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Designers Talk Moms for Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day approaching, WWD asked designers to share their mom’s words of wisdom, greatest talents, signature dishes and more.

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Thom Browne
My mom taught me: how to be true to myself.
My mom wishes I would: smile in pictures.
My mom loves to wear: heels. 
My mom’s greatest talent: Raising seven kids while being an attorney. 
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: To visit her. 
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: A visit.

Richard Chai
My mom taught me: to love.
My mom wishes I would: take out the piercings in my ears. 
My mom loves to wear: something I’ve designed.
My mom signature dish: Doenjang Jigae, Korean tofu stew.
My mom’s greatest talent: Compassion.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: Just to be with all her children and grandchildren.
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: It’s a surprise!


Nicole Miller
My mom taught me: how to cook.
My mom wishes I would: not wear dark nail polish.
My mom loves to wear: my sweaters.
My mom’s signature dish: Coq au vin.
My mom’s greatest talent: Adding up groceries faster than the register.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: Chocolates.
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: Chocolates.

Zac Posen:

“My mom taught me: always respect the process and enjoy the result.”
My mom wishes I would: spend a little more time with the family and less time on the road.
My mom loves to wear: Zac Zac Posen and all sorts of vintage finds.
My mom’s signature dish: My father does most of the cooking.
My mom’s greatest talent: There are too many to count but her greatest would be her enormous generosity to others, especially for other women. I have a really strong admiration for her morals and ethics.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: Last year, I planted a beautiful purple garden for her so she’ll be expecting some additional blooms and bulbs this year.

Jennifer Fisher
My mom taught me: to be kind and trust your instincts.
My mom wishes I would: come to California more with the kids.
My mom loves to wear: stripes.
My mom’s signature dish: Chili.
My mom’s greatest talent: She is the wisest woman in the world.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: Jewelry, obviously!
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: Always flowers, a customized charm to add to her necklace and handmade cards from the kids.

Liya Kibede, Lemlem
My mom taught me: beauty starts from the inside out — it magnifies when you focus your talents on serving others. 
My mom wishes I would: bring the grandchildren to visit often.
My mom loves to wear: Lemlem, of course. It’s inspired by colors and designs I saw growing up in Addis.
My mom’s signature dish: She makes the best Shiro, an Ethiopian dish.
My mom’s greatest talent: She never accepts no for an answer...nothing is impossible for her. Her love and encouragement has been a guiding force.
What I will give her for Mother’s Day:  We want the same thing — to share laughs together with my kids — and to make safe and healthy motherhood possible for more women around the world.

Jordana Warmflash, designer, Novis

My mom taught me: how to sew.
My mom wishes I would: not work so hard.
My mom loves to wear: colorful glasses.
My mom’s signature dish: She’s not much of a chef.
My mom’s greatest talent: She’s an amazing doctor.
What my mom wants from me for Mother’s Day: Probably just my company.
What I will give her for Mother’s Day: Flowers, a Novis sweater and dinner together.

 

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