I mistakenly thought that my obsession with Barbie ended after I aged into the double digits, but it turns out that I just stopped collecting the dolls. My fascination with the glossy world of Barbie has continued, if not intensified as I got older, and I replaced my doll dresses with real dresses. However, it really took the Barbie Runway Show yesterday at the tents to remind me of the special place Barbie’s always occupied in my heart – and in those of little girls and grown up fashionistas everywhere.
Everyone has a Barbie story. I fell in love with the doll after spotting it among its friends at a local supermarket at a very young age, and spent the next few years giving her haircuts and making her clothes. The first pair of shoes I really loved were the pink heels Barbie wore. I was so disappointed that the doll couldn’t actually stand up in them – though now years later I often face the same unfortunate results when I don on my most Barbie-esque pair of Christian Louboutins. At any rate, it was during yesterday’s fashion show that I realized that each girl’s fantasy of the Barbie world lives on well into adulthood whether we covet her wardrobe, her house, her body or her Ken.
To honor the 50th anniversary of Barbie, 50 designers made 50 life-size Barbie outfits and sent them down the runway to the glee of a Tent full of fans, a great number of them children. Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, Diane Von Furstenberg, Patricia Fields, Nicole Miller and Rachel Roy were among the list of top designers who had the honor of dressing Barbie. The show opened with a Technicolor like montage of Barbie’s 50 charmed years before the screen split and Rachel Roy’s classic Barbie opened the show. Ken made a special showing for (who else?) the Kenneth Cole piece. The show was sectioned off into Barbie’s past, present and future, and the styles loosely corresponded: retro, resort and robotic. Pink was, of course, the theme of the show and left me lusting after Barbie’s custom Louboutins and DVF wrap dress.
On each seat was a special collector’s item Fashion Barbie, an adult doll that rekindles our fond childhood memories.
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