Barbie Celebrates Her 50th at New York Fashion Week


If you didn’t already know, we are about halfway through New York Fashion Week. Although designers have scaled back tremendously on the typically grandeur shows, that didn’t stop Barbie from celebrating her Golden Year in high fashion, on Valentine’s Day. With recent beauty ventures like Barbie Loves MAC & Barbie Loves Stila, Barbara Millicent Roberts has returned to her fashion roots.

50 designers, including Tracy Reese, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors & Badgley Mischka, designed pieces for Barbie’s golden jubilee collection. According to Barbie Media, the designer collaboration & runway show represented “Barbie® Doll’s iconic past, present and future style with one-of-a-kind looks created with Barbie® as their muse.”

• • Retro • •
Rachel Roy (inspired by original Barbie of 1959), Nicole Miller, Nanette Lepore

• • Glam • •
Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Marchesa

The Barbie-esque look didn’t stop at the clothing. Every detail, from hair & makeup to accessories, was era-appropriate and complemented each look. The retro/mod look was complete with cat eye glasses, high ponytails & heavy bangs while the Barbies of present times rocked bubble-gum pink dresses and voluminous hair ‘dos. Patriotic Barbies were decked out in red, white & blue while dramatic feather makeup and plastic capelets, gave us an idea about future Barbie style.

• • Pretty in Pink • •
Rebecca Taylor, Diane von Furstenberg, Koi Suwannagate

• • Patriotic • •
Tuleh, Catherine Maladrino

• •Futuristic • •
Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson

Every Barbie model hit the runway in a pair of specially designed Louboutin peep-toe pumps in Barbie’s signature shade – Pantone 219 pink. With 8 year olds in the audience, this wasn’t your typical Fashion Week Show. What’s a Barbie show without the kiddies? For the last walk, the models were accompanied by little girls dressed in tulle skirts & Barbie shirts. Our favorite “Life in the Fab Lane” kids walked in the finale as well.

For a 7 year old girl’s thoughts on the Barbie Runway Show, check out this Barbie Fashion Show Photo Essay

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  1. My Fashion Frenzy says:

    Great post! I love Barbie :)

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