The world has gone sweet and childish! Well… the fashion world that is, as this September Minnie Mouse lands from Disney all the way to London – for the Fashion Week. This September Disney honours & celebrates Minnie Mouse as a cultural icon by collaborating with various international designers to create a garments and accessories collection – Minnie Mouse Must Haves!
Born in 1928 Miss Minnie has come a long way from the cartoon entertainer to a true style icon with her trademark polka dots and bows. And at 84 the adorable Mouse is looking not a day older – but rather the same, proving a whole world that sticking to the same style will get you somewhere! Each designer will interpret Miss Minnie’s polka dots & bows so I will be expecting quite a few interesting creations. And indeed some London designers have shared with us on their Facebook page some of their sketches. Richard Nicoll and Michael van der Ham are but a few of the busy bees these days. The list of designers working on this project includes Giles, Katie Hillier, Lulu Guinness, Tatty Divine and others. All the Minnie Mouse bits and pieces will be put up on eBay for an exclusive auction with all the proceeding going to BFC / Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation. Though the Minnie Mouse fashion inspiration may seem as such an original idea, I dare disagree. A simple overview at Jean Paul Gaultier collections or 2010 Chanel, Zac Posen or Topshop will show us otherwise. From bows to hairstyles models strutted the runways looking like sexy Minnies. Even the pretentious world of celebrities has had their one too many daring mad Minnie Mouse impersonators: Lady Gaga in her famous hairdo, Tulisa, the K sisters (I know not a crowd to die for, isn’t it? Oh well… I tried). Nonetheless there are a few Minnie Mouse inspired looks that make one pause and admire the idea behind it. Oh wait… those are Vogue fashion editorials of Chanel Iman & Tina Fey.
Original or not I do support & salute the brilliant idea behind Minnie Mouse Must Have collection. What I am worried about is that by next spring we’ll have an invasion of bad Minnie Mouse copies at fashion or red carpet events all for the sake of fashion. And don’t get me started on what it could do to the street fashion. A lot of mad women in their late 30s or 40s sporting long lost childhood styles & looking
ridiculous fashionable in Minnie Mouse clothes? I’d better keep a hold on my fears right? So ladies let’s not jump to hasty conclusions. After all it’s art we are talking about and London Fashion Week has never let us down. It’s fun, urban & quirky. And that’s something we could use in fashion… just to let loose and relax a bit, right?