6 Things to Know About Eva Longoria's Style (Like What's Hanging in Her Closet from Desperate Housewives)

08/01/2016 at 09:00 AM ET

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There’s a new celebrity fashion designer in Hollywood. Eva Longoria just teamed up with The Limited to design her own collection for the brand, and we caught up with the star at her N.Y.C. Launch. Below, her style secrets, and everything you need to know about the line.

Designing clothing has been a longtime dream of hers.
“I have been wanting to do this for a very long time, I just hadn’t had the right partners,” Longoria tells PeopleStyle of the partnership. “I so authentically know textiles, I know seams and so I’ve been offered many things before and it was either super low quality or just not the right partners. And I was like, ‘I don’t want my name on that.’ So many people put their name on things and then they aren’t really involved. I am super involved in the design process and the sourcing and everything and I love it.”

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Creating this collection took a lot of time.
“It’s like my life,” Longoria says. “For me it was a lot of fun doing this, and it’s a full-time job. We’re already designing spring 2017 and I’m like, ‘Oh my god I want to wear these things now!’ You have to be so far ahead that you are always behind. So this is a full-time job and I think it wasn’t until after Desperate Housewives that I really had the time I needed to dedicate to it.”

She doesn’t believe in dressing according to seasons.
“I live in Los Angeles where I don’t even own a coat,” she jokes. “When I come to New York I’m like, ‘Oh I have to borrow a coat.’ So I definitely live in a season-less world, so I love a white jean or a white skirt all year round.”

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The Limited holds a special place in her heart.
“The Limited was the place [my friends and I] met at the mall because we were in the center of the food court and we’re like, ‘Let’s all meet at The Limited, and then we will break up and talk to guys from there.’ I remember when I was really young it was an iconic brand. I think it’s now time for an evolution for [The Limited] and I think this is the line to help do that. It’s fresh, it’s fun, it’s easy to wear. I call it ‘from work to wine’ because you can wear it during the day or at night. And so many women today they want a versatile wardrobe but you don’t want to spend a fortune on it and I think the price range of The Limited allow us to do that.”

Her closet still holds clothes from the Desperate Housewives set.
“I actually have a lot of Susan Mayer’s clothes — a lot of Teri Hatcher’s — she wore a lot of cashmere sweaters and simple stuff,” Longoria remembers. “Gabby [Longoria’s character] was so loud. She was a fashion model so she has a lot of color in her wardrobe, but also stuff I probably wouldn’t wear in my normal life. So when the show ended I went into Susan’s closet and grabbed a bunch of her stuff.”

She created this line is for every woman.
“The great thing about this line is it’s for the everyday, versatile woman, so I think everybody can wear this line. If you are a woman, you can wear this line.”

To shop Longoria’s collection, head to The Limited. And tell us: What are you most excited to get your hands on?

— Jillian Ruffo, with reporting by Brittany Talarico

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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