More and more designers are looking to Disney either for motifs or entire capsules. The latest to launch a collection is Christopher Kane, who took inspiration from the soon-to-come Beauty & The Beast remake starring Emma Watson and Tom Hiddleston. Yesterday, before a special screening of the film at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Derek Blasberg moderated a panel between Kane, Laure Heriard Dubreuil of The Webster, and Livia Firth of Eco-Age about collaborating on the eco-friendly, Disney-centric collection.
“Belle was not the princess—she was a normal girl. Like Belle, I grew up in a small town, in Scotland, and I had aspirations to do big things,” Kane said. “It’s fantasy—where would we be in fashion without fantasy?”
For the entire Beauty & The Beast press tour, Watson took on the challenge to exclusively wear eco-friendly outfits, and even devoted an Instagram account to it, Livia explained.
“It’s exactly what our clients are looking for right now; we all grew up with Belle,” Laure, founder of The Webster boutique, said as to why she lent her support to the collab. “The sustainable aspect of it is absolutely amazing and that’s what makes it more personal. Our clients are looking for beautiful clothes, but with a message.”
Besides the fantasy and creative inspiration, the other aspect of Disney that Kane loves? “The princes are really hot! Prince Eric [from The Little Mermaid] was great, and the beast after the transformation. The calf muscles!”
Kane’s capsule launches March 16, and will be available at christopherkane.com, the flagship store in London, and select retailers like Selfridges and The Webster. And for Disney fans who are eagerly anticipating the movie, it hits theaters this Friday.