Category Archives: Barbie

Barbie Wins Best-Dressed in CFDA Designer Duds

Truth: Though I died for Chloe Sevigny’s ravishing ruffled Valentino dress at the Golden Globes and was reborn in Diane Kruger’s marigold Jason Wu gown at the SAG Awards, my Best Dressed award goes to…Barbie.
Not only has she been around longer than any Hollywood celeb (51 and still looks fab), but she’s a fashion favorite, having been styled my very favorite shoe designer in the world, Christian Louboutin.
Now, 12 of the CFDA’s best designers are following suit, lending their superb talent to create fashion-forward Barbie dolls: Betsey Johnson, Rachel Roy, Isaac Mizrahi, Alexis Bittar, Justin Giunta, Tory Burch, Lorraine Schwartz, Philip Crangi, Devi Kroell, Kate Spade’s Deborah Lyood, Monica Botkier and Albertus Swanepoel.
As part of the CFDA’s partnership with Mattel, each designer was asked to add their signature touch to a Barbie doll in a Little Black Dress. (See my favorite above by the legendary Tory Burch).
With layered statement necklaces and sheer, dramatic skirts, the designers did that and much more. Check out some of the designs below. Barbie has never looked more fabulous.

Betsey Johnson – glamour meets goth in a sheer lace skirt and Minnie Mouse bunny ears!

Rachel Roy – polished and ever so chic, Barbie’s ensemble inspired a top from Rachel Roy’s Fall 2010 collection. Roy also noted the look mirrors the pieces First Lady, Michelle Obama, wears from the Rachel Roy line via Stylelist. Tres chic!

Justin Giunta – It’s no secret that my favorite jewelry designer is Justin Giuta of Subversive Jewelry who is now design director of jewelry for Tory Burch. He makes wearing jewels a stunning, ornate experience as evidenced by Barbie’s statement necklace here.

Isaac Mizrahi – Isaac Mizrahi is always classically chic with a studded minidress in black, a perennial fashion favorite. A light pompadour and slingback pumps are elegant, understated touches.

Monica Botkier – The Botkier woman is a diva in an embellished v-neck dress with a pink tie belt, a lavishly-wrapped scarf and that famous IT bag. Just fabulous!

Lorraine Schwartz – Beyonce’s go-to brand for the red carpet, Lorraine Schwartz serves up bling unlike any other jewelry designer. Her Barbie lets the Accessories take center stage with sparkly earrings, bracelets and details (that ‘B’ for Barbie charm would make Kimora proud) that scream Hollywood glamour.

Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade – Designed by Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade, Barbie’s pearls, pumps and pink polka dot tote radiate Upper East Side sophistication.

Alexis Bittar – Alexis Bittar’s entire lucite collection is strikingly beautiful. It dazzles as an accent to Barbie’s glittering one-shoulder embellished dress and poufy red hair.

Devi Kroell – Leave it to Devi Kroell to dress Barbie in three statement-making, awe-inducing pieces: a studded fuschia bag with chain handle, a gorgeous, embellished cuff and those amazing metallic show-stopping shoes. Gorg!
These one-of-a-kind Barbies will be auctioned off on Ebay from January 28th at 10pm until February 7th, with a starting bid of $100. Proceeds will benefit the CFDA’s scholarship programs and educational initiatives.
Glams, pick your favorite!
Kisses,
Coutura
Images Courtesy of Mattel.
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Magazine Glam: All Dolled Up! Vogue Italia and Rocawear x So In Style Barbies


Glamazons!

My Managing Editor just got her copy of July’s Vogue Italia supplement featuring the Black Barbie – AMAZING! I was in Europe when news hit that the EIC, Franca Sozzani, was dedicating the July issue to the iconic Black Barbie, so I saw all the pictures for the very first time in person. I have to say I was blown away.

Sozzani is the genius behind the Vogue Italia All Black Issue in July 2008, which produced groundbreaking sales and energized the discussion about diversity in the fashion world. Sozzani chose to follow up the All Black issue with the Barbie issue, as an homage to Barbie’s timeless, iconic status: “Barbie has been an icon for whole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie,” Sozzani said.

You know black women love their hats! And yes to the posh blouse, skirt and trench!!


Love the Lil Kim wig and the Rage-esque Afro Puffs!
And check the platinum-blonde Chocolate diva below…






Not to complain – I love the tribute – but I’ll always wish Barbie could be a bit more shapely. Barbie is an ubiquitous part of popular culture and her influence on body image is immeasurable, thereby making her perpetuation of unattainable standards of beauty & booty even more damaging.

Mattel Designer, Stacey McBride-Irby, echoed my sentiments. After watching her five-year-old daughter play, Stacey was determined to create dolls that her daughter can be inspired by—dolls that truly celebrate cultural diversity through authentic details.

Introducing So In Style fashion dolls. Coming a long way from the inception of the first Black Barbie doll in 1980, the So In Style (S.I.S.) fashion doll boasts fuller lips, wider nose, defined cheekbones, curvy hips and curly hair you can actually style (seriously, Ferocia spent 15 minutes curling and spritzing the doll’s hair).

Stacey, who is also responsible for creating the AKA barbie doll, came to visit our office and hooked us each up with a doll. I kept mine for myself instead of giving it to my niece – I know, I’m wrong (I’ll buy her one, promise!). Mattel is officially launching the S.I.S. dolls this Fall – see the dolls below.




Here they are dressed in Rocawear…too cute!

You may not be able to tell how shapely the S.I.S. dolls are in pictures but after seeing them up close, I can definitely attest to their hips being wider and bottoms fuller.

Still, despite the impossibly thin physique of the traditional Black Barbie in Vogue, I find the supplement adorable and charming. What do you think? Will you pick up a July Vogue Italia issue? Do you think there’s a need for dolls like the S.I.S. Fashion Dolls? Would you buy one for the little girl in your life? Do you think the hair and look of the S.I.S. dolls truly represent black women? If not, what would you change to make them look more authentic? Discuss.

Kisses,

Coutura