You’d think that Cayli Cavaco would be over fashion by now, but the willowy 26-year-old daughter of fashion legends Kezia Keeble and Paul Cavaco, Allure’s creative director, is just getting started. “Maybe I’m a loser, but I never get tired of going to fashion shows,” says Cayli, who attended her first one in Paris as a six-month-old and will hit the Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Zac Posen shows this week. “It’s like going to the movies; it never gets boring.”
Of course, growing up in the offices of public relations powerhouse Keeble, Cavaco & Duka, which her parents founded, didn’t offer Cayli much of a chance to rebel. “My dad is so cool and accepting I had nothing to rebel against,” she says.
Cavaco describes her personal style as “a little bit rock ’n’ roll, a little bit sweet.” But when she was still crawling the floors of KCD, where the company uniform was all-black, the younger Cavaco followed suit. “I wore black as a kid, then started wearing color when I was a teenager. I guess that was my rebellion.”
Now Cavaco is making her own way into the family business, working on a book based on her do-it-yourself columns for Teen Vogue and shopping around a spritely demo reel for “Way to Be,” a DIY-based TV project touching on fashion, beauty and interior design. “What I’m looking for and what the next generation is looking for isn’t cookie-cutter,” Cavaco explains. “That’s why DIY is such a popular thing. It’s the new couture.”
Though she toyed with becoming a designer, then an actress, Cavaco likes the idea of making people happy with her fashionable ideas. “Fashion is in my genes, so I’m trying to find a way that I can use that and give back more,” she says. It’s also a way to feel closer to her mother, Kezia, who died of cancer in 1990. “Fashion is a family thing to me. It’s a whimsical and fantastical world, and it’s a way to keep in touch with my mom and my roots.”