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A few months back, Women's Wear Daily suggested that Barneys would perhaps team up with the Walt Disney Co. for its holiday windows. Today, the rumor was confirmed, and Barneys announced that their upcoming Electric Holiday collaboration with Disney will debut on November 14th.
As usual, the highlight will be the windows. The installation will include a short film starring Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck, and more, as models enlisted to walk the Paris runways. Naturally, each will wear a custom-designed outfit: For example, Minnie will wear a one-of-a-kind Lanvin dress that was designed by Alber Elbaz. Fashion industry "regulars" will also be turned into Disney characters, though Barneys hasn't named anyone yet besides WWD's own Bridget Foley.
To best fill out her Lanvin dress, Minnie's proportions were altered. Dennis Freedman explains, "The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress. There was a real moment of silence, because these characters don't change. I said, 'If we're going to make this work, we have to have a 5-foot-11 Minnie,' and [the animators] agreed. When you see Goofy, Minnie and Mickey, they are runway models." So there you have it—even fictional mice, dogs, and ducks aren't immune to the fashion industry's beauty and height standards.
As for the rest of the bunch, Mickey will wear Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Goofy will be dressed by Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, and Daisy Duck has been outfitted by Dolce & Gabbana. Princess Tania will wear Proenza Schouler, Snow White will be in Peter Copping for Nina Ricci, and Cruella de Vil will appropriately wear Rick Owens.
In addition to the windows, the campaign will also include limited-edition holiday items that will be sold at Chelsea Passage, select stores, and online. Included here are Micky Mouse ears designed by Rag & Bone and L'Wren Scott, Vinylmation figures by Paul Smith and Diane von Furstenberg, ornaments, sweets, and more.
Barneys set the extravaganza bar pretty high last year with its Gaga Workshop, but it seems as though the preparation for this year's topper wasn't exactly grueling. According to WWD, Mark Lee, Dennis Freedman, and other high-up execs took a trip to Disney to brainstorm, where they went on rides like It's a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Space Mountain.
· Cartoon Capers: Barneys, The Walt Disney Co. Team Up for Holidays [WWD]
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