Global Kids Fashion Week was a brand new event, and a highlight of 2013’s fashion calendar. The event saw a gathering of some of the world’s best-known designers, as well as up-and-coming talents in kid’s fashion. Labels such as Chloe, Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry showcased their children’s collection on catwalk shows, alongside smaller brands like Jottum, Wildfox and Mischka Aoki. As well as the shows, there were playful activities for kids and adults and fundraising for GKFW’s official charity Kids Company. Catch up with the highlights of the four day fashion fest, with our pick of its highlights.
- Experts and celebs were among the guests
Industry insiders attended GKFW to give their guidance and opinions on the shows, as well as celeb mums looking to pick up tips for how to dress their little ones! Ambassadors of GKFW included Sarah Curran, founder of my-wardrobe.com, Tanya Kazeminy Macaky, founding partner Mama Mio and model Portia Freeman. Model Jodie Kidd also attended, and was seated next to Kate Moss’s make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury. Jodie’s celeb sister was also a guest, and both sisters went along with their young children – sporting cute outfits with brown riding boots and black shoes.
- Muted colours look demure and cute
Kids clothing has come a long way from plain primary brights, and instead, many designers featured toned down colour palettes – perfect for spring. Robert Cavalli’s collection for kids is a prime example: included in the collection were a pale grey suit with jersey jacket and a printed floral dress in washed out colours. For the boys a pristine white shirt lifted the grey and, for the girls, patent nude shoes added sheen to low-key tones.
- Streetstyle is back!
The clothes on the runway weren’t all about smart attire for special occasions. Kenzo showed how laid-back streetstyle and urban wear looked cool and funky for kid’s everyday wardrobes. For the boys there were bright blue quilted puffa jackets and contrasting red caps, worn at an angle. Bright colours were also a feature of Kenzo’s girl’s collection, with one model wearing an orange dress and clashing blue checked jacket. Chunky Dr.Martin-style shoes finished both these looks brilliantly.
- Old-fashioned chic
A number of more old-fashioned finishes were trialled on the runway, which avoided looking frumpy on such cute and youthful outfits! Oscar de la Renta went ultra-traditional, dressing one model in black leiderhosen-style dungarees. 1950s-inspired pussy bow collars were also seen, in collections by de la Renta and Billie Blush.
The event had something for parents and their children, though there were elements which could be improved on. The amount of celebs and industry insiders attending the event meant that ordinary mums could easily have felt excluded, and shied away from buying a ticket. Making the event seem more accessible could have attracted stylish mums from all walks of life and made for a more diverse event.