Jennifer Hudson on Showing off Her Curves: I Didn't Work This Hard to Cover Up!

07/29/2016 at 03:48 PM ET

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This Dream Girl has found her dream denim! Jennifer Hudson just celebrated her one year anniversary as the face of New York & Company’s Soho Jeans line. For Hudson, having the items in the collection hug her curves was imperative.  “I’ve made a huge transition [with my weight]. There are things you want to try but you can’t always wear when you’re ‘plus size.’ So I feel like I am able to explore more, but I am still very conscious of every girl, every woman, every size,” she tells PeopleStyle. “I like high-waisted things. I love the pencil shape, which works regardless of your size. I feel like each one of these pieces represent that silhouette.”

Hudson says that her 80-lb. weight loss (which she shared the secrets to on the cover of PEOPLE in 2010) is one of the reason she now loves jeans— specifically skinnies. “I did not work this hard for this,” she says, gesturing to her body, “to hide it!” (Editor’s note: We feel compelled to point out that all the jeans are 50% off on nyandcompany.com today, making them all less than $40!)

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So, the brand’s stretchy denim is designed with figure-flattering details like vertical seams down the front, diagonal whiskering detail (see Hudson in the “dynamite blue” wraparound legging, above), and angled zippered pockets (see Hudson in the white zip-accent high-waist legging jean, below).

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And yes, these white jeans are actually easy to wear, according to Hudson. That’s not only because of the zipper detail, but because of the high waist and the material itself.

“Having the comfort factor in there makes it work,” she says. “I always had an issue with jeans growing up because I’ve always been a tall girl. They’re too short at the foot, and when they’re long enough, they’re too big at the hip. The trick is finding what fits your body, especially with white. These jeans form to your shape, and not every jean is going to do that. So even if you have the same style in black and white, the material changes with the color. It’s strategic.”

But no matter what fashion risks you choose to take, Hudson wants all women to be proud of what they’re working with: “Women, you’ve got to accent your curves!” she says.

–Catherine Kast

Don't Worry! Gwyneth Paltrow Is Not Consciously Uncoupling from Goop

07/29/2016 at 03:19 PM ET

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Goop without Gwyneth Paltrow? Not gonna happen. The actress and lifestyle guru plans to stay at the helm of the company despite reports to the contrary. She just wants to be more behind-the-scenes.

Paltrow spoke at the 2016 Sage Summit in Chicago this week, expressing that at some point she will probably “separate” herself from the brand.

“In order to build the brand I want to build, its scalability is limited if I connect to it,” she said to the crowd. “So I always think: ‘How can I grow the brand? How can I separate myself from the brand?’ and I think its going to be more its own brand.” Read More

Idris Elba Cannot Guess How Many Sneakers He Has

07/29/2016 at 03:08 PM ET

It may not surprise you to find out that the guy tapped to co-host the 2016 Met Gala — and the one who looks like, well, this in a tux — has an interest in fashion. The Emmy nominee (who’s currently promoting Star Trek, so you’ll have lots of opportunities to see him wear a suit) tells PeopleStyle that his interest in clothes goes way back — and includes a sneaker collection that might rival DJ Khaled’s.

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“I can’t even say [how many sneakers I have],” the actor said. “I have a whole room that has a container — half that container is trainers and shoes.” He’s currently loving Havaiana flip flops for summer, but you might see him rocking a pair of Kanye West’s designs as the weather cools down. “Believe it or not, the Yeezys are really nice stuff and I just got a nice pair that I love,” he says. “I am going to send him some of my gear and see if he likes that.”

His gear, of course, being his collection for Superdry — he’s on his second collaboration with the brand, which includes a range of tees (his favorite), jackets and shorts. And Elba says, he’s happy to be thought of as someone whose style is worth emulating.

“This line is something that is cool and affordable and represents me. I spend a lot of time in clothes and I’ve been complimented for a few years about the way I dress and that’s always been a nice feeling,” he says. “Whenever I go on red carpets I definitely pay attention … Long story short is yes, I kind of did have a beeline to want to be noticed in fashion a little bit. But not in a way that I am going to be the highlight of men’s fashion week and make a big splash like that.”

Despite the modesty, he made a major impact at the Met Gala in his Tom Ford tux, an experience Elba says was like a master class in red carpet dressing. “Tom Ford’s team is just immaculate to the inch. Every single detail is accounted for even to how you walk, where your hands should be,” he says. “I was told not to put your hands in the pockets. I was like, Oh, what do I do! I’m a man who puts my hands in my pockets. But I took away when you’re someone that is in fashion and you’re considered fashionable it’s all about that one moment when they take the picture, so look immaculate for it. It’s a fleeting second. And I definitely am a lot more conscious of that now that I am on the red carpet.”

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When he’s off the red carpet, you can find him relaxing in a pair of patterned pants, which he says are the most surprising thing in his closet. “I have these African pants that are just made from African print. I wear them and I look a little bohemian, no one would ever think I would wear them because they’re super colorful and super baggy. I love those. Very easy to wear,” he says, adding that he wears them “just at home, when I am sort of, like chilling at the house. I got them from Ghana and I wore them a lot in Ghana. And then I got to London and I got conscious!”

That might come with the territory of having a teenage daughter (who has accompanied him to the Oscars and SAG Awards!) who’s at the age to critique her dad’s fashion choices. “She thinks I am cool — sometimes,” he says. “She says to me, ‘Dad, don’t you think your shorts are a little short?’ Oh no, I don’t actually, thank you very much.”

Despite the sass, she’s still on the shortlist to be his Emmys date; he’s nominated in the Leading Actor category, alongside fellow Brit Tom Hiddleston. “Tom and I are good friends. I’m looking forward to seeing him.” And Hiddleston’s date (who also happened to be a Met Gala co-host with Elba) Taylor Swift? “Psh – moving on!” he says, laughing. “Nah, I’m happy for him. He’s a great guy.”

What do you think of Elba’s style?

— Alex Apatoff
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Mila Kunis' 'Blue Sunset' Graphic Eye Will Be Your New Summer Makeup Move - Here's How to Get It!

07/29/2016 at 03:01 PM ET

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Looking for a fun, seasonal way to upgrade your go-to, date-night smoky eye? Enter Mila Kunis‘ gorgeous cool blue take on the sultry look, which she wore to the Bad Moms premiere in Westwood, California, earlier this week.

Tracey Levy, the actress’ makeup artist of 17 years, breaks down how she created the “sexy, modern” look, so you can try it, too! Read More

Gigi Hadid Wears a Butt-Baring Bathing Suit for Her Latest Fashion Photo Shoot

07/29/2016 at 12:30 PM ET

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Gigi Hadid and her fashion father Tommy Hilfiger have been very busy lately. Hot on the heels of her campaign for Hilfiger’s brand new fragrance, The Girl, the 21-year-old model was seen shooting a new project with the brand in L.A.

Hadid was snapped on set sporting a cheeky, red-and-white-striped suit a cutout neckline, which was paired with a denim, patch-covered bomber jacket from Hilfiger’s resort 2017 line and patriotic lace-up wedges. The model also wore a white t-shirt with a large “H” in the center, blue high-waisted patchwork jeans, and a red bomber, followed by a white-on-white outfit during the shoot. Read More

The Truth Behind Lauren Conrad's Famous Mascara Tears from The Hills

07/29/2016 at 12:02 PM ET

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Lauren Conrad has built an entire career for herself in the fashion world (she’s even showed her LC Lauren Conrad line at New York Fashion Week), but 10 years ago, before the fashion fame, Conrad went by “LC” and was known for her dramatic scenes on The Hills. One of her most memorable “LC” moments? Her fight with Audrina Patridge over roommate woes with Lo Bosworth, which led to friendship riffs and those now-famous mascara tears.
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Hillary Clinton's DNC Pantsuit Is Her Most Powerful Yet: Here's Why

07/29/2016 at 11:29 AM ET

Hillary ClintonPaul Morigi/WireImage

Hillary Clinton just made history last night at the Democratic National Convention and chose a very fitting pantsuit to mark the occasion.

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