The Peanuts Gallery, not just Snoopy, are providing plenty of inspiration for the Sept. 7 MetLife Snoopy in Fashion event in Bryant Park in Manhattan.
Isaac Mizrahi, Heatherette and Betsey Johnson are among the designers on board for the runway show. They will not be the first to forge ties with Charles Schulz’s perennially childish characters. Over the years, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Oleg Cassini, Fendi and others have designed clothes for Snoopy and his sister Belle, according to the cartoonist’s widow, Jeannie.
Participants in this year’s show were asked to draw inspiration from Snoopy and the gang for their runway looks. Jeremy Scott was thinking Snoopy when he created his design for Saga Furs; Liz Claiborne’s design team channeled Charlie Brown’s sister Sally; Pamella Roland conjured up Peppermint Patty, and “Project Runway” alumna Laura Bennett is using both Pigpen and Woodstock.
In a statement, Mizrahi said of his childhood, “The ‘Peanuts’ characters, especially Charlie Brown, made the issue of being different easy to understand and gave it a resolution. The outsiders were as wonderful and glamorous as the insiders.”
Following next month’s event, the runway creations will be auctioned on eBay to benefit Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization that provides professional attire to disadvantaged women and helps with career development. Show attendees will walk away with a Peanuts-inspired token — a Snoopy Sno-Cone machine.
This story first appeared in the August 28, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.