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Three generations of designers. Margherita, Angela and Rosita Missoni. (Photo Credit: Martina Giammaria)

To all the Moms out there, we salute you! Whether you’re part of the 9-5 workforce or you’re a CEO homemaker, house manager and caregiver, we’d like to wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. Fun fact: Did you know that from February to April 2020 among moms with kids under age 18, the mothers’ employment plummeted to nearly 16%, but by 2023 that number grew to 71.7%?  And, 24% of those women worked from home, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau. Talk about multi-tasking!

In this week’s blog, we thought we’d take a look at the women in fashion who have managed to balance the demands of raising young children with the fast-paced world of high fashion. Among the many talented designer moms making waves in the industry a few standout, not just for their entrepreneurial prowess, but also for their ability to build and maintain the successful fashion brands they’ve helped create.


Chemena Kamali on the Chloe runway after her Fall 2024 debut collection as her son runs to her. (Photo Credit: Getty)

Chemena Kamali, the creative director of Chloé, brings a touch of timeless elegance to the brand’s designs. As a mother, Kamali’s creations often reflect a sense of effortless sophistication, perfectly balancing the demands of modern motherhood with her passion for fashion. Her designs are celebrated for their fluidity and femininity, capturing the essence of the Chloé woman who is both strong and delicate. Who can forget her debut show for Chloé’s fall 2024 collection when one of her sons gleefully jumped up from the front row to cheer on his mom as she took her final bow?


Margherita with her husband and sons in 2016. (Photo Credit: Instagram @mmmargherita)

Margherita Missoni, part of the iconic Missoni family, infuses her designs with the vibrant colors and patterns that have become synonymous with the brand. As a mother of two, Margherita brings a fresh perspective to Missoni, as well as her latest venture Maccapani. The brand combines cutting-edge Italian jersey fabrics with the Missoni scion’s post-streetwear, femicentric philosophy. Blending traditional craftsmanship with contemporary flair, Margherita’s creations embody a sense of joy and optimism, reflecting her own experiences as a mother raising a young family.


Molly Goddart was creating her collection for Fall 2024 right before giving birth. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Molly Goddard’s eponymous label has become synonymous with whimsical designs and voluminous silhouettes. As a mother, Goddard brings a unique perspective to her work, redefining femininity with each collection. Her designs celebrate individuality and self-expression, empowering women to embrace their own sense of style while juggling the responsibilities of motherhood. During her fall 2024 show, her 11-week-old daughter made her front row debut sleeping while cradled against her father’s chest.


Alejandra Alonso Rojas with her son. (Photo Credit: Coveteur)

Alejandra Alonso Rojas is known for her dedication to artisanal craftsmanship and sustainable practices. As a mother, Rojas brings a sense of purpose to her work, creating timeless pieces that are meant to be treasured for years to come. Her designs reflect her commitment to family and tradition, celebrating the beauty of slow fashion in a fast-paced world.


Marina Larroude, of Larroude, with her two children. (Photo Credit: Instagram @MarinaLarroude)

Marina Larroude’s eponymous footwear brand offers chic and versatile options for every occasion. As a mother, Larroude knows the importance of comfortable yet stylish shoes, and her designs reflect this ethos. From classic pumps to statement wedges, Larroude’s collections cater to the needs of modern women who refuse to sacrifice style for practicality.


Henrietta Rix, co-founder of fashion brand Rixo and mom to a toddler. (Photo Credit: Citizen Femme)

Henrietta Rix’s vintage-inspired designs have captured the hearts of fashionistas around the world. As a mother, Rix brings a sense of nostalgia to her collections, reimagining classic silhouettes for the modern woman. Her bold prints and playful designs exude a sense of glamour and confidence, proving that motherhood is no barrier to success in the fashion world.


Felisha Noel and her son. (Photo Credit: Byrdie)

Elena Velez, Michelle Ochs, and Felisha Noel are the creative minds behind some of today’s most exciting new fashion brands. As mothers themselves, they understand the importance of versatility and comfort without compromising on style. Whether it’s Velez’s bold prints, Ochs’ architectural silhouettes, or Noel’s innovative use of textiles, these designers are paving the way for a new generation of fashion-forward moms.

Happy Mom’s Day!


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Ezra J. William, Tina Leung, Prabal Gurung, Laura Kim, Eva Chen and Phillip Lim won the the Positive Social Influence Award. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

American fashion’s second ‘biggest’ night took place on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 (the first being the MET Gala), when the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), in partnership with Amazon Fashion, held its 2022 Fashion Awards extravaganza at Cipriani South Street in New York City.  An orange-haired and comical Natasha Lyonne, the evening’s host, was joined by designers Gabriela Hearst, Joseph Altuzarra, Aurora James and Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. What was so special about the 2022 CFDA awards was it marked the CFDA’s 60th anniversary.

Natasha Lyonne in Proenza Schouler hosted the CFDA Awards. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

If you are a true blue follower of all things fashion, like us, then you were most likely streaming the show real time. But you just have to wonder whether there is a course on how to pose on the Red Carpet. Don’t know about you, but we had endless fun watching as each of the designers and celebs lined up in cue against the CFDA backdrop, and to quote Madonna, “struck a pose”.

As usual, this year CFDA Fashion Award honorees were chosen in advance of the show but the award winners were announced at the awards ceremony. Winners were voted on ahead of time by the CFDA Awards Guild, which is comprised of CFDA members, leading fashion journalists, stylists, and top retail executives.

The most coveted awards are always American Womenswear Designer of the Year and American Menswear Designer of the Year. Actress Christina Ricci presented the American Womenswear Designer of the Year award to Catherine Holstein of KHAITE (takes its name from the Greek word (χαίτη) meaning “long, flowing hair.”). Holstein’s label beat out nominees Christopher John Rogers, Gabriela Hearst, LaQuan Smith, and Peter Do.

Christina Ricci and Womenswear Designer of the Year Catherine Holstein of KHAITE. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The Daily Show’s late night television host Trevor Noah was on hand to give the American Menswear Designer of the Year to Emily Adams Bode Aujla of Bode. Actor Joel Kim Booster presented Raul Lopez of LUAR with the American Accessory Designer of the Year. And actress Keke Palmer presented the American Emerging Designer award to Elena Velez.

Trevor Noah and Menswear Designer of the Year Emily Bode Aujla. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Cher in Chrome Hearts and Patti Wilson in Schiaparelli at the CFDA Awards. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

And of course, the event was filled with the most fashionable celebrities. Cher (can you believe she is 76?) opened the ceremony by presenting stylist Patti Wilson the Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard. Later that night Cher presented another award alongside her goddaughter Jesse Jo Stark to give The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award to Laurie Lynn Stark and Richard Stark of Chrome Hearts; and of course, Cher rocked a Chrome Hearts look.

Kerry Washington and Stylist Award winner Law Roach. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

A major addition to the CFDA awards is the “Stylist Award”. Those in the know, know that without stylists, a runway show or a photoshoot would be meh. Stylists work with designers, celebs  and photographers to put the “wow factor” into a designer’s designs or create a celebrity’s ‘look’. We can’t believe it took this long for the CFDA to recognize these change makers.

Stylist Law Roach received the inaugural Stylist Award from Kerry Washington. Roach gave one of the most memorable speeches of the night. The stylist extraordinaire shared that in 2016 Zendaya was invited by Michael Kors to attend the CFDA Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom. He watched the show from the kitchen. “I sat and watched from the kitchen with the waiters who served your food and drinks,” Roach said. “I said to myself that one day I’m going to be on that stage! I’m an example that anything and everything is possible.”

Natasha Lyonne and Fashion Icon Lenny Kravitz. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The night was filled with plenty of additional highlights as well. Actor Bradley Cooper presented rock star Lenny Kravitz with the very fittingly Fashion Icon award. Meanwhile, American Businesswoman and television personality Martha Stewart presented the inaugural Innovation Award presented by Amazon Fashion to SKIMS, which was accepted by Kim Kardashian, Emma Grede, and Jens Grede. The entire Kardashian/Jenner crew (with the exception of Kourtney) attended the CFDA Awards and cheered Kim on for her big achievement.

Khloé Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner

There were plenty of additional wins for the evening including Andrew Bolton receiving the The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert from non-other than Anna Wintour, Jeffrey Banks receiving the Special Anniversary Award from Stan Herman,  The United Nations receiving the Environmental Sustainability Award from Amber Valletta, and The House of Slay—aka Prabal Gurung, Laura Kim, Phillip Lim, Tina Leung, and Ezra William—receiving the Positive Social Influence Award from Eva Chen. During one of the a tearful moments of the night, Shannon Abloh accepted the posthumous Board of Trustee’s Award on behalf of her late husband, Virgil Abloh.


American Womenswear Designer of the Year: Catherine Holstein for Khaite

American Menswear Designer of the Year: Emily Bode Aujla for Bode

American Accessory Designer of the Year: Raul Lopez for Luar

American Emerging Designer of the Year: Elena Velez

Fashion Icon: Lenny Kravitz

Positive Social Influence Award: Slaysians from The House of Slay featuring Prabal Gurung, Laura Kim, Phillip Lim, Tina Leung and Ezra William

Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Andrew Bolton

Amazon Innovation Award: Kim Kardashian, Emma Grede and Jens Grede of Skims

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Laurie Lynn Stark and Richard Stark of Chrome Hearts

Media Award in Honore of Eugenia Sheppard: Patti Wilson

Environmental Sustainability Award: The United Nations (to be accepted by Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General)

Stylist Award: Law Roach

Special Anniversary Award: Jeffrey Banks

Gigi Hadid, Thom Browne and Anna Wintour at the CFDA Awards Dinner. (Photo Credit: FashionWeekDaily)

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