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Video: Fun, hip back-to-school fashions

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updated 8/18/2011 10:57:42 AM ET 2011-08-18T14:57:42

It's that time of year and if you have little ones, odds are your mind is slowly making the move from barbecues to backpacks. Thankfully, TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas is here to soften the blow with some fun new fashion collaborations that will help you beat those back to school blues.

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Pre-school
True fashion knows no age and this fall, even the smallest of school kids can get in on the action. International brand H&M's new "All for Children" UNICEF Collection boasts a selection of updated classic pieces and will donate 25 percent of their proceeds to the All for Children initiative which promotes children's rights to education and protection in some of the poorest parts of the world. The line will carry pieces for babies to 8-year-old's and will include everything from dresses, skirts and shorts to hoodies, corduroy blazers and parkas all meant to be mixed and matched throughout the season. Available in 150 stores worldwide and also online, this partnership allows kids to look good, while also doing good for their less fortunate peers ($9.95-$59.95, Hm.com).

Another launch to look for is Missoni for Target. Arriving in stores September 13, the chic Italian design house will unveil over 400 pieces made exclusively for the chain retailer, including many items featuring the label's signature swirls and bright florals. In addition to children's wear, the collection also includes women's, men's and home! ($7.99-$44.99, Target.com)

Grade school
When it comes to dressing your kid, it's all about fun and function. While kids want clothes that express their personality, you need items that will withstand the playground. With that in mind, 77kids by American Eagle offers on-trend options for kids inspired by the heritage of American Eagle Outfitters®. Focusing on great fit, value and style, the line comes in sizes ranging from 2 to 14 and all pieces are backed by the brand's 77wash® and 77soft® guarantees to maintain size, shape and quality through multiple trips to the washing machine. With a mantra of "Long Live Fun" the brand also includes little77® — a line of clothing and accessories for newborns to 18 months old ($9.50-$49.50).

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Middle school
If you've got a girl between the ages of 8 and 12, you may already be familiar with Stardoll.com, an online mecca for tweens who love all things fashion and shopping. The site features interactive games and virtual "MeDolls" that can be dressed up and personalized, and for the first time this August, little budding designers can step into glam apparel and accessories inspired by the site. The cute collection features a candy-colored array of tops and bottoms with girly embellishments that admittedly make me wish I were 10 again, from ruffles and glittery buttons to sparkly, 3D appliques ($11.99-$23.99; JCP.com).

And for the boys? Angry Birds, the online gaming phenomenon, is now making its real world mark with merchandise that parents may just want to steal from their kids! The series of T-shirts by Arizona Jeans brings the game's fun phrases and beloved birds off the screen and into your wardrobe — and will hopefully satisfy all addicts enough so that there's no playing during class (or work) time! ($15.99-$29.99; JCP.com).   

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High school
Last but not least, even the pickiest of high school-ers will fall in love with affordable styles from the French Connection U.K. line available at Sears. The European fashion favorite first launched its "UK Style" collection this past spring, and for back-to-school they're offering up more of their signature chic looks for both guys and girls. The line is particularly great for mixing and matching — boys can toss on a graphic T-shirt and top it off with a hoodie without worrying about missing the mark! ($9.99-$49.99; Sears.com)  

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For free-spirited fashionistas, there's sportswear by Jessica Simpson. The popular star has already proven that she's got what it takes to design (her handbags and heels have been making women squeal with delight for several seasons) and now she's bringing a bit of flair to the teen fashion scene. With fresh blazers, funky rompers and cozy, faux-fur trimmed vests, both moms and daughters will approve ($34-$98; Macys.com).

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Photos: Celebrity daddies 2011

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  1. Brad Pitt

    Actor Brad Pitt is among the ultimate celebrity dads, traveling the world with partner Angelina Jolie -- and their six children. Vivienne (from left), Shiloh, Knox, Zahara, Pax and Maddox have enjoyed time with their dad from New Orleans to Venice. (Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Ben Affleck

    Actor-director-writer Ben Affleck collects daughter Violet from pre-school in Santa Monica, Calif. He and his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, also have another daughter, Seraphina. (Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Christian Bale

    Oscar-winner Christian Bale spends a quiet afternoon with his wife, Sibi, and daughter, Emmeline, at the Farmer's Market in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. David Beckham

    Soccer star-spokesmodel David Beckham attends a basketball game with son Romeo on March 31, 2011, in Los Angeles. He and wife Victoria Beckham have two other sons as well, Brooklyn and Cruz. They are expecting a baby girl in 2011. (Harry How / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Larry Birkhead

    Larry Birkhead kisses his daughter, Dannielynn, as they arrive for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Birkhead has been Dannielynn's sole parent since her mother, model Anna Nicole Smith, died in 2007. (Darron Cummings / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Jack Black

    Actor Jack Black and his oldest son, Samuel, attend the Milk and Bookies Story Time Celebration in Los Angeles on March 20, 2011. Black also has another son, Thomas, with wife Tanya. (David Livingston / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Orlando Bloom

    Orlando Bloom became a father in January 2011 when his wife, model Miranda Kerr, gave birth to their son, Flynn. (Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Bono

    U2 frontman and philanthropist Bono watches the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters men's tennis final with his two youngest sons, Elijah and John, on April 17, 2011, in Monaco. The rock star also has two daughters, Jordan and Memphis, with his wife of 30 years, Alison Hewson. (Stephane Drapot / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Jeff Bridges

    Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges brought his whole family with him -- his daughters Jessica, Hayley and Isabelle, and wife Susan -- to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2011. "The Dude" became a grandfather for the first time on March 31, 2011, when Isabelle gave birth to a daughter. (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Matthew Broderick

    Tony Award-winning actor Matthew Broderick regularly walks his son, James Wilkie, to school in the West Village of New York. He and actress wife Sarah Jessica Parker also have two daughters, Marion and Tabitha. (Ray Tamarra / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. James Caan

    James Caan, left, and his son, actor Scott Caan, pose together at the premiere of the HBO documentary film "His Way" in Los Angeles on March 22, 2011. The elder Caan also has a daughter, Tara, and two other sons, James Arthur and Jacob. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Steve Carell

    Actor-comedian Steve Carrell and his son John attend an NBA playoff game in Los Angeles on April 17, 2011. He also has a daughter, Elisabeth, with his wife, Nancy. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Michael Chiklis

    "The Shield" star Michael Chiklis, center, took his daughters Autumn, left, and Odessa, right, to the Alice Olivia Fall 2011 presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on Feb. 14, 2011. (John W. Ferguson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Tom Cruise

    Tom Cruise enjoys spending time with his adopted son Connor, left, adopted daughter Isabella, behind, and daughter Suri (in his arms). He adopted his two eldest with ex-wife Nicole Kidman. (Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Michael Douglas

    Michael Douglas takes a ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster with his son Dylan at Universal Orlando Resort on Nov. 27, 2010. His daughter Carys is riding with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones in the car behind him. The Oscar-winning actor also has a son, Cameron, from his first marriage. (Matt Stroshane / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Will Ferrell

    Actor Will Ferrell sits with his middle son, Mattias, during the first half of the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA game against the Denver Nuggets on April 3, 2011, in Los Angeles. The "Talladega Nights" star also has two other sons, Magnus and Axel. (Mark J. Terrill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Andy Garcia

    Actor Andy Garcia and his family -- Daniella, Alessandra, Andres and Dominik -- arrive at the premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" on May 7, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jordan Strauss / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Scott Grimes

    Former "ER" star Scott Grimes and daughter Madison arrive at the 11th Annual Lupus LA Orange Ball held in Beverly Hills, Calif., on May 12, 2011. (John Shearer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Harry Hamlin

    Actor Harry Hamlin arrives at the "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" premiere with his wife, actress Lisa Rinna, left, and their daughters, Delilah and Amelia, on May 7, 2011. Hamlin also has a son, Dimitri, from his relationship with actress Ursula Andress. (Jordan Strauss / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Tom Hanks

    Tom Hanks and his youngest son, Truman, attend a Lakers game in Los Angeles on Jan. 4, 2011. The Oscar-winning actor has another son with wife Rita Wilson, Chet. He also has two children, actor Colin Hanks and daughter Elizabeth, from his first marriage to Samantha Lewes. (Noel Vasquez / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. James Hong

    Chinese American actor James Hong strikes a pose as he arrives with his daughter April for the premiere of the animated movie "Kung Fu Panda 2" in Hollywood, Calif., on May 22, 2011. Hong voices the role of Mr. Ping in the movie. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Matthew McConaughey

    One-time confirmed bachelor Matthew McConaughey now spends his time with partner Camilia Alves and his children, son Levi (holding McConaughey's hand) and daughter Vida. (Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Matthew Modine

    Actor Matthew Modine and daughter Ruby attend the "Too Big to Fail" premiere in New York on May 16, 2011. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Jack Nicholson

    Actor and devoted Los Angeles Lakers fan Jack Nicholson attends a game with his son Raymond at the Staples Center on May 2, 2011. Nicholson also has three other children, daughters Jennifer, Honey and Lorraine. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Ed O'Neill

    "Modern Family" star Ed O'Neill also has a family of his own. He brought his daughters with him to the Fifth Annual Kidstock Music and Arts Festival at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif., on June 5, 2011. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Peter O'Toole

    Actor Peter O'Toole, center, hugs daughter Kate O'Toole, left, and son Lorcan O'Toole, right, after leaving his hand and footprints outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on April 30, 2011. The acting legend also has another daughter, Patricia. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Tom Petty

    Rock star Tom Petty takes in an NBA game with stepson Dylan on Jan. 2, 2011, in Los Angeles. The singer-songwriter has two daughters, Adria and AnnaKim, with his first wife. Dylan is the son of his current wife, Dana York. (Noel Vasquez / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Gavin Rossdale

    Musician Gavin Rossdale is father to sons Zuma, right, and Kingston, left. Singer Gwen Stefani is their mother. On Jan. 23, 2011, Rossdale and sons attended the premiere of "Gnomeo & Juliet" at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Adam Sandler

    Actor and comedian Adam Sandler brought daughters Sunny Madeline, left, and Sadie Madison with him when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 1, 2011. Actor and director Henry Winkler, right, was among the stars on hand. (Jason Redmond / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Adam Scott

    "Parks and Recreation" star Adam Scott and his son enjoy Amtrak's National Train Day on May 7, 2011, in Los Angeles. He also has another child. (Jerod Harris / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Jerry Seinfeld

    Actor-comedian Jerry Seinfeld, left, took in a baseball game with his daugher, Sascha, and son Shepherd on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, in New York. He also has another son, Julian, with his wife, Jessica. (Kathy Kmonicek / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Liev Schreiber

    Actor Liev Schreiber carries his two boys Alexander, right, and Samuel, left, into the New York apartment he shares with their mom, actress Naomi Watts. (Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Will Smith

    Actor Will Smith arrives at the premiere of Justin Bieber's movie "Never Say Never" in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2011, with his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, right, and son Jaden, left, and daughter Willow. Jaden was Smith's co-star in "The Pursuit of Happyness" and starred in the remake of "The Karate Kid." Willow became an Internet sensation with her song, "Whip My Hair." Smith also has a son, Trey, from his first marriage. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Steven Spielberg

    Director Steven Spielberg arrives for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2011, with his daughter, Destry Allyn. The famed filmmaker also has five other children with current wife, actress Kate Capshaw and a son, Max, with ex-wife, actress Amy Irving. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Jon Stewart

    "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, center, holds his daughter Maggie backstage after a performance of “Mary Poppins” in New York on March 5, 2011. The comedian also has a son, Nathan, with his wife, Tracey. (Amanda Schwab / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Taboo

    Black Eyed Peas member Taboo, right, brought his son Josh with him to the world premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on May 7, 2011. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Billy Bob Thornton

    Actor Billy Bob Thornton and his girlfriend Connie Angland took their daughter Bella to the premiere of "Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2010. Thornton also has two sons and another daughter from two of his five previous marriages. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Keith Urban

    Country music star Keith Urban became a dad for the first time in July 2008 when he and actress-wife Nicole Kidman welcomed daughter Sunday Rose, center. The couple have a second daughter, Faith Margaret, who was born via surrogate. (Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Mark Wahlberg

    Actor-producer Mark Wahlberg has four children with wife Rhea Durham -- daughers Ella and Grace and sons Michael and Brendan. The family attended the Pottery Barn Kids' Halloween Carnival benefitting Operation Smile in Los Angeles on Oct. 23, 2010. (Noel Vasquez / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Noah Wyle

    Actor Noah Wyle, who rose to fame playing Dr. John Carter on the long-running drama "ER," is also dad to his son, Owen, right. The pair attended the 2011 NBA All-Star Game together at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 20, 2011. Wyle also has a daughter, Auden. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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