The recently wrapped D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center proved to be more than a three-day biannual gathering of Disney fans. It was a mind-boggling testament to the pop culture juggernaut that Walter Elias Disney hath wrought.
Thanks to a stable of entertainment properties that now includes the Muppets, the Marvel comic book world and the
Colorful characters aside, there were some noteworthy clothes, accessories and jewelry on display. One piece that caught our comic-book-loving eye was a Spider-Man dress (above, left) from the new Marvel Heroes line that recently hit Forever 21 (other pieces in the $6.80 to $22.80 juniors line feature the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and Wolverine cavorting on sweat shirts, T-shirts and leggings).
While there was no shortage of full-on Mickey and Minnie Mouse merchandise on display (including a sequin-embellished
But the most covet-worthy item (for those seeking the fairy tale lifestyle, at least) was an adult-sized, velvet and satin Snow White costume with sequin and gold embroidery details (above right). Produced in a limited run of 100 and priced at $349.95, a Disney Consumer Products representative told us 10 had already been purchased from the Disney store on the show floor by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The D23 Expo also marked the U.S. debut of 10 fashion designers' takes on Disney princess dresses that were originally part of a holiday 2012 window display at Harrod's in London. Among the dresses on display were gorgeous gowns by the likes of
The live-action presentation, which took place on the second day of the Expo, managed to give the fashion-focused fan a few things to look forward to on screen as well. In a clip from "Maleficent," (due in theaters July 2, 2014)
The other film that caught my eye, stylewise, was "Saving Mr. Banks," (slated for a Dec. 20 release) starring