The newly engaged designer talks about her family's contributions to her line

By Kate Hogan
Updated February 09, 2012 09:30 PM

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Arriving at QVC’s runway show in New York Wednesday night, Camila Alves seemed to have a little extra sparkle, in the form of a stunning three-stone sparkler on her finger. The handbag designer was out for the first time since her Christmas engagement to longtime love Matthew McConaughey, and put her gorgeous engagement ring on display for all to see.

“I am really enjoying being engaged right now … no wedding plans as of yet,” she told reporters. But speaking to PEOPLE earlier in the week, she was happy to dish on her fiancé’s sense of style. “Matthew has great taste,” she said. “He always has great opinions on what works and what doesn’t.” He even gives input on Alves’s handbag line, Muxo, which she designs with her mother. “We are one big family so we share everything — including opinions on the creations for the line.”

Alves’s latest collection, which she’ll present on QVC this Saturday, was inspired by her recent travels through Texas, Arkansas, New Orleans, California and New York. “We are really having fun mixing all of the inspirations from the various landscapes that we’ve been collecting for some time now,” she shared.

Camila Alves Bags

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The Brazilian beauty fell in love with fashion at an early age; her mother, a designer by trade, would let her help with various projects. “It taught me so much about design,” she explained. “And after I had moved to the States I was looking for something to do with my mom to help the family in Brazil … so we created our first handbag together.”

Though the pair has their moments — “Sometimes we butt heads like any mother and daughter,” Alves admitted — they feel “blessed” to work together. “We have a great relationship, and we create in a very unique way together.”

Catch Alves on QVC Saturday, selling the latest from Muxo (including her favorite, a leather satchel with a kiss-lock front pocket, right), plus sales from GF’s Geren Lockhart, Dennis Basso, Mark Zunino and Lori Goldstein (10 p.m. EST). And tune in Friday (10 p.m. EST) for launches from Cristina Ehrlich, Isaac Mizrahi, Fern Mallis, Karen Zambos, Marc Bouwer and Cynthia Vincent.

–Kate Hogan