Ahead of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), women’s pop culture apparel company, Her Universe, and Disney Consumer Products created a six-piece collection inspired by Marvel superheroes. Actor Gwyneth Paltrow also launched a 25-piece collection inspired by Wonder Woman on her website goop.com.
DC superheroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, among others, inspired fashion on the runway at the New York Fashion Week (2011) —with designer Jeremy Scott paying homage to these characters in his collection.
And for Altuzarra’s Fall 2010 collection, they decided to channel Catwoman. After all, right from her whip to her leather jumpsuits, the comic character screams style.
Pop culture, especially cartoon characters, have been a major source of inspiration for designers. I had a great time collaborating with Satya Paul on a range of fun and quirky crepe saris with Mickey Mouse prints. And in global fashion, big names like Moschino put SpongeBob SquarePants on their Fall Winter 2014 coats.
Maleficent (2014) inspired Stella McCartney’s line of children’s clothes and accessories, while Rupert Sanderson’s Minion pumps made headlines.
Read on for tips to make a statement by combining stylish designs with iconic characters.
HOW TO DRESS LIKE A SUPERHERO WITHOUT GOING OTT
Channel your inner supergirl with a Superman icon T-shirt. Pair it with a red-knit pencil skirt for a fun night out or denims for a casual, day look. Put on a pair of converse or white sneakers, and you are good to go.
Inspired by the silver and gold star accents from Wonder Woman’s ensemble? Try on a fun, starry, tulle mini dress or a sweatshirt emblazoned with stars. Pair this with simple red wedges or red accessories. The red accents will add enough pop to this outfit without competing with the bold motifs.
Every wardrobe should contain a classic Bat symbol; bonus points if it’s metallic. While not everyone can carry off black leather pants, you can coordinate the T-shirt with a black leather jacket, combat boots, and accessories in black and gold. If you want to go bold, opt for a T-shirt dress.
A Mickey and Minnie Mouse-print sweatshirt paired with solid coloured denims is a fun ensemble to sport in the winter. A red lip colour is all you need to add to the look.
Bring out your inner geek with a Moschino-style SpongeBob dress or crop top, paired with geeky glasses. For the less experimental, a SpongeBob backpack or sling is a good option, since yellow can be an overwhelming colour. Or you can go sexy in an all-black ensemble with SpongeBob print-inspired heels.
Make those holidays more fun with Bart Simpson-printed sweatpants. And on casual days out, wear T-shirts inspired by Bart’s quotes — or even a Jeremy Scott-style ensemble inspired by The Simpsons.
Angelina Jolie, Katy Perry and Dita Von Tesse rocked the Jessica Rabbit-style red gown. It’s ideal for a red carpet-do or a fancy cocktail party. You can’t go wrong with this one, especially if you want to flaunt that all-new frame you’ve been sweating out for in the gym. If you aren’t in your best shape, go for spanx (shaping briefs and leggings). Well, aren’t they the real superheroes?
Gupta is a leading fashion designer. She tweets as @MasabaG