Trendscape: Child’s Play

Friday, June 10, 2016

Carefree summer picks to make you feel like a kid again

Forever Young

Ethel + Row is a recently opened down-by-the-sea children’s boutique in Bridgehampton that offers parents and kids a curated, modern selection of children’s apparel by international, independent designers like Bensimon, anaïs & i, atelier djm and others. The store’s owner, Vanessa Hamer, is also a mom to an 8-year old boy and a longtime Hamptons resident, and she carries a combination of contemporary and classic, minimal and unisex styles that are reminiscent of current adult trends, with an emphasis on high-quality natural organic materials for kids ages 6–12. Check out the store’s selection of wooden toys that seem to have come straight out of Toy Story.


With the beaches, the everlasting happy hours and the sangria-colored sunrises, the Hamptons have a special summer magic. This is a place to dream about being a mermaid under the sea. East End Mermaid Yoga offers numerous classes for mermaid yogis of all ages who believe in the essence of summer, laughter and carefree Hamptons living. Enjoy a Stand Up Paddle Board yoga class, plan a girls’ weekend yoga retreat, or keep your fins near the sea with a private beach yoga class. Founders Jenna Raynell and her soon-to-be husband, Joe Van Asco, have created playful and creative beach yoga classes incorporating music. Bring your salty hair and sandy toes and leave filled with a siren’s stardust.


When you’re a kid summer is a string of endless possibilities. As we grow up we don’t want to let go of that hopeful idea. With Riley Versa’s line of luxury bags you never have to because they were created with the idea that one bag can have it all. Meticulously crafted in NYC, these Italian leather bags have interchangeable magnetic covers so one bag can be instantly transformed in a myriad of colors to suit every jet-setter’s outfit or every dreamer’s childlike whimsy. Designed by Melissa Urfirer, these bags allow you to transform your look within seconds and give you instant travel packing superpower skills. Oh, the places you’ll go!

Surf’s Up

Jump off the deep end in Kit and Ace’s collection of swim apparel. The brand known for its luxury functional streetwear builds on their reputation for introducing new and innovative fabrics with the swimwear. The line is made of a quick-dry swim material, so that even after heading to the pool, you can go about the rest of your day. So get wet and have fun because the fading-and-pilling-resistant fabric, featuring flat seams and silicone lining, moves with the wearer and allows for ultimate comfort. Sleek, simple design also lets you throw on a kimono or a pair of resort trousers and wear your swim separates to poolside happy hours. Dive in!

Thrill of the Game

Nothing comes close to that feeling of being a child and opening a brand-new can of squishy yellow tennis balls, anticipating their perfect bounciness, while eagerly lacing up your shoes. Hedge, an inaugural collection of women’s golf and tennis attire, is for those who are kids at heart when it comes to summer sports. Created by Meagan Ouderkirk and Antonia DiPaolo, this line adds a touch of old-school demure elegance to performance clothes, making it appropriate for the grown-up kids during the cocktail hour. Covering all the bases, Hedge includes dresses, skirts, flattering tops, and more. Special details include exclusive performance poly that feels like silk, a signature green hand-stitched button, stretch grosgrain trim and stretch linen. On the court or on the course, this line is a match point.

Arm Candy

Indulge your inner child who wants more when it comes to cocktail jewelry. Costume and old Hollywood set designer for Vincente Minnelli and Fred Astaire, Tony Duquette is an American icon whose designs always embraced the motto of more is more. Duquette was the last great protégé of Elsie de Wolfe and was commissioned by the Duke of Windsor to create a necklace for the duchess in 18-karat yellow gold, which started a trend for ladies to wear yellow gold in the evenings. Now Duquette’s brilliant collection of candy-colored glamour gems is making its highly anticipated return at Kentshire Galleries at Bergdorf Goodman. Bib necklaces, bracelets inlaid with fireworks of colored stones and gum-ball-sized rings, these are the supernovas of sparkling that will set off sugar rush fireworks in every young-at-heart trendsetter.


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