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It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without getting excited over the Christmas window displays at department stores around the world. Typically, department stores use the holiday season as an opportunity to escape reality, with messages of hope and positivity. Certainly, this year’s offerings are no different, with upbeat, celebratory Christmas windows. The references to hygge, fairytales and inclusivity are acting as a counterbalance to the turbulent political climate. At WGSN, we’ve picked our top three displays of 2017 (which you have to get on your Instagram’s before the New Year.) 1.Harvey Nichols Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge Designed to delight and spread a positive, inclusive message during the festive period, rainbow colourways are worked across the energetic displays. This vivid palette is accentuated through innovative lighting techniques involving thousands of LED lights, 382 rotating mirror balls, vinyl stars and holographic backgrounds, all of which chaotically collide in true Harvey Nichols style. 2.Bergdorf Goodman New York’s Bergdorf Goodman This year, Bergdorf Goodman’s Holiday windows are titled ‘To New York With Love’, with each window depicting one of the city’s most famous cultural institutions. Those represented include the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the New York Historical Society. 3.LE BHV/Marais Le BHV/Marais Christmas window Le BHV/Marais celebrates Christmas in Danish style, drawing inspiration from hygge: the warming and comforting feeling of enjoying simple homespun pleasures. Each of the windows reinterprets a tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, including the little fir tree and the wild swans or the Queen of the Ice. To aid authenticity, Le BHV/Marais partnered with the Danish Embassy, the Danish House and Visit Denmark. Want to see more festive displays? Subscribers can view the full report here. The post The Christmas windows to Instagram this holiday season appeared first on WGSN Insider. http://ift.tt/2CV9mVA

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As 2017 draws to a close, we start to look to some new collaborations, brands and releases that will be dropping in 2018. Now is definitely the time to get excited about kidswear. The kidswear market has a predicted growth of 13.2% over the next five years in the UK, with growth outpacing both mens and womenswear for the previous five years, according to data from Euromonitor. 2017 has seen high end designers Balenciaga and Givenchy see the potential in kidswear by launching their debut kids ranges. Collaborations such as Adidas x Rodini and Tobias & the Bear x Peanuts show how brands are coming together to inspire creativity and share their ideas. Here’s 5 launches we’re looking forward to seeing in 2018: Emillio Pucci is launching a new junior line in association with Simonetta, aimed at girls up to age 14. The range will be debuting in Spring 2018, available in flagship stores and boutiques worldwide. It embraces the eye-catching colours and prints associated with Emillio Pucci womenswear, staying true to the brand’s identity. As Emilio Pucci’s chief executive officer Mauro Grimaldi says: “Pucci has always been synonymous with colour, ‘joie de vivre,’ energy and refinement. This collection represents a natural extension of our universe”. We’re excited for this range to launch, and anticipate that other womenswear and menswear brands will follow this trend. Pucci Brand to watch, Barn of Monkeys has featured in our trend reports and we can’t wait for the ranges to hit down in stores. Made for boys & girls aged between two-16 years, the brand has solid social and cultural values and makes high quality, organic GOTS certified clothing in Portugal with a special approach to style. The clothes are made to last and promote gender standardization. The Spring/ Summer 18 range is called ‘Demand the Impossible’ with inspiration coming from worldwide travels across the globe, starting with travelling through the skies, to sailing across the seas to exploring the land, with the palettes reflecting the inspiration. Barn of Monkeys Gap is revealing a new limited edition collaboration with Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker, available worldwide and online. Available to buy from Spring 2018, the Instagram teaser showed a white and pink back pack with rabbit ears with the tagline ‘love, luck and magic’. Gap has shown it’s eager to withstand rising competition by launching new products such as its Baby Gap subscription box and sister brand Old Navy subscription box (subscribers click here) GAP and SJP London Kids Fashion Show ‘Mini Mode’ announced that its debut show will be during the industry-renowned London Fashion Week on 16th February 2018. This new showcase aims to be a platform for new and existing talent in the kidswear market, placing the UK firmly into the global kids arena. Inclusivity is a key theme and the show aims to empower kids to feel part of this exciting, global fashion industry. Look to this show to see some exciting brands and a fun filled activities throughout the day. Mini Mode 2018 will be about all things purple with the Pantone colour of the year announced to be Ultra Violet 18-3838. Mysterious, enigmatic and symbolising the limitless night skies, expect to see this colour enter mainstream fashion ranges for both boys and girlswear. The colour inspires creativity and standing out from the crowd, but is also linked back to themes of mindfulness and deeper connections. Purple symbolises experimentation and non-conformity in an over-stimulated world. It’s an inspiring time to be part of the growing kidswear market. Social media has been a large influencer in driving the demand for fashionable kidswear, as Millennial parents post carefully put together outfits online. Brands are reacting to this by offering new collaborations and ranges aimed at this market of consumers. Don’t forget to check out our monthly, ‘In Case You Missed It’ reports for subscribers, which offer up-to-date happenings in kidswear, released at the end of each month. Here’s to an inspiring 2018 and beyond. The post 5 new kidswear launches and collabs to get excited about appeared first on WGSN Insider. http://ift.tt/2BWFn2H

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The holiday season is all about gifts. But this year we’ve seen the consumer become a little more discerning when it comes to purchase power. Brand values have never been so important to the consumer. So, we’ve launched our annual WGSN gift guide, but this year there’s a twist. The gift guide will be focused on cool products that give back and lovely companies with heartwarming values. WGSN Alternative Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Day Twenty Two: Ethically-sourced rental fashion We are seeing brands and new start-up businesses encourage a shift away from today’s throwaway culture through informative workshop events on how to reduce waste, and setting up dedicated websites which only sell products with a lifetime guarantee or that offer free repairs. Wear The Walk is a new women’s online fashion platform founded in 2017 that offers ethically-sourced designers’ collections for rental at an affordable price. Customers can hire sustainably-made items for ten days and purchase if they like them. The brand even held a pop-up in East London over summer 2017 alongside workshops, yoga classes and private styling appointments. get to know rental site WeartheWalk The post WGSN Alternative Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Day Twenty Two appeared first on WGSN Insider. http://ift.tt/2BkiWBa

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