From Bambi to Dumbo: Disney’s most beloved characters take a dark turn at Coach NYFW show

The Coach Spring 2019 set during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Getty)

A few of Disney‘s most-beloved characters have taken a dark, grungy turn in Coach’s Spring 2019 show during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday afternoon.

As the upper echelon of the fashion industry filtered into a large tented venue at Pier 94 along the Hudson river, guests were greeted with an enormous T-rex sculpture made of old metal scraps (a windmill, doors, and discarded metal bars). Rusty swings dangled from the sculpture. The set production resembled an abandoned, makeshift playground.

Selena Gomez sat front row wearing a metallic-gold, Western-inspired fringe dress layered with a black floral sheer blouse. She sat next to artist and photographer, Petra Collins, plus-size model Paloma Elesser, and stylist Kate Young. Whoopi Goldberg and Vogue editor Anna Wintour sat just a few seats away.

Paloma Elesser, Petra Collins, and Selena Gomez at the Coach Spring 2019 show on September 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Getty)

The show opened with heavy metal rock music blaring in the background as models stomped through the sandy set. Kaia Gerber strutted past Gomez wearing a baby-blue, oversized intarsia sweater with an image of Disney’s Captain Hook, except here he is reimagined as a crocodile. (He’s still got his pirate hat and hook, of course.) Gerber wore the sweater over a ruffle skirt and had on suede fringe moccasin boots.

Kaia Gerber walks the runway for Coach. (Photo: Getty)

Similarly, other Disney characters like Bambi and the Aristocats were printed on hoodies, and Dumbo showed up embroidered on both men’s and women’s knits. They were styled with fashionable items like black sunglasses, jacquard skirts, leather trousers, and fringe sneakers.

Overall, the collection possessed a ’90s grunge feel seen in its plethora of maxi prairie dresses, leather jackets, and oversized hoodies. They were intermixed with a Western flair, too, as seen in the frequent use of fringe and patchwork.

A model walks the runway for Coach. (Photo: Getty)
A model walks the runway for Coach. (Photo: Getty)
A model walks the runway for Coach. (Photo: Getty)

This special collaboration marks the fourth one between Coach and Disney. The brand used 1960s illustrations of Disney characters by Bonnie Cashin for its designs. During the show, the label also debuted their brand-new “barrel bag,” which has a cylindrical shape, similar to a duffle bag, except miniature sized. The playful bags still possess Coach’s aesthetic, but are reimagined with classic Disney characters on the hangtags and on the bags themselves.

The new “barrel” bag by Coach, unveiled during New York Fashion Week. (Photo: Getty)

Fortunately, if you’re looking to snag one of these Disney-inspired bags featuring Bambi, Dumbo, and the Dalmatians, they’re available now online at for $450.

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