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Pitti Bimbo: Top 5 trends


Whether it was silver Lurex threads or shiny sequins, many autumn 13 collections had a bit of glitter. BW Chic has signed a partnership with Swarovski to use crystals on a number of pieces, while Pale Cloud put crystals on silk dresses in its latest collection.


The mini-skirt is definitely back. Brands opted for a range of above-the-knee skirts, including pleated styles, tutus and 1960s shift-style dresses teamed with coloured woolly tights.


Durable and warm, what more could you want from a kidswear fabric? Cords were abundant across the show in a rainbow of colours. And it wasn’t restricted to trousers, with some brands using corduroy on shorts, skirts and jackets.


While the snow fell in London, kidswear brands in Florence were showing off their icy-white garments. Snowy colours are autumn 13’s hot ticket, despite questions of practicality, with many brands showcasing complete clinically white outfits, from white outerwear to creamy-coloured dresses and trousers.

Padded jackets

Let’s hope next winter is a chilly one, as kidswear brands have placed their bets on padded jackets for autumn 13. Spotted at almost every stand at Pitti Bimbo, hooded and unhooded versions were available in colours ranging from lime to lilac, black and white.

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