by Donna Tweedale
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Through the bustle of Carnaby Street there's a calming vibe on the approach to the Vinyl Factory where Dot to Dot is held. This trade show is much anticipated. Renowned for the relaxed atmosphere and curated space, it's a trade show firmly in our calendar. This weekend brought new brands and firm favourites together to share their vision. For some, it's their first experience of sharing their pieces with their peers within the industry. And Woah. Are we glad they did. There is a lot to be excited about for SS17.
S H A P E
Next Summer will bring a new focus on the silhouette. From pieces with structure in soft wearable fabrics seen in Girls Talk To Boys 'Come Fly With Me' inspired line, to edgy tailored basics, dropped hem's and alternative sleeve details to create shape with geometric print in Papu's signature style.
Fabrics are used to achieve pieces that are lighter and softer, using new techniques and materials to ensure childrenswear is the most wearable and comfortable it can be for our kiddo's in the warmer months. Pieces that have the versatility to be layered up. A great example of which we saw in Knit Planet's collection. Knitwear so soft like butter with their bold use of colour. Keep your eyes peeled for some Mama Kiddo twinning opportunities courtesy of Knit Planet... We'll keep you posted.
Tiba and Marl's changing bags in bold shapes and structured fabrics made for the metallic fabrics to stand strong. Big bag love right there.
P R I N T
Coco And Wolf's pieces were so emotive of childhood shapes with a modern vibe. Stunning pastel shades with real attention to detail from the print itself to the little touches that made for a cohesive collection.
Illustration was a big stand out trend for SS17. A family team effort brings us Pispiripispo. The winner's of the Little Brands / Dot To Dot collaboration award this Spanish brand takes illustrations from their daughters and brings them to life through their girls wear collection. Mr Wolf's pieces with the story from their creator weaving through the line makes for subtle reminders of the story that brings everything together.
The fluidity in My Nuuba's maxi skirts and full maxi dresses were simply stunning. The playful eye print consistent throughout the collection was so distinctive. Definitely one to watch. Agatha Cub's use of digital photography in print and structure in sweater dresses with a vintage USA edge. Softly tailored shirt dresses and workable basics in a mixed colour palette that effortlessly fit together.
Dot to Dot's winner of 'Best Non Clothing Brand' Forivor (see top image) launched their range of exquisitely illustrated bedding this season. The intricate designs on their quilts and bedding were entrancing. You could sit and study it for hours and still see detail you hadn't seen before. With each piece accompanied by story prompting cards and beautiful packaging. We're talking heirloom territory right there.
I M A G I N A T I O N
The most adorable Liberty print birds with so much character were just enchanting, Willa And Bobbin creates little stories on a perch with these guy's. Another firm favourite was the adorable Little Lulus baby shoes complete with pompoms, studs and bows all made out of the softest Italian leather.
Brand new brand Bildy uses ingenious little clips to bring together illustrated pieces for your little one to easily build and create their own little play house, car, castle, where ever their imagination leads them.
Mamma Couture's new STEM dolls are incredible. In a world where the Sisterhood is giving Mama's a new strength these dolls are encouraging the sisterhood of the next generation that you can do whatever you set your mind to. Dolls based on a real woman, with a real story of their profession and how they got there. Such a great message.
I S P I E D W I T H M Y L I T T L E E Y E
It was so good to catch up with ABC123me and their awesome denim lace up coat - it's gonna be HUUUGE! Bax & Bay and their new changing bags. Avery Row's beautiful baby changing mats, cushions and soft blankets. Rockahula's stunning new jewellery and accessory pieces and Well Grounded Company's new collection including their gorgeous culotte dress.
We also fell head over heels with Forget Me Not, Wildfire Teepees, Sleepy Doe, Sarah Lovell Art, Turtledove London, Louvea, Horses of the Wild, Lala & Zizo, Willa & the Bear and Little Hotdog Watson.
Congratulations to all exhibitors. Another great show Dot to Dot.
Words and Images by Donna Tweedale
Donna is a mother of two, writer and stylist who runs her own blog Crayons in my Miumiu. She also writes and styles for various other blogs and magazines.