The best advice top fashion designers got from their moms

Carolina Herrera

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“Good Girl” eau de parfum (2.7 oz.), $115 at MacysCarolina Herrera 

“My mother taught me to give importance to the things that really matter, to be brave, modest and generous, and to dream, dream a lot. She showed me to be curious about everything — to love art, books and animals. Her advice about exercise, I must say, is quite funny. Like, ‘Don’t run too much. It’s bad for you.’ Clearly, she is not a Jane Fonda type.” — Carolina Herrera Báez on Carolina Herrera

Aerin Lauder

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“Garden Rose” eau de Cologne (6.7 oz.), $165 at AerinAerin Lauder

“My mother always tells me, ‘You only have one chance to be a mother. Be the best you can be.’ And I think that’s one of the most valuable lessons to live by.” — Aerin Lauder on Jo Carole Laude

Michael Kors

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Michael Kors “Wonderlust” eau de parfum (3.4 oz.), $108 at MacysMichael Kors

“My mother, Joan, has always been my biggest fan, not to mention a constant source of support and inspiration. When I was growing up, she always said, ‘Do what you love.’ I wouldn’t be where I am today without her.” — Michael Kors on Joan Kors

Tory Burch

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Tory Burch “Love Relentlessly” eau de parfum (3.4 oz.), $115 at SephoraTory Burch

“My parents were the most romantic couple I have ever known. My father would take ads out in the help-wanted section of the newspaper — to send notes to my mother — and sign them ‘Love, Relentless.’ She would always say, ‘It only takes one, and he may be right around the corner.’” — Tory Burch on Reva Robinson

Jean Paul Gaultier

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Jean Paul Gaultier “Classique” essence de parfum (3.4 oz.), $115 at Bloomingdale’sJean Paul Gaultier

“My mother taught me tolerance and she taught me integrity. My parents were simple people but with open minds. When I told her that I was living with a man, Francis, she just asked me, ‘Do you love each other?’ As I said yes, she said, ‘Then it’s fine.’” — Jean Paul Gaultier on Solange Gaultier

Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren

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Viktor & Rolf “Flowerbomb Bloom” eau de toilette (1.7 oz.), $95 at SephoraViktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren

“I admire my mother’s resilience, and I love her for her warmth.” — Viktor Horsting on Marlies Horsting

“My mother taught me to be open-minded and ambitious.” — Rolf Snoeren on Gini Snoeren


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