Move over Kate Moss; there’s a new muse in town. No, no, we’re not talking about Cara Delevingne or Pixie Geldof. Fashion’s latest ‘It’ Girl goes by the name of Minnie Mouse. You’re sure to recognize the cute yellow court shoes, the big red polka dot bow, and the playful petticoats beneath that voluminous skirt – it’s true, Minnie’s been around for a while (she made her first appearance in the film Plane Crazy, released in 1928). But she’s taking a break from Hollywood, and has instead chosen to throw herself into the fashion industry’s limelight.
Minnie has been taking the fashion world by storm as of late. Last year, London’s top designers showcased one-off creations inspired by Minnie at September Fashion Week and, earlier this year, designer Gerlan unveiled her Minnie Mouse inspired collection at New York Fashion Week. In March Minnie walked the catwalk in a custom Lanvin dress (no less!) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disneyland, before releasing her OPI nail polish collection this summer. That’s not to mention her past collaborations with luxury jewellery brand Mawi, and department store Barney’s New York.
But most exciting of all, Minnie has just landed her debut fashion mag cover, fronting the 10th edition of the bi-annual LOVE Magazine. She stars alongside some of the biggest contemporary names in the modelling industry, including Georgia May Jagger, Edie Campbell and Rosie Huntington Whiteley.
Traces of Miss Minnie’s influence are all over the industry. Yayoi Kusama’s collection for Louis Vuitton springs to mind. Or Maison Michel’s delicate mouse ears that were popular with the Olsen sisters. Meadham Kirchoff’s collection this season was covered in bows, with clear Minnie-Mouse inspired colour schemes dominating his catwalk looks. And, next season, Miu Miu pays homage to our favourite mouse with polka dots galore, with pieces ranging from small necktie scarfs to ankle-length taffeta skirts.
It seems Minnie can do no wrong: her career as fashion model-muse is only going from strength to strength. And no wonder! She’s an icon. As Marc Low, Vice President of Fashion and Home at Disney, said: “Minnie Mouse and her unique style continue to inspire fans across the world. Surpassing trends, Minnie Mouse’s iconic silhouette, signature bows and polka dots always remain in style which is why she is as relevant today as the day she first appeared on the fashion scene”.
Congratulations on your cover Minnie. We’ll certainly be picking up our copy of LOVE Magazine.
Get Minnie’s Look
Coral polka dot drop waist dress, £10, Riverisland.co.uk; Hands bodycon dress, £30, Lazy Oaf at ASOS.com; Moto pink spot mom jeans, £42, Topshop; Roundabout suede court shoes, £58, Office; False eyelashes in Slant Black, £15.50, Shu Umera; Bow hair clip in red, £12, American Apparel; OPI Vintage Minnie Mini nail polish collection, £12.95, Beautybay.com; Commes Des Garcons polka dot print pouch, £109, Selfridges; Black lace mouse ears headband, £24.44, Esty.
Meadham Kirchhoff, ss13
Yayoi Kusama’s collection for Louis Vuitton
LOVE magazine’s Sweetie Issue is out now. Marc Low quote taken from Stylist.co.uk