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

All photos by Ian Derry – all rights reserved

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Good feedback all around from the Bubble London fair this season judging by what has been said on twitter which is an encouraging sign. Some exhibitors said it was their best ever and certainly there was a lot on display to tempt buyers.

Footwear and accessories today and again there were a few new exhibitors as well as some old favourites. Nothing particularly new trend wise but some new variations on old themes!

Just for fun and inspiration, paint splattered boots by Jessie and James at Bubble London

Just for fun and inspiration, paint splattered boots by Jessie and James at Bubble London

New exhibitor from the USA Livia and Luca kids shoes for summer 2012 at Bubble London

New exhibitor from the USA Livie and Luca kids shoes for summer 2012 at Bubble London

Livie and Luca baby shoes available in larger sizes too, at Bubble London for summer 2012

Livie and Luca baby shoes available in larger sizes too, at Bubble London for summer 2012

Gorgeous knitted baby socks from Bonnet a Pompom from Spain at Bubble London for summer 2012

Gorgeous knitted baby socks from Bonnet a Pompom from Spain at Bubble London for summer 2012

Bonnet a Pompom baby bonnets in tiny florals so sweet for summer 2012 at Bubble London

Bonnet a Pompom baby bonnets in tiny florals so sweet for summer 2012 at Bubble London

Hucklebones groovy bucket hat for kids at Bubble London for summer 2012

Hucklebones groovy bucket hat for kids at Bubble London for summer 2012

Brilliant jewellery for kids and mum from new exhibitor Anna Lou of London at Bubble London 2012

Brilliant jewellery for kids and mum from new exhibitor Anna Lou of London at Bubble London 2012

Cute Alice in Wonderland theme bag and jewels from Anna Lou of London at Bubble London for summer 2012

Cute Alice in Wonderland theme bag and jewels from Anna Lou of London at Bubble London for summer 2012

70's retro jewellery from Anna Lou of London at Bubble London for spring 2012

70's retro jewellery from Anna Lou of London at Bubble London

Cool boys socks, a new line from No Added Sugar at Bubble London for spring 2012

Cool boys socks, a new line from No Added Sugar at Bubble London for spring 2012

Faux fur trim on shearling boot by Love from Australia for kids footwear 2012 at Bubble London

Faux fur trim on shearling boot by Love from Australia for kids footwear 2012 at Bubble London

New buckled style early season boot from Love from Australia at Bubble London

New buckled style early season boot from Love from Australia at Bubble London

Gorgeous zebra print bar straps from Rachel Riley for summer 2012 at Bubble London

Gorgeous zebra print bar straps from Rachel Riley for summer 2012 at Bubble London

Shiny patent girls shoes in berry colours at Rachel Riley for spring 2012 at Bubble London

Shiny patent girls shoes in berry colours at Rachel Riley for spring 2012 at Bubble London

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A bright and breezy day for the opening of the Bubble London kids fashion trade fair. Some really interesting new exhibitors and some of the established brands developing strongly as we go into the summer 2012 season for buying.

So much there and such variety that I have divided the report into 3 parts, today focuses on all the strong colour that is around. Vibrant colour in primaries and tropical hues, plain and floral prints which nicely balance the softer tones of the old school Liberty lawn cottons and nostalgic influences also prominent.

Other key trends seen are the importance of details, collar tabs, sequin patches, tulle appliques, special buttons, personal prints and pleated edges and underskirts. Some labels have experimented with construction with jagged edges and asymmetrical multi layering too.

 

Wonderful ripple pleated dress from No Added Sugar at Bubble s/s 2012

Wonderful ripple pleated dress from No Added Sugar at Bubble s/s 2012

 

Acid yellow cool dress by I Love Gorgeous from Bubble London for summer 2012

Acid yellow cool dress by I Love Gorgeous from Bubble London for summer 2012

 

70's retro zigzag playsuit from I Love Gorgeous for summer 2012 at Bubble London

70's retro zigzag playsuit from I Love Gorgeous for summer 2012 at Bubble London

 

Bold primaries for Liittle Ducklings at Bubble London for summer 2012

Bold primaries for Liittle Duckling at Bubble London for summer 2012

 

Strong stripes and checks for boys too at Little Ducklings for summer 2012 at Bubble London

Strong stripes and checks for boys too at Little Duckling for summer 2012 at Bubble London

 

A softer take on strong colour at Hucklebones summer 2012 at Bubble London

A softer take on strong colour at Hucklebones summer 2012 at Bubble London

 

At Bonnie Baby there is a move away to brighter colour too for summer 2012 at Bubble London

At Bonnie Baby there is a move away to brighter colour too for summer 2012 at Bubble London

 

Vintage adult T-shirts recut for kids in washed out strong colours at Dandy Dodo for summer 2012 at Bubble London

Vintage adult T-shirts recut for kids in washed out strong colours at Dandy Dodo for summer 2012 at Bubble London

 

Bright boys shirt from the allotment themed fashion at Green Baby, winners of the Stand out Stand prize this season at Bubble London

Bright boys shirt from the allotment themed fashion at Green Baby, winners of the Stand out Stand prize this season at Bubble London

 

Bright photomontage prints from Wild for summer 2012 at Bubble London

Bright photomontage prints from Wild for summer 2012 at Bubble London

 

Strong bold colours at Dandy Star for kids summer 2012 from Bubble London

Strong bold colours at Dandy Star for kids summer 2012 from Bubble London

 

Tropical sequin print from French Connection for summer 2012 at Bubble London

Tropical sequin print from French Connection for summer 2012 at Bubble London

 

Maharishi's  fun orange tiger suit for boys at Bubble London summer 2012 preview

Maharishi's fun orange tiger suit for boys at Bubble London summer 2012 preview

 

Little Esop's own Giraffe print jungle dress for summer 2012 at Bubble London

Little Esop's own Giraffe print jungle dress for summer 2012 at Bubble London

 

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Another busy Bubble London kids trade fair, especially on the Sunday which I didn’t make it to for the opening day with visitors coming from other European countries as well as the UK. One exhibitor remarked on having met a Turkish customer which had surprised her.

The fair remains a warren of stands at times, within which there sometimes seems to be a bit of a Dr Who timewarp thingy going on with a sudden turn resulting in a feeling you have been warped back 15 years from the current day but the market needs a wide range to cater for all the little children’s boutiques stretched throughout the UK not just London centric tastes so isn’t especially damaged by this.

An increasing number of Scandinavian exhibitors are present which is good to see as their offerings are alway’s good quality and either trend led or quirky and well made.

One of the strongest trends to emerge from the UK exhibitors is a novel take on tailoring with coats and jackets either styled as capes or with yoked and flap shoulder details or curved and detailed pockets and unusual button tabs and fastenings.

There was a wide mix of colour palettes but tending towards the muted more than the brights seen in Paris and with subtler prints, plenty of knitted coats and dresses too and a good selection of ethical brands.

 

Fun stand from the winners of Stand Out Stand at Bubble London Little Esop

Fun stand from the winners of Stand Out Stand at Bubble London Little Esop from New York

 

Caped wool jacket from Hucklebones for children's fashion winter 2011 at Bubble London

Caped wool jacket from Hucklebones for winter 2011 at Bubble London

 

Cape collared jacket by Jake and Maya at Bubble London for children's fashion winter 2011

Cape collared jacket by Jake and Maya at Bubble London

 

 

 

Unusual pocket details from No Added Sugar children's coat for winter 2011

Unusual pocket details from No Added Sugar children's coat for winter 2011

 

 

 

Wide collared coat by K for Keeps, a newcomer to kids fashion at Bubble for winter 2011

Wide collared coat by K for Keeps, a newcomer to Bubble for winter 2011

 

 

 

Gold sequin vintage look dress for girls by Burgs at Bubble London for winter 2011

Gold sequin vintage look dress for girls by Burgs at Bubble London for winter 2011

 

 

 

Quirky fun fur and T-shirt graphic from Mini Rodini children's fashion winter 2011

Quirky fun fur and T-shirt graphic from Mini Rodini for winter 2011

 

 

 

Muted colorways and leopard layers for the ever popular children's tutu's at Angels Face

Muted colorways and leopard layers for the ever popular tutu's at Angels Face

 

 

 

Novel display of fabric selection at Christina Rohde at Bubble London for winter 2011 kids fashion

Novel display of fabric selection at Christina Rohde

 

 

 

Nordic pattern printed fleece at Boys & Girls childrenswear for winter 2011

Nordic pattern printed fleece at Boys & Girls kidswear for winter 2011

 

 

 

Desirable pattern knit hat and neck collar from Swedish brand Rockefella for kidswear winter 2011

Desirable pattern knit hat and neck collar from Swedish brand Rockefella

 

 

 

Great selection of toys and knit pieces from everybodies fav brand Lucky Boy Sunday

Great selection of toys and knit pieces from everybodies fav brand Lucky Boy Sunday

 

 

 

Cool studded kids boots by Ash Kids with buckled and chain decorated versions too at Bubble London for winter 2011

Cool studded kids boots by Ash Kids with buckled and chain decorated versions too

 

 

 

Tyrol tapestry girls hair bows from Iwanit from New York at Bubble London

Tyrol tapestry girls hair bows from Iwanit from New York at Bubble London

 

 

 

Sadly not for sale but how cute are these display dolls?

Sadly not for sale but how cute are these display dolls?

 

For those that didn’t make it to Bubble London this time there is a breakaway group exhibiting in Manchester called The Rebel Show between the 5th and 7th February at The Place Hotel featuring a lot of the more fashion orientated brands from Bubble London. There is also a London showroom, The Rebel Showroom London which will be open between the 16th February and the 12th March at Europa Studios in NW10.

 

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Wow, so much too choose from here this time around at Bubble London

However there are some trends so strong they cannot be ignored. Stripes are just everywhere, as are nautical colours and touches whether in classic sailor collar mode or in contrast bindings or just in the colour combinations of red,white and blue.

Undoubtably in a hard climate for selling a proven style can be relied upon to do the business and while nautical may be a corny cliche some of the new variations seen here show that there is still life in that trend yet.

In other posts I will feature some of the softer trends but today is all about the red,white and blue.

Kidswear at Bubble London for summer 2011

The collection from Little Ducklings focused on nautical colours

Children's fashion for summer 2011 from Hucklebones

Promenade dress by Hucklebones

Kidswear by Swedish brand Rockafella with ebay found retro vintage kids mannekins

Quirty retro children's dummies in Rocka Fella nautical rockabilly style

Kidswear at Bubble London by trelise Cooper for summer 2011

Australian brand Trelise Cooper show the Chanel nautical look

Kidswear from Molo at Bubble London for summer 2011

Red, white and blue combinations from Dutch brand Molo

Children's bucket bag and hat vintage inspired at Bubble London for spring 2011

Fantastic straw bucket bag and hat by Rachel Riley inspired by a vintage find in France

Children's fashion from Bubble for summer 2011 by Kidscase

Kidscase cool baby stripes

Children's fashion at Bubble London for summer 2011 by No Added Sugar

No Added Sugar go for the red alert

Vintage children's chair at Bubble London from Molly Meg

Molly Meg gets into the theme with a red, white and blue vintage child's chair

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I always like to promote some of the small children’s companies we have here in the UK that show promise and will be exhibiting soon.

Hucklebones is one of these and as they are gearing up for Bubble London here is a reminder of their summer collection for this year with its emphasis on a retro vibe to the styling and its tailored approach which is so refreshing amongst a sea of casual styles.

It is designed to be timeless as well so is perfect for hand me downs which will confuse relatives as to which period these clothes actually came from.

Kids fashion by Hucklebones summer 2010

Kids fashion by Hucklebones for summer 2010

Kids fashion by Hucklebones for summer 2010

Kids fashion by Hucklebones for summer 2010

All photos by Hucklebones – all rights reserved

Distinctively girly was the general direction at Bubble this season. There was a multitude of prints, much pink, at times too much and lots of lace details on collars, cuffs and hemlines.

Colours tended towards the grey/lemon/ greens seen elsewhere in Europe and the 70’s shades of mustard, chocolate brown, orange and sage green.

Floaty loose vaguely hippies styles dominated with the more foreward labels showing a tighter Victorian – Railway Children influenced strictness.

Coats were often tailored in wool with oversized button details while a few exhibitors had a more restrained minimal palette of grey shades and simple construction.

Bubble London girlswear for winter 2010 from Gelato Kids

Gelato Kids simple navy wool shirtdress

Bubble London kidswear for winter 2010 from Hucklebones

Hucklebones tailored rust dress

Bubble London childrenswear for winter 2010 dress by I Love Gorgeous

I Love Gorgeous Marie Antoinette dress

Bubble London childrenswear for winter 2010 by Bazaar D'Etoiles

Bazaar D'Etoiles minimal layers

Bubble London accessories for childrenswear winter 2010

Nixie great accessories board

Bubble London for childrenswear 2010 by Trelise Cooper

Trelise Cooper Kids party dressing

Bubble London kids fashion fair for winter 2010 from Nui Organics

Bubble London kidswear for winter 2010 from Jake and Maya

Jake and Maya floral retro style top

Bubble London kidswear for winter 2010

Little Lily fabric swatch mice - dress in photo

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