Ferdinand the Bull
When it comes to completely sweet and thoughtful animated short films, we can't think of a more beloved story than that of Ferdinand the Bull. Adapted from the 1936 Munro Leaf-penned tale The Story of Ferdinand, the Oscar-winning Disney short follows a pacifist bull who would rather sit under a tree and smell flowers than partake in bullfights. So what does this classic children's tale have to do with fashion exactly? Though the wildly popular cartoon-which is currently in the works to be made into a full-length film by 20th Century Fox-seems an unlikely source for sartorial inspiration, we here at Who What Wear beg to differ, and can prove it with this month's delightful Currently Channeling story!
Though the plot line of Ferdinand the Bull is rather straightforward, uncovering the film's elusive sartorial story required some research and creativity on our part-but if there's a will, there's definitely a way! Fortunately, more than a hint of the story's Spanish setting and matador theme was present throughout the S/S 12 shows. From Moschino's embroidered jackets and traditional montera hats to Emilio Pucci's brightly patterned off-the-shoulder Charmeuse Top ($1554) and equally vibrant skirts, it's easy to see that a number of designers drew inspiration from the short film. With these runway references and Ferdinand's story fresh in our mind, we rounded up a selection of fashion and beauty essentials that not only capture the spirit of the heartwarming tale, but also offer top-notch picks for spring too!
Collina Strada Cora Duo Handbag ($330) in Moss
Whether you're running with the bulls or dashing around the city, a girl on the go should never be without a stylish hands-free carrier. Accordingly, we believe Collina Strada's Cora Duo Handbag is a must when assembling today's CC look. It's petite yet large enough to hold all your daily essentials, and is equipped with an easy-access foldover flap and adjustable shoulder strap. With all the superior qualities of a fuss-free bag and a cool design to boot, this is your next go-to accessory!
Shakuhachi Egg Shape Maxi Dress with Rose Gold Belt ($285, available in March) in Black
Though there was nary a dress in sight in Ferdinand the Bull, so much about Shakuhachi's Egg Shape Maxi Dress reminded us of the peaceful bull himself. On the surface the dress seems austere, thanks to its stark black color and metal rose gold belt, but its ankle-grazing length and feminine neckline lend a hint of softness.
Moulinette Soeurs Otsega Blouse ($128) in Ivory
Considering Spanish influences are a key part of today's look, this blouse by Moulinette Soeurs was a fitting choice. Its billowy sleeves and peasant-style silhouette are reminiscent of the free-flowing tops at Emilio Pucci, plus the delicate eyelet design also reflects a major trend for spring. Additionally, we appreciate how it cinches at the waistline, giving the relaxed silhouette some shape.
Elizabeth and James Darren Pants ($325, 1.888.888.4757)
While we don't expect you to run around in matador pants anytime soon, we do think these Elizabeth and James trousers are a worthy alternative. The turquoise hue offers a cool pop of color to your look, and the adjustable drawstring and languid silhouette mean you'll stay comfortable all day long. Styling suggestion? Roll the pant legs so they hit just above your ankle and pair them with a tucked-in white button-up top and neutral pumps. The result will be an on-point daytime ensemble.
Aurelie Bidermann Wild West Cord Necklace ($710, 310.550.5900)
Featuring a gold-plated bullhead and thick white cords, this luxe choker is the perfect nod to the film's main character, Ferdinand. Whether you wear it with a sleek, floor-length frock for an evening fete or paired with a t-shirt and jeans as part of your weekend uniform, this statement piece injects your look with the right amount of Western charm. Sticking to a budget this spring? Be sure to check out Wildfox Couture's Bull Head Necklace ($85) today. While you're sure to love the price tag, we have a hunch you'll appreciate its completely cool look even more!
OPI Nail Lacquer ($8) in Red Lights Ahead...Where?
What's the best way to finish your Ferdinand-inspired ensemble? With a bold nail polish, of course! The glossy, coral-red hue of OPI's Red Lights Ahead...Where? is our lacquer of choice. It's just enough to punch up your cold-weather looks now and the perfect complement to spring's brighter palette too. Consider it your version of the matador's red cape.
Loeffler Randall Starla Plank Sandals ($175) in Pale Gold
Sky-high heels didn't feel quite appropriate for today's look, which is why we opted for a splendid pair of Loeffler Randall sandals instead! Replete with metallic gold leather and tiny star embellishments, these fashionable flats are perfect for warm-weathered weekends; simply style them with a pair of cropped trousers or a flirtatious sundress to ensure they stay in the spotlight, where they belong!
Sandro Cotton Jacket with Leather Trim ($495, 646.438.9335)
Somehow we have a feeling Sandro designer Evelyne Chetrite had Ferdinand the Bull in mind when creating this irresistible little jacket. While the cropped cut and fringed hemline are very Spanish matador, the stripe print and leather trim exude Parisian chic, giving the piece a dose of modernity and sophistication.-Jessica Baker