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KORS CRUSH: Alessandra Ambrosio


When you look up the words “oh so chic” in Portuguese, Spanish or English, Alessandra Ambrosio’s name is right there. That’s why the Brazilian-born model, actress and designer made the perfect host for a glamorous cocktail party to fête the opening of our first Michael Kors flagship store at the Multiplaza Pacific Mall in Panama City, Panama.

Whether she’s in cut-offs or couture, Ambrosio has mastered a boho-meets-urban look that turn heads everywhere. Between toasting to our new store, she talked style icons, life lessons and the Instagram filter that has her millions of fans going in for the double tap.

Q: You grew up in Brazil and have lived in NYC and LA—how has this mix of locations defined your signature style?
I try to think that I have created my style by incorporating a Brazil-bohemia-meets-Malibu-chic lifestyle into one. I love to wear a lot of flowy dresses, layered pieces and unique materials.
Q: Who are your fashion icons: past or present?
Raquel Welch, Lauren Hutton and Farrah Fawcett.
Q: What’s your favorite Michael Kors item that you own and why?
I love my pair of nude strappy sandals.


Q: What’s your secret to looking camera-ready when you’ve stepped off a flight?
My number one beauty rule is to stay hydrated because hydrated skin always glows.
Q: When you’re on vacation, what’s your go-to outfit for a day of sightseeing followed by cocktail hour?
I usually go to warm destinations for vacation so during the day I like to wear a romper, nude strappy sandals and a cute hat. For cocktails I usually switch it up by wearing a maxi dress and adding jewelry.
Q: What country is on your to-visit list that you’ve yet to go to?
I would love to visit India.
Q: What’s the number one thing you’ve learned from your experiences travelling the world?
I have been so fortunate to travel a lot and meet many different people. I have learned that people everywhere want the same things—security, love and health—and this brings us all together no matter how different our cultures are.
Q: Now that you’ve visited Panama City, what was your impression of the local style?
I love it. It is very colorful and bright and you can’t help but be in a good mood when there.
Q: During your trip, did you discover any local hot spots?
I had the most wonderful time in Panama. I ate at a few restaurants including Mostaza and Cabana and food was delicious, but the highlight of my trip was my visit to Contadora Island.
I can’t live without…
My children.
Favorite type of workout…
If my life were a film, the title would be…
Forever On Vacation. 
Top tune to dance to…
Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie.
Instagram filter of choice…
Guilty pleasure…
French fries.