The Missonis certainly haven't had an easy year. The January disappearance of Vittorio Missoni, CEO of the family's fashion house, was followed by the death of Ottavio Missoni, the company's 92-year-old founder, in May.
Until now, the family has remained mum on the tragic events, save for brief, formal press releases. But now Margherita Missoni has spoken out about the deaths in her family for the first time in an interview with The Times. Luckily, her family maintained a strong support system throughout the tough period:
"It has helped us a lot that there are so many of us and we are so tight. It's easier than if you were having to face it all on your own. Of course it was hard for me, especially because I'm pregnant. I've had a very intense pregnancy, with all the things that have happened, but it wasn't my father -- other family members have had a harder time. We are hoping this will be closed very soon."
The 30-year-old newlywed announced her pregnancy just two months after uncle Vittorio's plane disappeared off the coast of Venezuela. In June, the Missoni family released a statement announcing that Vittorio's plane had been recovered, thanking the Italian government for its help in the search efforts. With Margherita's August due date steadily approaching and details still rolling in about the cryptic plane crash, we hope the Missoni family is able to find closure very soon.
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Donna and Gabby Karan
Stylish genes run in the family for Donna Karan's daughter, Gabby- who also takes after her mom with nearly mirror image looks, too. DKNY was inspired by Gabby herself, who helped shape the more youthful and lower-priced line. Gabby also happens to be a a restauranteur and owns two restaurants in New York, and hopes to expand. (Getty photo)
Angela Missoni with daughters Margherita and Teresa
Margherita and Teresa Missoni
Starting from scratch, the Missoni empire has been family run since it's start in 1953 thanks to Ottavio and Rosita Missoni. The traditional Italian grandparents to Margherita (left) and Teresa (right) have fostered the tight-knit company from generation to generation. The Missoni founders included their three children into the family business, one of which was their daughter Angela, who holds the title of creative director. Angela passed the Missoni legacy down to her daughters: Teresa, 22, has been praised for her effortless Bohemian-chic style, and has also expressed interest in exploring a career outside of the family business. Margherita, 28, is the accessories designer of Missoni, an aspiring actress, a model, and is also the "unofficial muse" of the Missoni brand. Margherita is next in line to predominately run the family-bred fashion house some day. But one thing is for certain with the gorgeous Missoni sisters: You can always bet they'll be decked out in head-to-toe Missoni on any given sighting...I mean, can you blame them? (Getty photo)
Three generations of Missoni: Angela, Rosita, and Margherita
Diane von Furstenberg and her former-daughter-in-law, Alexandra von Furstenberg
Alexandra von Furstenberg
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Calvin Klein With Daughter Maci
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Marci Klein (with ex-boyfriend Alec Baldwin)
Marci Klein may not have stayed in the family biz of fashion, but the four-time Emmy Award winning TV producer has done just fine on her own. She's best known for her work with 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. Calvin Klein's only child is also known for her relationship with Alec Baldwin, who even dubbed her "the greatest producer in the history of broadcast television," in his 2007 Golden Globes acceptance speech. (Patrick McMullan photo)
Tommy Hilfiger with daughters Elizabeth and Ally
Elizabeth and Ally Hilfiger
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Allegra and Donatella Versace
Allegra Versace is heir to the Versace throne and is Donatella's only child. The 25-year-old has had a turmoil battle with anorexia for many years, which Donatella has also publicly acknowledged due to her daughters prominent absences while entering in eating disorder rehabs. Allegra owns about half of the Versace empire, which she inherited on her 18th birthday. (Getty photo)
Silvia Fendi with daughters Leonetta and Delfina Fendi
Silvia Fendi is head of accessories for the Italian label, as well as designer of the Mens line. She represents the third generation of the Fendi family. Both the Fendi Spy bag in 2005and the B Fendi in 2006 was some of her greatest accomplishments to date. (Getty photo)
Delfina and Leonetta Fendi
Pictured here in a recent <a href="http://www.wmagazine.com/celebrities/2011/12/celebrity-sister-portfolio-ss#slide=7" target="_hplink"><em>W Magazine</em> </a>spread, the fourth-generation Fendi sisters are growing up fast. Delfina (left) had a child at only 19-years-old. Now at age 24, she is already successful jewelry designer. Delfina's half-sister Leonetta is only 16-years-old. But the youngster- who shares a special bond with Kate Moss- is already BFF's with the fashion elite.