Youth Work the Runway in Kids Fashion Week DMV


The inaugural Kids Fashion Week DMV, held April 12-14, celebrated the fashion, capabilities and “slays” of youngsters in the Washington Metropolitan place, and allowed designers who specialize in kids’ garb to exhibit their work at the runway.

Kids Fashion Week DMV, co-based by using movers and shakers, Akilah Clark, Crystal Davis, and Auntie Marie is a nonprofit organization that places an emphasis at the fulfillment of talented youngsters by means of being, “for children and by kids.”

“We are centered on helping expert youngsters meet their amusement-based totally career goals via supplying development and publicity possibilities,” in line with an announcement sent to the AFRO by Auntie Marie, publicist, manufacturer and co-founding father of Kids Fashion Week DMV.

Per its task to present exposure to youth, Kids Fashion Week DMV supplied programming all through the weekend to permit youngsters and their mother and father to network with entertainment industry specialists, along with performers, fashions, designers, photographers and contributors of the media.


Kids Fashion Week DMV kicked off with the “Next Level Networking Ice Cream Social,” at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, 1925 14th Street N.W. There, attendees have been treated to a vast ice cream party.

Further perpetuating the desire to give again, day of Kids Fashion Week DMV hosted “Work Hard, Play Hard,” which presented unfastened workshops for young human beings interested in amusement at the Patrick Henry Rec Center in Alexandria, VA. Some of the workshops protected, media education, creative writing, sewing, fashion design, appearing and emblem improvement, and college students had been further entertained with contests, giveaways, food, track, and performances.

Under the subject matter, “Fierce and Fancy,” Sunday’s runway display become the highlight of the Kids Fashion Week DMV experience, wherein younger humans strutted, sashayed and slain the catwalk.

The talented youngsters modeled fashions from nearby and countrywide brands or even featured 6-12 months-antique, Gabrielle Loftin, fashion designer of Gabby’s World.

The runway display became hosted by Real Housewives of Potomac celebrity, Ashley Darby. As Darby gears up for motherhood, she brought a fantastic maternal contact to the runway display as she shared humorous anecdotes approximately her pregnancy, celebrated the talented kids and highlighted the importance of Kids Fashion Week DMV.

“I am 30 years antique and I’m genuinely nevertheless coming across what I need to do. So to peer young those who are so prompted and so inspired to pursue their ardor is quite frankly very inspiring for me too,” Darby instructed the gang.

Other gifted youngsters highlighted included 13-yr-vintage ballerina Nya; Winter Noel, who started a prayer blanket and is operating to accumulate 10,000 squares all with diverse topics to wish about; 6-yr-antique photographer Myles and thirteen-12 months-antique kidprenuer Kamryn “Kam” Keys, founding father of Sweet Kam, a cell concessions which permits her to promote cotton candy, snowballs and an advent she calls “Krefeld,” which is a custom-made, non-fried waffle dessert.

Darby interviewed Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots famous person, Brianne James, also called “America’s Youngest Reporter.” In her interview with Darby, James, who showcased her skills as a correspondent at the Kids Fashion Week DMV blue carpet, shared her career aspirations.

“First of all actress, maybe singer, maybe version, maybe dancer if I can. I’m hoping to be an MIT graduate,” James said to the group who roared and cheered as she shared her pursuits.

After the runway display, the AFRO stuck up with a number of the young expertise at Kids Fashion Week DMV.

Fifth-grader Malaysia Hylton shared that although she had completed fashion indicates in the beyond, she becomes thrilled to take part in a prime event which includes Kids Fashion Week DMV.

“It feels exquisite, simply understanding that you may truly do it,” Hylton told the AFRO. “You see human beings within the newspapers and how they do it, and you just believe your self doing it, and now it got here true.”

“It became amusing and an excellent enjoy,” 9-12 months-old Empress Giddings told the AFRO. “It feels the first rate.”

Giddings, who has ripped the runway on the grounds that she changed into five, had phrases of encouraging words for children interested by professional modeling careers.

“They shouldn’t be shy and they will do a notable task.”