From the good and the bad to the straight up ugly, there's no doubt that Mama had a major impact on our sartorial selections. This week we're celebrating our moms, grandmothers and children and the incredible influence they've had on our personal style.
Today we're hearing from Chiara Rodoni, an Italian filmmaker and designer based in Los Angeles.
"I was born in Italy and raised between Milan and Paris. My mom and my grandma were very elegant women with impeccable taste. Since when I was a kid my favorite game was to steal clothes from their wardrobes and invent stories around them.
When it comes to style, my mom and my Grandma have been my greatest influences. My Grandma had all of her clothes tailor made and would pair them with the most researched accessories. My mom would create different outfits and then hang them in her wardrobe already accessorized. She has never, not a single day in her life, just worn the first thing found in her closet. Not even when she was spending the day at home, not even when she was sick in a bed the last days of her life.
Nothing of what she wore was by coincidence, she specifically choose each item and coordinated it. She liked to take care of herself and feel good at all times.
After a tragic moment in my life - unfortunately my grandma, my mom and my dad all died - I felt that I needed to start over, so I decided to move the US and pursue my life dream: making fashion films and creating my own collections around them. So I came to Hollywood. It’s been a tough start but finally in 2014 I managed to launch my brand Coxy and I shot my first short fashion film, which has been selected at the Miami Fashion Film festival.
During my career, I have worked as a designer for international luxury brands, including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferré, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Prada and Ralph Lauren and have been featured on Vogue Talents, Marie Claire and other fashion magazines.
Today, to honor my mother, I give part of the proceeds that I earn with my brand Coxy to a charity organization called “Look Good Feel Better” which helps women with cancer to regain their beauty and their power while they undergo treatments."
Chiara and her mother playing with her hair during chemo treatments
Chiara, age 5 performing in her first play
Chiara with her grandmother and cousin