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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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Dec 06 2013

Christmas Windows: Selfridges’ Oversized Winter Wonderland

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I am a bit of a Christmas nut, I love putting the Michael Buble album on repeat, eating copious amounts of mince pies, wrapping up warm with a hot chocolate watching festive movies, and each year I love checking out the Christmas decorations and window displays. If you follow me on Instagram you will have already seen a giant snowglobe in the middle of Piccadilly, a huge reindeer in Covent Garden, as well as sparkly displays in Leeds, and a rocking robin on Carnaby Street. Well yesterday, in between meetings and events, I decided to wander past Selfridges on Oxford Street to see their fashionable take on the festive season, which is all a bit like ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ with its oversized gifts and tiny people and animals.

The windows are amazing and probably the department store’s best to-date, I love the oversized concept – from the giant Charlotte Olympia kitty shoe with twitching ears to an larger-than-life YSL clutch, a fantasy sized Play-Doh and the largest pair of Dr Dre Beat headphones you will ever see. Plus there is a special window for my favourite doll, Barbie.

These windows are certainly a sight to see, my pictures don’t really show off the wonder at looking at them in person. What I loved about seeing the windows up close was that I wasn’t alone, yesterday I took in the creative displays with an elderly couple, they were super sweet and they were telling me that each year they take in all the windows as a festive treat – so cute!!!

As well as loving all the oversized gifts, what captured my attention the most were all the little details, and when I say little I mean the little Santa’s dancing, playing instruments and directing airplanes, the penguins playing, the skaters on the Grey Goose drink, and the elves dancing – seriously adorable. Oh and who couldn’t love the snowy landscapes.

Have you been to check out Selfridges’ Christmas windows yet and visiting the emporium on the fourth floor?

**Want to see more of Selfridges’ windows? Well head on over to my Facebook page where I have added all the snaps I took**

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[Pics: taken by me, Fashionista Barbie with my Nokia Lumia 1020]

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.

Oct 14 2013

Beauty Bytes: Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar

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I know it seems early to be pushing Christmas gifts – but it is only 72 days to go – and this year’s incredible and always a sell out Selfridges beauty advent calendar has launched.

Filled with 24 luxurious miniature treats from fragrances, make-up and skincare items this is a must-have for beauty fans – I saw this year’s at the department stores Christmas press day in July and it is amazing.

Granted it is a little pricey at £84 – but this isn’t any ordinary chocolate advent calendar this beauty is packed full of luxurious treats from Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl’s, Giorgio Armani, Lancôme and Maison Martin Margiela.

We are talking miniature fragrances including Flowerbomb, Armani Code Femme, Maison Martin Margiela Untitled and Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium to lots of Lancôme goodies from the Hypnose Classic mascara to the Bi-facil and Absolu Nu lipstick, then there are skincare wonders from Kiehl inlcuding Creme de Corps and Ultra Facial Cream, as well as a Yves Saint Laurent Khol eye pencil.

Be quick though as last year’s didn’t take long to sell out. Buy online or in-store for £84.

Aug 29 2013

Catwalk Copy: My Barbie Wearing Sister By Sibling AW13

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It isn’t everyday you get to buy a Barbie dressed in a catwalk copy, so when I saw Sister by Sibling had made doll-sized replicates of five key pieces from its autumn/winter 2013 collection to dress my favourite doll I had to buy one.

It was hard to choose, I am seriously in love with this fun British knitwear brand, but this black knitted mini complete with pom-pom beret, chunky scarf and chic arm muffs – just called out to me. I just loved how wrapped up she looked and her pretty face nailed it for me – she is just so beautiful.

For me this Sister by Sibling doll is all about the detailing, the tiny hat that is worn to the side, the incredible knitted dress with floral pom poms attached, her purple streaked hair, the gorgeous loose plait down her back, and her eye make-up with cat-flick and purple eye-shadow just finishes her off perfectly.

The Fred Butler Barbie might win out on statement, with her rainbow train, but Winter Barbie is a classic beauty and I have to be honest I am more than a little jealous of her dress!!!

What do you think of Winter Barbie by Sister by Sibling? 

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[Pics: all by me, Fashionista Barbie]

Aug 25 2013

My Dolls: One-Off Barbie By Fred Butler

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My Barbie doll collection is getting quite extensive – what started as a childhood love affair has turned into a full-blown obsession and my collection is around the 80 mark. I try and stick to fashion-related dolls, I said try as I am easily persuaded by a pretty face or outfit, especially if it is of the wedding dress variety – but the majority of my dolls have a fashion or cinematic reference.

I am getting quite a collection of fashion Barbie dolls though – I have the gorgeous trio of dolls made-over by Christian Louboutin, I have a very elegant looking Christian Dior Barbie, as well as a Kate Spade doll that comes complete with a dog in a handbag, I even bought all the Barbie Basic dolls wearing chic little black dresses.

So when I saw that Selfridges were going to be selling 15 one-off Barbie’s dressed by three London Fashion Week designers Sister by Sibling, Fred Butler and Nasir Mazhar you can imagine how excited I was to check them out as well as add one or two of them to my collection.

It was difficult to choose which one to add, so in the end I walked away with two **thanks Mum!!!** – the first of which is this beauty dressed by prop and accessories designer Fred Butler a colourful doll called Rainbow Barbie!!!

Each of Fred Butler’s had a unique style to them, and together they kind of looked like the Spice Girls in a music video, but Rainbow Barbie really stood out for me with her holographic corset, colourful peacock train and her OTT Lady Gaga-esq booties. Come on have you seen a Barbie doll look so cool before?

As well as loving what little clothing she is wearing, Fred Butler’s dolls all had great haircuts, which were styled by hairdresser Sami Knight – I am just in love with her angular bob, daring pink streaks and crazy fringe.

Rainbow Barbie by Fred Butler made be one of the latest addition to my collections but she is already my favourite, granted she is very delicate, but oh so pretty and I can’t wait for her display case to arrive so she can settle into her new home.

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[Pics: all by me, Fashionista Barbie]

Aug 05 2013

Doll Loving: LFW Designers Give Barbie A Makeover

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Barbie has had a long love affair with up-and-coming London designers, we’ve seen her collaborate with Louise Gray, Roksanda Ilincic, and Gareth Pugh, and each time I have wished that I could buy up the fashionable doll.

Well it seems to celebrate her very own shop inside Selfridges my doll Barbie has been given a makeover by Sister by Sibling, Fred Butler and Nasir Mazhar, and this time doll lovers will be able to snap up the one-off dolls for £120 from tomorrow, August 6, **please, please let there be one left for me**.

Each designer has dressed five Barbie dolls, with their own unique style – so think pompoms from Sister by Sibling, incredible Lady Gaga-esq pieces from Fred Butler, and if you have ever wanted to see Barbie in a tracksuit you will love Nasir Mazhar designs inspired by his London Collections: Men collection.

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Sister by Sibling are no stranger to working with my favourite doll, the London Fashion Week trio asked Barbie to be their model for their autumn/winter 2012 collection, and I am in love with how the knitwear label has dressed Barbie complete with doggy accessories.

“Barbie has come hot from the Autumn/Winter 2013 London catwalk of Sister by Sibling.  Along with Cara Delevingne we believe in head to toe dressing to make heads turn, even her pooch has that London style. Intricate and handcrafted by experts in our atelier, these outfits are pure couture, but only for Barbie. No reproductions allowed,” – Sister by Sibling Cozette McCreery, Sid Bryan, and Joe Bates.

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The most craziest and out there of the designs has to be from accessories designer Fred Butler and I love how Gaga her geometric sculptural clothes and shoes are, plus I am totally loving Barbie’s bobbed hair – so cute.

“I tried to make each one quite different so they all had a character and it’s ended up looking like a girl band!  The Origami one was the most satisfying because all the sections slotted together perfectly, especially round her high heels, giving her a totally weird new shoe,” – Fred Butler.

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“I never realised how intricate it would be to recreate my collection in miniature for Barbie.  It was good to include Ken too so he could chaperone her,” – Nasir Mazhar.

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All 15 of the dolls will be on display in Barbie’s new department within Selfridges London’s new 4th floor toy shop which launches this week. I can’t wait to see the store as it has a central totem pole-style display housing dolls from Barbie collections past and present, as well as archive and special one-offs – I am going to be in doll heaven!!!

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