Arriving to a cold and clear London for the 9th edition of Dot to Dot was rather lovely. Pirouette attended on Monday (day 2 of the show) to find our Pirouette One to Watch winners. Fortunately there were lots of young fledgling labels to discover at the show, which was helpful!
Show directors Carly and Nicole looked fresh faced and happy post Luna (UK) mag launch the previous day. Lots of press were in attendance on the Monday which is always nice to catch up. Lets take a look at the #09 edition of the show….
‘Live Movie’ was the theme for this the 86th edition of Pitti Immagine Bimbo and boy did it live up to the billing, with big anniversaries, events, and catwalk shows making for this vibrant extravaganza of the kid’s fashion calendar. Pitti Bimbo now caters for some of the biggest names along with medium independents right down to fledgling first time labels. There is something for everyone at Pitti with the show drawing visitors, buyers and press from all over the world to the beautiful city of Firenze, Florence, Italy. Pirouette was there for two reasons, firstly to cover the show for our behind the scenes web doc with NYC based children’s fashion photographer Molly Magnuson; and secondly to launch the Pirouette One to Watch Awards accompanied by Pirouette founder Florence Rolando. The events were big, the catwalk production outstanding and the collections vibrant. This is how it went….
For this edition #23 commencing Saturday the 27th of January at the Parc Floral de Paris Playtime Paris embraces the theme of mutation ‘changeover’. Throughout the three days there will be over 540 brands to discover, including 100 new exhibitors. With this edition’s trends: Agricool, Flow and Renew, Playtime has invited some exciting designers to interpret the themes.
The Playtime team sincerely believe that fashion has a role to play in outlining the world of tomorrow. As such Playtime have supported a number of socially conscious and creative exhibitions taking place over the three days – by Marie Claire Enfant, Doolittle, Pirouette and Frederique Daubal for Kid’s Wear Magazine. We for one can’t wait for the 23rd edition of Playtime Paris to discover all the new collections, new exhibitors and lap up Playtime’s unique creative environment. So let’s share a little more of what to look out for…
Movie themed Pitti Immagine Bimbo #86 is kicks off in two days, Pirouette will be there for the launch of the new season with our first Pirouette One to Watch Awards at Pitti Bimbo. Plus photographer Molly Magnuson will be making her way over from the States to Italy to combine forces with Pirouette to produce a backstage web documentary with video interviews, catwalk coverage, Molly’s photography and much more…
So lets take a look at some of the events taking place at the show.
Sticky Lemon was founded mid 2016 by Simone, Lotte & Dorien. Whilst working on other design projects their idea for a quirky and bold brand became more and more serious. Eventually their first backpacks became a reality and Sticky Lemon was born. This brand was concieved for both little, and bigger kids who have an outspoken taste in the way they look. It’s colourful, bold and sunny. Colourblocking is combined with patterns and illustrations. It was a bit of family affair at the New York show which made for an absolute joy presenting the award. Sticky Lemon #Pirouette12watch winners ss18 Playtime New York! let’s find out more.
The 9th edition of London based trade show Dot to Dot is fast approaching, with an international cast of labels in attendance. This friendly boutique style show remains in the same central and welcoming location – the fabulous Vinyl factory at the back or the famous Carnaby street. But remember to register prior to your visit or take your business card as a strictly trade policy is exercised.
Straight from Italy, Pirouette will be there on the Monday looking out for the new Pirouette One to Watch award winners at the show. The 9th edition will also be hosting the launch of the UK version of German based Luna Magazine. During which the lovely Peggy Jusch, the editor in chief of Luna UK will be holding creative workshops for visitors and hosting an evening drinks event on the Saturday to celebrate the launch.
Always a great show for a little discovery, we have a quick chat with Peggy re the launch of the English Luna Mag and hear a little from show founders Carly Gledhill and Nicole Frobusch.
Like it’s name Anchovy is a unique kids label with a very strong USP attributed to the brand. With an artistry at the foundation and imagery unlike no other this independent kids label is hard to miss during a trade show. Last Summer at Playtime New York the circle dresses from the ss18 collection ‘hiding from the sun’ really stood out slowly and memorisingly turning on the architecturally designed stand, with gradients of soft pastel colours. The uniqueness of this label is to be celebrated, oh and I forgot to say amongst all this artistry the pieces remain incredibly functional and wearable. We chat with designer and founder Giedre Kose.
Balance bikes are now part of what seems to be every toddlers journey towards becoming a fully fledged cyclist. It’s hard for parents & children alike not to fall for Banwood’s balance bike. Both retro and modern mixed into a perfectly balanced recipe. There was a constant buzz around the Banwood’s stand at Playtime Paris last summer, their product is charming with a stylish look for those design loving parents and their offspring. In this #pirouette12watch winner’s interview we have the pleasure of chatting with one half of the design duo behind Banwood – Frida Jonsby.
Pirouette has long been an admirer of the creativity and storytelling of designer Alejandra Salvatore of Severina kids. So it was a real thrill when Alejandra accepted the invitation to design the new season’s Pirouette One to Watch Award. Hand knitted and embroidered, the ‘Spyglass’ is an inspired design and exactly what we are looking for…we chat with Alejandra to find out more about her design process, production and what core elements were important to the award… We love it and so will you!
This New Year we will be on the lookout once again to discover the most exciting emerging labels in kid’s fashion and design for AW18/19. And, for the first time, we start our search in Italy at Pitti Bimbo with both Florence & myself in attendance for the launch of the awards. The search then moves on to London with Dot to Dot and finally out to the states for Playtime, New York.
For this season’s awards, we have collaborated with the brilliant designer Alejandra Salvatore of Severina kids to create an exclusive One to Watch “Spyglass”. The Spyglasses will be presented to the winners of both the design and the fashion awards at each of the shows. So follow what we are up to at the shows and look out for the best emerging talent in kids fashion & design.
We are very excited to share a new project in collaboration with Playtime. The Screen Capture exhibition “A girl in this world’ has already shown at the #23 edition of Playtime Paris and now moves on to New York. If you’re not at New York you can also catch the online version.
Pirouette poses the question “ What does it mean to be a girl in this world?” to 10 international female photographers working in the kid’s fashion industry. Each photographer is asked to respond to the question with an image of their making and an accompanying text.