This season’s new trends were seen at Pitti Bimbo (Florence, Italy), Bubble London (UK), White Kids (Milan, Italy), CPH Kids (Copenhagen, Denmark), Fimi Valencia (Spain) and Kleine Fabriek (Amsterdam, Holland).
Lightweight layers The Fifties influenced many collections, from beatnik striped T-shirts and rockabilly swing dresses, to casual looks inspired by golf and cruise wear. But to smarten an outfit, designers used layers, teaming checked shirts with waistcoats and blazers, and then threw in geek-chic glasses and cravats for good measure, as seen at Sarabanda. Prom panache Evening and occasional wear saw high-waisted prom dresses layered with petticoats, frills and box pleats to deliver maximum volume to dance the night away, as seen at Monnalisa. Fancy footwear Brogues and bright socks proved popular, although modern ankle-strap sandals in metallic shades and glittery thong sandals were often used to juxtapose the Fifties theme.
Blending in Nature took its course when it came to colour at Pitti, a theme followed at the CPH show in Copenhagen. Rugged boots and belts were also teamed with khaki jackets and jumpers to provide a military feel at Fendi and Miss Grant. Wild flowers Appliqué floral designs adorned hats, bags and brooches, while blooms featured on dresses and skirts (right). Liberty prints were also seen on boyswear. Roaring success Animal prints roamed the catwalks, with leopard and tiger stripes on skirts and tops in a variety of vibrant shades. Miss Blumarine’s pretty pink print skirt teamed with diamanté-collared polo shirt epitomised the look. But the more tame end of the spectrum saw cartoon animal prints, including Minnie Mouse.
Minimum of fussThe Nineties trend for minimalist chic that has enjoyed a resounding revival on the adult catwalks crept in at Pitti Bimbo, too. Runways were awash with white on whites and jackets layered over tops, as seen at Calvin Klein. Neutral greys were also one of the shades of choice, as seen at Woolrich (left). Sporting chance For those brands who didn’t embrace the Fifties revival, function often triumphed over decoration, and lots of designers opted for a sporty way to present their take own personal take on the minimalist trend. Tops had hoods and easy-to-use fastenings, such as Velcro, while industrial-style poppers adorned shirts and shoes. Jackets also had big, practical pockets.
Simple silhouettes Clean and simple lines were the order of the day at Pitti Bimbo when it came to silhouettes on sportswear. Aside from the odd cap or oversized collar, it was sleek, no-frills fashion.
Bon voyage The glamorous notion of travel, so prevalent in the Fifties, was revived (think Sophia Loren cruising on a yacht). To create the look, mix whites and vibrant shades, then accessorise with an oversized sun hat and tote bag, as seen at Tutto Piccolo.
Service at Sea The trend for mini sailors was hugely popular. It was first seen at Spain’s Fimi Valencia fair with Elisa Menuts dedicating her show to the look, while Spanish brand Batela sported a host of seafaring stripes. On safari Inspired by thrilling African adventures, the catwalks
were bursting with safari-style shirts, jackets and khaki shorts.