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September 2 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Barbie’s New Designer Looks by Rebecca Taylor, Tess Giberson, and More

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WHIT-sizedAn essential part of being a fashion designer is having, on some level, a love of playing dress-up. And doesn’t that love originate from playing with Barbies at a young age?

Mattel’s latest contraption, the Fashion Design Maker, is a series of softwares and printable fabrics that allow young girls and boys with an interest in design to create their very own personalized looks for Barbie. To celebrate the launch of at-home DIY doll fashion, Mattel asked the CFDA to commission five Barbie-loving designers to give the famous blond some new threads.

Debuting exclusively here on Style.com, Tess Giberson, Charlotte Ronson, Cynthia Vincent, Rebecca Taylor, and Whit’s Whitney Pozgay weigh in on the sketches they created for America’s most iconic doll.

(Additionally, Barbie now has her own style-focused Instagram account. Check it out on @BarbieStyle.)


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WHITNEY POZGAY (WHIT)
“Barbie was a rite of passage that was important to me, but also to my mother and young girls today. I loved that she represents the endless possibilities of adulthood but is also so much fun to dress. As a designer, I have always loved to mix prints, so it only makes sense to dress Barbie in Whit’s signature stripes and florals.”
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REBECCA TAYLOR
“Barbie has always been an iconic fashion inspiration for young girls, introducing them to fun, playful designs. I wanted to create a dress that was indicative of what Barbie stands for: feminine, classic, and spirited.”

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TESS GIBERSON
“I decided that working on the Barbie design would be a fun activity to do with my daughter, June. I was really inspired by the way that she was playing with the app—mixing and matching prints, remixing pieces.”

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CYNTHIA VINCENT
“Barbie has always been the root of my inspiration. I told my mother when I was 6 that I wanted to design clothes for my Barbies. I grew up, and so did my designs.”
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CHARLOTTE RONSON
“I grew up making outfits for my Barbies. And now with this collaboration, my Spring/Summer ’15 collection can be seen on Barbie. This collection was inspired by the girl who loves to daydream, and I think Barbie can relate. I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Barbie, Mattel, and the CFDA.”

12th Street? Nah, She’ll Take Elizabeth

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Cynthia Vincent isn’t so concerned with being cool. “I guess the line I started after school, St. Vincent, was considered ‘cool,’ ” the designer mused at her first-ever brick and mortar shop on Elizabeth Street. “I was a lot younger then; it was a reflection of the life I was leading. But I think being based in L.A., you can choose what kind of life you lead. If I was in NYC, I might feel more of that pressure to be in certain circles.” Since her lauded and splashy debut in the nineties, the mother and L.A.-based designer has moved on to other things. St. Vincent eventually morphed into the contemporary brand Vince, and Vincent herself stepped away to launch her popular Twelfth Street line in 2003.

“I’m currently interested in global cultures, tribes you could say,” she said. Pointing to a Twelfth Street Spring collection print, the designer noted it was an Uzbek ikat that was computerized for a modernized feel, while a nearby neon yellow African print was reimagined into a sweetheart neckline frock. Slated to open today, the 900-square-foot shop, designed by Vincent herself, features a specially commissioned gridded cabinet-cum-display case inspired by her daughter’s advent calendar, a white stuffed peacock affectionately named Gertrude, and a sixties lighting fixture by Hudson, New York, artist Lou Blass.

Along with housing Twelfth Street threads and the designer’s eponymous footwear and handbag line, there will also be exclusive and one-of-a-kind pieces, as well as Vincent’s first foray into jewelry and home decor. “I fell in love with what’s happening here,” Vincent explained of choosing the store’s Nolita environs. “I’ve already ran across the street to Haus Interior to buy multiple pieces and I had breakfast at Cafe Habana this morning. Just on this block, there’s inspiration all around.”

Cynthia Vincent opens today at 253 Elizabeth St., NYC.

Photo: Aaron Stern

From The Sales Floor To A Spot On The Racks

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Attention, budding labels-to-be: For firsthand research, hit the sales floor. “We were all salespeople at Ron Herman,” designer Molly Coonan explained about meeting her muse, Alice Barlow, and Mike & Chris designer P.J. Faulstick (pictured). “I was the worst one, though. P.J. was amazing! He would outsell everybody, so he would ring some of his sales under my number because he didn’t want me to get fired.” The Silver Lake-based designer has come a long way since, but maybe the grunt work was worth the lasting friendships. Coonan tapped Barlow as the muse for her new line, Barlow, and threw a seven-course dinner and party with Shopbop.com last night to celebrate its official launch. Faulstick was also on hand at Los Feliz on the Lower East Side—the friends now find both their labels enviably backed by Cynthia Vincent’s company—and so, too, was Barlow’s budding fan base, which included Blake Lively, Metric’s Emily Haines, and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Melissa George.

Over ceviche and tuna burritos, George chatted happily about decamping to more fashionable terroir. “I’m so happy that I’m in New York now. When I arrived in L.A. eight years ago, I would wear high-waisted denim jeans with a smart striped top and nobody would get it,” the actress said. As after-partiers filled the basement space, fellow L.A.-to-NYC transplant Harley Viera-Newton (and her DJ partner, Cassie Coane) hopped on the decks. Turns out Harley also had a go at the salesgirl life early on but opted to pass. “Ugh, retail is the worst,” she said. “I met Molly way back when we were both working at Curve. But it’s funny. I deejayed Curve’s party last week and now Molly’s. It’s like I’ve come full circle.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/PatrickMcMullan.com