GEOMETRY AT WORK: MISTER ZIMI

Mister Zimi is a Bali-based label founded in 2007. I love that the brand combines modern Australian design with beautiful Balinese influences but in this collection, it’s the pineapple motif that had me at hello. So yes, you can say that it’s a “pineapple crush”.

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MARIMEKKO FASHION S/S 2013

Because every week should start with good vibes, I’m sharing with you these fun photos from Finnish brand Marimekko . According to its creative director, Marimekko’s designs showcase a whole range of emotions – joy, relaxed, energetic, even silent and brooding – that are combined in interesting, surprising ways. In short, the goal is to integrate contradictory feelings in each concept. Mission accomplished, designers. I look at these pictures, and I feel calm and bubbly at the same time. How is that possible? Only the Marimekko squad knows.

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CALIFORNIA SUN: MANGO KIDS S/S 2013

The wait is over! Less than two months after announcing the start of a children’s line, Mango Kids finally unveiled today its maiden collection for ages 3 to 12 years old. It is accompanied by a lookbook called California Sun, which, to be honest, surprised me a bit because it had nothing to do with the charming Street Kids campaign that went with the soft launch last May. (I personally loved the concept of showing children doing ordinary things with their parents. I like the message.) Although the styling here is cute, I was hoping to see more elements from the Street Kids photos like Miako and Naomi in tulle skirts. Or at least smiling faces. I mean, is it just my imagination or do the new models look unhappy?

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LITTLE MEN, LITTLE WOMEN: MARGARITE S/S 2013

Simple lines, neutral tones, and soft linen and cotton fabric. The latest spring/summer offering of Spanish brand Margarite truly has the right ingredients of sweet elegance. No wonder these little ladies and gents are all smiles.

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PRINT POWER: OILILY WOMEN’S WEAR SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION 2013

We’ve now entered the month of June, which means that the summer sale season is just around the corner (!!). In the Netherlands, one of the places I frequent during the sales is the department store Vroom & Dreesmann or simply V&D. I’m a huge fan of the Dutch brand Oilily – what with its beautiful prints – and if I’m lucky, I can find an Oilily bag at V&D for half of the original price. (Schiphol Airport is also a great place to score Oilily products for less.) Here is Oilily’s latest campaign called World of Wonders. I just can’t say no to prints!

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OILILY’S WORLD OF WONDERS: KIDS SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION 2013

Oilily started as a children’s clothing line in 1963. With its unexpected color combinations and striking prints, the brand instantly gained fans from kids and parents alike so much so that a women’s collection and tableware line had to be introduced later on. Any chance that you’re keeping an age-reversing device in your basement? My five-year-old self would like to borrow it so that she can dress up like the little girls in the photos. Don’t worry, I’ll pay for shipping and I’ll handle it with care. I’ll even throw in a pack of chorizo when I send it back.

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MANGO KIDS IS HERE

I was just thinking two days ago why Mango doesn’t have a kids collection. Zara has one; H&M, too. Even Massimo Dutti has a children’s line. Then, boom! I get this e-mail yesterday announcing the launch of Mango Kids soon. So there you go. It’s official: I’m psychic. (Or is it the Mango people who are psychic? Well, good to know that we share the same abilities.)

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LACOSTE S/S 2013 COLLECTION FOR KIDS

There are many things that I like about the Lacoste Spring/Summer 2013 collection for children. I like the muted colors. I like that the clothes are sporty (as one would expect from Lacoste) and very appropriate for kids. I like that they look smart without being fancy nor constrictive. But the best thing about this collection, I must admit, is that the looks are so easy to replicate with cheaper brands. Also, I think that we grown-up women can pick up an inspiration or two from the little ladies here (Hint: T-shirt dress with sneakers is love!).

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FOR ADULTS TOO: BOBO CHOSES WOMEN’S AND HOME COLLECTION

Bobo Choses’ tale begins with something like this: “Once upon a time there was a friendly clothing brand that spoke the language that children speak.” But being the special brand that it was, it also spoke the language of adults who never got tired of hearing extraordinary stories. Here are some items that Bobo Choses created for women and the home. Who wants them all? I know I do.

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