Rachel Roy

When it comes to navigating through life, so much of what we know is passed down from mother to child. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Donna Karan, Lubov Azria, Lela Rose, Rachel Roy, Pamella Roland, Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Zoe and Kelly Wearstler to tell us, “What’s the greatest advice mothers can share with their children?”

Check out the candid, poignant family photos that each of these designing women generously shared with us…


Donna Karan: Make time for love. “The best advice a mother can give to her child is that love is about time−the time you spend with others, and time you spend taking care of yourself. You need to find the balance and do both,” says Donna Karan, pictured with her daughter Gabby on her wedding day in 2002. (For her special day, Gabby wore a short dress with an added long tulle skirt, made by her mother, of course!)

Lubov Azria: Live your dreams. “Each of my daughters has a unique journey they are embarking on, and I support them wholeheartedly. I always advise them with what I tell myself every day: Work hard, stay focused on your vision, and follow your dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, ‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,'” says Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, which includes BCBG and Herve Leger.

This busy business woman is mother to 6 children with husband Max Azria. Above, Lubov (pictured second from left) enjoys some girl time on Malibu Beach with her daughters Anaïs, 16, Agnès, 14, Marine, 21, and Chloé, 18.

Lela Rose: Conquer with kindness. Designer Lela Rose keeps her motherly advice simple and sweet: “Be nice, be nice, be nice.”

The New York-based Texan transplant is pictured with her two children, Grey, 11, and Rosey, 6, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Stitch and Bobbin.

Rachel Roy: You can make a difference. “The best advice I give my girls, which my mother instilled in me, is the importance of giving back to those in need,” shares Rachel Roy, pictured with her two daughters, Tallulah Ruth, 5, and Ava, 13.

Pamella Roland: Easy does it. “As my children have grown, my best advice to mothers of young children would be to not sweat the small stuff−you let go and let your children learn by making their mistakes, and you have to pick your battles,” says Pamella Roland.

During New York Fashion Week, you can always spot her three children, Cole, Sydney and Cassandra, cheering from the front row.

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Rebecca Minkoff: Search for excellence. “Find your PASSION and give 100%. It may or may not be easy to find; maybe the search will be painful and long, but you will find it at some point. And the feeling of satisfaction knowing you have given 100% brings tremendous contentment,” says Rebecca Minkoff, photographed with son Luca Shai, who will turn 2 in September.

Rachel Zoe: Do the right thing. “Always be kind, always have manners and always be grateful. Never be greedy, never be jealous and never be cruel,” says Rachel Zoe on the words of wisdom she instills in her son Skyler, 2.

Kelly Wearstler: Be a go-getter. “The best advice I can give my boys is the same advice my mother instilled in me: the only person who can make something happen for you is YOU. Be compassionate, be self-reliant, and love what you do,” shares Kelly Wearstler with her boys Elliott, 9, and Oliver, 10.

On Mother’s Day, remember the women who gave—and lived out—the best life advice for you.

(Uh-oh: Still need last-minute Mother’s Day gifts? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered!)

Qianna Smith
Photos courtesy of each designer

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Designer Rachel Roy has collaborated with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, and the result is an enlightened collection of stackable rings, pendant necklaces and body chains that promote messages of empowerment. With symbols of truth, goodness, beauty, harmony and compassion, these Eastern-inspired, handcrafted pieces add goodwill to your holiday style.

Rachel Roy & Deepak Chopra Stack Ring
Rachel Roy & Deepak Chopra Pendant Necklace
Rachel Roy & Deepak Chopra Stackable Ring in Gold

Rachel Roy will donate 25% of net wholesale profits from this venture to the Chopra Foundation, which is dedicated to improving health and well-being, cultivating spiritual knowledge, expanding consciousness and promoting world peace to all.


Three Minutes With: Rachel Roy

The always lovely designer—and repeat Project Runway guest judge—Rachel Roy visited our Seattle Flagship Store last week to meet and mingle with lucky shoppers. There was a lot to celebrate, including the launch of her Rachel Roy Dress Salon (check out the gorgeous lookbook) and her new shoe line. What better time to do a little Q&A and get the dish on her inspirations and must-have item for fall!

Tell us about your new dress collection and the inspiration behind it.
Beauty, strength and effortless elegance inspired the new collection. The dress, to me, is about the ease of putting on one singular piece and making that your statement. It’s a collection of dresses that flatter, fit and move with each need in a woman’s busy life. I love that feeling of strength balanced with feminine silhouettes, and wearing a great dress can make you remember what is beautiful about life.

What do you look for in a great dress?
The feeling of elegant, sexy confidence. When you put it on, you know.

Is there an overall theme that ties your collections together?
My goal is always to design things that make women feel smart and confident, and there’s always a theme of the effortless and exotic in my collections. I think beauty and style should be effortless and at the same time look amazing, so I try to achieve that through interesting silhouettes and shapes. Exotic touches like print mixing and fabric manipulation add interest and depth to the story we are telling with the collections.

Where do you look for inspiration when designing?
Old Hollywood movies have always been an inspiration. I love the strength and glamour of Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner and Katharine Hepburn. I surround myself with art that inspires in my home and office. It’s important to me to fill my spaces with canvases, photography and sculpture that tell a story or elicit an emotion.

Describe the woman you envision wearing your clothes.
I design for women like me—working, raising a family, and navigating everything that comes with that. It means a great deal to me when women trust me enough to wear the collection or try something new. Designing, to me, is about helping women express themselves, and when she chooses to wear something from my collection and feels good in it, then I’ve done my job.

Do you have a favorite new trend or must-have item for fall?
A dress! It’s that one piece that’s always flattering and that works perfectly with anything from a leather jacket to a sweater coat. It’s the most versatile piece a woman can own.


I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Simplicity can be a standout. Flor looks radiant with her chic separates and clean, color-block handbag.

Flor is a freelance writer, covering shows for Cosmo Latina and Telemundo. She has her own site too (Flor de María Fashion)–busy lady!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Wide-Leg Pants & Trousers | Designer Totes | Statement Sunglasses

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Rachel Roy Wide-Leg Pants
Chloé Large Leather Tote
Prada Baroque Sunglasses

Rachel Roy has come a long way since her first job as a sales associate at Contempo Casuals in the late ’80s. (Wow. Anyone else remember that store?) The California native went on to become the women’s and children’s creative director at Rocawear and now runs her thriving namesake label, which was full to the brim with fresh, lively prints for spring/summer 2013. Roy’s line is a favorite among women who love fashion but don’t want to get crazy with it, opting instead for easy-to-wear pieces like shirtdresses, palazzo pants and trim cardigans.

Here’s Rachel, wearing one of the prints she designed for spring:

American track star Sanya Richards-Ross was also at the presentation, flashing her Olympic gold medals from London for the 400m dash and 4x400m relay.

I love the way Fashion Week brings out all walks of life—even Olympic athletes. I should’ve asked her how fast she can run in heels!


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Street Report: Sam at Lincoln Center

Statuesque Sam works for Luxos, a Milan-based publishing company. While her job keeps her jet-setting, she always makes time for Fashion Week. Staying up on designer trends is crucial to her work, but also fun.

Her top picks for fall: layering textures, rich brocade and luxe leather!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Platform Wedges | Printed Skirts | Statement Necklaces

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Jeffrey Campbell Pump
Rachel Roy Print Skirt
Cara Statement Necklace

Rachel Roy: Studio Tour

After her red-carpet appearance last year in pajamas and Manolo Blahnik pumps, we’re digging this entirely different fashion statement Rachel Roy is making at her NYC design studio.

Get to know more about this sleek and sophisticated designer over at Refinery29 with their slideshow studio tour and interview on everything from Roy’s favorite lunch spots and beauty tips to a sneak peek at her upcoming collection for New York Fashion Week.

We especially love all her thoughts on style, including this one about her winter wear-to-work uniform: “I like a strong, confident, classic look that has a bit of edge. A dress is something that always makes me feel smart. I love a fitted cotton button down tucked into red crop pants with a pair of snakeskin heels. It’s a modern outfit that’s chic, effortless, and mixes color and texture.”

P.S. If you want that pop-of-color pencil skirt she’s wearing, you can order it online from our Rachel Roy collections.

(Photos via Refinery29, by Sam Horine.)