Ann Taylor and Kate Hudson team for capsule collection, advocacy

New York -- Ann Inc. said Thursday that actress Kate Hudson will continue her role as the face of Ann Taylor for its spring and summer 2013 campaigns.

However, said the retailer, this year Hudson's role will grow as both a design influence and charitable ambassador as well. For the summer collection, she will be developing a capsule collection for the brand. In addition, Hudson will join the Advisory Council for the company's ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative, a program that supports the empowerment of young women.

Hudson will make her first foray into fashion design as she collaborates with creative director Lisa Axelson on the summer capsule, planned for a May debut.  And Hudson’s broadened role as a member of the Annpower Advisory Council will allow the actress to continue her long-time work as an advocate for empowering young women.