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'Maleficent' styles, jewelry deck out that inner bad girl

By McClatchy News Services


Disney's "Maleficent" may not be hitting the multiplex until May 30, but details about some of the merchandise (think fashionable goods for the bad girl) are starting to trickle out. Among the notable stylish "Maleficent" merchandise set to drop in advance of the film's release: Stella McCartney kids' clothes, Italian-made scarves and a jewelry collaboration with prices as high as Her Winged Wickedness' prosthetically enhanced cheekbones.


McCartney, who has partnered on past Disney proj­ects, has designed an eight-piece collection themed around the deadly dame, the standouts of which include an Aurora dress with floral embroidery detail on the sleeves, neck and belt (for the good little girl, $145) and a dress for the mini-Maleficent in your brood, complete with an all-over winged-witch foil print and fabric "wings" that attach at the wrists ($145, purple velvet horn headdress sold separately).

The collection also includes a few pieces for the boys (let's call them "male-ficents," shall we?), including a cool pair of canvas kicks with an all-over feather print and a pair of detachable wings ($200). The collection is available at disneystore.com and in Stella McCartney stores.


As one might expect, the cosmetics offering pegged to the film is glamour meets Goth, and the 11-piece wing-silhouette-emblazoned MAC collection includes the obligatory standout blood-red shade of lipstick (True Love's Kiss, $16.50) and a trio of nail lacquers with names like Uninvited, Flaming Rose and Nocturnelle (nude, red and black respectively, $17.50 each).


Daniel Belevitch, creative director of U.K.-based Crow's Nest, mined the movie's dark motifs — think feathers, fire, thorns, horns and dragons — to create a high-end seven-piece jewelry collection that includes a dangerous-looking cuff that evokes the shape of Maleficent's horns rendered in black rhodium and set with a pear-shaped onyx ($5,720) and a breathtaking rose gold full-finger-length ring encrusted with sparks of yellow and red sapphires ($20,880).


Luxury Italian scarf maker Faliero Sarti has created two modal and cashmere scarves in partnership with Disney Consumer Products. A blue one, edged in a thorn border design, depicts the dangerous Maleficent lurking in the foreground of a moonlit night­scape, a cottage (presumably Sleeping Beauty's) visible in the background. A black one features an image of the sorceress in the center, framed by a border of stylized thorns, beaked skulls and black birds ($438 each).


A women's capsule collection tied to the film and designed by Naeem Khan took wing exclusively at HSN on May 7 (with a live TV selling event scheduled for May 27-30). Divided between "wicked side" (heavy on the black with the through line of a gray, black and white feather print) and "good side" (white tone-on-tone feather embroidery), it includes trousers, tops, cropped jackets, dresses and an assortment of pleated pieces, including skirts and A-line, thigh-length dresses, all of which will retail from $69.90 to $269.90.


If Maleficent decided to stow the horns and dress down for a night on the town, she might well choose to wear one of the pieces created in collaboration with the David Lerner label — either the black, thigh-length jersey dress with sheer shoulders ($275) or the black, form-fitting, side-zip leggings ($178).

Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times

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