World Afro day was founded in 2017, by Michelle De Leon to celebrate Afro hair, educate and debunk myths and with hopes to change the narrative about textured hair in our society. At its inaugural event, a world record was set the the largest hair education lesson. Over 300 attendees learned about their hair with a day of science related classes, empowering workshops and hands on activities.
This year the Big Hair Assembly, took place 2 days prior to the main event on Friday Sept 13th. Thousands of school children across the world participated in a live stream event based in London at Langley Park School for Boys. The Big Hair Assembly was the first of its kind with appearances by international kid models, Celai West, Angel Noor and Farouk James who participated on the Hair & Identity panel.
Hosted by Emma Dabiri, author of Don’t Touch My Hair and TV presenter Scarlette Douglas, young attendees voiced opinions about afro hair, school hair policies and how the we can change our views about hair.
Our kid blogger, Vanessa Sam also provided behind the scenes interviews. When asked what can we do to make afro hair more acceptable, a young lady responded ” We can appreciate how we really are and if anyone bullies us about it, tell them to stop.” Another student stated that kids should tell their teachers about any bullying right away.
The crowd was in awe of an energetic, afrobeat performance by Angel Afro Dance who has a large social media following. Guests were treated to cornrows and manicures on a pink double decker bus aka the “Braids & Beauty Bus” sponsored by Superdrug. With over 7,000 school children reached the event will return again in 2020. Schools are able to register online and receive a curriculum kit as well.
Mini Mode London Kids Fashion Week will take place on September 13th and 14th at St. Mary’s in Wyndham Place.
There will be an industry show and consumer show which will features established and new children’s brands. In the past we have covered the show on our site but this year our editor will be attending, providing our followers the opportunity to see the action as it happens on Instagram live!
“The two-day runway preview will see SS20 and AW19 collections from designers including London’s award-winning children sunglasses brand Zoobug, French cashmere specialist Oscar et Valentine, USA made-to-measure custom clothing brand KICOMO by Kiara C. Morrow, Turkish luxury kids’ brand Melis Kaptanoglu Kids, London based cool kidswear Little People London, Austrian sustainable, gender neutral childrenbrand Me in Wien and Latvian colourful Rock & Mouse. Whilst past shows saw former Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh debuting her Kimba Kids range, her first foray into childrenswear design that’s available now at Next.”
This year, Mini Mode has youth ambassadors, Daisy-May Demetre, Grace Fincham, Freya Hawkes, Lexi Gibbon, Che Esson, Catherine Umusu, Zayn D, Zerina Zia and Ayisha Kassama. They are changing the industry by advocating for inclusivity.
A portion of the shows proceeds will support Osteopathic Centre for Children. “ The OCC provides specialist paediatric osteopathy for perinatal women, babies, children and teens on a donate-what-you-can basis. They also treat older children up to 18 years old with various issues and support families with children with disabilities and learning difficulties.”
Go back to school with a functional and trendy backpack this fall! We surveyed our social media followers about their favorite back packs and our bloggers chose 5 of their favorite accessories. Our team looked at backpack brands not only based on style, but also size, versatility, features and comfort!
Here are our top choices!
7 a.m. Enfant
The company offers a variety of stylish baby accessories, including Ponchos, baby Bunting, Hannah M ponchos, baby Bunting, hand muffs and back packs. Founded in 2002 by Rebecca Campora in NYC, we love the cool contemporary back pack designs.that align with what the company is known for, warm accessories during the winter months. Check out this fierce puffer bag! Some offer multiple interior and exterior pockets perfect for storing and organizing items . The BK 718 bag can double as a backpack and diaper bag with easy grip handles and comfortable straps mom’s love this dual accessory. The materials are also water repellent great for protecting your supplies during those winter snowstorms. 10% of proceeds from the feminist collection go to the nonprofit Girl Rising.
Light + Nine
The student backpack is large and features a 2 way zipper that allows it to open 360 degrees for optimal ways to clean. The bag is made of soft and flexible EVA/Silicone material. The straps are adjustable and straps on the top to carry it in your backpack. Kids love the bags because it comes with Nimicks, patches that can snap on and create a custom look. Parents love these bags because they can be wiped clean.
Each bag features removable seat cushion, small front pocket, simple shoulder straps and handles at the top. The company describes its fabric as hardwearing vinyl. The word Kanken means Arctic Fox in Swedish and you can see a curled up red fox in the reflective red logo on its bags.
The Fjallraven Kanken Backpack,is stylish, has lots of space especially in its roomy central compartment. It’s also water resistant but can get dirty easily. We love the variety of colors offered and numerous design styles. This brand is well know throughout North America and Europe. It’s so popular there are many fakes on the market so buyer beware!
Founded by David Ben-David and launched with his business partner Eddie Shabot in 2010 revolutionized the accessory market with the first design “Hello My Name Is”. David was born in the Bronx, grew up in Florida the designer returned to NYC to attend art school and wanted to start a line that featured unique, colorful and heavily influenced by pop culture. A majority of the designs are limited edition and sell out fast, such as the Money Bag, Paris Bag and it’s celebrity collabs with Chris Brown, Shaquille O’neal, Spike Lee, Young Thug, and licenses with Marvel, Nickelodeon and the NBA. In the past the website has even crashed due to so many trying to purchase the graphic backpacks. The bags are 100% polyester and water resistant with wide comfy straps. There are plenty of pockets to keep your items organized and secret compartments to store your items. Defective bags have a limited 90 day warranty.
Herschel Supply & Co.
The Canadian based company manufactures backpacks, totes, duffles, wallets and fanny packs. We love this brand because of it’s impeccable quality and it’s comfort. These backpacks come in sleek, modern and functional styles, such as the Heritage Backpack and Little America Backpack. The designs have strong zippers, great pockets for organizing while the materials used to make the bags are a heavyweight 20 oz cotton canvas and leather accents. all of the bags come with a warranty just check to see if its a lifetime or limited one.
You can have the bags embroidered as well! We adore the array of signature jewel tone colors such as mustard yellow, aquamarine, and more. The kids survey bag comes in floral and even leopard.
Ayanna’s Art and Fashion
This designer was tagged multiple times on our IG page. At age 7, Ayanna Davis started empowering unique designs!
3D bags? Yes please! We love their unique styles, especially the spike Dino bag!
Our west coast mommy blogger Ruby, attended Beautycon this past weekend at the LA Convention Center. The 2 day event, features panel discussions, meetups, brand activations, shopping and more!
Beautycon is a beauty and lifestyle festival that brings together fans, influencers, artists and brands. Started in 2013 as a small meet up in LA at YouTube with beauty influencers, entrepreneur Moj Mahdara took over as CEO in 2015.
The event is also held in New York, Dubai, and London. It has become thee major event for beauty gurus!
Here is the LA lineup:
Huda Kattan, Anastasia Soare, Priyanka Chopra, Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Tina Knowles, Bretman Rock, Yalitza Aparicio, Jhene Aiko, Megan Thee Stallion, Manny MUA,Erika La’Pearl, Hayley Williams, Tess Holliday, Marsai Martin, Liza Koshy,Kandee Johnson, Lisa Rinna, Arianna Huffington, Patrick Starr, Marsalis Martin, Charlemagne tha God and is hosted by Jeannie Mai.
Priyanka Chopra led the fireside chat with Moj on Saturday stating the need for women to not tear each other down in an already competitiveindustry.
“People always ask me, ‘Oh you’re doing a movie with a female co-actor. Did you guys get along? Were there catfights?’ But when it comes to boys, they say, ‘Oh my gosh, that looks like a bromance and everyone got on so well.’ So I feel like over time, because women have lack of opportunity, we were pitted against each other,”
Singer Kelly Rowland looked spectacular in a hot pink, retro dress from Michael Costello. She had an onstageconversation with author & radio hostCharlemagne tha God where she chatted about being a mom and addressed rumors of a Destiny Child’s reunion.
The best part of the event so many great brand and trying out newproducts! Did you know kids 6 and under can attend for free with the purchase of an adult ticket? Your welcome!
Sunnidai Kids Fashion week kicked off their 5th season with Miami Swim Week. Guests who attended enjoyed shopping, games, fun activities and snacks at the famed Wynwood Arts District on July 13, 2019.
Brands that showcased:
Different is the New Cool
Mandy by Gema
Sunnidai Kids Fashion Week kicks off July in Miami and LA then NYC in August.
“This year we will partner with The F.R.E.S.H foundation. Its mission is to provide fashion, reality, entertainment, sports and health experiences to those in need. The foundation strives to ensure no child or adult will be left behind while fulfilling their dreams on the F.R.E.S.H path. We will be donating 10% of ticket sales to cancer research!”
7 year old Sunni aka Dai Beasley worked with her mom Latish Roach to establish a kids fashion week. She is the youngest person to ever produce a fashion show.
Guests not only shopped but had the opportunity to participate in a DIY painting activity, visit the Kids Library, and a cancer education station before the show .
The entertainment continued with performances by BKG and Sara Awada, along with a stylist segment for cancer.
The event was powered by Miss Jessie’s, Dezo Empire, Karine Melissa Enterprises, La Belle Magazine, Midor Media, Deanna Candelas Photography, VNR Photo, Miss Runway Competition
On June 20 – June 22, designers, models, stylists, influencers and photographers congregated in Florence, Italy at FORTEZZA DA BASSO for Pitti Bimbio, to see the 2020 spring and summer lifestyle trends for children. Guests were excited to experience The Kids Lab! concept stage.
The great innovation of Pitti Immagine Bimbo 89 is The Kid’s Lab!: located inside a new concept, wide ranging, colorful layout, the Top Floor of the Main Pavilion – the main quarter of the fair – will welcome, for the first time, all the various definitions of experimental kids’ fashion. The Kid’s Lab! will be the new natural habitat for the brands in the KidzFIZZ, #ACTIVELAB, The Nest, EcoEthic and Kid’s Evolutionsections.
Pitti Bimbio is the world’s children’s largest trade show . Over 600 brands present their latest collections to nearly 10,000 visitors from various sectors of the fashion industry. The show attracts aspiring and established brands.
Some trends for next fashion season include nature, sporty glam, and monochromatic colors. Yellow will be the must have color of the season and was presented in a variety of collections. We have a few snapshots of our favorite looks from the runway.
Our London blogger Inspiring Vanessa attended the Youth Club’s Pop Up event.
The Youth Club, hosts kids only pop up events featuring some of the best Instagram kids brands. They held their first ever event last week at 100 Barrington Road, in Brixton.
Brands that were at this shopping event include,
Arlo and Alf
Boho and Bowie
Bows and Candy
House of Lailani
Mama Shack Baby
Worth The Wait Kids
Milana and Ayana
Little People London
Vanessa had a chance to interview one of the Founders of The Youth Club, Keziah (also owner of Boujie Kids.) who explains that the main goal is to support small and upcoming brands by bringing them all together to network and meet their shoppers in person.
We are bring our Kids Fashion Meet Up to Miami! On June 22nd at CIC Miami. This event will bring together 75 influential designers photographers bloggers models and entrepreneurs.
Upon arrival kids have the option to decorate and customize a t-shirt with Pop Girl Poms. Ronia Coates is also a featured panelist who will discuss how she started her company.
Guest will receive VIP gift bags created by Dezo Empire, with items from Hot Dogs and Poodles, stickers from Pei Lee Art, along with a pair of our fashionable sunglasses.
Pink Kisses Roses by Kizzy Inc. is treating guests to individual snack packs and there will be items up for raffle such as T-shirts from Fresh Kid Nation and Dezo Empire. Designers Carol and Julio are also on the panel.
Other panelists include Latish Roach from Sunnidai Kids Fashion Week and Kataliya N. a model and pageant winner. The panel will be moderated by Chyann, a model and actress.
Guests are invited to network with industry insiders and influencers in the Atlanta and South Florida area. This is event is family friendly and affordable for guests of all ages!
During NYFW, Golden magazine held its 8th annual Golden Runway event, Fashion Fight for a Cause on February 16, at the Stewart Hotel in midtown Manhattan.
This show was hosted by Rory Anthony and Fatoumata Toure and the DJ this year was author & activist DJ Annie Red. The show hoped to bring awareness to mental health with a portion of proceeds going to charity.
This year we are proud to join the fight against Sickle Cell Anemia & Mental Health donating a portion of our proceeds to organizations dedicated to benefiting the cause. Over 50 children, of all ethnicities and religions, will gracefully walk the runway, emblazoned with the most fabulous designer duds and over 200 guests will be attending this phenomenal show.
“Fashion fight for a cause encapsulates an electric blend of child models, trendy music, talented performances, whimsical clothing with tremendous amounts of positive energy. What makes GKR-FFC unique? It’s for the kids, by the kids! The hosts, DJ, performers and production support are children who donate their time and efforts all for a worthy cause.”
Brands that presented include Andy & Evan, L Royal Luxury Sport, Lyfestyle, Mar Mar Copenhagen, Mia New York, Melba’s Totes, Moka Collection, Pretty Anntoinets, Sean John, Sofistafunk, Zingone Collection,
“Model and actress Rylee Gabrielle and actor River Mason escort EGOT (Winner and Hollywood Legend Ms. Rita Moreno for The Bronx Children’s Museum fundraiser Gala. The event took place at Gotham Hall, the amount raised was close to 500k for the museum which is expected to open in 2020.” -source madmimi.com
Photo Credit: Getty Images
By: Mr. Johnny Nunez
Publicist : The Brand Phoenix
Other celebrities that attended: Kerry Washington, who was also the host, Victor Cruz, and Host Sunny from “The View”.
It is happening! The Bronx Children’s Museum’s Third Annual Gala has taken place on May 7,2019 in New York City at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall. The absolute purpose of this event was for the Bronx Children of the Past, Present, and Future. The Awesome part about the event was the performance made by Four, 2nd Grade Children in the Museum’s Dream Big After School Program.
The Four, 2nd Grade Children did Great! And even got a standing Ovation! The Gala was a great success, not only for attendees, but for the children.