Playtime New York this weekend was an exhibit of how far the children’s fashion industry has come and where it’s going. The quality and imagination of the labels has reached an all-time high. From young designers just out of fashion school, to veterans of the industry, the identity of who they collectively are and what they represent and what they are passionate about has never been so palpable. To be around this kind of development and evolution of the aesthetics of kid’s fashion is very exciting to be a part of.
And guess, what? I have always been a friend of Playtime and now it’s official! See below.
And of course, here is a little taste of what went on.
What a great new Belgian brand for girls – presenting Miss Chips, Fall/ Winter 2014.
This label has succeeded in a delicious concoction of nostalgic emotional recalls (looks a bit like Mini-Mad Men women!), comfort and sweet styling. The wonderful and wide color palette and generous mix of textures, fabrics and artful prints, all come together for an effortless look with a real statement. Yep. I’m a fan!
What neat DIY chore charts from lovely blog, A Lemon Squeezy Home. Getting kids to do chores is sometimes great, sometimes really like the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life! (Well, it feels that way).
And I can’t help but think that these super little buttons in the field with their name in it might really help. If not, it makes for a really attractive chart and a magnetic game if they choose to just move them from field to field. I’m thinking that’s what would happen in our house. Anyway, I think it’s worth a try. What about you.
So what has former Miss France (2005) and Miss Europe (2006), Alexandra Rosenfeld have in store for us? This Mama of little Ava (3 years old) has just launched her very first collection of clothing for boys and girls from 2-8 years. And it’s all about the Tropics for this summer collection. Banana trees, sweet retro airplanes and a colonial scene are the prints in this simple and small mix and match collection of 10 pieces: tees, skirts, shorts and sweatshirts.
It seems that Baby Dior always has something special in store for us. And Baby Dior Fall 2014 does not disappoint with their gorgeous Venetian inspired collection. And the collection was of course, also shot in Venice. This range is a feast of Dior retro loveliness, drawing from so many looks that we recognize in classic Dior images. Every single piece oozes luxury and sports the signature Dior cut and quality. And in this collection especially, the kids are really dressed like miniature ladies and lords!
I have always thought that walls are way too underused when it comes to being useful – as more than just something to hold the ceiling up! These five interactive wallpapers let kids interact all over the place. Why limit it to drawing paper?
This might come as a surprise to you but Tolkien wrote this book for his own kids and I just found out about this recently. I feel like we were really missing out on something huge!
J.R.R. Tolkien firmly believed that there is “no such thing as writing for children” and yet he, like many other famous authors of adult literature, wrote this not-very-well- known children’s book. Other writers to cater to little ones include Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, James Joyce, Aldous Huxley, Virgina Woolf, and Gertrude Stein.
Tolkien wrote Mr. Bliss for his own two children, much like the fairy tales E.E. Cummings wrote for his only daughter, Sylvia Plath’s verses for her kids (which we posted on a while ago), and the The Wishing Tree that Faulkner wrote for the daughter of his future wife. Mr. Bliss, was inspired by his first car, which he purchased in 1932. It was published posthumously exactly fifty years later. Tolkien later used two of the character names from the book, Gaffer Gamgee and Boffin, in The Lord of the Rings.