For mums and tots

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 October, 2007, 12:00am

Juniors need to have their own look as much as their parents, but with safety a top priority. Here are a few ideas for creating a unique style

Children should have their own fashion style that displays their character with a fine balance between quality, comfort, safety and style.

Renowned children's fashion Le Petit Pois appeals to parents and their children because it has these qualities.

Le Petit Pois uses imported fabrics from Italy and Japan and has a 100 per cent organic cotton collection for newborns.

'We review each product that we produce with safety as our first priority,' design manager Wayko Man says. 'All snap buttons are nickel free. For newborn items, we use a leading brand snap button that can pass a 6.8kg pull-test. We also avoid any string items that can strangle children. All dye and applique are up to international safety standards.'

Fashion designers at Le Petit Pois must be knowledgable of fashion trends and must take safety and practicality into account in their creations.

'Our collections allow parents to mix and match among different themes and create different styles,' Mr Man says, adding that 'Define Style, Define Character' is the firm's slogan.

Le Petit Pois follows the seasonal market fashion trend. Its autumn/winter collection this year features three themes - Retro Chic, Tailoring Parade and Expedition. Retro Chic (pictured) is an evolution of the retro '60s trend in a multicoloured 'British touch' version. The theme plays with contrasting enlarged motifs and shrunken products. The A-line for girls and the slim-fit for boys combine various motifs.

Tailoring Parade is inspired by the masculine wardrobes from the 1930s with a distinct reference to the Charlie Chaplin silhouette. A variation around three-piece suits and shirts, they co-ordinate with a lively graphic silhouette. The Expedition theme design concept combines camping, trekking and graphic wood style with animals.