He’s runway’s new darling. He’s fashion’s favorite star. AND, he’s four. He is Hudson Kroenig. The child (or so we’d like to believe) recently participated in his third Chanel runway, at the annual Chanel Metiers d’Art collection in Scotland. Dressed in a velvet beret, kilt, knickers and a bowed blouse, Hudson looked like Little Lord Fauntleroy. And being the professional that he is, you wouldn’t expect a tantrum from him that most kids his age are sure to exhibit, considering the attire, the lights and the glare of the media and onlookers.
But this attention and appreciation is not new to the little star (and by little we only mean the size and age). German Vogue photographed him when he was just one and when this fashionista turned two, he was already walking the ramp for Chanel, holding hands with his dad, Brad, at the Paris fashion week, taking it by storm.
Now, he’s four, and campaigns Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi along with glossy and high end photo shoots for Harper’s Bazaar and the Pirelli calendar. It so appears, that Hudson was born for the world of fashion. His dad, Brad Kroenig, is one of the biggest male supermodels who rose from being the poster boy of Abercrombie to the face of the iconic label, Chanel. The 32 year old model then grew close to Karl Lagerfeld, who is the creative director of Chanel, and in 2008, when Hudson was born; he named the influential designer as the godfather of his son. And of course, Karl has taken his role darn seriously. His young godson has already had a Chanel book and a photo exhibition dedicated to him and if that weren’t enough, in 2010, the toddler made his runway debut, hand in hand with his father, for the Spring/Summer line of Chanel. But the next year, on Lagerfeld’s suggestion, Hudson came back, sans his dad. Oops.
But the question arises, why would a highly renowned, mature brand pick a young kid as its muse? Experts comment that “Hudson brings the ‘aww’ factor to Chanel shows”, which can never be a bad thing. “Fashion can seem over-serious and severe even but you can’t help smiling when an adorable three-year-old hits the runway holding hands with his gorgeous model-dad.” The two hold a close bond and insiders opine that “if godfathers are supposed to be imposing and formidable Karl certainly fits the bill.” A kickass modelling career isn’t the only thing that “Uncle Karl” has blessed his godson with. The world class designer showers his affection upon the child in the form of presents that only a Victorian era child can desire and value. During an interview with the New York Times, Hudson displays his hand sewn Lagerfeld replica dolls, his collection of Parisian sketch pencils and Fendi stamped kid-sized sneakers while the fashion press looks on in bewilderment.
Last year, a cover on Hudson’s wardrobe by a website revealed leather cowboy coats, Fendi overcoats and designer logos. The stylish kid covets “layering” options and blazers and shawls are his new favorite thing. However, a behind-the-scenes picture shows Hudson in a Batman t-shirt, enjoying television with his dad, which reminds us of everyday kids.
Whether Hudson actually loves fashion as much as it’s made out to be remains unknown. But his father states that the exposure Hudson is getting is a good thing. “It’s the best education, travelling all over the world”. Hudson’s mother, Nicole, however, has never made a public remark about her child’s career.
In March, at one of the fashion shows by Chanel, Vogue claimed that little Hudson outperformed his fellow cat walkers Stella Tennant and Miranda Kerr. In the world of fashion, kids are a secret tool. People gush over their cuteness and at times, they grab more attention than the celebrity supermodel walking beside them.
But all that limelight and public attention at such a tender age is bound to have some not-so-positive implications. His steely gaze is a sure sign that Hudson is growing a bit too fast. He loves participating in shoots and chit chats about “the pretty model girls”. So we see a ladies man here, eh?