By Thaddeus Govan
Even though the sky was dark and foreboding, the mood could not have been more upbeat and electric. Young children were following a bright red Nemo around, and as always, Nemo was as effervescent as ever, eager to give hugs and smiles to all.
The event was the kickoff to “17 Days of Fashion in Philadelphia” and according to Tracey Parker, the producer of the event things could not have gone better. As a benefit for the Shriner’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “Candy Coated in The Park” was wonderful array of color and style.
Featuring children from the age of 3 to 13, the “Candy Coated Kids” fashion show put a new twist on what would have been quite an ordinary event. The children were enthusiastic, alert, and very focused, and the styling of their attire was very offbeat and eclectic.
One of the most amusing aspects was the use of various “attachments” to the clothing, such as brightly colored one-inch balls on a sweater worn by a charming 3-year old, and several “regalia-type” attachments that were placed on suit jackets worn by two handsome 12 year old gentlemen.
The show was topped off by “RAW,” which is described as a “natural born artists arts walk” as well as a demonstration of Michael Jackson’s “Moon Walk.” This was performed by pair of highly skilled and athletic boys who appeared to be no more than eight years old, and despite their young age, could have easily doubled for Michael in any of his rock videos. The culmination was a full-stage bow, taken by “The Candy Coated Kids,” and then the sky opened up and down came the rain.