On Taking Animated Style Cues

Leandra Medine | January 6, 2011

I love animated movies just as much as the next overgrown kid, they really get the wheels of my brain turning and while my questions remain unanswered, they’re still valuable. See below:

Why didn’t Cinderella’s glass slipper ever break? That shit is glass.
Why does everyone slip Sleeping Beauty’s sleeping pill addiction under the rug?
Did the screen writers of Bambi have no souls? Who kills a baby deer’s mommy?

When I’m not philosophizing about the state of these animated characters however, I am making life-changing, groundbreaking hypotheses that have been outrageously over-exhausted. Today’s theory reads like this: fashion imitates Disney. Don’t believe me? That is dumb. That is really dumb. I’m about to substantiate my theory with photos.

Exhibit A:

all runway images via Style.com
Rodarte S/S 2011 x DKNY F/W 2010 =
Poor little orphaned Bambi.
VPL’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection evoked immediate thoughts of harnesses and unkempt lady bits.
Delving deeper than the initial perverted references however, there is a certain…hierarchy present.
This is another example of heartless Disney screenwriters leaving little baby animal sans parent.
Up next:
Charlotte Ronson S/S 2011 vs. Doc, the most eclectic of the Seven Dwarfs
He always was my favorite of the dwarfs, partly because of how well he nails trends. Here’s to the perfect shade of burnt orange. And If I didn’t know better…I’d have thought his sunnies were Karen Walker.
Taking a peek below the ankle:

We look to Prada’s infamous S/S 2010 glass slippers. Made in plastic because, you know, in the real world…glass breaks. And look, I’m not one to judge but girlfriend on the right should probably cut her toenails.

See what I mean? Which do you prefer?
 Gareth Pugh, Giambattisa Valli, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Jil Sander
…took their respective Spring styling cues from none other than everyone’s favorite Loony Tune and hunk the skunk.
Oh, Pepe. I like you because you speak French.
Lanvin for H&M;’s collection caused quite the stir. But while you were all swooning the familiar silhouettes that would finally become attainable, I was lady-boning at the Donald Duck inspired nature of the bold yellows brought forward.
image via Jak&Jil;
…I know what your wise-ass is thinking: “But Man Repeller, DD is a sailor.”
Never underestimate me, though. Behold: Christian Dior S/S 2011 filling in the missing props. 
 This image in turn got me thinking beyond the characters of Disney. 
Pop-Eye was a reputable sailor too, ya know. And he advocated the consumption of spinach.

Then I thought about my Saturday mornings.
And while yes, it’s true: I wake up every Saturday, thinking about Jil Sander’s S/S 2011 runway collection, it’s because said collection reminded me of…
PEPPER-ANN! She’s my real style icon. I’ve tried to get my hair to do that boner thing on many an occasion, it just won’t.

And finally…
Though providing an image from Gucci’s S/S 2011 collection may negate what I am about to say, I will say it anyway: 

Here’s to a time when Barney provoked not images of Dries van Noten prints, outrageously high Pierre Hardy heels and sweet, sweet Alaia silhouettes but rather, an over-sized purple dinosaur singing songs of love, hugs, kisses and drugs. 
…And he plays the trombone! What a talented fellow.  
While I don’t necessarily know how to play the trombone, I know a thing or two about getting in touch with my inner Dinosaur.
Sweater: Madewell, Pants: H&M;, Shoes: Miu Miu, photos by Naomi Shon
See what I mean?
In conclusion I urge you to go on and be the fanciest Walt Disney product you can be.
  • http://www.fashionalities.blogspot.com Natasha

    When did you get the H&M; pants?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07917036130656116409 H

    Your outfit reminds me more of the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland.
    Your blog is too cute!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    Last spring! On a sale rack for $10.

  • Antonia
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14671523450551184256 On a Day in November

    Your blog is awesome! many people try to be funny, but you really are. Real fun way with words!

  • Becca

    So cute! These kind of remind me of this blog: http://thersic.com/wordpress/wordpress/?cat=40

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03045145090849612451 kgal1298

    Pepe is Disney? I get it creative liberty. Anyway you forgot to do the Little Mermaid…certainly there must be some sheer blue fish tail dresses out there (too easy?) ah well then let's try a Toy Story theme perhaps?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17881583341444572144 Nika

    I wanna be a dwarf! 🙂
    Nice post, very creative as always!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15728350863996978314 naughtymess

    walt d. would be proud.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07431886068122136937 RX-SZ

    These are totally great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08847440156597573731 Cate

    PepperAnn!!! i would intentionally dress like her and not feel bad about it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03394947638036945392 Camilla.

    I also thought I saw some 'Bananas in Pajamas' inspired stuff on the SS'11 runway, now that's a trend I would buy into.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17077095974490105071 t

    Baha, I particularly love the Donald Duck outfit. And I have the same Madewell sweater! So comfy.

  • http://emilypanda.wordpress.com/ emilypanda

    This post is freaking awesome. Those glass slippers are definitely cinderella inspired!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02845765507208993239 Vegas Fashion Stylist

    Great post, I know how long this took. Dopey was my fave. I am adding your blog to my blog-roll because I don't get on bloglovin' enough and your blog is that awesome. xoxox


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05245621606620312029 Mieko

    The Pepper-Ann comparison kills me

    Just try not to think about the original Sleeping Beauty, when it comes to fairy tales… or Cinderella… or The Little Mermaid… :p


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16747921195231684047 Francesca

    love that Madewell sweater


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04821429930590597093 noirohio vintage

    um…. amazing post. Love your sweater!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01034419628438916276 serenissima

    i absolutely love your pants! Pale yellow… where can I find those in MY local H&M;???


  • Anonymous

    Great post, but Barney is playing a trombone in that photo, not a trumpet.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11072816094374647014 Little Miss C

    I was thinking about this the other day and all the fur at Chanel was VERY Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmations of course (or Mr Burns from the Simpsons with the Puppy vest episode…), the prairie looks that have come through time and time again (from practically everyone) always remind me of Belle from the Beauty and the Beast when she's singing at her home and how could we miss the Princess Jasmine harem pants… Oh I could run with this for ages…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07867993845573123884 Sara Nev


  • AntiSlice


    Exactly what I was going to say.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01432997696035262285 Maral

    I literally laughed at the toenail comment for 5 minutes straight–my eyes started tearing


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12896764051267095900 Eva May

    reminds me of this post i did months ago:

    you look beautiful on the photos!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16736025501126634585 Emma

    girl that is a trombone

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05436806622503055028 EAT ME MIKI!

    Haha hilarious. You should check out this amazing list of animated films for adults – http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/reviews/animated_films_for_grown-ups.php

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01122152277968126355 Davidikus

    Cinderella's shoes are not glass. It's a bad translation from the French. "Vair" is gray squirrel fur; "verre" is glass.

    There is unbreakable glass, too, you know?

    In any case, if you believe that Cinderella's world is the real world, you need to see a psychiatrist & talk to them about all those fairies, pumpkins turning into a carriage etc.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18295165537827684720 D

    I can't even deal…you are hilarious. Love how you write that way you probably speak. Very straightforward and real. Loves it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08167548594949831865 Poochie

    I thought the same thing about the toenails in that Prada show. I later found out they were intentional clear extensions.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10536244216664912207 Sketch42

    That fur bathing suit thing is disgusting. Looks like overgrown pubes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07402619672119377705 Villedela

    I just lol-ed really hard after seeing Barney. "…And he plays the trombone! What a talented fellow." You're my hero.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03600803645063472366 Ms_SyllyBee

    Chicest barney Outfit ever! so cute!

    i wander, i wonder

  • http://livluxmag.com Doni W.

    This was the BEST fashion post I've seen in a longggggg time. So funny and true! The smurf comparison literally made me laugh out loud lol.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13755601164081429606 Rose

    wow taking me back to the pepper-ann days…
    shes too cool for 7th grade, as were you.
    that was unbelievable.
    only fashion blog i read

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17119956511264906370 LOIS

    hahaha ! love the post! Really enjoyed it:)
    Love Lois


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15076922578363472560 ShoeTease

    Don't forget the bambi collection by Castelbajac! Especially loving the anti-man shoes!


    xo ShoeTease

  • Anonymous

    classic! xx

  • Anonymous

    Yuck to the lion fur. Cute to the bamboo outfits especially to the one on the right cute!