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Liv Tyler‘s dad, Aerosmith frontman and former American Idol judge Steven Tyler, may sing Walk This Way, but her model mom Bebe Buell taught her its importance in the fashion realm.

“I learned a lot more from my mom about style,” the actress, 36, tells me Wednesday during the Lunchbox Fund’s Fall Fete, benefiting South African children, held at Buddakan in NYC.

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Liv winks and waves to her mom, who is standing nearby, while magician David Blaine performs a card trick.

“I always look at pictures of my mama from the ‘70s and ‘80s,” Liv, who is filming a new show for HBO, says. “It’s her attitude and her spirit. That’s what makes a look amazing. Any fashion has to do with the personality.”

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As for what she learned from her dad about style?

“He’s just my dad,” she sighs. “He’s got his whole thing going on. We have very different styles. Both of them—I love them!”

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Liv heads inside to enjoy the evening with her mom, and shares a laugh with pal Maggie Gyllenhaal. (What were they giggling about?!)

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Still, Steven considered himself a fashion expert when I spoke with him in 2011 during the launch of his Andrew Charles clothing line at Macy’s Herald Square in NYC.

“My style tip is take a risk,” he told me. “So many people would rather be certain they’re miserable than take a risk and be happy. Take more risks, because what you wear evokes an energy and makes you feel special. Try it out. It’s a fun thing to do.”

These days, Liv has passed on her fashion sense to her eight-year-old son Milo, whose dad is ex-hubby Royston Landgon.

The mother/son duo recently stepped out wearing matching striped shirts. Aww!

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The Lunchbox Fund’s Fall Fete raised $30,000 to support hungry children in South Africa. What do you think of Liv’s style?  Her dad’s? Tweet us @OKMagazine.

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