Tag Archive: Mattel

Aug 07 2013

Doll Loving: Coach Barbie & She Has The Most Adorable Teeny-Tiny Bag

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It really has been a busy week for Barbie, first the fashionista was given a London makeover by emerging fashion designers Sister by Sibling, Fred Butler and Nasir Mazhar, and now my favourite doll has been decked out head-to-toe in Coach.

The very chic Coach Barbie is sporting pieces from the American label’s spring/summer 2013 collection and is wearing a miniature checked tailored Tattersall trench coat, over a striped jumper and a red ultrasuede skirt, inspired by the brand’s archival Bonnie Cashin designs complete with tiny turnlocks that it is famed for.

But it is her accessories that have got me really excited as not only is she wearing Coach’s gorgeous round ‘Patty’ sunglasses, and statement colourblock Tristen sandals, but she is carrying her first ever genuine leather accessory, the brand’s classic red Duffle bag, which was created in the same factories and with the same materials as Coach’s life-sized consumer handbags.

Seriously swoon – I am just sad that the Duffle bag is so small that I won’t be able to borrow it!!!

Do you like Coach Barbie? Will you buying her?

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Coach Barbie is a Gold Label doll, and only 13,000 dolls have been produced, she is $95 and can be bought online at Coach or through Barbie Collector. I have also heard that the doll will be available at selected Coach stores worldwide including the New Bond Street flagship – but no UK price, but I reckon it will probably be £95 as that is generally how it goes.

I of course will have to add her to my collection, I am a sucker for a bag after all, I just wish they had gone for the yellow one above – maybe that will come separately!!!

If you do fancy dressing like Barbie – I have found a few of the items that she is wearing:

[Pics: Mattel]

Aug 01 2013

Doll Loving: Ball Gown Barbie By Robert Best

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As you know I collect Barbie dolls, I reiterate this as I met someone the other day who just thought my blog was called Fashionista Barbie as I was blonde, which I am not, and that my name was Barbie, which it isn’t.

I have around 60 dolls, possible more it just all depends whether my boyfriend is reading this. I generally go for the fashion related dolls, the designer collaborations, a hint of pop culture, movie-inspired Barbie’s as well as Hard Rock Cafe dolls to sit next to my bear collection. There are exceptions – like I have to get the Christmas Barbie every year, I love a doll in a wedding dress and it seems if you add some Mickey Mouse ears I am sold, and there are just the ones that are too cute not to have.

I was asked recently to share more of my collection, and I will, I am photographing a few of favourites at the moment to share, but until they are ready I thought I would share the latest doll designed by Robert Best – Ball Gown Barbie – mainly because she is high up on my current wishlist!!!

There is always something special about a Robert Best Barbie doll and this is a beauty – I love the retro feel of her from her face to her hair, seriously glamorous, which works perfectly with her gorgeous off-the-shoulder ball gown. What caught my attention the most with this doll are the details from the bow belting her tiny waist to the opera length gloves, the dazzling rhinestone brooch and her statement eye make-up – she is exquisite.

Price at $100 she is a little pricey, I have only paid that for Grace Kelly, Christian Louboutin and Vera Wang – but I think she would make a great addition to my collection.

Are you a fan of Ball Gown Barbie? 

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[Pics: Mattel]

Sep 12 2012

LFW SS13: Louise Gray Is A Barbie Girl!!!

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So my favourite doll Barbie loves coming to London Fashion Week, last season I loved her modelling for Sister by Sibling, and the season before she made Ken a little more stylish by working with Casette Playa, but this season is the best yet as she will be sponsoring the amazing Louise Gray’s catwalk show.

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I actually squealed a little when I heard, Louise Gray is the perfect Barbie girl, not only has she openly admitted to loving Barbie as a child, she is a fellow blonde, she loves sequins and pink and her quirky take on girlie is just what Barbie needs for her latest fashion makeover.

“My clothes are always about colour and fun – making a bold statement through the way you dress.  I wanted to see Barbie® in some separates and layer up her look, giving her a different way to be girly and fun, than how people are used to seeing her.”  Louise Gray

I am super excited to see Louise Gray’s spring/summer 2013 collection on Monday, as not only will it be a bold spectacle, I always love attending her shows, but three of the looks have been inspired by Barbie, and they aren’t going to be just for show, these Barbie looks will be sold as part of her collection.

The good news keeps coming though as I am most excited about the fact that Louise Gray will also be dressing a special one-off Barbie doll in one of the new season looks she has created for her – OMG scream!!!

Granted I wish it said that it was going to be sold, a Louise Gray Barbie would have made a great addition to my collection. I was trying to guess what a Louise Gray Barbie will look like, I have to be honest I am kind of hoping that Barbie gets a little rag doll makeover similar to Louise Gray’s spring/summer 2011 collection, or a sequins overload like her Topshop collaboration, I could keep going on but I am sure pink will play a part!!!

I was excited about London Fashion Week before, but now I seriously can’t wait for Friday when the shows begin and come Monday I will be hyper waiting for Louise Gray and I promise that I will tweet a piccie of the Barbie doll as soon as I track her down!!!

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[Pics: Louise Gray/Rankin]

 

Mar 20 2012

Shoe Obession: Barbie Is A Shoe-a-Holic

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It has been a month or so since I bought my last Barbie, I know fashion month really does screw with my doll needs, so I am on the look out for my next addition and I came across this shoe-obsessed Barbie doll. Working a white tulle bubble dress that has been customised with yellow, purple, black and pink shoes inside the skirt, this doll really has it bad for shoes that she is even wearing them around her neck, which is so cool that I want it in an adult size!!!

I love this fun Barbie doll especially because of her fun ponytail hairstyle, I have been known to buy dolls just on the face and hair alone and this one is perfection.

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What’s not to like – just a fun shoe-loving doll – I think she would sit right at home with my dolls.

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Do you have a Barbie collection? Would love to know what your last purchase was.

[Pics: Mattel]

Dec 03 2011

Charity Barbie: I Need Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj Dolls!!!

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The annual One-of-a-Kind Barbie auction for Divine Design, Project Angel Food’s fundraising event has now gone life and it is bigger and better than ever. Last year I was lusting over the divine Janet Jackson doll and this year I wish I had lots of money to bid on the fabulous Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj Barbie dolls, both have an estimated value of $15,000. Well I can dream!!!!

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Both auctions run until December 19, but be ready to spend a lot as Katy’s doll-size replica inspired by her California Gurls video, is already up to $1,750. But come on how amazing is it. I love it just for the gorgeous couture cupcake skirt, which features 70 hand-painted mini cakes, a candy-coloured glitter-kissed bodice and fishnet stockings dotted with shimmering Swarovski crystals. Seriously good enough to eat!!!

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The Katy Perry doll also comes with her own too-sweet-to-eat waffle-cone stage complete with swirly pops, ice cream mountains and cotton candy clouds. However, no sign of Snoop Dogg!!!!

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The Nicki Minaj Barbie doll pays homage to her Pink Friday album cover, which she kind of looks like a Barbie doll – minus the arms!!! Well now the doll-loving rapper has been made into a 11 ½” fashion doll sporting a complete replica of the gorgeous tulle gown and pink booties that she worn on the cover.

Of course, this couldn’t be Minajesty without her Barbie bling necklace and cotton-candy pink hair. Everything about her style has been recreated by doll-tastic designer Stephen Sumner, from her hand-rooted eye lashes to the tattoo on Nicki’s left arm, he even hand-placed each crystal accent on her jewellery.

“It’s just a one of a kind, limited edition for charity, and so I never thought Mattel would even pay attention to me,” Minaj said on the red carpet at Billboard’s Women in Music event in NYC yesterday. “For me this is a very major moment, because it just shows that you can come from nothing and still be a force in the main world, a business woman, and hopefully a mogul one day.”

If you want Nicki though dig deep for charity as it is already up to $1,355!!!

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If you can afford to bid, do, as all the money goes to the amazing Project Angel Food charity, which provides meals for men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Maybe I need to start saving now for next year’s auction!!!

[Pics: Mattel/Charitybuzz]

Oct 31 2011

Want, Want, Want: Holiday Barbie 2011

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I may have already had quite a lot of my Christmas presents early, with my new camera and fish tank, I know it isn’t even November yet, but hey that doesn’t stop me adding things to my wish-list especially when it comes to Barbie!!

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Exclusive to John Lewis in the UK, Holiday Barbie 2011 looks amazing in her one-shoulder floor-length emerald green gown embellished with gold embroidery and jewel accents. I completely love the colour and the shape of the dress with its golden lamé underskirt – this is one glamorous outfit. Completing her festive look are some glitzy dangling earrings, a very old-Hollywood glamour hair-do and the most gorgeous shade of red for her lips and nails.

I am also hoping that with Holiday Barbie comes the matching Christmas bauble – I would love a Barbie Christmas tree this year.

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I have to say it, I don’t think my Christmas will be complete without Holiday Barbie. Maybe a present to myself!!!

[Pics: Mattel]

Aug 26 2011

First UK Campaign: Barbie Hits The Red Carpet

Apparently this is Mattel’s first UK-specific brand campaign for Barbie, I know crazy right, but it seems the global company wants to build Barbie’s relationship with girls of the UK, finally.

The first of the two campaigns created by ad agency Ogivily, in which it attempts to revive the doll’s ‘cool factor’, showcases what looks like a Fashionista Barbie *not me, the doll line* as a celebrity walking the red carpet, with Ken trailing behind.

I suppose it is a great move to make Barbie a celebrity as it seems everyone is obsessed with the celeb culture, but it also shows Barbie as a superstar, which I kind of approve of as she is!!!

This campaign is aimed at 4-9 year old girls, which is fine and all, so then why are all the screams coming from women in their twenties?

What I love is that with this advert I have hope that more than just Fashionista Barbie’s hit the UK stores, maybe once in a while we might get an exclusive, and I seriously hope the prices might reflect that of else where in the world.

I also love Barbie’s two-tone sequined gown, very glamorous, and kind of reminds me of my Heidi Klum Barbie. Also the tagline is perfection, ‘you can’t get bigger than Barbie’, which is very true!!

This advert hits TV’s last weekend, and the second spot, the salon, features Barbie being pampered by her stylist, hits screens next spring. I just hope the campaigns work and girls of Britain embrace the wonders of Barbie!!

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