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Junior’s Fashion Week, Mumbai – an evening to remember

The last Saturday of September saw close to 140 mini models take over the ramp at Junior’s Fashion Week which was held at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. Selected kids were taken through a workshop to teach them the basics of the ramp. The mini models then sashayed down the ramp to the exquisite Autumn Winter collection by the showcasing brands. From little 4 year old’s who toddled down the ramp to older children turning and twirling, the event was a sight that had us gasping at the poise, elegance and confidence and composure of the little superstars.

Pre-event workshop

The children who were going to be walking the ramp underwent a workshop a day before the actual showcase at Junior’s Fashion Week. The team of 140 children were divided into 3 batches and allocated to each of the showcasing brands. Each batch was welcomed by the team at Junior’s Fashion Week Mumbai and first fed a sumptuous meal full of foods they like and love to eat – pizzas, French fries, cupcakes, noodles & pasta were some of the items on offer. The children seemed to thoroughly enjoy these and felt super pampered.

 

In all the children had about 4 rounds of training on the practice ramp and then underwent a final walk on the day of the workshop. It was amazing to see the transformation from the first walk to the final one. I spotted children in the first round who were conscious, afraid to smile, shoulders drawn in and stooping to some who were walking in a zig-zag pattern. But by practice round number 4, the children were beaming, smiling and walking with a spring in their step. A lot of this had to do with the positivity and cheerfulness of the coordinator Jessica who coached them with a loving hand and a big beaming smile. What I saw was complete proof that the children were in good hands.

D-Day – The Showcases

Sunday, the 1st of October dawned and I woke up with butterflies in my tummy. But not the children. At the hotel, a quick round of hellos and hi-fives and they declared with a little jump that they were super excited about the day. So much to learn from little kids who just live by the moment and don’t worry about being judged or failure.

Once again the kids were treated to a meal with a range of items to fill them up. A few practice sessions and then they were all lined up for their hair, makeup and dressing. The first batch of children was showcasing for Marks & Spencer, London.

In their Autumn Winter 2017 collection, Marks & Spencer, London presented a wide range of creatively designed jumpers and bomber jackets in luscious greens, snug blues and bright yellow hues, making layering for the colder days innovative and trendy. Their sweatshirt hoody with ‘keep warm’ technology has been designed to keep the body comfortable and warm. The thermals are made of BCI cotton ensured minimum irritation to the little ones and the chic storm wear coat with its StormwearTM technology offered the perfect option ensuring the child is comfortable and stylish when the weather turns chilly.

Read more about the Marks & Spencer, London showcase here.

The second batch of kids was showcasing for Allen Solly Junior.

Allen Solly Junior introduced three different looks, namely, ‘Sport the Adventure’, inspired by a military and jungle look, ‘Athleisure’ that included special fabrics trim plays and ‘Party Squad’ that were created specially to cater to special occasions and parties.

You can read more about the Allen Solly showcase here.

And finally, it was the turn of the title sponsor, US Polo Assn.

With its Autumn Winter 2017 collection, US Polo Assn. showcased traditional, preppy and updated looks. The showcased collection offered contemporary elegance, great tradition and a jovial attitude which reflected in the positioning, imagery and experience of US Polo Assn. as a premium brand. Rooted in the brand’s American origin and Polo connection, the collection showcased a vibrant play of bright colours along with reds, blues and whites marking the core presence of the brand highlighted with stars, stripes and dots.

You can read more about the US Polo Assn. showcase here.

#MomBloggersUnited at #JFWMumbai

Mom Bloggers United was chosen as the blogger partner for JFWMumbai and the team of bloggers covering the event were Shubhreet Kaur of Raising Karma as Blogger in Chief and Associate Bloggers Nikita Azad of Being Mamma Bear, Mahak Wadhwani of Baby and Beyond.in and of course me from MommyingbabyT.

It was not only a fun filled time speaking to the little children, seeing their excited faces as they stepped onto the ramp and made their parents in the audience proud, but also made us see up close and personal how much they were benefitting from the event. Children seemed transformed in terms of their confidence and drive to walk the ramp with complete poise and elegance. Some of them even brought in their own elements like that little wave, twirl and a flying kiss and it was so adorable to see them get creative.

What we did not expect to see at the event were children who had issues in terms of image, confidence and acceptance into mainstream society. If someone had not told us we could never have guessed that they were any different from the 140 other kids present there. We even spoke to their families and saw how events like these gave their children a platform to gain self-confidence and the belief that they too were special & could do anything that their hearts and minds could think of.  We saw how JFW was giving them a chance at living a life on par with how any other child was living. We even met families for whom being part of JFW was now a regular thing and they seemed truly indebted and happy to be a part of this community. This for us was an eye-opener and a takeaway which we did not expect to receive. It has certainly made us more aware and sensitive to the myriad challenges and struggles of parenting and how every parent is, in fact, doing their very best for their children. No Judgement at all. It has also inspired us to talk more for such communities and families and it is a plan which we hope Mom Bloggers United will be able to kick off and make a success off.

All in all being at JFW Mumbai was an experience never to forget.

It was a lot of hard work in terms of covering the event live and sending updates to our readers online on social media. We also got a lot of comments from our readers based in other cities and countries who could tune in LIVE. A lot many of you have also expressed interest in enrolling your children for future Junior’s Fashion Week. JFW will be in Delhi and Bangalore soon. If you wish to enrol your children, do visit the official website for JFW here.  Registrations are currently open. Good luck. I am sure your child will certainly enjoy and benefit from the experience.

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42 Comments

  1. You all did such a great job covering this event and making it interesting for us viewers. I remember seeing the Insta story snippets and getting so excited for the kids 🙂 This was a lot of work and so much time away from your own. It was a great show and you showcased it well in this post and on social media. I for one enjoyed watching everything with all four of you, felt like I was there.

    All the clothes looked amazing too, it was a great introduction for me to the brands kids wear collection. I will be checking them out soon 🙂

  2. Looks like you guys had a great fun during the event.. loved the way how you all mommies have rocked it. 🙂

  3. Seriously glad to see so many people vouching that the kids were treated well and pampered.. As a mom, this really is some relief..

  4. This sounds like such a fun event for everyone. You really made me feel like I was there with your photos 🙂

  5. Sounds like a really fun event and the clothes are so cute! Not to mention, it looks like the kids had a great time too!

  6. I can see why parents want to enroll kids in this program. What a special opportunity. And it seems like a great way for kids to build confidence.

  7. Wow, what a great event for the kids and parents alike. I know the girls had a wonderful time from the sound of it.

  8. It looks like it was a great event. Thanks for covering it and sharing all the details. I am sure it was also a good time for you.

  9. Have been seeing and hearing a lot about this event. So glad you guys covered it and have shared all the details with us. It’s nice to know that there are endless learning opportunities for the kids today which in our times were probably lacking.

  10. This was an amazing event and you all did such a lovely job. I am pretty sure it would have so stressful but you all have done you best. I was following very closely and I loved your press meet video. So genuine. Congratulations looking forward to more such events

  11. Loved the coverage you guys pulled off. It was such a proud feeling you know! Seeing the squad.

    • mommyingbabyt

      October 10, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks Disha. Yes it was a lot of hard work and especially because it meant we were away from our little ones. I really appreciate that you watched the updates

  12. Wow..This looks like a fun and exciting event..I am sure there would be quite a lot of hard work which would have gone in planning the event and making it a success.Congrats and hats off to all of you 🙂

  13. How cool is this. It looks like an awesome event and a way to really get the younger ones interested in fashion and having fun at the same time.

  14. I can’t believe how poised these kids are. I would have been a mess! It seems like an awesome way for them to gain confidence.

  15. How adorable is this fashion show! I’ve never heard of it before but I think it’s a wonderful idea! I love the clothes too. I’m always on the lookout for clothes because I love shopping for my youngest daughter.

  16. Wow, that sounds and looks like a really fun week for the kids (and parents!). I remember modeling in a fashion show at school when I was younger to help raise money for one of our booster clubs, and it was great fun.

  17. What a fun event! Super cute clothing and a well organized event. Congratulations on such a great opportunity!

  18. Wow! this looks like one amazing experience that you had at the JFW event. Amazing pics. Also loved the collection by various brands. Keep up the good work dear.

  19. From the posts on social, it was evident that you guys put in much effort and this post confirmed what a party it must have been. I am sure the kids had a ball and made lovely memories. 🙂

  20. It surely was an amazing event. I was watching the live videos, that were super impressive. The fact that the event was not just about fashion but also about boosting the kids’ confidence and giving them an exposure of different kind, is something commendable

  21. What a great experience for these kids! It looks like there were pampered and treated well throughout the event! I am sure they felt extremely proud and excited!

  22. What a fun event. It looks like the kids had such a great time showing off their fashionista runway skills. It’s also a great platform to inspire kids to feel confident in their skin.

  23. Looks like a really great event. One to remember for sure, I think its wonderful. Great way to get younger kids interested in fashion, my girls are obsessed.

  24. This is so precious. I love those headbands

  25. I love all the detail you included in your post because it made me feel like I was there with you. These pieces are not only stylish, but they are full of great colors as well.

  26. That’s so cool! It sounds like a fun event to attend. Looks like you guys have a great time at the event. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  27. Wow, this looks like such an impressive event! It sounds like the kids had a wonderful time and there are so many great collections here. Especially love the Marks & Spencer, London Autumn Winter 2017 collection.

  28. Sounds like a really great event! I’m sure the kids really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun.

  29. I was hooked to the live coverage of event on social media by team of MBU . And I must say you guys did an amazing job by highlighting the aspect that how cared children were for the fashion event . I am sure this must have put to the rest fear of many parents who wish to enrol their children for such events but always hesitate due to the false rumours circulated on the internet

  30. What a fun event for everyone involved! The kids looked like they are having the time of their life!

  31. I.have read other posts about it and looks like you guys really had great fun. The event looks very interesting and kids completely rocked it.

  32. JFW was a hit for me because it was covered by awesome mommies from MBU otherwise I would have ignored such an event and would have cribbed at the back of my mind about how these events are ruining lives of small kids by pulling the innocent minds into glitters of the fashion world. But, thanks to you guys, my approach to such an event has taken a complete u-turn, I watched all the videos uploaded and all the updates shared on social media. If my son will show any interest towards fashion or modeling in future I will definitely enroll him for this event. You guys did a great job!

  33. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com

    October 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    This looks like such a fun event! I did not realize they had this, my daughter would love to go to something like this!!!

  34. I have following every detail of this event ever since you all are posting about it. This is such an awesome event. And if this is helping kids coming out of their personality issues, this is really commendable. Love the way you all carried yourself. Confident and charming!

  35. This looks like it was a super cool event! I think everyone (including kids) should experience the pageantry of fashion week!

  36. Sounds like a great event! I’m so glad that you all had a great time, and that the kids had such a positive experience.

  37. How fun! I love attending Fashion Week — of any kind! I feel like I got to be there with you. Those floral crowns are too cute for words.

  38. Wow, what a fun event! It’s so refreshing to hear it was a great experience for the children too.

  39. My 5 year old would actually enjoy going to a fashion show. She loves, loves fashion!

  40. This sounds like such an amazing experience for the children, and their parents too! It seems as though absolutely everything was thought of and was such a beneficial event for the children. I would have loved to have done something like this as a child!

  41. Thank you guys… Thank you from the community I represent… any bit of awareness is a step ahead for us in making this world a better place for our children… it was so nice of you to listen to us… put my voice across… if your time permits.. please do help and support our cause and generate awareness…. count me in for every kind of support needed… Thank you once again…

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