We caught up with supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio in advance of her Simply Stylist appearance this weekend to find out all about her new swimsuit collection, where she likes to vacation, and what she does (and doesn't do) to get bikini-ready.
In anticipation of her appearance as a keynote speaker at fashion and beauty event Simply Stylist presented by CITI at The Grove this Saturday (March 28), we caught up with Ambrosio to get the scoop on her swimsuit line, dream vacation, go-to LA hangouts, and more.
What made you want to start designing swimwear?
ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO: I have always loved spending my free time by the beach so it was natural for me to create my ále by Alessandra collection as I know how important [it] is to have comfortable, chic, and functional swimwear when you are hanging out by the water.
Talk about the inspiration for your clothing line.
AA: The collection is inspired by my Brazil-bohemia meets Malibu-chic lifestyle and has many feminine, colorful, and effortless pieces. I was very particular on fabrics for the collection. I incorporated many jewelry-inspired trims, feathers, embroidery, pure silks, and a lot of prints, which were all inspired by my travels. In addition to my swimwear collection, my ále by Alessandra brand also has clothing available exclusively at Planet Blue as well as hats, bags, and [a] few other categories that will be coming out soon.
What was your last clothing or accessory purchase?
AA: I just purchased a couple of new pieces from my ále by Alessandra clothing collection that is exclusively available at Planet Blue, as well as a bag from YSL and some boots from Isabel Marant.
We love your off-duty style. What’s your inspiration when picking out an outfit in the morning?
AA: Honestly, it all depends on my mood and what I need to do for the day.
What’s your earliest fashion memory?
AA: I have loved designing and fashion ever since I was small—I remember making clothes for my dolls.
Does your diet and exercise routine change as you're preparing for bikini season?
AA: There isn’t really anything special I do before bikini season as I try to live a very balanced life all year long. I make sure that I am eating right, exercising, and laughing a lot.
We love your #foreveronvacation Instagram pictures. What has been your most memorable vacation?
AA: There are so many that I couldn’t single one out, but any vacation that I get to spend with my kids and family is always great.
What destination is on your travel bucket list?
AA: Wow, that is a tough one. I would like to visit India, as I hear it is a beautiful country.
When you’re home in LA, where do you like to eat and shop?
AA: I like to go to the Brentwood Country Mart; it has everything that I need in one place.