Move over London, Paris and Milan – Melbourne KidzFashion Week is set to give you a nudge.
Isabella, six, can’t decide whether she’s in love with the multi- layered coffeecoloured tulle party dress or the neon orange and lime shorts and crop top and it is easy to see why. There are so many striking outfits being strutted on the catwalk at the third annual KidzFashion Week parade at Melbourne’s Amora Riverwalk Hotel it’s just too hard to pick a favourite.
Host for the night is television star and model, Nicky Buckley, who says she’s excited about being involved in Australia’s only dedicated children’s fashion festival.
“I love children and I love modelling on the catwalk and this is all about having fun and showing off kids’ fashion,” says the busy mother of three boys, Baxter, 13, Jasper, 17 and Cooper, 19.
“The parade is a great opportunity to showcase kids’ fashions of all ages and these kids have been looking forward to this event for months – they are just so excited and who knows – some may well end up making a career of it.”
Richmond mother, Marie Silvester, sums it up saying, “If adults can have fashion week, why not the kids? It’s so much fun for everyone, the kids love it on stage and parents love watching them.”
Familiar faces in the parade include the three mini divas from the television hit, House Husbands – Lily Jones, Madison Torres-Davy and Allegra Volange – who are dressed to impress in partywear.
Chance Charles from Offspring and some of the mini legends of the AFL’s recent NAB VOLUME 8 2017 Auskick campaign earn whistles and applause as they strike a pose in casual gear.
Singer Aydan Calafiore has the room rocking and presents soft pink roses to some lucky girls while Bella-Mia Bortolin, a young girl with a very big voice, has the crowd clapping and some dancing in the aisles.
Beachwear, gym wear, casual and party gear is showcased by 120 enthusiastic young models aged from five to 17, who are encouraged by a crowd of 250 adoring parents, grandparents and friends clapping, waving and snapping away on their phones.
Penny Efthimiadis says her son Andrew, 12, who pulls off an impressive rap move on stage, loves being on the catwalk.
“It’s great for children’s confidence and they make good friends and have a great time,” she says.
The models also vote to support a charity and this year funds will go to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Spots, stripes, tulle and denim are definitely firm favourites in the parade that features Australia’s best children’s brands and designers including Target, Myer, Designer Kidz Melbourne, AFL, Cotton On Kids, Le Tutu, Sunset Lane, Cosi G and Mad Mia.
But the stars of the night are clearly the aspiring young models. It is a chance for them to shine as they saunter and sashay along, enjoying their moment in the spotlight.
Some were obviously born to do a turn on the catwalk while others had nerves to conquer, but at the end of the night it is all about laughter and high fives all round.