Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Disney Inspiration

It looks like a couple of designers have taken inspiration for their collections straight from Disney.

For his Spring/Summer 2009 collection we saw Marc Jacobs create pieces inspired by the 1920s through to the 1940s, all with a modern twist. One spectator at the show described it as “it was as though you were looking into the past, present and future of fashion all at once.”

A number of outfits looked like they should be worn by a modern day (and rather stylish) Mary Poppins. This was mainly thanks to the straw boater hats and the nicely tailored jackets, all the models needed were umbrellas and some wires! Vogue loves this chic-nanny style and recommends the flat style boater hats for the summer, available from Topshop for £20.

Jacobs isn’t the only one using Disney themes, Stella McCartney’s Autumn/Winter 2010 advertising campaign features the cartoon animals from much-loved Disney film Bambi. I’m not really sure if this was a good move or not. I’ve seen a couple of responses to the campaign on forums online and many think that the cartoons are drawing attention away from the designs, and that the use of both real and cartoon animals seems a bit redundant. Apparently she went for the characters to lighten up the photos and bring a bit of innocence to images that were deemed to look too “fierce”. I like the idea but I have to agree with the people on the websites. Any thoughts?

This has got me thinking of the other Disney styles that could be brought into the high fashion world, or the ones that could already be linked (I can’t help but think of Aladdin each time I see a pair of harem trousers).

I couldn’t resist having another look and my favourite link (it’s probably based more on Lewis Carroll’s book than Disney, but there’s still a link!) has to be the Alice in Wonderland photoshoot from American Vogue in 2004 featuring designers alongside their models and creations.