The inaugural Kids Rock! runway show took place on Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013 at Grand Central Terminal for New York Fashion Week 2014 and featured a bevy of celebrity offspring and child models walking the runway in looks from iconic brands, Levi’s®, Converse, Nike, Jordan and Nike SB. Hosted by NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire, the Kid’s Rock! fashion show was dedicated to benefitting the Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation and nonprofit organization K.I.D.S. (Kids In Distressed Situations) to aid at-risk youth and children in need.
Along with Amar’e Stoudemire’s children, Amar’e Jr., Assata and Ar’e, celebrity kids who walked the runway include: Carmelo and La La Anthony’s son Kiyan, Lil’ Jon’s son DJ Young Slade, Kelly Bensimon’s daughter Thaddeus Ann, Sherri Shepherd’s son Jeffrey Tarplay. Taking after his showbiz mom, Jeffrey was the life of the party as he danced down the runway and giving out high fives to the professional athletes in the front row. Derek Jeter’s nephew, the children of the New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia and Angie Martinez’s son Niko saluted the crowd to cheers. The children and nephew of Orange is the New Black star Dascha Polanco, and Shameless actress Emma Kenney also strutted down the runway. In attendance to route on the kid models and to support a good cause were: Carmelo and LaLa Anthony, Kelly Bensimon, Tyson and Kimberly Chandler, Patrick Toussaint, Po Johnson, Lil’ Jon, Jeannie Mai, Jill Martin, Angie Martinez, DJ Cassidy, Dascha Polanco, Amber Sabathia, and Sherri Shepherd. 10-year-old DJ Fulano, pint-sized deejay and style maven, spun the latest hits.
Hair authority and owner of Cozy Cuts for Kids, Cozy Friedman, and her team styled the models as they sported the hottest looks of the season.