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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

 

 

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!

BABY CZ 2Baby CZ SS14 – Naomi Dress

BABY CZBaby CZ SS14 – Chanel Dress

MC 1Marie Chantal SS14 – Floaty Dress

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’.

Plusher blog

 

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!

Next AW13 Press Day

by Kari Nyack

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending the Next AW13 press day. Camera in tow, off I head to Oxford Circus to see what affordable yet on trend delights this high street giant has (soon to be) in store for us.

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At the childrenswear section, an MDF flatpack garden display meets us. Poseable wooden bunnies are sporting next seasons accessories.

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Something for the younger boy…..

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Monochrome colourways for the older girls….

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Polka dot shorts for younger girls…..

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Monochrome accessories for the little babas…..

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Sparkly party sneakers for younger girls…..

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Love these Ash style high tops with sparkly encrusted toe caps.

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I just have to throw in my signature leopard print find!

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Fairytale graphic prints……..

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Funky bird graphic polo shirt for older boys…

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I just had to check out the Home collection. I love love love this chair.

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Fantastic cluttered garden shed style display! Wish my shed looked like this!

So there you have it, a little taster of Next childrens and home for AW13. Hope you enjoyed!

 

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

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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