ONCE UPON A TOPIC: Kenneth Branagh’s live action take on “Cinderella” won’t be in movie theaters until March 13, but as of today Hot Topic is courting modern-day princesses with a capsule collection inspired by the Walt Disney Studios flick. The $50 Peasant Sweetheart Dress, $80 Victorian Waistcoat and other apparel and accessories items are meant to borrow from costumes worn by Lily James and other cast members. Fans of Cate Blanchett will be out of luck should they want to emulate her role as the fair-haired princess’ wicked stepmother, though.
Shoppers can preorder the Cinderella-inspired styles through the retailer’s e-commerce site, but they won’t find it in Hot Topic freestanding stores until Feb. 24. Cindy Levitt, senior vice president of merchandising and marketing, said the fairy-tale look suits the 662-unit chain’s customer base. “The collection has just enough twists to make it wearable but is still a bit magical for our fan girl customer,” she said.