PetiteParade: Kids Fashion Week

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NYC Fashion Week kicked off 9/9, and the city's been full of runway shows & fashion soirees. This year, we caught the exciting debute of petiteParade: Kids Fashion Week.

The event was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, and was attended by a somewhat small selection of press, media, fashion mavens and the cutest children sporting the most up-to-the-minute styles.We were all on the hunt for the freshest looks for spring and any trends we could spot.

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Here's our round-up of the shows:

Rykiel Enfant

The show was opened by Rykiel Enfant by Sonia Rykiel, a Parisian designer known as the '??Queen of Knits'?. Her label was started in 1962, the same year she opened her first boutique in Paris, and is recognizable by the distinct stripes, rhinestones and lace used in her designs. A mother of three daughters, Sonia developed her children'??s line during her first pregnancy. You can see how her designs have transcended beautifully into Rykiel Enfant.

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Charabia
The Charabia label was started as a newborn gift collection in the early nineties by Lena Henriksson-Barenton,a Swedish stylist from Lanvin and Eric Barenton, a Parisian advertising agent. It is one of the first of its kind for natural, ecologically based, higher end children'??s clothes. I was stunned by the sheer beauty of the pieces with their shimmer and sparkle.

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Simonetta
Maria Bianca started the label Simonetta-which she named after her daughter-in the early 1950'??s in a medieval town in Italy. She focuses on elegance, wearability, detail and comfort. I would absolutely wear these dresses myself.

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Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli formed his company and label in the 1960'??s in Florence, and has since started many divisions in addition to womenswear haute couture. The ethereal inspiration for the Spring/Summer 2011 Devils collection is beautiful with its super clean lines and bright colors and pretty touches.

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On Saturday, they dressed the runway up a bit with balloons, pink gift bags and champagne, and we got a little taste of the collections for older girls.

Inca Girl
As bizarre as it was to see little girls strutting down the runway in bikinis, this was one of my favorite collections. Inca was started as a resort line 10 years ago by Stacy Josloff, a Sales Executive at Ralph Lauren and MaxMara. She then brought in IncaGirl 5 years later for little fashionistas from ages 4-14. I loved the fringe, the shine and bohemian elegance of the line. The girls looked like they just hopped off a plane from the beaches in Brazil.

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Custo Barcelona
Custo Barcelona was started in the 80'??s by the The Dalmau brothers, Custo and David, after they traveled the world. As someone who used to actually wear Custo, I was really excited to see what they had in store for the younger crowd (ie my children!). I was pleased to see that they colors and styles remained fairly consistent and they stuck with their bright designs and psychadelic style.

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Monnalisa & Miss Grant
Italian childrenswear brands Monnalisa and Miss Grant have been the premier Italian brands for years. Super chic and trendy, these styles are for girls ages 7-14 who really like to get fancy.

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Love Therapy + Baby Angel by Elio Fiorucci
Both collections designed by the Elio Fiorucci Italian fashion house known as '??Daytime Studio 53'?. Love Therapy focuses on the younger girls, while Baby Angel is more for early teenagers. Bold colors and lines, vivacious, daring and lively trends that are meant to be mixed and matched.

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I had a blast watching the children prepare and walk the runway during petiteParade. They were full of energy, excitement and sassy little moves that led me to believe they had been practicing for a while. The designs themselves were beautiful, and the show was the perfect way to kick off Fashion'??s Night Out. I'??m definitely looking forward to the future of Kids Fashion Week, and
plenty more petiteParade'??s to come.

Photos and coverage by Jessica Shyba of Momma'??s Gone City

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