Our interview with Mischka Aoki

Mischka Aoki kid's fashion

We recently had the pleasure of having a few of our favorite questions answered by Winnie, the design-genius behind Mishka Aoki. As you know our inquiring minds are always keen to get a peek behind the veil, to see where the magic happens, in the mind of the designer.

What got you started working in children’s clothing design?

It all started when I had my daughter a few years back and I couldn’t find anything that looked stylish & different for her to wear when we are out. So I ended up designing dresses for her and I noticed that we always received compliments about her dresses and people always enquired where we bought the dresses. So that’s how it all started!

What sources of inspiration do you continually find yourself going back to, what are some new ones that have influenced your most recent collection?

There isn’t anything in particular, as every collections has quite a different inspiration.

Tell us a bit about your drive and purpose, your vision for your designs.

To provide a line that is fresh, stylish, unique and stand out from the crowd. Most labels out there do very colourful dresses for children, and though I have started to introduce a few colours along the season, I believe that girls don’t have to always be in pink, nor boys in blue.

What current trends are you keeping track of? Any that you just can’t stand?

There isn’t any specific trends that I keep track of because I believe that we should dress based on what makes us look and feel good, not just what’s deemed trendy.

How do you feel that current trend affects your design?

As per above, my designs aren’t normally affected by trends, however in the beginning of the design process sometimes my colour palette is.  In the end I go for what is the most beautiful, whether it’s trendy or not :)

What do you feel makes your work unique?

I like anything ‘couture’ and so I wanted to created dresses that are unique, if a little bit over the top some might say ;) —but are still cute!

What’s your favorite piece from your current line? Any all time favorite(s)?

Absolutely, my limited edition LONG LIVE THE LITTLE QUEEN dress!  Though “One Day in Paris” & “One Million Dreams” dress have also been my all time favorite as well.


And that’s that!  Thank you so much Winnie for taking the time to chat with us!

Before you go, don’t forget to visit the Mischka Aoki Facebook page and show them some love!

Mischka Aoki – Australian Children’s Fashion Label

We are utterly enchanted by fresh Australian label, Mischka Aoki. Their designs are light, fresh, and classic, with their mainstay being timeless gowns and party dresses. Feather light sheer tufts puff in delicate flounces while solid lines crisscross in elegant, dramatic form. Their website is tricky to navigate, but the gorgeous full frame photography gladly distracted us, and made the journey a worthwhile one.

This one is mandatory viewing for all fashion addicts, you won’t be disappointed.

Chateau De Sable – French designed children’s wear

Chateau de Sable children's fashion

Chateau de Sable, which means “sand castle” is a up and coming French children’s clothing label with an extraordinary attention to detail while not forgetting the innocent whimsical pleasures of childhood.  We felt that their own “About us” copy so perfectly captures what inspires US about children’s fashion that we couldn’t help but share it with you:

The inspiration for Château de sable is the innocence and vitality of children at play and a belief that children should look like children. Styling is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary with specially selected fabrics to ensure the highest possible quality for each item. The fine attention to detail is demonstrated by the exquisite finish of each piece in the collection.

The collections are presented to allow siblings to coordinate while still embracing individual identity; a real bonus if you have twins! This also means that by choosing a few items you can have a wide and interchangeable selection of outfits.

They keep their collections small and change often to make sure there’s plenty of variety and each line maintains a sense of uniqueness and exclusivity.  For the full experience you can find their US store here for your shopping pleasure.  And don’t forget to follow them on twitter to stay up to date on new lines, sales, and more!

Girls’ Rolling Ruffle Dress by Jcrew

Rolling Ruffles Dress by JCrew

Found this little gem as a tip-off from one of our followers on twitter!  A lovely, soft cotton dress with a cascade of ruffles  from top to bottom.  Keep her cool AND mobile with the crewneck sleeveless design that falls just above the knee.

Pairing suggestions: over a button-down shirt, or tee, with her favorite pair of sandals.

Janie and Jack Crochet Floral Trim Long Dress

Janie and Jack Floral Trim Long Dress

I actually gasped out loud when I saw this dress on the model over at Janie and Jack’s website.  The little girl wearing it is cute, of course, but the gorgeous colors and the fit of the dress caught my attention the moment the image came on screen.  I had a long Anthropologie skirt when I was a teenager that fell in a similar way, with the same kind of lace near the bottom.  I felt like a goddess in it, and people were constantly stopping me to ask where I bought it.  This dress looks like it would make any little girl feel regal.

The neckline is modest and the smocking at the waist adds detail with help from the crocheted lace.  There are buttons in the back and hand-tie straps at the shoulders, so your littler ones will need some help getting dressed.

Baby Gap Crinkly Embroidered Dress

crinkled embroidered dress by baby gapWow, talk about your adorable summer dresses. This one is just for the littlest of ladies (available 0-24 months) and hails from the your friendly neighborhood Baby Gap.  This gorgeous baby girl’s crinkly dress would pair beautifully with a pair of jeans or a pair of tights, making it easy to dress up or down.  Black embroidery around the hem and the round neckline contrast with pretty ivory, including a diaper cover for the wee ones.  The gathered sleeves, ruffled neck, and viney floral pattern give it just a hint of vintage style, but for the most part it’s a simple straight forward summer dress, all ready to go to as many beaches and barbecues you can handle.  And with the crinkly texture you don’t have to feel guilty about stuffing into a drawer at the end of the day.

Children’s Place Floral Print Dress

childrensplacefloraldressThe small details sprinkled throughout this dress make what would otherwise be a typical floral print more playful.  The voile underskirt adds a little princess-like flounce, while the ruffled straps suggest a bit of elegance.  The dress comes in three different fun colors, and each one includes the matching panty cover for her little bum.

Mya Tunic Dress by Knuckleheads

mya tunic dressFrom Knuckleheads‘ Hula Mula line of girls’ clothing comes this adorable tunic dress.  The hot pink stripes fit right in with the urban/punk/greaser style that they are known and loved for. We adore the accent buttons and the overall “punk meets playful” style.  Made from a comfy knit, it’s a great casual look that pairs perfectly with their matching grey leggings.

Miko Floral Print Dress by Tea Collection

Named for the maidens who worship at Shinto shrines, like so many things we’ve seen from Tea Collection, the Miko Dress was yet another case of love at first sight.  Following their world fashion ethos, this piece is inspired by Japan.  Apart from being very much into Japanese style and culture on the whole here at Petit Vogue, how could we not love the wrapping layers and simple elegance of this dress?  The milky white pleats cut with splashes of deep red give it just the right amount of dramatic flair, definitely a great holiday (or any time of year) dress for those of you who dwell in warmer, more forgiving climates.

Llum Kids Bertoia Dress

llumkids dressThis dress is a beautiful example of understated style. Llum Kids designs their clothing around the idea of freedom of movement, that fashion should wear as easily as play-clothes.  We love the idea that kids should be kids as long as possible, be comfortable, and look great doing it.  The soft lines, soft cotton interlock knit, stunning color, and playful ruffles are perfect. We’re definitely keeping our eye out for more quality work from their studio.