Playtime New York, February 2016 edition just ended and what a great show it was. Childrenswear just keeps getting better and better! There were over 160 brands showing and clearly the very best in the industry come to this show.
I have come up with a very short list of highlights. Of course, I couldn’t cover all of the brands and for that I apologize, but here are some fabulous moments. Read on…
Tia Cibani came in shining in her usual fashion – the former KicoKids designer has kept her strong avant-garde flair with her new eponymous label.
Bonheur du Jour showed some lovely ethno-flair.
Very charming families of dolls from new brand Brownstone Playhouse
Barcelona label, Little Creative Factory brings us their very special modern minimalism in creams and black
Leoca Paris, with bold block knits.
Pure British funk from Raspberry Plum
Noe & Zoe showed their original hand drawn prints on organic cotton
Calibeth was a newcomer to Playtime with their very sophisticated range in greys and black.
More Spanish goodness from Violeta e Federico with earthy tones and boho chic.
Babaà Organic Knits for Kids and Moms hail from Spain and were created in 2012 by Marta Bahillo, who studied fashion and textiles in Dublin.
Babaà produces loose cut knits that are comfortable and versatile. Babaà is also a conscious company which is concerned about where the yarns are sourced and how they are produced. All fibres are 100% natural and which wear in well and get better and better with wear.
Each knit is made in Spain out of organic wool: alpaca and marino or of organic cotton. Even the labels are printed without non-toxic ink and the buttons are certified organic. Nothing but respect for the environment with these high quality knits. Take a look at the Babaà website.
What an incredibly beautiful collection the A Day in the Countryside, Bonpoint Summer 2016 is! I’m so glad to project myself into summer because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not the biggest fan of winter.
This collection is vast and varied and they have captured the essence of the French countryside and all the summer activities and fun and all the outfits needed for each one. The special occasion wear for girls is so sweet and precious, and then there are crisp boating outfits for boys and girls, stylish overalls, colored polka dots with sunshine yellow, cherry motif knits and even some ethnic splashes.
Take a look at Bonpoint to see the whole collection.
I know we are mid season and I’m late with this but the Bobo Choses Unknown Mountain Journey, Winter 2015/16 needs another look-in!
And why? Because it features a wonderful rustic, native American theme with pony silhouettes galloping all over many of the styles, feathers, and fishes and birds, and modernized zig-zag fir tree prints. They’ve captured the wild feeling of native Americana in a sweet, nostalgic, yet totally hip and modern way. More Bobo Choses magic.
Marlot is a French fashion brand for babies and children brought to us by the two designers, Céline Wattinne and Constance Baert. Their designs are simple, elegant, lively and made for active kids who want to jump and play!
Designed and produced in Europe, they use only the finest materials that are comfortable and soft for little kid’s skin. And their theme is basics that you can mix and match.
I’m really excited with Gucci Kids new look for Spring 2016. It’s rich, vibrant and daring and there’s a style to suit most occasions.
This collection mirrors the adult line and has a nostalgic edge mixed with an ultra current day energy. And there is a huge Downton Abbey type influence going on as well. Some of these patterns, cuts and fabrics could definitely be found in the drawing room of Lady Grantham!
You can visit her site right here.
Baby Dior for spring 2016 is here! The shoot took place in the gardens of Versailles, complete with cherubic children and little Dior handbags for girls strewn in the rosebushes.
Now, the one piece is this range which is astounding is the blue dress above. It is reminiscent of the Dior New Look with its cut that actually stands out with the tulle underneath. Very original and unique. All of the other looks are classic Dior beauty and grace.
This season, the boyswear is quite laid back and super easy to wear. There’s even a hoodie in there. To see the whole collection, go to the Dior site.
SWAYS is a brand new label of kids rainwear from Denmark, developed by the company, RAINS and they plan to raise the bar on the rubber raincoat. Well, this is a really great start! I’m so glad to see more edgy stuff in the rainwear department.
The vision is to be the first with the coolest and the best with the wildest, always ready to challenge the stormy and rainy days. SWAYS is developed for the 5-12 year old age range.
These photos are a sneak peek from their Spring Summer 16 collection shot by Jannick Boerlum.