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April 19 2014

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12 posts tagged "Barbie"

Barbie Goes Abroad

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It would seem that Barbie and co. can’t get enough of the London fashion scene. After receiving a rainbow dye job from East London salon Bleach, as well as a graffitied makeover from Louise Gray, last year, and sending Ken to get some new Gareth Pugh threads in 2009, Barbie has tapped Roksanda Ilincic and Nick Knight’s Showstudio to design her new virtual Dreamhouse. Considering Ilincic, who created a frock for Barbie four years ago in honor of her fiftieth anniversary (left), has a background in architecture, we assume she’s more than qualified for the job. Introduced in 1962, Barbie’s Dreamhouses have, of course, traditionally had a Malibu twist, but the new mini-mansion—set to be revealed later this summer—will pull inspiration from London’s gritty streets. Expect a harder, more subversive edge than the previous plastic abodes, but, knowing Ilincic, no less pink.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

The Doors Of Studio 54 Reopen, Grace Kelly The Barbie, Oprah And Ralph Lauren Join Forces Again, And More…

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The wild nights at Studio 54 are long over, but a new show hosted by Marc Benecke, who manned the door, and Myra Scheer, a former assistant to Steve Rubell, will bring the club to life once more. The show, which makes its debut Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Channel 15, will host guests who frequented Studio 54, including Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Pat Cleveland, and Stephen Burrows. [WWD]

Barbie is paying tribute to Hollywood starlet-turned-princess Grace Kelly with three collectible dolls as part of the Barbie Collector series. The dolls come with some of Kelly’s most iconic looks, including the blue gown she wore in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, her wedding dress, and a floral black dress she wore at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. [Vogue U.K.]

The fashion world went nuts when Oprah scored an on-camera interview with Ralph Lauren (the designer’s first in decades) during the final days of her show. As it turns out, that was just a warm-up. On October 24, the two will take the stage at Lincoln Center for a benefit gala, which Oprah will host and lead a conversation about Lauren’s life and career. [WWD]

Spin dedicated its September issue to artists and style, featuring St. Vincent front woman Annie Clark on the cover. To preview her new album, Spin will host a soldout August 25 show on the roof of the Met—the first concert to ever be held on the museum’s rooftop. [Spin]

Visit Ralph Lauren’s Paris, DVF’s Bahamas, Or Elton John’s L.A.—For Japan

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The CFDA is the latest group rallying its ranks to benefit Japan. Beginning today, its Fashion & Friends for Japan online auction goes live on CharityBuzz.com, where the offerings are one of a kind—to say the least.

Diane von Furstenberg has offered up a week’s stay at her private home in the Bahamas. More of an urban traveler? Take Paris at Ralph’s: two business-class tickets to the City of Light, two nights at the Bristol, dinner for two at Ralph’s, and a €1,000 shopping spree at Lauren’s Saint-Germain flagship (left). Domestic flyer? Try Elton John’s impenetrable Oscar party—with a friend.

Fashion designers being fashion designers, of course, there are plenty of opportunities to shop and style, too. Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez will help you personalize your own PS1. Rachel Zoe will take you to lunch for a style consultation. And if plastic best becomes you, good news: Mattel will create a Barbie doll in your own likeness. Doll, you could be big!

The auction runs today through April 28 at CharityBuzz.com.

Photo: charitybuzz.com

A New Campaign Girl And A New Campaign Trans Girl, One Lucky Lizard, And More…

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Calvin Klein has unveiled its latest fragrance and its latest fragrance campaign star: They are, respectively, Beauty and Diane Kruger, who appears in the ads looking fresh, clothed, and sweet. In other words, like she wandered in from someone else’s beauty campaign. Where’s the sweat, linoleum, and conservative-horrifying sex? [WWD]

Speaking of unusual campaign stars, Riccardo Tisci picked one too: A transgendered model who goes by Lea T. (formerly Leo) stars alongside Mariacarla Boscono and Malgosia Bela in the Mert ' Marcus-lensed Fall 2010 shots for Givenchy (pictured). [WWD]

Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s first customer? Their pet lizard, for whom they once knitted a sweater. If it were anyone else, we’d be surprised, but… [Fashionologie via Refinery 29]

We just met her $500,000 sister, but here’s the (comparatively) affordable $180 Comme des Garçons Barbie. [WSJ via Racked]

And speaking of big numbers, Versace has been awarded a $20 million settlement in a counterfeiting suit in L.A. We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Don’t mess with Donatella. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy

Barbie’s New Boyfriend: Her Bodyguard

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Remembering that “fan” finds its root in “fanatic,” Mattel has come up with the ultimate test of the true Barbie collector’s fervor. Today in Sydney, the company launched a $600,000 Barbie. At least, that’s what the latest version of dolldom’s most loved/hated figurine will set you back in Australian dollars if you opt for the model draped in diamonds by local jeweler Stefano Canturi. It’s the one-carat emerald-cut pink diamond in Barbie’s necklace and matching ring that account for the price tag, elevated enough that the launch party, during Australian Fashion Week, called for a swarthy bodyguard as Barbie’s necessary accessory (pictured). Ken was absent (plastic vs. pink diamond? nolo contendere), but he should really stick around, because the $600,000 Barbie (a mere $555,452 U.S.) greeted the world alongside the 12 new sisters who make up the Barbie Basics line: 12 hairstyles, 12 skin tones, 12 LBDs. One Ken. And an Indian summer in Sydney. Nicholas Sparks is probably on the next Qantas flight south.