Last week, on a rooftop somewhere in midtown Manhattan, I lunged and squatted and isolated alongside model and Instagram fitness star Adrianne Ho. To celebrate her new clothing line with PacSun, Ho treated editors to a ModelFit class, an fitting workout for someone who has posed for brands like Maybelline, L’Oréal, Levi’s, and M.A.C. Cosmetics. “I love Spinning, but it can be so dark in Spin class—I wanted everyone to be able to see how the collection moved and performed,” she says. Sweat Crew by Adrianne Ho, which launched on Friday, is a line of what Ho describes as “athletic-inspired streetwear” and includes sweatshirts and sports bras, baseball jerseys, and badass jackets. After the a.m. workout (and my ass and thighs shaking uncontrollably), I chatted with Ho about her inspiration for the collection and her go-to workouts and took a second to ask about her favorite natural beauty products.
What inspired you when creating the collection? “A lot of the stuff is similar to things I already own and fit my lifestyle. I’m pretty active. I lived in New York for a long time, so for me, it was always important that I could go to a casting or go to a meeting, then go work out and wear the same clothes. I’ve also always gravitated toward men’s pieces because it was just a little different from the Lululemons everyone else was wearing. So this collection is reflective of what I have in my wardrobe, but they’ve been changed a bit. For example, the baseball jersey has a cap sleeve so that it fits your arm, and it’s long enough to wear as a dress but still slim enough so you’re not swimming in it. It’s all performancewear, but the pieces have high-fashion silhouettes and a bit of a streetwear edge as well. I really wanted people to wear these clothes and look fashionable but not have to think twice about working out and sweating in them.”
In addition to pieces that can transition from the street to the gym, were there any other elements you had to have in this collection? “I love to work out at night, so I made sure to include a lot of 3M [reflective] details. There are also zippers on the sides of everything so you have breathability and can air out everything when you’re done. I also included big pockets on the back of all the workout pants so you can fit your iPhone, your wallet, and your keys; a lot of pants on the market now have that little pocket along the waistband, which keeps you from being able to do floor exercises comfortably. I also included a few reversible pieces, which are fun.”
Why do you think we’ve seen athleisure become such a trend? “People are becoming much more educated about their bodies and their health. Women especially are being proactive about getting healthy, and I think fashion and style is just a reflection of that cultural shift. I also think think now, more than ever, people are asking more of the clothes they wear. That’s why I’m hoping a collection like this really speaks to that active, modern woman who wants to look cool but also cares about her health.”
Speaking of staying active, what are some of your favorite workouts right now? “I really love high-impact, circuit-based classes, so that you spend a short moment on one exercise and then move on. I have a short attention span, so I need to keep moving. And when each circuit is a minute, it’s easier to not give up because you look at the time, and you’re like, Oh, I only have 30 seconds left. It’s especially good when your head’s not totally into your workout that day, and you’re thinking of a million things because you can’t really slack off when you’re moving that fast. I’m also a big fan of Spinning.”
How do you keep yourself motivated on those off days? “If I’m doing something cardio-based, I put on a good playlist so I can just zone out and go somewhere else in my head. I also try to keep in mind that at the end of that day, I know I’m going to feel better if I work out.”
OK, time to geek out about beauty. I saw on your blog that you’re really into natural products. What are some new things you’re excited about? “The last two products I posted about were from Éminence. I started going to this spa in L.A. that uses a lot of Éminence products. The facials that they do are incredible. They have different treatments—like a paprika facial that really jump-starts your skin’s circulation. So I’m loving the Éminence products, and there’s this beauty balm from Neal’s Yard called the Wild Rose Beauty Balm. It has rose-hip oil, and when I’m flying, taking red-eyes back and forth for shoots, I like to put a thick layer of it all over my face and the next morning, my skin looks so good. It literally soaks [the balm] up.”
And being so active, how do you keep your skin and hair healthy? “I apply a lot of sunscreen when I work out outside; that’s incredibly important for me. I make sure to wash my face, and I always have wipes in my bag to wipe off my face. I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair. When I’m not shooting, I usually just wash it and let it air-dry so it has a nice, natural wave. And then I just put a little argan oil on the ends to keep it from frizzing.”