9TH MARCH 2017
ARE CELEBRITY CHILDREN THE NEW FASHION ICONS?
BY J.S. VON DACRE
"Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going."~ Phyllis Diller
Celebrity kids seem to be the latest rage: a generation catapulted to fame by genetic association.
GQ Magazine just named Rocco Ritchie, son of superstar Madonna and director Guy Ritchie, as the “New Stylish Cool Teen”.
Earlier in the year, Dolce & Gabbana caused a storm when they featured Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's 20-year-old son, Brandon Thomas Lee; Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber's 17-year-old son, Presley Gerber; Daniel Day-Lewis' 21-year-old son, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis; and Jude Law's 20-year-old son, Rafferty Law. The latter three also appeared on the spring-summer 2017 fashion show for Milan Fashion Week.
Jaden Smith, the 17-year-old son of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, caused controversy by modelling women’s clothes for Louis Vuitton. He was known to have donned skirts in a bid to normalise fashion for future generations of boys, should they wish to dress in a similar way. He and his sister, Willow Smith, were awarded the New Fashion Icons Award by the British Fashion Council at the 2016 Fashion Awards.
The younger Smith has also been a controversial fashion fixture, after she sported a shaved head, piercings, and brightly dyed hair from a very young age.
Perusing through all of their images, one may be forced the question where this sense of “style” begins and ends. Are they setting the standard for what is to be expected for the future of fashion? No doubt, it would be interesting to see which out-of-date trends will be resurrected and what “shock factor” fashion statements are to come.