Celebrity Designer Mychael Darwin Unveils Apparel Collection Inspired by The Princess and the Frog

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Commemorative-Sterling Silver Princess Tiana JacketDesigner Mychael Darwin — best known for creating one-of-a-kind limited edition leather jackets — and Disney Consumer Products are launching an all new outerwear collection in honor of Disney’s newest and first African American Princess, Tiana. Arriving in time for the Holiday ‘09 release of Walt Disney Pictures’ new animated film The Princess and the Frog, the collection is inspired by the warm textures and bright colors of the hand drawn animation of this highly anticipated animated film and will appeal to both the fashion conscious and the Disney devotee.

When asked about his design inspiration for the collection, Mychael Darwin said, “I drew from my own Southern upbringing, the richness of the film’s country landscapes and the beauty and grace from my own true life princess — my daughter.  It was also important to me that I create a line that appeals to the inner desire of all women to be treated like royalty, specifically as they work hard to achieve their dreams.”

Mychael Darwin Denim & Leather for Disney for women, tweens and girls consists of limited edition Italian all-leather jackets with hand-carved .925 sterling silver buttons, featuring custom-printed leather with beautifully artistic background scenes reminiscent of The Princess and the Frog. The leather jacket collection uses a revolutionary proprietary printing technique known as Leathergenix©—which allows extraordinary artistic printing on supple leather. The collection also includes special edition premium denim jackets accented with Italian leather trims and jacket backs that feature original artwork from the film elegantly highlighted with hand-beaded Swarovski crystals.

Mychael Darwin Denim & Leather for Disney brings to life the beauty and devotion of, Princess Tiana, with references to the rich colors and design accents found throughout The Princess and the Frog.  Additionally, the collection uses subtle colored embroidery, graceful floral designs, and intricate beading to mimic the ornate French and Spanish architectural influences of New Orleans landmarks like the famous French Quarter.

“The stars aligned when we approached Mychael Darwin to create a Tiana-inspired collection fit for a princess,” said Pam Lifford, executive vice president and general manager, global fashion & home, Disney Consumer Products. “Princess Tiana is the type of driven, devoted woman that embodies a true princess and women and girls will see those qualities come through in this new collection.”

Effective immediately from November 20th through December 11th in honor of the newest Disney Princess in ten years, Disney Devotees will be able to purchase Mychael Darwin’s collector’s limited edition Sterling Silver “Princess Tiana jacket.”  Only 500 will be sold nationwide.  Each Princess Tiana Sterling Silver jacket is accented with .925 sterling silver custom buttons and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by designer Mychael Darwin.  Disney enthusiasts and new Princess Tiana Fans can go to www.mychaeldarwin.com and www.shop.mychaeldarwin.com to order or call 1.877. MYCHAEL.

Fit for Royalty, the entire Mychael Darwin Denim & Leather for Disney collection premieres December 4th just in time for Christmas at www.MychaelDarwin.com and at select fine specialty boutiques.  The line also includes a surprise collection of retro 1928 motorcycle denim & leather jackets for boys.

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