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The Best Fashion Genes

Stylish mothers and daughters share their colorful fashion inspirations and reveal their faux pas


Fashion Gene, 4/16  Duyen Nguyen, Anais Nguyen, Lauren Nguyen, Chloe Nguyen, Misha Nguyen
Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Fashion Gene, 4/26  Lauren Barrett, Jana Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy
Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Fashion Gene, 4/16  Kimberly Falgout, Jo Lynn Falgout, Christine Falgout
Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Fashion Gene, 4/16  Jullian Bass, Jacqueline Fair
Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Fashion Gene, 4/16 Alexa Sendukas, Vanessa Sendukas
Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Fashion Gene, 4/26 Tammie Johnson, Brittney Leigh Randolph
Photo by Daniel Ortiz

Recipe for Success presents the fifth annual Fashion Gene Awards, a salute to Mothers Day, in a fashion presentation May 4 at Tootsies.

Six combinations of stylish femmes will be spotlighted.

In advance of the fundraiser that includes opportunities for just the fashion show ($50) or the fashion show and dinner ($350) that follows, we share fashion insights as provided by the mother, daughter, daughter-in-law combos.

 

Duyen Nguyen with daughters Annais, Lauren, Chloe, Misha

In one word describe your mother's/daughter's style:

Duyen:  For Misha, sporty but elegant; for Lauren and Chloe, edgy; for Anais, street style hip.

Misha:  Bold.

Lauren:  Intuitive.

Chloe:  Fearless.

Anais:  Classy.

How has your mother/daughter influenced your fashion?

Duyen:  I dress more age-appropriate around my daughters.

Misha:  Her occasional all-black style is what has influenced me the most. I don't wear a lot of dresses with crazy prints and I also wear a lot of black.

Lauren:  I grew up having my parents dress me wherever we went and so my entire fashion style comes from them.

Chloe:  My mother's style influences me to try new things and to be creative with combinations and shapes.

Anais:  My mom chooses a lot of my outfits when we go out.

What has been your mother's/daughter's biggest fashion faux pas?

Duyen:  Sometimes we'll all come home from an event and they'll tell me they wore their pajamas underneath their dresses or outfits.

Misha:  Ha,ha. I don't think I've ever seen my mom have a fashion faux pas!

Lauren, Chloe, Anais:  When she wore high heels to the Acropolis.

 

Daughter Lauren Barrett, left, Jana Arnoldy, daughter-in-law Lindley Arnoldy

In one word describe your mother's/daughter's style.

Jana:  Elegant and confident, both daughters.

Lauren:  Fresh.

Lindley:  Colorful!

How has your mother/daughter influenced your fashion sense?

Jana:  They keep me updated and modern.

Lauren:  In the best way — she gives me wonderful hand-me-downs. It's great to be the same size.

Lindley: She has encouraged me to explore color and print. 

What is your favorite outfit of your mother/daughter?

Jana:  For Lauren, her Vera Wang wedding dress; for Lindley, she looks great in her short shorts and her new white dress, Iro, she bought in Paris.

Lauren:  A black and white sequinned Oscar de la Renta dress.

Lindley: Impossible to choose. I love it when she wears a wide leg pant and I love her Tom Ford bomber jacket .

Who is your favorite designer?

Jana: Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Naeem Kahn, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel.

Lauren:  Oscar de la Renta.

Lindley:  Also impossible to choose. I love emerging designers Proenza Schouler and Rose Assoulin.

Jo Lynn Falgout with daughters Kimberly, left, and Christine.

In one word, describe your mother's/daughter's style.

Jo Lynn: Christine is sophisticated, Kimberly is adventurous.

Christine:  Classic.

Kimberly:  Timeless with flair.

How has your mother/daughter influenced your fashion sense?

Jo Lynn:  Christine and Kimberly both keep me on a style watch. I only have to check with my daughters to know what I need to know.

Christine:  My mother has perfected how to incorporate the latest fashion pieces, yet still make the look classic. 

Kimberly:  I learned from my mom to be bold when it comes to fashion.

What is your favorite outfit of your mother/daughter?

Jo Lynn: Christine, her Alexander McQueen black and white dress; Kimberly, her red Alexander McQueen.

Christine:  A purple Tom Ford knee length dress she had paired with an animal print Roberto Cavalli scarf.

Kimberly: I think she looks amazing in any bright colored dress and anytime she wears a pair of Valentino rock stud pumps.

Who is your favorite designer?

Jo Lynn:  Tie between Roberto Cavalli and Alexander McQueen.

Christine:  Alexander McQueen.

Kimberly:  Valentino.

Jillian Bass and mom Jacqueline Fair

In one word, describe your mother's/daughter's style.

Jackie:  My daughter's style is comfortable (casual).

Jillian:  Fashionable.

How has your mother/daughter influenced your fashion sense?

Jackie:  My daughter has taught me that a topknot can be fun, fierce and fabulous. 

Jillian:  I've learned to only let one piece in an outfit speak (stand out) .

What's been your mother's/daughter's major fashion faux pas?

Jackie:  My daughter's biggest fashion faux pas is a pair of old white Converse sneakers.

Jillian:  A shaggy carpet looking sweater 

Who is your favorite designer?

Jackie: Bibhu Mohapatra.

Jillian: Chloe Dao.

Alexa Sendukas and mom Vanessa Sendukas.

In one word, describe your mother's/daughter's style.

Vanessa:  Modern with a twist.

Alexa:  Sexy.

How has your mother/daughter influenced your fashion sense?

Vanessa:  Helped me stay current, kept my hair from getting too big.

Alexa:  My mom taught me to be confident and bold in whatever I wear.

What is your favorite outfit of your mother/daughter?

Vanessa: She's one of the few people I know who looks great in yellow. So I think a yellow pique party dress.

Alexa: Red Angel Sanchez Heart Ball gown.

What has been your mother's/daughter's biggest fashion faux pas?

Vanessa: Her Abercrombie and Fitch period in the mid '90s.

Alexa: When she dressed us in matching outfits as children, or all my giant childhood bows.

Who is your favorite designer?

Vanessa: Valentino by night, Donna Karan by day.

Alexa: Dolce & Gabbana.

Tammie Johnson and daughter Brittney Leigh Randolph

In one word describe you mother's/daughter's style.

Tammie:  Trendy with a touch of glamour.

Brittney:  Hollywood glam.

What is your favorite outfit for your mother/daughter?

Tammie:  Steven Yearick white feather dress.

Brittney:  Oscar de la Renta evening gown.

What has been your mother's/daughter's biggest fashion faux pas?

Tammie: Flip-flops and blinged-out nails.

Brittney: Double guessing my mom's fashion sense is always on point.

Who is your favorite designer?

Tammie: Zac Posen.

Brittney: Steven Yearick.

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