AW13 Runway Report: Childhood Trends
It's tough growing up
Sometimes, all you want in life is to return to childhood – a carefree time when the main problem of the day was to play inside or outside.
And it seems that designers have taken this spirit and explored it for the present season. Cue the girls at Carven, floating like cotton candy clouds in huge, pastel coloured coats. Similarly, it was as though carefully packaged dolls in striped and speckled pattern took over at Miu Miu. Pink and fluffy is all the rage. And what can we say about the monster bag bugs from Sylvia Venturini at Fendi? Pure Sesame Street.
Models at Paul & Joe confidently strode down the catwalk looking very serious in schoolgirl spectacles. When it came to coats, jumpers, skirts and even shoes – Kenzo covered everything with cartoon eyes. Sweatshirts at Givenchy stepped away from sinister wolves and religious symbolism, and embraced Disney's Bambi. Even Burberry decided to freshen up with cute, girlish prints. Yes, we can still dream about the classic Burberry trench, only this season it's strewn with hearts.
Saint Laurent – now under the direction of Hedi Slimane – without a doubt went dramatically younger in its aesthetic. Slimane dressed models in short, childish dresses. In fact Gracie Van Gastel's plaid dress with a white collar and a black bow at the neck made it hard to believe that she has even graduated from school.
One thing, however, remained consistent – this is adult dressing with a childish twist. There's no controversial schoolgirl context here. Fun prints, textures and silhouettes decorate classic Autumn/Winter style.
Ricardo Tisci surrounded Bambi with a gloomy, dark sky. And in contrast to Kenzo's cartoonish eyes, there is another version of the print with a flourish of blue and purple, transforming it into an all-seeing eye, a frightening and esoteric symbol.
The final word on the subject has to come from Jeremy Scott, who without any sentimentality splashed slogan T-shirts with the quote, "Adults suck, then you are one". Reminding us that after the cute children come rebellious teenagers, before they suddenly become "one of them" too.