Givenchy’s seeing spots—literally. In the French fashion house’s second collaboration with the House of Mouse, creative director Matthew M. Williams is unveiling a limited-edition capsule adorned with the beloved pups from the 1961 animated hit 101 Dalmatians. (Fur coats not included. Sorry to disappoint, Cruella.)
The collection, available to shop online and at select Givenchy locations worldwide on July 1, will feature a wide range of 101 Dalmatians-inspired items, including ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, and jewelry. The pups themselves make winking appearances on the Givenchy 4G logo, using it as their personal climbing gym, while their parents, Pongo and Perdita, pop up on sweatshirts and varsity jackets with the Givenchy G-Lock hooked to their collars. Other offerings feature more subtle callbacks to the film franchise: leather collar necklaces, spotted ripped-and-repaired denim pieces, and black suiting with white accents. Cruella De Vil earns her own print, featuring the villainess strutting past the house’s Paris headquarters—with shopping bags swinging from her arms, of course.
Williams says the ongoing collaboration with Disney is due, in part, to his personal love for the entertainment giant. “Growing up in California, Disney was always part of my life,” he says. “I always loved going to Disneyland with my parents, and now, as a father, I love taking my kids to Disneyland Paris.”
The Givenchy campaign also features an animated video courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios and overseen by Eric Goldberg, the Disney director and animator behind characters including Aladdin’s Genie and Hercules’ fast-talking satyr Phil. In the short but charming clip, Pongo, Perdita, and their brood plop down in front of a Givenchy window to admire the goodies inside, only to ward off Ms. De Vil when she arrives to inevitably spoil the fun.
While Cruella might not get any front-row invites this time around, Kate Moss is certainly welcome in Pongo’s backyard. The supermodel makes a surprise (animated) appearance in the clip, sketched in a slinky black dress and shaking paws with Perdita.
“To have the opportunity to tell a story and create new animation with the characters from 101 Dalmatians, through the imaginative and playful lens of the House of Givenchy, was an absolute dream,” Goldberg says of the short film.
Beyond separates in light pink, black, and white for women, and red, black, and white for men, accessories from the drop include wallets, caps, bob hats, a spotted Pongo-themed crossbody bag, a backpack emblazoned with the signature Disney castle, and footwear, including slides, high-tops, and low-tops. Heads up: purchases from this Givenchy x Disney collaboration will run fashion fiends slightly more than a ticket to the Magic Kingdom: items run from $400-$4,200 for ready-to-wear; $230-$1,665 for accessories; and $335-$575 for jewelry.
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