Oscar de la Renta and Oscar the Grouch. Grunge at its finest.
Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet.
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to… 7th Avenue?
Because if Sesame Street is where everything’s A-OK for us kids, then surely New York’s fashion capital is where we should come and play as grown-ups.
And what friendlier neighbors will we meet there than Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Francisco Costa, and Diane Von Fürstenburg?
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic television program, Harper’s Bazaar orchestrated a playful fashion spread bringing together some of the biggest names in haute couture with some of the biggest names in childhood: the muppets of Sesame Street.
The spread fuses fashion with the pop culture institution, shedding light on each notion in an unconventional way. It illustrates that high-end fashion doesn’t always have to be serious. It can be fun, lighthearted and joyous. And it shows there is much more to Sesame Street than a beloved children’s program. The characters of Sesame Street possess an intangible quality that can only be described as precious. They are imaginative and wonderful, and a reminder of the kid who lives in all of us - even the most conspicuous fashion designer.
Both concepts communicate a universal message that is timeless and relevant. Years pass, but children keep coming back to Sesame Street. And everything from reoccurring trends over the decades to the term 'vintage' proves that great style, no matter how much time elapsed, will always find a way back into our wardrobe.
Check out some of the photos from the shoot below.
Photo credit: Jason Schmidt
Carolina Herrera and Elmo. Fashion's Song.
Diane Von Fürstenburg and Big Bird. Feathers: soon to make a major comeback.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy and Cookie Monster. Mmmm...Rodarte. Nom nom nom nom nom.
Francisco Costa and Grover. Two men: style for eternity.
The complete spread is featured in this month’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
See more photos (plus exclusive interviews with the Sesame Street characters) at www.harpersbazaar.com
It goes to show that some things will never go out of fashion.