Meet Fashion’s New Kids on the Block

Hannah Almassi

Last year the fashion industry managed to finally shake off the idea that it functions solely on the lifeblood of the young. A desire for newness will never fade, but real diversity did rule campaigns, runways, collections, and styling. We saw the hippest octogenarian Joan Didion front a Céline campaign. The powerful "plus-size" retail faction was endlessly—and rightly—debated over but also better catered to, with new and established brands stepping up to the bar. Normcore became so normal the word almost endangered itself. Transgender models rose to the fore, and relatively mainstream brands got on board with gender fluidity—& Other Stories created a high-street capsule collection purpose-built for both sexes.

So what’s the mood for spring 2016? Well, we’re only at the early stages of editorials and campaigns for the year, but it would appear that young—super young—is back on the agenda. And diversity is diversity, after all, so who are we to exclude them?

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Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton's latest campaign.

Louis Vuitton snared Jaden Smith,modern-day Instagram favourite and son of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, to model alongside a pink-haired robot called Lightning that was digitally crafted to match LV’s cyber vibes for the S/S 16 collection and is technically even younger than the models.

Meanwhile, Chanel favourite Lily-Rose Depp has bagged the cover of Love magazine, and 17-year-old American model Lucky Blue Smith joins Kylie Jenner on that top spot at Elle.

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Elle

Kylie Jenner and Lucky Blue Smith in Elle magazine.

It’s a good time to be a teenager in fashion land, whether you are well-connected offspring or not. Here is who we'll be watching this year…

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