This is a stunning set of pictures from a shoot by celebrity and kids fashion photographer Ian Derry and children’s fashion stylist Kate Van Der Hage. The model is only 7 years old but she has an amazing maturity and I love the fact that she is a tomboy, its so rare to find short haired models amongst younger girls, they all seem to have hair that tumbles to their shoulder blades in their bid to be Disney princesses, bring on the bob haircut I say.

Ian Derry has worked with many of the world’s top celebrities which is probably why he has the patience to work with children as well, being given 15 minutes in all varieties of light conditions to get a stunning shot is not as easy as you might think, and having to grab that seconds worth of perfect shot with children is very similar. See some of Ian’s celebrity work at his site here.

Both Kate and Ian are represented at one of the UK’s top agencies Era Management, the model is from Urban Angels agency. The clothes are from Burberry, Hucklebones, Hackett, Imps and Elfs, Kicokids and Scotch Shrunk.

Ian Derry Androgeny 1 fashion from Burberry, winter 2012 children's fashion

Ian Derry Androgeny 1 fashion from Burberry and Scotch Shrunk winter 2012 children's fashion

Ian Derry Androgeny kids fashion by stylist Kate Van Der Hage, model Nora at Urban Angels

Ian Derry Androgeny kids fashion by stylist Kate Van Der Hage, shirt by Kicokids, jeans by Imps and Elfs.

Ian Derry Androgeny  kids fashion shoot with clothes from Hucklebones and Hackett for winter 2011

Ian Derry Androgeny kids fashion shoot with clothes from Hucklebones and Hackett for winter 2011

Ian Derry Androgeny children's fashion for winter 2011, trousers with braces from Scotch Shrunk

Ian Derry Androgeny children's fashion for winter 2011, trousers with braces from Scotch Shrunk

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Smudgetikka is growing up a bit. After 2 years using WordPress I have decided to self host and I will be taking sponsors for the first time.

The new site will be live here later today at http://www.smudgetikka.com.

Email subscribers and RSS subscribers will have to move to the new site so I am very sorry for the hassle but I hope you will continue to subscribe with me for the best kids fashion in the world!

As a taster of what is to come next year here is a preview picture from the Little Marc Jacobs winter 2012 line which is under the license of CWF for the first time for this season. I missed the preview but buyers have already seen this line so it would be great to have some views on it below.

Anyone interested in sponsoring me please email or twitter your details and I will send a media pack to you.

Little Marc Jacobs winter 2012 kidswear preview, chunky fake fur and net lined dress

Little Marc Jacobs winter 2012 kidswear preview, chunky fake fur and net lined dress

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2011 saw a big hello to designer children’s wear launches from huge branded names such as Gucci, Fendi, Stella McCartney, Lanvin, and Marni.

I am now looking forward to seeing launches in 2012 from Versace, Diane Von Furstenberg for GapKids and Oscar De La Renta to hit the stores in spring. The Oscar collection is overseen by Catherine Monteiro de Barros, the founder and designer of Lisbon-based luxury children’s brand Papo d’Anjo which recently closed. And even as I posted news has come in that Roger Vivier is planning a kids line of shoes to hit stores in Mid March, called Jeune Fille with proceeds to go to charities.

Plus an expanded Marni line from the new licensee Spazio Sei who also produce Miss Blumarine will be shown at Pitti Bimbo in January for winter 2012.  Rumours are also flying around about Chanel but nothing concrete there yet, so who else is left?

It seems that any designer big brand now wants a children’s fashion range and at a time when finances are stretched to say the least for most of the western world it can only mean that they see expansion into India and the Far East as the next big market for kids designer fashion. Russia and the Arab states are also expanding markets with more buyers from stores there seen in Italy.

Many companies are talking about South Korea with its current baby boom as fertile territory and it will be interesting to see where the buyers are coming from at the round of trade shows about to start in January in Europe kicking off with Kleine Fabriek on 15th and 16th of January.

Here is a selection of what the big boys in kidswear have lined up for next spring.

Gucci shows sport luxe for spring 2012 children's fashion with short leather jackets and faded denim

Gucci shows sport luxe for spring 2012 children's fashion with short leather jackets and faded denim

Versace sticks to its adult signature style with glitter and shine details and t-shirts for Kids fashion summer 2012

Versace sticks to its adult signature style with glitter and shine details for Kids fashion summer 2012

Fendi uses its classic logo for prints, logo-ed bucket bags and on shoes and scarves for kidswear summer 2012

Fendi uses its classic logo for printed textiles and logo-ed bucket bags for kidswear summer 2012

Lanvin childrenswear with giant beaded necklace, perfect party dress style for summer 2012

Lanvin childrenswear with giant beaded necklace, perfect party dress style for summer 2012

Stella McCartney went western for summer 2012 childrenswear with fringed denim shirts and tooled cowboy boots as well as the printed T-s seen here.

Stella McCartney went western for summer 2012 childrenswear with fringed denim shirts and tooled cowboy boots as well as the printed t-shirt seen here.

 

And the Pop up shop for the Petite Lanvin launch in New York in December

Petite Lanvin launch Dec 2011 New York

Petite Lanvin launch Dec 2011 New York Pop up Shop, source WWD

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I have never seen so many Mini-Me versions in kids fashion as I have for the coming summer season. From the top designers down, there are a huge amount of almost exact replica clothing items coming out.

I noticed in the winter collections from Stella McCartney and Chloe quite a few of these items but next year its gone bonkers!

Burberry,  Tata Naka, Juicy Couture,  Milly and Boden are featured here but also look out for more Chloe Mini-Me’s,  Missoni, D&G and of course the Lanvin dresses that even have matching dolls too, Mini-mini-Me!

Burberry window display in New York for winter 2011, see the kids Mini Me below

Burberry window display in New York for winter 2011, see the kids Mini-Me below

Burberry children's fashion for spring 2012 with Mini Me crop rainjacket

Burberry children's fashion for spring 2012 with Mini-Me crop rainjacket

Tata Naka, Mum and child Mini Me dresses, just a slight colour variation for summer 2012

Tata Naka, Mum and shrunk child Mini-Me dresses, just a slight colour variation for summer 2012

Juicy Couture matchy, matchy summer dresses for adults and children summer 2012

Juicy Couture matchy, matchy summer dresses for adults and children summer 2012

Milly by Michelle Smith summer 2012 womens fashion and below, kids version

Milly by Michelle Smith summer 2012 womens fashion and below, kids version in background print

Milly Junior line, different colourway but identical print for the Mini Me version, summer 2012

Milly Junior line, different colourway but identical print for the Mini-Me version, summer 2012

Mini Me by Mini Boden, occasion wear in a new line by Boden for summer events 2012

Mini-Me by Mini Boden, occasion wear in a new line by Boden for summer events 2012

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There are a few kids brands of sunglasses that factor in a cool element but not so many, most tend to think, ahh kids, lets go pink and sparkly….

This new collaboration between funky children’s fashion label Finger in the Nose and top end sunglasses and ski specialist manufacturer Vuarnet now gives an extra choice in the kids market with great quality lenses and frames.

Available in two base styles with variations and two sizes (4-8yrs and 8-12yrs) and retailing at around £100 they are not a cheap buy but should last well, and you can trust the protection they will give to sensitive young eyes.

Finger in the Nose - Vuarnet sunglasses collaboration for summer 2012

Finger in the Nose - Vuarnet sunglasses collaboration for summer 2012

Finger in the Nose - Vuarnet sunglasses collaboration for summer 2012

Finger in the Nose - Vuarnet sunglasses for ages 4-8

Finger in the Nose - Vuarnet sunglasses collaboration for summer 2012

Cool dude - Finger in the Nose - Vuarnet sunglasses collaboration for kids sunglasses summer 2012

Finger in the Nose - Vuarnet sunglasses collaboration for summer 2012 for 8-12yr olds

Finger in the Nose - Vuarnet sunglasses collaboration for summer 2012 for 8-12yr olds

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Run by the formidable Priscilla Carluccio, Few and Far  has the most eclectic mix of gifts in London at this time of year. There is a huge selection of toys and ethnic finds from around the globe and some rather interesting unique Art pieces too along with her signature loose linen and wool forever cool and wearable clothing finds. A corner of the store forms a Christmas Bazaar while another area hosts the children’s toys.

On a corner site near the V&A Museum in South Kensington, the shop faces Skandium, also a useful place for a last minute gifts and with a visit to those three stores that’s the Christmas shop done, no fuss at all really!

Snowy winter white windows at Few and Far in South Kensington/ Knightsbridge borders

Snowy winter white windows at Few and Far in South Kensington/ Knightsbridge borders

Beautiful and thought provoking, Lisa Swerling's glass cathedral at Far and Few

Beautiful and thought provoking, Lisa Swerling's glass cathedral at Few and Far

Sweet and unusual pull along toy at Far and Few for Christmas 2011

Sweet and unusual pull along toy dinosaur at Few and Far for Christmas 2011

Fantastic tin lorry's from Pakistan at Far and Few

Fantastic tin lorry's from Pakistan at Few and Far

iron sculpture by Benoit Vienbled at Far and Few

Quirky iron sculpture by Benoit Vienbled at Few and Far

A cornucopia of gifts are stacked on the shelves

A cornucopia of gifts are stacked on the shelves

There are also traditional Christmas tree ornaments at Few and Far

There are also traditional Christmas tree ornaments at Few and Far, love these highly coloured birds.

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I love seeing all the Christmas wreaths come out in December and in my part of town there are a lot of very beautiful glass panels in some of the front doors, to then add a wreath makes a very captivating combination. This year the holly, pine, berry, classic red and green wreath is very popular but I found a few fun new styles around too.

Lastly I managed to put the baubles for my magnolia tree up over the weekend, they catch the sun wonderfully and reflect a brilliant birds eye view of the house. I am very happy with my Petersham Nursery purchase.

Classic red and green wreath which looks gorgeous against the frosted glass, Xmas 2012

Classic red and green wreath which looks gorgeous against the frosted glass, Xmas 2012

Another classic wreath looking strong against a bright blue door for Christmas 2011

Another classic wreath looking strong against a bright blue door for Christmas 2011

A simple Holly wreath, holly bushes are common in this area and I wonder if they made it themselves, for Xmas 2011

A simple Holly wreath, holly bushes are common in this area and I wonder if they made it themselves, for Xmas 2011

One owner's solution to the lack of a door knocker to hang the wreath from, Xmas 2011

One owner's solution to the lack of a door knocker to hang the wreath from, Xmas 2011

This golden leaf style of wreath looks wonderful with the decorative Edwardian glass door

This golden leaf style of wreath looks wonderful with the decorative Edwardian glass door

And pretty good with a golden wood door too

And pretty good with a golden wood door too

I love this very unusual shimmering sequin Christmas wreath

I love this very unusual shimmering sequin Christmas wreath

How chic is this simple curled wood shaving style for Christmas decoration

How chic is this simple curled wood shaving style for Christmas decoration

Unusual style with black bells on a simple twiggy wreath for Christmas 2011

Unusual style with black bells on a simple twiggy wreath for Christmas 2011

Sweet and romantic, red roses and pinecones

Sweet and romantic, red roses and pinecones

My own wreath is a classic green pine branch but I jazzed up my tree!

My own wreath is a classic green pine branch but I jazzed up my tree!

A sneak preview today from the Marie-Chantal kids fashion look for summer 2012. The strength in this collection comes from the beautiful girls dresses, perfect for summer parties and events in silk chiffon with little cap sleeves and layered skirts.

The rest of the collection is chic and with a taste for the classic, particularly for boys with tailored suits, slipover vests and checked shirts or nautical themes.

High summer is also catered for with madras plaids and sprigged florals. The styles suit the Chelsea tastes of her boutique and will appeal to the classic customer everywhere.

Marie-Chantal summer 2012 beautiful layered silk chiffons for girls

Marie-Chantal summer 2012 beautiful layered silk chiffons for girls

Marie Chantal summer full length party and event dress for girls

Marie Chantal summer full length party and event dress for girls

Boy's high summer Madras check shorts from Marie Chantal 2012

Boy's high summer Madras check shorts from Marie Chantal 2012

Cute floral print shorts for girlswear Marie Chantal summer 2012

Cute floral print shorts for girlswear Marie Chantal summer 2012

Retro classic cardigan for boyswear at Marie Chantal summer 2012

Retro classic cardigan for boyswear at Marie Chantal summer 2012

Marie Chantal high summer 2012 sweet floral long dress for girls

Marie Chantal high summer 2012 sweet floral long dress for girls

Styles range from babies to 12 years old at Marie-Chantal

Styles range from babies to 12 years old at Marie-Chantal

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I have a tree outside my house this year to decorate for the first time ever and I knew exactly what I wanted for it, some of Petersham Nurseries giant Christmas baubles.

I love Petersham Nurseries at Christmas, its not that they go over the top, more that its just such an unusual atmosphere, especially if you are lucky enough to get a sunny crisp winter’s day just like today’s was. In one Victorian greenhouse there were spring flowers mixed with Christmas bauble decorations and in the shop area the restaurant beyond was packed, on a weekday luncheon too!

New items here that I loved were the lead crystal lusters, they are really beautiful and the light shimmers and splits in to rainbows as it passes through. originating in Victorian times, as the notice explains they were affectionately known as “Alberts”  named after Queen Victoria’s husband, they are all at least 100 years old.

I bought five big silver baubles for my Magnolia tree but I am waiting to hang them as strong winds are due across the country tomorrow.

Silver very large baubles at Petersham Nurseries for Christmas 2011

Silver very large baubles at Petersham Nurseries for Christmas 2011

Victorian Lustres, vintage decorations for Xmas at Petersham Nurseries for Christmas 2011

Victorian lusters, vintage decorations for Xmas at Petersham Nurseries for Christmas 2011

There is a return to colour for glass bauble tree decorations this winter at Petersham Nurseries

There is a return to colour for glass bauble tree decorations this winter at Petersham Nurseries

Its all about juxtapositions, pink shades of tree baubles sold next to pink orchids at Petersham Nurseries for Christmas 2011

Its all about juxtapositions, pink shades of tree baubles sold next to pink orchids at Petersham Nurseries

A classic green and red tree, simple and tasteful at Petersham Nurseries for Xmas 2011

A classic green and red tree, simple and tasteful at Petersham Nurseries for Xmas 2011

Star imprints and engravings for silver baubles in spheres and heart shapes at Petersham Nurseries

Star imprints and engravings for silver baubles in spheres and heart shapes at Petersham Nurseries

Giant decorated silver tree baubles for Christmas at Petersham Nurseries

Giant decorated silver tree baubles for Christmas at Petersham Nurseries

Mini living Christmas trees line up 3 in a row with sweet ribbon ties at Petersham Nurseries for Xmas 2011

Mini living Christmas trees line up 3 in a row with sweet ribbon ties at Petersham Nurseries

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Last week Debenhams previewed their summer fashion collections, normally I can bring you a pretty good cross section of the kids collections but there wasn’t very much ready yet for this year so I’ve popped a few of the adults fashion highlights on the blog today too.

Always good value for the design conscious but cash poor,  here are my choices;

Children's trends for summer 2012 at Debenhams, I like the kimono wrap top on right

Children's trends for summer 2012 at Debenhams, I like the kimono wrap top on right

Great summer kids sandals in vibrant orange at Debenhams summer 2012

Great summer kids sandals in vibrant orange at Debenhams summer 2012

Cool womanswear in this summers hot shades of orange and blue at Debenhams for 2012

Cool womanswear in this summers hot shades of orange and blue at Debenhams for 2012

Cool catwalk look line up of mannequins at Debenhams for summer 2012

Cool catwalk look line up of mannequins at Debenhams for summer 2012

Loving this Mathew Williamson beaded top for summer 2012 from Debenhams womanswear

Loving this Mathew Williamson beaded top for summer 2012 from Debenhams womanswear

Super Henry Holland satchel bag, a hot trend for next year, its in tan too at Debenhams for summer 2012

Super Henry Holland satchel bag, a hot trend for next year, its in tan too at Debenhams for summer 2012

Its the Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee next year so break out the street party gear, Debenhams did!

Its the Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee next year so break out the street party gear, Debenhams did!

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