Marc by Marc Jacobs X Disney: I AM NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS

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In a dream-collaboration-come-true, Marc Jacobs draws inspiration from Disney’s adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. The collection does more than pull from gorgeous animation cells. It sends an empowering message to the Marc Jacobs consumer, AKA, the modern-day she-rebel. At first glance, it may not make sense for the “edgy” girl of today to resonate with the prim and proper protagonist of the 50s film. But if we look beyond aesthetics, we are all Alice. Therefore, “I AM NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS” is arguaby for everyone. We’ve all been curious. We’ve all been tempted, scared, rebellious, and met many an interesting character. (Nowhere does that ring truer for me than here in NYC, home of MJMB HQ. I just threw a lot of acronyms your way. My bad )….

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Designer Glass Slippers for Every Cinderella

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.

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Snow White in Brooklyn

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.

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Stella McCartney’s Maleficent Childrenswear Line

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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. Continue reading

The CR Fairytale Fashion Book: Designer Disney Princesses Galore

Joan Smalls and Co. Star in Carine Roitfeld’s Fairytale themed latest and it’s EVERYTHING

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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.) Continue reading

RED Valentino + Snow White

Snow White never looked so sweet street.

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Once Upon a Time, we witnessed the appearance of Star Wars characters on not one, but two runways and eagerly wondered if there would be a third. Why? Because the unofficial rule of fashion is that three makes it a trend. And while Paris fashion week has only just begun, in an interesting twist designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli may have already delivered on the real trend here. No, it’s not a Star Wars collection, but much like Disney had approached the designers of Preen for collaboration, it looks like Mickey’s Marketing Team had their hand in the hig-end pot once more (<—interpret that as you will). The result: The Ultimate Snow White Collection for the modern urban princess.

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Aurora

Own a Designer Disney Princess Dress

This time last year I was gushing about these stunning designer Disney princess gowns. Originally the stars of Harrods lavish Christmas windows, the gowns are making a reappearance this year as part of Christie’s annual Vintage Couture Sale, and are now being auctioned to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

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PRINCESS AURORA FROM SLEEPING BEAUTY, AN ELIE SAAB BLUSH PINK SILK EVENING GOWN

Once upon a time, some of the world’s leading high-end fashion houses including Versace, fellow Dominican- American, Oscar de la Renta and another regular contributor to the red carpet, Elie Saab, partnered up with Harrods and the team at Disney. The results far exceeded our wildest expectations. History in the making. Now, we have a rare opportunity to get our hands on a piece of it.

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BELLE FROM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A VALENTINO BUTTERCUP YELLOW SILK EVENING GOWN AND CAPE

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POCAHONTAS, A ROBERTO CAVALLI PRINTED SILK EVENING GOWN

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PRINCESS TIANA FROM THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, A RALPH AND RUSSO EAU DE NIL SILK EVENING GOWN

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JASMINE FROM ALADDIN, AN ESCADA FUCHSIA SILK EVENING GOWN AND CAPE

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MULAN, A MISSONI TEAL AND FUCHSIA KNITTED SILK KIMONO

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RAPUNZEL FROM TANGLED, A JENNY PACKHAM LAVENDER SILK CREPE EVENING GOWN

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ARIEL FROM THE LITTLE MERMAID, A MARCHESA TEAL SILK EVENING GOWN

SNOW WHITE, AN OSCAR DE LA RENTA YELLOW SILK GOWN AND SCARLET SILK CAPE

SNOW WHITE, AN OSCAR DE LA RENTA YELLOW SILK GOWN AND SCARLET SILK CAPE

CINDERELLA, A VERSACE GOWN OF GOLD SILK

CINDERELLA, A VERSACE GOWN OF GOLD SILK

True, when bidding starts on Wednesday, you’ll need to be prepared to spend thousands of dollars–The auction house estimates their prices at £3,000 – £6,000  or  $4,827 – $9,654— but really, what price would you expect a one-of-a-kind princess-inspired dress to fetch? If I had money to burn, Belle’s iconic yellow ball gown would be mine in an instant. As it is, I’m willing to bet it’s going for a much higher price, and I’m tracking the lot to learn what the result will ultimately be! Which gown are you most in love with? What is it worth to you?

Harrods Disney Princess Holiday Windows

HARRODS’ DISNEY PRINCESS HOLIDAY WINDOWS REVEALED!

With fireworks, fanfaire, and Cinderella and her fairy godmother arriving by carriage, the unveiling of Harrods’ incredible holiday windows was quite the spectacle. One that makes a lowly boutique store visual merchandiser (with a teeny, tiny budget) like myself, marvel, take notes, draw inspiration, and….breathe a  huge sigh. Oh high-end department store visual merchandising job, how I covet thee.

Now if only I had a fairy godmother….

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(source: Vogue.co.uk)

If you want to see the gowns in action, and view the original designer sketches, check them all out here!)

Once Upon A Dream : Harrods’ Designer Disney Princesses

They’re here, they’re here! We’re witnessing a MAJOR Fashion + Geekery moment, thanks to Harrods. DISNEY geekery that is, and fashion of the highest caliber.

When Harrods announced at the begining of the year that they had asked 10 top designers, including Oscar De La Renta (fave!), Elie Saab, Marchesa and Versace, to create custom gowns inspired by Disney princesses, I was over the moon. The announcement came complete with a teaser sketch of Valentino‘s couture interpretation of Belle’s infamous yellow ball gown.

Now, with the windows to be unveiled on November 1st, not only does Harrods give us a look at ALL the sketches (scroll down), but some of the princesses, from Pocahontas to Tiana, to Ariel… are brought to life in this teaser. Can you instantly recognize all of them?

BELLE FROM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST BY VALENTINO
A fantasy-like dress in silk chiffon with a sheer hooded cape and layers of exquisite pleats, is accessorised with bespoke signature studded flats and a silver flower bag.

AURORA FROM SLEEPING BEAUTY BY ELIE SAAB
Encapsulating the natural grace and innocence of Aurora, this beautiful gown in pale pink is embellished with scattered exquisite beading.

ARIEL FROM THE LITTLE MERMAID BY MARCHESA
A chic and elegant deep blue silk evening gown has been beautifully crafted to combine luxurious draped fabrics, which perfectly embody modern feminine style – capturing Ariel’s adventurous under-the-sea spirit.

SNOW WHITE BY OSCAR DE LA RENTA
‘Someday your prince will come…’ This silk gown is divine with intricate embroidery across the bodice and a floor-sweeping cape in signature red.

RAPUNZEL FROM TANGLED BY JENNY PACKHAM
A magical dress in pale grey adorned with incredible beading that should never be locked away.

POCAHONTAS BY ROBERTO CAVALLI
Featuring soft, golden and natural earthy colours, this gown incorporates prints evocative of dream catchers with pearl detailing. The lightness of a feather and the wings of a butterfly, it is perfect for a princess in love with freedom.

JASMINE FROM ALADDIN BY ESCADA
An exotic fuchsia silk chiffon gown encompasses the fiery beauty of Jasmine, complete with an extravagant golden flower belt.

MULAN BY MISSONI
A land of silk and jade has inspired this oriental kimono-style dazzling creation, that features bold turquoise shades and red detailing.

TIANA FROM THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG BY RALPH & RUSSO
A dream come true, this mint evening gown with a sweetheart neckline and mesh overlay, features scattered crystals that cascade into a layered tulle skirt.

CINDERELLA BY VERSACE
You shall go to the ball’, in a stunning contemporary interpretation complete with golden layers, a tiara, a bold statement-necklace and of course, glass slippers – emblazoned with the iconic Versace medusa motif.

November 1st can’t come soon enough. Now, how do I win myself  a trip to London?!