Ralph Lauren hosted a Polo kids’ fashion show at the Central Park Zoo on Wednesday night to support the Ralph Lauren Children’s Literacy Fund. The party was “Pan”-themed, a tie-in to the latest big screen version of the classic fairytale adventure, out in October. The film’s new Peter, Levi Miller, a 12-year-old Australian actor making his film debut, was on hand to do some modeling and hype up the movie.
The swashbuckling affair wasn’t just for kids; the evening brought out Diane Kruger, Rachel Zoe, Tyson Beckford and Dan Abrams — though they did come toting their offspring. Arriving guests were greeted by servers in pirate hats, offering pigs in a blanket and brightly hued lemonade for kids — and wine for their chaperones.
“I never thought I would do this, but you can’t say no to Ralph and you can’t say no to children’s literacy. Skyler is really excited, he really wanted to do this — I left it in his hands,” Zoe said about her 4-year-old son.
A front row of twice as many bodies than seats — little ones were perched on their parents’ laps — was witness to the classic styles to be expected from Ralph Lauren, with many looks working a nautical, pirate vibe. Toddler and teen models trotted down the runway to the sound of Taylor Swift tunes; Miller opened the show and walked again toward the end to the glee of the tween girls in the audience, giggling loudly as he passed. “I’m here with my best friend and her daughter. She’s been so excited to meet Peter Pan,” Kruger said.
After Ralph himself did his turn on the runway with the budding models to close out the show, guests made their way to the seal tank where four California sea lions splashed about as if on cue, much to the delight of the young ones. The new Mr. Peter Pan gave a fish toss to the sea lions as the evening continued on with music from a DJ — who was of preteen age, naturally.