Fashion & Beauty

Disney to Designer

From Versace to Cavalli, Harrods have employed all of the top designers to create the first Disney Princess Collection to display just in time for Christmas. Before they are unveiled, Alice Hart gives an insight into the selection of designers and dresses.

On November 1st, Harrods will unveil a brand new collection of haute couture dresses designed by the crème de la crème of the fashion world, based on the nation’s favourite Disney princesses. An array of gowns will be displayed in the department store’s windows just in time for the Christmas season. I’m sure that they are hoping that these beauties will inspire the thousands of shoppers passing through to be a little more frivolous this Christmas and indulge in something pretty. The dramatic window display will be accompanied by a 7,000 square-foot pop up boutique tailored for Disney princess fans, which will be located on the fourth floor of the world’s most famous department store.

Whilst the dress creators have included all the traditional Disney princesses in their collection of ten, there are a few modern additions, with gowns also having been designed for Mulan, Tiana from The Princess & The Frog, and Rapunzel from Tangled.

A personal favourite of mine is Ellie Saab’s take on Sleeping Beauty. The dusky, rose coloured dress features a pleated, billowing skirt and long sleeves. Roberto Cavalli has spiced up Pocahontas’ image with a bold, feathered asymmetrical number, accessorized with feather-trimmed cuffs, jangly bangles and prints inspired by dream-catchers.

Versace have created a golden meringue style for Cinderella with a heavy ornate choker necklace, tiara and even a belt that upholds the Versace logo visibly cinching in her waist. All she needs now is one glittering gold shoe.

The brains behind Marchesa, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, have given the flame-haired Ariel from The Little Mermaid a blue floor-length look, which ‘Vogue’, who was given a preview of the collection, describes as: “a chic and elegant deep blue silk evening gown that has been beautifully crafted to combine luxurious draped fabrics, which perfectly embody modern feminine style – capturing Ariel’s adventurous under-the-sea spirit.”

Jenny Packham’s take on Rapunzel gives a lavender floor lenfth gown with gorgeous collar detailing. Harrods themselves have described it as “A magical dress in pale grey, adorned with incredible beading that should never be locked away.”

One thing for certain is that if Disney has ever fallen out of fashion in the past, the best designers the world has to offer are about to bring it right back.

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