Eva Mendes bonded with mother over fashion when designing clothing collections

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes enjoyed bonding with her mother over fashion while designing her latest collections for New York & Company.

The Hitch actress established a partnership with the clothing brand back in 2013 and has since gone to garner huge success with her retro and feminine designs, with the lines featuring chic pencil skirts and patterned dresses.

Eva has just unveiled her holiday ranges, with the collection including lots of party outfits, and in an interview with Hola! USA, she explained that her mother, also named Eva, helped her research inspiration for the designs.

"My mom helps me with a lot of women that I personally didn't know growing up. I get a lot of inspiration from Latin women from that era, and then me and my mom will start to talk and look up to stuff, and it's just fun. That's a way for me and my mom to bond," the 45-year-old said.

Eva went on to note that she had Latina icons such as Mexican actress/singer Maria Felix on her mood boards.

Elsewhere in the chat, the mother-of-two discussed how important it was for her creations to be sold in store as well as online, because she used to socialise in shops in the local mall as a youngster.

"I feel so lucky to be doing something that I can be creative with and that gives me another way of expressing myself. I grew up in the '80s and '90s, and as soon as I turned 12, my mom would let me go to the mall with my girlfriends because it was only a few blocks away. I have a very strict Cuban family. And all we would do is hang out in malls. So, the fact that I'm in an actual brick and mortar store means a lot to me because it is a dying breed," she shared.

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