Dot to Dot London showcased its Spring Summer 2018 offering this weekend at The Vinyl Factory in Soho. The intimate show offers childrenswear brands a relaxed alternative to the large-scale trade events, bringing brands closer to buyers and press. Championed for their carefully curated range of exhibitors, this season they welcomed big names such as The Bonnie Mob, alongside new offerings like Mamavélo and Stay & Bird.
Trendstop attended Dot to Dot to bring you our top picks of upcoming brands, alongside exclusive trend snippets for the Spring Summer 2018 season.
Brands to Watch
Images left to right: OTTI, Claude & Co, Nibbling, courtesy of Trendstop.
Dot to Dot is the place to be for the most exciting, upcoming names in the kidswear market. Online retailer Claude & Co showcased its debut clothing line, providing on-trend unisex baby clothing. A firm favourite of many attendees, their collection combined comfy jersey one-pieces with varsity inspired graphic sweats. Another emerging brand working with the concept of gender neutral childrenswear was OTTI. Designed and manufactured in London, OTTI creates stylish denim pieces which display a refreshingly modern take on wardrobe staples. On the accessories side, Nibbling came through as a top brand to watch. Their range of teething accessories are designed for both mother and baby, borrowing inspiration from geometric shapes and marbled textures for a timeless aesthetic.
My First Drawing
Images left to right: Papu, Bla, courtesy of Trendstop.
Childrenswear graphics move in an illustrative direction for the Spring Summer 2018 season. These naïve linears are simplistic in their applications, creating statements through delicately abstracted motifs. One line drawings work within a tonal palette to soften the overall effect of the placements, teaming forecasted colours such as Coral Red and Soft Focus Orange.
The Future is Denim
Images left to right: Alba of Denmark, OTTI, courtesy of Trendstop.
First spotted in our Fall Winter 2017-18 Kidswear Trade Show Overview, denim continues to make a huge impact on the kidswear market as we move into the spring summer season. We have begun to see more experimental shapes emerge from this staple material, as designers play with contrasting washes and panelling techniques.
The Woven One-Piece
Images left to right: Mini Stitches,Popupshop, courtesy of Trendstop.
Jumpsuits and rompers receive an organic update with help from dense, woven fabrics. Untreated calico holds the structure of straight cut silhouettes, off-setting the colouring of prints with a sepia hue. Validating key shades such as Liquid Teal and Clay from our Seasonal Colour Forecast, two-tone stripes and mermaid repeats nod to a retro inspired, nautical theme.
For the full coverage of Dot to Dot, head to Trendstop’s Trade Show Gallery.