This was one of the most avant-garde shows at Pitti Bimbo in Florence this season, with an unconventional catwalk set-up replicating some of the women's main line presentations. There was no stage and the models walked amongst the audience who were seated in one or two rows.
Given that these models tend to be five or six years old, a walk quickly turns in to a run and so some of the outfits passed in a flash. But the general vibe was of relaxed layers with light cotton dresses trimmed in lace and decorated with embroidery. They were accessorised with huge hair bows and crochet knit scarves and cardigans and worn with slouchy suede boots for a hippy, St Tropez chic feeling.
The unconventional lighting turned a white carpet neon as you entered, to emphasise one of the key trends seen at this Pitti fair. All the models were all given a slick of neon pink eyeliner and rosy blush cheeks too.
The show opened with natural tones in linens and slouchy shaped knitwear over peasant style decorated and fringed tiered dresses and skirts. Trousers were kept skinny and cropped to show off the slouchy ankle boots. Pale blue linen dresses had stone lace neckline inserts and soft denim jackets and dresses were bordered with natural lace ruffles and soft crochet knit scarves.
Fresh pretty white lace detailed dresses had a FrenchProvençalfeeling and were accessorised with metallic sandals, metallic knitwear and green and neon pink flower headbands. The tone switched to a more urban groove for combinations of sorbet pink mixed with grey for polka dot dresses and frilled jumpsuits worn with silver boots and strong pink dresses and colour toned openwork knits.
Finally, all the models rushed out in a display of all white fresh and pretty summer dresses and jumped up and down in front of the photographers in a joyous display of young energy.
Photography courtesy of Pitti Bimbo