June 15 2010
Instead of christening her baby daughter, my best friend decided to have a coming-out party for her. Although my working title at the event was godfather, I was in effect sworn in as official style adviser rather than religious figurehead. And so I inherited the task of keeping my best friend’s red-headed Irish daughter on an appropriately fashionable track – for life. And this, despite the fact that I am resolutely against children wearing expensive designer clothes. But I remain dedicated.
My latest discovery is the children’s range at high street retailer Cos. In a similar vein to the brand’s grown-up collection, the kids’ range has a minimal and intelligently designed aesthetic, with contemporary styles and colour combinations influenced by the likes of Marni, Chloé and Jil Sander. My favourite is their A-line button-front tunic dress (first picture, £25), which features a bold brush-stroke print in blue, red, yellow and black. Layer it over their knitted cream and red-striped shorts (second picture, £19). Add a pair of mini Converse trainers and you’ve got a look that is as kooky as it is fashion-forward without breaking the bank.