The Little Mermaid Turns 25! We're Celebrating with Our Favorite Marine-Inspired Looks
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.