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Although Gwen Stefani will be sitting out this New York Fashion Week, her backup singers will be working overtime.


CHELSEA KIDS: It seems as though Tia Cibani is turning into a Jane of all trades. When she isn’t designing the Ports 1961 collection, Cibani is creating looks for the luxury children’s wear label Kicokids. On Monday — just days before Ports 1961’s spring 2009 runway show — Kicokids opened a pop-up store in Chelsea Market on Ninth Avenue and 16th Street in New York. Cibani worked with Swedish design firm Our Children’s Gorilla to create the store interior. It will be filled with fun-house mirrors, a fabric mini circus tent that doubles as a dressing room, and wooden monkey forms swinging from the ceiling. The shopping kids and their parents also can draw self-portraits in a special activity corner. Cibani, whose Ports 1961 collections can have an artsy travel bent, also created an adjoining art gallery that will display exhibits tailor-made for children.

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