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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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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Jeremy Scott explains his love for cartoon characters

Jeremy Scott loves featuring cartoon characters in his designs because they make him “think about happiness and joy”.The designer has a history of using animated figures for inspiration, having previously incorporated SpongeBob SquarePants, The Powerpu…

Jeremy Scott loves featuring cartoon characters in his designs because they make him “think about happiness and joy”.

The designer has a history of using animated figures for inspiration, having previously incorporated SpongeBob SquarePants, The Powerpuff Girls, and the Looney Tunes gang into his luxury clothing and accessories for Moschino.

In the brand’s recent collaboration with H&M, Scott has paid homage to Disney by splashing characters like Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck onto dresses, sweaters and jogging bottoms.

“For one thing, I think there’s always a nostalgia. We all grow up with them. They’re still going on today,” the 43-year-old told W magazine of his love for cartoons. “Globally, you see a circle and then another two circles and nothing else – and it’s like Mickey Mouse. It makes you think about happiness and joy, and that is something that I think is really great, and something I always try to put into all of my designs.”

Scott has also looked to nostalgia by featuring compact discs on a shirt dress and a bodysuit, as well as layers of chunky retro jewellery.

However he admitted H&M were initially hesitant to feature one of his designs – a T-shirt bearing the words ‘Ready to Wear’ over an image of a rolled-up condom.

“I just thought people aren’t speaking enough about safe sex anymore, and I thought this is one place that I could use this message to kind of get that out there,” Scott reasoned. “I’ve done so many slogan shirts referencing that kind of twist on ready-to-wear, which is something that Franco (Moschino, brand founder) played with.”

The full collection will be available in stores and online from 8 November (18).

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