Meet Mrs Matthew McConaughey!
Always dressed to impress, Camila Alves always puts the right foot forward on the red carpet.
Kristy Johnson chats with the Brazilian bombshell on fashion, the paparazzi, and living in LA.
You are always on the best-dressed list here in Australia. Do you use a stylist?
Yes I have one stylist that I have been working with. Her name is Caley Lawson. We have a good thing going. I adore her. It’s a great combination.
What are your favourite designers to wear on the red carpet?
I have a bunch of designers I like to wear on the red carpet. Oday Shakar, Rachel Roy, Zac Posen, Armani and Dolce and Gabbana.
Which celebrity do you think always gets it right on the red carpet?
Halle Berry. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her looking bad. At least I don’t remember. Like I don’t remember going ‘oh, she looks bad!’ She’s always really well put together. She always wears really beautiful gowns. So I think Halle Berry. I like the way she presents herself.
In terms of daytime wear when you’re running around the house, how would you describe your style?
Oh God. Around the house my style is basically how much time I have putting myself together in the morning (laughs). That’s how I would describe my style with kids and working, the house and travelling. It’s so much running around. So if I have time in the morning, then I like to spend time putting myself together. It’s whatever the time allows me.
Do you have any favourite brands or looks for daytime wear?
Yes, I love Vince, Ann Taylor, Alexander Wang and Stella McCartney.
When you’re on a ‘date night’. Do you have a foolproof outfit like an LBD?
Well I have a little black dress and then I have a little white dress that always works. I do really love the white on my skin…it just pops. It’s a great combination. So you know I have two in case I have those times where I can’t figure out what to wear. I have these two dresses I like. I put them on and just change up my hair, accessories and shoes. You know it’s going to work.
Your kids are adorable. How are you finding motherhood? Do you find you’re able to juggle work and being a mother really well?
It’s tricky! I don’t have a lot of time to do anything else but my favourite thing to do is being a mother. There’s no better thing. I absolutely love working, so it does get tricky. It gets tricky because we don’t like to have a lot of people around us. So I am working, I’m also picking the kids up from school, taking them to the park. It gets very tricky juggling everything, but I think it’s working out okay.
Do you find pressure in LA to stay looking so good?
Well I don’t know if it’s a pressure thing, but you know the paparazzi are outside the house everyday. So that’s every time I step outside. A lot of times as a woman, you want to look good. You just want to look good in general. But I’ve got to be realistic. I try my best. I’m a woman and I love fashion. I love all that kind of stuff. But you know some days… some days you just don’t have the time.
Did it take a while for you to get used to having paparazzi outside your door?
It’s part of the business; it’s what it comes with. If I’m going to fight against it, then I become a prisoner of my own house. Especially with kids it’s really important for me to try to give them a normal life. As much as sometimes it’s an inconvenience, you don’t want them reporting on everything that you’re doing, of course not. You know I don’t want that to stop me or stop the family from doing anything that we want to.