Monday, February 08, 2010

Alice in Fashionland

How the new 2010 Alice in Wonderland film inspires designers.

There is one name in 2010 that will not be forgotten as an inspiration to fashion; Alice. Who would have thought that Tim Burton’s new Alice in Wonderland film would spiral out into the fashion world and become the newest trend? Many designers have taken this little girls fantasy world to the next level by designing a fresh new look for 2010.

Designers all want a piece of Alice. Designers such as Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Bernhard Williams, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, and Sue Wong (who has designed more than ten dresses), have all made their own Alice inspired collection for spring 2010. Each designer has taken a little bit of each character from the film for their inspiration which include: Alice, The Red Queen, The White Queen, and the Mad Hatter.

Clothing is not the only place to find Alice. Jewellery and accessories have also made their way into the trend. Swarovski and Tom Binns have designed a wonderful collection of necklaces’, earnings, rings, bracelets, pendants, and broaches. Some of their featured designs in their collections include: hearts, spades, tea cups, muffins, watches, keys, rabbits, and flowers. Each piece has its own unique style and is sure to stand out in a crowd.

No Alice look is complete without the hair and make-up! Following the Alice apparel, many websites are offering tips on how to created waves in your hair like Alice, or how to do your make-up like the White Queen. Not to mention OPI that made their limited addition nail polish colours featuring: “Off with Her Head!” and “Thanks so Muchness!” shades of red, “Absolutely Alice” in a glittery blue, and “Mad as a Hatter” in a black-multi glitter. Other Alice style items include: a pink Heloise shoulder bag, green Casadei heels, red Lancome lipstick, and Nina Ricci – Nina Precious Eau De Toilette. Alice in Wonderland has also become a popular theme for Weddings, Baby Showers, and Birthday Parties.

How to wear the Alice look: Taken an interest in this new trend and want to try it yourself? It’s Easy! For starters, the Alice look can be interpreted in different ways and you can pick one that suites you! The gothic look which features the Victorian period style, includes designs such as lace, bows and ruffles with vibrant details through the use of as red and black inspired by the Red Queen, or white and black inspired by the White Queen. Not interested in the gothic look, then the baby doll look is the perfect fit. Baby doll dresses in pale colours such as red, baby blue, yellow, and especially pink is the way to go. If you are looking for a crazier way to show off your Alice style, using Tim Burton’s abstract film ideas is a perfect use of inspiration. Sharp styles in a mixture of bright colours with black, such as green, gold, orange, and purple are signature looks inspired by Johnny Depp’s character the Mad Hatter. Looking for another interesting look? Try your own look with inspiration from other characters such as: Tweedledee and Tweedledum who wear a black and white striped shirt with red suspenders, the White Rabbit who wears a white blouse and blue jacket, or the Flowers which can be interpreted into classic outfits with purple, green, and yellow.

We can’t seem to get enough Alice! What began as a novel in 1865, followed by a classic Disney animated film in 1951, and is now a fashion icon film for 2010, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film has certainly created a whole new outbreak of the Alice craze in the fashion world. And it is certainly true that we just can’t get enough Alice. Her fantasy world has made a great impact on fashion and beauty while she has taken all of us under her magical charm to create for us a Wonderland of fashion.

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