ENK Newcomers: Diversity in Design - Part II
Homebase: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Widely known in Brazil, designer Monica Albernaz exhibited for the first time in the U.S. at ENK. Her first collection includes unique dresses that move to spicy beats. The navy sequined top adds glamour to the Sixties inspired floral print skirt. A dramatic pairing of Indian prints is softened by a flirty tulip detail at the hem. Beware: these are collector's items that can lead to a serious fashion addiction. (Fits NB to 16 years; $15-$51.25)
Tel: 55 21 78 22 95 04
Homebase: New York, NY
Rosa Rovetto studied in prestigious fashion schools in Italy and her training shows. Her couture dresses made of linen, cotton, bamboo, and cashmere, have the fine tailoring you'd expect and a few surprises: Rovetto studied color therapy, so her palette of whites, pinks, and roses are chosen for their soothing qualities (NB to 7 years; $40-$100).
CHICHANELLA BELLA SWIMWEAR
Homebase: Townsend, DL
Forget provocative swimwear. Designer and founder Cara Lewis looks to the 1920s to the 1950s for her girls' designs. Inspired by photos of her grandmother Mary posing with friends on a beach, Lewis takes the innocent styles of those eras and interprets them into ruffled halters, one-pieces and knee-length bloomers. To match are charming hats that fit close to the head and sport gathers, ruffles and big blooms. Next to string bikinis the look is demure, yet not prissy - just irresistible. (Fits 6 months to 5 years; Suits $39-$48, hats $18-$23)
Tel: 610 836-1180
Homebase: Stamford, CT
Here's a cute idea: skirts and jeans with "switchable" pockets. John Lebl's and Juna Clothing's Switcha-Pocket jeans let a girl "switcha" pocket(s) essentially creating a new garment. Available in three styles and three washes, the pieces sport pockets that adhere with Velcro. Pull off the pockets, stick on another pair (there are 32 styles, including plain, sold separately $2.99-$4.99 for a single pocket, $6.99-$8.99 for a pair) and you've got another cool addition to the wardrobe. (Fits 4 to 12 years; skirts $17.99, pants $19.99)
Tel: 203 918-2786
Editors Note: Prices mentioned are wholesale unless otherwise specified.
Originally published October 15, 2009