Scandinavian children’s stories and fairytales often take place in the forest, where the atmosphere is magical, the surroundings awe inspiring, and the possibilities plentiful. Growing up in Norway, I used to love stories that involved trolls and fairies, and I still do! Walking in the forest with my children, we enjoy imagining where the trolls may live.
A classic story loved by all children in Scandinavia is called ‘Hakkebakkeskogen’ (the Hakkebakke Forest) by Thorbjørn Egner. All kinds of woodland animals feature, and a particularly clever Mouse (Klatremus) helps find a way for all the animals to live happily together in the forest. And now this fun story comes alive in the world of fashion as the lovely Kristine Vikse, the designer behind children’s clothing brand MeMini, takes inspiration from Hakkebakkeskogen for MeMini’s gorgeous Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. I’d like to share some sneaky peeks with you.
All the knitted items you’ll see are made with 80% gorgeously soft and snug lambswool.
Faded colours and woodland prints
Two fantastic prints that you’ll see throughout MeMini’s collection for Autumn/Winter 14/15 are the Forest print (with a bear, a fox and a deer) and the Eskimo print. One of my favourite items is the gorgeous and fun Forest suspender skirt in faded rose, which can be matched with Jaquard tights or leg warmers. In the pictures below you can see the Eskimo print on the lovely baby body as well as on the tunics in faded rose and faded blue.
For the boys, don’t you just adore this faded blue Forest overall! And the boy (mouse) in the basket is wearing a brilliant sweater with the same print but in a soft blue colour. Let the fairytales begin…..
Light through the forest
Gorgeous light colours work so well when it’s darker outside, and the items from MeMini in egg colour and the contrast Eskimo print are simply irresistable. Let your eyes feast on the gorgeous pieces in the picture below. We also love the pointy Moses hat (which comes without the ears….), which like the rest of the clothes is super soft and keeps your little one nice and snug. And look at how well the grey Egon trousers and the grey Wanda skirt go with the Eskimo cardigan and sweater to create gorgeous outfits.
Lace and sparkle
MeMini’s collections always put a big smile on my face, and the dresses for the coming season are so beautiful. The Cinderella dress in faded rose is a lovely example of the knitted dresses with gorgeous lace details. Your girls will fall in love with the Sophie dress with sparkly sequin mesh, and the Amy dress in 100% cotton velvet is just adorable and oh so soft.
Kristine Vikse’s designs bring a beautiful blend of classic nostalgia, fun and originality. One of my favourites for little ones is the Leander Knit jacket with cute ears, which comes in both egg and grey colours. And the Johan suspender pant is simply a perfect outfit for your litte boy. Further beauty and nostalgia can be seen in the three girls’ outfits. MeMini’s pettiskirts are wonderful, and the Kayleigh pettiskirt appears every season in glorious colours (here in soft rose). The lovely Lace skirt has been teamed with the Olava cardigan in fog mint for a beautiful set. The Julie dress is classic and cute with a gorgeous cut. The super sweet Tessa dress features white contrast details on the rounded collar, and the little girl is also wearing the beautiful Milda coat with lovely frill and pocket details and hood. The little boy is very happy with his cool & classic grey Jasper shorts and matching Matheo vest. The Kieran coat in a lighter grey shade is a perfect finish to the perfect look.
We don’t mind Autumn arriving when it means dressing up in these beauties! Which is your favourite?
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