VICKY’Z at New York Fashion Week: the little stars to watch

Spring/Summer 2018 NYFW
 It is not often that we see children on the runway, which is why the parent-and-child fashions of Vicky Zhang are her claim to fame: the Central Saint Martins graduate brings uniquely elevated elegance to children’s fashion with her brand Vicky Z.—a label inspired by and named for her four-year-old daughter—reminding us to foster a sense of style and self-worth in children during Fashion Week, as well.

Combining youthful coloring like baby blue and deep turquoise with gorgeous, luxurious tailoring, Vicky Z.’s NYFW show at Skylight Clarkson Sq. showcased the usual heartwarming pairings of parents and darling children in matching gowns. Everything was gorgeous, and while the models were stunning, it was the children’s mature embrace of the runway and the clothes they were wearing that really stole the show. So seldom do we get to see children in the spotlight, wearing graceful and high-fashion clothing, equal to all of the other beautiful fashions we see during fashion week.

The Editor’s Note
  by Sarah Barlondo
Who would have thought that Vicky Zhang was Coco’s first runaway show? Her presence and experience at only 9 years old is quite….impressive. Coco was born in London from a British mother and Turkish-American father, what a mix!
Coco - Joanna Depa

Coco – Joanna Depa

After moving to New York in the fall of 2016, there is no surprise that she was immediately signed to Generation Model Management booking campaigns for Caramel London, Mamas & Papas, Marie Claire, Kikimora Magazine, Tatler Magazine, Moncler, Amazon, Petite, Parade, Enfante Street Style.  Sporty and artsy, Coco has been fencing for 3 years and loves musical theatre, the arts and doing cart wheel. Ofcourse, when I hear “Coco” I can’t help but think of Coco Rocha. Not only do their share a name, but like her elder Coco shows an impressive charisma. We can’t wait to see more of her! Follow Coco on Instagram @cocoandguy


When she is not posing for Tommy Hilfiger, Fendi or shooting a Maybelline New York commercial with the one and only super model Christy Turlington, Athena takes ballet, jazz and musical theater classes.

Athena - for Imoga Photo. Gina Kim

Athena – for Imoga
Photo. Gina Kim

 When she grows up, she wants “to be a fashion designer or art teacher”. She loves meeting new people at photoshoots and has already worked for many campaigns like Tommy Hilfiger, Children’s place, Macy’s, Khols, Party city, Imoga and Maybelline New York.  Looking forward to seeing Athena walk more shows! Follow Athena on Instagram @aktheo21

Athena for Tommy Hilfiger

Athena for Tommy Hilfiger


Polina, 11 years old started modeling when she was 6 years old. Her fair skin and captivating eyes caught my eyes as she walked down the runaway at Vicky’z NYFW show. Pretty and smart: this year Polina received an award from The City Council of New York for demonstrating academic excellence and commitment to public service in New York City. Pretty good line down in the resume for Polina!



Fun fact: Polina loooves to talk, could you believe she didn’t speak until she was 4? Pretty and smart:  I could see her presenting the news some day…Follow Polina on Instagram @polinao9

The Children Steal the Show

That celebration of kids and their clothing is central to Vicky Zhang’s philosophy on design, which combines familial love, inclusion, and embrace of family life with strong sense of style, appreciation for beauty, and strong sense of self expressed through good clothes. She brings a maturity to children’s fashion not otherwise found in that typically playful market—one overlooked during fashion week.

Designer Xinyin Xu after the Vicky Zhang fashion show during New York Fashion Week 2017 . Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Vicky Zhang

Designer Xinyin Xu after the Vicky Zhang fashion show during New York Fashion Week 2017 . Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Vicky Zhang

A collaborative article between Fashion writer Anne Whiting and Editor Sarah Barlondo
**Photos courtesy of the children’s parents.