FKN Designer Spotlight: KICOMO

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Kicomo by Kiara C. Morrow, from the D.C. Metro Area owns Kicomo, an in house Design and manufacturing boutique. Designs range from Streetwear to Ready to Wear for Babies, Children, Teens, and Adults.

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Photo credit: Fresh Kid Nation

I was able to see Kicomo spring/summer collection at Posh Kids Fashion week in September 2017, at The Playstation Theater.  The first fashion presentation was at Art & Beauty Magazine presents NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2.0 “The Pageant Edition” on Saturday September 16th, 2017 just one day prior to the Posh Kids show.

Why did you decide to start your clothing line?

I wanted to empower children and let them know they have a voice at a young age. Society today molds us into there definition of beauty. I believe we are beautiful in our natural different ways and should embrace our cultural and ethnic diversities. Clothes are not going to change the world, but the child wearing them can make a difference.
Kicomo is about giving confidence and empowerment to all. Kicomo means to make a change and or difference.

How is your label different from the other childrens brand already on the market?

Its not a everyday children clothing, its art, its creativity but fashionable and
eco friendly. I used Ankara prints for this collection. It is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is usually a colorful cloth and is primarily associated with Africa because of its tribal-like patterns and motifs. Being African American myself I strive to really embrace my culture and beauty. A African Proverb that really inspires me day to day ” The best way to fight an alien and oppressive culture is to embrace your own”.

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

The world inspires me, music, books, movies, etc. The most random thing can
put me in a creative trance. I knew I wanted to be a designer since I could walk and talk so I am fighting everyday to make that happen. What inspires me is everyday life, my culture, movies, books, music, family, heartbreak, etc. I don’t seek inspiration I just express my emotions in art. 

For more information visit:

www.kiaracmorrowdesigns.com

Instagram and Twitter: @Kingkicomo

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Celebrity Birthday Bash for Rylee Gabrielle

Last weekend (October 7, 2017) actress and model, Rylee Gabrielle, 7, was surprised by family and friends with a cool birthday celebration at Funplex in Hanover, NJ.

Rylee’s has appeared on the hit Fox show Gotham ‘ , The Blacklist , The ID Channel , and on CBS shows Kevin Can Wait and Bull.

Guests spent the afternoon enjoying  food & drinks , taking rides on bumper cars , face painting , and also partied on the light up dance floor.

After taking photos on the red carpet and playing arcade style games, Rylee treated the crowd to a song and dance to Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk.

Everyone couldn’t wait to enjoy the beautiful circus themed birthday cake from Edo’s Bakery.

Rylee received a beautiful custom jacket from designer Chermia Lucas. Other items from her brand Chermia Amour include hand painted accessories and custom clothing.

Other attendees included industry kids Meghan & Morgan the True Blue twins, River Mason Eromosele , Braxton and Malia ( Niece and nephew of Singer Mary J Blidge ) , Solei Madrid, Madison aka redlilmissy , and model/blogger Ameena Lee.

This event was sponsored by : Industry Kids Events , Fashion Gxd Magazine , Edo’s Bakery ,Miss Jessie’s , MIA NYC , GirlzNDollz , Townleys NYC , KidPik and Antsy Pants

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New York Teen Fashion Week 2017

Photo Credit: ETP Photography


This was the second season of New York Teen Fashion Week. Promised a bigger and more spectacular event with nearly 30 designers participating, amazing performances, celebrity guests and diverse models.

New York Teen Fashion Week was created for youth ages 13-17 years old. We truly appreciate the opportunity to partner with local businesses, designers, vendors, agencies, sponsors, and community organizations to help empower youth and young adults through fashion and entertainment. We vow to help our youth and young adults to gain confidence and knowledge of the industry.

Over the span of 3 days in Manhattan designers presented collections that included ready to wear, couture and a street style show.  Designers Sirgarde Karizda, Vanessa Simmons and international singer Meredith O’Connor were honored for their work with children charities. Founder Dawane Cromwell, shared with the audience his dedication and passion for supporting young people, and charities like the Ronald McDonald House

Vanessa Simmons Photo: ETP photography


List of designers for Saturday and Sunday shows:
Hibba

Ali Hanan

Wynter & Sherices Pieces

Original Crackage

1220 Apparel

Clothgami Couture

Stitch By Chanel

Kadjoe Designs

Society Robot Clothing

Made By B

Tyrone Chablis
For more information visit:

http://www.Fashionweekteen.com

For more photos visit : @NYCTFW on instagram

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Founder Dawane Cromwell with Sirgarde and Trinidad James ETP Photography

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Christina Colby, Meredith O’Connor and Dawane Cromwell ETP Photography

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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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