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.

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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.

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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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Gapkids for boys looks pretty much same as, same as, but the girls collection for spring features some very strong vibrant floral photoprint dresses that I can see flying out of the kids stores.

There are also some very cutesy illustrative T-shirts and a pretty Parisian retro 1950’s style illustrated border dress that is too sweet, and a very pretty toddler sized cream fan pleated party dress.

Great photoprint dresses for girlswear from Gap for spring 2011

Great photoprint dresses for girlswear from Gapkids for spring 2011

Great photoprint dresses for toddlers from Gap for spring 2011

Great photoprint dresses for toddlers from Gapkids for spring 2011

Funky T-shirts for girlswear from Gapkids for spring 2011

Funky T-shirts for girlswear from Gapkids for spring 2011

Sweetly retro 1950's Parisian theme for girls fashion at Gapkids spring 2012

Sweetly retro 1950's Parisian theme for girls fashion at Gapkids spring 2012

Cute T-shirts with retro 1950's Parisian theme for girls fashion at Gapkids spring 2012

Cute T-shirts with retro 1950's Parisian theme for girls fashion at Gapkids spring 2012

Toddler sized fan pleated silky dress for spring 2012 at Gapkids

Toddler sized fan pleated silky dress for spring 2012 at Gapkids

Coral and strong yellow tones for children's fashion at Gapkids spring 2012

Coral and strong yellow tones for children's fashion at Gapkids spring 2012

Boyswear has some strong graphic T-shirts and techno jackets for spring 2012 at Gapkids

Boyswear has some strong graphic T-shirts and techno jackets for spring 2012 at Gapkids

Simple lime green slip ons for Gapkids spring 2012

Simple lime green slip ons for Gapkids spring 2012

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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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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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Some very cute shots here from the Belgium brand American Outfitters children’s fashion collection for next summer. There is a relaxed vibe and a California surfy hang out feel to this collection, note the animal portrait T-shirts appearing again, seems like the theme of next summer for kidswear. Interesting as I remember D&G Junior had some great ones for last summer in their safari section.

I adore the cute cartoon cat in orange too, reminds me of Top Cat the old kids cartoon show and one of my all time favourites.

Literal interpretation by American Outfitters for boyswear summer 2012

Literal interpretation by American Outfitters for boyswear summer 2012

Cool hang out styles from American Outfitters for summer 2012

Cool hang out styles from American Outfitters for summer 2012

Giraffe and a bear animal portraits from American Outfitters for kidswear summer 2012

Giraffe and a bear animal portraits from American Outfitters for kidswear summer 2012

Love this cool cat cartoon image for girlswear summer 2012 from American Outfitters

Love this cool cat cartoon image for girlswear summer 2012 from American Outfitters

The ruffled rara skirt and trilby hats, it looks very 80"s styling from American Outfitters Kids for summer 2012 children's fashion

The ruffled rara skirt and trilby hats, it looks very 80"s styling from American Outfitters Kids for summer 2012

Casual California beach girl styling by American Outfitters for summer 2012

Casual California beach girl styling by American Outfitters for summer 2012

Surf style shorts, summer 2012 trends from American Outfitters

Surf style shorts, summer 2012 trends from American Outfitters

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Oh how I wish I could show you the new Orla Kiely womenswear collaboration with Uniqlo that will be appearing in the stores for summer 2012, sadly there is an embargo till February and I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures but I can report it is in line with her signature styling and I can’t wait to get hold of some pieces.

My teenage son loves Uniqlo for its cool graphic T-shirts and there are new collaborations there too I can show you below. Also there is  an exciting new range by Japanese cult label Undercover who just launched the coolest teddybear ever seen on the Hypebeast blog!

This though is also embargoed till February and not in store till March but I have to report the kid’s fashion collection is super cool and there is womenswear and menswear too which is brilliant. I will show more when I am able.

I was in New York for the opening of the 3rd Uniqlo store there which was done with much fanfare, the queue for a free nylon bag stretched around the block, a Japanese drum band was outside the store and a huge juggernaut with a poster of Susan Sarandon on the outside was parked across the road from the store, it was crazy with security guards all the way down the street watching the crowds.

New Uniqlo graphics for summer 2012 with classic Peanuts cartoons

New Uniqlo graphics for summer 2012 with classic Peanuts cartoons

Superhero range for T-shirts for Uniqlo menswear summer 2012

Metal Gear Solid range of T-shirts for Uniqlo menswear summer 2012

Beatles inspired and Concorde Music graphics for Uniqlo summer 2012

Beatles inspired and Concorde Music graphics for Uniqlo summer 2012

Undercover Rebel Plush Teddy Bear as seen on Hypebeast

Undercover Rebel Plush Teddy Bear as seen on Hypebeast

Queues and drum band at the 3rd New York store opening for Uniqlo 34th St, October 2012

Queues and drum band at the 3rd New York store opening for Uniqlo 34th St, October 2012

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Beautiful Italian designer label Miss Blumarine has launched their online shopping website for all fans of their luxe and highly decorated styles for kids. The whole range is available from the most expensive Miss Blumarine extravagant dresses to the funkier Miss Blumarine Jeans line including the baby range too.

Italy has not been the quickest to take up the online revolution so it is interesting to see that companies are now taking steps in this direction, although when I looked not all the sections are yet working the pictures below show outfits that are available now online.

Miss Blumarine girls cream puff party dress for winter 2011

Miss Blumarine girls cream puff party dress for winter 2011

Miss Blumarine Jeans satin bomber jacket for girlswear

Miss Blumarine Jeans satin bomber jacket for girlswear

Miss Blumarine Jeans winter woollens for 2011

Miss Blumarine Jeans winter woollens for 2011

Miss Blumarine winter 2011 pink romantic girls look

Miss Blumarine winter 2011 pink romantic girls look

Miss Blumarine Jeans look with hot winter trends for kidswear in metallics and sequins

Miss Blumarine Jeans look with hot winter trends for kidswear in metallics and sequins

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