As thoughts gradually turn to the new and exciting season of autumn winter fashion, Junior brings you an exclusive preview of the kids collection from Monsoon.
We first viewed the new pieces a few months ago, set against a wintry Russian forest backdrop; which gave more than a few clues as to the styles and theme to expect. Forest friends aren't far away, with badgers and raccoons popping up on jumpers. They are a welcome change from the overused owl, who has seemed to perch around for the past couple of seasons.
Russian folklore is evident in the purple, red and gold prints over the collection, and the addition of Russian dolls over accessories and nightwear is a lovely touch.
Sweet and soft drop waist sparkly dresses for girls emulate the feel of the roaring twenties, proving that the elegant influence of the Great Gatsby is powering through for winter: great news for all of those Christmas parties. You can still rely on Monsoon to come up with the goods for a special occasion, for boys, girls and baby. But it is great to see stronger fashion catwalk influences, like tartan checks and oversized silhouettes, coming through stronger each season.
Scroll through the gallery for an exclusive first look at the kids Monsoon autumn/winter 2013-14 collection, pieces are available in store starting from August.
Monsoon won the 2013 Junior Design Award for Best Accessories, earnt a Highly Commended Award for Girls' Fashion, was Highly Commended for International Fashion and Shortlisted in the Footwear and UK Fashion Brand categories.