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Disney X Balmain launch a collection to celebrate three decades of The Lion King

Arushi Sakhuja

One of Disney’s most iconic films and characters is undoubtedly The Lion King. Moving beyond the realm of fictional characters and fantasies, the storyline offers a valuable life lesson. As the movie completes 30 glorious years, Disney and Balmain have joined hands to celebrate the anniversary with a limited-edition Lion King Collection. Disney’s beloved classic The Lion King gets a regal fashion makeover in a groundbreaking collaboration with Parisian powerhouse Balmain. Creative Director Olivier Rousteing brings the savanna to the runway with a fiercely stylish collection bursting with childhood nostalgia. The Disney x Balmain collection draws inspiration from Africa’s artisanal traditions and new-generation talent. It features ready-to-wear designs and accessories for men and women spanning a broad spectrum including dresses, trousers, bags, hoodies, trainers, and more.

Disney X Balmain
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“Working on this collaboration was a dream come true. I was only nine years old when “The Lion King” was first released, but still today, almost three decades later, I only need to close my eyes to replay that incredible mix of music, images and emotions. The lessons that I absorbed, as I sat, absolutely transfixed by what was happening on the giant screen in front of me, have remained with me for my entire life,” said Olivier Rousteing in an official release.

Image: © Disney
Disney X Balmain
Image: © Disney
Image: © Disney

But what makes the Disney x Balmain collection so iconic and captivating is that it shines a spotlight directly upon a new generation of young African talents. Rousteing collaborated with three African artists – Nika Mtwana, Fabrice Monteiro, and Enfant Precoce – whose works adorn the clothing and accessories, adding a layer of cultural richness and a nod to the film’s setting.  Nika Mtwana, the Afrofuturist architect, blends a scene from the film with a futuristic twist on sunglasses, adorning tees and dresses. Enfant Precoce, the dream weaver, takes us on a safari with Simba through his fantastical landscape art, which is then splashed across totes, coats, and even gowns. Finally, Cassius Khumalo, the lioness’ champion, immortalizes Nala’s strength and independence in a striking portrait of blue, black, and gold foil, gracing a series of totes, tees, and hoodies.

Disney X Balmain
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Disney X Balmain
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Disney X Balmain
Image: Balmain
Disney X Balmain
Image: Balmain
Image: Balmain

Expect to see vibrant sunsets, reminiscent of Simba’s presentation, flowing gowns, relaxed tees, and bold prints featuring African wildlife. The collection stays true to Balmain’s signature silhouettes. You can expect a range of silhouettes that embody Balmain’s signature power dressing. Think sharp-shouldered blazers, body-con dresses dripping with embellishments, and luxurious loungewear that redefines comfy chic. Bright colours, quirky prints and a maximalist edge are married with laidback casuals and black-and-white statement separates that are easy to style and characterise the Disney X Balmain collection. The vibrant hues of the savanna – think fiery oranges, verdant greens, and earthy browns – are woven throughout the designs. Animal prints, a Balmain mainstay, get a regal makeover with zebra stripes reimagined in luxurious silks and lion silhouettes adding a touch of fierce glamour.  There is an extensive usage of gold work, over-the-top embellishment, exaggerated shoulders and tassels, adding drama to life. However, one of the most eye-catching dresses ought to the the dull gold tassel dress that is reminiscent of a Lion.

 

Disney X Balmain
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The Disney X Balmain collection marks the first collaboration between Disney and the historic French fashion house and launches on July,8 online at balmain.com and across the globe at Balmain addresses and the world’s leading fashion boutiques.

Browse the collection here. 

Arushi Sakhuja

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