– Posted by Helen
As much as we love dressing ourselves for Summer occasions, there really is no greater pleasure than seeing our dearest little darlings decked in beautiful, angelic outfits handpicked for special family gatherings. We asked Spanish childrenswear designer, Pepa & Co, (who hit the headlines most recently for dressing the bridesmaids and pageboys at Pippa Middleton's wedding) to share their tips on styling children for Summer celebrations...
Flowers in full bloom, perfect weather and long, sunny days are just a few of the reasons why Summer has long been crowned the official celebration season. Whether is weddings or fabulous garden parties, the social calendar of the coming months is as busy as it is stylish! And more often than not, it's the littlest guests of the party that steal the show. And this year, Pepa & Co. launched its most remarkable occasions' range yet: the 2017 Celebration Collection.
This exquisite collection includes traditional handmade dresses and natural flower accessories for the little ladies, and elegant Peter Pan and Mandarin collar shirts, cummerbunds and Classic knickerbockers for the youngest gentlemen. Each garment has been tastefully made using the best natural fabrics and traditional sewing techniques, designed to perfection and finished to the highest standard.
The wonderfully full-shaped celebration dresses come in a delicate palette of pastel pink, blue and green. All the pieces are made from a very soft-to-the-touch mix of linen and cotton and feature short sleeves and the sweetest frill collars.
The Flower Girl range includes two different designs of celebration dresses, sash and hand-smocked. Sash dresses feature beautiful contrasting trims on the neckline and balloon-shaped sleeves, while the hand smocked dresses have puffed sleeves and are adorned with a stunning embroidered hand-smocking that adds character to the garment.
Both designs feature elegant silk dupion sash finishes in a bow at the waist and match the front. The back of the dress features three covered buttons and a belt loop to keep the sash in place. The over-the-knee length skirt comes with petticoats underneath to provide a voluminous and sophisticated shape.
You can accessorize these timeless garments with girls' pumps made from a very soft patent beige colour leather in a pretty Mary-Jane style. They have a soft leather upper lining and are especially designed for easy fitting. These lovely shoes are ideal for both special occasions such as weddings and summer parties, or even for the wonderful everyday. And as a stylish finishing touch, we have designed an elegant alternative to more traditional headpieces: handmade flower using a sweet mix of little garden and baby breath flowers, it will provide a fresh and unexpected celebration look.
The little gentlemen's outfits include three separate pieces. First of all, the occasion shirt is made from a very soft to the touch mix of linen and cotton. It features a Mandarin collar and fastens at the front with four rows of elegant covered buttons. The traditional cuffs finish the garment by providing a nice shape to the long sleeves. Secondly, the classic knickerbockers in knee length are made of the best quality beige silk dupion. Their elasticated and adjustable back waistband ensures comfort and a perfect fit. Little buttons on the leg turn-ups and subtle pleats add to the thoughtful detailing. And finally, the silk dupion cummerbunds will complete the style to perfection. They will look especially smart worn in a traditional heritage style!
Discover more special items from the Celebrations Collection here.
Madderson customers are eligible for 15% off Pepa & Co.'s seasonal collections (excludes Celebrations Collection) with code MADDERSONPEPA15.