We’ve known that fashion is not just for grown-ups ever since selfie queen Kim Kardashian appeared at the Paris Fashion Week with her little daughter North. Mummy dressed in a black lace bodice by Givenchy; her 2-year-old mini-me in a coordinating outfit matched with Doc Martens. More and more children are imitating their parents’ style – ideally without losing their sense of fashion’s fun side in the process. More and more fashion houses are taking this into account. Even grand master Karl Lagerfeld presented a kidswear collection for 2016 (inspired by rock ’n’ roll).
While brands like Lacoste, Bobo Choses and Fred Perry show their collections twice a year at the KID Children’s Fashion Trade Show in Paris’s Bastille Design Center, Blumarine and Versace have their mini-fashionistas model at the Pitti Bimbo in Florence. Pitti Bimbo – something like the Milan Fashion Week for tots. Over 10,000 visitors marvel the myriad shows there. The trends arriving this autumn/winter 2015/16 were revealed back in January. We paid close attention:
Checked shirts for boys; checked skirts for girls. The ’90s favourite celebrated its comeback last season and the pattern once worn by Kurt Cobain – now mostly interpreted in red and black – is still on trend this year. For example as a down jacket by Armani Junior.
Blazers made of cotton jacquard and a posh cardigan. The Italian label Simonetta takes care of sporty elegance. In it, children cement their mini-adult status without losing their mobility. Soft fabrics and flowing cuts make that possible.
So far we’ve mostly seen them in books and films, but now they’re setting up camp in children’s fashion, too. Little cats literally adorn everything in 2016, from t-shirts to hats and even shoes. Marc Jacobs and Sonia Rykiel are the trendsetters behind this cat craze. The adorable animals were featured frequently in their collections.
For whatever reason, children need leather jackets. Or at least, that’s if labels like Burberry and Balmain have their way. Even Diesel designed an outfit for junior bikers. Take it from us: studded leather motorcycle jackets are in.