In her time, Barbie‘s had more than a few outfit changes. Most recently, the master of red soles — Christian Louboutin — outfitted the doll, but now it seems she’s going for a bit of a harder edge, thanks to Chrome Hearts. Say goodbye to Barbie the cookie-cutter teacher and hello to downtown rocker chick. The more alternative brand teamed up with Mattel to create a 12-piece collection of 3-foot-tall Barbies and completely transformed the iconic doll. Each girl has her own specialized name and outfit, which includes a leather jacket, knee-highs, Keds, and detailed accessories. That’s not all — Barbie even got a bit of special treatment for her locks, thanks to celebrity hairstylist Oribe. But these Barbies are no play thing for little girls; each one is said to be valued between $18,000 and $25,000, but you can visit them on display from April 10-24 at Roma Cohen’s Alchemist in Miami, followed by locations in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Shanghai. [Racked] Keep reading »
For those of us who have dreamed of sleeping with Donald Draper, we may soon have our chance — courtesy of Mattel, that is. The toy company has announced that it will be manufacturing Barbie versions of several “Mad Men” characters, including handsome Mr. Draper; his wife, Betty; his partner-in-crime, Roger Sterling; and everyone’s favorite office siren, Joan Holloway. Mattel will be making 7,000 to 10,000 copies of each doll to be sold in specialty stores and on AMCtv.com and BarbieCollector.com in July, when the show begins its fourth season on AMC. Keep reading »
The girl’s measurements are outside of the realm of womens’ proportions, she’s accumulated hundreds of careers in her life, and meanwhile, hasn’t aged a day. And now with her new fashion friend Christian Louboutin, Barbie‘s dressing up in designer items and her wardrobe standards have become even more impossible to attain. The ladies over at Jezebel estimated the approximate cost of her new shoe habit thanks to Mr. Louboutin. Read on for the shocking prices. Keep reading »
We know all you nerds were psyched when toy company Mattel announced “computer programmer” came out on top in a contest for Barbie‘s next career. But for those of us who don’t know binary code from biceps, there’s another career for Barbie’s ever-changing resume: president.
President Barbie actually appeared back in 2000. However, women’s rights activist Marie Wilson, founder and president of The White House Project, which seeks to put a woman into the White House, will be out on the road promoting Madame President along with Computer Programmer Barbie and the number two winning career, News Anchor Barbie. Keep reading »
Look closely and you’ll see that the black Barbie dolls at this Midwest store are almost 50 percent cheaper than the white dolls. But instead of harping on the racial issues this sale exhibits, we’ll simply say this gives everyone an opportunity to buy their daughters a non-white doll, thereby proving to Mattel, which has a tendency to produce collectible Barbies only in Caucasian skin tones, that non-white dolls have just as much value to consumers. [Guanabee] Keep reading »
No matter how you feel about Barbie‘s measurements, her impact on the self-esteem of girls, or her conspicuous consumption, you can’t deny that she’s above all else, a true fashion icon. Barbie has flashed a covetable wardrobe of clothes and accessories–sexy items for every occasion, whether it be lounging by the pool or having brunch with Midge and Skipper–from every decade since her debut. In fact, I especially like the vintage stuff, so I’m taking a bit of inspiration from Debut Barbie, which is a recreation from the original 1959 doll.
1. Bandeau Stripe Bodysuit, about $33, Lipsy London
2. Tahari Laser-Cut Houndstooth Suit, $538, Neiman Marcus
3. Shiseido Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer Lipstick, $25, Dillard’s
4. Pelle Moda Women’s Dyane Slide, $88.85 – $112.54, Endless
5. Jeepers Peepers Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses, $37.61, Asos Keep reading »