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Video: Sarah Jessica Parker launches Barney’s New York window display with Minnie Mouse


November 16, 2012/22.21

Sarah Jessica Parker was guest of honour—with Minnie Mouse—at the unveiling of Barney’s New York window display on Wednesday. The Electric Holiday display, with a Minnie theme, features a cartoon of the same name that sees the Disney character venture to meet various fashion icons, including Parker, Lady Gaga, supermodels Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell, model Daphne Guinness, editors Suzy Menkes, Carine Roitfeld, Bridget Foley, Anna dello Russo, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt, Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey, The New York Times’ fashion critic Cathy Horyn, photographers Steven Meisel, Jürgen Teller and Mario Sorrenti, blogger Bryan Boy, hairstylists Julien d’Ys and Guido Palau, make-up artist Pat McGrath, designers Alber Elbaz and Nicolas Ghesquière, and publicist Ed Filipowski.
   Parker donned lace designer mouse ears, which had been designed by L’Wren Scott, for the unveiling, paired with a long-sleeved shift dress.
   The Electric Holiday film was previewed in the summer, though there was early controversy over the reimagining of Disney characters to have model-like figures for the catwalk show at the end of the cartoon.
   Barney’s creative director Dennis Freedman had defended the change, saying, ‘The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress. There was a real moment of silence, because these characters don’t change. I said, “If we’re going to make this work, we have to have a 5 ft 11 Minnie,” and they agreed. When you see Goofy, Minnie and Mickey, they are runway models.’
   Minnie wears Lanvin for the majority of the cartoon. Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck and Snow White all don designer clothing from the likes of Balenciaga, Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, and Nina Ricci.
   Videos of the launch and the Electric Holiday cartoon can be viewed below. Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol) scored the cartoon.

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