Jewelry designers and Disney seem to make good bedfellows, as a number of collaborations have recently appeared. Here, details on the newest collections.
THE LOOK: A partnership between London-based designer Mawi Keivom and Daniel and Jason Lanver of Lucas Designs, the exclusive licensee for Disney Couture (which produced the line). Mawi’s signature romantic yet industrial style is interpreted in pearl necklaces with chunky opalescence hearts, enameled polka dot bows and vintage faceted brooches as pendants, with coordinating drop earrings and rings. A gold-tone bracelet and ring are topped with a sleek Minnie Mouse ear design encrusted with crystals.
THE STATS: Launches Sept. 1 at Disney Stores, specialty retailers such as Fred Segal and mawi.co.uk. Wholesale prices range from $40 for a ring to $175 for a necklace.
THE REASON: “We wanted to do something that was very directional, sculptural yet minimal,” says Keivom. “I was inspired by the work of Jeff Koons and Chanel for these pieces.”
THE LOOK: Inspired by Disney’s “African Cats” and in celebration of the African Wildlife Foundation’s 50th anniversary this year, Alex Woo designed a pendant necklace, available in sterling silver or 14-karat gold, bedecked with a silhouette of a mother and cub sitting in the bush.
THE STATS: The pieces just hit Henri Bendel and Endless.com, retailing from $138 for sterling silver to $2,298 for 14-karat gold.
THE REASON: “As a new mom myself, I wanted to tell the story of the common bond moms share of wanting to protect and nurture their young,” says Woo. “It was a labor of love to do this project.”
KIDADA JONES FOR DISNEY STORE
THE LOOK: A collection of 20 charms centered around classic Disney princesses, which Kidada reimagined into cartoon figurines with a Japanese animation feel. The Cinderella, for instance, includes a slipper, clock and carriage charm, while Belle comes with a rose, teacup and bell designs made from Swarovski crystals and 14-karat yellow-plated gold. The collection also features T-shirts, totes and watches.
THE STATS: Select Disney Store locations in New York, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Chicago began selling the pieces earlier this month; they will launch nationwide and in Europe and Japan by October. Retail prices range from $14.50 for a single charm to $39.50 for the Wish-a-Little figurines that feature the necklace inside a plastic doll.
THE REASON: “I’ve grown up with the Disney characters and identify with all of them in different ways,” says Jones. “If I had to choose, I’d say Snow White is my favorite princess, but really, once you know all of their stories, they’re all incredibly strong and powerful women.”