Although I'm a bit new to the fashion world, I do recognize the phrase 'fashion forward'. Looking to give your look relevance and trend setting appeal.
But what I've found as a fashion designer, is that fashion does tend to repeat itself, but in an elevated way. An example is the use of a fur hand roll I add to some of my winter outfits. It's a timeless example of fashion beauty that makes the girls modeling them feel special and feminine, even if they are only 5. I've had a couple of shows now and am booked thru September of 2018 with shows and conventions. What I'm learning at these events, is that parents want an option that may not be in their mind fashion forward, but something with a subtle elegance of the past. It is so fun looking back at history to see how clothing shaped the culture. It's also fun to give a nod to the past when reflecting some of it's timeless beauty into our designs.