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Trendspotting: Mickey Mouse Headgear at the London Men’s Shows

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

Marc Jacobs at his Spring 2007 show

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