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Alex and Alexa SS13 Press Event

by Kari Nyack

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Alex and Alexa’s first ever press day. The event took place at The Music Room in the very prestigious Mayfair. Upon arriving I was greeted by some very lovely ladies, who escorted me through some double doors. Hit by this huge space of brilliant white, cleverly set up to reflect their online website in a three dimensional form, was a house divided into individual rooms to present each trend edit.

 

We begin with ‘The Wedding Boutique’, a gorgeous collection of formal wear from designers such as Suzanne Erman, I Pinco Pallino, Baby Graziella and Junior Gaultier.

Metallic Pleated Dress by Hucklebones and Silk Swirl Dress by Paul Smith Junior

Sequin Dress by Roberto Cavalli, and lets not forget the boys, a Striped Shorts Suit by Junior Gaultier

 

Onto ‘English Country Garden’, a collection of chic fashion and playful pieces consisting of retro designs by Stella McCartney, vintage bolds by Marni and wind-proof outerwear by Barbour.

Retro shorts by Stella McCartney and short Camel Mac by Supertrash Girls

Sandals by Stella McCartney, Marni and Pom Dapi

Funky florals and bold prints by Jottum, Junior Gaultier, Kenzo, Marni, Roberto Cavalli, John Galliano and Stella McCartney.

Presenting their Equestrian range from their Sports Boutique

Just a sample of the outdoor activities available at AlexandAlexa.com. The teepee is a must have!!!

 

Onto the next room…..Electric Avenue. A mixture of yellow fluoro, neon orange and acid pink, the idea is to be seen and heard with loud, bold acid bright colour blocks and eye-popping prints.

Cool neon shoes and accessories including Pom D’Api sandals, Rayban sunglasses, Lomography Camera’s, Parrot sandals by Stella McCartney, Fendi headbands and satchels by Pepe Jeans and Supertrash Girls.

 

The last trend edit ‘Summer in the City’, is catered to kids who live a metropolitan lifestyle with a stylish ‘urban’ edit of fashion and play.

‘Summer in the City’ for boys, displays lots of denim, graphic tees and colourful high tops.

Long shorts by Levi’s

Playful T-shirt with removable pieces by Stella McCartney

 

My favourites from ‘Summer in the City’ for girls include this nautical Junior Gaultier playsuit, fab denim shirt with tail by Scotch R’ Belle, Marni cape and these moccasin style fringed shoes by Ash.

 

With Champagne and Canapes on flow, the room was filled with an eagerly awaiting audience, excited for Alex Theophanous to announce the “big reveal”………

(pictured Alexa Till, Alex Theophanous, Camilla Batmanghelidjh and 2 fab little models)

…..GLOBAL KIDS FASHION WEEK!!!!!!!

Alex and Alexa will be working in conjunction with London based charity Kids Company, the event will take place from 18th-20th March 2013! You can read more about it at www.theirlittleworld.com.

Very exciting stuff! I know I will be first in line to grab a ticket!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pale Cloud SS13 – New York Kids Fashion Week

by Kari Nyack

I have been so busy recently I have really neglected my blog! When I received the press release for Pale Cloud‘s New York Kids Fashion Week runway show, I just couldn’t let these images sit in my Inbox, I had to take the time to share with you!

Pale Cloud was one of a few brands hand picked by petiteParade and Vogue Bambini to show their SS13 collection during New York Kids Fashion Week on their runway.The styling complimented the collection with feather eye lashes, gold dusted cheeks and painted on gold sandals.

Alma dress simply accessorised with a gold swan pendant.

Elfie top and Grace skirt

 

Hazel dress accessorised with chunky gold neckwear

Jessie dress and Grace jacket

Lillie dress with brown leather waist belt

Behind the scenes….. 

I was extremely disapointed I was unable to accept my invitation to this event, but lucky for us the runway show and behind the scenes footage can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/PaleCloudGirls?feature=mhee

The collection will be available around March time next year and can be purchased from the website www.pale-cloud.com

Introducing Corby Tindersticks

by Kari Nyack

Since their debut appearance at Bubble London back in June, Corby Tindersticks has proven to be a real hit with bloggers, buyers and other professionals in the childrenswear industry.

This alternative world of colourful characters began in the imagination of Yorkshire born designer, Carly Gledhill. Corby Tindersticks is an illustration led label for kids focusing on clothing, toys and posters for design conscious parents that understand the importance of good design for kids.

The new Spring Summer 2013 range represents Corby Tinderstick’s largest range to date and is inspired by rubbish holidays to Blackpool and the even more rubbish British weather. The range is built up of 100% cotton jersey clothing, tactile felt prints and super squishy toys.

Carly states that each character has it’s own personality and back story. Curious to find out more about these quirky little characters, I just had to find out what they were.

Introducing……

Fred works as an accountant counting money on his big calculator for a local budget Supermarket. He likes to impress his friends riding his Penny farthing bike up steep hills before freewheeling back down. His favourite ride at the fairground is the tea cups.

Hip Hop Harold loves Hip Hop music, his favourite rapper is Vanilla Ice. On Saturday mornings he listens to 2pac and bakes cupcakes for his friends, he loves being invited to parties.

Minty Macaronie is a very scary little monster, named after the smallest sort of pasta as he too is very small. He doesn’t like Wednesdays and when questioned he selects Big Foot as his hero.

Ralph Raddish is a science fanatic, constantly experimenting with bunsen burners and various coloured liquids to try and find the cure to the common cold. on a weekend Ralph enjoys eating ready salted crisps and walks in his local park, feeding the ducks as he goes.

Nut E Smith works in a biscuit factory sorting the broken biscuits into large piles. When not working he likes nothing more than to partake in a jigsaw while trying not to get hobnob crumbs between the pieces.
So there you have it! The colourful characters from the wonderful world of Corby Tindersticks!
Dijon dress from the SS13 collection
Character graphic tees from the SS13 collection
Weather map wall decoration
To find out more about Corby Tindersticks go to www.corbytindersticks.com

No Added Sugar to open debut store!!!!

by Kari Nyack

British childrenswear brand No Added Sugar was founded in 2001 by Deborah Meadhurst with the aim of designing high quality fashionable clothing with an urban edge for children. 11 successful years on, the brand is delighted to open their first store in the heart of London’s Notting Hill, this September.

No Added Sugar has appointed architects, Powell Tuck to create a space that stretches and surprises the eye; true to the practise’s ethos of not giving away too much at first glance. The shop will feature art installations and exhibitions from emerging British young creatives, thus creating an inspirational and changing backdrop to the contemporary collections. Located in the thriving area of Ledbury Road, the 1000sq ft groundfloor space is set to become a destination store to the area.

So what treats will be awaiting us at the grand opening?

In the year of celebrating all things British, the AW12 collection is inspired by British dandy style. No Added Sugar’s urban boys and girls aspire to be country aristocrats who play at equestrian and outdoor country pursuits. The collection presents a confident and contemporary take on a classic look but with all the hallmarks of No Added Sugar’s wit and playfulness.

For girls, modern party dresses, flippy skater skirts worn with metallic leggings.

Riding jackets in metallic or woven vertical stripes are central to the collection.

Lozenge yellow and big smoke knit in No Added Sugar’s signature woven pirate stripes.

Midnight blue tones partnered with electric coral vertically striped playsuit.

Sangria with raspberry and deep purple with lavender colour palette.

The new store opens this September 2012 at 57 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AA. In the meantime you can shop the collection at noaddedsugar.com

 

 

 

Loud Apparel SS13

by Kari Nyack

Loud Apparel were one of my favourite brands exhibiting their SS13 collection at Bubble London in June, so much so, I would actually wear this stuff myself! No doubt this collection will be sure to please all you fashionable parents!

The brand was started in 2010, aimed at children aged 4-12 years. The creativity of London design and the tradition of Italian minimalism make this brand stand out in its fashion-forward style and quality.

For SS13 we see a repeated colour palette of monochrome; white, black, black and white gingham for girls and washed blue for boys. Fun sloganed t-shirts, geometrical shapes and inspired leather pieces, make up this super stylish collection.

For this season the brand is also introducing a new LIFESTYLE concept, with accessories and design products such as the picnic mat which transforms into a bag, mugs, pillows, canvas shopper, and very unique girl’s necklaces…all of them included into the Loud Apparel monochrome/minimalistic concept.

The fabrics used for this season are English 100% organic/fair-trade cotton, jersey and beautiful leather. Serena (founder and designer) has considered comfort as an important factor in the design process to ensure the suitability of children’s everyday lifestyle, but at the same time making the products unique and investment pieces.

A few pieces from the new LIFESTYLE collection.

www.loud-apparel.com

info@loud-apparel.com

 

Roll up, Roll up, Tutu du monde AW12/13 is here!

by Kari Nyack

Tutu du Monde is a vintage inspired collection of dreamy tutu skirts and dresses, intricately embroidered tops, fabulously feathered headbands, sparkly shrugs and delicate capes. This brand is the perfect compromise between parent and child, allowing little ones to lose themselves in the world of make believe, whilst looking fabulously stylish.

This AW season, Tutu du Monde’s new collection looks to a world of magic and mayhem. The enchanting world of the circus is a natural fit for this brand; aerialists and acrobats, majestic elephants and dancing horses, performers and show dancers, a world that is spun in candy floss and is scented with toffee apples. Tutu du Monde’s Circus of dreams collection is made to be twirled in, to be centre stage and in the limelight. It’s sparkles, feathers and frills will delight any mini performer!

You can purchase the collection at www.tutudumonde.com, but is also available at various UK stores and online, click here for a list of stockists.

If you are a retailer and are interested in stocking Tutu du Monde, contact Heidi Moran on 01935 826 071 or heidi@moranagency.co.uk.

Nixie Clothing AW12/13

by Kari Nyack

With the sun having finally decided to put it’s hat on, our Autumn/Winter wardrobes are the last thing we are thinking about this week. But as us Brits know those blazing hot days are a rare occurence, those cold winter months are fast approaching and before you know it, it will be Christmas!!!

As fast as I have put a complete downer on your mood, I’m going to bring it back up again with a preview of Nixie Clothing‘s AW12/13 collection!

Inspired by the contrast between concrete and colour, Nixie Clothing have combined heritage silks with organic wools and cottons to create a range which is both modern and magical; perfectly reflecting the enchantment of the festive season, that will soon be upon us.

If you are an early bird when it comes to the Christmas shop, then you will be excited to hear that there are plenty of stocking sized treats for the discerning little girl. Choose from a selection of lacy hair ornaments or keep little heads toasty with cosy bonnets and unique pompom & feather winter warmers.

My favourite has to be the pompom & feather headband, I think this would look great on a boy also!

Nixie Clothing’s AW12/13 collection is available to purchase online at www.nixieclothing.com.

 

Indikidual SS13 collection

by Kari Nyack

 

The British/Swedish brand Indikidual were a big hit at Bubble London and Playtime Paris with their SS13 collection this summer. Following on with their unisex capsule collections for kids aged 3 months to 7 years, this season incorporates banana prints, fringing, denim and swimwear.

The range allows for layering and encourages mixing and matching to create individual looks and styles, which means you can even trust your little ones to dress themselves effortlessly and stylishly without looking completely crazy!!!

All jersey garments are made using 100% organic cotton and are designed to be practical and comfy aswell as fashionable and expressive, perfect for nursery and playgroups (if you can bear to see these gorgeous clothes covered in paint and playdough!)

All the pieces in the collection are nicknamed after little indikiduals that provided inspiration for the range. Say hello to Wilfo, Shorty, Bean, Kiddo, Tic Tac and many others.

I love the colourful stick which the kids made in the Indikidual craft workshop that Syreeta (creator of the brand) runs.

Going bananas!!!

Monochrome colours and stripes

Having lots of comfortable fun!

Gorgeous striped playsuit

To see Indikidual’s stand at Bubble London back in June click here, and to see a video of their AW12/13 collection click here.

To find out more about the brand and where you can purchase products from go to www.indikidual.tumblr.com

 

 

 

 

Indikidual AW12/13

by Kari Nyack

 

Indikidual AW12/13

Watch this cute video to see what Indikidual has in store for us this AW!

L’asticot AW12-13

by Kari Nyack

L’asticot left an impressive mark with their SS13 collection at Bubble London in June. The Swiss brand states; it creates a mix of fashion attitude with ethical commitment. And that it does, environmentally responsible fashion without the compromise of good design and aesthetics unlike so many other sustainable brands out there.

In fact, I was so impressed with the SS13 collection, I had to see what was in store for us this coming season AW12.

This winter 2012-13, the Swiss brand pushes the concept a little further by fine tuning its image to the forefront of fashion: an expanded range of rich knitwear creations based on Japanese-style, a new campaign prepared with great detail and a new brand identity, which will see the day at the launch of a new website in August. All of which form the new foundations of this growing brand.

L’asticot has made Wool the base material for their collection this winter, the natural properties of wool fibres (thermal insulation and humidity control) are one of the most appropriate to let the delicate skin of children breathe. The new range of moss stitch knitwear, woven with 3 yarns, offers original accessories (hats, mittens, scarves and balaclavas), as well as creations like the Japanese- style luxurious dress and kimono sweater, or the hooded sweater. The colours are softer, the contrasts less prominent and the wool ultra comfortable!

Comfort. This is also one of l’asticot’s key selling points; it always favours the well-being of children.  The ultra-soft cotton is brushed for added winter comfort, while the addition of elastane allows a good fit and durability of the clothes as they are put through their paces by little rascals.

This season, owls enter in full force into l’asticot’s range of prints, marking two new trends in the collection: the grey owls on a white background personalise a softer range, tailored mainly for the youngest wearers who benefit for the first time newborn sizes, and petrol blue owls on a pink background light up the palette of contrasting colours, so dear to the Swiss brand.

This winter, l’asticot expands its range of corduroy pants (or trousers, as we would say in the UK); in addition to the overalls and overall dress it adds berber pants, carrot-cut pants and the classic casual model, all with reinforced knees and elasicated waist bands!

Some of my favs from the AW12 collection (top pic is SS13)

You will be able to see the full autumn/winter 2012-12 collection and a list of stockists at www.lasticot.com from September 2012. The complete collection will also then be available to buy exclusively from www.boutikids.ch.

If you are interested in becoming a L’asticot stockist you can contact Hannah Brown via hannah@lasticot.com.

 

 

 

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