give me a few seconds to get away."
The knife bra retails for $55, with the knife costing an extra $13.
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When it comes to mixing celebrity with fashion, there are plenty of ways to shake up that cocktail. From a super hands-on approach to a relationship that's more about posing for a camera (reference Kylie Jenner and her stunning new Puma ads), stars can get as involved as they want. Enter Eva Mendes, an example of someone who's a big part of the product bearing her name. She's worked with New York & Company on a collection since 2013, is releasing her spring '16 range now, and makes it abundantly clear in conversation that this is a project she cares about immensely.
"With social media, you have a direct connection to the customer," she said, excitement coming through in her voice. "When I put something out, I'm asking these women personally, 'Please, give me your feedback.' I'm the one answering and giving answers. I read them, and it's really important to me because it's how we make changes, how we improve."
Eva wearing the Del Mar dress, $90, nyandcompany.com
It's those customer voices that have led to some of the collection's most popular styles coming back over and over again (like the Sabrina and Maria dresses, and the Emma skirt). "Each time we bring them back we perfect it a little bit," she explained. "It's not only a new color or print, but I've taken all these notes from women who have written me to tell me about the fit, or if something is off. We go back to the drawing board and try to improve it."
See? That's a Hollywood actress (and mother and devoted partner to, swoon, Ryan Gosling) who honestly cares about the shoppers scooping up her styles. Check out the rest of our chat here, including thoughts on '90s fashion and what she, now 42, noticed changing about her personal style in her 30s.
Glamour: What's your current can't-live-without-it piece?
Eva Mendes: I'm waiting for off-the-shoulder. I haven't tried an off-the-shoulder dress in quite some time, and I'm excited to re-visit it. We have a dress called the Merida—an off-the-shoulder navy dress—and I actually had a version I bought in Mexico probably 13 years ago. I was working on this film called Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and I found this dress that I loved. I've kept it this whole time, and we finally just used it as inspiration. It's a little past its point, but I usually wear it around the house. It's a real market dress, an errand-day dress. If I want to feel super romantic cleaning the house I can do it in that one. It feels so great, like I'm wearing a huge scarf almost.
Glamour: Was there anything you wore in your 20s that makes you really cringe to think about now?
EM: Remember the jeans under a dress look? I wouldn't try that again for a host of reasons. I've totally given up on fluorescents. I tried for a minute, but it just doesn't work for me anymore. It was a fun idea, but it needs to be left where it was buried for me.
Glamour: Conversely, anything you're wanting to come back?
EM: I'm so excited about the choker comeback! I've always loved them, that typical '90s strap. I tried to bring it back [with a New York & Co. collection] about a year ago, and nobody was into it! Hopefully I'm going to try again soon with the ladies, because it didn't really stick. The one we created was inspired by a pearl choker that I actually wore to my prom [Editor's note: Check out a picture of Eva at prom here].
Glamour: Does your closet have anything you're never, ever getting rid of?
EM: Some really great, holey sweaters—I have a lot from a long time ago. I still have a pair of jean shorts I refuse to give up too. They're from 1991, and I might not wear them out, but I'm not certainly not getting rid of them. I refuse.
Glamour: Is there a piece of style advice you'd want to give to the young Eva?
EM: I would have told myself that if I'm wearing something short I need to balance it out with a baggier top. I definitely went through a phase with crop tops and short shorts which are cute when you're 16, but I would have advised myself to have more balance. What I did like about myself in my teens is that I didn't really wear makeup or do my hair, so it was all very natural beside the outrageous outfit. I never wore heels back then either. It probably wasn't until my early 20s when I wanted to feel more feminine. I remember going to a Via Spiga store and finding a pair of heels there and was like, "Oh, this is fun."
Eva wearing the Merida dress, $100, nyandcompany.com
Glamour: You really seem to have a signature look or shape that you rely on. Was that something that developed over time or did you have an a-ha moment where something clicked?
EM: It was over a period of time. I realized by trial and error what I didn't feel comfortable leaving the house in, whether it was to go to work or run an errand. Over the years, I've learned what I feel great in, and I've tried to make dresses [in the collection] that reflect that because I thought maybe other women are looking for that too.
I got to a certain age where I didn't want to be as body-conscious, not from an insecure place at all. It started happening gradually in my 30s where I didn't want that kind of attention anymore. I figured, "Okay, this is a style that works for me." I tend to like something that's fitted at the waist, but where I don't have to worry about tugging my dress down if I'm getting in or out of a car. A higher neckline—not to say it's more conservative, it's just more comfortable.
Glamour: How has having a baby changed your style?
EM: It's about how I can get out of the house faster, or how I can make this easier on myself. It's usually a dress because I don't have to think about coordinating or putting together an outfit. I just a really comfortable dress I can throw on, and depending on what hour of the day or where I'm going I can wear a higher heel or no heel. A dress I can count on and slip on in a minute makes it more stress-free for me.
That's what I'm hoping the line does now that we have shoes and handbags. I'm hoping it can make women's lives a little easier by saying, "Here you go. If you don't have time to think about it or you don't want to think about it, I've thought about it for you. This works."
Glamour: If you're going to an adult-only party or dinner, what item are you most excited to reach for?
EM: Earrings. I've learned that earrings and babies aren't a good mix. My daughter loves to pull them, which can be really fun for her, and not so much for me. They've become a luxury, and I'm looking forward to wearing them again at some point.
Ready to shop? The spring '16 pieces are online now and will be hitting New York & Company stores tomorrow (shop the full range in special Eva-focused boutiques throughout the country). Should you want to interview Eva yourself, hop on Facebook tomorrow at 1 pm EST—she'll be hosting a chat on the brand's page.
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Pictures of Kylie Jenner’s First Puma Campaign Are Here (And We Predict These Sneakers Selling Out!)
With the first pictures from Puma's campaign starring Kylie Jenner out now, there's absolutely no hope for Kanye West and his earlier claims that no way, no how, would his sister-in-law be teaming up with the company. The snaps show King Kylie posing in a pair of blue high-waisted leggings, a sports bra, and sneakers, and it's the latter that should attract your attention most. Not only are they pretty slick, but history shows it's the kicks that reach fever pitch quickest. If one item is destined to sell out from the Jenner-fronted collections, it's those babies.
The sneakers are called "Fierce" and are hitting stores and the web on April 1. Though new, the DNA of the shoe looks similar to a trainer included in Rihanna's collection for the brand (most noticeably the extra-long tongue). There are some key differences between the Fierce and the style she's seen wearing in below snap, but they're close enough to provide a glimpse into how we can expect Kylie to be styling the pair.
Puma must be feeling pretty good about itself too. The coup of landing Kylie for the spring campaign came after the aforementioned work with Rihanna, who presented her collection during New York Fashion Week. Consider her range a case study, in that the flatform creepers quickly became a hard-to-find style (the first batch sold out within hours of being released). Kylie's got a pretty impressive track record too—maybe you've heard of a little something called a Lip Kit? They sell out constantly, attract massive attention whenever a new shade or restock is teased, and basically appear to have the power to ruin the lives of beauty aficionados who just can't score a tube. In other words, mark your calendars for April 1.
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Most trend-driven, budget-conscious women are already waving the Zara flag enthusiastically, but guys—it's getting even better. With the addition of a range of workout clothes it's now entirely possible to wear the high-street brand for 100% of your life. The "gymwear" section, the offerings include leggings, tanks, shorts, sports bras, and beyond, with a few simply cut swimsuits and bodysuits thrown in alongside other gym kit staples like sneakers and socks. Both style and price are in line with what you've come to expect from the Spanish import: Items are sleekly cut, done in neutral hues, and wallet-friendly, with most tops and leggings between $20 and $30; sweatshirts are around $40.
Expect more options to hit the site throughout spring too. While we love everything that's up to shop now, some of the pieces seen in the lookbook imagery is missing. Those pieces, including the sheer-insert leggings and hoodie seen in the snap below, are likely part of future deliveries.
The category addition came on the heels of another piece of retail news for the brand. Earlier this month it launched its Ungendered collection, featuring basic tees, tanks, and sweats meant to be worn and bought by both men and women.
Shopping website Found on a Wish had a major fail with this listing for plus-size shorts, making the seriously questionable decision to showcase the item not worn as, you know, shorts, but as some sort of strange miniskirt with a side section. Instead of using a curvier model or shooting the piece flat and off a body, someone decided to call in a woman a couple sizes smaller than the item required and have her pull one of the legs up and around her waist. Not only does it look bizarre, it's sending a bad message to potential shoppers and is as unhelpful as possible. How in the world could you judge what the style would look like when being worn as shorts? It's a lose-lose situation.
So, what exactly is Found on a Wish? It's an online emporium for cheap, unbranded items that tend to ship mostly from China. While we love a deal as much as the next person, this lapse in judgement would make us think twice before clicking to buy on the site (P.S. Thanks to Hello Giggles for unearthing the shorts originally.)
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The latest celebrity to join in the fashion game is Twilight dreamboat Robert Pattinson, slyly revealing that he's been at work for two years on a line for men and women. Now, he's not claiming Kanye-levels of fashion education, but he's likely picked up some knowledge from both the professional and personal worlds in which he revolves. Fiancée FKA Twigs is a style-world favorite (he accompanied the Christopher Kane-clad singer to the Met Gala last May), and his fragrance gig with Dior is extending to menswear for fall 2016, with the campaign images hitting next month. And, NBD, but Karl Lagerfeld shot the latter, giving Pattinson another chance to pick up some sartorial know-how.
So, about the clothes. He describes it to Numero as such, and we're pretty thrilled to think about L.A. denim combined with classic British coziness.
I've started making clothes. For the last two years, I've been visiting producers and craftsmen. There's already quite a few pieces. I love doing it. My style is influenced by the cities I go to, sourcing fabrics and local skills. In Los Angeles it's really easy to work with denim and do workwear inspired clothes. In England I look more towards wool and knitwear. What I do is pretty multifaceted, clothes for men and for women, things that I make with friends. But I'm not going into too much detail, I don't want to jinx anything.
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If you're been paying close attention to the style choices of Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, and Gigi Hadid, you might have noticed a still under-the-radar name popping up again and again: House of CB. The British brand has been behind a lot of the girls' sexy, body-con pieces, and we're predicting that you're about to see it blow up on your Instagram feed even more thanks to a new, tightly edited collection of workout-ready leggings and tops.
The brand's DNA is all about curve-hugging dresses and Kardashian-favored separates like crop tops and bodysuits, and you can expect more of the same when it comes to the fitness offerings. To wit, they're the ones behind Gigi's majorly steamy cutout bodysuit, worn with one of last year's biggest styling surprises (a top she turned into a skirt). At Justin Bieber's AMA after-party the brand was spotted on both Gigi and Kylie.
Kylie in a white House of CB dress at an American Music Awards after-party
Kendall in a House of CB crop top
It should come as no surprise that the sister who's been the most visible fan of the workout togs so far has been gym devotee Khloe Kardashian, spotted out recently in a pink and purple pair of the brand's leggings. And while we love the colorful kick it adds to her exercise regime (imagine how good they must look hanging in her fitness closet), we're also crazy about the price tag. Compared with the $100+ leggings that have flooded the athleisure market, these feel downright affordable at $56. Longline crop tops are $42.
A photo posted by House Of CB (@houseofcb) on Mar 1, 2016 at 3:24pm PST
We know Kendall Jenner's a fan of simple black leggings (and which exact pair), so we can't wait to see if she pulls on one of these brighter styles.
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Draper James, Reese Witherspoon's Draper James">Reese Witherspoon's line of Southern-chic clothing and accessories has hit a little bump, y'all. The actress is now dealing with a $5 million lawsuit from a Palm Beach, Florida-based jewelry designed who's alleging that Draper James' magnolia logo is one that borrowed heavily from a piece she designed.
"She literally stole my magnolia," Jordann Weingartner, owner of I Love Jewelry and responsible for its 2008 magnolia collection, told Page Six. "I drew the design. The flower isn't a traditional magnolia flower, it is my artistic take on a magnolia. Draper James not only took the design, but also decided to call it a magnolia."
Draper James isn't the first celebrity-helmed brand to draw ire from others without the sparkle that comes with a high-wattage name. Madonna's teen-focused Material Girl line was smacked with a lawsuit in 2010 and settled before going to trial; Kendall and Kylie Jenner's line for PacSun was accused of ripping off a different brand's logo last year and was also settled outside of court (shirts with the problematic logo were removed from stores). Kris Jenner had her own recent problems too—her new jewelry line and enthusiastic use of the hashtag #Proudmama became an issue last month (the jewelry designer at the other end of the issue is raising funds for legal fees via a Gofundme account).
The whole thing has us wondering: What would Elle Woods do? We're sure it's nothing she, or the self-described type-A Witherspoon couldn't handle. And it doesn't look like the issue will be brushed under the rug. Witherspoon's legal team told Page Six, "Out of precedent, she doesn't settle."
Meanwhile, compare the logos:
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Melania Trump at the Republican debate in New Hampshire
It stands to reason that we'll be seeing a lot more of Melania Trump throughout the year. If Donald Trump claims the Republican nomination, her calendar will instantly fill with campaigning stops and events, necessitating a wardrobe ready to face the cameras. The political events she's attended thus far have given us a glimpse of what to expect, style-wise—lots of sleek lines and monochrome ensembles—and it's par for the course.
"Melania is elegant and simple. Not flashy, but rich," a source told the New York Daily News, adding that she'd support American designers and default to "muted" outfits.
The one-color look has been big for the campaign stops we've seen Melania at so far. At a caucus watch party in Iowa last month it was a cherry red dress with a matching coat arranged over her shoulders; to sit with Barbara Walters for an interview at the end of last year she picked a pale powder pink, finishing the look with matching pumps. Pretty, timeless, and not polarizing in the least.
Should we be addressing Trump as Mr. President in a few years' time, we also have some clues for how Melania would approach the more formally dressed engagements of being First Lady. At recent charity galas and red-carpet events she's picked both timeless silhouettes and bolder, brighter picks that reveal a fashion-friendly side of her.
At the Red Cross Ball last February
At the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in April
A decision to support American designers would be well received, though not a huge surprise. Michelle Obama has done so frequently throughout her time in the White House (remember the excitement over her choosing then-emerging designer Jason Wu to create the white gown she wore to the inauguration ball?), and Kate Middleton's been applauded for her penchant for British labels. For the Trumps, picking styles designed in the U.S.A. might be even more important. The candidate has drawn criticism in the past for his branded goods being produced in China, and onlookers would likely be quick to call out any additional support of overseas labels.
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Much has been said about the brands moving toward a see-now, buy-now model for their fashion show (wherein the clothes shown on the runway are the same as what's currently in-store and shoppable). Well, Karl Lagerfeld is having none of it.
"It's a mess. The reality is you have to give people the time to make their choice, to order the clothes or handbags, and to produce them beautifully, so that editors can photograph them. This way is chaos," he told the Financial Times.
Lagerfeld at the Chanel couture show this January
Chaos perhaps, but not something he's above dabbling in. The designer pointed out that Chanel's pre-collection is delivered to stores without fanfare or a presentation for media—it "replicates the principles of ready-to-buy already." Plus, he's ready to double-down on the instantaneous nature that's getting so much attention. You want speed? He'll give you a collection you can only buy on the internet.
"Now I want to do something else—perhaps it's too early to talk about it—to make a special collection only for the internet. Fifteen things, you buy them and you get them immediately," he explained per British Vogue. No word as to whether the web-only range would be something from Chanel or a quirky round-up inspired by Choupette, but we'd be interested either way.