Front Row at Il Gufo FW16 Fashion Show – Pitti Bimbo

I took a mini break this week from sharing my journey at Pitti Bimbo to work on updating the site with my favorite new Spring Summer 2016 kids fashion looks (you can see the new designer collections in the shop section of my site). So now I’m back to sharing one my favorite fashion shows at Pitti Bimbo 82 Kids Fashion Week in Florence by Il Gufo Childrenswear.

On Friday afternoon, the second day of Pitti Bimbo, popular Italian kids fashion designer Il Gufo put on a spectacular fashion show that reminded me of a mini Broadway production! The theme was Journey into Outer Space which was a main collection in the general “Children on the Stars” Theme at Pitti Bimbo 82.

Il Gufo Girls Red Dress Fall Winter 2016

Il Gufo Girls Red Dress Fall Winter 2016

When entering the fashion show auditorium I was amazed by the elaborate and theatrical set built for the Il Gufo Fashion Show. There were huge balls that looked like planets and what looked like fiber optics hanging from the ceiling. Before the show began, fashion show guest was given a glow in the dark necklace with the Il Gufo logo.

Il Gufo Space Kids Entrance

Il Gufo Space Kids Entrance

The opening of the Il Gufo show reminded me of a Broadway production, with a multimedia production of a countdown for a spaceship lifting off the earth and mini astronauts wearing space suits entering into the back of the auditorium to the Beatles song “Imagine”. The runway show was creatively broken into collection color schemes from black & white, to metallics, greens, and reds. Sometimes with mini models walking the runway and other times skipping the runway which was an adorable touch to the show.

Il Gufo Boys Grey Green Fall Winter 2016 looks

Il Gufo Boys Grey Green Fall Winter 2016 looks

The autumn-winter 2016/17 collection from Il Gufo is a journey into space, where darkness is illuminated by the stars and children play on their magic carpet flying around the planets in the solar system, leaving a bright trail of sequins, lurex threads, glitter and luminescent prints. Soft, warm and fluffy garments, in perfect harmony between modernity and elegance, characteristics that have always distinguished the brand.

Il Gufo Fall Winter 2016 Red Grey Color Scheme

Il Gufo Fall Winter 2016 Red Grey Color Scheme

Must-haves for little girls, the culottes, the silvery sheepskin coat, the coat with camouflage jacquard fabric. For boys, the T-shirt with luminescent details, the wool fleece couture parka and the smooth velvet blue tuxedo suit.

ll Gufo Girls Formal Tulle Dresses FW16

ll Gufo Girls Formal Tulle Dresses FW16

For me a standout moment in the Il Gufo runway show was when the David Bowie song “Starman” came on and girls wearing special occasion tulle dresses passed a huge balls that looked like a planet with into the air.

ll Gufo Fall Winter 2016 We'll Save The Earth

ll Gufo Fall Winter 2016 We’ll Save The Earth

The boys came out wearing little black suits with bowties and bouncing more planet balls up and down the runway. In the end the kids joined together to spelled out the saying “We Will Save The Earth”.

Il Gufo Pitti Bimbo FW16 Kids Holding Earth

Il Gufo Pitti Bimbo FW16 Kids Holding Earth

Nothing was more thrilling than the finale where the models gathered holding a huge ball of the Earth wearing their Il Gufo Fall Winter 2016 outfits.

Il Gufo Fall Winter 2015 Fashion Show Finale

Il Gufo Fall Winter 2015 Fashion Show Finale

But then there was the finale…where all of the Il Gufo models rushed the runway with the huge planet balls and bounced them up into the air – and into the crowd. It was quite a fantastic moment and a wonderful memory of Pitti Bimbo 82 – there’s nothing more adorable than kids having fun on the runway during fashion week!

(PHOTO CREDITS: Giovanni Giannoni)

You’ll have to wait a while before the Il Gufo Fall Winter 2016 collection reaches stores, but I have good news for you – the first delivery of the Il Gufo Spring Summer 2016 is available on line now. Happy Shopping!