The Little Runway 2018

Even the 42 degree heat didn’t dampen Melbourne fashionista’s enthusiasm – The Little Runway’s 3rd Kids Fashion Week catwalk extravaganza was a huge success! Established in 2014 with the aim to “change the world one good deed at a time”, all proceeds from The Little Runway go to a not-for- profit school in the slums of Thailand. Everyone involved in the The Little Runway donated their time to the cause – from photographers to make up artists to the gorgeous tiny models – everyone was there to help others. The kids here that work on the runway, love that they are helping other kids and doing something that they love at the same time.

You can read more about the amazing things The Little Runway make possible here.

My nine year-old and I were very excited to see so many amazing designers there to showcase their gorgeous designs and raise money for charity. This year the theme was 'trope-cool' and we were treated to fantastic experiences on arrival including a photo booth by Oh My Booth, nail bar and lip gloss touch ups by Luv Ur Skin, pamper bar by Coast Sydney Botanicals and sweet treats at the 'flamingle' bar.

The fashion show kicked off to great excitement and anticipation and we were not disappointed. There was an amazing array of choice for the tweens with the line-up on the day including:

fromZion pride themselves on the quality of their unique blend of bamboo/spandex material and in-house designed prints, resulting in clothing of unparalleled comfort for babies, children up to size 10, men and women as well as an accessories and textiles range. The Sleeveless Drape Dress in Lynx is the perfect throw over drape dress for your pre-teen.

Dubbed as a destination for denim lovers, Riders Jnr by Lee, the junior spin off to one of the world's leading jeans brands, provided lots of stylish casual denim for both boys and girls on the day.

Minti is a boutique kids clothing brand based in Melbourne, Australia. We saw super comfy stretch fabrics in muted colours – think pale blues, pinks, apricots. Stylish yet comfortable.

Little Villains is a range of exclusive urban apparel inspired by a love of hip hop and current trends in adults streetwear. I know the Somewhere Between ladies are both big hip hop fans and were loving the WUTANG tee! The brand is limited to children's sizes apart from the Hip Hop Tees which are available in Youth/Adult sizes as well.

Neon Dancewear are 100% Australian made leotards that look and feel beautiful to wear. Amazing bright and fun range with so much colour (they also offer a custom made to order option), your girls are going to love going to dance class in these!

Milla + Lotti is a boutique online store specialising in age-appropriate clothing, designed for girls in their tween to teen years. We loved the bright fun patterns (that I secretly wish came in my size!)

Oobi is an Australian children’s fashion, homewares and lifestyle label for girls aged newborn to twelve years. It’s a beautiful and thoughtful range of garments, designed with fun, colour and movement in mind! This year on the runway we saw rainbow prints, tulle skirts, knee hi socks, matching dresses and leggings and lots of the ruffles that Oobi is famous for.

Little Schnucki is a fashion statement of unique vintage inspired designs for children aged newborn to 12 years. The brand encapsulates everything childhood brings......adventure, happiness and lots of treasured moments with old fashioned playsuits featuring Peter pan collars and knee hight socks and beautiful bright coloured bathers.

The models also sported knee high socks from Tokyo Socks and accessories from Sunnykids Australia.

It can be difficult to find stylish tween wear that is unique and age appropriate, but The Little Runway’s Fashion Week showed that there are lots of designers meeting this need. We were spoiled to see so many beautiful outfits by some truly talented designers – my nine year-old loved the Little Schnucki bathers the best! There are definitely going to be some new additions to my girls’ wardrobe now. It was such a privilege to attend on behalf of Somewhere Between.

PHOTO CREDIT: Fiafia Art Photography

Fiona Zeine

Fiona Zeine went on maternity leave from her banking and stockbroking career nearly 10 years ago and never went back. She is now kept very busy with her obsession with children’s interiors, planning parties (any excuse!) and the next family holiday. She is also passionate about tween culture as her eldest is currently in the thick of it. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, two gorgeous girls, cat, two budgies and six goldfish (well, at last count!)

  1. Fantastic article about a wonderful cause and what a great venue to share the designers and their fashions for tweens!

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