In the last decade, Walt Disney has shaped itself into an influential player in the fashion realm launching creative and surprising partnerships with designers.
Who can forget last year’s ubiquitous $1,375 “Bambi and Female Form Print Sweater” from Givenchy that won the heart of low and high brow fashion lovers everywhere?
Or, Terry de Havilland’s black platform sandals marked with huge, red polka dot bows? One look at the risque heels and you’ll never look at Minnie Mouse the same.
Which segues to this question: What were the hottest designer collaborations of all time with Disney?
Mickey's foray into retail has proven to be a smart move considering the substantial spending power of fashionably conscious consumers who grew up watching Disney.
The home of the Mouse began this year with a bang, debuting a whimsical joint effort with Del Toro that featured ten pairs of retro loafers and sneakers. It quickly had the Internet buzzing, attracting the attention of sneaker fiends, Disney fanatics and trend watchers.
A few months later, Walt Disney topped itself by leaking the first photos of its partnership with Opening Ceremony. Per usual, the line features classic Mickey Mouse prints on retro sneakers, blouses, sweaters and sweatshirts.
Mickey zealots shouldn't fret about the Mouse limiting its image to just two collaborations, according to Disney, expect more for the year.
Del Toro X Walt Disney
Iconic images of Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio, Donald Duck and Goofy mark Del Toro's jovial line with Walt Disney. The 10 piece collection includes Alto Chukka sneakers and slippers for men and women. Wearers will get a kick out of wearing classic, well-made Italian shoes decorated with Disney nostalgia. Made of authentic leather, the limited edition soles come with Del Toro's signature red heel tab and retails at $360.
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Dooney & Bourke X Walt Disney
May marked the fifth year of Walt Disney's lucrative partnership with Dooney & Bourke, a collaboration that's spurred cellphone accessories, weekenders, satchels and more. The line became a hit with shoppers because of its festive prints of nostalgic scenes from Disney's vault. Prices range between $50 to $360.
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Giles Deacon X Walt Disney
Mickey’s allure captivated British designer Giles Deacon, who paid homage to him and Minnie Mouse in the form of this dress and charming bow headband, during London Fashion Week in 2012.
Helen Lee X Walt Disney
“Speaking of Disney,” said designer Helen Lee in BlouinArtInfo.com, “people will first think of cute cartoon figures, but what I’m planning to do is totally overthrow that cuteness to create something sexy and trendy.” Lee delivered on her promise. On October 24 of last year, she debuted her blithe yet sophisticated Disney-inspired collection for Shanghai Fashion Week.
Meadham Kirchhoff X Walt Disney
British designer Meadham Kirchhoff designed an exclusive denim jacket embellished with Mickey Mouse and red dots for London Fashion Week in 2012.
Margaret Rowe X Walt Disney
Pave set crystals in ravishing colors such as emerald and sapphire are some of the designs included in Margaret Rowe's vintage couture jewelry line inspired by the film Maleficient. Rowe designed the 'Maleficent' collections based on the film's themes of a 'wicked sense of fun' and 'fashion fairytale.' The line is sold exclusively at HSN.com.
Opening Ceremony X Walt Disney
“Mickey Mouse’s debut was as a mischievous deckhand in the 1928 animated film, Steamboat Willie," reads Opening Ceremony’s blog post describing the nostalgia that motivated this collection. "Now, the Disney character is a prominent part of childhoods the world over, and we’re reliving ours with this new Disney Mickey Mouse/Opening Ceremony collection!” Opening Ceremony's surprise collaboration with Walt Disney includes tees, sweatshirts and structured oxford shirts for men and women. The trendy pieces are embellished with prints that feature Steamboat Willie and Mickey Mouse.
Source: Disney Blog
Richard Nicoll X Walt Disney
British designer Richard Nicoll's take on the little black dress--remade with a print of Mickey Mouse, reflected his magical spirit in its ear-inspired sleeves. The dress was created for London Fashion Week in 2012.
Terry de Havilland X Walt Disney
After a glance at Terry de Havilland’s black platform sandals marked with huge, red polka dot bows you’ll never look at Minnie Mouse the same. The shoes were created exclusively for London Fashion Week in 2012.