Magic happened on December the 8th 2018, it was the date of the first annual Toronto Kids Fashion Week, which is a show about shining the spotlight onto kids fashion designers. Toronto Kids Fashion Week was born from the desire to make a one-stop kids fashion carnival. Kids have style and personality just as much as adults, maybe even more so and there are so many kids fashion brands out there to suit each child, but not enough people know about them. Made to be a one-stop platform for kids fashion industries, Toronto Kids Fashion Week have to gather top-recognized designers, kids fashion collection brands, kids fashion media as well as kids modelling agencies making the fashion week a treat for everyone in the fashion industry. In the first year, Toronto Kids Fashion Week gathered together 13 astounding brands to help celebrate kids fashion, with a mix of many different styles and fashions that were all for kids it gave each brand the chance to shine.
Though the name is misleading Toronto Kids Fashion Week is not yet a fashion week, but do not let that deter you from this fantastic event. The day-long event at Daniel Spectrum was broken into two shows, one at 3 and another at 7. Before the start of the 3 o’clock show the lobby that hosted an espresso bar by Espresso Bike Bar, a raffle sponsored by Rogers Communications, Mastermind Toys and a regular bar by Bartending School of Ontario was packed with excited parents, buyers, and media members.
Once everyone was seated the show opened with a performance by Tron Dance. A young dance troupe with dancers in their early teens.
The earlier show starting at 3 was filled with brands for the tiniest of people. The most adorable models from the ages 3 to 9 graced the runway. The first brand was Moka made by Portuguese designer Zalia Ribau, has a great love for children's fashion with finer details. With some of the youngest models of the whole show starting at 3 years old! These little cuties stole hearts as they walked towards the eager crowd.
With the crowd suitably warmed up for the show they wasted no time getting the next brand out on the runway. With international designer brand LOSAN imported by Agency Ragal. AGENCY RAGAL was founded in 1994 by Mr. Konstantinos Douligeris. This designer switched it up bringing out older kids in casual wear, showing off the cool styles for young boys.
Though an international kids fashion powerhouse showed us all why it’s brands were so popular with young boys local brand Tutu Sweet by Lanita brought the attention back to local brands. Tutu Sweet by Lanita originally started in November 2013 by Alana Marinhas. Each design is handmade with love and perfect for any event or milestone.
Toronto Kids Fashion Week is primarily a fashion show, but it is a fashion show with heart and it wanted to show this with their Anti-Bully campaign. Because kids are the reason why everyone gathered on December the 8th and sometimes everyone just needs a little reminder to be kind. Mother and daughter collaboration-: Kindluv is a brand that seeks to put an end to bullying by spreading messages of love and kindness through clothing.“Bullying happens to almost every child regardless of their age, gender, race, religion or nationality. I have been on the receiving end of bullying but today I stand strong. Strength is being able to get up when you are at your lowest and that is how kindluv was born. Fashion can mean a lot more than just looking good and this brand is driven by purpose and cause.
To break the tension of such strong important Toronto Kids Fashion Week had pop group Mini Pop Kids perform. Canada’s #1 children’s music group, with over a million albums sold, and topping the iTunes and Billboard charts. The show continued featuring brands: VC VANCO. VC VANCO was established in 2005 by two fashion stylists Vanessa and Chloe who aspired to introduce Japan’s street fashion scene to their city.
Pingo Apparel has been curated to offer a wide variety of unique, high-quality and contemporary pieces. Monica, the founder, loves Fashion but she also loves the Earth and everything in it. Which means, all the clothes she houses under her online shop have been ethically made and for the most part made with eco-friendly materials.
Another performance by Dance Stream. Dance Stream won the 3rd prize in Toronto International Youth Dance Festival 2018. With the last brand being S Mode. It is a full-service fashion agency, representing an inspiring mix of International children’s labels. Focused on recognizing, launching and managing the most exceptional brands in the industry.
Editor: Keena Joseph