Category Archive: Barbie

Dec 11 2014

Editorial Loving: Vogue Paris – Real-Life Designer Barbie Dolls

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It has been a while since I have actually posted something on my blog that hasn’t had something to do with my wedding, sorry about that but I hope you understand that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I just had to share. So, before I bombard you with photographs from my UK celebrations that fingers crossed you all want to see, I thought I would showcase this amazing editorial from the latest issue of Vogue Paris with real-life designer Barbie dolls.

I have always dreamed of a collection full of designer Barbie dolls, I have a Karl Lagerfeld, a Dior, a Kate Spade one, complete with a little dog, a Coach doll with the cutest bag I wish I would steal, as well as a trio of Christian Louboutin dolls with better footwear than me, so I literally gasped aloud when I saw this beautiful and creative editorial taking inspiration from the Moschino Barbie collection and dressing up each real-life doll in looks from the likes of Valentino, Chanel, Gucci and Miu Miu.

What I love most about this editorial shot by Giampaolo Sgura has to be the fact that models Elizabeth Erm and Magdalena Frackowiak have been shot like Barbie dolls inside their boxes, it is as though they are sat on a shelf in a toy store waiting for me to take them home.

The styling by creative duo Claire Dhelens and Celia Azoulay is outstanding, not only are they showcasing the designer’s latest collections but they really do illustrate what the brand is about – from the butterflies and flowers of Valentino to the David Bowie vibes of Saint Laurent, and the fun-girl pompoms of Miu Miu, and don’t get me started on the equestrian chicness of Gucci, I basically need Mattel to make that happen stat!!

It is hard to pick a favourite, I do love the total Barbie vibes of Moschino, as well as the accessories of the Louis Vuitton doll, she even has her very own doll-sized trunk, seriously swooning over that, and a Ralph Lauren air-stewardess dressed all in gold is super fun, but I think my heart belongs to Chanel, did you see her make-up, her pearl jewellery and her handbags.

It seems Barbie is very much in fashion at the moment and I love this creative-twist on showcasing the latest collections, it must have taken a lot of hours to build the sets and to meticulously attach all the accessories, and I just love that the models are such great dolls!!!

Which real-life Barbie doll is your favourite?

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[Pics: Giampaolo Sgura for Vogue Paris]

Sep 02 2014

Barbie Lagerfeld: Coming September 29, 2014

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OK Barbie lovers, mark up September 29 on your calendar, set an alarm in your phone, write it on the back of your hand, whatever it takes to remember – as this is when Barbie Lagerfeld goes on sale.

Part of the Barbie Collector series, Barbie Lagerfeld will be limited to only 999 dolls, so it will go quickly and will be priced around $200/€200. Unlike other launches which were exclusive to the BarbieCollector.com, Karl Lagerfeld’s doll will also be sold at select Karl Lagerfeld boutiques, Colette in Paris, as well as on Net-a-Porter.com, which is probably where you will find me on September 29 ready to add to basket!!!

When the news broke that Barbie would be channelling Karl Lagerfeld’s complete look, from his trademark white ponytail to his signature tailored black jacket and fingerless gloves, I was excited, but I have to be honest it wasn’t until I saw my favourite doll alongside the designer himself, above, that I got really giddy.

I really can’t wait to add this beauty of a doll to my collection. Just look how fierce she looks below – I am loving everything from her eyebrows to the statement sunglasses and that incredible belt that only Barbie and Karl Lagerfeld can really pull off!!!

What do you think of Barbie Lagerfeld – will you be buying at the end of the month?

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[Pics: Karl Lagerfeld/Mattel]

Aug 28 2014

Doll Loving: Barbie Joins Street-Style Ranks

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Instagram for me overtook Twitter a long time ago, it is the place to stalk all my favourite fashion bloggers and celebrities around the world, and now you can also get a glimpse into the fashionable life of Barbie as she has launched her own style Instagram account @BarbieStyle.

Her account has only been live for a couple of days and I am already obsessed, so far we have had snaps of her street-style, a selfie captured by Ken, her reading magazines, showing off her prop styling skills, and close-ups of her jewellery and fab handbags.

The account set up ahead of her trip to fashion shows in New York, London, Paris and Milan has also given us a sneak peek into what essentials Barbie needs for fashion week – a Coach bag, chic black heels, statement sunglasses, her mobile, a notepad, lippie and a comb, travel documents and invites, a gorgeous necklace, and, of course, a camera to capture all the action.

I can’t wait to see her fashion week action – I reckon there will be some backstage action, partying with Cara, and some incredible outfits.

As well as following Barbie – don’t forget to follow me, @FashionistaBarbie where I will be bringing you action from London Fashion Week, hopefully I will I bump into my favourite doll!!!

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[Pics: Instagram/BarbieStyle]

Jul 17 2014

Coming Soon: Karl Lagerfeld Barbie

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So Barbie has immortalised many celebrities, even works of art, and has worked with most of the top fashion houses over the years, but this has to be her most stylish makeover, my favourite doll is getting the Karl Lagerfeld treatment.

This is no ordinary doll, Barbie will be channelling the fashion designer’s complete look, from his trademark white ponytail to his signature tailored black jacket and even his fingerless gloves. I am also loving the fat necktie and dark sunglasses as her accessories, so stylish and so Lagerfeld.

Set to be released in the autumn in the States this is going to be one popular doll, no word on the actual date, or how much, but I think it will be similar to the Herve Leger and The Blonds Barbie’s that were $150.

I have to be honest I am sold and can’t wait to add Barbie Lagerfeld to my collection.

My only wonder is will there also be a mini Choupette?

[Pic: Karl Lagerfeld/Mattel]

Jun 09 2014

My Style: Living In A Barbie World

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I spend a lot of time living in a Barbie world, I write my blog in front of around 30 of my favourite dolls crammed into my office, but for some reason other than the odd piece of Barbie jewellery I have never worn a piece of doll loving attire on here, well that is until now!!!

I spied this beauty of a top in Primark, I instantly fell in love with it not just for the Barbie overload but also the cool sporty arms, kind of makes me think if Barbie was to have her own baseball team this is what she would wear. This top is also a great transitional piece for those less than sunny days, as the elbow-length sleeves make it perfect for keeping the chill off. As the top is doing all the talking I decided to keep the rest of my look quite plain and this black skirt from New Look is just perfect for my casual look.

I also think my Barbie look went perfectly with the pink coloured houses of Primrose Hill. Not an area of London I have spent that much time in, not sure why as I was mesmerised by the rows and rows of pastel coloured town houses, such a cute area and the perfect location for The Apartment‘s spring break. There was a fun, chilled out schedule of yoga, a blow dry masterclass and movie marathons, as well as gorgeous nibbles from Aubaine. Unlike fashion week when it is a little crazy it was nice to catch up with friends and enjoy just lounging about, plus I also got to get the fab guys at Blow Ltd to do my hair, I really do think I am a little addicted to their Beach blow dry.

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As well as debut my first Barbie-adorned piece of clothing I also wore my new Citizen Eco-Drive watch for the first time. My watch collection has grown over the years, I blame my fiancé he loves watches, but this Swarovski crystallised beauty has to be one of my favourites. I have lots of watches that are either stylish or functional, not many do both, but the Eco-Drive really does with its silver accents, sparkle, and white dial, teamed with day, date and 12/24 hour time displayed in three sub dials. Normally when a watch has so much going on it isn’t as feminine or glamorous, but I think you have to agree this is one gorgeous watch. Best of all, apart from it being so comfortable to wear, I also love that it doesn’t need a battery, this little cutie harnesses the power of light. I have to be honest I am seriously impressed and I think I have worn it nearly every day since it arrived.

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My Style: Barbie top, Primark // Skirt, New Look // Glasses, Retro54 // Citizen Eco-Drive watch, Citizen (c/o) // Boots, Topshop // Hair, Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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[Pics: thanks to the lovely Ashanti from AdornGirl for snapping my style post]

Jun 08 2014

Doll Loving: Fan Bingbing Barbie

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If ever there was an actress that deserved to be immortalised as a Barbie it is Fan Bingbing, as come on she is already doll-like perfection. I have been blown away by the Chinese star’s red carpet looks since I first saw her at Cannes many years ago, she has this ability to wear dramatic dresses with ease, and I love that she incorporates her own culture into her exquisite looks.

One of her most recognisable Cannes looks from back in 2010 was this divine one-sleeve Dragon Robe gown by Laurence Hsu, it really is a piece of art with the waves, the tapestry-style print and the slinky silhouette, and Barbie really has recreated it perfectly. Not only is the gown amazing, I really love this look, but more than that they’ve really capture her delicate beauty right down to the blue coloured nails perfectly.

I really have to add this beauty to my collection, the only thing I wish they had also included was her drop earrings, but that is just me being extra picky!!! You can buy the Fan Bingbing Barbie for $39.95 from Barbie Collector.

Will you be adding Fan Bingbing to your Barbie collection?

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[Pics: Mattel/Cannes Film Festival]

May 05 2014

Met Gala Buzz: Barbie Cakes Styled In Charles James

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I love all the Met Gala excitement, I wish that one day I might witness it for myself, but for now I have to enjoy the wonders of Vogue and their special features. Not only have they teamed up with the cutest five-year old to showcase past great Met Gala dresses on their Instagram, you have to look they have been so cute, but they also asked cake makers to style cakes modelled after dresses by Charles James, who is being honoured this year at the Met, with the help of my favourite doll, Barbie.

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How incredible do these cakes look, all of Barbie’s dresses are edible, I think my favourite has to be the classic red draped ballgown, not only is this very Charles James but so Barbie as well and the detailing in the drapes by Melissa Torres from Cake Hero is divine. I have to be honest if I lived in New York I would really want them to make my next birthday cake!!!

Another favourite has to be the Flour Shop’s Amirah Kassem’s masterpiece that features ice cream, wafer paper, white chocolate and painted in an edible metallic blue to finish the incredible off-the-shoulder ballgown. Also check out Michelle Doll-Olson from Michelle Doll Cakes who mimic Charles James’s emerald green silk satin gown from 1954 using fondant with a chocolate truffle filling and edible pearl paint – I really want a piece of that!!!

Now I love baking and I can pipe a little buttercream frosting – but these beauties are a whole other league and I adore them – but are they too pretty to eat? Nar, cake is cake right!!!

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[Pics: via Vogue.com]
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