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Cartoon Characters Are Invading the Runway

Mickey Mouse x Marc Jacobs, anyone?
Cartoon Characters Are Invading the Runway Mickey Mouse x Marc Jacobs, anyone?

Like anvils dropped off a cliff, designers have fallen - hard! - for cartoon characters. To wit:

1. Jeremy Scott

We all know that pop culture references are stamps of the kooky and playful designer Jeremy Scott. His works are reflections of what we love (cool phone cases, anyone?)—but what could we love more than cartoons?? Thanks to him, Bart Simpson became a cult fave on sweaters (Fall 2012), Spongebob made his runway debut on dresses and bags (Moschino Fall 2014), and Bugs Bunny went all gangsta on us. 


2. Red Valentino

If Snow White came to life, had killer swag, and maintained her no-makeup glow, this would be her wardrobe. Red Valentino created a very versatile, mix-and-match collection for Fall 2014 which could belong in any fashion girl’s closet. The princess’ images were splashed on bags, shirts, and sweaters; but our favorite piece would have to be ‘THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL’ clutch.

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3. Marc Jacobs

It’s pretty safe to conclude that Marc Jacobs has an affinity for Mickey Mouse. The iconic Disney character (on cropped sweaters, no less) graced the runway of the fashion house’s Spring 2013 show and headlined limited edition charity tees last year.


4. Bobby Abley

Look at this stuff….isn’t it neat? Bobby Abley’s Spring 2015 Men’s collection was inspired by the 1989 Disney film The Little Mermaid. Images like Ariel’s seashell bra, Ursula’s evil face, and Sebastian were plastered on cool pullover sweaters. We just want these to be a part of our world (or our closets)!


5. Givenchy 

It is undeniable that Bambi is quintessentially cute and meek. But because Ricardo Tisci is pure genius, he made the impossible possible and made Disney look edgy in Fall 2013. Take for example, the cult favorite Bambi and female form image print on everything Givenchy. We seriously couldn’t decide between the Antigona tote or clutch!


6. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac aka JC/DC is dubbed as fashion’s “King of Cartoon” for a reason: he humanizes our favorite cartoon characters and faint childhood memories into the clothes that he makes. A Lego-themed show? Spring 2009, check! A Kermit the Frog Jacket? Fall 2009, check! Pluto on a hot pink t-shirt dress? Spring 2009, check! There is nothing impossible for this imaginative creative genius.

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