Is it me or does everyone seem to be having babies lately?! I know at least five people who have become parents within the last four weeks and another three who are expecting some time early next year. So I guess I’m going to be doing a lot of gift shopping. I love shopping for baby clothes! The lil ones grow so fast that you pretty much need to update their wardrobe (well, chest of drawers) every 3 months. Trouble is, I just want to buy almost everything I see (in essence, there’s not much difference when shopping for myself!!).
My heart melted when my husband’s colleagues put money together to buy our newborn a cute matching outfit from Baby Gap a few weeks ago.They bought it in 3-6 months so he’ll be big enough to wear it in the coming weeks.
Babies deserve to be stylish too. Here are my top six favourite stores to shop for baby and toddler clothes simply because of their good quality items, reasonable prices (some moreso than others) and up-to-date trendy styles:
Babies are super cute anyway, but dress them in even cuter clothes and they become adorable.
Have you had a baby recently or know anyone who has?
I came across this cartoon by Peter Brookes (for The Times) and thought it’s a great pictorial summary of what a lot of Brits think of racist BNP leader Nick Griffin.
Last year, in an attempt to communicate that fashion goes beyond white, Vogue Italia, with the help of editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, launched its first ever Black Issue. The 100 page spread featured models including Iman, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks and Jourdan Dunn.
Now of course, Vogue weren’t necessarily trying to start a trend rather than to just address a physical reality. The issue was certainly successful- admittedly, mainly amongst black female consumers. I remember trying to get a copy and being unsuccessful in doing so because every vendor I went to had sold out. I later found out that Vogue Italia, unsure how the issue would be received, only printed and distributed a limited number of units. I personally think they just didn’t have financial faith in the issue.
Fast forward a year on and the fashion magazine’s theme for it’s annual Black Issue is, wait for it… Black Barbie. Pardon my enthusiasm or lack of it as the case is, but I can’t help but feel slightly slapped in the face. Don’t get me wrong, I adored my first Black Barbie, and I understand that the fashion industry is a very superficial one but in the only issue of the year that acknowledges black models, why use molded brown-coloured plastic as the theme instead of the real, human black models who walk on the catwalks and pose in ad campaigns etc? In fact, why is there even a division of black and white issues?
I digress…The first black doll introduced by Barbie was done so in 1967 as Francie, a friend of Barbie’s. The first “Black Barbie” hit the stores just over a decade later in 1980.
Sozzani said: “Barbie has been an icon for whole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie.”
This autumn will see a launch of a collection of black Barbie’s called the So in Style dolls, which apparently have “more authentic-looking black features, including a new facial sculpt that has fuller lips, a wider nose, more distinctive cheek bones and curlier hair”. In other words a caricature of black people.
Well, I doubt the 2009 issue will be as well embraced as last year’s but who knows. Never underestimate the power of plastic fantastic.
Photos from Vogue.co.uk
I, like many, was shocked when I heard the news that Michael Jackson had died. I just hope he will be remembered for his amazing showmanship and music rather than what went on in his private life. May his soul rest in eternal peace and his light perpetually shine upon all those he touched with his timeless music. My thoughts are with his family.