CAT­WALK KIDS

Move over Lon­don, Paris and Mi­lan – Mel­bourne KidzFash­ion Week is set to give you a nudge.

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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.

Sue Wal­lace

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