Back to the Future: Designers Look to Kid Vicious, Princess Di and Katherine Hepburn for Fall 2004 Inspiration

Two style factions reigned at the ENK Children's Club fall show (March 7-9) held in the Javits Center: The punks whose plaid, denim and lace gear made a presence in the new "tween" aisles, and the little sophisticates whose simple dresses, tweed suits and jumpers reference style icons like Kate Hepburn and Coco Chanel.

Between the two extremes collections recalled the sixties, seventies and eighties with mod graphic prints, mini skirts and crocheted ponchos.

Speaking of ponchos: They're back. Big time.



DESIGNER: Joy Demchick-Attias

Sizes: Newborn-toddler; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

Buyers of Joy Demchick-Attias' line of sweetly classic sweaters have reason to cheer. She's added wovens to her fall collection and they're just as well designed as her knits.

Outstanding Piece: Light, warm and soft are the buzzwords for baby dressing. After seeing Demchick-Attias' kimono wrap and hat, I'll contribute practical and adorable.

Natalie and Friends

131 West 33rd Street, Suite 210

New York, NY 10001

Tel: 212-947-2995

E-mail: natnfrnds@aol.com


E-mail: joyfulee@voicenet.com



DESIGNER: Margery E. Frank

Sizes: Newborn to 24 months; Wholesale prices: $6-$32

Matt Le Blanc and Julianna Margulies give Margery Ellen cotton knit blankets with chenille trim as gifts. Now celebrities can present soft, cotton knit layette pieces with the popular wraps. The white bodies of the garments with their pastel chenille edging make great blanket partners.

Outstanding Piece: The long, cotton one-piece edged in blue. No snaps to fuss with or strings to tie. Pull the piece on and baby is ready for a stroll in the carriage or, hopefully, a few hours of sleep.

15 Hegemans Lane

Old Brookville, NY 11545

Tel: 516-621-8522

E-mail: margeryell@aol.com


Los Angeles contact:

Stacy Ellen

Tel: 818-787-8992



DESIGNER: Leda Jackson

Sizes: Newborn to 9 months; Wholesale prices: $10-$30

Entering Pixie Lily's booth with its milky walls, and seeing the white and cream baby wear, is as soothing as a cup of chamomile tea.

Outstanding Pieces: A black t-shirt on an infant is fine, but Jackson's white cotton batiste rompers, simple tops and diaper covers recall a time when babies dressed like babies.

48 Society Street

Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Tel: 843-579-0364

E-mail: info@pixielily.com





DESIGNER: Eliza Gran

Sizes: 3 months to 6 years; Wholesale prices: $22-$59

Eliza Gran's a little funky, a little sweet sportswear collection, with its floral and geometric prints and corduroy separates, always has a 70s vibe.

Outstanding Piece: Every woman knows that one great piece each season is all you need. For kids it's Gran's striped shirtdress.

667 East 18th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11230

Tel: 212-226-2106

E-mail: eliza@elizagran.com





Sizes: 3 months to 4; Wholesale prices: $20-$115

Susana Monaco brought the wrap dress to infants. This season she tops her chic children's wear with glamorous coats.

Outstanding Piece: The light blue wool tweed coat. Seams shape the coat gently and the pockets and tie-belt add detail without bulk.

263 West 38th Street, 17th Floor

New York, NY 10018


telephone: 212-398-4243, ext:17

email: sandrac@susanamonaco.com



DESIGNER: Erica Tanov

Sizes: 6 months to 6; Wholesale prices: $16-$101 (most are in the $30 range)

Erica Tanov exhibited a well-honed collection of sportswear pieces utilizing gorgeous, up-market textiles.

Outstanding Pieces: The red wool modern jumper is as soft as cream and the color is warm yet not vibrant. The wool cord that gathers the bodice is all the piece needs for shape. Adding the rose-strewn blouse lends a note of sweet nostalgia to the set.

Summer Place Reps LLC

1520 Wedmore Court

Smyrna, Georgia 30080

Tel: 770-444-0776

E-mail: Brittanyharrell@charter.net




DESIGNERS: Mark & Sissy Caskenette

Sizes: Infant to 14; Wholesale prices: $16-$19

Buyers look to Gumboots for sportswear pieces with fashion-forward prints and unusual detail. This season they flipped for the Caskenette's sweaters and fabulous skirts.

Outstanding Pieces: The sweater in a flattering shade of rose is ribbed from waist-to-hips for a body conscious fit. The crocheted rose is the only embellishment. Embroidered appliqués and a crinoline peeking from underneath the A-line mini make it one of the prettiest pieces in the show.

2401 Bristol Circle, Suite D202

Oakville, ON L6H 5S9

Tel: 905-829-1452/877-Gumboots

email: markc@gumboots.com




DESIGNER: Anky Groothof

Sizes: 9 months to 12; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

Jottum is known for ruffles, multi-tiers and ruching, dressmaker details and fine textiles. In other words - couture for kids.

Outstanding Piece: Beautifully rendered roses and contrasting red trim create a magnificent piece of wearable art.

Children@Play, Inc.

51 Shelley Ave.

Hartsdale, NY 10530

Tel: 914-686-7544

Fax: 914-948-7354


Email: Tina_Rodrigues@childrenatplay.com



DESIGNER: Helen Namkoong

Sizes: 3 months to 10; Wholesale prices: $12-$40

Cutting edge sportswear with a rock star vibe is Helen Namkoong's forte.

Outstanding Pieces: The real leather jacket in a soft shade of sky blue over the t-shirt with a faded scenic print. The brown cord, knee-length skirt with a pale blue panel ties the look together.

860 South Los Angeles Street, Suite 930

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Tel: 213-614-8994

email: kdrascal@yahoo.com




DESIGNER: Shannon Svensrud

Sizes: 2-10; Wholesale prices: $12-$49

Kids may only wear pieces from this collection after they see Shannon Svensrud's easy, elegant jumpers and great, multi-print blouses.

Outstanding Pieces: The lilac wool jumper falls gracefully to the knee; The two deep violet flowers are just enough embellishment. Tones of lilac enhance the blouse's floral print and smart stripe. No fuss dressing with charisma.

599 Third Street, Suite 307

San Francisco, CA 94107

Tel: 415-543-1714

E-mail: info@kidswearthis.com




DESIGNER: Celeste Bayer

Sizes: Preemie to toddler; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

Natural, earth tones and playful textures are this collection's signature looks. For fall, Bayer plays it cool with mixed prints and original stripes.

Outstanding Pieces: There's a lot of charm in the pretty floral top with its sweet Peter Pan collar and gathered bodice over a sleek, striped skirt. The blend of styles and prints works.

1800 West Larchmont

Chicago, IL 60613

Tel: 773-281-1960/800-890-7857

E-mail: laurenceleste@earthlink.net




DESIGNER: Sachin Batra

Sizes: - 10 Wholesale prices: $14-$50

Hand painting and embroidery added detail to unusual, easy-to-wear dresses.

Outstanding Piece: The pumpkin wool A-line. Big flowers are outlined with hand embroidery and the dress' shape is underscored with orange silk ribbon. This knockout dress is as exotic as an Indian spice market.

6 Baker Place

Stamford, CT 06905

Tel: 203-329-0719

E-mail: info@fromage-lorange.com




DESIGNER: Jaleh Teymourian

Sizes: Contact manufacturer; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

Sportswear with up-market touches like metal closings on jackets, silk bows and big, modern prints in rich colorways, made this collection intriguing.

Outstanding Pieces: The teal blue velvet blazer and coordinating striped pants in teal, cocoa and beige. Can we ever get enough good-looking boys' wear?

1295 Alabama Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

Tel: 415-282-4248

E-mail: info@okandd.com




DESIGNER: Tracy Perez

Sizes: 2-16; Wholesale prices: $20-$75

Hip tweens and teens get down with Porky Pies rock star separates.

Outstanding Piece: The fluffy pink coat is something Mandy Moore might borrow from Courtney Love. It's girly with an edge.

112 W. 9th St., #509

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tel: 213-612-5062

E-mail: porkypies@msn.com




DESIGNER: Andalynn Richie

Sizes: Infant to 20; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

What a collection! Crushed velvets. Over-embroidered silk dresses and tunics. Butter soft wool plaids. Floral motifs printed atop men's wear skirts. Boys and girls never had it so good.

Outstanding Pieces: The silky, deep red jacquard blouse is trimmed with a burgundy velvet ribbon. A red crinoline edged in pink silk keeps the skirt buoyant. The skirt's men's wear wool is made feminine with the addition of red velvet ribbons and overprinted roses. Everything about this ensemble is gorgeous.

Petite Couture

701 Eighth Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

Tel: 619-255-6506

E-mail: andalynn@poutychild.com




Sizes: 7-16; Wholesale prices: $23-$89

Anna Kim's funky, body conscious consumers now have hip coats to cover up with.

Outstanding Piece: The collage images printed atop this long, faux suede coat lined in fleece reflect a watery, Japanese wood-cut beauty.

557 East Pico Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tel: 213-763-0103

E-mail: sales@sweetheartjane.com




DESIGNER: Susan Mandel

Sizes: 2-20; Wholesale prices: $50-$130

Mandel's collection appeals to the buyer who looks for classic sportswear with a twist.

Outstanding Pieces: The light blue sweater with its drawstring touches and delicate crocheted border finds the perfect partner in the chocolate wool skirt embroidered with sprays of pale blue flowers. So pretty.

112 West 34th Street

NYC, NY 10120

Tel: 212-967-2279




DESIGNER: Little Maiden design team

Sizes: 2-16; Wholesale prices: $38-$99

Satin, tulle, crystal beads and pearls are the makings of dreamy, special occasion dresses.

Outstanding Piece: The sparkles along the neckline, the fluffy pink bow, and a skirt as frothy as whipped cream. Just add glass slippers.

411 South California Street

San Gabriel, CA 91776

Tel: 1-800-648-3687


E-mail: mrsalty@optonline.net



DESIGNER: Maria Casero

Sizes: Newborn to 16; Wholesale prices: $30-$35

There's nothing wrong with traditional whites and pastels for special occasions, but when a designer comes along and pushes the envelope the outcome can be spectacular.

Outstanding Piece: Chocolate and dusty pink are the "It" combination for sportswear this season. When the duo is used in a romantic, classic silhouette, as Casero did in this rich velvet and silk dress, the traditional look gets a little edgy.

1545 Capital, Suite 105

Carrolton, TX 75006

Tel: 972-466-2505

E-mail: frank@casero-inc.com




DESIGNERS: Malley Gaulding and Theresa Helms

Sizes: Infant-16; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

Buyers are never disappointed with Malley & Co.'s pretty dresses and sportswear separates in fresh colors and patterns.

Outstanding Piece: Mothers of teens know, getting daughters out of jeans and into something special isn't easy. The tie-dyed brown velvet number has just enough sex appeal to take the sting out of dress up.

2805 National Drive

Garland, TX 75041

Tel: 972-840-6433

E-mail: malley@malleyandco.com




DESIGNER: Leslie Ann Rode

Sizes: 3-12; Wholesale prices: $55-$105

It's true - kids' tees are moving north of their navels while jeans are heading south. Maybe that's why Nana's Darlings' smocked dresses with their round collars, puffed sleeves and full skirts look so fresh.

Outstanding Piece: The crisp, blue, men's wear plaid and cuffed sleeves keep the dress from being too sweet. The sheep jumping over a fence on the hand-smocked bodice will make you smile.

108 Albany Street

Deer Park, NY 11729

Tel: 631-243-2722

E-mail: customerservice@nanasdarlings.com




DESIGNER: Marta Negron

Sizes: 2 to 14; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

Marta Negron is known for understated one and two-piece special occasion dresses with a "Jackie O" influence.

Outstanding Piece: The pink silk bodice is creamy. The mauvy brown chiffon skirt over a pale pink slip glitters with sparkling beads. A cocktail dress for Shirley Temple sippers.

P.O. Box 1827

Moca, Puerto Rico 00676

Tel: 787-997-4572

E-mail: sellreinamora@hotmail.com




DESIGNER: Susan Flynn Barksdale

Sizes: 2-16; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

The couture details on Susan Flynn Barksdale's dresses land them in better boutiques everywhere.

Outstanding Pieces: Barksdale uses jewel-toned crushed velvet for holiday dresses that cast light like a diamond. The rayon velvet has an especially light, soft hand.

180 Grove Street

Stratford, CT 06615

Tel: 508-337-2983

E-mail: mkf@sfbdesigns.com





DESIGNERS: Shayna Samuels and Joe Willis

Sizes: Newborn to 8; Wholesale prices: $9.50-$24

City Threads' gear answer the burning question, "Where am I?" with the name of the city or neighborhood printed on each piece. For fall they've added laser printed tees.

Outstanding Pieces: What parent wouldn't want a one-piece that mimics a double-layered t-shirt - less fuss getting kids dressed and fewer pieces of laundry. City Threads offers the style in six, out-of-the-ordinary color combinations with a photo of a car, taxi, robot, plane or rocket printed in front. Boys will love it.

1025 North Kings Road, Suite 212

West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tel: 323-822-0581

E-mail: citythreads@aol.com





DESIGNER: Susan Skeels

Sizes: 3 to 24 months; Wholesale price: $22

With Fingerprints' collection of taffy colored cotton sweaters, stocking a store with delicious knitwear is as easy as taking candy from a baby.

Outstanding Piece: The deep peach sweater makes a cozy, fall-to-winter cover-up. The color blends well with this season's reds, wines and corals.

529 West 42nd Street, Suite 3K

NYC, NY 10036

Tel: 212-631-0410

E-mail: fgrpts@aol.com




DESIGNER: Renattoni design team

Sizes: Preemie to 7; Wholesale prices: $10-$48

Renattoni pieces are knit from baby alpaca wool that makes the softest, lightest sweaters imaginable.

Outstanding Pieces: Some parents love classic styles, others want something a little different. Renattoni's coat and dress with its mix of classic cables and hippyish hand-knit crocheted flowers will satisfy either faction.

134 West Upsal

Philadelphia, PA 19119

Tel: 215-915-7893

E-mail: maribelb@verizon.net




DESIGNER: Margaret Crary

Sizes: Layette to 8; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

You won't find baby pink and blue in this knitwear collection. Crary loves cocoa and lilac, green and peach, any color look that wouldn't be labeled "classic."

Outstanding Piece: The knit jumper with the hip-length red belt. Crary's colors transform the schoolgirl outfit into modwear.

1417 North Wicker Park Avenue

Chicago, IL 60622

Tel: 773-645-5052

E-mail: info@skelagamink.com





DESIGNER: Angela Britzman

Sizes: 4-16; Wholesale prices: $20-$65

Butter soft suedes and great knits with a 70's vibe are Angela Britzman's strong suit.

Outstanding Piece: Out of the flea market and onto her back, this retro crocheted piece has everything a girl wants - shape without bulk, chunky texture and colors with personality.

40 Great Jones Street #4

NYC, NY 10012

Tel: 212-473-9019

E-mail: abritzman@buddhabearkids.com




DESIGNER: Julia Ting

Sizes: Newborn-6, Junior 1-11; Wholesale prices: $20-$40

Ting's collection of better knits is known for uncommon color combinations, simple color- block patterns and lots of stripes.

Outstanding Pieces: There's nothing demure about the poncho's colors, and the big pompoms lend a naughty cheerleader air. Ting's added a small collar to keep a child's neck warm.

275 Fifth Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

Tel: 415-668-9935

E-mail: info@billiehdesign.com



DESIGNER: Paula Sikking

Sizes: 6 months-6 t-shirts and ponchos 7-14; Wholesale prices: $12-$70

One-of-a-kind pieces that incorporate vintage materials make great gift wear.

Outstanding Piece: The squares of the poncho are fashioned from vintage cashmere sweaters. Hand embroidered blossoms bloom about the piece. Try finding a cover up with more charm.

Clothing The Boom

110 East Ninth Street, Suite A603

Los Angeles, CA 90079

Tel: 213-614-0052

E-mail: clothingtheboom@aol.com




DESIGNERS: Catherine and Steve Granville

Wholesale prices: $12-$30

Children get older whether we like it or not. One perk of the growing process: less stuff to schlep.

Outstanding Piece: The "Escape Pod." Just right for a kid who no longer needs to travel with bottles and toys, but still demands a diaper change. Once little Ollie or Olivia are off to school, the bag becomes a classic accessory.

24A Tiburon Street

San Rafael, CA 94901

Tel: 415-482-8510

E-mail: info@fleurville.com





DESIGNER: Barbara Agatstein

Pieces fit infants to tweens; Wholesale prices: $1-$15

You want playful ponytail ties? Classic headbands with bows? Flower-covered barrettes? Barbara Agatstein's got them. She dyes her own ribbons so the colors are special.

Outstanding Piece: The dusty pink velvet bow adds a vintage touch to any outfit.

33 Cherokee Drive

Saint Peters, Missouri 63376

Tel: 636-441-6301 or 800-258-9996

E-mail: info@weeones.com



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