Spain’s leading childrenswear trade fair, Fimi, held in Spain’s third largest city Valencia kicked off this weekend with mixed offerings for buyers and press. The fair is held in two halls, the first featuring smaller, newer or more experimental childrenswear brands and the second showing the commercial and celebrated home-grown talent; as well as daily fashion shows debuting collections from some of Spain’s more viable childrenswear brands.
It was also a great fair to see CWF’s takeover of the Little Marc Jacobs license, especially as I sadly missed the preview in London, and the collection showed a promising start with some really fashion forward sixties futurist dresses and a beautiful blue, fun fur coat with leather trimmings for girls.
The main trends we saw at Fimi, from the shows and stands, were 'the Sixties', which tapped into the futurist Pierre Cardin mood, 'Romance' which was full of frills, volume and delicate details and fabric treatments and finally 'Grunge', which echoed nineties Calvin Klein and the late Kurt Cobain.
Fashion designer Pierre Cardin known for his space age creations, geometric shapes and often very unisex silhouettes was the main reference in this season’s trend for the sixties. Although, it seemed a shame that labels are referencing the sixties despite the recent fashion for modern futurism from artists such as Pierre Debusschere, who disregarded referencing. However, geometric unisex silhouettes work very well when translated into kidswear. C de C presented a beautiful leather gold tunic dress paired with gold slippers. Little Marc Jacobs showed a striking silver and black A-line dress and coats that had the structure of some of Pierre Cardin’s work. Liolio stand was pretty much dedicated to the sixties; highlights included embroidered tunics, cropped fun fur coats and structured dress coats.
Lots of the Spanish childrenswear brands at Fimi could be translated as romantic, due to every label producing christening and communion dresses; religion is big business in Spain! But the main theme in romance was the attention to detailing and textures, floral embroidery, wool pique, heat burned patterns and acid etchings. Silhouettes remained volume led, layered with petticoats and pleats. Folds and pleats fashioned blouses and tunics, with Spanish label No Sin Valentina really capturing this mood.
Distressed denims, unfinished cottons and jersey, layering and a pallet of blacks, greys and greens were popular in the grunge revival. Zadig & Voltaire dedicated their collection to all things Grunge, standout garments being denim shirt dresses, distressed and decorated with minimal fuss. Little Marc Jacobs introduced a sombre black quilted coat for boys and Tarantela offered tie dye and floral loose fitting tunics for girls, which wouldn’t look out-of-place on a Nineties clad Courtney Love.
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