3 stylish mother-daughter duos who redefine the generation gap
When past and present philosophies of luxury form a brand new hybrid
For a designer mother whose forte is embroidery and a daughter who is all about adding quirk, Aneesa and Rita are on a constant look out for new things. The duo who keep busy, feel that luxury is nothing but allowing oneself to indulge and spend some quality time together. On the other hand, Petals and Lynn Deas think of luxury as being synonymous with desire. Something that you don’t need practically, but yet desire to have. Antara and Bhavna Motiwala have evidently opposite choices. If the mother is fond of investing in jewellery most of the time, the daughter chooses to invest on bags, clothes and vintage finds.
These stylish mother-daughter duos reveal how they’ve influenced the other’s definition of the good life.
Bridging the luxury generation gap:
Bhavana, an ex-stylist, is an ardent lover of Indian jewellery and homegrown fashion. Her daughter Antara, who is also a celebrity stylist, describes her style as “trendy and minimalist, with a hint of sexy”. The idea of luxury for the mother, then, is her precious collection of heirloom jewellery. "Breakfast At Tiffany's should have been made with my mum and aunts. They can spend hours every day at a jewellery store," Antara says. For her, it’s investing in the latest bags, clothes and vintage finds. She admits, though, that she is beginning to understand the importance and power of jewellery.
Growing up watching her mother dress for the races has influenced Petals’s personal style. And along with their common love for pearls, they also share their unique view on luxury. Petals, who owns boutique flower delivery service Velvet Ribbon, feels that it is something that you don’t practically need, but desire. “We don’t need black truffles in our lives, but life is definitely better with a few shavings on top,” she says. Lynn shares the same emotion, and carefully examines, “It’s something that you contemplate a lot before getting. As a result, you really value it once you have it. Petals got my vintage Versace dress from the '80s refitted for herself. There's nothing like seeing my daughter wearing my classics.”
The founder of brand communication agency Creative Co, Aneesa is all about adding quirk to the understated. Her fashion designer mother Rita’s style, meanwhile, has always been a mix of the contemporary and the classic. "My mother's forte is her embroidery. I've been wanting to wear one of her creations for a special occasion. Soon, hopefully." However, for both, luxury means indulging and spending quality time with family. So, it’s no surprise that when asked what their next splurge would be, the easy answer is, “a holiday together”.
Photographs: Anish Sarai, Styling: Sujata Newar, Art direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar