kids fashion week

I submitted Juliet’s pictures on a whim to the Lil Jewels Boutique model search on Instagram despite the model call asking for kids 6 and over.  So much to my surprise, at 4 years old, and even with 4000 entries, Juliet was chosen as the youngest model to get to walk the New York Fashion Week runway for her couture kids collection.  I told Juliet she was chosen because she was a good listener and so well behaved 🙂 and she was psyched!

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We’ve enjoyed watching kids fashion shows and women’s shows during NYFW ever since she was a baby, and always from the sidelines.  I couldn’t believe my very own baby would be ON the runway this time!  And what a runway it was!!  Here is Juliet posing pre-show.

This tremendously long runway was unlike the last runway Juliet crawled (at 10 months old) for Old Navy and so I was a little concerned with how she would do especially given the girls weren’t given the opportunity to rehearse together.

Backstage, I was able to cover as media and watch all the adorable shenanigans.  It was like a pastel tutu explosion in there!

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Juliet made lots of friends while waiting for her 15 minutes of fame.

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Juliet said she felt like she was in a princess story and that it looked like everyone was getting dressed for the ball.

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She enjoyed getting all glammed up with hair and makeup and like a superstar, waited patiently in a cramped and crowded room.  Yana, the designer was terrific with all the girls, engaging them by playing a round of Q&A talking about favorite colors and princesses.  You could tell that she genuinely loved little girls.  It’s no wonder she dresses them so gorgeously!

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When the time came to line up and wait for our turn on the catwalk, Juliet held my hand and told me (unprompted), “Mommy, I’m gonna be brave like (princess Merida)”

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She was visibly excited to take her turn down the catwalk.

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By the way, aren’t the dresses to die for?? So sophisticated yet adorable at the same time!  I was in love! Here’s the runway finale!

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Above photo from Eva Kapanadze

After the show, Juliet explained to me how it was time to return her beautiful dress, just like Cinderella did after the ball. I found it hilarious that she in her head was re-enacting Cinderella’s post-midnight story as she slipped back into her “regular clothes.”  Here she is in those regular clothes..

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Gotham Hall, a downtown venue that I’ve previously frequented for galas, benefits and other fashion shows will have new meaning and fond memories for me now.

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Thanks Yana and the Lil Jewels Boutique team for selecting Juliet!  It was an honor to represent your brand and a dream come true to walk NYFW!

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Leather, leather, I love leather!  It instantly ups the cool factor on any outfit.  You could be wearing the most nerdy, frou frou or preppy fashions but when you add a leather item, tada! edgy!  The same effect holds true for kids fashions.   See what I mean with my daughter’s outfits below!

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When J and I attended Petite Parade Kids Fashion Week last weekend, we had no idea that her black leather jacket would be so fitting for the Laer runway show.  kids leather jacketLittle J was excited to see all the models strutting in similarly styled leather jackets.  Check out all the adorable looks!

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

There were some really unique, fashion-forward colors for the boys too!

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

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Any of the above styles could really be unisex.  I know J could rock any of those easily!

The runway show finale reminded us that these mini-me leather jackets are a fun, fashionable way to do some twinning (the brand also makes adult sized leather jackets)!

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Models, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Models, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

I’m definitely planning on copying this street style!  Stay tuned for more coverage of the cutest fashion shows in the world – Petite Parade Kids Fashion Week!

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Unlike Northwest, my minifashionista does not whine, squirm and cry when waiting for a fashion show to start.  Quite the opposite, she giggles with nearby (new) friends, tries out her own runway walk, and claps and bops to the music.

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Post-fashion show, she can’t seem to get enough and asks to see more videos of her experience.  And she does this EVERYDAY.  Just like mommy, she can’t seem to get enough of fashion week.  Here are some of of the looks from our favorite fashion show this year, Little Miss Galia.

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The clothes from Miss Galia’s collection looked special, luxe and girly.  I loved the styling details with the birdcage veils, gloves and fur collar toppers and want to dress Juliet in each and every look.  This is the brand to shop if your little girl wants a little glam!

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Above photo from Kim Myers Photography

Finally, here is a great video wrap-up of Petite Parade’s Kids Fashion Week.  (We are at the 55 second mark).

 

 

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It was a wintery, snowy morning in NY when a fellow mommy friend and I trekked out to Brooklyn on a Little Swappies treasure hunt.  I rarely venture out to the outer Manhattan boroughs but the draw of kids fashion and the opportunity to trade-in some of Juliet’s gently worn items for a good cause compelled me to go.

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I’m so glad I did!  In addition to the sponsored goody bag filled with snacks and promotional discounts, I found 20 items (toys, books and fashion pieces) that were in great shape.  They must have increased the maximum take-home number because last time I went I only brought back 9 things.  Click here for that blog post which includes tips on what you should know before you go.

 

If you are familiar with my blog, you know that I love a good deal and enjoy mixing high and low brands.  Well the same goes for baby fashion.  Juliet’s closet is a mix of high-end designer, consignment/thrift/hand me downs, and everyday brands.  The below outfit is a prime example.

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The designer, mini-melissa shoes which I bought during an online sample sale are mixed with the free tank top that I scored at Little Swappies and a Baby Masala bottom from their Little Swappies sponsor sample sale.   I mixed it in with accessories already in Juliet’s closet and boom, new summer outfit for just $5!

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Also found at the same sample sale was this cute Baby Masala dress for $5 which I accessorized with a mustard scarf that I’m selling through my FB page, Fab kids and their stylish moms, Old Navy boots and a pair of sunglasses gifted from Love My Alannah whom I met at Kids Fashion Week.  (I wish I could remember the brand’s name so I could tag them here!)  The leather jacket is from Target’s sale and the rabbit, gifted from Kid Robot.

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Thinking of the same leather jacket, I bought this Baby Masala dress for $5.  The brand is all organic by the way!  The boots are from Target, the book was gifted and the glasses are on sale at Fab kids and their stylish moms FB page. The flower crown is from H&M and altered to fit J.  If you see an elastic accessory outside of the kids section, remember that it can easily be altered to fit the little one!chanel baby

This Carter’s cardi was found at the Little Swappies event and styled with items already in Juliet’s closet, a black knit skirt, (fake) kids Chanel purse, shoes bought at a sample sale and head piece from Aldo.  So sophisticated, huh?spring dress

This sweet Laura Ashley dress caught my eye because I’m a sucker for Peter Pan collars and smocking detail.  I was psyched to find this at the Little Swappies event and styled it at home with Juliet’s Mini Melissa rhino boots (bought on sale), my cell phone cover and a flower crown from Forever 21.baby outfit

Anyone that follows my Instagram account, @fabgabblog knows that I love dressing Juliet in androgynous looks.  I mix boys clothes and accessories with girly pieces for a cute mix of masculine/feminine.  The above is a prime example.  Tee was free from Little Swappies and the Carters romper and hat are from TJMaxx.  She’s a Maxxinista like me after all!  The purse is from Target and the sneakers are boys shoes from a second hand store that I bought for $2. cute baby clothes

I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this classic, crisp white blouse at Little Swappies.  It was in perfect condition and featured the Peter Pan collar that I love so much!  It is such a versatile piece and I knew I could layer it and wear it a million different ways…oops I mean Juliet could.  I am living through her.  The mask is also a free find from there and it is paired with Baby Gap boots and raincoat along with a vintage short/bowtie set bought off of Etsy – one of my favorite sites for unique baby fashion.  Who says baby girls can’t wear bowties??how to style a tutu

This outfit would be so cute for a birthday party, wouldn’t it?  The hat is actually something Juliet wore on her first birthday.  Click here to find out how her birthday outfit inspired the entire party’s decor.

Right now is the season when Juliet’s social calendar gets crazy packed with birthday parties and I can totally imagine her bouncing around in this cute ensemble.  With this giant party hat though she might steal the spotlight…  Here, the monkey onesie was the freebie from LS and it is paired with a Zara cardigan also worn here, Joe Fresh tutu, scarf and socks that can be bought through me and my FB page. Shoes were from a sample sale and from a brand called Stella – gotta love that since that is my first name!catimini

The high-end Catimini fur vest and Tahari plum ruffled dress here is styled with a free flower crown from LS and Baby Gap boots.  The Harajuku – mini head is an applique from Etsy and the party animals are items I DIY-ed for Juliet’s upcoming party animal themed 2nd birthday.  Wait til you see the rest!

In addition to these fab fashion finds, I also picked up some books and a Mickey toy.  I think it’s safe to say that I SCORED!  Overall, it was a fun event and I even made some good contacts for my future party sponsor needs.  Did I tell you that I’m running sponsored kids events in Manhattan?  Like Fab Kids and their Stylish Moms on FB and follow @fab_kids on IG for invites and all the fun!

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petite parade celeb u tot“Who’s she wearing??” seemed to be the question of the night.  As if my baby were on the red carpet being interviewed by E!, I had to rattle off the name brands as quickly as I could remember.  To tell you the truth, she wore a mix of high and low – designer brands with everyday lines.   IMG_0849

At Petite Parade’s kids fashion week day 1 she wore a luxurious, black, shimmer,  fringe dress by Les Tout Petits.  I happened to find it for a steal at Century 21.  It was topped off with an equally fab leopard cape, an incredible find from The Children’s Place.  Who knew they made such high-fashion capes for babies right?  (Sorry but this was purchased almost 2 years ago)  The Chanel-inspired hair piece is an adult – sized wrap from Aldo, and shoes were found at a consignment store for $2. Perhaps the best part of her outfit, is the mini-Chanel cell phone cover that she clutched everywhere she went (including up and down the runway). front row at petite parade

The whole outfit head-to-toe was just $80 including the purse.  fab kids

Here she is sitting with her fab new friends.  Aren’t they just darling?  If you’re pictured here, please leave a comment with YOUR outfit details!  Who are YOU wearing??

 

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On day 2 we went for a lighter look.  Here was Juliet’s street style.

new york minifashionista The shoes are by Stella, a Zulilly find.  The polka-dot tights are from Old Navy, the velvet dress is from Val Max and was another Century 21 designer deal.  I actually had her wear it backwards so that the front bow with pearls was hidden behind the back of her vest.  (It distracted from her vest and other jewelry that I wanted to add).  The fur vest is from Catimini (another Century 21 purchase) and the necklace is mine.

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You won’t believe where her bracelets are from.

These leather chain straps actually came from a pair of my ballet shoes!  They were ankle straps that I wrapped twice around each wrist!  Think outside of the box when styling!  And the clip-on mini tulle crown is actually something I’m selling through my FB page.  (They come in various colors and are $15 shipped).

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From left to right, here are @siddyinthesity_  @julyvogue and @uniquely_sisi from Instagram!  Please leave a comment with YOUR outfit details here!  Your admirers want to KNOW.

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And here is Juliet’s new fashion friend, @jadamilan dressed in head – to – toe black, like a true New Yorker.

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 This picture cracks me up because it looks like Juliet is b*tch slapping fellow fashionista, @stillsize2.  “Don’t try to copy MY look!”     IMG_0931Apparently “greige” and fur are IN.  It’s amazing how inspired you can be from seeing all these kids’ highly styled outfits, isn’t it?  Follow me @fab_kids for even more fashion inspiration.  And to see video clips of Petite Parade kids fashion week on IG follow @fabgabblog!

 

 

 

 

 

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Nothing gets me as excited as Fashion Week in NYC.  Forget my birthday, forget Christmas and the rest of the holidays – it’s Fashion Week that I look forward to.  And as a mom with a 19 month old toddler, Petite Parade and their Kids Fashion Week really speaks to me.  What could be more exciting than babies and minifashionistas showcasing the latest fashions?   It’s like regular fashion week only wayyyyy cuter and without the attitude.

 

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I like to be cheesy and dress a little matchy matchy with my mini-me sometimes.  Okay so maybe a lot.  Forgive me.  It’s pure girly fun.  For the first day of Petite Parade, I went with little black dresses for the both of us topped off with some fall fur.  My husband was worried that I might get cold without a true coat on but I knew that chasing after a toddler would more likely have me sweating than shivering.  I was right.  My Calvin Klein short sleeved dress was the perfect balance to my new fur and quilted leather vest.  Thanks to Scout in the City, another mommy blogger for shooting the below candid of us.

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Who knew that I’d end up getting GoGo SqueeZ all over my fur before the end of the night.  Thanks a lot for the SqeeZ, baby J.  You left me feeling both fashionable AND fruity.  This is her I’m guilty look.

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As you can see, I’m still smiling ear to ear despite having been squirted with baby food.  And that’s because my minifashionista, Juliet had just walked the runway.  No she wasn’t a hired model.  And no I promise I did not put her up to it.  All I did was let her roam the row knowing that it was best for this social butterfly to walk around saying hi to her fashionable peers than to try and restrain her on the wobbly director’s’ chair for the 30 minutes before the shows began.  Here she is making some fab new friends.

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People always ask me how I get Juliet to keep all her accessories on.  (My girl is always accessorized to the max…just check her out on my Instagram account @FabGabBlog!)  It’s not like I trained her or anything…the 19 month old just loves her purses, jewelry and hair pieces.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Besides.  Would YOU ever let go of such a fab purse???!

Then she gave me this mischievous look.

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And she was OFF!  Off to the runway that is! My little diva thought that was where she BELONGED.  And before you know it she was strutting her stuff in front of 100 people, sashaying and shantaying like nobody’s business!

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 My mouth dropped and I stood still – in awe.  I could overhear people in the front row remarking how she is still clutching her Chanel like she was Carrie Bradshaw.  And then she stopped and posed for pictures at the end of the runway like a true model should.  IMG_0834 IMG_0836

At about this point, I had caught up to her and was about to whisk her away but the photographers stopped me and demanded I let her do her thang.  So I did.  And to my utter shock, she modeled her outfit up and down the runway, straight down the middle with a casual, over-the-shoulder look thrown in every once in a while.

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Juliet loved her 15 minutes of fame! But then there did come the time when enough was enough.  (Really? J?  10 x up and down the runway isn’t enough for you??)IMG_3627

And so there goes, Juliet’s first runway debut.  Petite Parade, I’m sure you’ve never had such a petite model but if you ever need one, you know where to find us!

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More reviews and outfit posts from Kids Fashion Week, Petite Parade Spring 2015 coming up soon!  Til then, you can see all my runway videos on Instagram @FabGabBlog.

Thanks for reading!

 

Click here for my baby Juliet’s first fashion show experience when she was just 7 months old and yes, again wearing fur…

 

 

 

 

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I love fashion week in NY and I love fab kids and kids fashion so when Petite Parade decided to combine it all, I just had to be there!  Unlike the NY fashion weeks that hit Lincoln Center, this was refreshingly more carefree, less snobby and filled with innocent kid-filled-fun.  I was so glad to have brought my baby Juliet there.  She was very excited to experience this fashion rite of passage with me with her first runway show.

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Here she is wearing my fur shawl over her own black and white dress with her Mickey Mouse tights and wiglet.  Yes that’s a baby wig she’s got on there.  They’re all the rage in Asia but I have yet to see a baby wear one in NYC.  Perhaps she’ll start a trend with her fake pigtails.

NY kids fashion weekGotta love those chubby cheeks.  And yes, that’s a mini Chanel purse she’s got there.  She takes after me after all.  When we sat down, we saw so many like-minded crazed fashionistas and their matchy matchy moms that we sort of felt a comforting sense of belonging like we had just entered a fashion club to which we didn’t even know we were members.

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This pretty little lady pictured above was also wearing her mom’s fur stole. Check out the front row scene across from me (below).  Pretty mommas and their mini-mes.  This was not your normal crowd.  Even in NYC where fashionistas abound, it is a rare sighting to find moms and their babies dressed to the nines as they all were.  The mommy and me crowd was so stunningly on trend and high fashion that it made even me risk getting whiplash with the constant head-spinning I had to do.  To be surrounded with other so-obviously-fashion-obsessed pairs normalized my penchant for all things beautiful.  And suddenly I didn’t want to ever leave.

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My eyes were peeled for cutie sightings and I couldn’t help but admire these professional posers who took to the catwalk post-fashion show like it was their own stage.  Are they adorable or what?

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And perhaps the highlight of Petite Parade’s people watching was the group of celebrity imposters sitting front row.  They looked like they came straight from the Oscars red carpet!  Can you identify the dopplegangers?

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That’s Jessica Chastain, Kelly Osbourne, Lupita, Pharrell, and Taylor Swift!  What a great celebrity sighting!  For more on Petite Parade click here  which reveals how much my favorite kid’s runway dress costed.

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For those of you wondering what was in the goody bag this year, here it is!  It’s missing a couple nail polishes thanks to my baby playing with it during the photo but the rest is all there.

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Kids Fashion Week, what do you think?

 

 

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