Brave Kid has produced Diesel Kid since 1999 and John Galliano childrenswear for the past five years so it made sense then that the two labels be shown at Pitti on the same catwalk. Shortly after the super sleuth style Galliano outfits retired from the runway, it was the turn of Diesel Kid to show its winter 2013 collection.
A blank canvas of a catwalk was soon adorned with candelabras, dinner tables and crockery down both sides by rather dashing waiters. Along came men and women dressed in their finest as if attending the Opera but once they were seated, the show began with an energetic young boy body popping and kicking his way down the catwalk.
Dressed in a grey tweed waistcoat, pork pie hat and regulation denim jeans, he kicked each cardboard candlebra into the tables, scattering the Opera-goers and sending them to the head of the catwalk. Which is where they stayed for the duration of the show.
Diesel is renowned for its show-stopping and sometimes shocking campaigns. It was great to see so much energy on a fashion catwalk.
A pair of striking metallic gold trousers, tailored black blazer, skinny black and red striped scarf, topped off with a spiky Mohican bowler hat were some of the highlights for the girls.
We also spotted a casually cool grey and black diagonally striped midi-dress: the style of which we had expected to see more of at the fair. Perhaps the look hasn’t quite translated from womenswear yet, but it is a great shape to look out for.
The boys strutted down the catwalk to strains of ‘Are You Gonna Go my Way’, while wearing long red jean shorts, striped zip hooded tops and slogan T-shirts declaring things like ‘Never Ending fun’.
American and British flag prints were popular over scarves. There were also hints of neon, on the soles of black brogues, quilted heart print puffa jackets and leggings.
For boys, sweat style jogging pants in slim cuts and in shades of grey and blue denim pointed to the casually smart feel of the season.
The super show ended with the finely dressed men and women running, jumping and dancing onto the catwalk in their droves. Lots of fun and very Diesel.