In-between the international menswear and womenswear trade fairs taking place over the last few months, a number of leading kidswear shows were also hosted in the cities of Amsterdam, Paris and London for Fall/Winter 2016-17. Kleine Fabriek created a section dedicated to up-and-coming talent in the childrenswear sector, while Playtime Paris presented three trend areas designed in collaboration with different textile artists. In the UK, Bubble London focused on outdoor styles with a large number of sportswear brands on show, as Scandinavian and streetwear aesthetics came through strongly at Dot to Dot. Here, the Trendstop.com team have distilled their expert analysis of the Fall 2016 kidswear trade shows into three directional must-have trends, bringing you a first look at some of the new themes and colours emerging in children’s fashion this season.
Into the Woods
Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: IKKS, Elmel, Tobias and the Bear, all Fall/Winter 2016-17.
As kids head into the woods for a winter adventure, collections are updated with an outdoors feel. Autumn-inspired shades like pumpkin and rust complement cosy knits and technical outerwear, while graphic placements take the form of forest animals. Shearling-lined climbing boots emerge as a key footwear style, ready to take on wild terrain.
Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: No Added Sugar, Herschel, Tuc Tuc, all Fall/Winter 2016-17.
Adding a burst of energy to Fall/Winter wardrobes, kidswear designers go against conventional seasonal trends with this heated colour story. Fiery red-orange tones add a statement to casual clothing, including embossed sweats and sporty bottoms. Meanwhile, inky contrasts stand out on graphic backpacks.
Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: La Queue du Chat, Donsje, IKKS, all Fall/Winter 2016-17.
Modern kidswear borrows inspiration from the 70’s, creating a fresh take on retro boho aesthetics. Must-have styles emerge in the form of buttoned suede skirts, soft long-sleeve cotton dresses and cosy shearling-lined booties. Classic 70’s shades look new with contemporary colour pops, while prints take the form of ditsy florals.