Exclusive Photo: Kate Hudson's Latest Ann Taylor Ad Stars the Most Perfect Shirtdress and a Hot Guy on a Vespa

05/09/2014 at 04:39 PM ET

Kate Hudson‘s new campaign for Ann Taylor paints a beautiful picture — sunshine, summer-ready clothes, and Miami as an idyllic backdrop — but the actress admits things didn’t exactly go according to plan for the shoot.

“We were all excited because we were going to go to Miami — and it was raining!” Hudson, 35, told PEOPLE while showcasing her favorite items from the brand’s summer collection in Beverly Hills. “We got little bits of sun. It was so funny because we were all hoping that we were going to be lying out.”

Despite the less-than-ideal weather, Hudson still managed to have a good time on set. “There were some really fun shots, and I got to work with this model who was really sweet. It was nice because I had somebody to talk to. It made for more candid shots because we got to talk and hang out.”

Kate Hudson New Ann Taylor AdCourtesy Ann Taylor

The model was also really handsome (check him out in the photo above). And of course, there’s the most important part of the ad campaign –- the clothes. Editors can’t wait to purchase the blue shirtdress the star wears in the scooter photo.

“I love it,” Hudson said. “I think that’s one of those things that’s perfect for holiday or that’s really just cute to wear running errands. It’s a full throw-on, errand-running, really easy [piece].”

She also revealed that she loves helping to conceptualize different themes for the shoots.

“I always want them to take us somewhere really fun, so I’m always like, ‘Let’s go to Positano!’ And they’re like, ‘Okay, how about we go to Miami?'” she joked, adding, “We go through conceptually what it will feel like, but they’re usually right on. I think what I’ve loved about doing this [campaign] has been that it’s really just about all the different aspects of a woman’s life, and telling that story.”

What do you think of the new ad? Will you be shopping at Ann Taylor this summer? Share your thoughts below!

–Gabrielle Olya

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Bre on

What are the specifics on the ANNTAYLOR shirt dress? Looked on the website and didn’t see it. Thanks :)

Karen on

The Ann Taylor clothes have gone way down hill in quality. Maybe they are paying their models too much? I wish they would return to making better quality clothing.

Guest2004 on

Ann Taylor clothes have definitely gone down on quality. D

Guest2004 on

Meant to say gone down in quality. And there accessories are junk. I used to buy all my work clothes there and a few fun pieces but the quality isn’t worth it. I have sweaters from 6 years ago that are perfect but shorts from a year ago that look like some discount department store.

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