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!
Images Courtesy of Mattel.