British luxury designer Olivia Von Halle has teamed up with Disney to launch a 15-piece capsule collection marking the release of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Oct 18.
Inspired by the movie's lead heroines Maleficent and Aurora (played by Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning respectively), the collection plays on the duo's contrasting personalities.
Maleficent's influence can be seen in a reimagined version of the brand's cult Coco pyjama, which has been revamped in silk velvet and embellished with black Swarovski buttons and an embroidered wing motif.
An "Issa Atora" slip dress and "Delphine Atora" gown have been crafted from feathered silk devore fabric inspired by Maleficent's raven, Diaval, and the series also features a floor-length, black, crepe-de-chine "Ares Fatale" gown with a faux feather cape.
Shoppers who identify more with Aurora's style will be able to choose from the label's signature "Lila" pyjama and "Queenie" robe, both covered in a lilac floral "Apple Blossom" print inspired by the magical forest where Maleficent and Aurora met.
A floor-length silk organza dress called "Delphine Innocence" and a whimsical dress called "Edie Aurora" channel the character's costumes in the film, while the label's Issa and Aureta dresses have been modified using a shell-pink silk lurex "Grace" fabric inspired by her ethereal aesthetic.
"Growing up with Disney, I found from an early age that the characters I was drawn to the most were the villains, the rebels, the rule-breakers," said Von Halle in a statement.
"They were dangerous, interesting, had depth to their characters – and were so glamorous and well dressed! Women are complex and powerful and I believe that we all have a Maleficent and an Aurora within us, and I wanted to create a collection that would enable women to explore and embrace these contrasting sides of their personalities."
The ‘Olivia von Halle x Disney Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' collection is the latest in a string of high-profile fashion launches by Disney – earlier this month, the behemoth partnered with Vans on a new collection featuring characters and scenes from the animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.
In May, Cath Kidston launched a Jungle Book-themed ready-to-wear and lifestyle collection, while Disney's famous character Mickey Mouse celebrated his 90th anniversary last year via a string of high-profile collaborations with Lacoste, Rag & Bone, Marc Jacobs and Opening Ceremony. – AFP Relaxnews
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