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A chic parade of children’s looks

Renee Minus White | 3/20/2014, 3:20 p.m.
In collaboration with Vogue Bambini, petitePARADE presented its children’s fashion show in New York City on Saturday, March 8 at ...
Designs from petitePARADE’s Kids Fashion Week in collaboration with Vogue Bambi

In collaboration with Vogue Bambini, petitePARADE presented its children’s fashion show in New York City on Saturday, March 8 at 545 W. 22nd St. They showcased five collections of elite and emerging designers. The clothes were wearable, fashionable and colorful.

CCandy’s colorful, active sportswear line led the way. Their Major League Baseball theme, along with Outerstuff Ltd., designed by Amber Sabathia, wife of New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia, received rave reviews.

“PetitePARADE puts on a really good high-fashioned Kids Fashion Week. So if we’re going to do it, we have to do it big,” said Amber Sabathia in an interview. This was the first official sports-themed fashion show at the venue.

Chance Combs, daughter of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, returned to the runway this season, walking in IMOGA and Alivia Simone. IMOGA designer HeaJung Chung showed her signature prints and metallic fabrics.

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Designs from petitePARADE’s Kids Fashion Week in collaboration with Vogue Bambi

Alivia Simone, an emerging label from San Francisco, stunned guests with a pretty and chic collection. They worked with leather, metallic jacquard and silk fabrics. This mother-and-daughter design duo was inspired by textures and graphics of modern art for their fall/winter collection.

In the afternoon segment of the show, international luxury brand Mischka Aoki presented an exciting fall 2014 collection, with looks embellished with Swarovski crystals. On the runway, these elaborate designs were juxtaposed with Dr. Martens’ new kids line.

Finally, closing the show, Bonnie Young’s clothes impressed the audience; her highly creative collection of tween and teen looks were amazing. This New York-based designer has been involved with petitePARADE’s Kids Fashion Week since its first collection.

Aoki’s and Young’s shows were designed by Michael Onofrio. Hair professional Paul Mitchell joined the show under the creative direction of celebrity stylist Jemma Muradian, who coiffed each strand of hair perfectly. For cheeks and smiles, makeup artist Yuko Mizuno led her team of artisans.

Between shows, guests enjoyed lunch and specialty teas by Press Tea. Organic food and savory pastries were also provided for all attendees. For healthy beverages, Green Mustache served more than green juice, offering flavors that ranged from strawberry to mango. The returning sweet treat sponsor, Baked by Melissa, created a 12-feet-long petitePARADE logo over 1,500 cupcakes.