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Eva Mendes Dishes On Her New York & Company Line (It's Out Today!)

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Courtesy New York & Company; Inset: WireImage

As an actress, Eva Mendes knows pressure. But she’s never felt it quite like she has in her latest venture: Designing a line of clothing for New York & Company, which hits stores today.

“The challenging part of this process was knowing that I had women, especially my sisters, counting on me to make them look good,” Mendes tells the Huffington Post. “I take this very seriously … I can’t wait to get feedback from women about what works for them and what doesn’t. I hope I don’t disappoint them!”

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Judging by the stylish, flirty pieces in her collection (get a peek above and in our October issue!), she certainly won’t, but she maintains a sense of humor about the whole thing. When asked if she has advice for aspiring designers, she demurs, saying “Let’s see if I survive my first season and then ask me!”

The actress also proves she’s always willing to laugh off past red-carpet missteps. After dismissing one outfit as “Princess Jasmine gone wrong,” she also confesses to wearing a Prabal Gurung dress that didn’t work for her. “An ill-fitting dress and my idea to have the frizzy hair resulted in a bad combo-platter,” she says.

And perhaps our favorite tidbit: Mendes reveals that her favorite tip for great hair is to condition it and put it up in a shower cap. “Although your hair will be grateful, the shower cap look isn’t the sexiest,” she notes, “so maybe do it on a night when he’s not around.” Little does boyfriend Ryan Gosling know what’s going on when he isn’t home!

Read lots more from the actress/designer at the Huffington Post, and be sure to check out all of her designs, live today at New York & Company. Then tell us: What’s at the top of your lust list from Mendes’s collection?

–Alex Apatoff