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Taking Junior Fashion Up A Notch

by Eddie Rayner

This season, IKKS Junior embraces the Latin vibrations from Europe and South America with its new AW collection for both boys and girls. From a city break in Italy to winter rides in Patagonia, the Autumn/Winter collection launching this September is a nod to Frida Kahlo’s colourful world and the Mexican “Dia de los Muertos” festival through its Baroque art pieces reimagined in army style.

For girls

The brand introduces Dolce Vita, an incredibly fun cargo collection. These pieces are a mix of blue hues with a palette of reds and grey marl with touches of silver and other dark shades. Sporty codes make a nice addition to maxi-lettering, microstars, colour block stripes, and badges.

For boys

The IKKS boy starts out this season with Urban Rallye, a nod to the local racing star – the Ferrari. Inspired by rallies and Formula 1 races, this cargo collection adopts these codes to customise its urban pieces. The colour range is a mix of navy, red and off-white with hints of marl grey and Italian green. Urban Rallye also plays with insignia, badges, colour blocking, and placement stripes, with its casual looks sporting motorsports iconography and graphics.

For the adventurous

The between-season period for the boys sets the tone with a T-shirt inspired by the comic book champion Michel Vaillant, under a biker jacket. The rest of the wardrobe is sporty and trendy in equal measure: a reversible colour block padded jacket, a quilted cotton fleece cardi with a mouliné trim, and a T-shirt with reversible sequins. Mexican Rock then takes us into a different ambiance, where trendy style meets the offbeat festival with its revisited rock details – casual and urban influences mixed in warm shades with grey and black. Floral Calaveras, “truco” games and other graphics also stand out against a beige, saffron or cognac background with burnt red, camel and metallic colours for the girls.

For the cold

Winter opens with Barocco Military, an ode to Mexican surrealism with the extravagant Frida Kahlo and handles the art of exaggeration with flair. Khaki sets the tone of this theme, alternated with inky blues and striking pinks. Flowers pop on colourful versions of key camouflage pieces. Military looks are also customised with gold officer details and army accessories. The army codes for boys are given a humorous spin in an arty animal mix, while low-key pieces come into their own with explosive graphics. Decorative details, badges, coats of arms and various insignias are added on to wool and panne velvet

For the edgy

Wrapped in cosy materials with artisanal details, the season comes to an end with Urban Nomad, a profusion of Native American details such as buffalo skulls, eagles, bison, bandanas and other ethnic motifs. This theme pulsates with a tawny palette featuring touches of copper and neon, with twirling feathers that blend into a graphic motif. Cowgirl details make a stylish appearance, shaken up with metallic copper and sporty finishes. Pieces are expertly designed with fringe styles, shearling effects, cosy sherpa interiors, imitation leather bands, and flowing cuts.

The IKKS Junior Fall/Winter collection is now available at the IKKS store at The Dubai Mall, Level 2

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