Little North West and her cousins are often seen dressed in bespoke Balmain swags on the way to ballet class or just hanging out. According to Oliver Rousteing (the 30-year-old creative director of Balmain), “moms and dads have repeatedly pleaded” with him for mini versions of their favourite Balmain pieces. Well, pretty soon their pleas will be answered because the Balmain Kids Collection launches this year.
Joining other famous fashion houses such as Lanvin, Missoni and Chloe who have launched designer kids clothing lines that include everything from every day clothing to accessories and shoes. Each piece is beautifully made and as exquisite as the adult (parent) counter parts.
Unlike many of the other fashion brands, the Balmain Kids Collection will be made in-house and not designated to a licensee. I suppose Oliver Rousteing and his team want to maintain control over every part of the design and manufacturing process of their collection, even if they are mini-me piece for kids.
Expect to see the iconic Balmian military jacket and the brand’s classic gold detailing in their 55-piece collection for children. My absolute favourite is the quilted leather ankle boots with a gold capped toe, which appear to be unisex too.
Designed for 6 to 14 year olds, the Balmain Kids Collection will be available online and in stores. Expect to pay €190 for a sleeveless patterned shirt to €5,500 for an embroidered black dress. Wowsers. Perhaps they will do a collaboration with H&M so that the rest of us can dress our kids in head-to-toe in pieces from a Balmain Kids Collection.
I will keep you posted on launch dates and the full collection closer to the time. In the mean-time, I am going to cross my fingers and toes in hopes that the quilted leather ankle boots with a gold capped toe will come in mummy sizes too.