To some, it may seem like children’s fashion is the same each season. At the end of the day, it’s all just T-shirts, onesies, jeans, and sweaters, right? But the reality is that major designers dictate which kiddie clothing trends will be a hit, and children’s fashion is given the same royal treatment that is generally reserved for women’s and men’s collections.
During Milan Spring 2013 Fashion Week, child models took to the runway to help usher in spring fashion as part of the Fashion Kids for Children in Crisis Onlus. The event, which took place in September and raised money for the education of impoverished children around the globe, featured some of the world’s most celebrated designers, including Roberto Cavalli Junior, Miss Blumarine, and Simonetta. As is usually the case, many trends overlapped and we can expect to see the trickle-down effect take hold when spring collections hit major retailers in just a few short weeks. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fashion goodies we will find:
Pure snow white will be a huge color trend for girls this season. Miss Blumarine featured the hue in everything from bomber jackets lined with white fur details to Edwardian era elegant white and gold dresses. White was also a hit at Laura Biagiotti DOLLS, where crisp crochet knit dresses and lace ruffle tiered dresses took center stage. One standout piece included an empire waist, below-the-knee party dress with a satin bow and details and puffy, sheer short sleeves. Not only is this dress fit for a formal event, it looks as comfortable as a pair of silk pajamas, and won’t hinder your little girl from moving about freely and dancing up a storm.
It may be spring, but March and April can still be pretty darn cold. Thank goodness designers Fay Junior, Roberto Cavalli Junior, I Pinco Pallino, and Bikkembergs offered looks that incorporate layering techniques. The trick behind successful layering, particularly for active children who don’t appreciate being weighed down by a heavy jacket to begin with, is to pair lightweight and unexpected pieces. At Fay Junior, girls could choose one of a number of similar vests and oversized, knee-length scarves, while boys were offered smart options like a sturdy, but not too puffy vest, layered atop a silvery grey sports coat:
I Pinco Pallino, which favored quirky twists on traditional pieces, sent one boy down the runway rocking a velvet oxblood red suit, and another clad in a muted plaid sports jacket over below-the-knee length trousers (think Angus Young with better fashion sense). Bikkembergs presented layers for the everyday kid who prefers outdoor play to video games—oversized cardigans beneath sports jackets with small details, like a chartreuse yellow coat lining or a frog green belt to make it interesting.
Last year’s hot color was Tangerine Tango (described as a reddish orange). This season, the hue has matured slightly with the addition of a drop of red to last year’s color. The result is an interesting, universally wearable shade that many children’s designers are tapping into this spring. At Fay Junior, the color was used sparingly, such as when vibrant gloves were added to an otherwise understated ensemble. Simonetta, on the other hand, didn’t shy away from the vivid tone, making it the star of her show:
1950s with a Twist: Crinoline and the Good Greaser
Across the board, it seems designers were heavily influenced by the innocent rebellion of the 1950s. For boys, rolled-up dark denim and straight-legged trousers either got the college treatment when paired with cashmere scarves, cardigans, or pea coats in muted shades, or were featured with bomber vests, reminiscent of Marty McFly’s time traveling look in “Back to the Future.” At Roberto Cavalli Junior, where ties were clipped to the naval and, in many cases, the jeans were only slightly darker than stonewashed, the look sometimes even drifted into ‘80s territory.
Girls, for the most part, were all sugar and spice on the runway, and no detail was more ‘50s fetching than the peek-a-boo crinoline shown under full skirts and dresses. At I Pinco Pallino, a soft pink coat with matching boots would have disappeared among other pieces, if not for the sweep of crinoline peeping out from beneath:
If this show is a predictor of things to come, we can expect our little ones to turn into perfect, tiny ladies and gentlemen this spring.