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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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!

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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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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The Australian tutu dress specialists Tutu Du Monde have a fabulous new collection ready for spring 2012, they’ve been seen around a lot but now seems exactly the time of year you would want one of these dresses for all the christmas parties and then carry it on through the summer monts to follow and after all they are still the best in their field.

There are the most beautiful tutu dresses for kids in the softest net, adorned with sequin and beaded decoration. I defy any little girls not to love them and a few big ones too. The new collection has been expanded with beautifully beaded capes, sequinned and ruffled shrugs, bolero’s and embellished knits as cover ups for colder days with accessorised with vintage inspired sequinned berets and hats.

Most of the collection is available from Feb 2012 but some pieces will be available pre-Christmas in time for the New Years Eve parties.

Tutu Du Monde for Xmas and spring 2012

Tutu Du Monde for Xmas and spring 2012

Tutu Du Monde - the perfect Xmas party dress

Tutu Du Monde - the perfect Xmas party dress

Tutu Du Monde, beautiful spring 2012 girls look with vintage style shawl

Tutu Du Monde, beautiful spring 2012 girls look with vintage style shawl

Tutu Du Monde, decorated tutus for kids fashion party looks

Tutu Du Monde, decorated tutus and accessories with taste

Tutu Du Monde spring summer 2012

Tutu Du Monde spring summer 2012

Tutu Du Monde sweet multi frilled bolero for girlswear spring 2012

Tutu Du Monde sweet multi frilled bolero for girlswear spring 2012

Tutu Du Monde gorgeous sequin vintage look bolero jacket for spring 2012

Tutu Du Monde gorgeous sequin vintage look bolero jacket for spring 2012

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Commissioned by Claridges Hotel, the lobby Christmas tree designed this year by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin has been unveiled, true to the designer’s sketch it has a traditional look with a cloth mannequin family and French maid surrounding it. The individual baubles are beautiful but very trad, the sort of thing Fortnum and Mason delights in, but the Lanvin wrapped boxes below would be welcome under many trees this year.

Another surprise was to see children’s fashion featuring in the main Xmas windows at Selfridges the other day, there are two feature windows, one with Burberry clothing and the other a winter wonderland with furry creatures and the fantastic fake fur Spirit Hood hats strongly promoted. Its a measure of how well children’s fashion is holding up in slaes at the store for such prominence to be given at this time of year.

The theme for Selfridges this year is Winter White and the main windows all reflect this with an installation by Marc Quinn with constant blowing snow on the Orchard St corner.

Ahh, there is never a dull day in the capital as we swing towards December!

Apologies for the quality on some of the shots today, I was on the iPhone for these pics (note to self – need to not forget camera after charging)

Cloth mannequins around the Lanvin Christmas tree at Claridges November 2011

Cloth mannequins around the Lanvin Christmas tree at Claridges November 2011

The French maid caters to the Xmas tree family at Claridges, tree by Lanvin for 2011

The French maid caters to the Xmas tree family at Claridges, tree by Lanvin for 2011

Beautiful baubles on the Lanvin Christmas tree at Claridges

Beautiful baubles on the Lanvin Christmas tree at Claridges

Oh, those Lanvin presents under the tree!

Oh, those Lanvin presents under the tree!

Lanvin sketch by Alber Elbaz of Claridges 2011 Christmas tree

Lanvin sketch by Alber Elbaz of Claridges 2011 Christmas tree

Selfridges Burberry kids fashion window on Duke St

Selfridges Burberry kids fashion window on Duke St

Children's fashion in Selfridges main Oxford St windows featuring the funky Spirit Hoods

Children's fashion in Selfridges main Oxford St windows featuring the funky Spirit Hoods

I love the giant paper bell and handbags display in Selfridges for Xmas 2011

I love the giant paper bell and handbags display in Selfridges for Xmas 2011

Marc Quinn's giant white orchid with snowstorm installation at Selfridges

Marc Quinn's giant white orchid with snowstorm installation at Selfridges

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Shot for the German parenting magazine Luna by Tamy Donnerstag and featuring the hairdressing work of the British based hairstylist Hester is this cool set of pictures inspired by classic old Master paintings including those by Vermeer, Gainsborough and Renoir with children’s fashion shot in classic poses.

Tamy Donnerstag for Luna edition 39

Tamy Donnerstag for Luna edition 39

Tamy Donnerstag for Luna edition 39

Tamy Donnerstag for Luna edition 39, great hair by Hester

Tamy Donnerstag for Luna edition 39

Children's fashion photographed by Tamy Donnerstag for Luna Magazine edition 39

Winter 2011 kids fashion shot by Tamy Donnerstag for Luna Magazine

Winter 2011 kids fashion shot by Tamy Donnerstag for Luna Magazine

Boys winter 2011 fashion photographed by Tamy Donnerstag for Luna Magazine

Boys winter 2011 fashion photographed by Tamy Donnerstag for Luna Magazine

Wild hair and girls fashion for winter 2011 shot by Tamy Donnerstag for Luna Magazine

Wild hair and girls fashion for winter 2011 shot by Tamy Donnerstag for Luna Magazine

Classical poses for Luna Magazine shot by Tamy Donnerstag winter 2011

Classical poses for Luna Magazine shot by Tamy Donnerstag winter 2011

All photos by Tamy Donnerstag – all rights reserved.

Monsoon have a new director for their childrenswear with a remit to revamp the boys collection which will be interesting to see, the new summer collection features a new standard to the finish and quality of fabric used plus a new sophistication with more formal linen tailoring and less truck prints across the chest, a direction I am all in favour of!

For girls there are floral prints in sunshine tropical hues for summer holidays and also a new mini me collection to match the bridal and special occasion womenswear (seems to be a big trend this year, I have seen this again and again) with some beatiful beaded, sequinned and pleated chiffon dresses.

Also new and in stock in time for Christmas is a very cute pair of white feather fairy wings for just £10, I can see many of those being worn at Christmas and New Year parties this year. Apparently internet sales have been very strong on the children’s fashion, in a way this is not surprising as kidswear often seems a little buried or forgotten in Monsoon stores.

The Monsoon reception area ia a huge space where the owner Peter Simon a well known Art collector has amassed a large collection. I was still rather surprised to see the Carsten Holler mirrored carousel that I had just been riding on at The New Museum  retrospective in New York there though, staff I understand are not allowed to ride on it!

Monsoon Girls from the new Mini Me collection for summer 2012 children's fashion

Monsoon Girls from the new Mini Me collection for summer 2012

Monsoon Girls from the new Mini Me co-ordinating with womenswear collection for summer 2012

Monsoon Girls from the new Mini Me co-ordinating with womenswear collection for summer 2012

Pretty petal dress, a very Italian look for Monsoon girlswear summer 2011

Pretty petal dress, a very Italian look for Monsoon girlswear summer 2012

Monsoon fairy wings for girls, in stock in time for Christmas parties for Xmas 2011

Monsoon fairy wings for girls, in stock in time for Christmas parties for Xmas 2011

Retro floral prints have neon ribbon and lace trims at Monsoon Kids for summer 2012

Retro floral prints have neon ribbon and lace trims at Monsoon Kids for summer 2012

The womenswear had some striking dresses and kaftans for summer 2012 at Monsoon too.

The womenswear had some striking dresses and kaftans for summer 2012 at Monsoon too.

The Carsten Holler mirrored carousel in the Monsoon reception area

The Carsten Holler mirrored carousel in the Monsoon reception area

The Carsten Holler carousel with public riders and a canary mobile in New York's New Museum

The Carsten Holler carousel with public riders and a canary mobile in New York's New Museum

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Wow, this is a change from the trashy glitter explosion of last year. Harvey Nichols unveiled their Christmas windows and this year they are on a theme of Frozen Christmas with props frozen in ice and scattered tools left in the display to look discarded.

The windows are flanked by two abstract Christmas trees beside the main door upon which a hidden snow machine showers each with falling flakes.

If the weather reports for this winter are correct, it won’t be long before we have the falling flakes for real.

Harvey Nichols Frozen Christmas windows 2011

Harvey Nichols Frozen Christmas windows 2011

Harvey Nichols Xmas windows 2011

Harvey Nichols Xmas windows 2011

Harvey Nichols Xmas windows Knightsbridge, London SW1

Harvey Nichols Xmas windows Knightsbridge, London SW1

Harvey Nichols Christmas windows 2011

Harvey Nichols Christmas windows 2011

Harvey Nichols Christmas windows 2011

Harvey Nichols Christmas windows 2011

Harvey Nichols Xmas windows in Knightsbridge, London for 2011

Harvey Nichols Xmas windows in Knightsbridge, London for 2011

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What a fantastic creative collaboration between New York based stylist Mindi Smith and photographer Drew Sackheim who have taken kids fashion for this winter and created a new range of child superheroes with attendant special effects.

Both Mindi and Drew have  longstanding experience in the kids fashion arena, check out their other work here for Mindi and here for Drew and created this exciting story just too late for magazine publication deadlines so I am very happy to show the shots here.

The hair and grooming was by  Gigi Gommers at Ford Artists.

Callie as Night Owl, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Callie as Night Owl, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Clothing f0r Night Owl above from Yoya and Yoyamart, skirt from H&M, gloves from Bonnie Young, boots throughout story from Dr Marten.

Callie as Catwoman, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Callie as Catwoman, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Clothing for Catwoman above from Bonnie Young and Paul Smith Junior, fingerless gloves Finger in the Nose, headpiece Bonnie Young

Luca as Green Hornet, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Luca as Green Hornet, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Velvet jacket and silver pants by Bonnie Young, Tee by Crewcuts, cape (blanket) April Showers by Polder for Kisan NYC

Julian as Spiderman, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Julian as Spiderman, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Pinstripe suit from La Miniature, shirt H&M,blanket as cape by Bonnie Young, boots from Camper, hat by Kicokids.

Amelia and Carrie as Spartan Warriors, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Amelia and Carrie as Spartan Warriors, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Cali, dress by Bonnie Young, tights Amato and fingerless gloves Carolina Amato

Amelia, dress by Dino e Lucia for Kisan NYC, apron from Phillip Lim 3.1 Kids, tights Crewcuts, necklace H&M

Luca as Batboy, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Luca as Batboy, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Sweat top by Munster for Yoyamart NYC, tee La Miniatura, snakeskin pants Bonnie Young, shoes from H&M

Cali as Wonder Woman and Julian as Captain America, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Cali as Wonder Woman and Julian as Captain America, children's fashion story by Mindi Smith and Drew Sackheim Oct 2011

Cali, top by Y3 for Yoyamart, tee by Kicokids, skirt by Essentiel Girl for Yoyamart, cape scarf by Zef for Kisan, socks Diesel

Julian, jacket Munster for Yoyamart, belt Diesel, shirt La Miniature, jeans by Imps and Elfs for Yoya, boots Frye, cape Zef for Kisan NYC

Brand and stockist links:

Bonnie Young

Camper

Carolina Amato

Crewcuts

Diesel

Dr Marten

Finger in The Nose

H&M

Kicokids

Kisan

La Miniatura

Paul Smith Junior

Phillip Lim

Yoyamart

Yoya

All photos by Drew Sackheim – all rights reserved