Monthly Archives: April 2012

Retro-Prospective: Catimini Celebrates 40 Years

Catimini 40 AnsCatimini celebrates it’s 40th anniversary with a “retro-prospective,” the process of preparing the future from the interpretation of values.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the iconic French brand Catimini created 40 dresses designed by a wealth of different designers with some even inviting the wearer to color in the design for a personal, unique touch.

The making of Catimini

Since 1972, Catimini has been promoting its imaginative creativity and establishing its atypical world. With its childhood dreams still intact, for this anniversary, Catimini returns to basics with color and travel as the focus of the collection.

Catimini Showroom Paris

Catimini Showroom Paris - 40th Anniversary Showcase

As well as 40 extraordinary dresses – to color in, admire, create – and even to eat, an exclusive ‘Retrospective 2012’ presents Catimini’s cult clothes in the very heart of Paris in their flagship store, looking back over its creative flair within the industry. Catimini is also sponsoring a mother elephant and her baby in Laos, due in 2012, with the Elefantasia association. A photo shoot of the collection was also done in Laos to combine the special line of dresses and sponsorship.

The anniversary celebrations perfectly reflect the spirit of Catimini: offbeat, creative and decidedly optimistic!

And in the spirit of that optimistic philosophy, Catimini is fulfilling childhood dreams by sponsoring a mother elephant and her baby through Laos-based Elefantasia, whose mission is to protect the Indian elephant.

Elefantasia

40 years ago, Monique and Paul Salmon had their own vision about kids fashion:  both were bored about the unimaginative and pedestrian clothes on the kidswear market at the time.  They wanted to create kids fashion in a high-quality and individual design.  In 1972, the Catimini label was founded and this year they celebrate 40 years of high-end children’s fashion.

Catimini means individuality and fun, not boredom and kitsch.  Not even adults want to wear plain clothes; that’s why Catimini uses inspiration combined with classical fashion design.  The collection shows trends like pattern mixing and funny animal prints in sizes from newborn to 12.  The bright, refined colors, highest-quality fabrics and versatile styles have brought this brand a very loyal following, with excellent quality at a price that is remarkably decent for a luxury brand.

While many brands have entered and left the market in the past 40 years, Catimini has weathered the decades successfully by keeping up with the needs and fancies of the fashion world and winning the hearts of adults and children alike.  Catimini’s attention to detail draws acclaim, and long-lasting quality earns loyalty.

A short history of Catimini:

  • 1972 – The brand is created by Monique and Paul Salmon.The Fiat 500
  • 1987 – Catimini expands.  The brand owns 50 boutiques and is represented in 40 countries.
  • 1988 – Love at first sight.  The Fiat 500 becomes the vehicle for the brand.  Alain Thiebault uses it as an advertising tool.
  • 1990 – Catalog Summer in St. Tropez.  Catimini travel.  A group of 50 Catimini Fiats drive around stores across France and around the world.  The brand has 50 stores and operates in 40 countries.
  • 1992 – Catimini has fun.  For its 20th birthday, in a collaboration with the Catimini RoundaboutRoyal de Luxe troupe of street performers, Catimini reinvents an offbeat, full of suprirses and magical merry-go-round:  The Magic Roundabout!  An invitation to travel through time, space and your dreams in the Big Adventure of the imagination.  A smoking steamship, a giant grasshopper, a hairy caterpillar, a rocket that rises 5m into the air through the canopy…Depicted at the center of the roundabout is an animated series of imaginary professions.  The migratory bird indicator, the cloud inflator….
  • 1993 – Catimini in Paris.  The 1200 m2 showroom in a post house in Rue Martel is opened to the public.  In the form of a roguish Parisian street of the 1930’s, it features a square, a bistro, bakery, bookshop, hairdresser…and many events like carousels and ice cream stands.  1993 is also the year of Catimini’s 100th shop.
  • 1994-1998 – Catimini conquers the globe.  From Belgium to Australia, Mexico to Tahiti, Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom…  Catimini is an international brand, owning 114 boutiques all over the world.
  • 1997 – Catimini on the Champs Elysées.  A store concept on the Champs Elysées.  A magical place built on 313m2 with a story to tell : Interior design, tableware, bathroom linen, soaps, etc… Nursery corner, reading space, living room and bathroom.
  • 1993-2003 – Catimini grows up.  With the addition of new licenses (shoes, glasses, wallpaper and bed linens), Catimini extends its world and asserts its role as a children’s specialist.
  • 2000 – Catimini plays with the big ones.  The Zannier Group merges with Y2K and becomes the worldwide leader for children’s clothing.
  • 1998 – Catimini continues the adventure!  The brand gives a new look to its boutiques through the creation of the Haussmann concept store, a whole world steeped in embroidered adventure. Catimini develops its lines, increases its annual turnover…and defies the future!
  • 2011 – Catimini meets ElefantAsia.  Catimini adopts an elephant who will be giving birth in 2012!
    In partnership with ElefantAsia, association based in Laos whose mission is to protect the Asian elephant.
  • 2012 – Catimini celebrates its anniversary.

Catimini is now 40 but still revels in childhood dreams.

Happy Birthday, Catimini!

Happy Birthday Catimini

Ooh! La, La! Couture and Disney Star Bella Thorne Co-Host 3rd Annual Tutus4Tots to Benefit K.I.D.S.

Bella Thorne in Ooh! La, La! Couture WOW! Dream Dress

Bella Thorne in Ooh! La, La! Couture WOW! Dream Dress

by Janet Muniz

Mar 08, 2012 -Sat. Mar. 3rd-Boyle Heights, Los Angeles- Ooh! La, La! Couture and Disney star Bella Thorne invited young Hollywood to distribute over 300 new dresses to underprivileged girls, making this 3rd Annual “Tutus4Tots” event a huge success! Benefiting Kids In Distressed Situations, Ooh! La, La! Couture continues their mission to provide dresses to girls in need. Coordinating with K.I.D.S, the Volunteers of America Los Angeles focused on inviting girls from their Strengthening Families Program, which assists families that are either homeless or at risk for becoming homeless.

The room was filled with poufy tutus and huge smiles as surprised families were treated to fun fashions, sparkly shoes, headbands, and cupcakes! Enthusiastic young Hollywood celebs escorted little girls through racks of colorful dresses, signed autographs, and posed for photos. The little girls couldn’t wait to change into their carefully chosen dresses and run around the party together. The kids were excited to hang out with their favorite celebrities, pose on the “pink” carpet, and were even treated to an impromptu dance lesson lead by Dancing With The Stars’ newest cast member Roshon Fegan!

Ooh! La, La! Couture WOW! Shimmy Dress

Ooh! La, La! Couture is proud to continue partnering with Disney star Bella Thorne, bringing attention to the importance of donating to children in need. She was joined by fellow “Shake It Up” cast members Roshon Fegan, Caroline Sunshine, and Kenton Duty; Kelli Berglund (Disney’s Lab Rats); Dylan Riley Snyder (Disney’s Kickin’ It); Alli Simpson (model Pastry Shoes); Skai Jackson (Disney’s Jessie); Allisyn Arm and Audrey Whitby (Disney’s So Random); Jadin Gould (upcoming release “Man of Steel”); Kathryn McNamara (New Year’s Eve); Pia Mia Perez (Recording Artist); Ava Allan (model Justice); Alexis and Natalia (Hollywood Teenzine) as well as other hot stars Billy Unger, Morgan Lily, Jadin Gould, Kathryn Newton, Pia Mia Perez, Kaitlyn Maher, Elsie Fischer, Ashlee Keating, Daphne Blunt, Emily Grace Reaves, Avalon and Alexis and Natalia.

Co-owners Ann Dugourd and Jennifer Rotunno founded Ooh! La, La! Couture in 2004. Thankful for their success, Ooh! La, La! Couture regularly gives back by donating clothing to children in need.  Since 2007, Ooh! La, La! Couture has donated over $400,000 worth of new dresses to K.I.D.S. China Doll Shoes generously donated a new pair of shoes for every girl in the room. Additional donations that helped make this event special include: Penelope Wildberry, Pastry Shoes, Pink Pewter, Tate’s Bake Shop, Ooh La La Candy, Penelope Wildberry, Top Trenz, Gaby! Be Gorgeous, Be Happy! and Bracelets by Miss Caley.

Bella Thorne in Ooh! La La! Couture's Varsity Dress

Bella Thorne in Ooh! La La! Couture's Varsity Dress

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Looking for these fun fashions?  Of course you can find them at our very own Everything But The Princess.  Join the party!  Follow the excitement with a few video clips from the Tutus4Tots show below.

One Posh Kid: Spring 2012

One Posh Kid is all about fun and stylish looks for your littlest princesses. Even our littlest ones need to feel like they are on the cusp of the fashion world. That is why One Posh Kid is one of Everything But The Princess’ great spring collections available now. One Posh Kid features looks that are heavy with every little girls favorite color, pink, fun and flowing material, tutus, and fun prints and patterns. Now your littlest princess can glam up with the big girls and still look as adorable and sweet as the day you first brought her home.

One Posh Kid Posh Pink Cupcake DressOne Posh Kid Pink Cupcake Dress: This delicious cupcake dress is perfect for spring or for that special first birthday. She will look picture perfect in this incredible tutu cupcake dress. You and your little one will love how adorable she is in this sweet dress.

One Posh Kid Zebra Fancy Knit/Mesh DressOne Posh Kid Zebra Fancy Knit/Mesh Dress: This black and pink dress features a drop waist with a knit top which also features ruffled zebra print. The zebra print also adorns the layered skirt. The bodice is accented with two pink rosettes for a finished and fancy look that will have your littlest princess looking like she is ready to party on!

One Posh Kid Brooklyn Pink Ruffles and Rosettes Party DressOne Posh Kid Brooklyn Pink Ruffles and Rosettes Party Dress: This runway ready dress features cascading ruffles and a rosette bodice. The sweet competing shades of pink are adorable and make the cascading ruffles even more beautiful with the dual hued appearance of a pink waterfall. In this dress your littlest princess will be the belle of the ball, even if it is just at the neighbors 2nd birthday.

One Posh Kid Sweet Bloom Fuchsia Rosette Heart Tutu DressOne Posh Kid Sweet Bloom Fuchsia Rosette Heart Tutu Dress:  Your little princess will love this dress. The Tutu skirt is the perfect item for any little girl, but our littlest appreciate it so much more with their little impromptu dances and twirl sessions. Those sessions will be abundant in this great tutu dress with its fuchsia skirt and heart featuring a little leopard print bow in the center. This is the dress all little girls will love to try on, even if it is just to dance around the room in.