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Grand Mothers at New York Fashion Week

Front rows at Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan have been filled with family members.

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Fashion show or family reunion?

Recently, front rows have been filled with not only designers’ children, but grandchildren as well. At Diane von Furstenberg, Talita and Tassilo von Furstenberg joined dad Alex and cousin Antonia Steinberg (mom is Tatiana von Furstenberg) in congratulating their fashionable grandmother. At Carolina Herrera’s show, alongside social fixtures Lee Radziwill, Tory Burch and Fran Lebowitz were Carolina Herrera Jr.’s offspring, Olympia and Miguel Baez, and Patricia Lansing’s daughter Carolina Lansing. And Donna Karan took her bow after DKNY on Sunday with grandchildren Sebastian and Stefania de Felice in tow. But Stefania wasn’t available for a command performance at the Donna Karan show the next day. “She’s rock climbing at Chelsea Piers,” said mom Gabby Karan de Felice. “It was the show or the playdate.” Fashion has its place.

This story first appeared in the February 16, 2010 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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