When meeting Hilaria Baldwin for the first time, there is the distinct impression that she is able to eke out more than 24 hours in a day. One of New York’s most-beloved yoga instructors, she is also a correspondent for Extra, parent to 10-month-old baby Carmen with husband Alec Baldwin, and has just finished her first fashion collaboration with Lexington Clothing Company. The fact that she can accomplish it all with a megawatt smile and energy to spare is almost unbelievable.
Though her capsule collection for Lexington is the first line she’s developed, it’s not the first time that Baldwin has tapped her inner designer. “I used to be a professional ballroom dancer,” she shares. “I designed all my costumes and then went to the dressmaker and had them made. And when I was a little girl, I was always changing my clothes like 12 times a day.”
The Lexington collaboration was not only a chance for Baldwin to unleash her creativity, but also to support an organization in which she and Alec are very invested: Guild Hall. “My husband has been a big supporter for years,” Baldwin says of Alec, who is president of the institution’s board of trustees. “After we got married, we spent the whole summer in the Hamptons, and Guild Hall really welcomed me. It’s wonderful: You see movies, go to plays—it’s something that’s all year round and not just for the summer.”
Baldwin’s collection reflects her life as an active new mom who still wants to feel beautiful. “One of my favorites is called the Alec shirtdress. I actually wear Alec’s shirts as dresses because he’s so much bigger than me,” she says. “We took that idea and created a dress that looks like a man’s shirt, but is much more functional, with buttons all the way down.” Other items include the Carmen maxi dress that transitions effortlessly from the beach to dinner in East Hampton, an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt, and a crisp gingham button-down.
For Baldwin, designing clothing that is sophisticated yet comfortable is of utmost importance. “I’m a beach girl,” she says. “I love going out to the Hamptons and getting some fresh air. You have a little bit of nature, but it still has a great vibe; you have your friends, you can have an incredible meal, take a really great fitness class, but you’re not in the city where everybody is stressed out.”
As for introducing baby Carmen to her parents’ haven? “She loves to sit in the sand, and I dip her toes in the water when it’s not too cold,” Baldwin says. “We love to just be outside and go for a walk. [But] I guess I’ll have to learn about summer activities because I wasn’t a mom last year!” Lexington Clothing Company, 73 Main St., East Hampton, 527-7100