'I dress my kid like me!'
January 24, 2012
On a recent Saturday afternoon at the Carlyle Hotel, Cherie Corso and her pint-size companion, Julia, were enjoying an elegant lunch.
They both ate a plate of beet salad — “We always wind up ordering the same dish,” says Corso, 43, with a laugh — and their mannerisms mirrored each other’s exactly.
And just in case anyone was in doubt as to whether the pair were mother and daughter, their identical outfits helped spell it out loud and clear.
“We like to wear our Burberry for a ‘mommy and me’ day with lunch and shopping along Madison Avenue,” says Corso, creator of the G2 Organics skin- and nail-care products sold at Bergdorf Goodman.
“I bought a vintage Burberry skirt and had it shortened to look like Julia’s. I’ll wear my black mink, which I’ve kept since the ’80s because I’m an environmentalist, and she’ll have her faux black-fur jacket.
“We coordinate all the time and buy the same items in different sizes. My father says it’s like dress-up for us. I used to play dress-up with my dolls, but now I’ve changed up to a little girl.
“It’s fun and it shows that we’re very proud to be together.”
Corso and 8-year-old Julia, of Pelham, NY, subscribe to the celebrity fashion trend led by Victoria Beckham and Gwen Stefani.
The stars routinely dress their kids as mini-mes, kitting them out in clothes and accessories that copy their own.
Gwen Stefani’s sons, Kingston, 5, and Zuma, 3, frequently appear alongside the singer in plaid pants which match flamboyant jackets from her edgy L.A.M.B label.
Baby Harper Seven Beckham, impeccably turned out at just 6 months old, never clashes with her mom’s style or color scheme. In November, the baby’s $94 chocolate-toned Terre de Sienna onesie, nice and cozy for a flight from JFK, perfectly accented Beckham’s brown fur jacket. In an interview with Google+ last week, LA Galaxy soccer star David Beckham joked about his daughter: “Her wardrobe is ridiculous already. I’m glad I got a two-year contract!”
Meanwhile, Suri Cruise, 5, was photographed in 2010 holding a small, custom-made version of mom Katie Holmes’ $1,000 Salvatore Ferragamo handbag. Last October, the duo wore different colors of the same fluffy cape — Katie in black and Suri in cream — while visiting Dad, Tom Cruise, on the Pittsburgh set of his new movie “One Shot.”
Upper West Sider Jené Luciani, fashion expert and author of “The Bra Book,” might not be an established target of the paparazzi. But she and daughter, Gigi, 2, are always camera-ready — in coordinated clothes. “Gigi is a fashionista, and it’s all my fault,” confesses Luciani, who favors Missoni (she bought much of the Missoni for Target line for Gigi), Gucci and Fendi.
Their matching ensembles began when Gigi was first born.
“I got us pj’s and a sleep sack with the same pink-and-white stripe for our first night out of the hospital,” recalls Luciani.
“Her first Christmas, when she was 2 months old, she was wearing a houndstooth skirt and red sweater. So was I.”
The pair wear identical pink Juicy Couture tracksuits for classes at the exclusive kids’ club Citibabes. They also run errands in the $200 casual outfits. The family’s holiday card featured the pair in organza pink dresses with green trim, ordered from the Manhattan-based designer Lotusgrace.
Lotusgrace is among a number of upscale brands with lines for the mommy-and-me market. Hanna Andersson, Lilly Pulitzer and MamaOm offer adult and child versions of a variety of designs, ranging from summer dresses to sweaters and swimwear. The kid size generally costs between 25 and 50 percent less than the grown-up size.
“Celebrities are more visible, but many women who are interested in fashion enjoy dressing alike with their children,” says Jenny Feldman, senior fashion editor at the designer and boutique fashion Web site myhabit.com. Luxury design brand Aviva Stanoff has created a range of mother-and-baby cashmere hoodies from Mongolia at $310 for mom and $245 for baby.
“I was a girlie girl and always wanted to have a daughter,” says Elizabeth Amorose, 39, who runs a design business in Manhattan. The two routinely match their outfits for movies, meals out and parties. “People make fun of me because I’m very much a Martha Stewart, 1950s-style mom,” admits Amorose. “I dress Amelie like my mini-me because she’s at an age when I can. She won’t stay my little doll forever.”
Amorose’s foresight is a relief to psychotherapist Dr. Gilda Carle, of the Web site www.drgilda.com. Otherwise, she spots red flags. “The occasional bit of matching is fun,” Carle says. “Most little girls want to dress like Mommy because she is their first female role model.
“It’s when it gets to be a habit that you start to wonder. It’s common among insecure mothers who see their little one as an extension of themselves and live vicariously through them.”
So far, the only stress that new mother Leigh Rossini has suffered on this matter is flack from older relatives.
“They hate that I dress my baby exactly like me,” says the Brooklyn publicist, who has a 3-month-old son, Rome.
“Everyone over 60 insists he should be in pale-blue outfits, not black. But I say: ‘No way! He’s a rock ’n’ roll kid.’ ”
The 37-year-old always coordinates her boy’s clothes with her “hippie Goth” look. “The only time we’re not in solids, it’s patterns like skulls and motorcycles,” she says. “I just bought us matching skull-and-crossbones T-shirts from Bendel’s. The difference is mine cost $95 and is covered in rhinestones. Rome’s cost $65.”
This desire to present herself, daughter Amelia, 4, and son Daniel, 2, as a team also motivates Lark-Marie Anton, the vice president of public relations for Loews Hotels.
Anton, 34, will plan a harmonized look for special times such as Christmas, family portraits and trips to the theater.
“My daughter and I will often wear the same style of fur vest or skinny jeans. Amelia is at an age where she picks up on my looks and wants to copy them.”
Anton places herself in the Victoria Beckham camp of subtle coordination.
“You won’t ever find us dressing like the von Trapp family,” she shudders.