Walt Disney Signature Announces Designer Accessories Collection Inspired by Disney Classic ‘Fantasia’

Walt Disney Signature, Disney’s first upscale, adult lifestyle brand, today announced a magical and sophisticated collection of accessories from a trio of leading designers, all inspired by the cinematic beauty of the classic film Fantasia. In celebration of the upcoming release of Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition on Blu-ray/DVD on November 30, 2010, the new Fantasia accessories collection from Walt Disney Signature offers artful statement pieces from high-end designers including Hayden-Harnett, nOir and Robin Rotenier.

“The film’s powerful iconic images from the whimsical to the mysterious make it a great bounty for designers and inspired them to create these timeless yet modern pieces that offer something for the Fantasia collector as well as the fashionista looking for on-trend designs,” said Pam Lifford, executive vice president, global fashion and home, Disney Consumer Products. “These accessories embody the spirit of Fantasia and bring it to life in new ways. Disney’s collaboration with these top designers continues to expand our brand further into the fashion sphere.”

Since its debut in 1940, the cinematic achievement of Fantasia has provided generations around the world with a lifetime of memories. A color and animation breakthrough, the film is much like today’s music videos with short fantasy scenarios visually-loaded with colors and patterns scored symphonically to music, providing designers with a treasure trove of resources to draw from.

The Walt Disney Signature Fantasia accessories collection includes:

Apprentice Satchel by Hayden-Harnett. Features black grain leather with a black cathedral embossed pattern and multiple=Hayden-Harnett
Fine accessories designer Hayden-Harnett’s Fantasia collection seeks to convey a spirit of magic, nature as mankind’s muse, and creative fantasy.

The richly artisanal collection consists of sand-washed silk scarves depicting scenes from the following Fantasia sequences: “Rite of Spring,” “Ave Maria” and “Night on Bald Mountain.” Dramatic studded leather cuffs, handbags and wallets feature embossing patterns inspired by the ancient magical leather tomes and soaring gothic architecture found in the film’s “Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria” sequences. Antique brass closures add an ancient and handcrafted touch.

The Hayden-Harnett and Walt Disney Signature Fantasia collection will debut in the designer’s Brooklyn and Nolita stores, on haydenharnett.com, and with select retailers in December.

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Bones cuff by nOir. Fantasia’s “Rite of Spring” scene graphically depicts a time when the ruling dinosaurs met their catastrophic end. The bones left behind inspired this string life-like cuff. The cuff is 22k Gold and Rhodium Plated Brass.nOir
Known for its fresh take on style that integrates glamour with an edgy street influence, nOir jewelry will create its customized limited edition “Capsule Collection” inspired by Fantasia. The line’s magical, dreamlike luxury costume baubles will encompass the epic elements of the film such as an oversized, dinosaur “bones” cuff inspired by the “Rite of Spring” scenes. Other pieces include a pave encrusted Pegasus ring in black and white cubic zirconia and eye-catching fiber optics jewelry accented with Swarovski crystals that actually lights up.

For nOir jewelry designer Leeora Catalan, Fantasia is a treasured childhood memory that has stayed with her throughout the years — she has continued to celebrate the magic of the film alongside her three children who often request to watch it.

“Fantasia transcends time. It stirs all your senses and surprises over and over. The film’s incredible combination of creativity, symphony, and whimsy were both captivating and inspiring,” said Leeora Catalan, nOir jewelry designer. “This collaboration with Disney allowed me to curate fashion statements that embody the magic and mystery of the film.”

Staying true to the nOir aesthetic, the pieces will all be entirely unique, large in scale, opulent in design, and thought-provoking, while having a higher concentration of luminous, sparkly, and whimsical elements. nOir’s cutting edge designs have captivated the world’s most influential celebrities, including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Fergie, Sarah Jessica Parker and Madonna.

The collection will be available in November 2010 at high-end retailers nationwide, as well as at www.noirjewelry.com. Prices will range from $250- $1000 retail.

Silver 'Fantasia' Broom Cufflinks by Robin Rotenier. A brilliant collection of sterling silver Fantasia-inspired cufflinks and jewelry designs. A master craftsman, Rotenier hand-finished each and every piece for the line in order to distinguish them from machine made items. These sterling silver cufflinks depict the classic “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” scene in Fantasia where the broom and the bucket come to life. The pair come gift boxed. MSRP: $345Robin Rotenier
Award-winning, Paris-born jewelry designer Robin Rotenier has created a unique collection of sterling silver Fantasia-inspired cufflink and jewelry designs. Fueled by his passion for fine craftsmanship and original design, Robin Rotenier hand-carves his models, and each piece is finished by hand, distinguishing it from machine-made items.

A set of three sterling silver and vermeil cufflinks depicts the classic Fantasia scene in which the Broom and Buckets come to life, another design is inspired from the Desert Dunes, and the last is a dramatic Bright Shining Sun seen in the opening of the movie.

The men’s collection will be sold in September at Bergdorf Goodman, a NYC exclusive, before a men’s and women’s national launch in October.

Images courtesy of Disney Consumer Products

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