We all saw the cringe-worthy photos circulating the media during last weeks NYFW of little cutie North West at daddy Kanye West’s unveiling of his new fashion line for Adidas and then again at the Alexander Wang shows.
As a mother of a toddler, although a piece of me was very sympathetic for Kim K knowing very well how she must have been feeling, I honestly think that front row at a fashion show for any child under 3 is a no-no.
I get this was done to support her daddy (I would have wanted my child there too!) but then the other shows following?
Before I get some hardcore haters all up in here shaking their fingers at me and shaming me for my candid POV considering I’m a mom, listen, this is my personal judgement BECAUSE I’m a mom.
I think it also depends on the child and their behaviour.
Some may be very well behaved and able to sit through an entire fashion show complete with loud music, bright flashy lights and at times half naked models. I know my daughter would be.
She’s phenomenal everywhere we take her and always calm and behaved (even when she was a toddler!).
My son is the opposite — front row at NYFW would be a scary, scary thing with him there.
Not for him… for me and everyone else around him. Ha!
If I know I’m headed somewhere, especially a special event, that is predominantly adults, I arrange a babysitter.
If I can’t get a babysitter, I either 1) Don’t go (motherhood first!) 2) Go but arrange to be sitting somewhere that won’t distract anyone should my child be tired and have any tantrums or closer to the exit so I can slip out real quick if a fit starts up.
But from my own experience and my maternal instincts, front row at a fashion show just isn’t the place for little ones.
It not only is pointless and probably uninteresting to them but any tantrums that occur will not only be a nuisance to others around watching the show (most of which are buyers and media being paid to be there and research these pieces for work purposes and require the concentration) but also a disrespect to the designer and models.
Respect Artistry, right Kanye?
Do I think a banning all kids at fashion shows is fair? NO way.
The same way I think banning children from high-end restaurants is ridiculous and inequitable.
It all depends on the child. Period.
Skip the ban, and just provide a warning and a reminder to all parents bringing their kids to fashion shows (or anywhere that is mostly intended for adults) that they will be asked to leave if any commotion ensues.
Let parents make their own conscientious and rational decision on where they take their children.
So what do you think about a NYFW Ban on Kids?