This year marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which has raised over £600m and helped to change lives both in the UK and Africa. Ahead of the big event on Friday 15 March, get involved by purchasing one of Stella McCartney’s lovely t-shirts for both adults and children.
While we were busy at Bubble, FIMI (Feria
Internacional de Moda Infantil) took place in Spain and unveiled a mesmerizing footwear
Valencia-based design studio Masquespacio was charged with creating the
exhibit and using either materials already in the fair’s warehouse or materials
that could be manufactured at a low cost internally.
The next edition of FIMIwill take place on 21-23 June 2013.
Bubble Londonclosed the doors on a bustling autumn/winter 13 edition and
announced a year-on-year visitor increase of 3% and a 20% increase of overseas
visitors, when the show took place on 27-28 January at the Business Design
Centre in Islington.
number of new brands praised the high footfall and reported
healthy orders across the two day show.
Now, I'm very picky. Fussy. Call
me what you like, I am what I am – loud and proud. That's whatKid Style Junkieis about – the style truth! So when I was
asked by Bubble London to select my Top 5 brands of the show from all the
lovely thingsI saw, even
for me it was a teeny-eeny bit tough.But...
I'm SUCH a kids' fashion trooper. So, in no particular order...My first pick isLittleTroll.
Little Trollis only in its second
season. It's a baby of a brand, but punches well above its weight style-wise. The dresses and accessories are well-made, stylish and, above all, super
The theme for a/w 13 was 'Let's Play Dress Up', and Nicola, the
designer, has embellished
the collection with accessories such as collars and
TheManuela de Juanrange is more classic and theMAAbrand is funkier and edgier. Want
these, need these, have to have these...
and above the design, what is BRILL is they will work with retailers to
customise any of their designs for different, unique colours, helping the
retailer add shoe designer onto their CV! Love, love LOVE! BIG LOVE!
This brand always has a busy,
buzzy stand, and the owner, Faye Wilde, is super passionate about what she
does. Inspired by her son, Beau, the brand was created in 2010 to be quirky and
adventurous and, importantly, made in London. The clothes are just that. I
think even though they are 'gender neutral' where they can be, the brand is
super strong for boys. And good on them. It's harder to find good boys' stuff.
Excitingly for a/w 13, they, like
a few other brands, have built on their fashion credentials to now bring us
home accessories. Imps and Elfs and Bang Bang Copenhagen are two other examples
of this as exhibited atPlaytime Paris, also
for a/w 13.
A small, new British brand only
in it's second season but boy does it have legs. Carly Gledhill is a super
talented designer. I love the characters she creates, and this season they are
quirkier than ever. The theme for a/w 13 is the Nostalgia of School Days.
Catering for 0-5 years, in my opinion they play their trump card with toys and
home accessories – the 'rag dolls' and the weather chart are brilliant.
This brand is oh so beautiful.
It's girly without the MEH tutu look. It allows a girl to play dress up but
look dressed up. Beautiful. For girls aged 1-11 years, it's an Australian brand
with a German designer who cut her teeth at international fashion houses like
Collette Dinnigam.The clothes
and accessories have a vintage look and feel with a modern aesthetic.
It was a lovelycoincidence that three of my fave
brands are "homegrown" – designed and manufactured in the UK. But toKid Style Junkie– moi – it doesn't matter where they are
from, who makes them or what they are made with, it's all all all about STYLE.
And, in my opinion, my top five brands have that – in spades.