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Why have one pair of glass slippers (they are so fragile, after all) when you can have 9?
"Cinderella is not only an iconic character when it comes to beauty, grace and fairytale love, but also shoes,"
- Christian Louboutin.
In 1998, Ferragamo created some magical must-have mules for Drew Barrymore in Ever After. On a school trip to Florence, I got to see them up close at the Ferragamo museum. They were never mass produced.
In 2012, Christian Louboutin reimagined Cinderella's iconic heels to coincide with the release of the Diamond Edition of the film. They were every bit the blend of fairytale and fashion, baring crystal butterflies and his signature red soles. 20 pairs were produced and given away. Yes. Given. Away.
Diamonds, rhinestones, crystals, glitter... and a whole lot of pvc and imagination, are artfully assembled by names like Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Charlotte Olympia to bring us a pair for every taste.
The shoes will be available in March at famous luxury department stores like Harrods in London and Saks Fifth Avenue here in NYC, where the store will 'prominently feature the complete designer footwear collection as well as select props from the film, including costumes and spellbinding pumpkins' says Mark Briggs, Chief Marketing and Creative Officer at Saks in an interview with The Daily Mail UK.
Expect Saks to "bring back the magic in retail," in the first week of March. Then, we'll get to (spend all the money we don't have and) take a piece of the fairytale home with us.
Dreams do come true. We will go to the ball. And we'll dance till midnight and on.
Why should the grown ups get all the high fashion fun?
Stella McCartney is no stranger to childrenswear, as she already has a successful kids line of her own. This time around however, she's putting a whimsical Disney twist on the line and teaming up with Angelina Jolie to do it.
It all started when the Maleficent star invited her famous designer friend onto the set of the Sleeping Beauty remake, where Jolie stars alongside Elle Fanning and her own daughter (who I'm sure must have a closet full of Stella kids clothes) Cue inspiration.
McCartney tells WWD:
"I've always been a huge fan of Disney growing up, as was my mother, and I grew up watching all the films like most kids did. When the opportunity presented itself and I was invited by Angelina Jolie to visit the film set, I jumped at the chance."
Now, the Disney twist may be new for her children's line, but for McCartney herself, Disney collaborations are nothing new.
The London based designer and daughter of legendary Beatle, Paul, has featured characters from Bambi in her Fall '09 campaign and later partnered with Disney again for a Jewelry line inspired by Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
Now, this capsule collection of 8 looks for boys and girls 4-14 boasts princess-like dresses, graphic tees, and what looks like dragon-winged sneakers that'll give Jeremy Scott's Adidas collab a run for its money.
The looks will be available at Stella McCartney stores as well as a select Disney stores at the end of April through May. Giving shoppers a full month to get their hands on the pieces--ranging in price from $75 - $185-- before the film's release date.
Will I be able to squeeze into a pair of owdesigner dragon-winged kicks by then? We shall see!
It's no secret that Roitfeld has had an affinity for Disney since the early days of her developing personal style. For the debut issue of CR Fashion Book, the titular editor-in-chief paid homage to those early Disney lunchbox toting days (and made us all want one).
Now, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris has called upon childhood nostalgia for the 4th issue of her biannual style and inspiration publication. And damn if isn't page after page of fairytale princess fashion porn. (that's a thing now, I've decided.)
WHY HAVE ONE BLACK DISNEY PRINCESS WHEN YOU CAN HAVE THREE?!
Carine Roitfeld is known for using lesser known photographers, but in an interesting twist you may have heard of this one. He's made a few films here and there. You know: Precious, Monster's Ball, The Butler.... Yup! Making his fashion photography debut, Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels orchestrates the retelling of three classic stories: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White with a dark urban twist akin to Fables (which I've been binge reading for the last year). Starring supermodel Joan Smalls as the Disney Princess
triforce. triple crown. triumvirate, and actor Michael B. Jordan as her Prince Charming, the results of this editorial are gritty and magical. See for yourself:
" She was the fairest girl in all of Brooklyn... "
HAIR DOWN TO WHERE?!
If that wasn't enough, another highlight of the Spring edition brings us a jaw-dropping editorial Rapunzel completely dressed in HAIR!!! Sleeping Beauty and Snow White reappear alongside Prince Charming (who more resembles Beast sans curse) and Hansel and Gretel (sure, why not) for the seriously hairspirational fairytale fantasy feature: "Let Your Hair Down".
Shot by Johnny Dufort and featuring the mind-blowing hair designs of Shay Ashual (dat Rapunzel tho!), you'll be experimenting with wigs in front of your mirror in no time!
"Tendrils of childlike innocence and sweet naiveté, charged with a fairy-tale force"
... I KNOW, RIGHT?! More bondage, less "Tangled"
Ultimate Bedhead / "Skin white as snow, hair black as night, lips red as blood..." - Brothers Grimm
Is it mud? Chocolate? Gingerbread? Witch ashes ...?
Which editorial is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.
Oh, and did I mention there's even a sci-fi fairytale staring cover girl Lindsay Wixon?! You're welcome.
Snow White never looked so
Once Upon a Time, we witnessed the appearance of Star Wars characters on not one, but two runways and eagerly wondered if there would be a third. Why? Because the unofficial rule of fashion is that three makes it a trend. And while Paris fashion week has only just begun, in an interesting twist designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli may have already delivered on the real trend here. No, it's not a Star Wars collection, but much like Disney had approached the designers of Preen for collaboration, it looks like Mickey's Marketing Team had their hand in the hig-end pot once more (<---interpret that as you will). The result: The Ultimate Snow White Collection for the modern urban princess.
"We didn't want the story to stay in a childish territory, but to take the dreamy idea in a direction that's younger, more street, and a bit rock 'n' roll," - the designers via a phone interview with Style.com
The very point of RED Valentino, is that is a modern fairytale collection. It's for the girl who wants to feel like a princess without wearing a costume (though the designers get very close to it, and to me is actually a plus). Which is why this collaboration could not have been more perfect. It has all the charm and whimsy that you expect from the collection, yet stops itself from getting too cutesy with the addition of edgy, modern elements, like a leather biker jacket and clear trench. A carry-over trend first spotted at the Valentino and Burberry Spring '13 shows. We even see the theme carried throughout the collection via the return of roy lichtenstein-like popart prints and intarsia knits, a la 3.1 Philip Lim's pre-fall 2012 . Primary colors are your friends, people!
Bonus: having once been Maison Valentino's in house accessories designers, before being made creative directors, the duo's accessories are just as to-die for. Which may or may not be a poor choice of words when eying an ominous-looking poison apple....
RED Valentino's Snow White collection is a fresh, fun and welcome retelling in exceptional fabrics and bewitching details. Also, I'm a girl. I like bows on things. Now speaking of details, do mine eyes deceive me or is there a hidden Mickey in those hearts...?