Every Fashion Collab Die-Hard Disney Fans Need To Know
It’s not just you. Mickey Mouse has been everywhere lately – even more than usual for the universally beloved rodent. In honor of Mickey’s 90th birthday on November 18 (his debut in a cartoon short,
Steamboat Willie), Disney’s throwing a party across the world. But unlike our own insignificant birthdays, Mickey’s includes a massive PR play featuring special food products, a massive interactive art exhibit located in the heart of Manhattan, and the crème de la crème, designer capsule collections.
Mickey has a long history of influencing some of the greatest creative minds, from Andy Warhol to Jeff Koons to, more recently,
Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele. For Mickey’s birthday, plenty more fashion designers are stepping in to show off their love for the icon.
With the sheer number of collaborations taking place for the milestone, it can be feel overwhelming to deduce which collaborations are worth the investment (are their products
actually better than what’s available at the parks?) and which ones are even happening (like the super niche collabs launching in Italy). It takes a special fan to devote their life to religiously tracking the sartorial rise of Disney. ( Hi, that’s me.) While I’m not the only one — others you should follow include Nylon’s former senior fashion market editor, Marissa Smith, and Disney Style’s strategist, Ilana Gelfand — I come with a passion for sharing my expertise with fellow obsessives and gift shoppers.
So I present you with: The Ultimate Disney Fan’s Guide To The Best Fashion Collaborations Happening In Honor of The True Original’s 90th Birthday (
@ me if you can come up with a shorter name for this).
Release Date: November 7
About The Collab: What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a party? Karen Walker’s Disney collab is a festival of fun with a lookbook boasting balloons, plush-y Mickey hands, and an assortment of bright-colored products to match. The New Zealand native went all in with a full collection that includes ready-to-wear, eyewear, jewelry, accessories, and homeware. On the collaboration, the designer’s team shares that “both Mickey and Karen’s Runaway Girl have an inherent sense of adventure, so the collection is a nod to the heritage of both brands and celebrates their fun love and adventurous spirit.”
What To Expect: A sunny color palette that incorporates pretty pinks, bright yellows, polka dots, and a few black and white pieces added to the mix.
The One Thing Die-Hard Disney Fans Should Buy: The Mickey and Minnie Mouse inspired eyewear are the real winners here. Adorned with polka dots, pink lenses, and even a clever method of incorporating Minnie’s larger than life lashes, these sunglasses are one-of-a-kind when it comes to Disney merch.
Hidden Mickey: If you do opt for a pair of sunglasses, they come in a cute detailed case shaped like Minnie’s iconic red bow. Where To Buy: Karen Walker stores in New Zealand and Japan, karenwalker.com, Moda Operandi, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Harvey Nichols
Disney x Karen Walker Classic Mickey Oversized Sweatshirt, $147.19, available at Karen Walker
Rag & Bone
Release Date: November 1
About The Collab: Where Karen Walker’s collab tapped into our feminine side, Rag & Bone’s exudes pure cool. This collection aims to show Mickey’s tough-guy side; this edgy mouse has no time to deal with the MTA’s funny business. Rag & Bone describes the unisex collection as a reimagining of “his heritage with a New York sensibility.”
What To Expect: Here you’ll find Mickey printed on an array of signature Rag & Bone pieces, including the Rb1 sneaker. Expect a darker color palette that uses Mickey’s signature hues for a fresh pop of color.
The Piece Die-Hard Disney Fans Should Buy: The Fit 2 denim pants. The jeans use bold colorblocking, as seen on the embossed leather pocket and the upturned cuffs.
Hidden Mickey: If you visit the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York this winter, you’ll spot Disney cast members working the event wearing select pieces from the Rag & Bone collab.
Where To Buy: Rag-bone.com, shopdisney.com, and a range of Rag & Bone stores worldwide
Rag & Bone x Disney Mickey Avery Shirt, $225, available at rag & bone Rag & Bone x Disney Mickey Mouse Jeans, $294.95, available at shopDisney
Release Date: November 5
About The Collab: If there were ever a Disney collab that’s actually the perfect meeting of minds, it’s Disney x Gigi Burris. The whimsical hat maker, who grew up in Florida with Walt Disney World right in her backyard, has always had a flair for exaggerated fun, resulting in hats that celebrities can’t get enough of. Burris injects some of her own personal magic into her nine-piece collection that focuses on Mickey’s style evolution through the ages. Of the collection Burris shares, “I wanted to create a forward-thinking take on the ears that looks as welcome at Walt Disney World as it would on the streets of New York.”
What To Expect: A mixture of Mickey ear headbands (unlike anything you’ll find at the parks), and original hats, like a captain’s hat that alludes to Mickey’s Steamboat Willie days and a square brimmed hat modeled after the one Mickey wears as a conductor in The Band Concert.
The Piece Die-Hard Disney Fans Should Buy: The wire-frame ears are cute, but Disney fans on a hunt for something truly original should look towards the Icon cap (pictured left). The Icon hat, available in three colors, is a limited edition drop with only 30 hand-numbered pieces available per color.
Hidden Mickey: Hold onto your hat(boxes). With each purchase, you’ll receive an exclusive holographic hat box that comes lined in Mickey print tissue. You definitely won’t be tossing out this packaging. Where To Buy: Gigiburris.com and Nordstrom
Disney x Gigi Burris Icon, $350, available at Gigi Burris
Release Date: November 6
About The Collab: The Canadian brand Frank and Oak is bringing us a super comfy Mickey line. Tapping into its aesthetic of well-made streetwear basics, the Frank and Oak capsule is as cool as it is cute.
What To Expect: Timeless pieces with a vintage twist like a Carhartt-esque denim set with little printed Mickey heads, and a graphic sweater decorated in primary colors.
The Piece Die-Hard Disney Fans Should Buy: Sneak off to the men’s section to find a retro-style half-zip in a mango hue. We’ll be making this our new park sweater to wear during the nighttime fireworks.
Hidden Mickey: Love Vintage Disney? You’ll find a few crewneck sweaters with “Mickey Mouse” lettering reminiscent of the OG Mousketeers.
Where To Buy: Frankandoak.com Frank and Oak Mickey Mouse® All Over Embroidered Denim Jumpsuit, $149, available at Frank and Oak
Release Date: October 5
About The Collab: Vans is no stranger to partnering with Disney. In the past, they’ve released a myriad of collaborations featuring Pixar characters, Princesses, and Villains. For their latest partnership, the focus is solely on Mickey and his leading lady, Minnie. According to Vans, the collection is “founded on 11 designs that capture Mickey Mouse’s spirit and evolution spanning from his introduction in the late 1920’s to present day.” The collection ranges from footwear to apparel to accessories.
What To Expect: You’ll find commemorative details, like a Sk8-Hi that showcases iconic scenes from Mickey’s black and white silent film, Plane Crazy, a pair of slip-on sneakers adorned with large, puffy Minnie bows, and a special collection of neon prints reminiscent of the ’80s.
The Piece Die-Hard Disney Fans Should Buy: Longtime Mickey fans will love this Sorcerer’s Apprentice inspired pair of Sk8-His. The sneakers depict Mickey’s hat from the Fantasia vignette, with embroidered stars and moons and a blue velvet finish.
Hidden Mickey: Love the collection but want to put your own spin on it? Vans has opened up a custom shop to build your own pair of Disney Vans. Vans Customs will receive two exclusive prints including a special Mickey Mouse-inspired icon and a Minnie Mouse polka dot pattern that will be available beginning October 5. Highlight your own favorite moment with Mickey Mouse alongside countless color and material combinations across Vans Classic silhouettes. Where To Buy: Vans.com, Opening Ceremony, Vans partner stores, and select Vans stores
Disney x Vans Authentic, $65, available at Vans
Release Date: November 1 in the U.S., November 14 worldwide
About The Collab: The most toned-down of the bunch, the Lacoste collection is perfect for those who like to take a more classic approach when it comes to their Disney merch.
What To Expect: The collection uses more conventional Lacoste shades like navy blue, white, gray, and light pinks over Mickey and Minnie’s bolder, statement-making palette. Shop polo shirts featuring embroidered graphics, tote bags with a match-ready Mickey head, and other various items depicting the two characters dressed for the tennis court.
The Piece Die-Hard Disney Fans Should Buy: Swap out your worn-down go-to bag for schlepping with the Mickey tote. It’s roomy, well-made (with leather!), and features Mickey in a sweat band.
Hidden Mickey: Make sure to turn over your sneakers. The collection’s sneakers are pretty subtle, sticking to Lacoste’s signature white tennis shoes. The best surprise is found where you’d least expect it.
Where To Buy: Lacoste.com, and all Lacoste stores worldwide
Disney x Lacoste Hooded Disney Minnie Print Fleece Sweatshirt Dress, $195, available at Lacoste Disney x Lacoste Anna Disney Holiday Collector Print Reversible Tote, $148, available at Lacoste
Release Date: October 15
About The Collab: When Opening Ceremony’s cofounders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim announced they would be shutting down Disneyland’s Toowntown to show the collection, we already knew it was going to be good. To comprehensively read up on the collaboration, check out our coverage on the fashion show here and the collection here.
What To Expect: This collab infuses Leon and Lim’s affinity for pushing boundaries with a special Disney charm. You’ll find oversized fur coats with hand-drawn Mickey graphics made by Leon himself and unique silhouettes for the fashion-forward.
The Piece Die-Hard Disney Fans Should Buy: While they haven’t been released yet, we’re patiently waiting for the faux fur Mickey handbags (seen left) to drop.
Hidden Mickey: Just like the Hidden Mickeys of the parks, this one’s all about spotting ears in the wild. There are a few pieces from the collection that eschew graphics of the mouse to instead feature his iconic rounded ears in the form of shoulder ornaments.
Where To Buy: Opening Ceremony and ShopDisney.com
Disney x Opening Ceremony Disney Faux Fur Jacket, $495, available at Opening Ceremony Disney x Opening Ceremony Disney Faux Fur Skirt, $375, available at Opening Ceremony
Release Date: October 17
About The Collab: You know Mickey’s heading towards a sartorial renaissance when Vogue Italia has a hand in his fashion collabs. Four up-and-coming international labels — Arthur Arbesseer, Au Jour Le Jour, Vivetta, and Les Petits Joueurs — were selected by Vogue Italia ‘s scouting program to produce small capsules for the anniversary (currently being featured on the Italian mass-market retailer OVS). Unfortunately most of it’s a tease, since the website does not currently ship to the U.S. But hey, if you have a friend abroad, now’s the time to hit them up for a favor!
What To Expect: A slew of fresh and exciting items, like printed Mickey heads cleverly used to emulate a cheetah print, a padded puffer jacket with Mikey ears on the hood, and Les Petits Joueurs notable studded handbags.
The Piece Die-Hard Disney Fans Should Buy: The Mickey puffer jacket. No contest.
Hidden Mickey: #TBT. For a real throwback, pick up one of these Mickey keyrings that remind us of the days we used to melt down plastic beads in our ovens.
Where To Buy: As far as we know, you can only find these available at OVS for now, but we’ll keep you posted.
Au Jour Le Jour Mickey Mouse Jacket with Zip, $59.99, available at OVS Au Jour Le Jour Mickey Mouse Shoulder Bag with Print, $29.99, available at OVS
Release Date: November 1
About The Collab: Few brands are as enduring and intrinsically American as Levi’s and Disney, which have both helped define U.S. leisure and fashion for many, many, many decades. So it makes sense the Levi’s dug deep for its collab. According to the brand, “the tees and sweatshirts feature Mickey graphics, many of which have been pulled from Disney’s archives in Anaheim, CA.”
What To Expect: The special edition Trucker jacket and 501 jeans have a Mickey print throughout the pieces. Pairing Mickey’s famous iconography with Levi’s classic silhouettes puts a fresh twist on their combined 235 years of history.
The Piece Die-Hard Disney Fans Should Buy: Don’t sleep on the Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket. The Mickey graphic on back features the mouse and the lettering in all their sequin glory.
Hidden Mickey: These bandanas weave Mickey into classic paisley prints. Bypassers will be none the wiser to the mouse’s presence. Where To Buy: Levi.com and select Levi’s stores
Levi’s x Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse Tee Shirt, $29.5, available at Levi’s