The third and final Playtime AW14/15 happened this past weekend in the über cool location on Wall St in Manhattan. This year new York Playtime was sold out, with the most vendors attending in Playtime New York history. It was wonderful to see this growth with new designers emerging confidently despite the sleepy economy.
The trend this season that stood out the most was the significant shift and resolute commitment by boutique designers to stay locally made, ethically sourced and produced. Trends and styles varied amongst the whole, but a common thread between those that shone was the inspiration to stroll in the movement of slow production, although as Joaquim Esperalba Esquerra from Bobo Choses said, causing us all to laugh, “but not too slow, because we have to get the clothes to our suppliers!”
Exciting new comers to Playtime to watch are;
Degen, a Brooklynite who is knitting her way to stardom has a colourful children’s collection forming that is unique and full of quirky personality.
Kallio might just have to be our new best friend, because designer Karina is just awesome. An Australian expat now living in New York, Karina who founded Kallio, transforms vintage and preloved clothing into skillfully tailored clothes for children. Giving new life to reclaimed garments in small articulate editions.
Some subtle goodness is rising from My Moon, with really interesting techniques, fabrics and patterns. Organic and sustainable, printed with non-toxic water-based ink. Produced in small volume at a family owned-and-operated factory in downtown San Francisco.
All American made favourites;
US designed and produce, Nico Nico clothes are the epitome of comfort, organic fabrics with beautiful earthy colours, in styles that say comfortable play all day. Most excitingly Nico Nico have collaborated with Kalon Studios and will be releasing the Wilderness Collection. Super in love with the field tent.
Loving the shift in graphics for Autumn Winter from Mini & Maximus, keep your eye out for the coolest catch phrase tees and vibrant prints. Hooked on the triangle print leggings and the awesome sweats, just love how Mini & Maximus are changing things up and keeping it fresh with reverse side fabrics in the garment construction.
Noch Mini, designed and made in New York have a strong city meets country collection in stall for next Autumn Winter. Classic New England textured fabrics, like green whale cord and grey tweed meet Manhattan street style in quintessential Noch Mini minimalist form.
Prepare to be obsessed with AW14/15 Bobo Choses. Yes oh yes there is some special B.C. magic mounting with new statement outwear sure to be the hot item, it is going to be like panning for gold, so get in quick for the California inspired gold rush. In love with the signature Bobo Choses fabric technique, nostalgic graphics and colours. Bobo Choses, you are so clever!
Wolf & Rita are rising stars, each season they reach a little higher and we are their number one fans. Couldn’t stop gushing over the beautiful designs, quality and construction. Think retro indigo blues this Autumn with moody florals and piano key monochrome. Day dreaming about the black tuxedo collar that is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
Little Creative Factory have our hearts. Beautiful sophisticated arcithectual clothing with impeccable attention to construction and fabric quality. For AW14 LLC is getting cozier with snuggly cotton fleece popovers, and the same thick fleece now being used as lining in their coats and hats. Seriously warm and sleek outerwear, that is somehow both subtle and dramatic. Love these clever women!
Motoreta were Playtime New York debutantes and impressed with sophisticated silhouette and interesting construction. Really beautiful, really cool and really awesome style, designed and made by a talented creative team in Spain. Keep your eye out for Motoreta, they are blooming.
Noe & Zoe goes warm and bright AW14 with strong vibrant colours and rich fleecy cotton linings. Love the new double walled hoodie that offeres reversible print options, and the cozy lined baby bunting and bonnets in bright and fun Noe & Zoe patterns.
Beautiful Winter 14/15 knits coming your way:
Completely smitten with the beauty from HBB industria Argentina, A New York based folk clothing label, specializing in handmade Argentine-produced children’s knits. Dying over the colours and textures.
Misha & Puff, made their first Playtime appearance with the most adorable collection of handmade woolens for littles. Swooning over the AW14/15 colour palette. It does not get much cuter than babies in Misha & Puff bonnets, and we are all trying desperately to talk Anna into making the puff ball sweater large enough for us!
Ouef return with their signature wearable knits and adorable knit accessories. Classic Ouef goodness that we love time and time again. A fresh new colour palette for our all time favourties as charming and irresistible as ever.
Fanny Belellet’s delicious knits for littles beg you to touch them. Sumptuously soft and light, they seem to hold a heirloom reverence. Now stocking at ABC home, and soon to have a online boutique.
Above image, Wolf & Rita AW14/15
Posted in Create on March 10, 2014
One of the most beautifully curated stores, Elisa & Grace is seeing in Spring with a new website. This is very exciting for one who loves to peruse their collection from the comfort of home! With new custom features (like the wishlist, oh yes, that is fun), the website is super user friendly for categorising and makes selecting and purchasing those irresistible items that much easier. We love the addition of fashion trends and tips from Elias & Grace owner, the stylish and gorgeous Nickey Thurssell. What is hot for SS14? Well you will have to pop on over to Elias & Grace and see for yourself!
Posted in Create on March 7, 2014
The clever duo, photographer Delphine Jouandeau and stylist Julie Vianey came together in the woods in England to create these beautiful images. Model Elysa is layered in a a subdue colour palette, rich in prints and textures synonymous with fashion and the micro and macro of nature.
(above) Jumper by Little Paul & Joe. Skirt worn as a top by I Pinco Pallino.
Dress worn as a top by Jacques+Sienna. Skirt by Lanvin Petite. Leggings by Topshop.
Dress by D&G Junior.
Jumper by Kenzo. Trousers by Lili Gaufrette.
Posted in Create on March 5, 2014
Noé & Noë burst into SS14 with minimalist and bright graphics, geometric shapes and quirky motifs in bold colours that pop off neutral backgrounds. Our favourite neon pink star pattern is back, along with some cool zig-zags, stripes and isosceles triangles.
Beautiful home ware, shoes & accessories are also part of their range. We are crazy about the cotton crowns! Noé & Zoë create an entire universe for children, with each piece dedicated to comfort and simplicity and the endless imagination of children.
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Posted in Create on March 5, 2014
This past weekend Papier Mache attended Little Fashion Week in Brussels, Belgium. Here are some behind the scene photos taken by the talented photographer Louise Jordan at Les Petits Filous. Both our Deputy Editor Deb Sfez and Advertising Exec. Francesa Chetta were on hand to take in the splendor of the event, and left feeling inspired with a whole list of news to share! Here are Debs loves!
LECONS DE CHOSES love the animal carpets and new school bags!
MARAVILLA love the beautiful knitted jumpers and stripy overall.
MINABULLE love the made in france collection very cute for the little ones.
GEORGES love the tipis and silk cushions.
BORAMIRI love the rabbit dolls.
DEUZ for their beautiful collection of toys and deco items in a very bright design.
LITTLE POPUP SHOP a popup store by the lovely Dimitra with our favorite brand such as Garbo & Friends!
PERLUDI great & functional design.
CAROLINE BOSMANS creative and quirky, simply love it!
Posted in Create on March 5, 2014
We just heard exciting news that our friends over at Tutu du Monde have collaborated with J.Crew. Tutu Du Monde will now be featured along with some of our other favourite brands at Jcrew In Good Company. The beautiful feather dress should be hitting US stores this week.
Here are some gorgeous images from a Tutu Du Monde shoot styled by Papier Mache Editor Beck Marshall and photography by Hannah Scott Stevenson
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Posted in Create on February 26, 2014
Playing with sticks is the best. Here is sweet crown you can make from found sticks, a scrap of fabric and string. A very simple project, that takes little more than inspiration and time. I made this in two sittings of an hour each. Allow two hours to make a crown like above…collect and create!
String or Embroidery floss
Long narrow piece of fabric
1. Collect sticks with little friends (that is the fun part). I like using dropped sticks from our old oak tree as the ends have a tapered finish that remind me of deer hooves.
2. Measure and cut a piece of fabric long enough to fit around a head with enough length to tie. Fold the narrow width in half to prepare to sandwich the sticks. Decide if you want a raw edge or if you want to fold and press the fabric edge inside.
3. Start in the center of the length of fabric, sewing in one stick at a time between the fold, with over and under stitches. Add a stick either side, gradually working your way out from the center, until you feel you have sewn enough sticks.
Get creative! The options are endless using different coloured threads and fabrics. This is a great feel good gift to make for a friend.
Tutorial by Kirsten Rickert
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Posted in Create on February 25, 2014
This is Clemmie’s story shot by Laura Alice Hart and styled by Kate Van Der Hage.
Clemmie at aged “not 3 anymore” (as she proudly puts it), has an independent spirit when it comes to deciding what to wear; often choosing a princess-batman look or bunny outfit to go to the shops, and accessorising with a superhero cape. The day was spent capturing Clemmie in her own environment, which became a window into her world of dress up, where she carefully decided on each new outfit with Kate, and then lead Kate and Laura from room to room as the adventure played out!
The collage was a collaboration between Kate and Laura which grows naturally from each picture, evolving the story, and allowing a glimpse into clemmie’s unique imagination. This is how she sees the world. It’s a magical place. Some of the illustrations in the collages were taken from vintage ladybird books which were a very big part of both Laura and Kate’s own childhood.
Model: Clementine Buttercup.
Dress and socks both by Wovenplay.
Posted in Create on February 24, 2014
Papier Mache attended the premier Australian Children’s trade show in Sydney on the weekend, Kids In Style (Life in Style). We really enjoyed browsing new collections and catching up with our friends Pony Rider , who won the Australian Made award, and TMOD who had an awesome temporary tattoo parlor and won the Best Gift award with their DYI macrame kit. We also chatted to Oishi-m and Milk & Soda. We are looking forward to attending the Melbourne Kids In Style in July.
Posted in Create on February 21, 2014
Each season we anticipate which country it will be that inspires Tea Collection. This Spring and Summer Tea has us packing our bags for Morocco. A dream destination that comes to life in a dynamic cultural representation through Tea’s dedicated team.
We love that each collection is based on an actual journey to a country of choice where the Tea designers gather and document. By being immersed in the experience, the designers feel the patterns, colours and themes that resonate with them personally and the travel experience then transcends into beautiful products that have depth and meaning.
Beyond the style, quality and comfort of Tea Collection, we admire Tea for the beautiful vision that makes Tea clothing a great choices for children. Each year Tea donate significantly to the Global Fund for Children. Tea are mindful of their presence in the world and their responsibility to those around them.
This collection was styled by Papier Mache Fashion Editor Katelyn Mooney. Katelyn’s intuitive ability to layer with textures, colour and patterns complimented the vibrant Morocco collection perfectly, bringing to life boho daydreams of the mecca of Marrakech and beyond.
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Watch this great snippet from Tea of their journey to Morocco.
Posted in Create on February 20, 2014