Maternal Wisdom From Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Missonis, And More


What daughter hasn’t raided her mom’s closet in some unspecified time in the future? Clomping round the home in a pair of too-big excessive heels is virtually a sartorial ceremony of passage. However what if stated mom occurs to be the inventive director of a significant European style home? “I at all times felt she was drawn to it, however she was scared to do one thing in style as a result of I used to be already within the discipline,” says Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri of her daughter Rachele Regini, who joined her on the home in 2017. “She wished to ascertain herself on her personal. I respect that and I feel it’s a part of the method of rising up, however I’m very comfortable to have her by my facet.” Different mother-daughter pairs, akin to Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka of Home of Aama, have constructed their manufacturers collectively from the bottom up. “My mom has at all times had a novel sense of favor,” Shabaka says. “She handed down heirlooms that I now put on regularly”—which supplied a jumping-off level for the label. Each duos, and three different fashionable pairings, clarify how they strike that elusive steadiness between their private {and professional} lives, beneath.Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior & Rachele Regini

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Maria Grazia Chiuri (prime) and Rachele Regini
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“It wasn’t till I completed my MA in 2019 that I noticed I might work in style in a manner that included my curiosity in gender research and feminism. That was actually a turning level for me,” says Regini, who now serves as a cultural adviser to the home the place her mom has been inventive director since 2016. She admits to often swiping objects from Chiuri’s closet, and shares Mother’s affinity for black eyeliner, although she attracts the road at Uggs, which Chiuri “wears on a regular basis round the home, even in summer season!” Relating to work, Regini prefers to change off after-hours, whereas Chiuri, per Regini, “by no means stops working.” Says Chiuri, “We’re an ideal group, however we each must get higher at celebrating as a substitute of speeding to the following job!”Rebecca Henry of Home of Aama & Akua Shabaka

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Akua Shabaka (left) and Rebecca Henry in Los Angeles

Although their private kinds have since diverged—with Henry describing her daughter as “retro and funky” and Shabaka calling her mom “sporty, traditional, and stylish”—the 2 used to sport matching attire made by a tailor in Ghana. “We liked sporting them round city,” Shabaka says. Now that they create their very own vintage-inspired designs collectively, “we’ve come to know the place our strengths lie, so we will allocate job obligations accordingly,” Henry says. Whereas each girls design and contribute to the inventive path for the model, she provides, “I go away the scheduling and planning to Akua.” Their favourite Mom’s Day custom: a “queen for the day” brunch for Henry’s mom, full with a do-it-yourself crown, “so we will experience her matriarchal standing.”Silvia Tcherassi & Sofia Espinosa Tcherassi

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Sofia Espinosa Tcherassi (left) and Silvia Tcherassi on the Bowery Resort in New York

Sofia Espinosa Tcherassi just lately joined her mom’s eponymous label as director of ready-to-wear, fulfilling Silvia’s prediction that she would ultimately be part of the household enterprise. “Ever since she was little, Sofia was very inventive and resourceful together with her fingers,” Silvia says. “Each time she would see me working with materials and mannequins, she would copy me by doing the identical together with her dolls.” Silvia can also be trying ahead to sharing her 34 years’ price of expertise together with her daughter, who hopes to soak up her mother’s means to multitask, because it’s “important in working a style enterprise.” The 2 have even begun twinning relating to their wardrobes: “Once I was youthful, we by no means matched our clothes,” Sofia says. “However now that I’m older, we like to put on matching prints from the collections.”Angela Missoni & Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos

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Angela Missoni (heart) with Teresa Maccapani Missoni (left) and Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos at Rosita Missoni’s dwelling in Sumirago, Italy

Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos can solely recall one event on which her mom, Angela Missoni, performed style police. “It was the primary day of faculty, and I used to be 14. I wished to put on a sarong with a T-shirt that stated ‘Anna F—ing Sui’ with velvet platform flip-flops. My mom thought it was an excessive amount of of an apparent name for consideration,” Margherita says. “She was proper.” Today, the 2 girls have a tendency to remain sartorially on the identical web page, working alongside one another on the household knitwear enterprise, though Angela would like to see Margherita faucet into one other of her many abilities. “She’s a tremendous author!” Angela says. “She can be the right individual to write down my mom [89-year-old Missoni cofounder Rosita]’s biography.”Consuelo & Carolina Castiglioni of Plan C

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Consuelo (left) and Carolina Castiglioni at Consuelo’s dwelling in Milan
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It’s been a couple of years since Marni founder Consuelo Castiglioni stepped again from the style home she began in 1994, however her experience proved invaluable when her daughter Carolina determined to comply with in her footsteps to launch Plan C in 2018. “My mom taught me to comply with my very own path [and choose] what I like, with out asking myself too many questions,” says Carolina, who has lengthy taken a cue from her mom’s “unconventional” model. “She at all times pushed me to not comply with the fashions of my technology.” Provides Consuelo: “She is superb at mixing objects in her personal very private and sudden manner.”Charlotte & Bernadette de Geyer of Bernadette

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Charlotte (left) and Bernadette de Geyter at Residence in Antwerp
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“My mother wished me to put on a lot of girly attire and skirts as a child, however I didn’t really feel comfy sporting them in any respect as a result of I went by way of an actual tomboy interval,” says Bernadette de Geyer. That section “has now fully gone away, clearly!” She now paints florals onto the silk clothes she designs together with her mom, Charlotte, a former purchaser for Ralph Lauren. They’ve discovered their unusual partnership thrives on communication. “We’ve got to hear to one another,” says Bernadette. “Ultimately one among us will probably be proper, and we have now to confess it.”

Naomi Rougeau
Naomi Rougeau is ELLE’s senior style options editor.

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