On the second day of Denver Fashion Week, a breathtaking event took place: the Kids Couture Show. In this showcase, everyone in the audience was mesmerized by the brilliance, charm and confidence of the young models in this show of youthful style and innovation.
Kids Couture designers showcased a selection of styles that embodied both a taste of sophistication and fun, from colorful and trendy to sparkly dresses and athletic wear for girls. The designers were able to create pieces that looked stunning on the catwalk.
The show kicked off with an incredible performance by Cherry Creek dance studio, giving the audience a lively feel and a taste of things to come. Four of the seniors from the studio performed at DFW for the third time. They were all so excited and giving their all for the performance, showing up for DFW day two.
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“I’m really looking forward to this performance, especially since it’s one of our last as seniors, and to perform dances that we love to do,” said Madison Quales of Cherry Creek Dance Studio.
The uniform for the dance was an all-white leotard, with fringes along the ends, giving it a 1920s vibe. The girls came out with incredible energy and mesmerized the entire audience with their talent and skill. Dancing to the beat of “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody”, cheeky, fun and amazing attitudes reigned in the atmosphere.
Natalie Burl, another studio senior, said, “I think it’s really special, and to watch myself grow and see how everything has changed and even how Denver Fashion Week has changed.”
Rainey’s Closet, a beautiful rental of children’s clothing featuring beautiful, fluffy and feathery dresses debuted at the Kids Couture show. The pastel colors and pink were a constant in the pieces in this collection. On the catwalk, each model was adorned with beautifully fitted tiaras or headpieces and embodied princesses on the catwalk.
Lauryn Carr who walked into Rainey’s Closet in a gorgeous light pink fuzzy dress, with a tiara and shimmering eye makeup, said walking into DFW for the first time: “It’s really nice, everyone is so supportive and nice, and everyone looks so beautiful looking.. The dress is so big and beautiful, and I’ve never done a whole glam before, but I’m super excited to walk for DFW.
Rainey’s Closet also had a very special model this spring, Lucy, the very first Make-A-Wish kid to walk DFW. She was styled in a gorgeous pink and sparkly dress and tiara and shimmered on the runway.
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Heart of Thrift, a family-owned local designer, presented stylish and bright ‘thrift’ inspired children’s clothing. The glittering stars on the knees of the pants were the only trend of the designs that stood out. Overall, the most charming aspect of this event was the kids’ confidence as they walked down the runway. They ended their segment of the Kids Couture show with balloons that read “We Love Mom.”
Reegan Romero, the daughter of Heart of Thrift creator, walked DFW for the third time this spring. “I like the outfit and it’s a good experience to do this.”
The last, but certainly not least, designer to preview their work on day two of DFW was Dragonwing Girl. A line of athletic wear for girls, featuring metallic and colorful prints on the catwalk. The girls’ energy exuded confidence, regardless of their age.
An unforgettable moment of Dragon wing girl‘s debut was the memory of Grace Baca. A young girl who died in November 2022 from a traumatic brain injury. Baca’s best friend and dance teammate, Hadley Rathbun, walked in her honor to the last song Baca ever danced to. Dragonwing Girl designed a beautiful bright pink leotard in her honor, the ‘Gracie Leo’. All proceeds from the sale of this leotard will be donated to the Grace Baca Foundationan organization that helps people with traumatic brain injuries.
“Her mom wanted to make a leotard dedicated to her legacy, and we made it so that other girls can dance in it and remember her. She loved pink and she loved to dance. I am excited about this opportunity,” said Rathbun.
The entire Dragonwing Girl team, models and their parents also wore bright pink chain bracelets in Baca’s honor at the Kids Couture show, making this a special moment, and one that Baca’s family will never forget.
What really made this event stand out was the confidence and charisma of the young models. They gracefully and stylishly walked the catwalk, presenting the designers’ creations with ease. The models were diverse in age, size and ethnicity, adding to the inclusiveness of the event.
The Kids Couture showcase at Denver Fashion Week was a resounding success. The designers’ creations were beautifully crafted and the young models brought them to life with their charm and confidence. It was a beautiful celebration of youth, style and creativity. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these talented designers and models.