Despite the fact that I live in New York, there aren't many opportunities to walk in a runway show. That's a shame, because runway shows are SO MUCH fun!
First, you get to spend a day with other modeling kids who you know but don't get to see very often. You dress up, the designers and stylists make sure you look good, it's like a huge party, and the best photographers take your picture while you're having a great time. These pictures wind up everywhere: photographer websites, Facebook, Instagram, and children's fashion magazines.
Twice a year is the most-talked-about children's runway show in NYC: PetiteParade/Kids Fashion Week (PP). Originally produced with the fashion magazine Vogue Bambini, it showcases both up-and-coming and established childrenswear designers and promotes social outreach and philanthropy. I first walked in PP in October 2012 and it was just a blast. As PP has gotten bigger, however, it has also become more exclusive: instead of two days, the show is now one day; instead of many designers, most of the individual shows are one or two designers; instead of huge casting calls, most of the kids are requested by the designers themselves; even the location of the show is kept a secret until the last minute!
I was very lucky to be requested to walk for my third time in PP this October. This was so awesome, because as few spots as there are to get to walk in it, almost all of the kids who do participate are girls. That's because most fashion is for girls. There are always very few spots for boys, and when there are, you need to be the right size.
Fortunately, every year the top childrenswear designers from Parsons School of Design are asked to show at PP, and that usually includes a boyswear designer. This year the winner was Jennifer Lia Kim and her pieces were awesome! She described her collection to me as Zombie Apocalypse (which makes total sense to me :) and it also looked like it had a Minecraft influence too. The pieces were so cool to look at, and were very comfortable, too!
We had a great team of five boys my age walk in the Parsons part of the show, and it was great! One of my oldest modeling friends, Tristen, was also asked to walk, as was my friend Carter. We all bonded with the other two boys fairly quickly and stuck together for the whole show. We got to practice in advance with Richard Renda, the photographer who runs the runway and photographers' section for many big runway shows, and we waited together to sneak into the backstage-behind-the-backstage, where the incredibly talented, official Petite Parade photographer Lee Clower had sectioned off a very private area for his own behind-the-scenes shots. Mr. Clower did shoot us, and I got some absolutely incredible photos, including the one I am now using as my main website picture. It was a fantastic experience, and I do hope I get to participate in PetiteParade again before I get too tall!
For all of the prep work and fun, you're only on the runway for about a minute!
A slideshow of my day:
My favorite behind-the-scenes photos by the official PetiteParade photographer, Lee Clower:
The Official PetiteParade Video. You can spot me and my friends at :12 and :48.