Masaba Gupta's Mickey Mouse collection for Satya Paul
There was a lot of buzz around the movie ‘The Minions’ and it got me thinking of fashion inspired by cartoons. Pop culture has always been a major source of inspiration for fashion designers abroad. This trend has caught up with designers closer to home too. Of course, fashion is serious business. But a little bit of fun while dressing up never did harm anybody.
Believe it or not, the most popular cartoon characters that have been spotted on the runways are Mickey Mouse, The Simpsons, the Disney Princesses and the minions more recently. The cartoons that we grew up with are a huge fad in the world of fashion and why not? After all, dressing up should be fun and what better to cheer us up than good old Mickey Mouse?
Masaba Gupta is one the young-generation Indian designers who is known for her prints. Her collaboration with Satya Paul resulted in fun and quirky crepe saris with Mickey Mouse prints on them. This made the so-called old-fashioned sari hip and trendy instantaneously.
In the international fashion world, big names like Moschino flooded their runway with Spongebob Squarepants on their coats for Fall Winter 2014. This made a huge splash and suddenly Mr Spongebob was a celebrity once again. What a fun way to bring in winter!
Maleficent was another huge inspiration for many international designers. The most noteworthy Maleficent collaboration was with Stella McCartney for her line of children’s clothes and accessories. My favourite was a pair of sneakers with wings on them. I wish I were 7 years old to wear them.
While we are on the subject of cartoon fashion, I definitely cannot forget the minions. Although a little annoying, you have to admit that they grow on you after a few days. For the premiere of the movie, Sandra Bullock was seen in Rupert Sanderson minion pumps. The entire fashion world predictably went gaga over them. These yellow shoes were trending on social media for a couple of weeks every day.
One of the most popular designers of pop culture creations is Charlotte Olympia. Her accessories are always quirky and charming. My favourites are the Sleeping Beauty pumps and the Pumpkin Pouch. Olympia’s creations are a reminder that fashion is fun and original.
If you are interested in shopping for cartoon-inspired fashion, try online sites. Traditional retail stores rarely stock these sorts of pieces. Some labels to look out for are Opening Ceremony, Hot Topic and of course Charlotte Olympia. Have fun while playing dress up!
Minion inspired heels
Masaba Gupta's collaboration with Satya Paul resulted in fun and quirky crepe saris with Mickey Mouse prints on them.
Moschino's line inspired from the series 'The Simpsons'
Stella McCartney designed a line of children’s clothes and accessories inspired by Maleficent.