Today sparks Fashion156’s new weekly themes. Inspired by the most intriguing and forward thinking trends on the catwalk, we’ll be discussing them in detail and sharing inspired content throughout the week. Today we begin with the Fashion156 Cartoon Week…

I would really like to see the AW13 inspiration boards of the creative teams at big fashion brands and check if any of these cartoons and fictional characters are on them. I certainly see them.


There’s a sense of fun spotting the similarities between Belle Sauvage’s AW13 headdress (coiffure) and Disney’s Inca emperor Kuzco’s crown. I’m not saying these collections were directly inspired by cartoons (who knows?) but it taps into theme of the unreal, of aspirational thoughts and of dreams that are present in both. Aside from any pensive consideration, I want to highlight some of the coincidences I found between children’s film characters and some looks from AW13 and the spring couture shows, and add some fun to the sometimes exaggerated trend forecasting.


Cartoons are iconic and their image sticks with us from childhood. We all would have perfectly understood what Valentino’s first looks on the catwalk were about if someone had said it was “a preppy Wednesday Adams” or if Miu Miu was “Popeye’s wife Olive showcasing her wardrobe for all occasions”.


It’s not just clothing either, I noticed Princess Merida from Brave running the catwalk at Rick Owens and perhaps Pepper Ann was Junya Watanabe’s muse?


Most people would say punk to Haider Ackermann, Fendi and Jeremy Scott’s hair styling, but given this emerging theme, was anyone else reminded of Woody Woodpecker?


Style icons Helena Bonham Carter and Tilda Swinton are often referenced in the fashion world, but they probably didn’t expect that Thom Browne and Gareth Pugh would design theatrical pieces taken from Burton’s Alice in Wonderland or the Chronicles of Narnia, where they play important roles dressed like fantastic queens.


It didn’t stop there, I found Cruella de Vil and Betty Boop and also more unexpected ones such as Fred Flintstone, Sulley from Monsters, Inc, 101 Dalmatians at Joseph Turvey or a Gnome at Agi & Sam.


Maybe it’s the current childish nostalgia of a generation failing to grow up, maybe it’s a cartoons ability to remain distinctive in your mind for a lifetime or maybe fashion just needs shaking up. Either way we’re taking fashion easy, not too seriously, and enjoying it as kids eating popcorn while watching cartoons at the cinema.


Every day this week we’ll have more cartoon related posts including how the trend has been recreated on the streets, in the shops and in music and rounding things off with the Fashion156 ‘awards’, giving the most fashionable cartoons the recognition they deserve.


Image source: Style.com, Fashion156

Posted by: Mikel Serna Bermejo


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