Last time I was in Paris I did a spot of window shopping & was astounded at how many designer childrenswear shops there were. It wasn’t something I’d ever contemplated before, and I’m not going to lie: it’s not something I entirely approve of.
I’m aware that fashion is not just about clothes, that there is a whole financial dimension attached to it, and I do accept that, but are designer clothes for children not just pushing things a bit far? Do toddlers really need to have Gaultier tights?
I consider my knowledge & passion of fashion, as well as the development of my own style as a personal achievement: it is something I have grown into, something I have gradually learnt through trial and error. For that reason I think people are depriving children of the pleasure of discovering fashion and coming into it by themselves. I’m not saying children should be excluded from fashion, but I think it’s something they should be able to admire their parents or other adults for first.
It’s sad that those children will never experience the real thrill of buying their FIRST EVER designer item, if they’ve been dressed in it since the cradle.
But, if the industry dictates, so be it.