Designer, Downsized: Jeffrey Sebelia Debuts Childrenswear

High-end children's collections are taking the fashion world by storm--and redefining what it means to dress like a kid.

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The latest name to offer chic miniature duds for little ones is none other than Project Runway Season Three winner Jeffrey Sebelia (opens in new tab). The Los Angeles native's punk-glam aesthetic caught the eyes of Heidi Klum & Co. during the show, and true to form, Sebelia's pint-sized line La Miniatura (opens in new tab) boasts tons of rockabilly plaid and skinny stripes. From the graphic tees to the quilted coats, these are clothes we'd gladly choose for our tiny tots—if they had the street cred to pull them off, of course.

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Talk about starting 'em young! And Jeffrey's one of many in this adorable new trend. Just a few months ago, Lanvin's Alber Elbaz rolled out a "superluxury" collection of ruffled frocks and tulip skirts scaled down to children's proportions.

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Then, weeks before the announcement of her upcoming H&M collaboration, Donatella Versace revealed plans to launch Young Versace, a pattern-happy line sure to delight teeny Beyoncés- and Christinas-to-be.

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And last year, following a successful kid-centric capsule for Gap, eco-chic designer Stella McCartney added a childrenswear collection to her brand. In addition to exercising the same environmentally-friendly principles as her usual ready-to-wear, Stella McCartney Kids boasts, in our opinion, some of the most adorable look books we've ever spotted. And seeing as how images are available to download as desktop wallpaper on the designer's website, we're pretty sure we aren't the only ones who think so.

Blame it on haute celeb offspring like Suri Cruise, Kingston Rossdale, and the Beckham boys—but nowadays, kids are giving even the chicest moms a run for their money in the style department.

That said, our own grade-school wardrobes were built around the likes of Target and Gymboree. We couldn't have imagined our moms dressing us in head-to-toe kiddie couture! Is it completely ridiculous for parents to shell out hundreds on duds their little ones will outgrow in just a few months' time? Sound off in the comments!