This is a terribly cute six-year-old Dutch girl called Pepper, and she’s been mercilessly snapped by her mother Bonnie on Instagram. Bonnie is a young, web- and fashion-savvy mother – this is from a brief interview she gave to Smallittle.com to introduce herself as a new contributor:
“My name is Bonnie, 36 (ssst.. don’t tell) years old and I live in a town in the south of The Netherlands..
I work for several companies as a freelance graphic designer on a weekly basis. Every Tuesday I work there and the rest of the week I work from home. About once a week I work an evening at my boyfriend’s place. He owns an Italian restaurant/wine bar…
Together with my man (not married though) I have a sweet, sparkling little girl named Pepper. She just turned 5 end of April [published 1/06/15]. She really really is my everything…..
I always wanted to work for a magazine as a designer. This (till this day) never happened but fashion has never left my system. I have to say that since I’ve had Pepper most of my shopping time is spent on items for her. Not that I look like a garbage bag myself but for Pepper I really can search and search and search until I find what I am looking for. No matter where in the world. If I want something, I will find it. I even get a little cranky when I don’t have any orders running somewhere. And I am the first one to admit it’s a true addiction.” (Smallittle.com)
The Instagram feed is really where she tries out her mix’n’match kids fashion skills on Pepper: and demonstrates some excellent camera-work as well. It’s very Dutch: strong geometric shapes, bold colours and a lot of graphics/text on the clothes. As with some other recent portfolios I’m having problems selecting just a few stand-outs, so I’m resorting to a number of thematic posts in order to give each image a chance to be seen outside of a confusingly large gallery: above you have Pepper sporting a number of rabbit-masks/hats – next is the “toes” part: every shot that has a pair of socks:
…and don’t the Dutch like socks – I reckon it’s because they are statistically the world’s tallest nation (1.699m average for women): they’ve got a lot of leg to do things with… These are from two very typical Dutch brands for girls’ casual clothing – first Mim-pi:
…and next Ninni Vi:
…very similar in concept – and can’t you see Pepper wearing these styles? Give her a few years and she’ll be one of the classic long-legged Dutch models that seem to be taking over – for example Alice Fidler:
….I’d love to know the length of one of her thigh-bones….
(And I’ll be coming back with more cute shots from Pepper’s Instagram photostream…)