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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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I surprised Juliet at school pick-up with the announcement that we were seeing a couple NYFW shows and she screamed in delight.  haha only a true minifashionista at age 4 would be so excited.  So off we went in our matching Mommy and me outfit (tees by Ba Ba Bling Kids for which Juliet is a brand rep, black chokers, and red plaid).

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We were psyched to score front row seats for Dennis Basso!

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The fashions were fur-ocious!  Here is a sampling from the runway.

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I’m loving the caramel, fur, and glittery details!  So glam, as always!

Post-show, we explored the NYFW lounge and took some fun mommy and me snapshots to commemorate our day.

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Next up was the Carmen Marc Valvo fashion presentation at Pier 59 where we ran into Alec Baldwin, his wife and their daughter who was visibly excited to see another minifashionista around her age.  The scene was packed so we had to be quick.  Here’s Juliet admiring the fashion models.

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The bright orange accordian pleated dress reminded me of a similar dress that I own in green except mine comes with a belt.  I think this orange dress needs a belt too, what do you think? IMG_1052 I’m finding a lot of orange on the runway so far..maybe that will be next new color.  Time will tell!  We’re only half way through with NYFW.  Anyways, I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s and I hope that you were able to share it with someone as cute as my little date.  Thanks for reading!  ‘Til next time!

 

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Dressing up is every girly girl’s favorite thing.  And Juliet has accumulated more than her fair share of accessories, and fashions through brands we’ve worked with, family and friends and heck who am I kidding, ME the fashion-obsessed mom.  With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) coming upon us, I thought it would be fun to host a NYFW-inspired posh play date, a dress-up party of sorts.  I know..by now you either think I’m crazy or the coolest mom EVA..I hope it’s the latter.

 

With many fashionable moms in my little black book, I knew I’d easily find fab moms who were more than game for the idea.  Turns out they were just as excited about the idea as I was 🙂 So we gathered one winter-y Friday evening, sipped our wine and marveled at our minifashionistas as they excitedly scanned the room filled with accessory stations ranging from hats, to tiaras, to headbands, to purses, to necklaces and to bracelets.

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They were so preoccupied accessorizing themselves, that we got to enjoy some awesome mommy time! Did I mention the wine??  ha

Thank you Imperial Toy for sending us these cute Honua bracelets to add to our collection!

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I was surprised to find how they created so many different looks and even had fun helping to style one another!

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Above photos from fellow blogging mom, Mary from Downtown Chic Moms

It was the cutest and sweetest thing ever.  I just love that I am a mommy of a girl and get to share such fun times doing such such girly things.  (have no clue WHAT I would have done with a boy!)

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There’s the Honua bracelets again – this time on Brinkley (far right) who creatively accessorized her buns!

I did also lay out fashion and dress-up themed puzzles, games, stickers and more available for the girls to play with but the actual accessories seemed to be the real thrill.

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To finish up the party, we held a runway finale where the girls surprised us with their NYFW – inspired catwalks.  How adorable were they?  And how hot was our momma model trainer?? RIGHT?!

To see more fun, fashionable posh play dates, click here and join us in the future at a Fab Kids ticketed special event simply by letting me know you want to be added to the list!  (name, email, age of child, name of child, your area in NYC).

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Thanks for reading!  We hope you are enjoying NYFW in your own special way!

 

 

 

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When Juliet sees pictures of mommy at fashion shows without her, she’ll ask, “Mommy how come I’m not there??”  And when I explain that I went to the show alone, she makes me promise, “next time you bring me.”  So whenever there is a kids’ fashion show or a fashion presentation (which I find easiest to take a toddler to), I do try and invite her so long as it doesn’t conflict with her school schedule.  This brings us to the Rookie USA kids Fashion Show held at Moynihan Station this NYFW.

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It was a must-see mommy and me show.   Haddad Brands presented it on Thursday, September 8th with hosts NBA great, Ray Allen and his wife Shannon and charitable partners, JDRF and Ray of Hope Foundation.  It was a series of kids’ fashion shows featuring top brands including:  Converse, Jordan, Nike, Hurley and Levi’s.

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Breaking up the series of 5 runway shows were live performances from Live Deejays, DJ AMira and Kayla, singer Bobbi MacKenzie, and break dancers, Street Justice Crew.  The breaks not only logistically allowed for backstage prep with all the celebrity mini-models, but also riled up the audience’s excitement and anticipation for what was to come.  I tell you, the energy in this room was palpable!  And I was so thankful we got to see so much with one sitting!  It was truly an entertaining NYFW experience!

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Once the shows were over the crowd was on such a high.  None of us could stop smiling.  Just too much cuteness all around!img_0085 img_0087

When your outfits match the Empire State building, you need to capture the NY moment.

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Don’t you just love this very NY shot of Juliet carrying her Daily fashion magazine in front of the NY public library and an iconic NYC taxi?

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I’m a sucker for mommy and me matching outfits as evidenced here.  So when I received the NYFW invite from Vicky Zhang, I knew I had to take my mini-me for a truly fab mother-daughter fashion week experience.

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I appreciated that there were coordinated family looks, items for the sons and even husbands.  But not everything was translatable and wearable in the States.  The ones that were are pictured below.

 

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As you can see, the looks all have a strong Asian influence to the design, and a light, gauzy feel to them.  The below formal outfits though could be worn for dressier occasions (that is if they widened the mom’s chest portion of the dress, in order to prevent a Janet Jackson fashion faux pas).0_99994500_1473524094

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Juliet enjoyed picking out her favorite looks.  The one below was a favorite for both of us!  Don’t you just love the off-the-shoulder trendy detail? So chic!

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The best and most memorable part of the show however was the finale.  Cutest thing ever!  All the kids, and I mean ALL the kids from the show just surprised the heck out of everyone by jumping onto the stage chasing after one another, squealing down the entire runway!  You couldn’t help but feel the joy and celebrate the finale with them!  My face actually hurt from smiling and laughing so hard!

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How adorable is this??  This was our view.

Juliet was very thankful of the colorful pin cushion that she was gifted (found this in the front row goody bag).  And I find it such an endearing little souvenir from the show.  I remember my mom having the very same pincushion when I was growing up and now Juliet is infatuated with it. Here she is holding her new gift (and wearing her new Honua bracelets).img_0131 Thanks for reading and if you want to follow along with our daily adventures, make sure to follow @fabgabblog on Instagram where we’ve shared some of our NYFW  Instagram stories and daily outfits.

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The Style Pointe fashion show invite intrigued me because I’ve danced for 12 years (ballet, tap, jazz, modern) and have always loved fashion.  Style Pointe melded ballet and modern dancers and choreographers with emerging fashion designers and proved to be an innovative and artful end to my New York Fashion Week.

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Just to give you an idea of how the two worlds collided, the dancer/models walked on pointe (tippy toes) all the way up and down the runway with the usual confident blank faced stare.  But at the end of the runway where a model usually poses, the dancer surprised us with her own fantastic flare.  After watching a week’s full of fashion shows, this unique runway strut really caught my attention!  And I couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like if all top models were required to do a little dance-off at the end of their walk.  Pretty entertaining, I think!

IMG_8048 This format allowed for you to take in the clothes and appreciate the fluidity and movement so much more so than your standard runway show.  The full production involved having ‘models’ appear on stage far longer than an average runway.  If you think about it, you really only get to see the clothes for a few seconds as it whizzes past you in a fabulous flurry on a normal catwalk.  But here, you got to view it prancing across, flipping above, and leaping to the runway which added a whole other level of excitement and anticipation.

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And it seems the fashion world is starting to embrace this fusion of fashion with dance.  Opening Ceremony, hired the New York City Ballet dancers to strut incognito down their runways this season.  Their choreography centered around the idea of models falling down the runway

I love the element of surprise.  NYFW attendees sometimes need to be jolted out of their jaded attitudes.  The veteran fashionistas think they’ve seen it all.  Then they see a model fall (which elicits a group gasp).  Then they see another model fall in the same location.  Then they’re on the edge of their seats hoping it won’t happen again.  Then the next falling model gracefully transitions her fall into an epic dance move!?!?  Clever.  Very clever.

For those of you NY-ers who appreciate dance and fashion yet didn’t get an invite to these NYFW shows, don’t fret.  You can also view this new mix October 2nd-4th at Brookfield Place in Battery Park!  In a special event called ‘Move!’ Visionaire co-founder Cecilia Dean and noted writer David Colman, pairs artists with noted fashion designers to create one-of-a-kind experiences for the public to enjoy.   I don’t know about you but I’ve already marked my calendar for this one!

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Stella got her groove back.  My loving husband gave me the weekend off knowing how much I love NY fashion week.  It is after all, my real, first love.  He volunteered to take the baby and himself to his parent’s place so that I could have the whole place to myself and have some alone time.  No poopy diapers, no mouths to feed, no one to look after but me.  This allowed me to luxuriate in all the things a mom never gets to do like sleep in, exfoliate and take a nice long bath.  Ahhhh!   As if that weren’t great enough, I also got to enjoy shopping for a new birthday outfit, see 5 fashion shows and hang out with a great (fellow mommy) friend.  That’s how I got my groove back. 

During the day, I also attended what was the best NYFW lounge I had ever been to.  And I’ve been to tons during my 13?  14?  years of attending in NY, Dubai and LA fashion weeks.  Avant Collective (where most of the below pictures came from) did a fabulous job putting together a peaceful haven for fashion bloggers, editors and insiders.  The venue was modern and spacious (unlike the usual crammed in spots where everyone’s laptop and charging wires inevitably end up tangling up with one another).  The complimentary services were plentiful  (manis, massages, and even your own personal fashion illustration from Jane Paints Beauty!  And there was a beautiful gourmet chocolate bar, coffee and hors d’eouvres station care of Fika chocklad (which I’m savoring and devouring as I type).  Plus the staff and vendors were all wonderful.  It was really delightful to be there.

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This post is about a month late, I know.  But better late than never!  I’m still trying to balance my time between personal blogging / branching out this business with mom and household duties.  Which reminds me, I’ve started a new FB page to correspond to the popular Instagram @fab_kids site I just created.  If you like fashion, wait ’til you see these minifashionistas!  Follow @fab_kids on IG and please like the new page, Fab Kids today!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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