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 ‘mini-me’ versions of an existing adult line is now seen back home, too. Masaba Gupta’s collection for children, to be launched this week and featuring her signature funky prints, is a case in point.
With quirky motifs like alien heads and robots, Noida-based Sneha Mehta’s Kukoon is out with its spring summer collection featuring capes, jumpsuits, dresses, skirts and tops in kids’ sizes. But she draws the line on embellishments on kidswear, “because kids might end up with scratches. We have even done away with sleeves to keep our line hassle-free (for kids),” says the 33-year-old designer. Rs 1,500
onwards. Details: 9953088800
Chennai-based designer Karunakaran’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. “We constantly keep adding new silhouettes to the collection, the most recent being silk kurtas with panchagajam,”
he adds. Rs 3,500 onwards. Details: 7708107430
Hemant & Nandita
“For family functions, my two boys would wear the same designs as Hemant. When this started gaining appreciation, we turned it into a line,” 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
Apart from borrowed motifs from the adults line, another global trend, that of florals, has found its way into Rehane’s designs for children’s wear. “I do a lot of occasion-based clothes. I am currently doing three gowns for children — using silk georgette, shimmer and organza,” 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