Kate Hudson's Ann Taylor Holiday Ads Are a Family Affair

10/15/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Kate Hudson Ann Taylor holiday adsCourtesy Ann Taylor

It may not surprise you to discover that Kate Hudson‘s family Christmas photos are just slightly more glamorous than the ones you took in matching sweaters with your parents at Sears.

Unless we’re mistaken and you had racks of chic holiday clothing brought to you in London, where you and your fiancé were both working, and you had famous fashion photographer Mikael Jansson on hand to snap the perfect portrait. But on the off chance that wasn’t your experience, Hudson gave us an exclusive behind the scenes peek at her Ann Taylor holiday ads, which show her both at home and at play.

Kate Hudson Ann Taylor holiday adsCourtesy Ann Taylor

The actress shows off some super-sexy (and definitely daring) sheer designs while sipping cocktails at London’s Corinthia hotel with her fiancé Matt Bellamy’s band Muse’s tour manager and visual effects supervisor. Then later, she poses in a polished, embellished shift (below) to sneak in some holiday time with her young sons.

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Kate Hudson Ann Taylor holiday adsCourtesy Ann Taylor

“This shoot was particularly fun. We were in London and wanted to get people together,” Hudson says in a statement. “I called some of our friends that work with my fiancé’s band. It was fun to be able to bring them into the fashion world. Luckily, I was able to have my family there too, so it made for a very enjoyable day!”

Kate Hudson Ann Taylor holiday adsCourtesy Ann Taylor

We thought we were dreading colder temperatures, but this exclusive glimpse into the star’s festive, holiday-ready ad campaign all of a sudden has us craving tights and velvet weather. Keep an eye out for even more shots from the campaign (we’re dying to see more appearances from her sons, like the one at left!) and be sure to tell us what you think of her “family portraits” below.

–Alex Apatoff

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Karen on

I’ve got nothing.

Carrie on

I was expecting to see a Christmas photo of her family. How ridiculous of me.

Loree on

She celebrates the holiday by not wearing a bra..real classy

Maxi on

I didn’t recognize her she has become so thin. Love the clothes but is the holiday about the clothes?

Guest on

Hmmmm how is this shoot a “family affair” no one is her family. How do I get a job writing for people????

Ashleigh on

can’t stand her, especially where she was quoted saying all men cheat. Be your own person, Kate, don’t try to emulate your Mom all the time.

ne on

her son is in that last photo and I’m pretty sure he is her family.

Vicki on


Brianna on

Is it now en Vogue to not wear a bra? Classy, Kate.

Brenda Scott on

Ummm…the article states her fiance is at the table beside her and her youngest son is in the picture of her standing in the doorway. The article is listed under “StyleWatch” which is an indicator that it wouldn’t be an actual family Christmas card photo.

Beth on

“Chicer”? Really? Is that a word? How about “more chic” ?
This whole campaign leaves me cold. How they picked Kate Hudson is beyond me. I guess if I were in her postion I would do it for the money, too, but it just seems like an odd fit.

theladybugadventures on


Christine on

She is so gorgeous and I think she is perfect for this campaign! Working wife and mother but still time to look hip.. Love Her

Chihuahua Mom on

Whadda ya mean? I look like that EVERY DAY! I bathe with my diamonds on!

readresp on

This photo shoot is gorgeous. But People: how do you spell “more chic”? You did it chicer– which sounds like breath mints. Shouldn’t you with your international allure do better (geez, I’ve been a NY Editor since the 80s knowing you). Plus chic, plus belle, plus attirante, mes amis.

Molly on

Brianna, have you not ever gone braless? Don’t know if anyone told you this but showing straps isn’t so classy either. And more importantly WHO CARES, IT’S BOOBS. Where the rock you crawled out from, the 1950s?

Royalredusa on

Ha, weird headline. I read “Chicer” as rhyming with “Nicer”. I was like what “chicer” mean? LOL

Smithy on

Huge get for Ann Taylor. She is stylish and sexy.

lorelei2 on

Apparently I have a dirty mind…does anyone else think it looks like her son is posed to look up her skirt?

manomer on

I agree with Christine. She is a beautiful woman so THAT is why they picked Kate Hudson. She looks stunning in these photos and if you don’t think so then I am pretty sure you need your eyes checked. She might not be your cup of tea…but she is still a beautiful woman. Always has to be haters….

Guest on

She is not recognizable! She looks sick! And what about this “chicer” word? Seriously? Unfortunately, it will be in the dictionary soon enough :(


WHaaaaaat was this all about?

tabitha on

For one thing, she is with her family, they are not showing all the pics. The people sitting at the table are her fiancé, his tour manager and visual effects supervisor. Do you people ( the negatives) thrive on hissy, b*tchy comments. Does your life have more meaning? WHO cares if she is not wearing a bra. No offense, after two kids you could only wish. It isn’t like she is heavily endowed anyway?! She is gorgeous and sweet, leave the poor girl alone! Try reading the article as well.

Lora on

She has her hand up as if she was holding a cigarette.

Mary Stanton on

No, it doesn’t say she is sitting next to her fiance, but rather next to his band’s tour manager (Dom Anderson, on Kate’s left) and visual effects supervisor (Tom Kirk, on Kate’s right).

Guest on

I’m an Ann Taylor fan. Kate looks fabulous – I barely recognized her.

melissa on

It’s a family affair because that’s how close Muse are. They’ve had mostly the same employees for over ten years. That is Tom kirk and Dom Anderson. Now Kate is now part of the Muse family. Also this is just a preview, I would love to see more photos actually in the magazine. It’s her family and friends, not her mother’s, so there will be different people.

Whatever People... on

That may or may not be her son, who knows, but that is DEFINITELY NOT her fiancé in those pics. Obviously there aren’t many Muse fans here…

Guest on

Yeah… That’s NOT her fiancé in any of those photos… They’re Muse’s tour manager and visual effects supervisor, NOT Matt. And we haven’t seen a ton of photos of Bingham, but he does have the hair, so who knows.

Lovin Ann Taylor on

Hi Kate, Love your movies, Love Ann Taylor. I know you can’t put me in the movies, but can you ask Ann Taylor for a Plus Size Holiday dress for a plus size admirer!! I would be elated to wear Ann Taylor right her in CA and celebrate like Kate Hudson. I suppose that is the purpose, us to live vicariously through Kate. BTW, I have a beautiful mom just like you Kate. only mine id 90 years old.

Jack on

Family is not just bound to people who are blood related to you. Family is something you can create, too. What’s wrong with calling some of your closest friends family? Also, her fiancé is not in the pictures, but her son is. She’s her own person. Just because she ‘acts’ like her mum, doesn’t mean she’s trying to be someone she’s not. What do you expect when she’s been brought up by the same woman and still maintain a super close relationship with that very same woman? What’s wrong with wanting to be like your mother, especially if your mother is awesome in your eyes?

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