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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.
I found some time in between the show and the event of my previous post to visit my favorite Brookyln shop, SlapBack (it was a full day). It's a pin up, rockabilly, retro girlie's dream in there and the shop owner Renee is just fabulous. As it turns out the latest among her beautiful frocks is the Steph Buscema Snow White print dress from Pin Up Girl Clothing. Let's cut to the chase. The fit is perfect . And fit is king (queen? Princess?) in my world. The colors are bright and fun. We're talkin' super saturated here. At first I didn't think it was a "me" dress, as I honestly tend to prefer more subtle/simpler displays of my geek love. That being said, I was turned on by the fact that Buscema's print is based off of the original story. The print smartly depicts comb and corset motifs, as the apple of Disney's version was but one of three attempts on Snow's life. This is smart designing, people.
Furthermore, I have a great appreciation for people who can design prints. 8+ years of design school and I still struggle with conceptualizing a repeating pattern. Unless it's a stripe or plaid. I can design gorgeous plaids for days, but things like florals and novelty prints such as this... does not compute.
The dress is also impeccably made --ahem, IN AMERICA, thank you!-- with a fully lined bodice. By the way, do you know where all the clothes hanging in your closet were made? This will be the subject of a future post, but let's go ahead and get thinking about that now, if you never have. Anyhow.... (<----- tangent, I go off on those.)
Once upon a time I tried this dress on. Then, I didn't want to take it off. At around $142, it's a worthwhile investment. You're supporting a brilliant artist, and exceptional American construction. You need only a petticoat and a smile to rock this fairytale fantasy frock. Come on down to the King's County (That's BK y'all) and get your hands on it.
490 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
If you're not in NYC, check out PinUpGirlClothing.com
The brilliant and adorable artist: Stephanie Buscema
Petticoats are your friend!
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.