The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FASHION - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON

When was the last time you were ex­cited to wear your out­fit for the day? If the an­swer is rarely, you should take a leaf out of the chil­dren’s fash­ion book.

For a tod­dler, hav­ing the op­tion to wear some­thing that bright­ens their mood can turn the tra­di­tional morn­ing tantrum into en­thu­si­asm for the ad­ven­tures ahead.

Cue Bonita Bam­bino’s adorable new range of chil­drenswear, boast­ing bright colours, durable ma­te­ri­als and com­fort­able styles.

“Bonita Bam­bino is es­sen­tially wear­able art,” de­signer Kris­tian Wil­liams says.

“Be­cause the range is colour­ful and bright, kids are drawn to it. It def­i­nitely makes for an eas­ier morn­ing when you’re get­ting the lit­tle ones ready. They love it.”

While fash­ion­able In­sta-ba­bies in de­signer out­fits are trend­ing on so­cial me­dia, prac­ti­cal­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity is key for grow­ing chil­dren in the real world.

“It’s im­por­tant to dress chil­dren in well­made and fun cloth­ing be­cause it stands the test of time, and isn’t some­thing that should ever be thrown out af­ter a sea­son,” Kris­tian says. “Bonita Bam­bino has been de­signed in styles and cuts that al­low for long-term, multi-age wear, so that kids can get longevity out of their dress, kaf­tan or board shorts

“The chil­dren’s cloth­ing mar­ket is sat­u­rated with very tonal, nat­u­ral colours at the mo­ment, and that’s not for me.

“Give me colour, big bows, se­quins and painterly mo­tifs any day.” But why should chil­dren have all the fun? Luck­ily for grown ups, Bonita Bam­bino is in­spired by the orig­i­nal Bonita range of adults’ cloth­ing, fea­tur­ing lively pat­terns in kaf­tans, dresses, skirts and pants.

“I wanted to cre­ate pieces that were an ex­ten­sion of our adult ranges,” Kris­tian says.

“I have created mini ver­sions of adult pieces, so that mummy and daugh­ter can wear match­ing out­fits, and the cutest board­shorts for boys.

“I have been told that there is no other chil­dren’s brand quite like ours in the mar­ket, and I think that’s why it is do­ing so well.”

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