Despite the controversy, Barneys New York store windows featuring slightly controversial Disney's Electric Holiday film starring Minnie Mouse is too cute.
Here is the plot in a nutshell: Minnie Mouse goes to Paris and is perusing store windows when she spots a to-die for Lanvin dress. The ruffled, strapless frock sends Minnie into a daydreaming frenzy starring not just her animated buddies, Mickey, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Princess Tiana and Snow White, but also some of the fashion industry's heavy hitters in cartoon form. Minnie is photographed by Steven Misel, her makeup is touched up by Pat McGrath and celebs Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga and Naomi Campbell sit in the front row of the Disney characters' runway show along with fashion journalist Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune and Franca Sozzani of Italian Vogue.
Tinkerbell sprinkles some fairy dust Minnie, Daisy and Mickey Goofy and turning them into tall, thin fashion models and the emerge down the runway form a stage fashioned into mouse ears - love it. Daisy Duck rocks Dulce & Gabana while Princess Tiana opts for Proenza Schouler and Mickey Mouse struts in Balenciaga.
The holiday window had a drama filled start when body image advocates didn't like the too skinny renderings of our familiar cartoon images. Those original, they said, fostered a skinny at any cost message. Thousands signed an on-line petition. The images unveiled Wednesday were taller and thinner than what we were used to, but in a healthy, curvier way.