Saturday 20 January 2018

Clobbering our children with clothes we covet

Celebrities aren't the only ones with kids like mini fashionistas, we're all at it now

Brooklyn, David and Harper Beckham next to Anna Wintour at the Victoria Beckham Fall/Winter 2015 show last weekend. Photo: Lucas Jackson
Brooklyn, David and Harper Beckham next to Anna Wintour at the Victoria Beckham Fall/Winter 2015 show last weekend. Photo: Lucas Jackson
Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, while sitting next to Sean Combs (L), Jay-Z (2nd L), Beyonce (3rd L) and Anna Wintour (2nd R) as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's Fall/Winter 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Wee

Sarah Caden

You can be sure that once Harper Beckham wore her superbad, floppy, wide-brimmed hat to New York Fashion Week last week, high-street shops mustered their designers to get a copy on the shelves. Such is the influence of three-year-old Harper on children's fashion. And, worse, such is the suggestibility of modern parents, who increasingly regard their children as some sort of extension of their own style, a signal to the world of their good taste and firm grip on fashion.

And it doesn't matter if they can't see out from under the hat, or appear keen to rip it off, because that's not the point. The criteria for children's clothes is no longer about how well they wash or how comfortable they are for mucking around - neither of which are necessarily at odds with looking good - but it is about being a chic kid who chimes with whatever look their parents are rocking.

You could say that we've made them into another accessory, now that we've filled our homes with every last item that screams our good taste, but that might be going too far. Or maybe not, when you take a look at the selection of impossible-to-keep-on mini-mum flats in the kids' shoe departments, or the palette of muted, slightly offbeat hipster pastels that dominate the clothes rails.

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