Over the past weekend, New York City transformed into a breeding ground for mini-fashionistas to converge at what is known as petitePARADE – Kids Fashion Week. This is a bi-annual whimsical runway experience of children’s fashion where fashionable tots, tweens, and teens strut down the runway in coveted designer clothing. Colorful, well designed clothing adorned these mini-models as on-lookers gasped at their professionalism and simply adorable apparel.
The invite-only audience consisted of media, buyers, fellow fashionistas and mini-socialites, “celeb-u-tots”, stylists, kids fashion photographers and of course, parents. Kid-friendly products are also introduced and legitimized to this market. petitePARADE has a long-term collaboration with the leading children’s fashion magazine, VOGUE Bambini. In its 7th season, with the first-ever show debuting on September 10, 2010, petitePARADE has featured major and emerging designers including Roberto Cavalli Junior, Little Marc Jacobs, Target brands, Stride Rite brands, Bonnie Young, Pale Cloud, Joe Jeans, Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum, Disney and many more.
This season’s event took place over the course of two days (Saturday October 18, 2014 and Sunday October 19, 2014) at Bath House Studios in the Alphabet City section of New York City. Featured designers included Chloe, Alivia Simone, Imoga, Oil and Water, Ruum, Clarks, Dillonger Clothing, Anasai, Charm, Bonnie Young, Aria Clothing, and Parsons The New School for Design. With children dressed impeccably and paparazzi clamoring to capture the amazing street-style that dripped in and out of the venue, it felt like a miniature version of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!
Top Model Eishia Brightwell attended the show as her gorgeous mini-me, Legend Pearl, ripped the runway. Beautiful child model and actress Haileigh Vasquez, who is also known for her amazing fashion sense on Instagram with nearly 100,000 followers (named by Essence and Latina magazines as one of the world’s best dressed), also strutted her stuff on the runway for Alivia Simone. Afterwards, Haileigh sat front row with her stunning best friends, Leah Griffin (Nick Jr., Hanes, and Fisher Price) and Alyssa Cheatham (featured in an upcoming film with Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, Diane Lane and Common), who are also child actresses and models. Whether you were style watching or star gazing, petitePARADE was nothing short of fabulous. Simone (of Alivia Simone) also had her precious gem Alivia, the inspiration behind the well designed line, walk the runway. Chance Combs (P. Diddy’s daughter) along with her famous friends Harper Tillman (daughter to celeb stylist KiKiTillman) and Luca Lyght (daughter to Todd Lyght – Assistant Coach to Philadelphia Eagles) all ripped the runway. Their fabulous moms also paid tribute to petitePARADE, decked out, while watching the show. Sophia Pippen (daughter to Larsa and Scottie Pippen) was another stunner who walked the runway and sat front row, afterwards watching the show. Kid bloggers and twin brothers, Tristan and Tyler, reported from behind the scenes and gorgeous international model Denise Bidot attended with her little beauty Joselyn. It was definitely a “Who’s Who” of the fashion industry and many of the real life and Instagram trendsetters had an opportunity to mix and mingle with one another and have some much needed kiddie down-time, in between the shows.
Take a look at some of the highlights below!