On March 3, Disney Couture inspired by memories of Mickey and Minnie Mouse will make its debut on the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week. The range of apparel and accessories will then find its way into the city’s hi-fashion stores.
The show will see two designers showcasing their collections. Little Shilpa will unveil a woman’s line of 18-20 ensembles, mostly tunics and gowns, lightly embellished with a lot of drapes in cotton, lycra, net and silk. For the first time, along with apparel, she has also designed shoes and bags, besides headgear and neckpieces.
“All these years Disney has been perceived as a brand for kids. The idea of the tie-up is to bring the range of Disney fashion available internationally into the adult Indian market. Using a colour palate that draws from my memories of cartoons and Mickey and Minnie Mouse stories, I have embellished my range with many symbols you find repeated in both, books and movies, including bows, polka dots, stars, hearts and daisies,” says Little Shilpa, pointing out that while some of the pieces will bear an obvious allusion to their muse, the collection will be a balance between fun and serious fashion.
The other designer, Nitin Bal Chauhan’s range of washed denims caters to both sexes. It also includes bags and belts made of leather, canvas, fiberglass and acrylic along with headgear made from fabric which is moulded like clay.
“Disney shared their brand book that documented collaborations and collections of designers across the globe, and that, along with animated features and comic books, helped me come up with a bright, retro and essentially blue collection that emphasises repetition in cuts, prints and textures,” says Nitin, adding that he has also used wires, metallic gauze, test tubes and flowers made of junk to jazz up his clothes and accessories. “Mickey’s ears, Minnie’s bows, polka dots and buttons are all my primary inspirations.”