The wonderful world of Walt Disney has been a fount of fashion inspiration for years: Alexander McQueen was quoted citing the animation giant as a reference in his 2002 collection; a few years later, Marc Jacobs took a bow following his Spring 2007 show wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt (below); in Vogue Nippon's August 2008 issue, Coco Rocha licked an ice cream cone wearing furry mouse ears; for Fall 2009, Jeremy Scott showed a yellow dress polka dotted with Minnie Mouse heads (the dress would later appear in Lady Gaga's music video for Paparazzi, styled with the designer's thick-framed Mickey sunglasses, which have pop-up ears [Beyonce also wore the glasses in Gaga's epic Telephone video]); the same season, Moschino Cheap & Chic showed Mickey Mouse headgear on the runway; that December,Vogue Germany tapped Chanel Iman for an 8-page spread highlighting the Moschino headgear; the very same month, Rihanna wore a Mickey Mouse military-inspired helmet designed by Jeremy Scott in her music video, Hard.
After D&G showed a Minnie Mouse T-shirt with a pair of brown leather hot pants for Spring 2010, the Disney trend quieted down for a few years, but has recently reemerged, full force. In 2012, Barneys New York created a Disney-themed holiday window display called Electric Holiday; in 2013, Minnie Mouse appeared on the cover of Love Magazine's 10th anniversary issue; that same month, Comme des Garcons unveiled a Mickey Mouse capsule collection for Fall 2013.
Most recently, the iconic American cartoon character appeared at London's Fall 2014 menswear shows. At both MAN by Bobby Abley and Katie Eary, the Mickey Mouse ears were, unlike past iterations of the trend, far more disturbing than playful. For MAN, Abley paired the bubblegum color headgear with silver metal gags which stretched the models' lips apart; at Kanye West collaborator Katie Eary's show, plastic Mickey Mouse heads topped off a few of the runway looks, like a Halloween costume version of Maison Martin Margiela's crystal masks.
Marc Jacobs photo: Getty / Slideshow images: IMAXtree
image credit: facebook.com/InoubliableModelArmy via the tfs forums
It may not be entirely unexpected after she opened and closed the latest Valentino show, but it’s exciting nonetheless that the new British model sensation Malaika Firth scored the fashion house’s Spring 2014 campaign. Valentino is known for its predominantly white castings and Malaika’s opening and closing gig was believed to be merely a reaction to the increasing criticism for that. Fortunately, the campaign does not disappoint. The first preview of the campaign that leaked on the forums today shows Malaika in a magnificent image, shot by Craig McDean, for which no other model could have been a more perfect choice.
“So happy to see Malaika! Her shot is absolutely breathtaking,” wrote teaars on the tFS forums.
TREVOFASHIONISTO added additional information about the full cast of the campaign. “Auguste Abeliunaite, Ine Neefs, Elisabth Erm and Ether Heesch are also in this,” he posted.
Malaika is following up her strong runway season with impressive campaign presence. She is repeating the Prada campaign this season and also stars in the Burberry Prorusum ads, making her one of the brightest stars of the season. With good reason. Congratulations, Malaika!
This week marks the return of London Collections: Men featuring menswear collections from some of our favourite designers including Paul Smith and J.W Anderson (images below). Running through today, London has been hailed as the menswear capital of the world as leading fashion movers and shakers hit the city to mark its fourth season.
We’ll be providing you with a review of our favourite menswear shows, but we feel the need to talk about Topman’s show, as it was just so innovative! This season, they teamed up with the social media network Google+ to heighten the interactive and social experience of their runway show.
Oh So Social!
Together they not only provided the public with an exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes of the runway show, but also made it shoppable with the help of a cleverly created Google hangout. Meaning, viewers could snap up their very own Topman Fall 2014 pieces directly from the catwalk or even select the clothes that its hosts were wearing as they went behind the scenes and conducted interviews.
Emulate the Models’ Experiences
One thing about any Fashion Week is that everybody who has never modelled always wonders what it’s like to walk down the runway. So, in hand with live streaming on their site and social media, Topman planted tiny little micro cameras on each of the runway models to capture exactly what they see as they showcase the collection. This was then simultaneously screened in the corner of the main show’s footage.
As the tendency to use social media continues to increase, brands are continuously striving to come up with cool new concepts, which is great news for those of us who can’t make it to the shows, as we can feel part of it without even leaving the comfort of our own homes.
Image: Snapshot by t-rex in the tFS Forums
Here's a photo posted in the forums: A glimpse of Miu Miu's Spring 2014 campaign, which stars actress Elle Fanning posing for photography duo (and aspiring lifestyle brand) Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Although celebrities don't typically appear in fashion campaigns (starring in a brand's fragrance or cosmetics ads instead), earlier today we were treated to news that a top model (Daria Werbowy) had nabbed a major glossy magazine cover, a spot typically reserved for actresses and pop stars. So I guess today is Opposite Day.
As FashionCopious quipped, the strength of this Miu Miu ad might make up for the lackluster Prada campaign released last week.
We don't know whether Anna Wintour's appearance at the third season premiere of Girls has anything to do with Lena Dunham's rumored Vogue cover, but we do know this: Wintour attended the event wearing one of the distinctive multicolored fur coats seen on the runway at Prada's Spring 2014 show.
Since the collection took its conceptual cues from feminism (designer Miuccia Prada explained the show as her attempt to translate today's "debate about women") and the occasion was about fêteing a show that's preoccupied with women's rights, Wintour's sartorial choice seems like a resonant and thoughtful one.
Wintour isn't the first big fashion influencer to try on one of Prada's latest statement pieces. A week ago, designer Marc Jacobs was spotted wearing a similar fur coat while on vacation in St. Barths, where the temperature hovered near 75℉. Here in New York City the weather is, as The New York Times put it this morning in a front-page headline (on the iPad version), "life-threatening."
As The Telegraph points out, this duplicated coat situation is hardly unprecedented: At a screening of The Great Gatsby last year, Jacobs and Wintour were spotted wearing identical Prada fur jackets.
Image: Instagram/AmyAstley via The Telegraph
Over in the forums, members are delighted to see one of today's top working models, Daria Werbowy, on the cover of Harper's Bazaar for February. Werbowy may one of fashion's "hottest supermodels," as stated in the accompanying caption, but she doesn't have the mainstream fame of Kate Moss or Christy Turlington, 90s-era fashion models who long ago acquired full-blown celebrity status. (Moss and Turlington are the only two models who have appeared on the cover of Bazaar in the past two years).
Photographed by Daniel Jackson and wearing a full Proenza Schouler Spring 2014 look, hair windswept, Werbowy gazes straight-on at the camera. It's a lovely photograph, but some forum members think the cover is too crowded with cover lines.
"Lol at those cover lines ('The Orgasm Shot!' 'Look Younger, No Doctors!'). Did they feel they had to overcompensate since she's not a celeb?" asked fee de foret.
But for Miss Dalloway, none of that matters: "Gorgeous and I love the styling. Even the sea of text cant ruin it."
And as Marc10 points out, this is the second American commercial fashion glossy to feature a true fashion model on a 2014 cover: One of Bazaar's main competitors, Elle, opened the year with a stunning cover starring Joan Smalls.
Return of the supermodel? Let's hope.
[Daria: The Face of Beauty Now — Harper's Bazaar]