So what were the names to remember from 2018. Our kid’s wear insiders have chosen from their favourite brands, artists, websites, cultural hits and share with us the things they are looking forward to in 2019.

So let’s start with part 1 of our 2 part Pirouette’s Insider Year End Review.


2018 Insiders Year End Review – Part 1 

Participants for the 2018 Insiders Year End Review include: Erin Senior Editor -Kidswear WGSM, Enrico Fragale Esposito- Digital Editor Kid’s Wear Magazine, Peggy Juche, Editor & Paul et Paula, Linda McLean – aka Smudgetikka, Lili Bettens -Kids Communication PR, Mariah Walker – Fashion Editor/Stylist, Feli & Pepita, Photographer & Stylist


Mariah Walker – Fashion Editor/Stylist

The names to remember from 2018:

Through my personal window: This year I discovered during the last US elections Stacey Abrams – she brings me hope and although she didn’t win the election I discovered an amazing woman.
Photojournalist: Lynsey Addario, she “shows” us the things that we need to be aware of.
Artist: This year I was lucky. I discovered some artists that I didn’t know about and I would really want to see more of their work: Gertrude Abercrombie, Hilma af Klint, Florian Krewer, Carol Rama, Anna Boghiguuan.

In children’s fashion: Having recently moved to NYC, I discovered this kid’s fashion store that I really like in Manhattan, Trico Field.

Kid’s brands: As a fashion editor I tend to think that in every collection I can find something I could “pull” for a photo shoot. The kid’s brands I am here referring to are brands that have more than samples or a collection that I like .. they have a proper identity, or vision that I find interesting (I apologise for the ones I forget to mention ..) Manoko, Monty & Co, Tambere, Mademoiselle a Soho, Arsène et les Piplettes, Nununu, Nick and Zoe, Socks (from Japan), Planet e,Far East Local Made and Bags : keora keora

On-line: I want to support new online sites like, Thelittleredplanet. I like Mindi’s selection .

other: Smallable, Melijoe, Ladida. I have pulled from them, for photo shoots and I think they have a great selection of brands and have found them reliable and professional

Something in the world currently that you want to comment on: We need to overcome fear –
For the younger generation we must be positive and resourceful… Regardless of your country, and religion, we are all citizens of this planet and we must unite to make sure that all woman and men will be treated equally and that the future generations can continue living on our planet

The cultural hits of 2018: Discovered and enjoyed an art gallery in a Chinatown mall in Manhattan
Michael Werner Gallery.

My movie hits: 3 Billboards, Black Panther, Roma, & Isle of Dogs

A trend to remember: Clothes inspired by workers clothes. Prints!

What are you looking forward to in 2019? Less fear – more empathy…



Linda McLean – aka Smudgetikka

The names to remember from 2018…

In children’s fashion: Gucci Kids, Monnalisa’s 50th golden celebration, The Animals Observatory cool vibe, Raspberry Plum’s quirkiness that inspired dozens of face print copies

On-line: Abi Campbell’s paper bag head shoot for Milk Magazine styled by Julie Vianey. Harris Reed’s Instagram @harris_reed

other: Molo’s Krane in the sky showroom in Copenhagen for their 15th anniversary and DSquared2’s Prom Kids party in Florence

Something in the world currently that you want to comment on: Trying to hide from it all behind my hands in horror at the Brexit fiasco.

The cultural hits of 2018: Gucci of course, Claire Waight Keller at Givenchy, Valentino couture and the incredible Pierpaulo Piccoli / Moncler collaboration topped out by Ezra Miller’s red carpet appearance, the rise of non-binary.

A trend to remember: Yellow & sustainability, it’s the year concern for the planet really came to prominence.

What are you looking forward to in 2019: Brexit being finally settled!


Linda McLean, aka Smudgetikka
Linda McLean, aka Smudgetikka wearing Tia Cibani at the Vuelio blog Awards


Erin Rechner Senior Editor – Kidswear WGSN

The names to remember from 2018: 

2018 encompassed peak collaborations. Some important designers getting in on the action include Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton, Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren x Palace, Kim Jones for Dior and Moncler’s Genius Project.

In children’s fashion: Kidswear is also seeing a surge of streetwear collabs come to the fore with some key brands to remember including Kith Kidset, Flakiki x New Balance Kids, Reebok x The Animals Observatory and Moncler x

On-line: Some of my favorites are on-line magazines including the new Tangereene from Junior Style, The New Story, Hooligans and Korean magazine, Wee.

other: Insta stars that can’t be missed are @g.von.g and @thegoldenfly, both killing the streetwear game.

Something in the world currently that you want to comment on: The overproduction and overconsumption of fashion. Here at WGSN, it is something we are looking closely at to see where we can help drive innovation and ideas to tackle this massive issue at hand.

The cultural hits of 2018: Blockchain, the Me Too movement, feminism 2.0, retail experiences, video content and the integration of robot/AI tech into the supply chain.

A trend to remember: 90’s themes are still going strong and are easily translatable from adults to kids fashion. Expect to see this continue into 2019 with some fresh new takes on the era.

What are you looking forward to in 2019: I am looking forward to see what is next for experiences and how brands will continue to evolve these temporary consumer interactions.


Erin Senior Editor, Kidswear WGSM
Erin Senior Editor, Kidswear WGSN

Part 2 to follow tomorrow….