There are some mother-daughter memories that are priceless. For Ella Travolta—the daughter of John Travolta and the late Kelly Preston—one of those moments for her circles back to the family’s love of fashion. SheKnows caught up with the 22-year-old at Kate Spade’s NYFW Presentation on Sept. 9 to discuss why the brand holds a special place in her heart and how her family is honoring Grease star Olivia Newton-John, who passed away last month.
“My parents have always been fashion icons, for me, and for I think many people,” she tells SheKnows. “So, it’s been really interesting getting to see over the years how it’s changed and evolved and also stays the same.” For the event, hosted at the World Trade Center 3, Ella wore a white lace dress accompanied by a reimagined mint green Sam bag from Kate Spade. The brand unveiled its spring 2023 collection, which exaggerated florals, oversized polka dots, spring stripes, and rain motifs.
“A lot of different fashion styles and iconic things have come back but I think Kate Spade, New York has been able to just really keep that throughout the years and really appeal to younger audiences up to whatever age,” Ella says, sharing that she still remembers shopping with her mom at the brand when she was younger. “We were both finding pieces that we love,” she explains, sharing that the two used to go into the dressing rooms and have their own mini fashion show. “So I think that’s the really great thing about this brand as well.”
While this might be Ella’s first New York Fashion Week, her love of fashion and style are not new at all. After all, in addition to having a mom who worked as both an actress and a model, her dad left his imprint on the fashion world at a young age thanks to his work on Grease. The film played a huge role in her upbringing, as did the woman who starred alongside her dad: Olivia Newton-John.
“She’s been a huge part of my life for my whole life and our family and she’s just such an icon,” Ella says of the actress. “She was such a wonderful woman and she’ll always just be in our hearts forever.” As is the case for most of us, Ella admits that she, too, has been listening to the film’s songs “on repeat.” Her song of preference? “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Ella said, “Her older songs from Grease are everything. I’ll repeat and her spirit will be alive forever. We’re just really keeping their family and her in our hearts always.”
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