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Melijoe Trunk Show

by Kari Nyack

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Melijoe Trunk show at a very lovely little restaurant called Bumpkin in South Kensington.

Melijoe is an online global destination for all the top designer kids fashion brands. Founder, Nathalie Genty was tired of the lack of stylish clothing for boys after her first son was born in 2003, her frustration led to a business idea and four years later in 2007 Melijoe.com was launched.

Here are a few snapshots of my favourite pieces

IMG_2543Missoni  beachwear

IMG_2550I spy a bit of Mischka Aoki FW14

IMG_2552Funky high tops by Supertrash

IMG_2551Dapper formal wear for the boys by Junior Gaultier

IMG_2559High tops for boys by DSquared

IMG_2557Love this tartan winter coat by Scotch R’belle

IMG_2548This is the cutest little sweater dress for babies by Chloe

 

 

Startrite shoes Press day

by Kari Nyack

It has been absolutely ages since I last did a blog post, Christmas to be exact *shame. But I do have a good one for you – Startrite shoes catwalk show. Watch the video for the latest SS14 trends and whats in store for AW14 below.

Short and sweet I know!

12 days of Christmas with Caramel Baby and Child

by Kari Nyack
With Christmas now right around the corner, excitement is at fever pitch and attention has inevitably turned to the gifts that will be left under the tree come 25th of December. Caramel Baby & Child are one of London’s leading luxury children’s clothing labels and boast a wonderfully eclectic and design led array of clothing for children of all ages.The brainchild of ex-lawyer, Eva Karayianni, who has a love of clothing and a designer’s eye and decided that clothing for children had become too mass produced and she wanted to craft intricate and beautiful clothing that children could really enjoy and, with that, Caramel Baby & Child was born.

In order to really showcase the beauty of the clothing from Caramel Baby & Child, we’re going to do a 12 days of Christmas and look at a different piece of clothing or accessory from this brilliant London based brand that could be yours and wrapped under your tree in little over a week’s time. Let’s get started:

On the 1st Day of Christmas….

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 10.51.24Price: £69 / Girl’s Rother Dress / A playful 1960′s London style dress perfect for any little fashionista this Christmas.

On the 2nd Day of Christmas….

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 10.54.51Price: £75 / Boy’s Cookie Jumper / Knitted in the UK, this Fair Isle Cookie Jumper will keep any little chap warm this Christmas.

On the 3rd Day of Christmas…

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 11.05.33Price: £150 / Newborn Baby Knitted Gift Set / Perfect gift for any parents with a newborn this Christmas – crafted in fine cotton and individually gift wrapped.

On the 4th Day of Christmas….

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 11.14.38Price: £98 / Pomelo Plain Blanket / A luxurious blanket indeed, this Pomelo will provide plenty of comfort to the lucky child on the receiving end of it this Christmas.

On the 5th Day of Christmas….

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 11.24.19Price: £18 / Hanza Rabbit / A beautifully crafted and lifelike Hanza Rabbit that will make any little animal lover’s Christmas.

On the 6th Day of Christmas…

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 11.27.32Price: £199 / Girl’s Pendle Coat / A superbly comfortable and attractive Pendle Coat that will keep a little girl warm and toasty well into 2014.

On the 7th Day of Christmas…

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Price: £18 / Boy’s Striped Socks / Socks are a staple gift for Christmas but few pairs will be as comfortable and stylish as these striped offerings from Caramel Baby & Child.

 

On the 8th Day of Christmas…

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 11.53.22 Price: £89 / Nevada Lux Marron Baby Boots / These shoes were definitely made for walking! Hand crafted Italian made boots for newborns this Christmas.

On the 9th Day of Christmas….

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 11.57.10Price: £27 / Girl’s Ribbed Tights / Keeping legs warm this Christmas, these beautiful ribbed tights from Caramel are a lovely festive treat for any stylish little girl.

On the 10th Day of Christmas….

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 12.01.52Price: £76 / Boy’s Barlow Jeans / Supremely stylish and boasting a Christmassy feel that will make them a popular gift for any dapper little chap this festive period.

On the 11th Day of Christmas….

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 12.05.51Price: £39 / Christmas Stocking / What good are all those wonderful gifts if you’ve got nowhere to put them – well, this gorgeous, vintage looking Christmas stocking will tick all of the right boxes.

On the 12th Day of Christmas….

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 12.14.01Price: £9.95 / Let’s Make Some Great Fingerprint Art / Spending some quality time with the children over Christmas and this great book will give you a fun-filled activity to enjoy on Boxing Day.

So, there you have it, that’s our twelve days of Christmas and all that remains is to say that we hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Years!

Pre Order the runway with Moda Operandi

by Kari Nyack

I am always very excited to read about next seasons collections and attend pre-season press events to see what different brands and highstreet retailers have in store for us. For those of you that share my small pleasures in life then you will be very happy to hear about Moda Operandi, a new online shopping concept where you can pre order next seasons collections from a selection of the world’s top designers.

Currently the online boutique is featuring two childrenswear brands; Marie Chantal and Baby CZ. BUT pre season ordering ends in 2 days, so hurry up and get ordering!

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BABY CZBaby CZ SS14 – Chanel Dress

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MC 2MarieChantal SS14 – Peplum Top and Smocked Shorts

MC 4Marie Chantal SS14 – Gold Sequin dress

MC 6Marie Chantal SS14 – Slim Fit Jean and Cashmere Intarsia Jumper

MC 12Marie Chantal SS14 – Chambray Shirt Dress and Double Breasted Trench

MC 15Marie Chantal SS14 – Piped Dress

 

 

The Plusher Show – Saturday 9th November 2013

by Kari Nyack

Saturday the 9th November we saw the launch of Plusher, London’s first ever luxury family show. Taking place at the Royal Horticultural Halls, we saw a collective of stylish, innovative and luxurious brands, retailers and services all under the one roof.

Exhibitors included The Portland Hospital, Galvin and Galvin, Julia Boggio Studios, Childsplay Clothing and many others.

Rachel Stevens and Jasmine Guiness were amongst other panellists discussing current parenting topics, including ‘Working Mums’, ‘Beauty and Fitness’ and ‘Nutrition’.

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I popped down to check out all the action. Below are some of the highlights of my visit.

IMG_0004A mini production of The Nutcracker, showcasing AW13 fashion from Mischka Aoki, Mayoral, Angels Face and Marmalade & Mash.

IMG_0011Getting down with Amanda’s Action Club!

IMG_0012Feeling the festive spirit with Julia Boggio.

IMG_0020Very on trend with the tartan at the Mayoral stand.

IMG_0024The perfect xmas gift ideas provided by Baby Box London.

IMG_0042More gorgeous gift ideas by Honey Jam

IMG_0025Funky doodling courtesy of Anorak Magazine.

IMG_0026Nine to Nine had to be my favourite exhibitor with a very cool Scandinavian style feel, and lots of innovative unique products for babies and children.

IMG_0043Sinitta’s son getting his hair styled by Daniel Galvin.

IMG_0052Lots of gorgeous Burberry pieces at Childsplay Clothing.

IMG_0016Taking full advantage of the amenities were these fabulous fashionistas, Kid Style Junkie’s – Roxy and Minnie. Check out the Tiger feet!

IMG_0039Look at this adorable little sweetie pie! Head to toe in Chloe is, Sofia of My Child World’s little girl Suri.

IMG_0046Drawing my time at Plusher to a close, ending on one of the highlights of my day was this funky little man showing the Amanda’s Action Club dancers how to really move!

Thank you Plusher for a wonderful day, I look forward to the next one!

Double Press day!!!

by Kari Nyack

Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to view the new Joolz pram collection soon to be launching in Mothercare by the end of this year.

Usually I do not tend to write about baby products and focus on more the fashion side of things as it relates closer to my services, but I was intrigued by this brand and their eco friendly ethos.

Joolz is a fairly new company, Creative Director Emile Kuenen, came up with the idea in 2005 whilst cruising the canals of Amsterdam with his friends. The Joolz Day was the first concept created. Today the Joolz Day is available in more than 20 countries worldwide.

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Joolz strongly believe the world needs to move towards a healthy and sustainable way of living. Within their positive design philosophy, they look for innovative solutions that contribute to this transition. They believe it all starts with creating high quality products that are long-lasting and durable, ensuring that you will only ever have to buy one pushchair. The packaging has also been carefully taken into consideration with a positive approach to re-usable, sustainable ideas to contribute to the reduction of carbon footprints. Every box from the available range can be recycled into practical and quirky products – a lampshade, a bird house, a picture frame or even a chair. Passing down a positive environmental influence to the next generation!

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The Joolz Day is designed with the consideration of human ergonomic factors, aiding parents in maintaining a correct posture and giving maximum support to the child.

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The Joolz Day Earth collection is inspired by nature, with colours such as Parrot blue, Turtle green, Elephant grey and Monkey maroon. Each Joolz Day Earth has a stylish brown leatherette handlebar and safety bar, black wheels and a silver chassis.

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A clever, sustainable birdhouse with a view from the Boundary Rooftop in Shoreditch (which I may also add, provide an amazing breakfast! ; )

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After my well needed Cappuccino caffeine fix, I head onward to Soho House to view the SS14 collections represented by Fuse Communications. I just had to take a quick snapshot of the xmas decorations in Oxford Street on this lovely sunny day – a rare occurence!

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With so much to see, I have narrowed down a few snapshots of each brand.

Mischka Aoki is one of my favourite childrenswear brands, with their unique show stopper pieces. Like no other brand I have ever seen, it is no surprise their collection has launched in Selfridges and Harrods for the AW13 season.

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Another one of my favourite childrenswear brands is Pale Cloud. Pictured below is the ultra limited edition Swarovski dress. The 100% pale pink chiffon dress features 29 Swarovski Elements crystals and is available in very limited numbers, 10 pieces in each size to be exact! The dress will be available at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge for the SS14 season.

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Love this metallic PU biker jacket by Angels Face

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Beautiful metallic ballerinas by Step2wo

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Mini A Ture provides summery blue and yellow hues in plaids, polka dots and striped light weight fabrics and knits.

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New to Fuse Communications is all-natural, ethically produced toy brand Maya Organic. They are made using  traditional Indian handicraft techniques in a town called Channapatna in India. The products are coated with a natural and non-toxic resin called ‘lac’, which gives a high shine finish and acts as a protective coating making it both durable and safe.

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Another new brand due to launch this November is Oyu Moyu – a story filled new approach to luxury childrenswear. Oyu Moyu clothing is grouped into ‘stories’ rather seasonal collections. Every piece comes with an accompanying illustrated story from the world of Oyu Moyu, which has derived from the relationship between designer Oyuna Tserendorj and her 3 year old son. Oyu is an inquisitive little girl from a nomadic tribe, and her trusted companion Moyu is her Mongolian goat. The collection is made from one of the world’s most highly regarded luxury cashmere brands.

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I love this funky graphic tee from Little Fashion Gallery’s own collection

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New to Aden + Anais, are these animal comforters called Musy Mates, my fav is the elephant.

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To finish off in time for the festive Halloween season, I have to add these little spider shoes by Inch-blue.

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Suzanne Ermann colaborates with Barbie!!!

by Kari Nyack

French designer, Suzanne Ermann has teamed up with the biggest fashion icon of all time. Looking amazingly good for 50+, but then again she is made of plastic, Barbie has had the likes of Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Christian Loubouton and Givenchy all design amazing outfits especially for her.

Collaborating with such a big name (even if she is a toy), is such an achievement for any designer especially folowing in the foot steps of some of the greats.

“Suzanne Ermann for Barbie” is a capsule collection for girls aged 4-12 years, for Autumn-Winter 2013 and then for Spring-Summer 2014.

For this capsule collection Suzanne Ermann has adopted and revisited, Barbie’s emblematic codes: bows, flounces, paste and the famous Barbie pink. Little girls can have the very same matching dress as their favourite doll.

Tops, skirts, trapeze and pinafore dresses, with petticoats and flounces are cut in exclusive flocked tulle with peas, or take up the pattern of Barbie’s famous stiletto heels. Duchesse satins, jersey velvet, taffeta, spangles or lace get flushed with “Barbie” pink, grey, black, turquoise, mauve or silver.

The Autumn-Winter 2013 collection is available to purchase at  AlexandAlexa.com.

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Global Kid’s Fashion Week

by Kari Nyack

Following up on a previous post about AlexandAlexa‘s SS13 press event, there was a surprise unveiling where the online kid’s fashion store were to host the first ever Global Kid’s Fashion Week here in our very own London, in association with the charity Kids Company.

It has been announced that the event will run for two days from the 19th-20th March 2013 and will take place at the Freemason’s Hall, Holborn, London.

The schedule includes two main shows- an exclusive media event on the 19th; and a public show on the 20th with SS13 looks from the AlexandAlexa portfolio, brands include Paul Smith Junior, Junior Gaultier and Chloe to name a few. Also showcasing will be up and coming brands such as Rachel Riley and Finger n the Nose.

Tickets are available this month from Ticketmaster. Prices range from £25 (standing) up to £100 (VIP front row seats), proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to Kids Company, the charity partner.

As well as the runway shows and performances, there will be a mix of playful activities for children and parents in collaboration with the V&A Museum of Childhood.

On Wednesday 20th March, doors will open from 3.30pm for the public showing.

Children pictured wearing Junior Gaultier SS13

Both images are copyright of AlexandAlexa.com

Bubble London AW13

by Kari Nyack

It’s that time of year again! Tradeshows all over the world are showcasing what children’s fashion has to offer for AW13/14. Off I ventured (again) to our very own Bubble London.

To be honest I found the show quite limiting with regards to my personal taste and some brands were being precious about taking photographs for understandable reasons. So you will see that most of my finds are from the same brands I featured in my SS13 round up with the exception of a few newbies.

Stuff your doodles with Lucy Moose! First time exhibiting at Bubble, Lucy Moose has received Theo Paphitis’s #SBS (Small Business Sunday) and Jacqueline Gold’s #WOWwinner (Women in Business) awards for her unique business concept.

One of my favourite brands, Tutu Du Monde presents , once again an outstanding collection of beautiful vintage looking pieces. This season is inspired by old, gothic haunted mansions creating a captured- in- time feel. New to the collection are feathered capes, playsuits and gorgeous ballet style slippers. We also see bolder colours alongside their pastel shades.

Left-Tutu Du Monde dress in royal blue. Right- Crystal Bow detailed ballet style slippers.

I spy a bit of leopard print! Anyone that knows me or may have read in previous posts, that I have a little bit of an obsession with leopard print, it just always seems to creep in! Over at the More Stories stand this fabulous piece of clothing was calling out to me, in it’s vibrant shade of green this rain mac is fit for a boy or girl.

Funky vibrant bold raindrops are falling at the Indikidual stand. Syreeta always pulls it off with her simple but effective homemade touches, this stand was definitely one of my favourites AGAIN.

New for this season is a domino print in monochrome colourways.

The banana print is repeated from last seasons collection (soon to hit the stores for SS13), but this time we see it in outerwear.

Also new this season is organic denim modelled in this fur collared jacket. This new zig zag print yellow jersey pant is my favourite piece from the collection, jogging my childhood memories of Charlie Brown from the Peanuts cartoons.

No Added Sugar always produce stunning outerwear, pictured left is this beautiful girls cape. Pictured right, we see custom argyle style No Added Sugar print blankets and matching cardigans.

New this season, we see this boys casual sports jacket and plaid printed pieces in addition to their signature stripes.

Over at Rock N Regal, Melanie Salisbury does it again with her classic, timeless designs. This girls coat is a must have!

Newcomer, Gravel and Grass, describe themselves as simple luxury for girls aged 2 -10 years.

Corby Tindersticks were back showing off their second season collection ‘hola amigo’. Inspired by Spanish lessons, exercise books, plimsoles and the periodic table influencing the colour palette and illustrations. The age range is now bigger, catreing for 0-5 years, and introducing babywear and accessories. I love the new bigger weather map!

New characters make an appearance!

Show stopper special occassionwear by Mischka Aoki. New this season are more casual pieces with less tulle, and a lot of black which I just love on kids.

Also new this season, which are my favourite, the 2 piece collections – cropped tops with tulle tutu skirts.

Another newbie to Bubble, Melissa shoes. Rubber jelly style shoes and sandals, featuring colaborations with Anglomania and Vivienne Westwood.

New to the collection are these sneaker style rubber shoes, suitable for boys too.

 

Another new comer, Swedish brand Leopold and Livia. Feminine classic designs, displayed beautifully on pearl beaded hangers.

Roll up, roll up!! It’s Jessie and James with their Butterfly Circus. I love the circus campaign for this collection, showing off punk checks, tartan and gingham mixes on their abstract cuts and baggy trousers.

Bold prints and colours at the Beau Loves stand. This season is inspired by a set of wings that Beau asked his mum Faye (designer) for his 4th birthday. I love the superhero style outfit pictured, the cat balaclava is so funky!

This season sees the launch of their new bedding range, with a plan to grow with each season collection.

Another new comer, Belle Enfant, a luxury fashion brand for style conscious infants. A beautiful collection mainly for girls, pictured are adorable cashmere accessories and silk blouses.

This season Bonnie Baby collaborates with Garbo & Friends, combining the Bonnie Baby handwriting through the use of jersey and knit with the Garbo & Friends ‘bubbles’ print.

Lots of lovely pieces by Rachel Riley, but my favourites were the dolls, teddies and their accessories.

For SS13 we saw slippers and toy animals, but this season Sew Heart Felt have produced fabulous hand made felt rugs and head shields as well as new animal characters, including a warthog, badger, chicken and a mole.

The Peacock slipper has been specially designed to be sold at the V&A Museum.

 

So there you have it, my Bubble London AW13 round up! Hope you have enjoyed!

Let me know your thoughts with a tweet or comment on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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