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    When designers extend their collections to include a line for children, but with a similar aesthetic.

    In June, French couture brand Balmain will launch a kidswear line, joining others like Gucci, Burberry and Stella McCartney. Following a growing trend, the Balmain collection will replicate adult styles for their young clients. This concept of a�?mini-mea�� versions of an existing adult line is now seen back home, too. Masaba Guptaa��s collection for children, to be launched this week and featuring her signature funky prints, is a case in point.

    Kukoon Junior - Owm Emb CapeKukoon
    With quirky motifs like alien heads and robots, Noida-based Sneha Mehtaa��s Kukoon is out with its spring summer collection featuring capes, jumpsuits, dresses, skirts and tops in kidsa�� sizes. But she draws the line on embellishments on kidswear, a�?because kids might end up with scratches. We have even done away with sleeves to keep our line hassle-free (for kids),a�? says the 33-year-old designer. Rs 1,500
    onwards. Details: 9953088800

    Vivek Karunakaran
    Chennai-based designer Karunakarana��s kids collection is equestrian-themed. With fabrics like silk, linen and cottons and linen silk jacquard, this collection has tuxedos, bandhgalas, bandis and more. a�?We constantly keep adding new silhouettes to the collection, the most recent being silk kurtas with panchagajam,a�?
    he adds.A� Rs 3,500 onwards. Details: 7708107430

    Hemant & NanditaHN-2463 SL-40 (A), HN-2585-SL-40 (K)
    a�?For family functions, my two boys would wear the same designs as Hemant. When this started gaining appreciation, we turned it into a line,a�? says the Noida-based Nandita Lalwani, 34. Featuring tassels, pom poms, fringes and beads, their new kids collection uses flowy cottons, georgettes, crepe and ikat. Rs 3,300 onwards. Details: 09711166170

    Kukoon Junior-Blue Bug CapeRehane
    Apart from borrowed motifs from the adults line, another global trend, that of florals, has found its way into Rehanea��s designs for childrena��s wear. a�?I do a lot of occasion-based clothes. I am currently doing three gowns for children a�� using silk georgette, shimmer and organza,a�? says the designer who points out that in summer, parents are easily persuaded to opt out of heavy garments for kids. Rs 6,000 onwards. Details: 65195850

    Text: Seema Rajpal





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