There was a surprise trend that popped up on the fall ’14 runways and has everybody talking, the use of favorite cartoon characters and re-tooling of famous brands and logos that brought life and a few laughs to the fall shows. The Cartoon Effect is credited as bringing life and color back into the fall season.

By now, everybody has seen Jeremy Scott’s Moschino controversial debut, including Spongebob Squarepants and McDonald’s retooled logo. And for those of us not bold enough to embrace a Spongebob Spquarepants dress, there are shoes and purses available. Jeremy Scott was not the only designer to use such surprising iconography, or create controversy. Rodarte shocked editors and fashionista’s alike, while bringing humor to evening wear, utilizing famous Star Wars characters such as C3-PO and R2D2 on some classic gowns. Who would have thought that high-fashion and Spongebob, or Star Wars, would ever intersect?

Outside of these famous characters, the use of bold colors and prints inspired by street art, or traditional ethnic prints, broke up the cycle of usual fall favorites of dark neutrals and heavy fabrics. So even if designers aren’t using specific cartoon characters or brands, the use of bright colors and looks inspired by street art have a “cartoonish” feel to them, if you will. Jeremy Scott


Which one of these cartoon effect looks was your favorite? Do you think Spongebob Square pants has a place in fashion? We love your insight here at JLD-Studio’s!

**Kirsten Dunst was recently spotted wearing “The Cartoon Effect”. She wore Rodarte on the red carpet of the recent Met Gala, proving that this look is wearable!