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I’m Thankful for…

Thanksgiving may be one of our favorite indulgent, no-calorie-counting days, but it is also the best time to give thanks to all the special people in our lives. In celebration of Turkey Day, The Thread asked seven designers—Lela Rose, Monique Lhuillier, Lubov Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger, Rebecca Taylor, Michelle Smith of Milly, Melinda Maria and Patricia Nash—to dish about what they’re thankful for and what they can’t wait to eat.

Whether she’s picking apples with daughter Rosey or dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for this month’s Ladies’ Home Journal, Lela takes on life with a nonchalant elegance.

Lela Rose says:
I’m thankful for… “The life I have lived thus far. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have a family I love and adore, and I get to do something creative and fulfilling for work.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “We are in Mexico for Thanksgiving and will not be having our traditional meal. What I will miss most is the boule de neige cake that my aunt makes. It is DIVINE!”

This Filipino designer has been wowing brides with her couture creations since launching her label in 1996. We especially ♥ her Bliss collection.

Monique Lhuillier says:
I am thankful for… “My family, friends and loving what I do every day!! The gift of creating special and beautiful pieces that make women feel special is so rewarding.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “I am heading down to Mexico for a few days with my family, and I am looking forward to having the freshest fish tacos and guacamole. Olé!”

Max and Lubov Azria will be celebrating BCBG’s 25th anniversary in 2014!

Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger, says:
I’m thankful for… “We have been so blessed over the last 25 years with all of our success and getting to do what we love each and every day, with people who we love. I am so blessed and thankful for my wonderful family, health and to be doing what I love to do.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “As a vegan, I’m looking forward to a holiday salad with cranberry-apple-orange vinaigrette. I live in Los Angeles, so the fresh oranges here are delicious!”

Check out Lubov’s top two vegan-approved holiday recipes: Holiday Salad with Cranberry-Apple-Orange Vinaigrette & Butternut Squash Soup

The New York-based New Zealand native poses with her darling children, (left to right) Zoey, Isabel and Charlie.

Rebecca Taylor says:
I’m thankful for… “Every year, my health and my family.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “Deep-fried turkey!”

Milly is made in America from the finest European fabrics, which designer Michelle Smith crafts herself. Michelle’s husband and business partner, Andrew Oshrin, and their two children, Sophia and William, enjoy some fashionable family time in Paris.

Michelle Smith says:
I’m thankful for… “I am thankful for my wonderful children.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “I am craving turkey with stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes, in a major way.”

Mama’s boys, Levi Lucky and Max Magic, love their mommy time.

Jewelry designer Melinda Maria says:
I’m thankful for… “The health and happiness of my family. The amazing community that surrounds me in work, my kids’ school and the incredible friends we have. The ability to work at what I am passionate about, and having my kids jump into bed with us at 5 in the morning. (It makes me so tired, but I love every second of being woken up by their little arms hugging and snuggling with me.) Lastly, my morning lattes from Café Luxxe in Brentwood!”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “My mother-in-law Nelly’s brisket. It’s an old Russian family recipe and I am making it this year—wish me luck!”

Travel. Celebrate. Live. Three words that define the inspiration behind Patricia Nash Handbags and the values the accessories designer has passed down to her daughter, Jennifer (pictured, L) and son.

Patricia Nash says:
I am thankful for… “My healthy, happy family and grateful for the opportunities I have had to spoil them when possible!”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “Our fresh organic turkey with my mother’s famous gravy that I have mastered over the years!”

 Fill up on family time tomorrow and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Qianna Smith
Photos courtesy of each respective designer brand