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CPH Kids Copenhagen show report

Our fashion director reports from the Danish childrenswear trade show

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With it's bright and spacious layout the Copenhagen CPH Kids fair is always a pleasure to visit. The mix of cool brands and popular Nordic patterns also ensures a bright atmosphere. Now in its third edition the fair is also pulling exhibitors from the more traditional Ciff Kids, which shows at the same time in Copenhagen Fashion Week. This means that the city is a lively place in these weeks, for those who appreciate that sort of thing.

Trend-wise everything seems to be slowly moving towards a less layered aesthetic and key pieces are structured as cape style tops and baggy drop crutch trousers. There are a lot of crew neck knits in traditional Nordic patterns and plenty of T-shirt and sweat fabric tops with animal or hybrid human/animal graphics on them.

Labels follow their own directions for colour and print, for example at Christina Rohde sludgy colours in grey, pink and damson are enlivened with bright net petticoats. Christina Rohde now also has a boy’s line in khaki and brown tones and structured blazer jackets. At Soft Gallery the fleshy pinks and soft grey remain with new graphic prints and a new curved frill edge short and pants shape. At Bang Bang Copenhagen the fun shapes and strong graphics are restrained into A-line dresses and curving pants with piped edges.

New to the fair this season was the New York label Wovenplay whose ‘little girl dressing up’ style was delightful with cloth tiara's, necklaces and belts in cut-out leather, jewelled satin leotard tops with net skirts attached, bi-colour satin dresses for girls and striped hoodies and skinny pants with single stripe decoration for boys.

Occasional bright colours livened up the darker winter colours on display, with orange being a popular choice at both Molo and Mini Rodini. Accessories are plentiful with some great retro tweed caps at CTH Mini, which has a traditional archive going back to 1885 fur pom pom topped hats, and moulded felt hoods at Huttelihut with plenty of footwear choices too.

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