Disney taps Heidi Klum, Vera Wang and Karlie Kloss to redesign Mickey and Minnie ears

Disney’s famous Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears are getting a stylish makeover with the help of some of fashion’s top names.Heidi Klum, Vera Wang, Karlie Kloss, Betsey Johnson and Coach are among the models, designers and fashion houses putting their …

Disney’s famous Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears are getting a stylish makeover with the help of some of fashion’s top names.

Heidi Klum, Vera Wang, Karlie Kloss, Betsey Johnson and Coach are among the models, designers and fashion houses putting their own spin on the theme park accessory.

A roster of stars, designers and artists have been recruited for the new project, with designs being rolled out monthly starting from 24 May.

“Bedazzling the most famous ears in the world is like a dream come true for me. I am still pinching myself. To all Mickey and Minnie fans – I hope you love wearing them as much as I do! #DisneyParksDesignerCollection #AD@disney,” Heidi wrote on her Instagram page next to a photo of her modelling her sparkling ears, complete with a tiara, which come out in the fall time.

“I had so much fun designing for the #DisneyParksDesignerCollection. I was so inspired by Mickey and Minnie’s iconic style that I actually had a few designs in mind… it was hard to pick just one! However, I am thrilled that my blinged-out tiara ears will be released in September! Thank you @disney – it is an honor!”

The ear hats and headbands will be available at Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and online.

For Vera’s ears, which come out in spring 2020, the bridalwear designer stuck to her roots and opted for a veil and white ribbon detailing.

“As a lifelong lover of Disney, and the joy and happiness, not to mention fantasy, Disney has inspired in all of us,” she enthused in a statement. “I am both thrilled and honoured to have partnered with them to create the Vera Wang Disney wedding veil with the iconic mouse ears so symbolic of their global brand.”

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Gigi and Bella Hadid pay homage to Mickey Mouse in photoshoot

Gigi and Bella Hadid have paid homage to Disney’s Mickey Mouse in a special photoshoot. The supermodel sisters both appear in Chaos’ new poster book which is dedicated to celebrating the 90th anniversary of the iconic character, who made his big-sc…

Gigi and Bella Hadid have paid homage to Disney’s Mickey Mouse in a special photoshoot. 

The supermodel sisters both appear in Chaos’ new poster book which is dedicated to celebrating the 90th anniversary of the iconic character, who made his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie in 1928.

There are six different covers for the book, with Gigi’s shoot depicting her sporting a leather jacket, studded Mickey Mouse ears and a slick of red glitter eyeshadow on her lids.

“The centre of the consistent joy and wonder that Disney has been in my life and so many millions, everyone’s family man Mr. M Mouse turned 90 this week! and I’m very excited to be on the @chaos special edition issue to celebrate !!!!!!! (sic)” the 23-year-old captioned a snap of her cover on her Instagram page on Tuesday (20Nov18).

Bella was also snapped by photographers Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi, with her cover shoot showing her wearing a 3D printed mask shaped to resemble Mickey Mouse’s face. The 22-year-old model’s make-up was courtesy of her go-to artist Erin Parsons.

“Happy 90th Birthday Mickey!!! We grew up with Mickey in our house, I’m so honoured to celebrate with you,” she wrote alongside the photo on her social media pages.

In addition, top models Karen Elson, Shenelle Williams, Cara Taylor and Vittoria Ceretti appear in the other cover images, which are all inspired by Mickey Mouse.

The Chaos True Originals Special Edition Disney Issue costs $26 (£20) and is now available to pre-order.

“We have now since been in awe of how revered and liked Mickey is, and in researching him, his historical past and his values, we got here to the conclusion that Mickey stands alone as a really distinctive character that has touched an unimaginable variety of lives, therefore the title True Originals,” said Chaos’ Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall of the project.

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Lacoste teams with Disney to celebrate Mickey & Minnie Mouse

Lacoste has partnered with Disney to celebrate Mickey and Minnie Mouse.The French fashion company, founded by tennis player Rene Lacoste and Andre Gillier in 1933, is gearing up to unveil an exclusive collection to mark the 90th and 85th anniversaries …

Lacoste has partnered with Disney to celebrate Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

The French fashion company, founded by tennis player Rene Lacoste and Andre Gillier in 1933, is gearing up to unveil an exclusive collection to mark the 90th and 85th anniversaries of the iconic animated movie characters.

Inspired by vintage Disney drawings, Lacoste’s collection will feature designs for men, women and children.

“Mickey Mouse, the True Original, and his sweetheart Minnie have inspired the brand-new collection, consisting of nearly 30 different nostalgically designed items of clothing, sneakers and leather goods which are decorated with bespoke character artwork and icons,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

Remaining faithful to the characters, the line sticks to a limited colour palette of navy blue, white, heather grey, pale pink and touches of green combined with brighter colours such as blue and a brilliant red.

The men’s collection includes retro polos, hoodies, striped sweaters and a sweatshirt which features Mickey Mouse depicted wearing a tennis headband. While the womenswear line has Minnie Mouse printed on a polo shirt, fleece dress and sweater. There are smaller versions of the garments for children too, as well as accessories like a leather bag, tote, wallet, round purse and zip-up pouch.

“To complete the look, the range includes canvas sneakers in adult and children’s versions. White and decorated with a black Mickey Mouse silhouette on the heel, they come with an all-over print for young children,” they added.

Lacoste’s line will be available to buy in the U.S. on 1 November (18) and in boutiques around the world from 14 November.

The news comes days after designers at Rag & Bone announced they were partnering with Disney on a Mickey Mouse-themed capsule collection to coincide with the launch of Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York.

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Rag & Bone collaborates with Disney on Mickey Mouse capsule 

Rag & Bone has collaborated with Disney on a Mickey Mouse-themed capsule collection.  The U.S. fashion brand, helmed by Marcus Wainwright, is no stranger to collaboration, having previously teamed with rapper Eminem and the producers of the Star War…

Rag & Bone has collaborated with Disney on a Mickey Mouse-themed capsule collection.  

The U.S. fashion brand, helmed by Marcus Wainwright, is no stranger to collaboration, having previously teamed with rapper Eminem and the producers of the Star Wars movies on different ranges.

Now, Rag & Bone has announced the creation of a limited-edition line to coincide with the launch of Mickey: The True Original campaign, a global celebration of Mickey Mouse’s heritage and impact on popular culture, since his inception in 1928.

“The unisex drop will offer a selection of best-selling Rag & Bone styles, twisted with iconic Mickey Mouse references,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Highlighting the evolution of Mickey over the past 90 years, the collection plays with graphic elements to present Mickey with a modern edge.”

For the line, designers started by looking at original sketches from the Mickey Mouse archives. However, the final designs merge the many iterations of Mickey with a very “New York” sensibility, with items including an intarsia knit sweater, classic denim and signature cotton shirting.

“Mickey’s anniversary is acknowledged with an embossed leather patch on the back of the Fit 2 denim revealing the number 90. The anniversary reference also appears on the RB1 footwear, reinterpreted as a colour blocked sneaker,” a Rag & Bone rep added.

To accompany the launch of the capsule, the clothing brand will release a video that showcases the evolution of Mickey Mouse over the last 90 years, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the collection worn on the streets of New York City.

The collection will be available to purchase from 1 November, while Mickey: The True Original Exhibition opens in New York City a week later.

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Gucci honours female music stars with spring 19 line

Gucci has honoured iconic female musicians with its latest collection.  The Italian fashion house, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, unveiled its spring/summer 2019 line at the Theatre Le Palace as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday ni…

Gucci has honoured iconic female musicians with its latest collection.  

The Italian fashion house, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, unveiled its spring/summer 2019 line at the Theatre Le Palace as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday night (24Sep18).

According to the show notes, Michele chose the venue because it is “the thread connecting almost a century of Parisian culture and nightlife,” with celebrity guests including Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Faye Dunaway and Jorja Smith.

To begin, a model walked the runway in a red sequin jumpsuit with ’80s flair which was accessorised with a pink feather scarf and floral-print hat.

The quirky aesthetic continued with a parade of eye-catching ensembles, including a high-neck green dress with over-sized shoulders, a glittery purple skirt and jacket combination as well as a suit embellished with the Gucci monogram.

Part way through the show, Jane Birkin stood up and wowed the crowd with a rendition of her 1983 song Baby Alone in Babylone, while Michele paid homage to other musicians too, with one model wearing a jacket painted with an image of country star Dolly Parton’s face and another wearing a pleated lace dress, faux fur coat and felt hat in honour of late singer-songwriter Janis Joplin.

Another model sported a gold lame dress over white snakeskin print trousers and bug-like sunglasses, while highlights included a lilac leather suit worn with matching tights and purse, as well as a fluorescent yellow pleated dress, jackets decorated with jacquard panels and sparkly fringed dresses.

Models also stepped out in corduroy suits, Velour tracksuits and eccentric coats, with some even carrying bags shaped like the head of Disney’s Mickey Mouse.

To conclude the show, Michele introduced some evening wear, like a black fringed dress covered in mirror circles which was complemented with a blinged-out tiara and bright pink feather stole.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Tuesday with shows from Marine Serre and Saint Laurent.

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Kate Moss and Heidi Klum among stars to pose for Rankin’s Mickey Mouse tribute book

Famed fashion photographer Rankin is celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary with a new book dedicated to the cartoon rodent.Walt Disney’s most famous creation, who was first introduced in 1928, has enjoyed a fashion resurgence over the past fe…

Famed fashion photographer Rankin is celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary with a new book dedicated to the cartoon rodent.

Walt Disney’s most famous creation, who was first introduced in 1928, has enjoyed a fashion resurgence over the past few years, with Opening Ceremony and Coach using Mickey and his partner Minnie’s image on their recent designs.

For his project, titled Mickey Mouse & Me, Rankin enlisted the help of an army of models, actors, singers and British TV stars, including Kate Moss, Heidi Klum and Liv Tyler, to pose for a series of portraits paying tribute to the Disney icon.

“Mickey Mouse amazed me as a kid and Disney Fantasia made me want to be involved in film,” Rankin said in a statement.

“He is much more than a character, but a symbol of optimism, hope and inspiration for people from every walk of life, and you can see his influence in my photography over the years. This book pays tribute to the inspirational impact he has had on a generation and his journey from simple sketch to cultural icon over 90 years.”

Mark Hamill, Hayley Atwell, Tinie Tempah and TV presenter Phillip Schofield are among the other stars sharing their love for Mickey.

Copies of the book, which features both black and white and colour images, will be auctioned on eBay in July (18) to raise funds for children’s charity Together for Short Lives – an organisation which helps kids with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions lead fulfilling lives.

“We’ve had a lot of fun making it, and owe a debt of gratitude to those involved. I hope we raise a lot of money for an incredible charity,” Rankin added.

Earlier this year, Heidi attended Minnie Mouse’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star unveiling.

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Alexa Chung is finally on board with ’80s fashion

Alexa Chung has finally decided to adopt quirky ’80s trends into her wardrobe.The British television presenter is currently visiting Tokyo to promote her namesake clothing label ALEXACHUNG. Vogue U.S. joined the 34-year-old as she took a vintage shoppi…

Alexa Chung has finally decided to adopt quirky ’80s trends into her wardrobe.

The British television presenter is currently visiting Tokyo to promote her namesake clothing label ALEXACHUNG.

Vogue U.S. joined the 34-year-old as she took a vintage shopping trip in the city, and after trying on an oversized red dress over her jeans, she was surprised to admit that she liked the outfit’s “’80s vibe”.

“New styling idea alert!” she grinned to the fashion glossy. “Lately, I’ve been coming around to the ’80s in a way that I could never have predicted. I used to find it all so gaudy, and now I’m like, ‘I want more!’”

Alexa also picked up a ’90s Mickey Mouse T-shirt and a ’70s red and white cheesecloth shirt.

“I collect these almost as much as I do navy blue sweaters — almost, but not quite,” she joked. “They’re actually great to wear all year round. In summer, they look appropriate; in winter, they remind me of spring.”

The former model recently unveiled her fourth collection from her clothing line, a romantic offering inspired by author Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group artists, and shared that her new role means she now has much less time to plan her own looks.

“It’s a bit like spending a day planning a dinner then not finding it as appetising as your guests might,” she sighed in an interview with Elle. “When I spend an entire day looking at clothes the last thing I want to do is think about more clothes.”

However, she conceded she still feels “compelled” to take an interest in her outfits, though doesn’t mess around when getting dressed.

“I suppose I have less time now to play around in the morning. I have to be decisive about a look,” she added. “I probably have less time to think about my own personal wardrobe and definitely buy fewer clothes.”

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