Here is a post for people in the rag trade and specifically in the Children’s fashion, maternity, decor sector. In this exclusive post, I am interviewing Sébastien de Hutten, (who is the CEO of Playtime, Children’s Trade shows) who together with his sister, Marie Czapska, (below) are the creators of this new platform Playologie, which is the first online B2B trade fair the children’s/maternity universes. And what a great innovation. Scroll down to read the interview!
I Love Gorgoeus Spring Summer 2014 brings us some Bollywood style! This collection is full of bright dresses reminiscent of colorful and bold saris, in jersey, silks and cottons. Just a really girly and wearable season. I really adore the juxtaposition of the super bright colors in the same garment like the pink and the reddish orange above. Check out the whole collection on their website.
Pitti Bimbo, 79, the largest children’s fashion trade show in the world, just wrapped up a few days ago in Florence. Alas, I didn’t make it over there but will do so one day! And usually, I just post new trends and things that catch my eye, but this time, I am trying to give a really good idea of what it would have been like to actually be there. So, if you too missed out, then this might be the second best thing!
The theme as you can see, was Ping Pong and from what I can tell, with those enormous cards, Alice in Wonderland!
Scroll down to see my picks from the fashion shows.
The Dolce & Gabbana Spring and Summer 2014 childrenswear collection compaign, just like the womenswear and menswear ad campaigns was personally shot by Domenico Dolce – who made his debut as photographer in 2012, with Campioni, a book of portraits of Italian football stars. Models Balti and Tony Ward (above) are actually parents and they were probably feeling right at home amongst this brood of wonderfully dressed kids. This kidswear campaign is even more of a family affair than previous campaigns, where the coziness of the parents’ bedroom becomes the center of a joyous family portrait.
The offerings from this Dolce & Gabbana SS 2014 collection are cute and luxurious. It pays homage to Italy, and to Dolce’s Sicilian roots and traditions with minute attention to style and details, with numerous elements mirroring the adult collections. And I think I have found the “Perfect White Summer Dress” for girls (below). Other features are ancient Greek columned buildings, Chinese blossom flowers, glittering gold dresses with coin detail belts, and gorgeous green tropical leaf prints, as well as the traditional black lace pieces synonymous with the designer label.
And the boys collection boasts a nice palette of all sorts of blues, grays, whites and a nice splash of red here and there and even ancient Greek printed T-shirts and tanks tops to go with the girls’ range. These subtle photographic prints below are real winners.
All in all, a strong continuation of their fairly new kidswear label!
What a sweet debut collection of high quality, classical fashion from new English label, Susie & Rose. Susie and Rose are a mother/daughter team who offer beautiful limited edition dresses and accessories for girls, and also bespoke commissions for parents who are looking for something extra special. My fave is this Raspberry Ripple Party dress above.
Babybum is an open to the public trade show that happens twice a year in São Paulo. Among several cool, indie new kids fashion brands, there are also all kinds of children related products: from food to books and magazines, and from costumes to room decor. This was their Fall/Winter edition and happened at the end of May.
I made a selection below of the brands that are worth keeping an eye on because they have great potential.
What a great affair the Parsons 2014 Fashion Show was a couple of weeks ago! This was the inaugural parade in their very new building and fabulous auditorium on 5th Avenue. And the talent and creativity were positively oozing off the runway. Every time I see a Parsons Show, I have waves of nostalgia, remembering my graduating year Fashion Parade when I was in design school quite a few moons ago.
So, of course, I’m featuring the three graduates who had the top collections in Childrenswear, Grace Kang, Ashley Yoon Chang, who won the title of the Best Childrenswear designer for this year, and Erica Kim.
And if you scroll down, you will also see a taste of the womenswear and menswear fabulous collections. I wish all of these bright, young stars great success and fulfillment in their fashion careers.
Moschino was originally created in 1983 by the late Franco Moschino, and is well known for its “classico con twist”, (classical with a twist) style. The current head of design, Rossella Jardini, has successfully taken Franco’s humor and style and kept it relevant. And the Moschino Kids, Spring-Summer 2014 is no exception. The primary colors teamed with crisp white, black and neutral summer tans are what I think of when I think of Italian fashion done well. And the motifs are fun and funky and yes, humorous. I’m not sure I like this return to the 80′s style of huge logos! (see the t-shirt second photo from the bottom).
What a sweet, new British label for girls that specializes in cotton and silk floral dresses and special occasion wear. La Pitchoune (which means “The Little One” in French) is as endearing as their name. With a penchant for all sorts of charming and romantic floral prints, simple cuts with little flounces and gathers, these are the classic little girl dress. Manufactured entirely in Britain, this label focuses on quality and producing the experience for little girls and moms of the perfect. comfortable dress!