PIROUETTE’S "ONE TO WATCH" AWARDS
Pirouette is on the road again this summer to discover the most exciting new brands in kid’s fashion and design.
The purpose of its award is to identify, highlight and support these emerging talents entering the industry, something Pirouette blog has long championed.
Look out for this newly designed award ‘Don’t let the cat out of the bag’ by Lore Laporte, designer and founder of Eddie Wollie. Lore has created a stunningly whimsical award for this season which is bound to cause a smile or two… meow.
Results to discover live from the show on Sunday, August 5, at 5.30pm
POSTER CHILD PHOTO STUDIO
Poster Child Magazine returns to Playtime New York, for a second season, hosting designer interviews from their booth and highlighting the seasons’ coolest trends, LIVE from the event!
New for this season, Poster Child is offering brands the opportunity to highlight their product in an editorial photoshoot, which will take place during the show and will appear in their Spring 2019 magazine issue. This will be an amazing opportunity for brands to be featured in a print and digital magazine!
Space is limited for both opportunities. Brands are encouraged to book interviews in advance and express interest early if they would like to be included in the editorial photoshoot.
NAIL BAR BY NAILMATIC
In the mood for a short beauty break? Nailmatic will set up a temporary nail bar on the show, offering kids and older ones a manicure to choose from their wide range of products, from their famous non-toxic, water based nail polish for kids to their latest bio-based PURE Color nail polishes.
The nail bar will be available on Monday, August 6, next to booth G20.
Kid’s Wear x Xaviera Altena
This is a collaboration that should infuse a lot of good mood in the aisles of the show!
Kid's Wear called on Xaviera Altena, our season illustrator, to imagine pop and colorful accessories inspired by the trends of the season. It's up to you to choose the one that suits you or inspires you the most before posing in front of Arianna Tettamanzi's camera.
On Monday, August 6, from 11am to 4pm throughout the aisles of the show
Lovie Monsters: A Sewing and Circuitry Workshop
Don’t miss the one day workshop of Dr. Ronah Harris: an introduction workshop to e-textiles, sewing and making simple circuits without soldering. An experience for everyone to make their own 'Lovie Monsters’; soft stuffed collectible pillows or animals with embedded circuits such as lights or sound chips… and participants get to take home their own creations of course! :-)
Dr. Ronah Harris is a teacher and a maker. She currently teaches computer science at the Stuart Country Day School, an all-girls independent school in Princeton NJ. She is also the founder of Play Pattern LLC, an educational technology consultancy that trains teachers, educates families and designs products to increase participation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) for girls and underrepresented groups. She was awarded two Daytime Emmys for her work on the educational television shows Sesame Street and The Electric Company. She also helped write the first computer science curriculum for NYC public schools.
On Monday, August 6, from 2pm to 6pm, at the Playtime Online area, on the first floor
EARNSHAW'S MORNING TALK
Be the Buyer!
Join Playtime’s and Earnshaw's panel of childrenswear buyers and get into their mindset. Buyers from department stores, boutiques and e-commerce will give you insight into their processes and needs when navigating this challenging retail landscape. Get their tips on how to optimize your communications to be effective and make decison-making quick and easy. Takeaway 5 actionable “to do’s” that you can bring forward to your brand presentation, from introduction and follow up, to making the best of a “no” and getting more from a “yes.”
Seminar is on Tuesday, August 7, starting at 8am at the restaurant space, second floor
Kids fashion trend space
Invited artist for 'Nova Gaïa'
Christina Watka is a site-specific, large-scale installation artist who currently lives and works in New York. She received her BFA in Studio Art in 2008 from The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University.
Watka's installations reference naturally occurring patterns found in swarms, flocks, cells, constellations, and topographical maps. Her work often emphasizes a specific space's natural light and atmosphere by using sculptural undulation to encourage a visual conversation between density, mass, lightness, and air.
Using mica, a relatively new material for the artist, "The Lightness of Joy" is a beautiful exploration in the unusual contradictions of the mineral. The material is a study in opposites: mica is paper-thin and nearly weightless, yet sturdy and sculptural. Transparent yet colorful, fluttering yet stagnate. Watka employs mica in various ways, including suspending individual elements or weaving pieces into a collective form that becomes more structural than delicate.
Her meditative installation of kinetic mobiles should help some of us reconnect to nature!
Discover the Nova Gaïa trend in detail here.
Kids fashion trend space
Invited artist for 'New Tribe'
Aran Baik experiments with yarns in various sizes to create structures ranging from bulky 3-dimensional knit sculptures, to very delicate, transparent layers of knitted webs.
By playing with materials she takes them to the direction of where she feels they’re naturally stretching to, which produces pieces resembling the shapes found in nature; forms that are organic, raw and accidental. Every stitch, fold, and curvature in her work is
a result of this exploration of the materials.
Since getting her masters in knitwear design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Aran worked at several fashion houses as a knitwear designer in NYC, until shifting her focus to creating fiber art. Her work has been shown at Art Basel, Public Art Fund event, Spinexpo, and at a retail location in Brooklyn.
Embroidery, crocheted indigo dyed rope and Shibori fabrics, knitted denim ribbon yarn will compose an installation between nature and craft, a campsite at night time, where people come together.
Discover the New Tribe trend in detail here.
Kids fashion trend space
Invited artist for 'Neo Optimism'
Sui Park is a New York based artist and an interior architect born in Seoul, Korea. Her work involves creating 3-dimensional flexible organic forms of a comfortable ambiance that are yet dynamic and possibly mystical or illusionary.
She’s had 2 solo exhibitions in 2016: ‘Playing with Perception’ at the Denise Bibro Fine Gallery in Chelsea, NY, and ‘Garden of Humans’ at Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY. She also has participated in over 70 exhibitions, including a recent exhibition, ‘Dismantle the Core’ at Elaine L Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI.
Park’s artworks have been acquired by Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship Store in the United States. Sui Park’s education includes MDes in Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and BFA in Environmental Design at Maryland Institute College of Art. She also has a MFA and a BFA in Fiber Art at Ewha Womans’ University, Seoul, Korea.
Her happy "Thought Bubbles" will be floating in the Neo Optimism trend space.
Discover the Neo Optimism trend in detail here.