week month all wrapped up today, it’s time to cast our eyes back over the last four weeks of shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris and find out who has taken inspiration from Disney’s most stylish characters for their Autumn/Winter 2015 collections…
1. Belle from Beauty and the Beast
If anyone can whip up a Disney-worthy ball gown it’s Italian designer Luisa Beccaria, who previously designed a Princess Jasmine gown for the Designers of Dreams fashion show at Disneyland. In fact, her Milan Fashion Week show was titled ‘The Pursuit of Love: a Tale of Contradictions for Modern Cinderellas’ and among the fabulous dresses she sent down the catwalk was this very Belle-like gold number. We’re sure Mrs Potts would approve.
2. Elsa from Frozen
With the success of Frozen it was just a matter of time before Elsa showed up on the runway, and we finally found her at Zeynep Kartal’s London Fashion Week show. The Turkish designer was apparently inspired by C.S. Lewis’ Narnia (which also features a Snow Queen) but this ice-blue gown with its glittering bodice and sheer cape is pure Frozen.
3. Princess Leia from Star Wars
Star Wars made not one but two fashion week appearances during last year’s Autumn/Winter shows, at Rodarte and Preen. This time round the intergalactic franchise’s presence was less overt but when we saw this white turtle-necked dress at Ter Et Bantine’s Milan presentation we figured it had to be a nod to Disney’s most bad-ass princess.
4. Tiger Lily from Peter Pan
Burberry sent a veritable forest of fringe down the runway during London Fashion Week, including this calf-length fringed suede dress topped off with black booties. The outfit brought to mind Tiger Lily’s fringed ensemble in Peter Pan, although Tiger Lily paired her dress with a cute belt to emphasise her waist and green boots for a pop of colour.
5. Alice from Alice In Wonderland
Markus Lupfer’s kitsch and quirky style has been featured here at Maison Mouse on more than one occasion. This season the designer presented his creations in his very own Wonderland, with plants, flowers and white rabbits hanging from the ceiling. “I wanted to achieve a sense of nature but with a London girl attitude,” Lupfer explained.
6. R2D2 from Star Wars
Young designer Maria Piankov, who presented her collection as part of the London College of Fashion’s MA show, was inspired by astronauts’ views of the earth from space so it’s no surprise that her voluminous tunic – paired with white flared trousers – looks like it borrowed a leaf or two out of R2D2’s book. Beep boop!
7. Rapunzel from Tangled
Red carpet regular Tadashi Shoji knows his way around a Disney Princess dress and during New York Fashion Week he sent this breathtaking creation down the catwalk. With its delicate tulle skirt and detailed bodice we can totally see Rapunzel rocking this gown during her next date night at the castle with Eugene.
8. Babette from Beauty and the Beast
Ooh la la! Babette is the chamber maid who set Lumiere’s loins on fire in Beauty and the Beast and it looks like PPQ took inspiration from Babs’ french maid get-up for their London Fashion Week show, with models taking to the catwalk in frilly white shirts, peplum skirts and super sexy stilettos topped off with lace.
9. Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians
The concept behind Hellessy’s NYFW show was cold, foggy London – which also just happens to be where 101 Dalmatians is set. Coincidence? This black and white spotted dress – complete with fur-like clutch bag – suggests not. We’re sure Cruella’s already on the waiting list for the purse.
10. Wendy from Peter Pan
Philosophy creative director Lorenzo Serafini debuted his romantic collection during Milan Fashion Week, which featured Victoriana-style ruffled sleeves and pin-tucks. Although it’s far too pretty to sleep in, this sheer dress reminded us of Wendy Darling’s prim blue nightgown. Just be sure to keep it away from bitchy mermaids!
11. Cinderella from Cinderella
While Cinderella costume designer Sandy Powell did a magical job on Cindy’s blue ball gown in the new live-action film, we can’t deny that Carolina Herrera debuted a credible alternative during her New York show. With its strapless design and flouncing layers, Herrera’s is a classic Manhattan take on an iconic dress: Jacqui O meets Disney Princess.
12. Meg from Hercules
inspired by the woods near her grandmother’s home in Vermont, Honor designer Giovanna Randall conjured up a fairytale collection for NYFW with models emerging onto the catwalk via a tree covered in mushrooms. This jewel-tone floor-length gown with floaty chiffon sleeves would make any woman look like a goddess and is perfect for straight-talking Meg from Hercules.
13. Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
We could totally see a teenage Maleficent rocking this get-up from A.F. Vandevorst’s Paris show. To get her mojo back all Mal needs to do is swap the cape for a strapless black prom dress, the magic staff for a pair of thigh-high leather boots and her scary pet raven Diablo for a chic Stephen Jones hat. She could even put that spinning wheel to good use and whip the outfit up herself.
14. Penguin from Mary Poppins
Chanel’s Paris Fashion Week show – the highlight of any fashionista’s calendar – was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. But we couldn’t help notice that some of the models were dressed as waiter penguins from Mary Poppins, right down to their little black bow-ties. Perhaps it was’t a coincidence – designer Karl Lagerfeld also kitted out the catwalk to look like a French restaurant. Check please!