Photography: Elizabeth Pettey| Look One: Cape by LoveLane, Shirt by Salvage Maria, Dino Skinnies by Jagged Culture, Sneakers by MAÁ |Look Two: Jagged Culture |Model: Aiden Garcia of Zuri NYC| Location: NOHO, Manhattan, NYC
Guest post by Zacha Carpenter.
I think come this time of year we are all slightly over winter. I love pieces that easily transition in your wardrobe from winter to spring. Baby blue has made its return and I cant tell you how excited I am to see its come back. The air is still crisp enough for coats, but it could also be worn over a dress when it gets a little bit warmer. Finding pieces that will exceed their lifetime and cover two seasons is key. I love how they can help you expand your child’s wardrobe and allow you to experiment more.
Coat & Turtleneck: H&M| Jeans: Gap| Shoes: Converse
It’s Friday afternoon at the Starbucks on Spring Street in Soho and ten year old Cassidy giggles beside me, tall hot chocolate in hand, as I wrangle her awesomely-tangled hair into two trendy “inside out” french braids. Her positive and endearing personality warm up the room and she’s bursting with energy; you’d never know she’s been working around the clock all week on a SS15 campaign uptown. Although she’s only been signed for thirteen months, by the end of the shoot, it’s obvious why Cassidy has booked a dozen top campaigns (Ralph Lauren, Calvin Clein, H&M… to name a few). It takes a special kid to model Summer clothing in the snow; Cassidy does it with a smile.
So one day did you just say, “Mom I want to model!” and the rest is history?
Well, we sent in pictures and in ten minutes an agent called back. This has been my dream since I was like four! (Mom, Jess, harps in, “There was an infomercial on the radio and I thought ‘We’re not doing that’. She kept going back to it, talking about it, so we went to Nashville and they told us to go to New York. I thought, ‘WHAT THE HECK. Why not!’. It was crazy. Like she said, an agent called me within 10 minutes.)
What was your favorite job of 2014?
The most fun project I did in 2014 was H&M because the photographer, Frank Malthiery, was very funny. He’s French! He said “Bonjour mademoiselle!”
Aside from modeling, what are some of your other interests?
Sing, act. I acted in an android commercial. My dream job is to be on Disney Channel. I played football and I was the fastest girl on the team… well, I was the only girl on the team. I love animals! I think I like Bryant Park best in NYC because it’s so peaceful; the taxis here honk for no reason!
What’s the hardest part of being a model?
Waking up so early to get on the plane! (Cassidy is from a small town outside of Memphis, Tennessee. For most flights, her normal wakeup call is around 3am!)
To say that I am obsessed with Lot801’s Superhero Collection would be an understatement. I love (LOVE) leggings for Lucas and finding new and creative ways to make them work for him. These just make it so easy and fun! What little one doesn’t want to feel like a superhero? I’m also a huge fan of the classic black and white polka dot on both pairs. They’re standout on their own and look so great when mixing and matching a bit.
Today kicks off the 7th Annual petitePARADE,Kids Fashion Week, not-so-pint-sized runway shows specifically dedicated to children’s fashion in New York City. Yesterday I had the opportunity to catch up with Paisley, the coolest “modern rocker” Fashionkin at The Met.
So where do you live?
What are you most excited to do at Petite Parade?
Tell me about your fittings for the fashion shows!
They gave me some clothes to try on so I tried them on. If they didn’t fit they went up or down until we found the best size. Then for shoes I was going to wear plain flats but we changed it to like heels with a buckle. My RUUM dress is awesome; it’s purple and frilly and fuzzy and so it’s really cute!
What’s the best part of modeling?
They best part is that I can show my attitude and have a lot of fun. I’m going to keep doing it until I die!
Describe your style:
I like to dress like rocker and cool… or diva. I go back and forth. Maybe princess then rock then cool then diva. My favorite stores are Justice & RUUM. I like buying jewelry too because it shines and brings out your outfit.
There are a lot of ice-cream trucks in NYC… what’s your favorite flavor of ice-cream?
Ooooohhh! Vanilla and vanilla dipped with sprinkles. I also like strawberry slushies!
Tell me about the most fun shoot you’ve ever done.
My mom likes to complain about the “terrible tens” … my awkward stage of adolescence when it seemed like nothing really fit well and department stores were filled with items either “too babyish” or “too inappropriate”. I think this is must have been when an inherent distaste for shopping for myself developed.
The tweens of today don’t have to suffer through a year or two of awkwardness; not when Noch Mini is around to outfit every occasion from school to a dinner date with Dad. Designed and almost entirely made right in New York City using only certified organic materials (because, let’s face it, those tween years are hard enough on the skin as it is!) and low impact dyes, I’m giving these simple yet sophisticated (and way cool for all ages) designs two thumbs up.
For our middle boy Jerome, we had a nautical themed baby shower, birth announcement, party, etc. In short, everything was covered in anchors, stripes and pirates until his first birthday. Even now, I must say that I am drawn to all those cool props and drawings with that have a nautical feel. I was over the moon when I discovered this cool brand Ahoy Tees! Now I can coordinate all my babies in matchy matchy Ahoy! They even have the cutest tops for mamas.
Clothing: Ahoy Tees
JACKET, TOP, TROUSERS & BRACES Scotch Shrunk
Credits :: PHOTOGRAPHER Leonie Freeman | STYLIST Kari Nyack | STYLIST ASSISTANT Annalisa Paolucci | MODELS Ashton King, Kaani Surchi, Maddison Andrews, Savannah Bembridge, Kinsley C-G (all at Bonnie & Betty Agency)