Kids On The Catwalk: Youngsters Get an Early Runway Start at Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier

25 January 2013 by

First we had baby bumps on the catwalk (Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr), then we had kids taking pride of place on the FROW (Rachel Zoe’s son, Skyler Morrison Berman and Harper Beckham par example). However, the new trend this season - if the couture shows are anything to go by – are catwalking kids.

Our first catwalk kid was Karl Lagerfeld’s godson Hudson Kroenig who has become a staple of King Karl’s shows with his appearance this week on Chanel's Haute Couture runway marking his fourth appearance for the brand.

Jean Paul Gaultier is another designer who put ultra-cute litt’luns to work at Couture Fashion Week - though his theatrical reveal of four mini Indian princesses from beneath a humongous couture dress this week was not exactly chimney sweeping, we grant you. ‘Birthing’ the little darlings straight on to the runway, JPG proved he’s still the master of catwalk drama.

So which little twiglets can we expect to see gracing the catwalk next? Our bet is on Romeo Beckham who controversially starred in Burberry’s S/S 2013 campaign. We reckon his cheeky grin would bring a smile to even the most hardened fashion editor’s face and Burberry shows are always super slick in terms of production, so we reckon they could pull it off well. Of course his little sister Harper would also create a major story for any brand – but at only two years old, perhaps she might be more inclined to have a mini tantrum on the catwalk – anyone who’s had a toddler as a bridesmaid will know exactly what we mean.

With so many brands (from Marni to Versace) turning their talents to kids wear it’s perhaps little wonder that mini-mes are finding their way on to mainline runways. And if we’re happy to see kids star in films - 9 year old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis for example – why should there be any problem with them walking the runway? What do you think? Is there a place for kids on the catwalk? Or do you feel it’s too much exposure for those so young? Let us know in the comments box below.



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