The Italian girlswear label Miss Grant present their Spring/Summer ’11 collection to an Alice in Wonderland themed set, with a giant clock and flowers looming in the background. There are four main themes to the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, firstly military chic. This may sound a little brutal for little girls, but it is cleverly designed, mixing some masculine military-influenced designs with florals and frills. Tailored jackets have hints of uniform details, metal buttons, zips and epaulettes, while camouflage trousers and tops are won with sequinned dresses to soften the look. There are plenty of feminine touches, too, with ruffles adorning tunics and strapless tops, while leggings and waistcoats are dotted with splashes of sequins.
The Cruise influences maximise the sailor boy and girl trend that was strong at Fimi Valencia last week. Blues, whites and reds are the predictably prominent shades with soft tailored blue blazers and polka dots on A-line strappy tops and dresses. There were bold flashes of red, too, on sweet lace details which trim blouses, dresses and leggings. White is the main colour in use, covering shirt and tennis-style dresses and tailored cotton shirts.
Coco is the third look, inspired by style icon Coco Chanel. Perhaps the most girly of the four influences, pink was the prominent colour, which will appeal to little girls everywhere. Coco is the romantic side of the Miss Grant girl, with a nod to Fifties' Hollywood glamour, beautiful weaved hats look opulent and sophisticated and a Chanel tweed tailored jacket would have Lagerfeld applauding (if not launching a copyright litigation!).
The last theme is denim couture, which is a nod to the flamboyant Eighties - or rather, the Eighties referencing the Fifties. Think Beverley Hills 90210, Ray-Ban wayfarers and diners with Eighties hits blaring. Denim jackets have heavy shoulders, Balmain for children! Jeans, jackets and shirts are punctured with studs and rhinestones.
All in all, this is an exciting collection that covered the biggest trends seeping into spring/summer ’11 all with a distinguished Miss Grant twist.