Golden magazine partnered with Shades of a Cure on April 13th to host a kids charity fashion show at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. The sold out crowd was treated to a creative workshop by milkPOP Shop, performances by talented kids and haute looks from the hippest children’s wear designers. 11 year old Devyn Tyson, was the MC and I was amazed by her talent( and chic haircut) as she told the excited crowd “Sit back and relax because you are golden!”
The first group Positive Vibe opened the show with a hip hop dance to the classic hit from Grease the movie You’re the one that I want and Michael Jackson’s Remember the Time. The first fashion segment featured PS from Aeropostale bright pinks and easy knits. I loved the rose shaped knit hats a few of the girls wore. The looks were styled with bright sneakers, trendy metallic flats and patterned leggings. Bedazzled American Flag sneakers from Neon Kisses paired with a patriotic tutu and blue tank caught my eye. One of the models, can best be described as a mini runway diva as she strutted down the runway. Eliza Smith, 7 years old was truly “gone with the wind fabulous” and the crowd went wild as she sashayed and twirled amidst a slew of applause. La Familia, a boy rap duo performed a kid appropriate version of LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem. The boys looked so fresh in blazers and black techno t-shirts. Accompanied by two dancers in red and black dresses the quartet blew the audience away with an unexpected Gangnam style freestyle to finish the act. Little boy models with swag, rocked fashions by Louie B. as well as Andy & Evan for the second fashion segment. These guys were so cute in dress shirts, denim and bow ties.
During intermission I chatted with Lindsay Pollock, the Design Director of Andy & Evan. She told me that working in children’s wear she is surrounded by genuinely nice people and is excited that the company is growing rapidly. Black Billionaire, showcased teen guys in black graphic sweatshirts with zippers and unique details. After intermission, Diamond Hooks, the founder of Shades of a Cure enlightened the audience about her organization and upcoming Stroll for Cancer Awareness on June 29th in NYC. Proceeds from ticket sales also went to the organization.
Laundry girls presented pretty cotton dresses in neutral colors while Baby Kuu apparel showed floral dresses with gathered waists adorned with shiny teddy bear necklaces. The most exciting segment of the evening featured Kana, Neon Kisses and Kensie Girl. A model with a shaved hair cut, (ala Cassie and Willow Smith) donned black and white leopard leggings took my breath away as she ripped the runway to the hit song “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys. The models sported various edgy hair styles like stacked afro puffs and wavy beach hair. Overall the show was amazing experience and I look forward to the next one! The high level of comradery amongst the all female staff at Golden Mag is inspiring. Make sure you check out the website and pick up a copy of the first issue.