Can you believe that Ariel is 25? That’s right, we were first introduced to Disney's The Little Mermaid on Nov. 14, 1989, and it’s safe to say that the flame-haired princess’s quarter-life crisis has officially begun. Coincidentally, fashion designers have been featuring sea-inspired pieces in their latest collections—and even Ursula gets a shout-out in British menswear designer Bobby Abley’s spring 2015 line (above). “Sea-inspired pieces have always been in style, but now designers are finding inspiration beneath the waves,” says designer Roberto Cavalli. “These motifs give the nautical look a fresh update.” Check out our picks below, and go ahead—make them a part of your world.
1. Roberto Cavalli
Like light reflecting off water, “silver and gold eyelets create a glistening effect,” says Cavalli of this silk dress with sequins ($4,180; robertocavalli.com).
2. Sergio Rossi
Make a splash with these sultry suede pumps adorned with coral reef cutouts in a spectrum of reds ($995; Sergio Rossi, 305-864-3643).
“I wanted the Starfish to look like it was hugging the wrist—something a mermaid would wear,” KiraKira’s accessories designer, Suz Somersall, says of this gold vermeil bracelet ($98; kirakira.com). “Oceanic shapes can all be worn year-round, because the patterns found in the sea balance intricacy and simplicity perfectly,” she adds.
4. Tadashi Shoji
5. M.A.C. Cosmetics
The name of MAC Cosmetics “Aquadisiac” Eye Shadow ($16; maccosmetics.com) says it all. This bright turquoise-tinted hue will have you dreaming of a day at sea from the minute you put it on.
6. Monica Rich Kosann
“Seahorses symbolize patience, and have a beautiful sculptural quality,” explains jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann of her 18-karat gold, opal, and diamond necklace ($31,000; monicarichkosaan.com). “The sea never goes out of style—it’s classic and timeless.”
7. Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton’s resort runway featured digitized coral patterns, such as this airy seafoam green design.