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Fall/Winter 2013 Petite

Kids rock the flow

Florence, 18th January - Ride the wave of rock. Make rebellion your special talent. Break all conventions. Play at being grown-up whilst enjoying the fact of being young. This is the mood of the new PHILIPP PLEIN Petite collection for boys and girls aged 4 to 16, to be featured on the catwalk of the 76th Pitti Bimbo for the first time on Friday 18 January 2013. For next winter, the famous Swiss fashion house has created pieces and patterns bold and bright enough to melt the polar ice. Girls are dressed like mini space creatures. Dresses and cardigans in black and white lurex, with matching scarves, gloves and hats. Studs and crystals applied to form large skulls and butterflies on the back of trench coats and overcoats in total black and tartan cloth. Geometric leopard print motifs, stylised flowers and butterflies are featured on the mini dresses and tops in silk blend chiffon. Laminated down jackets and parkas in iridescent silver, denim jackets in bright gold to be worn over T-shirts in all-over mirror sequin embroidery and leggings decorated with crystals that form the double P symbol. Cardigans painted in pastel colours with hand sewn stones on the wrists, and super slim jeans embellished with studs and crystals that create small skulls on the back pockets. For the youngest girls too, there is no shortage of luxury articles, from patchwork fox furs to nappa leather and leopard effect pony jackets. Perfect for catwalk princesses! The boys’ collection is inspired by the great maritime tradition, with hip hop and neo punk aspects. Elegant mini suits made from stretch cool wool in blue, black, grey and ecru, to be worn with two-tone 100% cotton shirts trimmed with denim, perhaps under a trench coat or overcoat with leather lapels, martingale and oversize buttons featuring military-inspired coats of arms. To be combined with blazers featuring a large skull-shaped resin patch pressed onto the back, denim sleeves with black and white printed Popeye graphics or T-shirts with fun terrorist pets drawn on the chest. Look like a young heartbreaker in the denim jacket with leather sleeves and oversized snaps with exterior logo, to be worn over a piquet polo shirt with double two-tone collar, large wool scarves and jeans with studs applied to the back pockets. Luxury lined jackets in ultra-soft sheepskin. Carefully crafted little masterpieces that evoke the Homme collection mood. The sportswear pieces complete the look. Mini chenille tracksuits in pastel shades for her, in jersey fleece for him. All distinguished by the unmistakable skull symbol. Last but not least, shoes to suit every taste! For girls the collection includes ballet shoes covered in gold and silver crystals, sneakers in quilted fabric and leopard effect leather boots with oversize zip decorated with flowers. Boys, on the other hand, wear high top sneakers with a relief skull impressed on the upper, studded combat boots and warm winter boots with oversize zip and cosy sheepskin lining. For even its very youngest patrons, attention to detail and to the origin of each piece is an indispensable requirement for the Swiss fashion house, which has chosen to apply a small tricolour flag to each item, emphasising its authenticity and the high quality of strictly Italian production. For this special debut on the catwalk, the message from the designer Philipp Plein is loud and clear: “Fashion is all about playing, having fun, being brave enough to experiment and not taking oneself too seriously. It is about making room for that freedom and carefreeness that we only enjoy in our dreams. For adults and children alike.”