Happy New Year!
Yes, you read that right – the new term feels like a whole new start for Lucy D
Forget January. For me, September is the real new year. It heralds the return to school, a new back-to-work routine after your summer break, a chance to reboot the exercise regime post-holiday bingeing and, more excitingly, it’s time for all the new-season collections, and for new brands to launch. Better start making space in those wardrobes! Well, they have grown out of everything…
It’s hardly surprising that, as a nation, we’re spending a record amount on children’s clothing, with such fabulous attire on offer and every designer worth a stitch producing mini-me collections these days. The new line from Stella McCartney has really caught my attention, I just love every piece. I can’t wait for the imminent launch of Panda and Ping -and their gorgeous bedlinen for kids (it’s practical so that’s ok, right?), and, one for the Fussy mammas, a fresh, modern and super-chic take on changing bags from Tiba and Marl (almost makes me want to pop out a third, just so I can buy their bags. Almost).
Increasingly, though, it’s not just the clothes that make me swoon at this time of year, but the stationery. Back-to-school has brought about a whole new swathe of delicious merchandise that’s too good for the small ones to keep all to themselves. In the last couple of years, if children’s clothing has matured then so, too, has stationery, with the grown-ups getting in on that new-term excitement with adult colouring books and Post-Its in every shade and shape you can imagine. And don’t get me started on organisers and wall planners… I pretend to buy it for the children- make writing practice more tempting and all that – but in all honesty, it’s for me. The kids are getting nowhere near these goodies: