As you most probably already know, I was in NYC last weekend and one of the main reasons was to attend Playtime, the kids trade show showcasing lots of childrens collections for Fall winter 2013. It was the first time I attended such a show without having the mind set of a buyer- looking in as a visitor/ press was a totally different experience for me and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

I thought of a few ways I could give you some insight as to what I saw, as I was looking at my photos it occurred to me that two main color groups kept showing up- so I figured I would showcase them as such. The idea is really to give you a feel and a mood of what to expect next fall. 

The photo above is the Limited Edition "Catch A Dream" collection by Noé & Zoë. I think it captures well the overall feeling of what's to come for Winter-Fall 2013. You can expect a nice mixture of dark prints with lots of pops of colors mixed with subdued tones. 

As you can see from the collections above, a few colors keep recurring orange, burnt orange and teal add to the mix mustard yellow, indigo and even some khaki. These come up in both the girls and boys collection.

Images from: Noé & Zoë, Atsuyo et Akiko, Tootsa MacgintyJess Brown, Morley, A for Apple, Chat Méchant, Misha Lulu, Nico Nico, Tuchinda, Morley and Patouche.

Little girls will be delighted next fall, all shades of pink kept popping up- from soft pink to deep raspberries and cranberry, mixed with creams and gold. These colors work so well with all shades of grey as well as black.

Images: Little LiefLittle Creative FactoryTocoto Vintage,  MoskiddosMarilyn TovKatheryn DaveyDana HaimTuchinda, Carolina K, Oeuf.

A few things to keep in mind... Stripes, plaids and florals are still going strong- mixing them together is key. In terms of graphics, images of animals adorn t-shirts and sweaters in big and bold manner. A key item in the girls wardrobe has to be the blouse, as for the boys, I'd say it's the blazer.  Lots of sweaters completed the collections as well, these were often made of chunky and the softest yarn. Yes, to sweaters that don't itch!  Comfort ruled with lots of leggings and sweats, of course without compromising style. Although, you might not get it from my photos, red is an other color to look out for, specially for the boys. 

The children's market has grown so much in the last 5 years in such amazing ways, it was so nice to see and meet so many of the designers. I also got to meet up friends, fellow bloggers and store owners. All in all, it is those connections that made this weekend so special. One highlight for me was finally meeting Courtney and Esther from Babyccino- it's funny how we can connect and become friends over the internet and then never really "meet", but then when you do, it's like you've known each other for ever.

I also got to go to ENK, did a little NYC shopping and discovered lots of new lines- the photos above are just the tip of the iceberg, I have lots more to share in the coming weeks...