LA Fashion Week:
Interview with Actor and Kidswear Designer Colin Egglesfield
Tailored blazers, couture dresses and signature t-shirts. If you think we’re describing the hottest trends in adult fashion…think again. kidswear has been revamped from denim overalls to chic and custom pieces that have birthed a new generation of “fashion kids”. Never before have we seen the industry pay such close attention to kidswear. Last month the fashion industry buzzed about North West, the toddler daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, on the front rows of Fashion Week. Art Hearts Fashion introduced LA Fashion Week to new collections, which featured dynamic kids’ fashion. A groundbreaking day of Kidswear shows brought out the Hollywood glitterati including rapper and actor 50 Cent.
The first collection was by Colin Egglesfield, star of blockbuster hit Something Borrowed, Vice, and Open Road. Egglesfield debuted his signature t-shirt line, Shout Out! Clothing on the runway to a vivacious crowd of onlookers. The innovative design allows children to add and remove velcro letters to their shirts to customize various sayings. We had to know what inspired the actor to create this unique way of self-expression through fashion for kids. Here’s what he had to say:
TDD: What inspired you to do T-shirts?
CE: As an out of work actor you often come up with creative ideas and I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I was doing a movie in Thailand and I saw something similar and I believed that I could do a better job. So I started it a few years ago as a way to fuel my creative spirit, however, I also do a lot of work with LA children’s hospital and I go and read to them and give them t-shirts. It’s all about self-expression, creating whatever it is you want to say and shouting it out to the world.
TDD: How long did the creative process take to do this?
CE: I bought a t-shirt and velcro material and tried to sew it on myself and that lasted about an hour! So I took it to my dry cleaners and had them sew it on. I then bought a sheet of velcro and took it to a t-shirt shop when the owner thought the idea was great and suggested that I have it manufactured. Now we are in Kitson on Robertson Blvd, Tweak and in Art Hearts Fashion retail space.
TDD: What can we expect to see tonight?
CE: A lot of cute kids with various messages, just being themselves. That’s what Shout Out! is all about, celebrating who you are and what you like to do.
Next on the runway was JOW Junior. The fun and flirty dresses and men’s separates featured innovative cuts and patterns for kids and young adults.
Closing the kidswear showcase was the couture collection by Isabella Couture. The impeccable collection of dresses for girls and suiting for boys was greeted by overwhelming adoration and applause as guests cheered the young models down the runway. Rapper 50 Cent sat front row cheering on his young son Sire who walked in the show.
Photography: Troy Tackett
Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.