If you've opened a fashion magazine in the last five years, you've probably seen Ali Kay—after all, the Miami native is often the star of Diane von Furstenberg's ad campaigns. (She's also part of the fashion icon's family. This summer, she gave birth to Leon von Furstenberg, Diane's newest grandson!)
But besides being a model and mom, Ali's also quite busy with her own design career. After launching Keep Me, a range of slimming basics worn by Jennifer Aniston and Rachel Bilson, Kay began working with us at Shopbop (yay!). Take a look at our comfy and chic Bop Basics and you'll see why we adore her.
FARAN KRENTCIL: So many focus on statement accessories or party dresses, but as a designer, you believe basics were the key to fashion happiness. Why?
ALI KAY: I like basics because I don't shop very often at all, so when I buy something, I don't want it to be overly trendy—I want to like it and wear it forever, or at least until it is worn out.
FK: Please pick something on Shopbop.com that you would wear with one of your basics.
AK: I like this Helmut Lang sweater to wear with jeans and a white tank or T-shirt.
FK: You are from Florida and therefore an expert at this: please reveal how to keep your hair calm at the beach.
AK: My only trick is keeping my hair very long so the body and frizz are weighed down.
FK: No way. I just saw you at Soho House in Miami and your hair looked perfect, even though we were literally on the beach. That can't be your only secret!
AK: A friend of mine from Miami just told me that Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray works well!
FK: If Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera had a dance-off, who would win?
AK: From what I remember seeing, Aguilera would definitely win a sing-off but Spears would take the dance-off.
FK: And X Factor has higher ratings than The Voice. Oops, I'm still Team Christina. Anyway. Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word "pony."
AK: My personal style is simple, easy, comfortable, flattering, and so pony... (Sorry, the baby wants my attention now. Not enough time to be creative here! Ha!)