Eva Mendes Says New Clothing Collection Has Her Family’s Stamp of Approval

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Eva Mendes debuted her new collection with New York & Company on Tuesday at New York Fashion Week, and she said she gained a lot of insight from the women in her life.

“My sisters are definitely my guinea pigs and then my mom always keeps me grounded,” Mendes told PeopleStyle. “I will be like, ‘Mom what do you think about this jacket for $79?’ And she’s like, ‘Too much!’ I’m like, mom it’s $79 for a beautiful coat!’ Sometimes we adjust it according to my mom’s opinion.”

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The latest fall collection, which Mendes worked on with her long-time stylist Erin Walsh,   includes office-appropriate dresses in knits and tweeds, lacy party looks, stylish trousers – and head scarves, one of Mendes’ signature looks.

“For the scarves I just wanted something that was specifically me, but I also didn’t want the girls to feel uncomfortable,” the designer explained. “I talked to the models beforehand and I just said if you prefer your hair a different way that’s fine. I want you guys to feel super comfortable, because not everyone feels comfortable with a head wrap.”

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Mendes, who has two children with Ryan Gosling, also wants to make sure she listens to her customers and make adjustments if needed. “It’s so important to read all the comments and really listen to the customer.”

The best part, though, is seeing her creations being worn by real women. Mendes gushed, “Someone sent me a picture of this beautiful girl wearing the Sabrina dress on the subway and I was like, ‘Ugh! Kill me now!’”

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