Kids' Fashion: New Lines from Gucci, Miss America and Crayola Vans
When it comes to your kids' clothes, whether you lean toward the latest extravagant designer brand, prefer to kick it old school with the skateboard set or feel in tune with "Toddlers and Tiaras," a trio of new fashion collections for children are coming your way.
Goo Goo, Ga Ga, Gucci? Carter's? OshKosh B'Gosh? Even Stella McCartney for babyGap? Please. Baby fashionistas shake their tiny rattles at you. With the recent announcement of a spring 2011 children's collection from Gucci, we'll soon see high-end double-G logos on the teensiest of trendsetters. Women's Wear Daily reports the collection, which will include clothing, shoes, accessories, gifts and sunglasses(!), will be designed by Frida Giannini, the label's creative director, and produced in-house by Gucci suppliers.
WWD says the collection will be for girls and boys and will be divided into two age ranges: 0-2 and 2-8. We expect to see Suri Cruise modeling the looks next year.
Get Your Crayon On: Kids love Vans shoes (well, their parents do, anyway). Kids love Crayons. Kids love to color on their shoes. So, what's not to love about the new Vans Colored by Crayola collection? Shoes from Vans' Classic Slip-On, Sk8-Hi, Era and Authentic styles look like they've been colored in by Crayon. They come in solid shades in bright colors such as red, yellow and purple, in two-tone colors like pink and blue, and, of course, they come in the famous Vans checkerboard print.
Even the packaging is cool: WWD says the shoes will be sold in special Crayola-like green-and-yellow packaging, and select outlets will give out a Vans/Crayola coloring book and crayons as a gift with purchase.
The styles will come in sizes for toddlers and youth, will run $30 to $35, and hit stores in July. Jealous? WWD says select styles will come in grown-up sizes, too. These are shoes an 8-year-old Jeff Spicoli would rock. Hey, bud! Let's party!
There She Is, Miss Toddler America: Parents of baby beauty queens are likely to be making room in their little girls' closets for new clothes from the Miss America Organization. The group, preparing to celebrate its 90-year anniversary, will soon be offering a line for the baby/toddler and teen/tween markets, including graphic T-shirts, shirts and bottoms.
Part of the proceeds will go toward the Miss America Organization Scholarship Fund, which makes more than $45 million available annually in scholarships to young women to further their education. We hear prices for the pageant-friendly pieces will be less than $25, but no word on whether designer sashes will be available.
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