Christian Siriano Barbie OOAK Collection

Check out The Christian Siriano Barbie OOAK Collection

Mattel has continued its tradition of having designers design for Barbie. Sadly often for only OOAK collections, as also in this case. The designer in question this time is Christian Siriano and he has, rather aptly for him, chosen the various shapes and sizes of the latest Fashionista Barbie dolls to model his designs.

Christian Siriano Barbie

What the Mattel Press Release had to say about the Christian Siriano Barbie Collection

Christian Siriano, top fashion designer known for advocating for body positivity, has partnered with the iconic doll to launch a one-of-a-kind collection showcasing red carpet glamour on the four different Barbie® body types found in the brand’s Fashionistas® line.

Four of the one-of-a-kind Barbie looks were inspired by red carpet moments Siriano designed for celebrities, which showcase the evolution of red carpet beauty. The final doll’s gown was inspired by the designer’s Resort 2018 collection to complete the diverse line-up. Siriano continues to challenge the fashion industry’s standards by being more inclusive—a shared value for the Barbie brand.

“Barbie has always been a huge inspiration to me and I’m honored to be teaming up with this iconic brand,” said Christian Siriano. “It’s especially exciting to be designing an array of inclusive and diverse doll looks that can allow girls to see themselves better represented when they play. It was incredible to recreate iconic red carpet moments and dress my latest muse, Barbie, in a new look from my Resort 2018 collection.”

Over the past three years, the Barbie brand has infused a variety of skin tones, body types, hairstyles and fashions into its line—making it the most diverse doll line on the market. The brand is a better reflection of the girls who play with them, and culturally depicts a broader view of beauty currently seen on runways, red carpets, in magazines and with the rise of social media influencers.

“Barbie is a fashion icon—she’s been dressed by a multitude of designers over the years who have used her as a canvas to reflect beauty of the moment,” said Sejal Shah Miller, VP Global Marketing of Barbie. “We are thrilled that Christian is the next designer to be inspired by Barbie and is showcasing a diverse and inclusive view of red carpet looks.”

The Barbie Fashionistas segment continues to exceed expectations, as sales of the line see high double-digit growth globally. Diversity continues to roll out across brand content, marketing and product, including the Fantasy, Entertainment and Careers segments.

Christian Siriano Barbie

So what do you think about this collection? Would you like to see these designs available for sale? Let me know in the comments section below.

Diverse Fashionista Ken

Barbie Reveals Diverse Ken Fashionistas Lineup

Diverse Fashionista Ken

Today Barbie announced the expansion of its Fashionistas line with 15 new and diverse Ken® dolls, featuring three body types – slim, broad and original – and a variety of skin tones, eye colors, hairstyles and modern fashion looks. The new Ken dolls join an expanded Barbie® Fashionistas® line, making it the most diverse fashion doll line in the marketplace.

In 2016, Barbie introduced three new Barbie body types – tall, curvy and petite – along with new skin tones, eye colors, hairstyles and countless on-trend fashions and accessories.  The Barbie brand has always reflected the times, so modernizing Ken is the next step in the brand’s evolution to offer more diverse products.

“By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” said Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Barbie. “Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls to further personalize the role they want him to play in Barbie’s world.”

The line includes 15 new Ken dolls with three body types, seven skin tones, eight hair colors, nine hairstyles and modernized fashions, ranging from casual business attire to athletic wear. The brand is also introducing 25 additional diverse Barbie dolls. These dolls join the 100+ diverse looks launched in the Barbie Fashionistas line in the last three years.

The Barbie Fashionistas segment continues to exceed expectations, as sales of the line see high double-digit growth globally and was named “Doll of the Year” at the Toy Industry Association’s Annual T.O.T.Y. Awards. Diversity continues to roll out across brand content, marketing and product, including the Fantasy, Entertainment and Careers segments.

The new Fashionistas launch at retailers nationwide and “The New Crew” can be seen on www.Barbie.com.

What do you think of the new Ken(s)? Let me know in the comments section below.

50th Anniversary Barbie hair fair Repro doll

50th Anniversary Hair Fair Barbie Repro Doll

At the GAW convention in April Bill Greening unveiled his latest repro doll, the 50th Anniversary Barbie Hair Fair. She was an instant hit and is the first repro Mod Era Barbie repro for some time. I’m not sure why she is being pitched as a “vintage repro of this popular doll” when the original was a replacement head and wig set and was never sold as a doll. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong. However, having said all that, she is actually rather wonderful!

50th Anniversary Hair Fair Barbie Repro Doll Original

The original 1967 Hair Fair Barbie

Hair Fair Barbie repro is dressed in a reproduction of the popular and Mod-est of Mod outfits, the 1967 Sunflower #1683. The outfit will include hot pink shoes and the earrings and bracelet accessories.

Here is the blurb from the official sneak peak:

In the late 1960s, the hot trend was hair! From big hair to ever-changing hairstyles, even Barbie® embraced this mod fashion trend in 1967. She’s hard to come by for vintage collectors, but soon you’ll be able to get a 50th Anniversary Barbie™ Hair Fair Doll reproduction for your collection!

The Hair Fair Barbie Repro will be available later this month from The Barbie Collection and will retail for $50.

 

So what do you think of the Hair Fair Barbie repro? Will you be one of the first to order her?

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The Paris Fashion Doll Festival 2017 Convention Dolls

Sadly I wasn’t able to attend the Paris Fashion Doll Festival this year. It would have been wonderful to have been able to spend my birthday there. Like many, I have been living vicariously through those attending the convention in person via Facebook. One such conventioneer was Ibrahim Ismail, who is himself a well-known figure in the doll world. He very kindly allowed me to share his pictures of the convention exclusive dolls.

First up we have Superdoll‘s Friday night cocktail event Sybarite doll, Fanfares D’Amour. She is a Gen4 resin doll.

Fanfares D’Amour, FPFD 2017 Exclusive Sybarite Doll

I love her glamorous look  and her baguette purse (for that it is) is to die for!

Next up was the Exclusive Barbie doll, designed by Bill Greening and donated by Mattel

PFDF 2017 Convention Exclusive Barbie

Paris Fashion Doll Festival 2017 Barbie

Let’s  just remember she is comes free from Mattel. So play nice people.

At the Sunday Salesroom, and for those with the stamina to be the first in the queue, there was another Superdoll Exclusive to be had. Again she is a resin doll and her name is Reve Rose and she is a colour variation of the Friday event doll. She was 600 Euros.

Reve Rose, PFDF 2017 Sunday Salesroom Exclusive Sybarite Doll

So there we have it for another year, in Paris at least. There’s still a lot of Conventions to come and I will be at at least 2 of these this year.

So what do you think of this year’s Paris offerings? Let me know in the comments section below.

fun barbie facts to celebrate barbie doll's 58th year

33 Fun Facts to Celebrate Barbie’s 58th Birthday

Today is Barbie‘s 58th birthday – and she doesn’t look a day over 25! Here are 33 fun facts you may or may not know about the world’s favourite doll and cultural icon:

  1. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
  2. She is from (fictional) Willows, Wisconsin where she attended High School
  3. Barbie’s official birthday is, today, March 9, 1959 – the exact date she was unveiled to the toy industry during New York Toy Fair
  4. Barbie first appeared in the now-famous black-and-white striped swimsuit
  5. Barbie doll’s debut look was polished off with her signature ponytail – a hair style representative of the times (1959)
  6. The first Barbie doll was sold for $3.00
  7. Barbie’s first pet was a horse named Dancer
  8. Barbie’s signature colour is Barbie™ Pink (PMS 219)
  9. Barbie stands 11.5 inches tall
  10. The best-selling Barbie doll ever was 1992 Totally Hair™ doll, with hair from the top of her head to her toes
  11. Barbie has had 180+ inspirational careers
  12. Every year since 2011, Barbie has introduced a career that has been under-represented by women – some of those careers include computer engineer, architect, entrepreneur and film director
  13. Today, a mint condition “#1” (1959 Barbie doll) can fetch as much as $27,450 at auction, as was the case with an extremely rare #1 blonde doll in a May 2006 auction held by Sandi’s Doll Attic.
  14. The most expensive Barbie, however, was designed in partnership with Australian jewellery designer Stefano Canturi to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The doll sold for $302,500 at auction in 2010.
  15. The Barbie collecting craze really took off in the 1990s, thanks to the advent of eBay and the introduction of designer Barbie dolls, including the Bob Mackie Gold Barbie, which featured 5,000 hand-sewn golden sequin accents.
  16. Barbie first broke through the plastic ceiling as a business executive in 1985
  17. Barbie travelled into space in 1965, four years before man walked on the moon
  18. Although she has never won an election, Barbie has run for president 6 times since 1992.
  19. It takes a professional staff of top fashion designers, makeup artists and the most elite couturiers – more than 100 people in all – to create a Barbie doll and her fashions
  20. Barbie has been a muse to many artists over the past 5+ decades – including Andy Warhol and Peter Max
  21. @BarbieStyle launched in 2014 and quickly reached 1.2 million followers – it is one of the fastest growing fashion Instagram channels to date
  22. In 2015, Barbie launched her first video blog (vlog) on YouTube
  23. To date, Barbie has starred in more than 30 DVDs taking on roles from a superhero to rockstar
  24. Fifty of the world’s top designers created couture looks for the first-ever Barbie runway show in celebration of Barbie dolls 50th birthday
  25. Barbie is the most popular fashion doll ever produced, and the brand continues to dominate sales in the fashion doll segment with gross sales in 2014 of $1.01 billion worldwide.
  26. Since 2011, the brand has consistently produced worldwide annual gross sales in excess of $1 billion.
  27. Barbie is the No.1 doll property in the US
  28. Barbie made her European debut in 1961
  29. Barbie doll was introduced to India in 1987
  30. Barbie has represented more than 40 different nationalities
  31. Barbie dolls are sold in 150 countries
  32. As a pop culture icon, Barbie is in more than 45 consumer product categories
  33. In Mexico, Barbie has her own awards show honouring inspirational women each year

Phew, well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed these fun facts. If you have any Barbie facts of your own be sure to share them in the comments section below…

ashley graham ooak barbie

Ashley Graham OOAK Barbie Doll

Today Barbie honours Ashley Graham, model and body activist, by unveiling a one-of-a-kind doll in her likeness. The doll was unveiled at the first-ever Glamour Women of the Year LIVE summit in Los Angeles. Graham was also named a 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year.

Barbie is celebrating Graham for pushing boundaries within fashion, and for promoting a message of body positivity, self-acceptance and female empowerment. She has proven she can make a meaningful impact by challenging the industry’s standards of beauty, landing ground-breaking covers, and sharing her influential TED Talk. Through her work, she reminds girls they can be anything.

“We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world,” said Ashley Graham. “I’m thrilled Barbie has not only evolved their product, but also has continued to honor women who are pushing boundaries. It’s an honor to be immortalized in plastic.”

Earlier this year, Barbie expanded their Fashionistas doll line by introducing three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – seven skin tones, 24 hairstyles and countless on-trend fashions and accessories.

“Ashley Graham is a trailblazer who inspires every woman – and girl – to see the beauty in herself,” said Lisa McKnight, General Manager of Barbie. “This year Barbie has evolved to be more inclusive by adding three new body shapes into the line and we hope our relationship with Ashley will further make an impact.”

This honor makes Graham the latest Barbie “Shero” or female hero inspiring girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. She joins an esteemed group including Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, Gabby Douglas, Misty Copeland, and Zendaya.

For more information and images, visit glamour.com.

Barbie Collection Launches Misty Copeland Barbie Doll

Barbie Collection Launches Misty Copeland Barbie Doll

Barbie Continues the Brand’s Legacy of Honoring Female Heroes

Barbie® is honoring Misty Copeland by unveiling a doll in her likeness to continue to show girls they can be anything.  Copeland, the first African-American female principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), has been a role model to girls throughout her career.

The doll is part of the Barbie Sheroes program, honoring female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. Copeland joins an esteemed group of diverse Barbie Sheroes, including Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, Kristin Chenoweth, Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser, Trisha Yearwood and Zendaya.

The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland’s Firebird costume from her first American Ballet Theatre principal role, which she is performing again on May 18 (matinee) and 19 as part of ABT’s annual spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. Copeland was intimately involved in the doll’s design and partnered with the Barbie design team on all the details.

“I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on,” said Copeland. “It’s an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll.”

Copeland shows girls how to break boundaries both on and off the stage. She began dancing on a Boys & Girls Club basketball court and continues to be very active in local Clubs in various cities. She also works with Project Plié, ABT’s comprehensive initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies.

“Misty Copeland is at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries,” said Lisa McKnight, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Barbie. “As a brand, we want to honor women, like Misty, who are inspiring the next generation of girls to live out their dreams. We know role play often leads to real ‘play’ in life and we’re thrilled to celebrate Misty with her very own doll.”

This initiative furthers the Barbie “You Can Be Anything” campaign message echoing that when a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines anything she can become. Earlier this year, Barbie expanded their Fashionistas® line by introducing even more diversity with three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and countless on-trend fashions and accessories.

The doll is available today for $29.95 on thebarbiecollection.com and rolling out to retailers nationwide.

Oscar de la Renta Barbie Doll Unveiled

Oscar de la Renta Barbie Doll Unveiled

Barbie® partners with Oscar de la Renta to launch the Oscar de la Renta Barbie® doll, just in time for wedding season. This bridal doll is the perfect gift for the stylish bride-to-be.

As a fashion icon, Barbie continues to be a muse to fashion’s top designers. Oscar de la Renta was famously the first to design for the doll back in 1985, and again in 1998. Once again, in 2016, Oscar de la Renta captures a refined and elegant bridal look that all brides-to-be will dream of wearing on their wedding day. This doll is a beautiful memento celebrating a milestone with a best-in-class designer and longtime fashion partner.

“We are honored to work with the Oscar de la Renta team on this beautiful design capturing their signature bridal look in Barbie scale,” said Robert Best, Senior Design Director at Barbie. “Barbie is the only girl who can have a closet full of wedding dresses without ever walking down the aisle.”

Inspired by the runway “Something Blue” bridal look, the Oscar de la Renta Barbie is a take-your-breath-away vision in an ivory, embroidered lace over chiffon, trumpet gown. The simplicity of the gown’s fluid lines and the tiers of the wispy light blue train, personify the designer’s passion for interpreting romance in a classic way.

Alex Bolen, Chief Executive Officer of Oscar de la Renta LLC said, “We are so pleased to partner [again] with Mattel in the creation of the Oscar de la Renta Bridal Barbie. Like us, Mattel makes beautiful products with the utmost precision and highest standards of quality.  Our third partnership, spanning over the course of 30 years, is a testament to the timelessness of both of our brands. We look forward to bringing the Oscar de la Renta bridal experience to a new audience with this fun and unique product offering.”

The jewelry pieces are exact replicas of those worn on the runway in Spring 2014. Barbie also wears a delicate rhinestone ring and carries a bouquet made of tulle. Her bridal look is complete with gold-accented ivory pumps and an elegant chignon reminiscent of classic elegance and refined beauty.

The Oscar de la Renta Barbie® doll will be available for $175 on www.TheBarbieCollection.comwww.Oscardelarenta.com and select retailers.

Barbie Exhibition at Musee des Arts décoratifs, Paris

Barbie Exhibition at Musee des Arts décoratifs, Paris

 Barbie Exhibition on from  March 10 – September 18, 2016

From the moment Barbie was introduced to the world, a fashion icon was born. Since her debut in 1959, Barbie has served as a model and muse to the most world renowned names in fashion and the arts. She provides the ultimate canvas for their imaginations, to identify and play out their dreams. Today, she continues to be at the centre of pop culture, reflecting the times and inspiring conversation.

In 2016, Barbie is being honoured by museums around the world including the Musee des Arts décoratifs in Paris, paying tribute to this iconic doll whose story has made an indelible mark on the socio-cultural history of toys in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Drawing on Mattel archives which include over 700 dolls and work by contemporary artists and designers, the exhibition highlights the historical heritage of Barbie for both adults and children. More than just a toy, Barbie has mirrored a culture and its evolution.

Throughout her history she has adapted to social, political and cultural changes and evolved, embracing new trends and challenging stereotypes, always embracing the dreams and ambitions of contemporary life for the next generation of girls.

Barbie has always given girl’s choices – from her 180 careers to inspirational roles, to her countless fashions and accessories. And earlier this year Mattel literally changed the face of the brand with a range of new dolls represent the world girls see around them with variety in body type, skin tones and style allowing girls to find a doll that speaks to them.

The newest generations of girls know there’s nothing they can’t do, and they’ve never been told otherwise. They have the confidence to try new things, take risks, and stand out among their peers. Barbie supports this empowered thinking and reinforces it with every doll that is made — from Computer Engineer Barbie to Princess Power Barbie. Because when girls grow up in a world without limitations, they will show us that anything really is possible.

 

#PFDF 2015 Saturday Luncheon

For the first time in the 5 years that I have been to the Paris Fashion Doll Festival, I left the bar on the Superdoll Friday at a decent time and was therefore in fine form for the Saturday Luncheon. This year I was also on a ‘Sybarite Table’ with the access to Salon and Chalk White Sybarites that this affords. Thank you to Izzy and Catherine for letting me gaze at their beautiful dolls and for giving permission to share pictures.

This year the was no special guest from Mattel, such as Robert Best and Linda Kyaw, as in previous years. However, there was a rep from Mattel France present who was thrust on stage to say a few words. There were also no big reveals or video presentations other than two advertising the upcoming Italian Fashion Doll Conventions in Milan and Rome.

Paris Fashion Doll Festival 2015 Luncheon

There was the traditional fancy dress fashion show which is always entertaining. My favourite contestant was Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, but everyone made a huge effort. In the free-for-all to take pics at the end, I completely missed out on who won!

After the fashion show, it was time for the convention doll to be unveiled. Well, I say unveiled in the loosest of terms, as we found out what the doll would be about two weeks before and it was also the same as the Japanese convention doll. However, it was fun to see the young lady come onto the stage dressed as the convention doll and do a routine to Liza Minelli’s ‘Cabaret’. Her tap was rather spot on too!

So here is the doll I received: ‘Spotlight on Broadway’. For those that have asked – she is articulated above the waist but here legs are of the rigid model muse variety. After the presentation of the convention doll, it was time to divvy out the table gifts and the centrepiece doll. I was lucky number 5 at the table and won the centrepiece doll – a The Look Red Carpet Blue Jumpsuit Barbie!

Paris Fashion Doll Festival 2015 Luncheon

So here are some more snaps from the event (including me with Miss B.) To see more be sure the check out the DollObservers.com Facebook Page.

Paris Fashion Doll Festival 2015 Luncheon

So what do you think? Where you there too? Do share your thoughts in the comments sections below.

top 10 barbie doll quotes

Top 10 Cool Barbie Doll Quotes

Over the last 50 plus years since Barbie hit the scene there have been many column inches and copy written about her. However, it is often the off the cuff remarks that are the most revealing! Here is a selection of 10 Barbie Doll quotes about the world’s favourite fashion doll; all made by the famous and notable, including her creator Ruth Handler.

“Of course [Barbie] is beautiful and glamorous, but I also like to think that she’s intelligent, confident, good-humored, well-traveled, gracious, well-read, compassionate, and rich, rich, rich—but from the fruits of her own labor and ingenuity. In short, she’s got it all!” – Bryon Lars

“I did not think this doll could ever be this huge.” – Ruth Handler

“You know you’ve made it when you’ve been molded in miniature plastic. But you know what children do with Barbie dolls – it’s a bit scary, actually.” – Cate Blanchett

“Through their play, Barbara imagined their lives as adults. They used the dolls to reflect the adult world around them. They would sit and carry on conversations, making the dolls real people.” – Ruth Handler

“I think they should have a Barbie with a buzz cut.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“The doll had an adult shaped body, the thing that I had been trying to describe for years, and our guys said it couldn’t be done.” – Ruth Handler

“Barbie represents a confident and independent woman with an amazing ability to have fun while remaining glamorous.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“As a little girl, I spent countless hours playing with my Barbie dolls, even designing and sewing one-of-a-kind outfits for the doll. I guess you could say Barbie gave me my start as a designer.” – Cynthia Rowley

“Growing up, my dolls were doctors and on secret missions. I had Barbie Goes Rambo.” – Zoe Saldana

“When I was really young. My sister and I would create different characters with our Barbie dolls – I’d be the crazy diva Barbie and she’d be the homeless Barbie” – Jordana Brewster

I hope you enjoyed these Barbie Doll quotes. How about creating one of your own in the comments section??

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEN!

Happy Birthday Ken!

On March 11 we see the 50th Birthday of our favourite male arm candy, the one and only Mr Ken Carson. Of late he has really come into his own with a scene-stealing role in Toy Story 3 and his very public mission to win back the love of his life, Barbie.

Way to go Ken and a very Happy Birthday to ya!