SmileyWorld has launched a new AW14 childrenswear collection, marking the brand’s first major release into the Chinese children’s apparel market.
The designs were showcased on July 23rd during a fashion show at Cool Kids Fashion Shanghai, one of the biggest kidswear trade shows in Asia, and were also presented on a specially designed SmileyWorld booth.
Following on from the SmileyWorld adult’s collection, which was previewed at Chic Beijing earlier this year, this new kids range will be aimed at boys and girls who want cool, comfortable clothing. Retail prices range from 199 RMB – 999 RMB, and will launch in 50 department stores around China this summer as shop-in-shops. Smiley also plan to open 150 freestanding Smiley World stores within 5 years.
For girls, colour pops of pink, yellow and purple feature on cute coats, fun dresses, jumpers, leggings and long sleeve tops. For boys, blue, mustard and red are the main colours on puffa jackets, warm hoodies, jeans and sweat pants.
The smiley face has been altered and reworked in a range of different emoticons across the entire collection, each design representing one of the many expressive icons that make up the ‘Express Yourself’ Smiley World collection.
Nu Icons embraces Smiley’s past and mashes it up with our digital future.
This new and innovative apparel concept is ergonomic, bold and to the point, designed for the digital native where NuSmileys can be scaled across a multitude of media. It is expressive in its messaging and striking in its appearance. Utilising graphics across primary and bright colour palettes, often with fluorescent highlights, with a lean towards Smiley’s electronic music past and the nu rave movement. Whilst also creating a new digital music legacy for the present and future.
This collection is inspired by video gaming, clubbing and new media and features fluorescent and bright colours feature across 90’s inspired retro-feel designs, with fun slogans and bold prints leading the way. Pink, orange, yellow, green and monochrome pieces include crew neck t-shirts, long sleeve tops, vests and jumpers
For girls, cute captions including ‘love’, ‘be mine’ and ‘lucky’ feature alongside smileys transformed with heart and four-leaf clover digi-prints, while for boys there are more boisterous words such as ‘rebel’, ‘strong’ and ‘awesome’.
The Smiley Nu Icons illustrations are thick, regular and angled to compliment digital media’s natural design simplicity and immediacy.
Smiley are delighted to return to this year’s Bread & Butter trade show in Berlin after a 2 year hiatus, to showcase the latest collections to the most influential buyers, designers, press and fashion insiders in the industry.
For SS15, Smiley will be launching its latest offering from premium streetwear collection Smiley London and debuting Smiley World ‘new icons’, an apparel collection inspired by digital emoticons.
Smiley will also be exhibiting its latest technical accessories including sunglasses, headphones and skateboards.
These Smiley collections all take inspiration from the brand key influences; music, urban street culture, and colour, each of which is reflected throughout the brands stand design, which incorporates bright yellow colours, metallic mannequins and metal fixtures, the stand also has a futuristic feel.
Bread & Butter is one of the biggest trade shows in Europe, with 600 brands exhibiting over 3 days from the 8th-10th July at Berlin Tempelhof, and a public viewing in the evenings. This internationally prevailing trade show provides a creative marketing and communication platform for selected brands, labels and designers from the progressive segment that is unrivalled throughout the world.
As the happiness movement continues to gather pace as the latest global phenomenon, Smiley remains at the forefront of this.
Smileys unique brand mission to ‘Spread Happiness’ and serve its customers with some of the finest products in the world continues to cement the brand as a best seller with many of its major retail partners.
On Friday 5th July, Smiley launched a new partnership in Taiwan with fashion retailer CACO under a backdrop of brand activations.
This launch event took place at the Ximending Mall in Taipei, and featured games, ice creams, DJ sets, live band, dancers, a fashion show and the chance to win Smiley goodies.
The new SS14 collection is available in all CACO stores across Taiwan and targets men and women. Customers can choose from Smiley World designs, which use different emoticons, or the Smiley Original design.
The women’s collection features intimates, including pants and vests, in pastel colours, while the daywear range uses monochrome prints with highlights of yellow on cropped t-shirts, vests, leggings and shorts.
For men, bold designs on vests and t-shirts stand out, and colourful Bermuda shorts complete the casual daytime look.
Accessories also feature throughout this range, including hats, tote bags, purses and rucksacks.
Happiness and the Smiley face has never been more relevant to consumers around the word then it is today, it continues to be a massive influencer of global pop culture.
Whether it’s Pharrell Williams ‘HAPPY’ topping the charts or Über fashion house Moschino rocking Smiley’s on the catwalk, even Katy Perry and her dancers have been decked out in Smiley on her sold out Prismatic world tour this year alone.
It therefore comes as no surprise to share news of another huge retail success for the happiest brand in the world.
For the 4th consecutive season, Smiley have collaborated with hip underwear retailer Undiz on a new licensed collection that is already proving to be a huge hit, having achieved record-breaking sales in its first week!
The new range, which includes, nightwear separates and underwear for women and men in a neutral colour palette of grey and white with highlights of yellow also features all over prints and embroidered Smiley faces.
Everybody loves Wimbledon and Smiley have created a limited edition range of tennis inspired t-shirts and vests to celebrate this fantastic fortnight of grass court tennis.
These men’s and women’s styles feature traditional strawberries and cream, as well as tennis rackets and the famous grass courts of SW19, all in the guise of the iconic smiley face. The collection which has launched on smiley.com and Asos Marketplace this week and priced between £18-£24.
On Friday May 16th, Etam hosted an exciting event to launch the new Smiley ‘ES’ SS14 range in Shanghai, China.
The Etam store underwent a Smiley takeover, with the windows showcasing the latest ES collection, staff wearing the new products, and yellow smiley balloons throughout. Large graphics both inside and outside the store made sure that the shoppers of Shanghai knew Smiley were in town! Customers were treated to goodie bags, refreshing drinks and hand-made Smiley cupcakes to give them an extra-special shopping experience.
The new SS14 Smiley x ES collection features cute printed oversized and fitted t-shirts in summery colours of pink, lemon and white. Each item is finished with a Smiley inspired design, making this the happiest t-shirt range this summer!