You may have heard that Barneys New York is planning its Holiday Windows and other promotions around a big collaboration with the Walt Disney Co. and all of its famous characters. You will be hearing all sorts of fawning coverage about this. The first thing that came to The Shophound's mind when we heard about this was "Off-Brand", but, hey that's just us and our pesky taste level. We weren't too crazy about last year's "GaGa's Workshop" either.
Today, Barneys and Disney released more images and information about the event which will be called "Electric Holiday" and include a 3-D electric light show, short films in the windows featuring Disney characters re-imagined as supermodels and reportedly, fashion celebrities transformed into Disney cartoons all to be accompanied by original music from Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino. As WWD reports,
The short film centers around Minnie Mouse’s fantasy to be at the Paris shows. There she comes across key Disney characters — Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck, Cruella de Vil, Princess Tiana and Snow White — all decked out in unique designer clothes as they make their way down the runway.
For the occasion, Mickey is dressed by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Minnie by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Goofy by Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, Daisy by Dolce & Gabbana, Cruella by Rick Owens, Princess Tiana by Proenza Schouler and Snow White by Peter Copping for Nina Ricci.
We hope all turns out better than it sounds, although it makes us wonder if Barneys' current management really understands who shops at Barneys and why. We always thought that it was people who wanted to get away from this sort of thing. This all sounds more like Bloomingdale's, or even Macy's to us, but hey, it's their store, and we can't get too excited about Christmas on a gorgeous late Summer day. We are, however concerned about Minnie and Daisy's makeover into spiky fashion types, as pictured above. As much as we admire Alber Elbaz and his work for Lanvin, we don't recognize these animal-headed creatures. They are not the Minnie and Daisy we know. Where are Daisy's feathers? Or Minnie's chunky pumps?
Whatever. This is happening.