Linda McLean, founder of designer kids blog Smudgetikka, styles her favourite Marie-Chantal looks for Autumn/Winter 2013.
“I love the Marie Chantal kids’ fashion collection for fall/winter 2013 for the great contrasts between luxe fabrics such as sequins, tulle and fur mixed with the more down-to-earth tweeds and cords. The quality of the fabrics and the make is exceptional.
The design of the collection is sophisticated but it hasn’t lost a touch of fun with, for example, the angel wings on the back of a cashmere sweater or the metallic thread in the girls’ monochrome tweed jacket.”
I chose to mix the camel tailored cord jacket with unexpected grey tones for a fresh look for this autumn. The normal way to wear tan cord is usually with autumnal chocolate or green for a countryside vibe, but I love the modern urban effect achieved by mixing it with grey tones and a hoody top underneath, finished off with a cool pair of Converse sports shoes.
Focusing on grey for another look, using a suit jacket but this time with the co-ordinated twist of mustard jeans and a mustard fine trim on the soft V-neck sweater. This is more of a fashion look – yellow has been coming through in kidswear for a couple of seasons and looks to still be a strong colour for next spring 2014 as well.
This is a very luxe party look with sequin shorts and a cropped fur jacket to contrast textures that will work right through the winter months. A soft cashmere sweater underneath with angel wing embroidery will keep children warm in the colder months too but has a touch of fun about it. This look is dressed up but deceptive as the shorts allow a great range of movement for party games.
Sometimes little girls just want to feel special and there is nothing they love more than a tu-tu skirt. I have put this gold version together with the cropped jacket and a smarter blouse for a look that is more smart daywear than party time. It’s perfect for a smart restaurant visit or a little bit of weekend shopping.
Smudgetikka kids fashion blog is posted by Linda McLean, a professional in children’s fashion who once worked with adults but finds the little ones so much more fun. For 15 years she was the Fashion Director at Junior Magazine and with a vast array of experience to draw on. She knows the best in the business and will bring you the hottest designer labels and the strongest trends in kidswear fashion right now. Currently Fashion Editor at Family Traveller Magazine from fashionista to blogger for kids fashion, it’s all in a day’s work!
Visit her kids’ fashion blog at www.smudgetikka.com