DALL May 2011 : Page 54

the RadaR | PeoPle Like Mother, Like Daughter They wield social, philanthropic, corporate and just plain mommy-daughter power. We go behind the scenes with three dynamic Dallas moms and their daughters. | By Rebecca Sherman | Photography by Ben Garrett | DESIgNINg Duo Jan Showers, seated, and Elizabeth Showers “I’m a collector of shoes, and not just from one designer. I would never count them, and if I did, I’d never tell anyone ! ” –jan “It ’s a tragedy I don’t wear the same shoe size as my mom.” – e li z ab e th Jan and Elizabeth Showers Mom Jan is an interior designer with clients across the countr y, an antiques showroom in the Design District, a furniture collection and a new book featuring her interior design, Glamorous Rooms. Elizabeth, 39, a formally trained jewelry designer, is an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association and The Elisa Project. In 2009 Jan and Elizabeth co-chaired TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, and are co-chairing the Trendspotters auction at this year’s Art Ball. ELIzAbETH: A vintage ’90s Prada dress that Mom got in Paris. It’s very architectural and I love the deep aubergine color. I wore it to Art Basel in Miami in December. Take Her Advice ELIzAbETH To JAN: Take a deep breath. JAN To ELIzAbETH: Mom taught me to buy timeless, not trendy. We Wore it Best JAN: Elizabeth lends me her jewelry all the time. I mix it with estate pieces and some vintage costume pieces. Girls’ Night Out ELIzAbETH: We always have memorable nights out on our trips to New York together. It’s me, my mom and my sister Susanna, who lives in Houston. This year, we went to La Grenouille and ended up sitting next to Martha Stewart! Another memorable night was during last year’s trip. Mom came over to our hotel room at The Carlyle, and we ordered room service and watched The Hango-ver . Yes, you heard it, my mom liked The Hangover ! If People Confuse Us, It ’s Because. . . JAN: We a re both designers so people of ten mi x us up. They’re a lways saying to me, ‘Oh, you’re the wonderful jewelr y designer!’ 54 | May/June 2011

The Radar People

Rebecca Sherman

Like Mother, Like Daughter

They wield social, philanthropic, corporate and just plain mommy-daughter power. We go behind the scenes with three dynamic Dallas moms and their daughters.

Jan and Elizabeth Showers

Mom Jan is an interior designer with clients across the country, an antiques showroom in the Design District, a furniture collection and a new book featuring her interior design, Glamorous Rooms. Elizabeth, 39, a formally trained jewelry designer, is an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association and The Elisa Project. In 2009 Jan and Elizabeth co-chaired TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, and are co-chairing the Trendspotters auction at this year’s Art Ball.

Take Her Advice

ELIzAbETH To JAN: Take a deep breath.
JAN To ELIzAbETH: Mom taught me to buy timeless, not trendy.

We Wore it Best

JAN: Elizabeth lends me her jewelry all the time. I mix it with estate pieces and some vintage costume pieces.

ELIzAbETH: A vintage ’90s Prada dress that Mom got in Paris. It’s very architectural and I love the deep aubergine color. I wore it to Art Basel in Miami in December.

Girls’ Night Out

ELIzAbETH: We always have memorable nights out on our trips to New York together. It’s me, my mom and my sister Susanna, who lives in Houston. This year, we went to La Grenouille and ended up sitting next to Martha Stewart! Another memorable night was during last year’s trip. Mom came over to our hotel room at The Carlyle, and we ordered room service and watched The Hangover. Yes, you heard it, my mom liked The Hangover!

If People Confuse Us, It’s Because...

JAN: We are both designers so people often mix us up. They’re always saying to me, ‘Oh, you’re the wonderful jewelry designer

Elaine, Bradley and Lorene Agather

The chairman of Chase Dallas, mom Elaine Agather co-chaired this year’s Neiman Marcus’ Stiletto Strut, benefiting The Family Place, with daughters Bradley, 24, and Lorene, 21. Bradley’s a brand coordinator for DKNY Watches and Jewelry and Lorene is a junior at TCU, majoring in entrepreneurial management.

Best Advice

DaugHTErS To ELAINE: You’re not the chairman here. This isn’t your bank. Go with the flow.
To brADLEY: Do what you love, and love what you do. Mom told me it was just unacceptable to do something I didn’t love.
To LorENE: Get over it. My mother and I tell this to each other daily, whenever either of us needs to hear it.

If the Shoe Fits

ELAINE: I love vintage Louis Vuitton, but I’m always in cowboy boots… That’s how we won the West, you know, in cowboy boots.

BrADLEY: Christian Louboutin. I have a pair of the most perfect nude color wedges that go with everything.

LorENE: A pair of Sanders boots that my grandfather gave to my dad when he and my mom got married... They fit like a glove, and every scratch is a memory.

Playing Dress-Up

ELAINE: I have these old Bakelite bracelets I started collecting when I was [my daughters’] age. I always Just wear them together, but my daughters will wear them mixed with gold bangles and other pieces. They see things differently than I do.

Bradley: A neon green Chanel cardigan sweater. All of the buttons are a different color! It’s straight out of the early ’90s. I borrowed it so often that my mom finally gave me custody of it in college.

Lorene: My favorite item that Mom has passed down to me is a beautiful purple Lanvin ruffle cocktail dress.

Dee and D’Andra Simmons

Dee and D’Andra Simmons work together at Ultimate Living International, the nutritional and skin care company Dee founded in 1996 after a battle with cancer. At 70, the energetic CEO and her daughter co-host a daily talk show on KTAQ TV. In February, D’Andra, 42, chaired the Junior League of Dallas Ball and was honorary co-chairman of AIDS Services of Dallas’ No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party. Both mom and daughter are past honorary co-chairs of Heroes for Children.

Money Can’t Buy Smarts

D’ANDrA: The best gift a mother can give her daughter is independence. And you thought it was china, crystal and silver!

Traveling Women

DEE: We always find a place wherever we are to have afternoon tea, where it’s quiet. Some of our favorite places are the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, and The Lanesborough in London. The men serve tea with white gloves, and it’s so lovely.

Favorite Hand-Me-Down

D’ANDrA: The mink hat my dad gave my mom in the ’70s when they were dating is now mine! It reminds me of something Audrey Hepburn would have worn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Who’s the Boss?

D’ANDrA: I don’t sweat the small stuff, but mom sweats everything. For her, there is the same sense of urgency closing a multimillion-dollar deal as choosing a shade of nail polish.

DEE: I’m a perfectionist. If you come into my office, every piece of paper is neatly stacked. The last thing I do at the end of every day is spray my desk with Windex and clean it off. If you go into D’Andra’s office, it looks like a tornado hit it. She can’t throw away anything. I recently threw away 1,000 magazines that she had piled up and she cried.

Guilty Pleasures

D’ANDrA: My favorite shoes are by French shoe designer Roger Vivier. I have just three pairs. I’m waiting to go to Paris again soon to stock up!

DEE: I have my clothes, my jewelry and my eyeglasses all made. Jemail Mizan at Richard Brooks makes all my clothes, and Bellarri designs all my jewelry.
Morgan Gianni at Fashion Optical designs glasses and sunglasses to match all of my outfits.

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