Move over super models, moms are taking over the runway at this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. The first-ever Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show, hosted by mom and model Iman, debuted with a collection of designers who are realistic for today's moms. Denise Albert, originally from Port Washington and Melissa Gerstein of The Moms, a multiplatform lifestyle brand that is featured on television, online and in print, wanted to showcase everyday fashion for moms with different styles, different jobs and different lives.
Designers and top consumer brands couldn't agree more. T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Matrix and Clorox were the top sponsors of the event. The show, catering to the modern mom, highlighted creative ways to transform outfits from "mommy" to "meeting" to "moms' night out." Real moms strutted their stuff on the runway, sporting comfortable on-the-go blazers, jackets and jeans as well as hip work attire and stylish maternity clothes from designers such as Tory Burch, Rachael Roy, Vera Wang, Gap, Laundry, Michael Kors, BCBQ, Pea in the Pod, Coldwater Creek, Bela Bum Bum and Ingrid & Isabel, which revealed fall trends for moms.
"We came up with this idea because as entrepreneurs, business women and moms who love fashion, we have very little time to worry about what we're going to wear but love to look our best and keep up with the trends every day," said Albert. "So, we decided to put together a fashion show for moms with looks from a wide range of brands we love to wear." Together with Mom-entum, a division within social media agency, Big Fuel and Getting Gorgeous, two top fashion and beauty bloggers, as partners, The Moms brought the idea to Lincoln Center fashion director and IMG consultant Stephanie Winston Wolfoff, also a mom, who loved the concept.
So if you're a mom who is looking to be stylish, comfort is key, said Albert. "If you're dropping your kids off at school in the morning, running to a meeting, going back to a kid's activity, then back to work, then home, then back to a work event, like I often do, there's nothing more important than having staple items in your closet," she said. Here are Albert's top five must-have things every working mom should have in her closet:
1. Wedge boots. "For me, it's all about the shoes," said Albert. "Wedges and platforms, no heels. This is worth spending a little extra money on -- you need to be able to walk in them all day. My favorites are Stuart Weiztman.
2. Leather biker jacket. "Gap has great ones, and wait for sales," said Albert.
3. Black skinny jeans. "Anything form AG Jeans works for me," she said.
4. White tank top. "The Gap is where I buy these classic items," said Albert.
5. Accessories. "You don't have to spend a lot," she said. "Baublebar.com is my new favorite for earrings, chunky bracelets and necklaces that can transform any outfit."