Monday, January 19, 2009

Barbie to sponsor fashion designers at LFW

She's blonde, has the perfect figure and is an icon, and now she's nurturing London fashion talent. No, it's not Kate Moss, but Barbie. Not content with taking over New York Fashion Week, where Barbie's makers Mattel are hosting their own show, the 11.5in doll has chosen two leading lights from the London fashion scene to sponsor - Roksanda Ilincic and Danielle Scutt. Roksanda, known for her avant garde cocktail dresses, and Danielle Scutt, reknowned for her fierce glamazon aesthetic, will dress 50 limited edition Barbie dolls in looks inspired by their own collections. Roksanda said of dressing the ultimate blonde bombshell, “I couldn’t wait to dress Barbie; she’s such an iconic model, and the perfect front row show guest.” Danielle, who will be showing only her second solo show this year, added, “Dressing Barbie has been so much fun, but she’s no stranger; I worked on a project with her at college before I graduated, and thankfully she came back to support my show.”

This year Barbie is celebrating 50 years of being a fashion icon - in New York her show will feature creations from 50 designers all finished with off with Barbie inspired Christian Louboutins, while another 50 accessory designers have created doll-inspired shoes and accessories to be shown at the Prêt à Porter Paris salon this month.

Posted: 15 Jan 2009

By Lianne Ludlow


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