5 Literal Cool Kids On The Block You Need To Know
From Karl Lagerfeld's godson to one of Japan's biggest Instagram stars, these are the younglings that'll make you wonder what the heck you were doing at their age.| December 19, 2017
Get ready to meet the next generation of could-be (probably will be, if we’re being honest) fashion bloggers, stylists and social media stars. Forget grown-ups. Forget teenagers, even. Instead, we’re turning our focus to actual cool kids on the block, emphasis on the word “kids”.
Barely a decade old, these mini icons and their far-from-average style have earned them a steady following and recognition the world over. Whether their parents picked out their little wardrobes or not, that doesn’t matter. The training has to start early – the personal flair comes in later. These are the literal cool kids on the block that will have you wondering what the heck you’ve been doing with your dissipating youth.
We cannot start the list any other way. Coco Pink Princess or simply, Coco is the 7-year-old kid from Tokyo that has taken Instagram by storm. The most fashionable kid currently on Instagram, possibly the entire planet? We think so. According to interviews, Coco picks out most of her clothes – the little lady’s playground are the eccentric streets of Harajuku – a personal edit highly influenced by the eclectic style of dressing found in Harajuku. Her parents, who own a vintage shop in the area, are supportive of Coco’s rapidly growing following on Instagram. To date, Coco has been featured on Vogue.com, Vice, ELLE, Farfetch.com and Refinery29, among a long list of others. If you aren’t in love with her yet, just watch this. Her kawaii will go straight to your heart.
#2: Alonso Mateo
Alonso is the 9-year-old with just a hell lot of swag. No surprise there, considering that his mom, Luisa Fere Espinosa, is a stylist that has contributed to Harper’s Bazaar Mexico and a street style scene regular with over 600,000 followers on Instagram herself. Alonso attends fashion week with his momma, but we think it’s a matter of time before he starts attending shows solo. He’s already a street style star in the making, even appearing next to the great Grace Coddington on Vogue.com’s fashion week coverage. See? The kid’s street cred is legit.
#3: Hudson Kroenig
Many stars have attended Chanel’s spectacular fashion shows, but none quite as squeal-worthy as 9-year-old Hudson Kroenig, Karl Lagerfeld’s godson and pint-sized muse. The kid has been on Chanel’s runways since he was two, first starting out with dad Brad Kroenig before making solo appearances at the recent shows. When your godpa is one of the biggest and most influential designers ever, you basically get access to anybody and anything: Anna Wintour, Nick Jonas, Pharrell, Lily-Rose Depp, Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce – just to name a few – and, of course, custom Chanel tweed jackets and jumpsuits and selfies with his godpop.
#4: Jung Woo Ju
South Korea has no lack of fine looking men, but if we’re talking about dashing boys we wished were our sons, we’re going to have to vote for Woo Ju. (This sounds a little weird, but you get our point!) First spotted at a modelling show held by entertainment giant SM Entertainment, the heartthrob in the making now has over 60,000 followers on Instagram. Woo Ju is also known for resembling Chen from the wildly popular K-pop group EXO. Considering that he is currently managed by SM Entertainment, we’re not surprised if Woo Ju becomes part of the next generation of K-pop idols, like how Hudson Kroenig will be to the fashion industry. Keep an eye out for this one.
#5: Kylie Rae Brooks
She didn’t come to play, she came to slay. Little Kylie Rae Brooks made headlines from Buzzfeed to ELLE when her mom posted pictures of her recent Halloween costumes on Instagram. They were ridiculously spot-on and polished (one even had her holding onto a bat, “Hold Up” style) and so, because everyone can appreciate a good Beyonce costume, the world went mad. We’ll bet that you’ve seen her “Formation” look reposted on social media at some point. Kylie has her own Instagram now, but she appears a lot on her mom’s one, too.
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