WGSN Kidswear team identifies Mini Mademoiselle as a key look for girls aged 3-8.
The classic Parisian elegance of Chanel is translated this season into a fun and commercial collection of easy-to-wear pieces. Mix-and-match separates in jersey are layered with woven tweeds and stiffly pleated dresses and skirts. Faux fur accessories and fun costume jewellery complete this ladylike look. A monochrome palette is key, complemented by a range of soft winter pastel shades.
No longer simply a glorified walkie-talkie, monitors are now multitasking. Added functions include night vision cameras, intruder alarms, room thermometers, nightlights, ambient lighting, light projectors, motion sensors, built-in music functions, mp3 players, Skype capabilities, talkback functions, timers to monitor both nap length and feed times and SD card recording.
In addition to the standard listening in, new designs alert parents to changes in the room by combinations of flashing lights, vibrations and alarms.
Rather than using the traditional parent unit monitors are being paired with smart phones.
A collection for boys, girls and babies, inspired by the classic comic book character Tintin. This vintage inspiration results in simple, classic lines, and reinterpretation of classic-cut dresses, outerwear and trousers in tweed and herringbone fabrics, combined with a range of colours in cotton. Contrasting collars, trims and turn-ups in floral print add interest. The colour palette consists of autumnal countryside brights, with muted shades of brown, green and grey.
Products are being made using child-friendly, non-toxic materials that are safe for young children to chew on
Cases offer protection to gadgets while adding a playful element
Technology is made less daunting by simplifying designs and limiting the functions available
Health and safety is addressed with the removal of WiFi, volume limiters, and parental controls on internet access
Younger children have underdeveloped hand-eye coordination, so products are adapted to make them easier to interact with
New technology is being combined with more traditional toys (eg. colouring books, Lego, rattles), appealing to adults who may not be comfortable with the extent to which technology is being applied to children’s early years