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NOMIKO's debut at FASHFEST 2016. Image: @wearefoundau

Is your child the next FASHFEST star?

Beatrice Smith

Last year, the audience of FASHFEST 2016 got a sweet surprise on closing night . 

No, we’re not talking about the wedding proposal that happened on the runway (although that was gorgeous). We’re talking about the adorable wave of mini models that strutted their stuff during NOMIKO‘s FASHFEST debut.

Bright, bubbly and having the time of their lives, a handful of energetic little fashion stars strutted, danced and smiled down the catwalk as hundreds of hearts melted.

Almost one year on, founders of both FASHFEST and NOMIKO, powerhouse Canberra couple Clint and Andrea Hutchinson, are ready to do it all again—and this time, your little one has the chance to be on the catwalk.

This Sunday 10 September, FASHFEST will be holding auditions for around 20 child models at QT Canberra in NewActon from 2-5pm for two very special FASHFEST catwalk appearances.

For the first time, we’ll have two kids labels on the catwalk [at FASHFEST 2017],” explain Clint and Andrea. “Our own label, NOMIKO, and a range of labels sold by Tip You’re It!, a gorgeous kids fashion shop in Braddon devoted to making children’s personalities shine.”

ChiKhi presented by Tip You're It!

ChiKhi presented by Tip You’re It!

“Tip You’re It! stocks more than a dozen children’s brands, each unique. This is fashion loved by young ones and adults. Tip You’re It! will present cool labels like ChiKhi, Milk and Masuki, Neon Kite, Phoenix and the Fox, Huxbaby, Nununu, Beau Hudson and Minouche.”

So what advice would they give to parents who think their little ones might want the chance to strut their stuff?

“Tell the kids to be relaxed. Have fun. Meet new friends. Don’t take it too seriously. And tell them that they’re gorgeous and talented, even if they don’t get across the line.”

Huxbaby presented by Tip You're It!

Huxbaby presented by Tip You’re It!

“We’re looking for cuties from 4 to age 10, male and female. No special look. Just lovable.”

Already household names in the Canberra creative scene with a diverse portfolio of interests, what made Clint and Andrea start a children’s label?

“We have two kids who already love fashion,” they explain. “NOMIKO celebrates that a child’s life is filled with adventure, exploration, excitement and wonderful experiences. We wanted to create a line of garments using quality and durable fabrics that keep little pioneers feeling comfortable and stylish throughout the day.”

“NOMIKO is a refreshing collection of gender-specific and unisex clothing and our motivation levels went through the roof when we made a surprise appearance at FASHFEST 2016. The guests were delighted which makes it even more exciting to be back on the catwalk this year with our first full collection.”

So what can you expect from NOMIKO on the FASHFEST catwalk?

“Funky. Comfy. Relaxed,” says the couple. And perhaps, an appearance from your very own little star in the making.

In order to attend the audition on Sunday 10 September, parents must first register their child at fashfest.com.au.

the essentials

What: Tip You’re It! and NOMIKO at FASHFEST 2017
When: Tip You’re It! will be on the catwalk opening night, 28 September, show 1, 7pm, NOMIKO will be on the catwalk closing night, 30 September, show 1, 7pm
Where: The National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, City West
Tickets: From $49. Purchase yours here.
More information: fashfest.com.au

HerCanberra are proud media partners for FASHFEST 2017

Feature image: @wearefoundau

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Editorial Coordinator involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise you’ll find her at the movies, ordering a cheese board or ordering a cheese board at the movies. More about the Author