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French Lessons

A few of the country’s top children’s brands take over Times Square.


Tourists and locals visiting New York City’s Times Square were treated to a taste of French fashion last weekend, as mini models sporting some of the country’s best children’s brands strutted down a runway set up in the heart of the iconic neighborhood. Hosted by Groupe Zannier, which distributes nine French fashion labels in the U.S., the runway show featured Fall ’15 looks from Catimini, Gaultier Junior, Kenzo Kids, Tartine et Chocolat, 3 Pommes, Lili Gaufrette and IKKS. It was all part of “Best of France,” an event hosted by the non-profit of the same name, aiming to promote the image of France abroad.

Mission accomplished! From Lili Gaufrette’s oversized fur coats to the deft layering by Kenzo Kids, the show definitely offered validation of France’s famous fashion bona fides, both on the runway and in the crowd. Sitting front row in Kenzo Kids sweatshirts? New York City style stars Tristin and Tyler.

“Our design inspiration is explicitly French, and we pride ourselves in embracing kidswear that preserves childhood moments,” said CEO Remy Baume, who flew in from Paris for the festivities. “New York is one the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and it’s an honor to showcase our collections at the Best of France—an event that celebrates French know-how and excellence across various disciplines.”


(Groupe Zannier Runway Show during Best of France in Times Square)


(From left to right: Catimini, IKKS, Lili Gaufrette, & Kenzo Kids)


(Tartine et Chocolat)


(Tristin + Tyler)

Photo credit: Mark Pfeffer and Patrick Sasso /Company: Loop Seven



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