Majesty Fenty shines in Mischka Aoki at the Diamond Ball

Pop star Rihanna hosted the 3rd annual  Diamond Ball, last night at famed Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.  The gala raises funds for her charity the  Clara Lionel Foundation. The Clara Lionel Foundation provides healthcare and educational opportunities for those in need in the Caribbean and Malawi. Comedian Dave Chappelle was the host and Calvin Harris as well as Kendrick Lamar performed for attendees.  Many stars and influencers attended the gala, yet the most celebrated guests in attendance, who all share a special place in our girl Rih Rih’s heart, were members of her immediate family.

 

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The tiniest Fenty, Majesty looked ‘majestic’ in an exclusive gown from designer Mischka Aoki. Majesty Fenty, age 3, is the daughter of Noella Alstrom, Rihanna’s cousin. Mischka Aoki is known worldwide for couture clothing for children.

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A press release from the brand states

Majesty Fenty, Rihanna’s niece wore  Mischka Aoki,  ‘I’m the prettiest’ dress which is
an exclusive design only available from Bergdorf Goodman in New York.

The soft pink lustrous tulle dress with French lace top is adorned with hand-
embroidered flowers, delicate feathers and Swarovski Crystals.

 

For more information visit

WEBSITE        www.mischkaaoki.com

INSTAGRAM     @MISCHKAAOKI,
hashtag: #MISCHKAAOKI

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FKN Real Style File: Zen Chef

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Cool Kid: Zen Chef, age 6 from Washington D.C.

You might recognize this young star from his adorable IG photos. Besides cooking Zen Chef, he enjoys acting, playing piano, golfing, traveling and reading books. He is currently working on a new record, his debut is song coming out soon.

 

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Follow Zen Chef on Instagram @Carshowprince

 

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9oclockteeparty & Deborah of Brooklyn Runway Show

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On a steamy SundayI was invited to attend a cool runway showcase in Bed-Stuy. It was the first fashion show presented by entrepreneurs Tiffany Mack and Deborah Mack who both own unique fashion companies. The event featured not only a fashion show but many vendors were in attendance meeting new clients and promoting their businesses.

 

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Tiffany Mack and mini models

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9oclockteeparty and Deborah of Brooklyn has joined forces to host a fantastic fashion forward event for all ages. 9oclockteeparty eyewear is a customized eyewear business owned and created by Tiffany Mack. Tiffany has always had an eye for style. As a teen she attended Fashion Industries High School and went on to graduate from the famous Fashion Institute of Technology later on.
Deborah Of Brooklyn is a apparel business owned and created by Deborah Mack.
Tiffany’s energetic mother. Deborah enjoys sewing and creating custom outfits. She designs many special items such as dresses, tunics, dashikis, skirts and more for men, women and kids.
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Sweet Temptastings Oreo Cupcake!

Guests who attended the event were able to visit vendors tables, to shop or purchase food and beverages before the show started. Cups of Kamoni Ice, a tropical flavored adult beverage was passed around for guests to enjoy. Kids in attendance had their faces painted by Ru Yisrael of Healing Hadarr.
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Photo: Fresh Kid Nation

List of Vendors:

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Yaelyah Hargrove of YaBI Designs

 

 

Creating for the Soul
Healing Hadarr
YaBI Designs
Meditation Creations
Dynamite Diva Hair
Pip Treasures
She’ Color’s Cosmetics
Sweet Temptastings
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tween models a dynamic duo

The fashion runway show features apparel and accessories for children, juniors/teens, women and men.  The kids really rocked the runway in designs created by Debrorah. The show opened with a little fashionista slowly working the runway, eyes adorned with pearl frames from 9 o’clock tee party and a huge smile beaming for the crowd as we all applauded. Each model was styled with items from vendors in attendance.
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I had a great time meeting young business owners, who each shared their vision with me about their brands. Overall this event was fun and engaging. Kudos Tiffany and Deborah for you very first fashion presentation! I look forward to another show this fall.
Photos below from Fresh Kid Nation, please give credit if reposting @freshkidnation
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Petit Pli, children’s clothing that “grows”

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Children grow so rapidly, and parents spend thousands of dollars on new items especially during the first 5 years. Clothing also gets so worn out, as children become more active on they start walking, that it’s impossible to hand them down as compared to infant items. All the worn clothing, unfortunately gets tossed in the trash. Fashion waste hurts our environment, as it ends up in landfills not to mention, chemicals used in toxic dyes, fuels burned due to shipping items and the amount of water used to make cotton items. The fashion industry is the second largest polluter, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Petit Pli, is an innovative children’s wear concept because it’s water-resistant garments actually grows as the child grows! The pleated fabric expands bi-directionally, up to 7 sizes and is light weight. Ryan Mario Yasin, a UK based engineer developed Petite Pli, after searching for outfits for his niece and nephew.

“THE TURNING POINT CAME WHEN RYAN HAD FINALLY FOUND A GARMENT HE LIKED FOR VIGGO, BUT BY THE TIME HE TRAVELLED TO DENMARK TO GIFT IT, IT HAD ALREADY BEEN OUTGROWN.”- Source

 

According to the company’s website, it’s mission is

 

    • CRAFT THE BEST TECHNICAL GARMENTS FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS BY COMBINING TECHNOLOGY AND FASHION.
    • ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO EXPLORE, WHATEVER THE WEATHER.
    • GIVE PARENTS PEACE OF MIND.
    • REDUCE WASTE

 

To learn more visit: www.Petitpli.com

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Spend the summer at Team Fashion Camp

Team Fashion Camp is a great opportunity for kids to explore the many career paths in the fashion industry! Marah McMillan,  a Lead Instructor for Team Fashion Camp in Santa Monica, California describes tells FKN,

 This awesome summer camp is in its fourth year and covers many important aspects of the fashion industry including sketching, illustrating, styling, designing, runway, branding and marketing. The camp is for Fashionistas ages 8-17 who are interested in learning more about the fashion industry in a fun and interactive environment.

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For more information visit:

www.teamfashioncamp.com

IG: teamfashioncamp

Facebook: Team Fashion Camp

 

 

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Real Style File: Kelissa & Kyle

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Our first ever FKN style file featuring siblings! Kyle  5, and Kelissa  6, will be walking in the Children making strides 2017 gala on May 7th in New York City.

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Kyle, age 5

Where do you like to shop at? What do you like to do?

Gap Kids, Ralph Lauren, H&M. My fashion sense is unique and I have swag.  Rip the runway, acting and I love to play soccer. My fashion icon is Bruno Mars! I love his style and he is so cool.

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Kelissa, age 6

 

Where do you like to shop at? What do you like to do?

Kelissa: I love to shop at H&M, Zara, Gymboree, The Gap and other trendy boutiques.  My talents are dancing, modeling and acting. I love acting! My fashion icon is Ariana Grande because she is astonishing. 

Do you guys have any heroes you admire?

Kelissa : Our hero’s are our Mom and Dad. They both work so hard to make sure that we are on the right path, to achieving our dreams and goals. We both are honor roll  students.

 

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What do you guys want to do when you grow up?

 Kelissa: I want to be the President of United States of America first, then a pediatrician.

Kyle:I want to be an train engineer first and then a doctor. 

What do you like to do with your sibling?

Kelissa:  I love to play and  read to him…and of course walk the runway with him.

Kyle:  Well I love to show her how much I love her and we play with my monster trucks. Doing photo shoots together is so much fun.

 

 

Follow this dynamic duo on Instagram 

IG Kyle_daprince

IG Kelly_maria6

 

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Behind the scenes: Celebrity kids photoshoot

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Ever wonder what goes on during a photoshoot with mini models? I have had my share of experiences on set with my son MJ, 8 , and its a lot of long hours, reshooting, keeping clothing pristine but also fun to see children’s personalities captured on photos.  Recently 5 celebrity kids, Lil Mendeecees, River Mason, Tamia, Eliana Kaja, and Rylie Gabrielle participated in a shoot for diverse brands :Neon Kisses, Fashion Gxd , Alternavites Vitamins and New Pop Popcorn.

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River Mason & Lil Mendeecees wearing D’Vander Collection

 

Lil Mendeecees Harris (11 years old ) ,  from Vh1 “Love and Hip Hop NYC” . Aside from being a break out star on Love and Hip Hop NYC he has modeled professionally. . His parents are reality stars Samantha Wallace and Mendeecees Harris
 
River Mason Eromosele ( 6 years old ) ,  who has been featured on Dr. Oz, Love & hip Hop and has modeled for brands like Gap and Curly kids hair care. He is the son of Celebrity wardrobe stylist Pilar Scratch. As well, He has 14k Social media followers.
 
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Tamia, getting ready to shoot for New Pop

Tamia ( 4 years old )  , the daughter of Vh1 “The Black Ink Crew “ stars Puma and wife Quannie . She has modeled professionally for AltenaVitmains
 
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Lil Mendeecees, Eliana, Ryle & Tamia pose with their moms.

Eliana Kaja (7 years old ) – Daughter of Flo Kaja of Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club
Ryle Gabrielle (7 years old )– She has been featured on the ID Channel Essence Magazine, Bossip , New Pop Popcorn

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Custom Shoe workshop with My Pink Kisses

My Pink Kisses Shoes  presents a fun workshop for mini fashionistas in Los Angeles. Every Wednesday starting at 5pm until 6:15pm at Kiddie City LA there is a Custom Shoe Workshop. Kids can create their own unique kicks that they will love to wear! Custom Shoe Workshops are also great for birthday parties and kids events.

 

for more info visit  www.mypinkkissesshoes.com

Follow My Pink Kisses on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

@MyPinkKissesShoes IG

@PinkKissesShoes Twitter

@MyPinkKisses Facebook

 

 

 

 

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FKN Designer Spotlight: Love Each Other Brand

 

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I recently spoke with Teresa Chumpitaz-Nowell about the 2017 launch of her clothing line Love Each Other. She is a mom of 3 boys, and has many years in the fashion industry as a stylist. She talks about her starting a new brand, and gives inspirational advice for creative individuals. Teresa also describes why she decided a portion of proceeds goes to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Why did you choose to design for children?

 Love Each Other is a family brand.  We design for adults, but the brand is definitely inspired by kids.  Part of our proceeds benefit the heart institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  We want to help families of children with heart disease while getting a simple message out there to “Love Each Other”.  

Tell me why did you choose the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to receive a portion of proceeds?

I came across a post on the internet about Hunter and Roman Pickering twin boys who were about the same age as my sons, who are also twins. Hunter and Roman live in the United Kingdom and Roman was born with a heart condition( a rare condition called pulmonary atresia) and needed a heart transplant. This deeply affected me and I wanted to help this family. As I was developing L.E.O. brand I decided a portion of the proceeds could benefit the Children’s hospital to help families in need like the Pickering family. 

How is your clothing line different from the other  brands already on the market? 

Our label is different in that by wearing these tees you are working towards saving lives.  It’s like giving a hug to children that desperately need support and attention.  I like to call them healing shirts!

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Where do you get your ideas from and what or who inspires you as a designer?

My family is a big source of inspiration!  All that I do, how I design, what I design, revolves around them.  They are my center (spine), the air that I breathe (lungs), and the blood in my veins (heart).  That premise is and will always be the thread  in our designs.  It’s easy to have an idea or a design concept; It’s hard to actually make it real. I’m constantly asking myself what are the next steps? Right now, I’m working on generating a buzz about L.E.O. brand and building a social media following as well as awareness about congenital heart disease, 1 out of  100 kids are affected. My message is a simple one.  In today’s society it’s easy to loose sight of what’s important. If we are kind to one another, perhaps we can change the world or at least make it a little better for our future.

 

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For more info about Love Each Other visit  www.leobrandclothes.com  

Shop from the collection  at www.leobrandclothes.com/collection  

Instagram: l.e.o.brand

Twitter:love.ea.other.global

Email:love.each.other.global@gmail.com

Facebook:love.each.other.global

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Check out the Love Each Other Collection http://www.leobrandclothes.com

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Jaylin Fletcher at Tribeca Film Festival 2017

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The annual Tribeca Film Festival is currently happening in New York from April 19th until April 30th. Filmmakers, producers, actors and film industry professionals from around the world debut their work at the  acclaimed festival in lower Manhattan. Independent films are screened during the festival to critics and insiders. Young stars, looking to gain acting experience often audition for roles in independent movies.

 

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This past weekend, model and actor Jaylin Fletcher, 10, was spotted on the red carpet at TFF. He plays Abe in the film Saturday Church,  a musical, written and directed by Damon Cardasis. In the film we follow Abe’s teenage brother, Ulysses (portrayed by Luka Kain, 17) as he struggles to discover his own identity. Jaylin wore a chocolate patterned suit from Zyem Kidswear, an upcoming Brooklyn based brand.  Legendary actress, Susan Sarandon joined the cast for a few photos. The film received praise from the Hollywood reporter.

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