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Sep 05 2011

Video Loving: Dior Rolls Out Its Leading Hollywood Stars

I love a fashion/beauty film, and I completely adore the new Dior J’Adore short film shot in the Galerie des Glaces at the Château de Versailles by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

Not only has it got an amazing soundtrack with the use of Gossip’s Heavy Cross song, a gorgeous glamorous leading lady in Charlize Theron, it also features cameos from Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich and Marylin Monroe. It is a special collaboration that works so well, and Charlize looks stunning in that gold lame dress, she really does have a great swagger for her catwalk, which I love.

I also loved the full-page advert in The Sunday Times, I love Charlize’s silhouette – it is like a sleek Dior J’Adore bottle, which might I add is one of the most stunning fragrances around.

Aug 11 2011

Barbie Lust: Grace Kelly The Bride Doll

I have known for a while that Grace Kelly was to be immortalised as a Barbie doll, what I didn’t realise is how much I would want the Grace Kelly The Bride Doll. I have to admit I adore Grace Kelly, if ever there is a true style icon in my opinion it has to be her, she always dressed elegantly and had an air of sophistication about her, and I loved the V&A exhibition Grace Kelly: A Style Icon, and I would so love to add this beauty to my Barbie collection.

Mattel are releasing three Grace Kelly Barbie’s this year all designed by Robert Best. The first is a replica of one her character’s most memorable looks, the Grace Kelly To Catch a Thief doll, $34.95, she wears a ruched one-shoulder blue chiffon gown, accessorised with a scarf and clutch, and the Barbie is finished with her blond hair, styled in an upswept chignon, I also love this Barbie!!

Second up is this Silkstone Grace Kelly Bride, $175; and then following in October is Grace Kelly The Romance Doll, $135, which features two of her best-known outfits, including the fabulous floral-print dress she wore in Cannes and met Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

I didn’t get excited about this collection until I saw this gorgeous bride doll, I love the others, but I do love a Barbie bride and this one is exquisite. This dress has been recreated to capture every detail from her gorgeous gown that she wore to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco on April 19th, 1956. From the fitted torso adorned with a row of pearly buttons down the front, to the tight waist sash and billowing skirt, and the lengthy train with its lace detailing, it even has her long tulle veil trimmed in lace. The bride also carries a small ivory prayer book in one hand and a Lily of the Valley bouquet in the other.

But you have to look at this doll closely as even her make-up and jewellery is perfection, her pearl earrings add a sophisticated final touch to a beautiful Barbie.

I know she is a lot of money at $175, and especially when you add up the cost of getting the collection, but seen as I missed out on purchasing the final Vera Wang Bride maybe I can treat myself. I just wish that Mattel would bring out these beauties closer to June *my birthday* or Christmas!!

If I wasn’t convinced before I saw the pictures, I am now I know that next February there is going to be  Rear Window Grace Kelly doll, that is only one of my favourite films.

Any other Barbie lovers considering buying this beauty?

[Pics: Barbie Collector]

Apr 29 2011

Royal Wedding: Catherine Middleton Channels Grace Kelly

There has been lots of speculation and excitement surrounding the Royal Wedding over the past few months, and finally today the glorious occasion took place, and Prince William married his sweetheart Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

I have to admit I am not a Royalist, but even I couldn’t help getting caught up in the spectacle, and I have to clearly state today I felt extremely proud to be British!

For me, and everyone else on Twitter it seems, it was all about what Catherine was going to wear, and she really didn’t disappoint. As the bookies predicted Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen did design an exquisite and elegant gown for the special day.

The dress for me had a vintage feel about it, very similar to the one that Grace Kelly wore to become Princess of Monaco in 1956, and it was everything you could wish for in an elegant wedding dress. The structured gown was made with ivory and white satin gazar, which was perfectly accented with a form-fitted lace bodice and shoulders, and had a two-metre 70cm train and a simple-yet beautifully draped veil, which was kept in place by The Queen’s 1936 Cartier ‘halo’ tiara.

Everything about this dress was simply stunning; from the French Chantilly and English Cluny lace, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework, to the 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops, which went down the back.

It is a sophisticated, elegant and a contemporary iconic gown, which I am glad to say was very in keeping with Catherine’s personal style, which I appreciate and admire. Catherine Middleton’a gown most certainly was fit for a princess!!

“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created. I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship,” Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen.

My pictures don’t really do this wedding dress justice, but seeing her walk in it gave me goosebumps, a spectacular event and the gown lived up to the ‘Dress of the Century’ title being quoted before the big day.

[Pics: via The Royal Channel YouTube]

Dec 31 2010

2010 in Review: LFW, Paris and First Meetings

With only a few hours left of 2010 I thought I would blog a few of my highlights of a great year. 2010 turned out to be the year that I finally took the plunge and started this blog detailing my favourite things: fashion and shopping, Barbie’s and of course red carpet delights.

Year of Firsts

This time last year I was in the final planning stages of setting up this blog, I have always blogged but more journal-based, but to be honest I don’t think I had enough confidence to give it a go until this year. But I am so glad I did as it really has been a year of firsts for me: I finally got to take in London Fashion Week up close, I got to meet the lovely and extremely talented Rebecca Minkoff, reality starlet-turned-designer Nicole Richie, and the gorgeous Katy Perry *not all at the same time I might add!*, I discovered the joys of Cocosa, but best of all this year I got to enjoy the romantic city of Paris for my birthday.

BodyAmr @ LFW in September

Well back in February, not long after I started this blog, I was taking in London Fashion Week from my sofa via live-streaming, but 6-months down the line I got to take in the whole experience and went to a number of shows and saw the clothes up close at the exhibition. I am hoping that come February 2011 I will be reporting on more shows and fingers crossed interviewing a few designers. What made it memorable was the atmosphere of the five days, crazy long days, meeting lots of cool people and absorbing amazing creations – anyone into fashion I would definitely recommend it!! One of the things on my 2011 wishlists is to take in Paris Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week *well we have to have dreams don’t we!!*.

Fashion Exhibitions Whether it was taking in the glamour of a fashion power house at the YSL Retrospective at Petit Palais in Paris, or the elegance of the Grace Kelly exhibition, 2010 was definitely the year for absorbing fashion culture. I love going to museums and art galleries, and I have a few that I have to catch up on in the new year. It isn’t just the exhibitions that I love, I also get excited about the shopping afterwards, from YSL I got two badges for my collection.

End of a Reality Era As regular readers will know I was an avid The Hills and The City viewer, I loved the drama, the style, and even the false nature of the show – and I adored the ending. We all knew without Lauren Conrad to steer the gang in LA it wasn’t going to be long until MTV pulled the plug. But we all do have something to look forward to in 2011 as LC is currently filming her new show for the channel on the launch of her style book and new fashion label. I CANT WAIT.

Style Crushes

Well between Diane Kruger, and the Gossip Girl stars Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, there are a number of celebrities who I have enjoyed seeing this year hit the red carpet.

There have been so many gorgeous dresses to choose from for the best dressed of 2010, but if I had to go for one, then it would have to be Diane’s mustard coloured Jason Wu gown (above) that she wore to the SAG Awards. I have to admit it was the old-Hollywood glamour that won me over!!

Love, Love, Love!!

My Barbie’s

I never had Barbie as a kid *shame on you mum!!*, but I have certainly been making up for it this year. My collection is still relatively new but I have picked up some gems along the way. My prized Barbie has to be my Anemone Barbie by Christian Louboutin that my mum got me for my birthday *certainly makes up for my childhood*. I am hoping that 2011 brings more dolls into my life – including Goldie Hawn Barbie which I have just won on eBay.

So nearly 12-months down the line *anniversary is January 7*, Fashionista Barbie is doing really well, and I would like to thank each and everyone of my regular blog and Twitter followers, as well as the newbies who pass through – hopefully you will see something you like and come back for more.

It has been a dream-come-true to know that people are actually reading my passion for fashion and Barbie’s, I seriously thought that no-one would, and it has been all the positive feedback that drives me to keep on improving my blog and bringing you more for 2011!

Happy New Year to you all!!

May 23 2010

Weekend Review: Grace Kelly, Princesses And Elephants

Busy weekend with cultural stops across London and a lot of Elephant stalking. As my mum was in town it was the perfect excuse to take in a few exhibition. First up was the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibit at the V&A, followed by the Enchanted Palace aka Kensington Palace, and in between tales of the Elephant Parade, cream tea at Selfridges and a cute buy from Uniqlo.

Grace Kelly: A Style Icon

This exhibition was always going to need to do a lot to impress me – as I loved Grace Kelly in movies High Society and Rear Window. To me she is one of the true style icons of the great Hollywood era. I have to admit I was a little disappointed, I loved what was there – but for me there just wasn’t enough.

I liked the fact that they broke her wardrobe into three sections, The Actress, The Bride and The Princess, which made for a great time line of her style. The Actress focuses on her work from the ’50s, The Bride centers from when she met Prince Rainier of Monaco until their marriage in 1965, and The Princess showcases her exquisite taste thereafter. But I left feeling like I wanted more.

What I did like was the fact that it wasn’t just her love of Dior, Chanel and Givenchy that were on show, there were also outfits designed by her costume designers off High Society, Helen Rose and Rear Window, Edith Head.

When I expressed on Twitter my disappointment I was greeted by very strong views, of course many people loved this collection of her outfits as it is nice to see inside such an icons wardrobe, and don’t get me wrong I will recommend everyone to see it as her dresses are amazing, but even when you enjoy something you can still be disappointed.

It was nice to gain an insight into what clothes she liked, her love for draped, flowing chiffon gowns were evident throughout the three main areas. There was also her famous Hermes ‘Kelly’ bag from 1955, and one of my favourite sections were her sunglasses and brooches.

If you love Grace Kelly, clothes, and old Hollywood glamour then I would say check it out, the exhibition runs at London’s Victoria & Albert until September 26. I would also suggest that you book in advance as it was packed. Check out more information on the V&A website.

Enchanted Palace

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this temporary exhibition at Kensington Palace as it has basically been put together while they undertake a £12m renovation of the palace. To be honest I was very pleasantly surprised they’ve created a wonderful installation using the best in fashion, design and performance and challenged visitors to find the seven princesses who one lived inside its walls.

I had such fun, even as an adult it is good to use your imagination once in a while and this exhibit certainly does that. There were so many highlights, like Princess Margaret’s dress (above), to the gorgeous Vivienne Westwood creation to represent the story of Princess Charlotte (below).

What I loved was the interpretation of the palace’s hidden stories, from the rebellious princess who ran away, to the sad queens who lost babies and the young heir who escaped her overprotective mother.

For some this experience was too much I think some just remember that it was Diana’s home for so long, and they expected that this would be a tribute to her. If that’s what you’re expecting please don’t go as you’ll be disappointed – this exhibition was full of drama, cultural poet, interaction and some gorgeous designs. Full marks to the Royal Palaces for commissioning such a beautifully imaginative concept.

This dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales is displayed in the finale room of the tour, the Room of Dancing Princesses. A gorgeous end to such a sublime experience. The Enchanted Palace runs until August 20, find out more at the Kensington Palace website.

Elephant Parade

Pic: Ziggy by Matthew Williams (in Selfridges)

This is kind of one of my obsessions at the moment, The Elephant Parade. There are 250+ life sized baby elephants painted by established and emerging talent from the art and design world, a few fashion designers and celebrities, and they are all dotted across London until late June.

So when I say I saw 19 in a day I feel like this was an achievement!! It was fun finding them, photographing them, not quite understand them, getting frustrated with people sitting on them, perching on them for a cigarette and even doing the annoying I need to be in every picture I take. To display all 19 on this blog would be OTT even for me, so here are my favs and I will posted all of them on my flickr *as soon as I figure that out*.



Pic: Little Moo by Turdsak Pironkraipak

Pic: Heaven's Haathi by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosia

Pic : Seymour by Emma Elizabeth Kemp

If you spy any of them roaming the streets of London do me a favour and tweet me a picture @fashionnbarbie. I’ll be very grateful.

Find out more about the Elephant Parade at their website, and if you find one you love and need in your life they’re auction them all off for charity or you can buy mini replicates at their shop.


To top off the day Mum and I had a very nice cream tea in Selfridges Yellow Cafe, anyone done with shopping on Oxford Street such check out this gem of a cafe on LG. It does the most superb cakes, and a divine cream tea – the fruit scone were perfection.

The day wasn’t really about shopping, but I couldn’t resist this Runaway tee, £12.99, from the Agyness and Emily Deyn collection for Uniqlo – perfect to team with leggings.

Pic: Uniqlo

Such a good weekend!!

Apr 25 2010

Fashionable Films: How Many Have You Seen?

The Times online have written this great article on the 25 movies that shook the fashion world – and it got me thinking how many of them I had actual seen.

The list ranges from West Side Story, Keira Knightley’s 30s outfits in Atonement, Factory Girl, Pulp Fiction who could forget Uma Thurman’s style, A Single Man, The Thomas Crown Affair and of course The Devil Wears Prada.

But one of my favourite fashionable films, and one of Grace Kelly’s best, To Catch A Thief made the cut and I was so glad to see it. I think the French Riviera setting helps.

But out of the 25 flicks I am disappointed that I’ve only seen 15, but hey at least I have 10 films to track down, dissect and enjoy!!

Check out the full list at The Times here.

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