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As parents, we’re constantly bombarded with images of celebrity tots like Suri Cruise in custom-made high heels and $700 party dresses, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt in head-to-toe Ralph Lauren, and Kingston Rossdale sitting front and center at a New York Fashion Week show (perhaps picking out his next red carpet look?). And most recently, Gucci revealed that J. Lo and her twins are modeling for its new kids' line.
Turns out, more and more designers are creating looks that pint-sized fashionistas -- or, at least, their style-loving parents -- would love. And even bargain-friendly labels are getting in on the action. Here's a sampling of what'll be hitting kids' clothing stores near you.
Italian powerhouse Gucci previewed its new children’s collection Gucci Kids in Milan in June. Come spring 2011, kiddos with a serious bank account can wear bomber jackets, jeans and shirts adorned with the signature G.
Around the same time Gucci unveiled its new kid’s collection, fellow Italian designer Fendi did the same. J. Lo and her kids may not be featured in the ads, but we're betting the clothes will be a hit with price-is-no-object, label-conscious parents when it launches in spring 2011.
Just in time for winter, Kenzo has released a Russian-inspired collection for its kid’s line. Think comfy knit fair isle sweaters, faux fur trim and cute (but pricey) floral embellished cardigans.
Mom of four Stella McCartney started with a successful collection for Gap Kids, and now the designer, who’s a favorite of Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba, will surely be dressing their kids, too (as if Ryder, Apple, Moses and Honor aren’t well-dressed enough). There aren’t many offerings under $50 -- all I could find was a pair of rubber wellies for $47 -- but hey, if you want the designer label, you gotta pay the price, right? I’m pretty sure only the trendiest of tots can rock this military style jacket for $145.
It’s no secret that moms like to shop for their kids where they shop themselves. Anthropologie, the higher end sister store to cult-favorite Urban Outfitters, has recently launched a children’s line. It consists of adorable bow-trimmed knits in whimsical prints, just like their women’s line. Tomboy Shiloh Jolie-Pitt would surely love this “Country Club” style sweater, complete with plaid tie. Prices start at around $39.
Splendid Littles for Target
For the past couple of years, discount retailer Target has been bringing designer labels to the masses through collections from designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and Carlos Falchi. Now, one of the most popular kid’s lines, Splendid Littles, a favorite of Gwen Stefani, Katie Holmes and Jennifer Garner, is heading to a Target near you on December 26th. Items from the line will start at $6.99 -- a nice break from the usual $70 and up. But if you can’t wait till then, you can score some Splendid Littles duds at 60 percent off right now, thanks to a killer sale on website 6PM.com.
Though not new, designers like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Burberry and Juicy Couture all offer upscale ways to dress your wee ones. For those who want fashionable but still affordable clothes, I’m a big fan of Old Navy, Crewcuts and, of course, The Children’s Place.
Would you buy designer clothes for your kid -- how much money is too much to spend? Chime in below!