Looking at the trends from CPH Kids fashion fair for next summer it becomes clear that bold colour is now established for the coming summer and also with flashes of fluorescents for an even more intense hit.
In Copenhagen it is often to be found in strong graphic prints such as the traditional styles at Smafolk and Katvig and H.J.O.R.T.H and in vivid striped combinations at brands such as Mads Norgaard Born and Milibe.
Most labels are sticking to their signature styles which have worked commercially for them in the past, some such as Soft Gallery have bowed to commercial pressure and are producing more printed images and less intricate embroideries to allow a lower price point to help stretched buyers, including two new all-over prints, one of which is a sweet sorbet coloured ice cream cone emblem.
Silhouettes are full with swinging short skirts and A-line flaring dresses while jeans remain skinny and straight legged college style or have dropped baggy crutches. Strappy tie shoulders with elasticated yokes are a common combination for all in ones and cotton sundresses, and baggy jumpsuits and sweat or cotton jersey pants for boys and girls have low wide cut crutches which form folds of fabric when worn. Denim is often bleached and has a worn faded look in patches. Shoulder details and decoration have become strong elements with multi-frilled cap sleeves such as that seen on a printed retro style dress at Iglo Kids, or the extended shoulder frill on striped cotton dresses at The Brand.
Metallics are still popular, Christina Rohde added some bright sequin tu-tus to her floral Liberty print signature range as well as a multitude of additional accessories from teddy bears to dummy clip-ons and Petit by Sophie Schnoor added sequin waistcoats and leggings to her otherwise delicate cotton print range. Metallic skins for strappy sandals or crepe soled lace-ups still look modern for footwear too.
There were some interesting newcomers at the show too, from Japan the bright, junky kaleidoscope world of Fafa, from Sweden the retro-inspired dresses of both Modeerska Huset and Anive for the Minors and both Luckyboysunday and Pale Cloud which we have seen at Bubble London and Playtime this season too.
There are some good strong names at this fair now and brands which have the potential to go far such as The Brand from Sweden who focused on an American sports theme seen cropping up in quite a few collections, local label Bang Bang Copenhagen with quirky new details on dresses and catsuits, New Generals who have concentrated on strong graphics in black and white for their organic range and Sprout by Gro and Gro, covered in our Kleine Fabriek report too.
All photographs by Linda Mclean using the iPad 2, available at Vodafone price plans from £229
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