This season legendary jeweler Chopard has created a special Haute Joaillerie line just for Harrods of London, one inspired by Walt Disney Princesses. The co-president and artistic director of Chopard, Caroline Scheufele, is quoted on HauteLiving.com as saying, ““The world of Walt Disney has often been an inspiration for a variety of Chopard [pieces]. I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to design the famous Princesses’ pieces of jewelry.”
I’m not a fan of jewelry, I never have been. I have no interest in wearing pieces myself. But I think these are really pretty to look at, and I think it’s cool to see pieces designed with specific Disney characters in mind. Head over to Haute Living’s website to take a look at the necklaces and earrings designed for/inspired by Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Tiana, Rapunzel, Mulan, and Aurora.
While such pieces might be beyond most of us, it’s still cool to look at them. And we have other options; they may be less haute couture, but a couple websites have cropped up lately that draw sartorial inspiration from Disney characters.
The most famous of these is Disney Bound. Each post on the website is an outfit inspired by a Disney character or idea. Posts include the works: top, bottom, foot ware, hats, jewelry, and other accessories. There are outfits inspired by famous human characters like the princesses, and ones that just go for the certain feel/color of other characters, like Dumbo or Perdita. There are even more wild characters, like outfits loosely inspired by the “Toy Story” aliens, or tangential Disney characters, like Ruby from ABC’s “Once Upon A Time.”
The vast majority of the outfits on Disney Bound are for women, but intrepid users can search through the archives and find the rare outfit put together for men. Popular characters get multiple outfits: there’s one for the Disney Belle and the “Once Upon A Time” Belle, or various Tiana looks: one inspired by her basic character design, and one imagining a Tiana-inspired holiday outfit.
Visitors to the site can click on each post and find details about each piece of the outfit, with links to purchasing. Disney Bound doesn’t sell the outfits, but guests can follow the links to purchase each piece (or just individual bits, if a pair of shoes or a coat strikes their fancy).
If you can’t get enough of Disney-inspired clothing choices, also head over to A Little Toulouse: Disney Inspired Fashion. It works the same as Disney Bound, but its focus seems to be on less common Disney characters (which Disney Bound also provides, but not as often). Supporting figures like Lady Cluck from “Robin Hood,” background characters like Ariel’s sisters, and even inanimate objects like Fauna’s Birthday Cake (from “Sleeping Beauty”) all provide inspiration for outfits on A Little Toulouse.
I love looking at these Disney outfits. I’d even like to wear some of them. Altogether the outfits aren’t really in my price range, though at least they’re conceivable (as opposed to the likely cost of the Chopard jewelry). No matter what, though, they’re fun to look at, and a really neat and unique way for Disney fans to interact with the films.
*(The above image by BoogaFrito is licensed under the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution License).