Jessica Alba, Ariel Foxman and the team at InStyle, plus a fashion crew including Prabal Gurung, Jennifer Fisher, the Baja East guys, and more, gathered on the private terrace of Mario Batali’s newly opened La Sirena yesterday to toast the July cover, where Alba, and all her natural beauty, take front and center. Though busy juggling The Honest Company and Hollywood, Alba took a moment to jet to Lanai, Hawaii for the shoot (lensed by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Melissa Rubini), where she stuns in beachy looks, like a Bottega Veneta color-blocked jersey dress, a one-piece suit with cut outs by Flagpole Swim, and a white stretch jersey maillot from Chanel. In the cover feature, she opens up about her journey into the spotlight that began in Texas, eventually taking her to Hollywood and Santa Monica, where she runs Honest. Before enjoying a dinner soiree with a menu to die for—fresh crudo, sweet pea agnolotti, a NY Strip, and strawberry semifreddo—we caught up with the beaut about her coup.
“We had so much fun! The Four Seasons in Lanai is a really special place because there’s nothing there but nature,” she told us. “You really feel like you’re just sort of submerged in this natural, beautiful Hawaiian world. It’s a true escape.”
Alba touched down on the island a few days early, to celebrate her 35th birthday with her mom and a few girlfriends. “We just got to have girl time,” she said. “We did some day drinking and we had our own dance parties and swam. It was amazing. It’s like a dolphin sanctuary. They come into the lagoon, and that’s the beach where the hotel is. It was magical! Every day we saw dolphins, and you can snorkel right off the beach.”
When asked if she had a chance to actually swim with the dolphins, Alba was quick to remind us that she’s a pro. “I did a TV show called The New Adventures of Flipper when I was 13, so I did a lot of swimming with dolphins in my life! I’m very fortunate. In Lanai, we rented a catamaran and we went into the reef and got to snorkel with a lot of beautiful fish, and free dive. We listened to Drake and Rihanna, we drank rose…it was perfect!” Just like the evening.