“Nostalgia’s a nice thing,” Christopher Kane said at the unveiling of his new Beauty and the Beast capsule collection at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Monday. Like most people, the London-based luxury designer has a fondness for animated Disney classics. “I was such a cartoon snob growing up—I would never watch anything but Disney because, well, it was the best,” he said. “I actually would turn things off and scream at my mom, ‘This is not Disney!’” But it was the 1991 adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy tale that he particularly enjoyed (and evidently still does, if watching it over and over with his niece is any indication). Now, Kane can finally check ‘working with Disney’ off his bucket list, having been tapped by the entertainment conglomerate to design a limited edition lineup of ready-to-wear pieces and accessories to coincide with the release of the new Beauty and the Beast film (out Friday) starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” the Scottish designer gushed. “When Disney approached me last October, I was between seasons and it was a really fast turnaround. But I was so excited that I just couldn’t say no.” Kane added that he only had about four weeks to design the collection, but one look at the intricacy and detail and you’d assume it was the result of months and months of intense dedication. But that’s the magic of Christoper Kane—and the 34-piece collection, which is heavy on dreamy jacquards, romantic rose motifs, and twinkling Swarovski crystal embellishments, feels every bit enchanting as the tale itself. The color palette—majestic gold, icy blue, and inky black—was taken from the interior of the beast’s castle, and the bold red, which runs throughout the collection, was a nod to the mystical rose.