Category Archive: Barbie

Mar 10 2014

Doll Loving: A Blake Lively Barbie Doll…Well Sort Of

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I have always thought that Blake Lively with her model looks and blonde hair would make a great Barbie doll, well it seems so did Mattel, in a round about way. My favourite doll is getting her latest designer makeover and this time it is red carpet favourite Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad, who is known for being one of Jennifer Lopez’s go-to designers.

His work is always edgy, sexy and divine, and one of my favourite looks over the past few years has got to be when Blake Lively wore one of his creations to the ‘Savages’ premiere and channelled Old Hollywood glamour with a striking Art Deco-inspired black and blush mermaid couture gown.

Well it seems that was one of Barbie’s favourites as well as the dramatic striped geometric design has been made pint-size for her limited edition red carpet-ready look. I just wish they had finished off the look with Blake’s retro waves than the boring updo and this Barbie would have been perfection. But that is the tiniest of flaws – I need this collectable doll in my collection.

I wonder what Blake thinks of her mini-me.

Want one of these limited-edition dolls for yourself? The Zuhair Murad Barbie will set you back $75 – you might have to wait a while though as it is already on back order at barbiecollector.com.

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Feb 10 2014

Doll Loving: Barbie x Sadie Williams For LFW

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I always get a little giddy around this time of year, not because Valentine’s Day is coming up, but because London Fashion Week is only days away and I know that Barbie always teams up with an amazing fashion designer. Previously, my favourite doll has been dressed by Sibling, Nasir Mazhar, Fred Butler, Louise Gray, Roksanda Ilincic and she even got a Christmas makeover from Stephen Jones - well coming Friday this gang of tomboy princesses designed by Sadie Williams will go on sale at Selfridges.

It is hard to top Sibling and Fred Butler, I loved them so much I rushed out and snapped up two, but I love how Central Saint Martins’ graduate Sadie Williams has really brought her own vision to Barbie’s expanding wardrobe. The intricate detail mash-up of hand-collaged prints, which reference vintage sports clothing, graphic Amish quilts, and abstract shapes seen in the work of Frank Stella, really does make the perfect Barbie party look.

I have to be honest I didn’t know much about Sadie Williams before, but after seeing her pintsize gowns I am super impressed, and I can’t wait to see more from this young designer. I am suppose to be on a Barbie ban at the moment, I have a wedding to pay for, but I think I love these tomboy Barbie’s too much to let me go – these two beauties below have to be my favourites.

If you love them as much as me, head on down to Selfridge’s Barbie boutique on Friday, the opening day of LFW, and pick up your favourite one-off doll for £120 each.

What do you think of Barbie’s latest designer makeover?

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Jan 17 2014

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: Amy Adams Wears Barbie Pink

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Who: Amy Adams

Where: At the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica

Wearing: A vibrant pink Roland Mouret ‘Tinea’ gown, featuring a draped neckline, from the pre-autumn/winter 2014 collection, teamed with a black grosgrain ribbon nipping in her waist and Neil Lane jewellery

Verdict: It is so nice to see such a vibrant colour on the red carpet, as well as Roland Mouret who just designs the most stunning of gowns and this one is exquisite. Called the ‘Tinea’, I love how sexy this dress is without being revealing, it has a touch of Old Hollywood about it with the draped neckline and streamlined silhouette, and I just adore how it falls of her shoulders.

I thought Amy looked stunning in Valentino Couture at the Golden Globes, I actually preferred the look complete with the cape, however this look for me is just utterly breathtaking and divine.

It it wasn’t for Lupita Nyong’o, Amy would have been my best dressed – I can’t wait to see what she does for the rest of the award season.

Are you a fan of Amy’s Barbie Pink gown?

[Pic: via Roland Mouret]

 

Nov 17 2013

Hunger Games: Effie Barbie Goes On Tour

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It seems it isn’t just Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth who are travelling the world to promote The Hunger Games – Catching Fire film – it looks like Effie Barbie couldn’t resist getting in on the act as well.

Elizabeth Banks’ mini-me, is living it up on the film’s global tour – hitting the red carpet, having her make-up done, wearing incredible headgear, sipping champagne, and even photobombing the stars as they promote the movie.

My Effie Barbie is in the post and I can’t wait for her to arrive so when I saw these piccies on Elizabeth’s Facebook page I just had to share – they are just so hilarious. I think my favourite has to be where Effie is having her hair and make-up touched up – such a diva!!!

Anyone else a little jealous of a Barbie doll? 

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[Pics: via facebook.com/elizabethbanksitsreallyme]

Nov 15 2013

Doll Loving: Barbie Gets A Christmas Makeover

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You know by now how I love Barbie‘s fashion makeovers, I was so giddy about her transformation by London Fashion Week designers that I bought two, I couldn’t order the Coach Barbie quick enough, and it took me a year but I finally got all three Christian Louboutin beauties for my collection. Well now I am lusting over these five one-off Barbie dolls who have undergone a Christmas makeover by London milliner Stephen Jones.

The hat maker has not only created fabulous headwear for Barbie, but full on Christmas-inspired couture looks from the velvet ‘Santa Baby’ mini dress to a red carpet worthy sparkly gown for ‘Snow Globe’ Barbie, as well as a fishtail frock adorned with holly for ‘Happy Holly’ Barbie, a ‘Christmas Tree’ look, and ‘Toffee Ice’ Barbie – a sexy Rudolph on ice!!!

“Barbie is the most fabulous private client. She came into the salon for her Christmas morning hat and left with five glamorous outfits! Barbie and I have the same design vision; we love tradition, but have an eye for the future, ” Stephen Jones

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I am kind obsessed by them all – I actually can’t decide on my favourite. ‘Toffee Ice’ looks adorable and sexy in her antlers, red nose and faux fur outfit, while ‘Snow Globe’ Barbie is red carpet ready in her gown with the quirky addition of the snow globe headgear.

If I had to get just one though I think it would have to be between ’Christmas Tree’ Barbie who actually lights up and ‘Happy Holly’, which is also Stephen Jones’ favourite, as it is just so exquisite constructed.

Happy Holly Barbie - “This is my personal favourite, using the contrast of soft velvet and spiky holly leaves. Barbie also has her very own pet Robin to give her a Christmas peck,” Stephen Jones.

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The exclusive Barbies by Stephen Jones are available at Selfridges from November 15, priced at £250 each.

Nov 10 2013

Baby2Baby Gala: Jessica Alba’s Barbie Princess Moment

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Who: Actress Jessica Alba

Where: At the Baby2Baby Gala held at The Book Bindery in Culver City, California

Wearing: In a hot Barbie pink strapless Reem Acra ball-gown from the spring/summer 2014 collection, teamed with a navy box clutch and blue drop earrings

Verdict: I haven’t seen a hot Barbie pink gown on the red carpet look so good since Diane Kruger wowed in Jason Wu back in 2010. It is because of the daring, bright Barbie pink hue that makes this Reem Acra gown incredible, Jessica Alba always does girlie very well, but for me this is the best she has looked this year.

As well as adoring the shade of the gown, I love the Princess ball-gown silhouette of it, a shape that we generally only see during award season and Jessica really pulls it off with ease and looks amazing.

The styling also made this a great look, I love the addition of the turquoise and bright blue drop earrings, it is a great contrast to the bright pink, and I adore her slightly messy up-do.

I have to be honest I think this look is perfection.

What do you think of Jessica Alba’s latest red carpet look?

[Pic: via Facebook.com/ReemAcraNY]

Oct 10 2013

Barbie Loving: The Hunger Games Catching Fire Dolls – Including Katniss & Effie

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It isn’t long now until The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits cinemas, I have even started rereading the trilogy to prepare, and Barbie has done a followed up to the amazing Katniss doll from the first film, with the leading lady being joined by Peeta, Effie and Finnick wearing costumes from Catching Fire.

Of course I’m excited to be adding another Katniss doll, the first one sits pride and place in my office next to Bella from Twilight, but as they didn’t go for one of Jennifer Lawrence‘s characters more flamboyant looks from the film – like her wedding dress - the one I most want to add to my collection is Effie Trinket.

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As you would expect Effie is one striking Barbie doll, wearing a metallic blue dress accented with black feather sleeves and gold detailing around the collar and waist – it is a complete replica of one of her extravagant Capitol fashions worn in the film. I love that the bold design also captures her signature hair style, striking make-up and finishes off the look with OTT shoes and glitzy tights. For $24.95 she is a real bargain.Barbie hunger games effie Barbie Loving: The Hunger Games Catching Fire Dolls   Including Katniss & Effie %tag Barbie hunger games effie  Barbie Loving: The Hunger Games Catching Fire Dolls   Including Katniss & Effie %tagBarbie hunger games katniss Barbie Loving: The Hunger Games Catching Fire Dolls   Including Katniss & Effie %tag

The Catching Fire Katniss doll is great, but just doesn’t have the wow factor of Effie as it is too similar to the first doll. Once again she is carrying her bow and wearing her hair in a side-braid, the only difference is the leather jacket has been replaced with her fitted black bodysuit with knee and elbow pads that she enters the arena of the Quarter Quell in.

As well as the two favourite female characters, Barbie has also moulded Peeta and Finnick into dolls, with both wearing their Tributes outfits for the 75th Annual Hunger Games. Peeta’s of course matches Katniss in black, while Finnick carries his signature trident.

What do you think of the new The Hunger Games dolls? Are you happy that they included Effie this time?

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