Beautiful Scandinavian children’s wear brand, Pale Cloud shows us behind the scenes of their catwalk show at last months NYC fashion week. These little ladies look like they were having the time of their lives – and the clothes are just beautiful.

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27
Mar
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CATWALK CUTIES: There were almost as many tots in the audience as there were on the catwalk for the first ever Global Kids’ Fashion Week (GKFW) in London last Tuesday. Launched by AlexandAlexa.com, the online kidswear retailer, the invitation-only event saw Camilla Rutherford, Jemma Kidd, Jodie Kidd, Portia Freeman and their progeny on the front row at the first of two shows in the two-day event.
The key children’s wear trends for fall/winter 2013’s were showcased via creations from over 30 established and emerging designers, including Kenzo, Roberto Cavalli, Oscar de La Renta, Billie Bush, Mini A Ture and Issosy, on diminutive models that walked skipped, danced and cartwheeled down the runway at Freemason’s Hall.

No fashion week is complete without the obligatory after party so, for GKFW, the Lodge room was transformed into a children’s playland with a giant bubble machine, a manicure bar for little fingers from LittleBU, a photo booth and a popcorn vendor. It seems that fashion shows aren’t just for the ready-to-wear crowd anymore. “I don’t think [kidswear] is recognized enough, especially with the lesser known and emerging designers,” said model Freeman. “Since having my son, I’ve entered the word of children’s fashion and I love it!”

While Tuesday’s media and VIP event showcased coming trends for next season, Wednesday’s consumer show highlighted current spring/summer 2013 trends from brands including Rachel Riley, Munster Kids, Finger in the Nose, Billieblush and Mishka Aoki to ticket-buying members of the public, with the proceeds thereof going to the charity Kids Company.

With Romeo Beckham appearing in the current Burberry campaign, blogs dedicated to Suri Cruise’s style, designers angling to dress Harper Beckham and fashion watchers eyeing-up Blue Ivy Carter’s wardrobe, it was only a matter of time before a fashion week was dedicated to kidswear. That time is now.

“The time felt right to launch GKFW this year, to showcase children’s fashion in its own right and celebrate this thriving industry,” AlexandAlexa.com founder Alex Theophanous told WWD. “Since AlexandAlexa.com was founded five years ago, we’ve watched the children’s fashion industry grow and evolve in to a stand-alone category with its own trends and creative milestones.

“Each year another mainline designer branches out into kidswear — from Chloe’s ‘mini me’ girls collection launched in 2007, which is the current favorite of Harper Beckham, to Stella McCartney for Kids in 2010, which is one of AlexandAlexa.com’s best sellers. Alongside these global and established brands, we’ve seen emerging and independent children’s designers make their mark in the industry and gain a cult following — parents love discovering fresh new brands and we find they spend as much time hunting online for those unique kids’ outfits as they do for their own wardrobes.”

The two-day event is being funded by AlexandAxela.com, with production and styling costs for the shows being partially covered by the brands participating. “We have created a stand-alone brand [GKFW], which we aim to roll-out annually, or even seasonally, following our feedback and experiences with the debut event,” said Theophanous.

Source: WWD

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18
Mar
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Mini hipsters in the United States had an opportunity to strut their stuff this past weekend on a New York City runway as part of the semi-annual kid’s fashion week sponsored by petitePARADE and Vogue Bambini. The shows featured a wide variety of kids’ fashion including pieces by Pale Cloud, Cupcakes & Pastries, Diesel, Bonnie Young, Sperry’s, Miss Blumarine, and Reina Mora, just to name a few.

Trends that we saw for girls included high socks, high-low hems, and funky sneakers. Pairing fun girly styles with more edgy and funky pieces was a popular trend amongst the girls on the runway.

This outfit represents the girly girl with a funky edge. This Los Angeles designer launched “Cupcakes & Pastries” in 2009. (above)


For boys, beanies and hats, funky sneakers and boots, and unique graphic tees were all seen on the runway.

The crowds at the shows were filled with moms (and dads!), celebrities, designers, and many stylish young men and women! June Ambrose (pictured sitting front row with her son Chance and daughter Summer)- is a celebrity stylist who has styled clients including Missy Elliot, Jay Z, Will Smith, and Alicia Keys.

A few of the pint-sized attendees are pictured below.


The adorable children seen on the runway are represented by some of the top modeling agencies in New York such as Wilhelmina and Generations Model Management.

This young model named Kylie is also a cast member of TLC’s hit reality TV show, “Toddlers and Tiaras”. (below)

Article written by contributor: Alyx Wilson

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18
Sep
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GNOMIE is a new app (for ipad or iphone) for children that has all its illustrations completely drawn by hand. Add to this the fact that you can insert your own voice into the story so that your child can listen to your voice whilst listening to the story is just lovely.

GNOMIE’s creator, Alexs Petovitch,  wanted to ” translate the feeling of story time that we had as kids, as best I could to these modern devices.” So he created something with a hand drawn aesthetic – the illustrations being  all pen and acrylic – then adding the warmth of a parent’s voice.

These days it can get a little tricky to get your child to sit down and read a story from beginning to end, but if they can listen to a family or friend’s voice tell them the story – its all the more exciting. Check out the demo below and see for yourself.

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Part 2 of Kari Nyack’s amazing fashion finds at Bubble Kids Show in London:

If you missed out on Part 1 and want to catch the special finds that Kari unearthed Click here.

Corby Tindersticks- Fabulous newcomer, proved to be a real hit at the show. Displaying quirky designs and prints complimented by funky retro furniture. Well done Guys!!!

Tootsa MacGinty - A little fishermans story at this stand. The collection has been inspired by the long summer holidays of our childhoods, bold deckchair stripes, graphics of kites, ice lollies and ice creams and bright summery colours.

Beau Loves- I was happy to see this brand again as it was one of my favourites back in January. We continue to see the brands superhero mask print, carried throughout the collection along with fringing and quirky easy to wear cuts and shapes. This collection has been inspired by Beau’s (the designer, Faye Wilde’s son) summers in France- mountains, baby whales, boat trips, crowns and merry go rounds.

Loud Apparel- Luxury for children, the creativity of London design mixed with the tradition of Italian minimalism. A monochrome colour palette, white, black, black and white gingham for girls and washed blue for boys. I LOVE the leather jackets!

Junior Design Award winner Aravore displayed classic styles, lots of crochet, knits and soft lemons and greens. Tops, shirts and dresses in a check print with sporty knitted cloth trims, to allow for a more casual option.

Another fantastic newcomer Rock N Regal, inspired by British history and Rock and Roll. Lots of traditional tweeds and checks, made with luxury fabrics. The classic vintage cut styles and traditional quality ensure the clothes will not date and can be worn or inherited for seasons to come.

Pictured clockwise: Funky neon brights by Dandy Star, luxury fabrics from Emma Levine, love this matching headband and playsuit by Isossy children, fabulous footwear for boys by Tinny shoes, nautical stripes and fishes by L’asticot, I love the retro style shorts in the back!
It was a tiring 2 days, but I had lots of fun and met lots of interesting people. A big thank you to everyone who was so accommodating!

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MiniHipster Contributor Kari Nyack, children’s stylist and owner of Stye My Baby London, spent some time at the international kids Trade Show BUBBLE London and has shared her secret finds, new brands and the up and coming names to watch out for. Kari found so many great brands that we had to split this report into 2 parts. Below is part 1 and we will post Part 2 tomorrow:

Bubble London is a kids focused trade show where retailers can meet exhibitors from every aspect of the kid’s industry: fashion, interiors, toys and more.

On the 17th and 18th of June I made my way down to the Business Design Centre in Islington (London) to see what’s in store for all your ‘Mini Hipsters’ for Spring Summer 2013.

There were so many fabulous collections from so many fabulous brands, some you may already know and some are fairly new to the industry, all in all, you are in for a treat! So here they are:

No Added Sugar- New for SS13 is boys, girls and baby swimwear, sunglasses, Liberty print pieces, lots of metallics and soft greens.

Mischka Aoki- New colours include jade greens and deep pinks. Fur fabrics and a ‘Flamenco’ style cut.

We were invited to a garden party with Tom & Drew and Liv. The stand looked magnificent with brick walls, green grass, flowers, butterflies and garden furniture. The Tom and Drew collection showed their ever popular tailored pieces, plaids, checks and pin stripes. Soft pastel coloured bow ties as well as a new leopard print fabric (my favourite!)

Del Toro for Tom & Drew- The camouflage brogue is one of my favourite pieces in the whole show. Designed by Del Toro, hand made genuine leather, with custom coloured sole and laces.

Pictured above is Bubble ‘Stand Out’ competition winner Indikidual, and well deserved in my opinion. Syreeta Johnson (founder and designer), has carefully considered every last detail in-keeping with the personality of the brand. I love the sticks that have been customised with pipe cleaners, beads and feathers in her pop up craft workshops, where kids come to play and be creative. The newspaper style Lookbook is also very original, along with Syreeta’s business cards, which she lets her daughter customise with felt tip pens! This brand screams cute, creative and practical, truly Indikidual!!!

Tutu De Monde – Every little princesses dream! Mixing imagination and style. Some casual pieces have been added to this collection, including stripey leggings and casual tees with a touch of sparkle of course.

Silvean Heach- Lots of finds in this sustainable garden. For boys we have nautical stripes and colours, for girls we have lots of soft yellows and browns.

Catch Part 2 of Kari’s report tomorrow.

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14
Mar
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77 Kids by American Eagle show us 3 ways to rock a pretty, flowy, pleated skirt…….

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13
Feb
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The new Stella McCartney Kids collection unites the spirit and energy of children, while continuing to
reflect the designer’s signature modern aesthetic and ethical values. Stella’s signature muted colour
palette is mixed with bright denims, colourful prints and detailed embroideries in a variety of contrasting
colours like hot pink, bright melon, ultra orange and truck red.

Plus, her ever present humorous printed t-shirts include dinosaurs in sunglasses, banana cowboys and lively citrus fruits.
Denim features throughout the collection and includes the western-inspired Samuel shirt (ooh we love) as well as the
wide leg Jet jeans (’bout time) and the patch pocket Taz shorts in dinosaur khaki.

As in previous seasons, highlights of the collection include “mini-me” pieces that have been adapted
from Stella’s main collection and shrunken down for kids, such as the Flo jumpsuit, the Deborah denim
dress, the embroidery anglais Ettie dress and the Suzy dress in yellow and blue strips with puff
shoulders.

Continuing the support for Meat Free Monday, a percentage of the sales for the 8 items featuring a
“horse print” will contribute to the awareness campaign.

Our pick of the accessories Stella has designed this season are the embroidered Cherry cowboy boots and the ‘Linda’ sandals – they are super cute.

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Ryan in the Target catalog

Ryan in the Target catalog

For all the controversy surrounding some child models, it gives us great pleasure to dote on the latest pint-size star. His name is Ryan, and he has Down syndrome.

The adorable 6-year-old’s latest modeling gig is for Target, and he also appeared in a Nordstrom catalog this past summer. Daddyblogger Noah’s Dad posted both of the photos and shared these thoughts:

“If you were browsing through this week’s Target ad you may have passed right over the adorable little boy in the bright orange shirt smiling at you on page 9!  And if so, I’m glad!

The reason I’m glad?  Well, that stylish young man in the orange shirt is Ryan. Ryan just so happened to have been born with Down syndrome and I’m glad that Target included a model with down syndrome in their typical ad! :)

This wasn’t a “Special Clothing For Special People” catalog.  There wasn’t a call out somewhere on the page proudly proclaiming that “Target’s proud to feature a model with Down syndrome in this week’s ad!”  And they didn’t even ask him to model a shirt with the phrase, “we aren’t all angels”printed on the front.

In other words, they didn’t make a big deal out of it.  I like that.”

Ryan in the Nordstrom catalog

Ryan in the Nordstrom catalog

Noah’s mum also commented:

“We are very pleased that Nordstrom placed Ryan in their catalog. The whole process of modeling is an extreme confidence booster for him. He received so much warmth and caring from the Nordstrom crew that he thought they were there just for him! We are honored that Ryan is making the Down Syndrome community proud. He is a beautiful boy inside and out. He makes us better parents, and a better family.”

Source: Noah’s dad and MSNBC

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Time is ticking on, closer and closer to Christmas and family time and gift giving and receiving. If you are anything like us, the MiniHipster team, you may not have quite got around to shopping yet, but we have been perusing the sites for some lovely ideas!

We came across this great site Peddlers - which has a million different and unusual and unique things to choose from for adults and kids. We have pulled out some classic gifts and some presents which will get squeals of laughter from your Hipsters.

Snakes and Ladders: A classic game that is fin to play whether you are 3 or 80. Its one of the true, classic family games.

Snakes and Ladders: A classic game that is fin to play whether you are 3 or 80. Its one of the true, classic family games.

Pass The Bomb: We actually have this game at home and our kids have more fun putting the ticking bomb down mum or dads pants - hey, its funny!

Pass The Bomb: We actually have this game at home and our kids have more fun putting the ticking bomb down mum or dad’s pants – hey, its funny!
Sound Machine: It whistles, applauses and breaks. What a way to scare mum  as she is preparing the Christmas meal

Sound Machine: It whistles, applauses and breaks. What a way to scare mum as she is preparing the Christmas meal

Tiddledy Winks: Remember playing this when we were all little? Its a classic game!

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